Marie-Mai, Sarah McLachlan Joining The Launch Season 2
CTV has announced that there will be a Season 2 of The Launch, the make-a-hit-single reality show, the first season of which resulted in success for a number of artists most notably Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and platinum-certified “Ain’t Easy”. Helping to shape that song was Ryan Tedder of US pop-rock band OneRepublic. He will return for Season 2. Joining him will be Canadian superstar Marie-Mai, arguably the most successful French language pop artist in the country, diamond recording artist Sarah McLachlan, and Max Kerman of Arkells. The show gets underway September 28 and will be hosted by television personality Liz Trinnear.
Adele’s 21 – Canadian Certified Double Diamond
Music Canada recently certified Adele’s blockbuster album 21 at double diamond status. It is the 12th album in history to reach the mark in Canada. Four Canadian artist albums have made the cut which is equivalent to 20x platinum – Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill and three albums from Shanian Twain, Come on Over, Up, and The Woman in Me. The other albums are Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Eagles’ Greatest Hits, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Led Zeppelin IV, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon.
Josh Groban Honours Canada
Gifted US singer Josh Groban has released new album Bridges, and in part it honours Canada. First off, Josh co-wrote a number of the album’s original tracks with Canadian songwriter Bernie Herms. He performs a duet with Sarah McLachlan on a cover of “Run” (Snow Patrol). And most impressive of all, he sings in French on a cover of Céline Dion‘s “S’il suffisait d’aimer”!
Investigators Uncover Fraud at Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster itself has a resale division, and it turns a blind eye to scalpers who use computer software, ticket-buying bots, and multiple fake identities to scoop up thousands of tickets and then resell them on the Ticketmaster site for marked up prices. What’s more, Ticketmaster earns a cut of those resold tickets meaning that it is engaging in double dipping. The CBC states scalpers can “upload large quantities of tickets purchased from Ticketmaster’s site and quickly list them again for resale. With the click of a button, scalpers can hike or drop prices on reams of tickets on Ticketmaster’s site based on their assessment of fan demand.”
Besides inflated resales, Ticketmaster also uses profiteering techniques, like holding back on selling tickets for sections of seats to mislead concert goers into thinking the tickets are selling quickly. In the same way that materialistic interests reinvent language to cloak wrongdoing (corporate greed becomes “remaining competitive”; nudism, “self-confidence”; drug dealer, “activist”, etc.), Ticketmaster refers to its profiteering schemes and scalping techniques as “dynamic pricing”.
Some journalists working for magazines and newspapers being paid by Live Nation/ Ticketmaster for advertising were quick to downplay the results of the investigations in order to protect the financial interests of their corporate executives
Canadian Women Making a Comeback
We leave you with some good news. Largely shafted by Canadian radio over the past couple of years, Canadian women, in all genres of music, are synchronizing forces to conquer the charts. Avril Lavigne‘s comeback single “Head Above Water” championed the iTunes Worldwide chart while making it to #2 in Canada. Moreover, led by Emily Haines, Metric topped iTunes Canada with new album Art of Doubt. The use of Alessia Cara in Canadian female tokenism has been broken at Canadian radio thanks to Delaney Jane and hit single “Bad Habits”. Also, “Better Off” voiced by Jamie Fine is doing … fine … as a followup to the aforementioned “Ain’t Easy”.
Lindsay Ell‘s scoring the first #1 hit by a homegrown female at country radio in a decade has flung the doors wide open for cowgirls, and the recent CCMA gala hosted by Shania Twain has helped fan the flames, a highlight being Jess Moskaluke winning the Album of the Year award. After a successful stint at acting, MacKenzie Porter is back in the studio preparing an EP.