We are pleased to announce that we have added profiles on artists who emerged in the late 2000s, i.e. 2007-2009. HERE you can find our write-ups on Feist, Marie-Mai, State of Shock, Faber Drive, Drake, The Stereos, and LIGHTS. These have also been added to our ARTISTS page above.
Origin: Oakville, ON
This relatively obscure country, where I lived for a year in the 1990s, is known as “the land of many waters”. Mention its name and most people will think you are speaking of a country in Africa. Its small population of only about 800,000 lives mostly in the tightly packed villages along the northern coast of South America. Not a word of Spanish or Potuguese is spoken here; it is an English-speaking country. However, if you ventured around bustling Starbroek Market in Georgetown, you wouldn’t be able to recognize a single word, as the creole is exceptionally strong here. Ethnicities are primarily descendants from India and Africa with some Chinese. Aboriginal peoples live in the interior.
For these reasons, Guyana (and, no, it hasn’t been called British Guiana since 1966) is considered part of the Caribbean, despite its being situated on the mainland of South America. It is considered the second poorest country in the western hemisphere (after Haiti). Many of its citizens yearn for a better life in northern America. One such couple, the Persauds, whose roots lay in India, was able to emigrate to Canada, settling eventually in Oakville, Ontario. And it was there that they gave birth to their fourth child—a daughter whom they named Anjulie.
If Anjulie had been born in Guyana (like Eddy Grant), she would have been surrounded on all sides by reggae, soca, and Indian music like the classic “Benji Darling.” In Canada, she found musical proclivities calling to her, as she got into the music of U2, Prince, Annie Lennox, and Lauryn Hill, and began singing and composing music as a teenager. Her talents were sought by Emma Roberts’ team as they were putting together the soundtrack for the TV series “Unfabulous”. The track “Say Goodbye to Jr. High” was written by Anjulie and she contributed backing vocals and percussion on Roberts’ 2005 album Unfabulous and More.
The Philosopher Kings’ Jon Levine who has managed to carve out a golden niche for himself by helping to launch the careers of a number of high-profile Canadian artists—Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, and Kreesha Turner—helped Anjulie with her debut (self-titled) album which came out in 2009.
Many of the songs were featured in TV series:
“Boom” – ABC’s “Eastwick”, The CW’s “Melrose Place” & “The Vampire Diaries”, and CTV’s “Canada’s Next Top Model”
“Addicted2Me” – MTV’s “The City”
“Crazy That Way”, “Rain”, and “The Heat” – MTV’s “The Hills”
“Boom” topped the US Dance Charts. Anjulie opened for Jesse McCartney during his 2009 United States tour. “Don’t Call Me Baby”, a platinum Top 10 hit for Edmonton’s Kreesha Turner, was co-written by Anjulie. She also co-wrote Fefe Dobson’s “I Want You”. Anjulie’s music also appears in the 2009 movie-musical Fame.
Anjulie’s biggest accomplishment to date came in 2011. Her single “Brand New Chick” broke into the Top 20 Canadian Hot 100, finished as the year’s 52 biggest song, and was, in November, only the third single from a Canadian artist in 2011 to be certified platinum, with 80,000 digital downloads in Canada, the other two being Simple Plan’s “Jet Lag” and Hedley’s “Invincible”. Speaking of Hedley, in 2012, Anjulie opened for them during their Canadian tour. In 2012, Anjulie released new singles “Headphones”, “Stand Behind the Music”, and “You and I”, the latter making it to #25 on the Canadian Hot 100.
If she ever returned to the country of her parents, she would be told in no uncertain terms, “Ya proppuh gone up, gal!” She has, indeed, but only because she is a storehouse of Canadian talent.
Anjulie’s Official Website
IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the time of the year in which the Juno and Felix Awards were held, songs nominated could have been released the same year, but more often the previous year which is why I’m beginning with 2001 and ending with 2010. It would be too complicated to go through the list and pinpoint exactly when each awards gala took place, which year each nominated song was released and which year or years it spent its run on the charts. I say this simply so that the reader will not assume that a song nominated in, say, 2004 was released in and a hit in 2004.
All nominees have been listed with the winners bolded. Links to Youtube have been provided for winning songs. Where possible, the particular link is advertisement-free.
“American Psycho”, Treble Charger
“Can’t Stop”, Jacksoul
“Pinch Me”, Barenaked Ladies
Winner: “I’m like a Bird“, Nelly Furtado
“Comme je suis”, Martin Deschamps
“Dans tes yeux”, Sylvain Cossette
“Jamais assez loin”, Isabelle Boulay
“L’argent fait le bonheur”, Les Respectables
“Ma gueule”, Éric Lapointe
“Tant de mots”, Mario Pelchat
“Tu peux partir”, La Chicane
Winner: “La désise“, Daniel Boucher
“Everybody’s Got A Story”, Amanda Marshall
“If It Feels Good Do It”, Sloan
“Life”, Our Lady Peace
Winner: “How You Remind Me“, Nickelback
“Caliente”, Kevin Parent
“Chez nous”, Daniel Boucher
“Jamais assez loin”, Isabelle Boulay
“Pas besoin de frapper”, Sylvain Cossette
“Qu’est-ce que ça peut ben faire”, Éric Lapointe
“Rêver mieux”, Daniel Bélanger
“Rock With Me”, Lulu Hughes
“Sous le vent”, Céline Dion and Garou
“Tu m’manques”, La Chicane
Winner: “Je n’ai que mon âme“, Natasha St-Pier
“Bulletproof”, Blue Rodeo
“A New Day Has Come”, Celine Dion
“Somewhere Out There”, Our Lady Peace
“Brother Down”, Sam Roberts
Winner: “Complicated“, Avril Lavigne
“Avec classe”, Corneille
“Balade à Toronto”, Jean Leloup
“Changer”, Jean-François Breau and Marie-Ève Janvier
“Depuis”, Marc Déry
“Faire la paix avec l’amour”, Dany Bédar
“Fous n’importe où”, Daniel Bélanger
“Toune d’automne”, Les Cowboys Fringants
“Un beau grand slow”, Éric Lapointe
“Viens donc m’voir”, La Chicane
Winner: “Et c’est pas fini“, Various Artists
“Try Honesty”, Billy Talent
“Innocent”, Our Lady Peace
“Happy Baby”, Shaye
Winner: “Powerless (Say What You Want)”, Nelly Furtado
“Le Petit Roi”, Kevin Parent
“Le vent soufflait mes pellicules”, Daniel Boucher
“Mon chum Rémi”, Les Cowboys Fringants
“Parce qu’on vient de loin”, Corneille
“Point de mire (remix)”, Ariane Moffatt
“Seul”, Various Artists (Don Juan)
“Si exceptionnel”, Andrée Watters
“Tu me fais du bien”, Luce Dufault
Winner: “J’t’aime tout court“, Nicola Ciccone
“Not Ready to Go”, The Trews
“One Thing”, Finger Eleven
“Party for Two”, Shania Twain
“River Below”, Billy Talent
Winner: “Crabbuckit“, k-os
“Écoute-moi donc”, Dany Bédar
“Étrange”, Doba Caracol
“J’entends ta voix”, France D’Amour and Sylvain Cossette
“Laisse la pluie”, Andrée Watters
“Naître”, Marie-Chantal Toupin
“Pour le ghetto”, Jérôme-Philippe
“Saskatchewan”, Les Trois Accords
“Seul au monde”, Corneille
“Tomber à l’eau”, Annie Villeneuve
Winner: “Les Étoiles filantes“, Les Cowboys Fringants
“When the Night Feels My Song”, Bedouin Soundclash
“Inside and Out”, Feist
“Man I Used To Be”, k-os
Winner: “Home“, Michael Bublé
“Aimer”, Mario Pelchat
“Embarque ma belle”, Kaïn
“Je ne vous oublie pas”, Céline Dion
“Les Corneilles”, Les Porn Flakes and Jean Leloup
“Montréal”, Ariane Moffatt
“Plus rien”, Les Cowboys Fringants
“Un ange qui passe”, Annie Villeneuve
“Voyager vers toi”, Marc Dupré
“Vraiment beau”, Les Trois Accords
Winner: “Évangéline“, Annie Blanchard
“All I Can Do”, Chantal Kreviazuk
“Devil in a Midnight Mass”, Billy Talent
“Pull Me Through”, Jim Cuddy
“Sunday Morning”, k-os
Winner: “Promiscuous“, Nelly Furtado
“8 secondes”, Les Cowboys Fringants
“Au gré des saisons”, Dumas
“Entre Matane et Baton Rouge”, Isabelle Boulay
“Follow Me remix”, Ariane Moffatt
“Je l’ai jamais dit à personne”, Étienne Drapeau
“Je pars à pied”, Vincent Vallières
“La fin de l’homme”, Daniel Bélanger
“Laisser l’été avoir 15 ans”, Claude Dubois and Natasha St-Pier
“Les Jours de pluie”, Alfa Rococo
“Sous une pluie d’étoiles”, Cindy Daniel
“Tangerine”, Jean Leclerc
Winner: “Dégénérations / Le Reel du fossé”, Mes Aïeux
“Everything”, Michael Bublé
“Girlfriend”, Avril Lavigne
“Paralyzer”, Finger Eleven
“Seven Day Fool”, Jully Black
Winner: “1234“, Feist
“Lever l’ancre”, Alfa Rococo
“Ton histoire”, Isabelle Boulay
“Chanson pour Marie”, Nicola Ciccone
“Oh mon chéri (Le ciel saigne le martyre)”, Anik Jean
“1500 Miles”, Éric Lapointe
“Pousse, pousse”, Jonathan Painchaud
“Café Lézard”, Vincent Vallières
“Minuit”, Andrée Watters
Winner: “Je veux tout“, Ariane Moffatt
“Gotta Be Somebody”, Nickelback
“Lay It On The Line”, Divine Brown
“Lost”, Michael Bublé
“Taking Chances”, Céline Dion
Winner: “Dangerous“, Kardinal Offishall
“Plus rien à faire”, Alfa Rococo
“Pourquoi”, Marie-Pierre Arthur
“Le Mépris”, Caracol
“1500 Miles”, Éric Lapointe
“La plus belle fille de la prison”, Jean Leloup
“La tête haute”, Les Cowboys Fringants
“Le déni de l’évidence”, Mes Aïeux
“Réverbère”, Ariane Moffatt
“Beau comme on s’aime”, Yann Perreau
Winner: “Fais-moi la tendresse“, Ginette Reno
“Love is a First”, Tragically Hip
“Best I Ever Had”, Drake
“Anybody Listening”, Classified
“Rusted from the Rain”, Billy Talent
Winner: “Haven’t Met You Yet“, Michael Buble
“Reste”, Daniel Bélanger
“Chanson pour les mois d’hiver”, Isabelle Boulay
“Recommencer tout à zéro”, William Deslauriers
“Le bonheur”, Dumas
“Donner pour donner”, Marie-Ève Janvier and Jean-François Breau
“Dans mon corps”, Les Trois Accords
“C’est moi”, Marie-Mai
“Besoin d’amour”, Kevin Parent
“En attendant le soleil”, Vincent Vallières
Winner: “Cache-cache“, Maxime Landry
Billboard magazine published the Top 100 songs in the United States for the entire decade 2000-2009. As far as we can tell, there were six songs from Canadian artists. We’ve listed them below with their chart position.
4. “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
44. “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado
56. “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter
83. “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne
89. “Photograph” by Nickelback
94. “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne
You can view the chart HERE. As far as we know, there was no official decade-end chart for the U.K. or Canada, though some local radio stations may have put one together.
The biggest song of 2009 in Canada was The Black Eyed Peas’ ”I Gotta Feeling”. The most successful Anglo song from a Canadian artist was “Africa” by Karl Wolf (9th of the year, Canadian Hot 100). It is a remake of Toto’s hit song from 1982. The year’s biggest Franco hit was “Beau comme on s’aime” by Yann Perreau (9th of the year, CKOI). Below is a list of all singles by Canadian artists that made the year-end Top 100 or that peaked within the Top 40 of the weekly Canadian Hot 100. As well is a list of all Canadian Franco songs that made the CKOI year-end Top 50 or that appeared on the Canadian Hot 100.
HY = Hot 100 year-end chart position
HW = Hot 100 weekly charts, peak position
CY = CKOI year-end Top 50 chart position
2009 FRANCO HITS
|Beau comme on s’aime||Yann Perreau||9|
|La tete haute||Les Cowboys Fringants||16||93|
|Sub su’a job||Mad’moizele Giraf||20|
|Souvenirs d’enfance||David Jalbert||22|
|Les malheureux||Eric Lapointe||24|
|En attendant le soleil||Vincent Vallieres||31|
|Camera video||Les Trois Accords||33||93|
|La plus belle fille de la prison||Jean Leloup||35||97|
|Le president danse autrement||Yann Perreau||37|
|Tant qu’on aura de l’amour||Les Cowboys Fringants||40||75|
|Jeudi, 17 mai||Ariane Moffatt||44|
|A moitie moins heureux||Kain||47|
|1000 coeurs debout||Star Academie||81|
|Ce soir||Annie Villeneuve||86|
|Besoin d’amour||Kevin Parent||87|
|Dans mon corps||Les Trois Accords||95|
2009 ANGLO HITS
|If Today Was Your Last Day||Nickelback||22||7|
|Gotta Be Somebody||Nickelback||27||4*|
|Beautiful U R||Deborah Cox||39||10*|
|Cross My Heart||Marianas Trench||43||15|
|All To Myself||Maranas Trench||46||11|
|G-Get Up and Dance||Faber Drive||48||6|
|Rusted From the Rain||Billy Talent||61||9|
|Dead End Countdown||The New Cities||69||16|
|Best I Ever Had||Drake||79||24|
|One Time||Justin Bieber||81||12|
|Haven’t Met You Yet||Michael Buble||84||4|
|Throw Ya Hands Up||Stereos||85||11|
|Give It To Me Right||Melanie Fiona||93||20|
|Too Pretty||State of Shock||100||27|
|One Less Lonely Girl||Justin Bieber||10|
|All You Did Was Save My Life||Our Lady Peace||12|
|Love Me||Justin Bieber||12|
|Favourite Girl||Justin Bieber||15|
|Rich Girl$||Down with Webster||21|
|Love is a First||The Tragically Hip||22|
|Yalla Habibi||Karl Wolf||24|
|Break||Three Days Grace||26|
|Pick Up the Phone||Dragonette||28|
|I’d Come For You||Nickelback||29|
|Get With You||Stereos||31|
|Bucket||Carly Rae Jepsen||32|
|Tug of War||Carly Rae Jepsen||36|
|Burn It To the Ground||Nickelback||37|
* This peak position was reached in 2008
Finally, after years of flawed singles charts, came a full year in 2008 of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 which combined radio spin data (Nielsen BDS) with the purchase of digital download singles (Nielsen SoundScan). One of the advantages of having the charts published through the US-based Billboard magazine was that Americans began taking interest in the Canadian charts to see for example which of their songs were popular in Canada and what Canadian songs were popular in Canada that were not being aired in the United States. This helped promote Canadian artists south of the border. Billboard also published year-end Canadian Hot 100 charts from 2008 onwards.
The biggest song of 2008 in Canada was Timbaland’s “Apologize”. The most successful Anglo song from a Canadian artist was Kardinal Offishall’s “Dangerous” (11th of the year, Canadian Hot 100). The year’s biggest Franco hit was “1500 Miles” by Eric Lapointe (3rd of the year, CKOI).
Below is a list of all singles by Canadian artists that made the year-end Top 100 or that peaked within the Top 40 of the weekly Canadian Hot 100. As well is a list of all Canadian Franco songs that made the CKOI year-end Top 50 or that appeared on the Canadian Hot 100.
HY = Hot 100 year-end chart position
HW = Hot 100 weekly charts, peak position
CY = CKOI year-end Top 50 chart position
2008 FRANCO HITS
|1500 Miles||Éric Lapointe||3||65|
|Belle dans’ tête||Éric Lapointe||13||82|
|Entre deux taxis||Les Cowboys Fringants||15||58|
|Pousse, pousse||Jonathan Painchaud||17||87|
|Pleine lune||Marie-Luce Béland||24||78|
|Le déni de l’évidence||Mes Aïeux||26||73|
|Je veux tout||Ariane Moffatt||31||72|
|La maison est grande||Kaïn||34||90|
|Je pense à toi||Alfa Rococo||36|
|Oh mon chéri||Anik Jean||43||96*|
|Si pour te plaire||Marc Dupre||86|
|Une fois pour toutes||Marie-Chantal Toupin||87|
|Je t’aime comme je suis||Boom Desjardins||94|
|Lever l’ancre||Alfa Rococo||97|
|Moi j’ai toi||France D’Amour||98|
* This peak position was reached in 2007
2008 ANGLO HITS
|For the Nights I Can’t Remember||Hedley||14||6*|
|Never Too Late||Hedley||23||4|
|Don’t Call Me Baby||Kreesha Turner||26||8|
|Into the Night||Chad Kroeger||34||2*|
|Your Love is a Lie||Simple Plan||37||16|
|I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague||Finger Eleven||53||15|
|When I’m Gone||Simple Plan||62||11|
|Money Honey||State of Shock||69||8*|
|Drive My Soul||LIGHTS||70||18|
|All or Nothing||Theory of a Deadman||81||22|
|Gotta Be Somebody||Nickelback||82||4|
|When I’m With You||Faber Drive||83||19|
|The End||Andrew F||84||10|
|Best I Ever Had||State of Shock||87||25|
|Taking Chances||Celine Dion||90||9*|
|Unlove You||Elise Estrada||92||11|
|Beautiful U R||Deborah Cox||10|
|In God’s Hands||Nelly Furtado||11|
|U Want Me 2||Sarah Mclachlan||11|
|Save You||Simple Plan||18|
|Give Me the Music||Eva Avila||21|
|Help I’m Alive||Metric||21|
|Turn Your Back||Billy Talent||23|
|Islands in the Stream||Constantines||28|
|Never Again||The Midway State||30|
|Operator (A Girl Like Me)||Shiloh||30|
|Waiting||City and Colour||32|
|Lay It On the Line||Divine Brown||32|
|Private Dancer||Danny Fernandes||32|
|Until I Stay||Jully Black||33|
|World We Know||Crash Parallel||33|
|Hold Me in Your Arms||The Trews||34|
|Them Kids||Sam Roberts||36|
|The Prayer (Live)||Celine Dion & Josh Groban||37|
|With Me||Sum 41||37|
|Numba 1 (Tide is High)||Kardinal Offishall||38|
|Hearts That Bleed||State of Shock||40|
* This peak position was reached in 2007
As the Canadian Billbaord Hot 100 launched in mid-2007, the first year for which there was a year-end chart was 2008. Below are the Canadian songs (in whole or in part) that made the year-end charts of 2008 and 2009. Foreign artists with which Canadians collaborated are in blue. The most popular Francophone songs of the year are taken from charts posted online by Montreal radio station CKOI.
2008 Canadian Billboard Year-End Hot 100
|Dangerous||Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon||11|
|For the Nights I Can’t Remember||Hedley||14|
|Never Too Late||Hedley||23|
|Don’t Call Me Baby||Kreesha Turner||26|
|Into the Night||Santana ft. Chad Kroeger||34|
|Your Love Is a Lie||Simple Plan||37|
|I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague||Finger Eleven||53|
|When I’m Gone||Simple Plan||62|
|Money Honey||State of Shock||69|
|Drive My Soul||LIGHTS||70|
|All or Nothing||Theory of a Deadman||81|
|Gotta Be Somebody||Nickelback||82|
|When I’m with You||Faber Drive||83|
|The End||Andrew F||84|
|Best I Ever Had||State of Shock||87|
|Taking Chances||Celine Dion||90|
|Unlove You||Elise Estrada||92|
2008 Top Francophone Songs of the Year
|1500 MILES||ÉRIC LAPOINTE||3|
|PUMP UP THE JAM*||THE LOST FINGERS*||10|
|BELLE DANS’ TÊTE||ÉRIC LAPOINTE||13|
|ENTRE DEUX TAXIS||LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS||15|
|POUSSE, POUSSE||JONATHAN PAINCHAUD||17|
|PLEINE LUNE||MARIE-LUCE BÉLAND||24|
|LE DÉNI DE L’ÉVIDENCE||MES AÏEUX||26|
|JE VEUX TOUT||ARIANE MOFFATT||31|
|LA MAISON EST GRANDE||KAÏN||34|
|JE PENSE À TOI||ALFA ROCOCO||36|
|OH MON CHÉRI||ANIK JEAN||43|
* This is an English song from a Quebec-based band
2009 Canadian Billboard Year-End Hot 100
|Africa||Karl Wolf ft. Culture||9|
|If Today Was Your Last Day||Nickelback||22|
|Gotta Be Somebody||Nickelback||27|
|Beautiful U R||Deborah Cox||39|
|Cross My Heart||Marianas Trench||43|
|Beautiful||Akon ft. Kardinal Offishall||45|
|All to Myself||Marianas Trench||46|
|G-Get Up and Dance||Faber Drive||48|
|Rusted from the Rain||Billy Talent||61|
|Dead End Countdown||The New Cities||69|
|Best I Ever Had||Drake||79|
|One Time||Justin Bieber||81|
|Haven’t Met You Yet||Michael Buble||84|
|Throw Ya Hands Up||Stereos||85|
|Give It To Me Right||Melanie Fiona||93|
|Too Pretty||State of Shock||100|
2009 Top Francophone Songs of the Year
|BEAU COMME ON S’AIME||YANN PERREAU||9|
|LA TETE HAUTE||LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS||16|
|I’M RUNNING*||MISSTRESS BARBARA AND SAM ROBERTS*||18|
|SUB SU’A JOB||MAD’MOIZELE GIRAF||20|
|SOUVENIRS D’ENFANCE||DAVID JALBERT||22|
|LES MALHEUREUX||ERIC LAPOINTE||24|
|EN ATTENDANT LE SOLEIL||VALLIERES||31|
|CAMERA VIDEO||LES TROIS ACCORDS||33|
|LA PLUS BELLE FILLE DE LA PRISON||JEAN LELOUP||35|
|LE PRESIDENT DANSE AUTREMENT||YANN PERREAU||37|
|TANT QU’ON AURA DE L’AMOUR||LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS||40|
|JEUDI, 17 MAI||ARIANE MOFFATT||44|
|A MOITIE MOINS HEUREUX||KAIN||47|
* This is an English song from Quebec-based artists
2007 was the year that saw the debut of the Canadian Hot 100 published through Billboard. The chart combines counts of radio spins of singles (tracked by Nielsen BDS) and digital download purchases (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan). The chart is much more stable and more accurate a reflection of the popularity of songs than those done in previous years. Unfortunately, the official charts were launched in the middle of the year; charts for the first half are unavailable. Some chart pre-launch peak positions for songs were able to be obtained from Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 database, though depending on how far back the data goes, they still may have charted higher. Obviously, there is no year-end chart for 2007. Find below a list of all Canadian Hot 100 Top 40 songs from Canadian artists peaking in 2007. As well, all Canadian Franco songs from CKOI’s year-end Top 50 are listed.
YE= Year-End chart position
WP = Weekly chart peak position
2007 CANADIAN FRANCO HITS (YEAR-END CKOI TOP 50)
|Te lette||Stage Lacroix||5|
|Gate 22||Pascale Picard||6|
|Qui prendra ma place||Marie-Mai||8|
|Une rose noire||Paul Cargnello||12|
|Tout nu sur la plage||Les Trois Accords||16|
|Follow me||Ariane Moffatt||21|
|Les jours de pluie||Alfa Rococo||24|
|La fin du monde||Xavier Cafeine||27|
|Le bonheur te fait de l’oeil||France D’Amour||30|
|L’amour du jour||Kain||32|
|Au gre des saisons||Dumas||34|
|Maniere de parler||Daniel Belanger||36|
|Qui je suis (laissez-moi aller)||Andree Watters||41|
|Les vieux chums||Jonathan Painchaud||43|
|Qu’en est-il de la chance?||Pierre Lapointe||45|
|Petit animal||Ariane Moffatt||47|
2007 TOP 40 CANADIAN HITS (CANADIAN HOT 100)
|Give It To Me||Nelly Furtado||1|
|Into the Night||Chad Kroeger||2|
|All Good Things||Nelly Furtado||5|
|Say It Right||Nelly Furtado||5|
|Walls Fall Down||Bedouin Soundclash||6|
|For the Nights I Can’t Remember||Hedley||6|
|If Everyone Cared||Nickelback||7|
|When You’re Gone||Avril Lavigne||8|
|Money Honey||State of Shock||8|
|Seven Day Fool||Jully Black||9|
|Taking Chances||Celine Dion||9|
|Do It||Nelly Furtado||11|
|All I Ever Wanted||Brian Melo||11|
|My Moon My Man||Feist||13|
|The Music||David Usher||17|
|Tongue Tied||Faber Drive||17|
|Second Chance||Faber Drive||22|
|Fallen Leaves||Billy Talent||22|
|Down in Heaven||Kalan Porter||25|
|Born Losers||Matthew Good||27|
|Never Too Late||Three Days Grace||30|
|Didn’t Even See the Dust||Paul Brandt||31|
|Underclass Hero||Sum 41||33|
|Fallin’ For You||Eva Avila||35|
|Falling On||Finger Eleven||36|
|Calling to Say||Serena Ryder||40|
Born: 1994, London, ON
Origin: Stratford, ON
Genres: R&B, Pop
• In first 2 years, sold more than 10 million records worldwide
• One of only several Canadian artists to receive a BRIT award
• Most hits on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 by a Canadian artist
• By the end of the noughties decade, was the most googled individual in the world
• Several JUNO awards
Studio Albums and Hit Singles
2009: My World (EP)
• 2x Platinum in Canada and the U.K.
• Hit Singles: “One Less Lonely Girl” (#10 WP), “One Time” (#12 WP; #81 YE), “Love Me” (#12 WP), “Favourite Girl” (#15 WP)
2010: My World 2.0
• 2x Platinum in Canada, the U.S., and Australia
• Hit Singles: “Baby” (#3 WP; #61 YE), “Somebody to Love” (#10 WP; #87), “Never Let You Go” (#14), “Eenie Meenie” (#14 WP; #76 YE), “U Smile” (#17 WP)
2011: Under the Mistletoe
• 3x Platinum
• Singles: “Mistletoe” (#9 WP)
• 2x Platinum
• Singles: “All Around the World” (#10 WP), “Boyfriend” (#1 WP; #35 YE), “As Long As You Love Me” (#9 WP; #48 YE), “Die in your Arms” (#14 WP), “Beauty and a Beat” (#4 WP)
2013: Believe: Acoustic
2013: Journals (Compilation Album)
• Singles: “Heartbreaker” (#15 WP), “All That Matters” (#14 WP), “Hold Tight” (#23 WP), “Recovery” (#30 WP), “Bad Day” (#26 WP), “All Bad” (#26 WP), “PYD” (#32 WP), “Roller Coaster” (#24 WP), “Change Me” (#34 WP), “Confident” (#29 WP).
All 18 tracks from the deluxe version of the album simultaneously appeared on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 the week after release. Three #1 hits internationally: “What Do You Mean”, “Sorry”, and “Love Yourself” (the latter two were #1 and #2 on Billboard Canada’s year-end chart for 2016 respectively). Multiplatinum certification for the album in Canada.
• “Never Say Never” (#11 WP)
• “Next to You” with Chris Brown (#32 WP)
• “Turn to You” (#22 WP)
• “Beautiful” with Carly Rae Jepsen (#37 WP)
• “Live My Life” with Far East Movement (#4 WP, #85 YE)
• “Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Diplo (#5WP, #15 YE)
• “Cold Water” with Major Lazer (#1 WP, #18 YE)
• “Let Me Love You” with DJ Snake (#4 WP, #31 YE)
Legend: WP – Weekly Peak, YE – Year-End Top 100
Canada has supplied the world with a number of teen stars over the years, and, unlike the United States, all have enjoyed continued success in their adult years.
Like many Canadians these days, Bieber was raised by a single mother. He grew up in Stratford, Ontario teaching himself drums, guitar, piano and trumpet. He entered a local singing contest when he was 12 and finished second. Taking advantage of new technologies, he uploaded videos onto internet website YouTube in 2007, of his performing covers of tunes of American artists Usher and Stevie Wonder. They took the world by storm and he racked up 10 million views.
The videos attracted the attention of So So Def management executive Scooter Braun. At just 13 years of age, Bieber was flown down to Atlanta, USA to meet with industry personnel and discuss a career. American rapper Usher and singer Justin Timberlake took an immediate interest in him but, as Usher and Braun were connected, Bieber signed with them and Island Records president L.A. Reid in October 2008. It was decided to make an EP first which was titled My World. The first single released was “One Time”, which charted globally, peaking at #12 in Canada. My World was certified double-platinum in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Eventually, seven singles from the album charted in the Billboard Hot 100, a record for a debut album.
Bieber followed up with a full-length album called My World 2.0, released in March, 2010. “Baby” was an international smash. At home, it was a #3 hit and was the 61st biggest song of the year. It topped the charts in France, peaked at #3 in Britain and Australia, and eventually became the highest certified single in U.S. history. To date, its music video has garnered over 800 million views on YouTube. The album matched the success of its predecessor.
He followed the album with both acoustic and remix albums and embarked on a world tour to the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. 93% of the venues sold out.
In 2011, Bieber became one of only five Canadian recording artists to win a BRIT award (International Breakthrough Act) and won two JUNO awards: pop album of the year (My World 2.0) and the fan choice award. In November he released a Christmas album called Under the Mistletoe. It was his most successful album in Canada, attaining triple-platinum sales. Track “Mistletoe”, an original song composed entirely by Canadians, was a Top 10 hit.
Bieber released Believe in 2012 which was certified double Platinum in November and became the best-selling Canadian album released in 2012 internationally. The album spawned several Top 20 singles, including #1 “Boyfriend”, the 5th song by a Canadian artist to top the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. He went on tour with labelmate Carly Rae Jepsen. All shows in Northern America sold out in 30 minutes. Towards the end of 2013, Bieber released a single every week all of which made the Top 40. These singles plus a few more were put onto compilation album Journals.
In 2015, Justin Bieber teamed up with EDM producers Skrillex and Diplo releasing the award winning single “Where Are U Now”, a Top 5 hit. Promotion for the lead single “What Do You Mean” of upcoming album Purpose involved posting photos on social media of a host of celebrities holding up signs counting down the number of days to release. The song debuted at #1 in 90 countries. Album Purpose and its singles broke a number of chart records around the world. Tracks “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” topped the charts in various countries around the world. Purpose became the first album released in 2015 to achieve multiplatinum certification in Canada.
Justin Bieber Official Site
Origin: Maple Ridge / Surrey, BC
Genres: R&B, Pop
Studio Albums and Hit Singles
2008: Elise Estrada
• Juno Nomination for R&B / Soul Album of the Year
• Singles: “Unlove You” (#11), “Insatiable”, “Ix Nay”, “These Three Words”, “Crash & Burn”, “Poison”, “One Last Time”
2010: Here Kitty Kittee
• Singles: “You’re So Hollywood”, “Lipstick”
• Singles: “U Don’t Need 2 Know”, “Wonder Woman”, “Piece of Me”
“Being an Asian singer in North America hasn’t always been easy. There is nothing more rewarding than being a role model for my culture and showing aspiring artists that if you want something bad enough, you can achieve it, regardless of the odds stacked against you” —Elise Estrada
April 5, 2008 was an inspirational milestone in Canadian music history: it was the first time a Canadian of east-Asian descent scored a Top 40 radio hit. The feat was accomplished by a young woman from Maple Ridge, BC named Elise Estrada.
Elise was born in the Philippines but when she was four, her family immigrated to Canada. She grew up in the Vancouver area where she participated in a number of singing competitions as well as beauty pageants. When she was 17 she was crowned Miss Vancouver Princess. After travelling to Los Angeles, U.S., she landed a role in a Disney Television pilot based on her life as a singer.
Vancouver radio station The Beat 94.5 FM offered a singing competition which she won. Graced with a beautiful voice, she was offered a record contract with RockSTAR / Universal and released the single “Insatiable”. It received radio airplay on The Beat.
Her second single, “Unlove You” was released and was brought into regular radio rotation. It entered the Canadian Hot 100 on December 22, 2007 gradually rising into the Top 50. When it was made available on iTunes, it shot up to #11 on the charts where it peaked on April 5, 2008. It made the Top 100 year-eand chart. This is remarkable given that no music video was shot to promote the song.
Estrada performed at the Canada Day Festival in Surrey, BC and released a full-length (self-titled) album in September. The album was produced by Adam H (Loverboy, Ne-Yo, George Clinton) and Sean Hosein & Dane DeViller (Hedley, Jessica Simpson). Grammy winner Orlando Calzada (Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez) took care of the mixing. It was nominated for a Juno award—R&B album of the year in 2009. She won the Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Artist in the R&B/Dance category. Several other singles were released from the album. “Crash and Burn” was nominated for two MuchMusic video awards (see below).
Estrada hosted a dating competition MuchMusic television series called Love Court which featured her “First Degree” as the theme song. In 2010, she released her second album, Here Kitty Kittee which spawned two singles. The music video for “Lipstick” was filmed in London, England.
In 2012, Elise released single “Piece of Me” as well as a charity single about the suicide of Vancouver bullied teen Amanda Todd. In 2013 she released a charity single “All It Takes Is a Moment” with proceeds going to victims of typhoon Haiyan which devastated part of The Philippines. Her third album, #Round3 appeared in 2014.
Elise’s younger sister Emmalyn is part of internationally charting group G.R.L.
Elise Estrada hasn’t racked up gold and platinum certifications as of yet, but she has set the stage for all future Canadian recording artists whose roots lie in east Asia. And in so doing, she is a true heroine and will be remembered in the generations to come as a Canadian legend.
Elise Estrada’s Official Website
Feist was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia but the family relocated to Regina and then Calgary. In 1991, while a teenager, she formed a punk band in Calgary. She experienced vocal cord problems in 1995 and relocated to Toronto a year later where she worked with various local indie artists. She recorded her own album on an independent label which was produced by Dan Kurtz who later created Dragonette. In 2001, with friends, she formed popular indie band Broken Social Scene. She released the acclaimed album Let It Die in 2004 and her cover of the Bee Gees “Inside and Out” was popular. She won the JUNO for Best New Artist in 2005. A remix album, Open Season, came the following year. Her big breakthrough was in 2007 when she released double-platinum The Reminder. It won the JUNO for album of the year, track “1234” song of the year, and Feist, herself, artist of the year. In all, she has won 8 JUNO awards. “1234” was the 35th most popular song of 2008. Feist released the album Metals in 2011.
Rocker Marie-Mai (Bouchard) was a finalist during the first season (2003) of Star Académie, somewhat of a French version of Canadian Idol. She grew up learning piano and developed a love and a talent for singing. Her grandmother mentored her and was the one who encouraged her to audition for the reality TV show. She released her gold debut album in 2004. She became noticed in Europe opening for Garou. Marie-Mai’s popular standing was sealed with the release of her second (gold) album, Dangereuse attraction, which won the Félix for rock album of the year. “Mentir” was nominated for the Félix song of the year, and she performed “Emmène-Moi” at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. She released her 3rd album, Version 3.0, in 2009. It was certified platinum and won her 2nd rock album of the year award. Both “C’est Moi” and “Comme Avant” (co-written by Rob Wells) were nominated for Félix awards. Marie-Mai won the Félix female artist of the year award in both 2010 and 2011. She recorded the song “Kill the Lights” with David Usher (Moist) and provided vocals for the French version of Simple Plan’s “Jet Lag”. In 2012, she had the biggest Francophone song of the year, “Sans cri ni haine”, a French-language cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”. It won the Song of the Year Felix. She released album Miroir which was quickly certified gold and later platinum. Album M appeared in 2014.
This Vancouver hard rock band has enjoyed three songs in the year-end Top 100 singles charts: “Best I Ever Had” (#87, 2008), “Money Honey” (#67, 2008), and “Too Pretty” (#100, 2009)—all from their second (gold) album Life, Love, and Lies. State of Shock is special in that it is a gender-combo band, including both male and female members. They released their debut album in 2004 but shot to stardom with their second release. Their lead singer is Cameron Melnyk, originally from Edmonton and of Ukrainian descent. They have toured with Nickelback and Puddle of Mud. State of Shock released its third album, Rock ‘n’ Roll Romance, in 2011.
This band is from Mission, B.C. and has been more successful in the singles than the albums department. Like State of Shock, they have enjoyed three songs in the year-end Top 100 charts: “When I’m with You” (#83, 2008), “G-Get Up and Dance” (#48, 2009), and “Give Him Up” (#84, 2010). “Tongue Tied” was a hit in 2007. The band is named after lead singer Dave Faber and has gone through several line-up changes, the only other consistent member being Jeremy “Krikit” Liddle. They shifted from standard pop rock fare to a more synth-rock sound on their second album.
Toronto’s Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rap artist. He became known as an actor first, however, playing the character Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. His recording career was launched when he was signed by American rapper Lil Wayne’s company. He released an EP first (in 2009) and his debut (platinum) album, Thank Me Later, was released the following year. Drake often collaborates with other artists in his recorded singles. “Headlines” is his only gold-certified single. “Best I Ever Had” made the year-end Top 100 in 2009; “Find Your Love” and “Over” did in 2010, when he won two JUNO awards, including one for best new artist. In 2011, he recorded hits with Barbados’ Rihanna and Trinidadian-American Nicki Minaj. That year he released his second full-length studio album, Take Care, with contributions by Chantal Kreviazuk, among others. Nothing Was the Same followed in 2013. Drake’s father is African American and his mother is Jewish Canadian. Drake released two albums in 2015, one a collaboration with U.S. artist Future and his own entitled If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. With album Views in 2016, track “One Dance” became his first #1 hit.
Edmonton is not known for churning out popular rock bands. But all that changed with the advent of The Stereos who have a gold album under their belt and have managed three year-end Top 100 singles: “Summer Girl” (#35, 2009), “Throw Ya Hands Up” (#85, 2009), and “Turn It Up” (#80, 2010). The first two were double-platinum digital downloads and the latter platinum. The Stereos are led by Pat Kordyback. They formed in 2008 under the moniker Stand By Me, changed it to Turn It Up, and finally settled on The Stereos. They rose to prominence by performing on MuchMusic show disBAND and were judged by Gene Simmons of Kiss. Universal Music Canada signed them immediately. After their gold debut album in 2009, they released a second album the following year.
LIGHTS is a female recording artist and synthesizer virtuoso. She was born in Timmins, Ontario but moved around during her childhood, living in Jamaica, The Philippines, and Vancouver, before settling in Toronto in her teens. In 2006, she got a job with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and composed music for television. Her talents led to a record deal with Sire / Warner Music and her song “Drive My Soul” became a Top 20 hit and the 70th biggest song of the year 2008. Before she even released her debut album, she received the JUNO award for best new artist. The Listening came out in 2009 and was certified gold. Her second album, Siberia, came out in 2011 and was certified gold in 2012. A departure from her more poppy-sounding debut, Siberia showcased a more creative electronic rock sound and drew critical acclaim. LIGHTS released her third album Little Machines in 2014 becoming her first Top 40 entry on the United States’ Billboard Albums chart.
The most significant event that occurred in the latter years of the first decade of the new millennium was that, for the first time in music history, a Canadian of east-Asian descent scored a radio hit. Canadians of Asian descent make up over 12% of the population but have seen little representation in the music industry. Maple Ridge B.C.’s Elise Estrada, born in the Philippines, recorded the R&B hit “Unlove You” which peaked at #11 on the singles chart.
This period also witnessed the 3rd best-selling Canadian single of all-time internationally, after Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” sold 7.3 million copies worldwide.
Edmonton, which had been left off the map in terms of churning out significant recording artists, contributed two during this time: Kreesha Turner and the Stereos.
Canadian music embraced further diversity. For the first time in a while, Canada gave the world a new male teen international superstar. A couple new electronic artists achieved success. Rock trio Metric released the single “Help, I’m Alive” which peaked at #21 on the singles chart in early 2009. LIGHTS, a female singer-songwriter, won the best new artist JUNO after her electronic pop song “Drive My Soul” became a Top 20 hit. Much of this diversity, however, involved taking on American styles of music, like R&B and rap. This coincided with Billboard magazine’s taking over the Canadian singles and albums charts in 2007.
In the late 2000s, a large portion of Canadian music began to emulate styles popular south of the border. A number of new Canadian artists began performing rap and R&B music. Relatively-speaking, such music did not sell well domestically. Most of these American-style artists arose from Toronto and were heavily promoted by Toronto-based MuchMusic. Although many of them were of Jamaican ancestry, they did not perform reggae music.
While it is true that Canadian artists like Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Raine Maida were busy writing and producing songs for American idol winners like Kelly Clarkson, and, in so doing, somewhat Canadianizing American pop, the American influence on Canadian music was much more apparent.
Artists who continued to perform Canadian styles of music began shedding their Canadian pronunciation, adopting American accents. And bad grammar became trendy. By the end of the decade these tendencies had become quite standard.
We can only speculate as to the motivations behind such a trend. Perhaps with the advent of digital music and the looming threat of rampant online piracy, record labels were pushing Canadian recording artists to tailor their music and accents to American styles in order to maximize chances of being successful in the world’s largest market for music. Ironically, many of the artists who did this did not end up making names for themselves in the republic. The most successful Canadian artists during the latter years of the decade were those who made music that was very Canadian: Michael Buble, Avril Lavigne, and Nickelback. The only new artists to sell many records during this period were Feist and Justin Bieber.
Although the year was heavily dominated by pop-punk superstar Avril Lavigne, the Juno gala held the following year gave all three major awards (song, album, and artist of the year) to a folk-pop singer from Amherst, N.S. called Feist. She had received some attention in 2005 for her cover of the Bee Gees’ song “Inside and Out”. Juno-winning The Reminder was certified double-platinum. Feist’s song “1234” was a Top 10 hit in Britain and the U.S. and made it to #3 at home. In the late 2000s, Feist was the most successful new artist at the Junos, winning eight of 11 nominations.
Five-piece, Vancouver-based, punky grunge band State of Shock scored a Top 10 hit called “Money Honey”. They managed three songs in the year-end Top 100 charts by the end of the decade. They were one of the few male-female combo bands.
Toronto’s Jully Black also made the Top 10 with her cover of the 1960s song “Seven Day Fool”. In Québec, female rocker Anik Jean enjoyed the hit “Oh mon chéri” and Jonathan Painchaud scored with “Pousse, Pousse”. But it was rocker Marie-Mai, Star Académie finalist who shone the brightest. She won four Félix awards, released gold and platinum albums, and recorded songs with David Usher (Moist) and Simple Plan. Although she did not see any hit singles, Peterborough, Ontario’s indie folk singer Serena Ryder scored a pair of gold albums and was honoured with the JUNO for best new artist.
With the handover of the official Canadian charts going to Billboard magazine, there was no year-end chart for the year, and we do not have access to the weekly singles charts for the first half of the year. Nevertheless, we have attempted to piece together data on some of the hits this year which you can find HERE. In brief, besides the new artists mentioned above, Avril Lavigne, Nickelback / Chad Kroeger, Nelly Furtado, Finger Eleven, Michael Bublé, Bedouin Soundclash, and Céline Dion enjoyed big hits.
Like R&B singer Jully Black, Toronto’s Kardinal Offishall (born Jason Harrow) is of Jamaican ancestry. His singles have done much better than his albums. This year, he scored the international hit “Dangerous” (11th biggest of 2008) with American Akon which won the Juno for song of the year. The two collaborated again in “Beautiful” and “Body Bounce” in subsequent years. In 2011, he recorded the song “Ghetto Love” with Montreal’s Karl Wolf, a rap-reggae version of Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”. Kardinal Offishall has won 3 JUNO awards.
Edmonton-born Kreesha Turner, whose mother is Jamaican, started her career by performing 70s-style R&B and scored the Top 10 hit “Don’t Call Me Baby”. South of her, in Calgary, Andrew F became a one-hit wonder (so far) with his punky song “The End”. Marie-Pierre Arthur scored the Quebec hit “Pourquoi” as did Yann Perreau with “Beau comme on s’aime”. Gypsy jazz band The Lost Fingers, from Quebec City, scored a platinum album called Lost in the 80s.
Montreal’s pop pianist Béatrice Martin, under the stage name Coeur de Pirate, released her debut album this year. It was certified platinum and was nominated for Francophone album of the year at the JUNOs.
LIGHTS is not a band but a female singer-songwriter based in Toronto. She became one of the most successful electronic pop musicians in the late 2000s, winning the Juno award for Best New Artist. Her “Drive My Soul” was the 70th biggest song of 2008.
Vancouver’s Phillipine-born beauty contest winner Elise Estrada scored the hit “Unlove You” which finished in the Top 100 year-end chart of 2008. As far as we know, she is the first Canadian of east-Asian descent to score a hit on the radio in Canada, a remarkable achievement.
Mission, B.C.’s Faber Drive were signed onto Chad Kroeger’s label 604 Records and performed mainstream pop. “When I’m with You” made the year-end Top 100 and the following year their “Get Up and Dance” was the 48th biggest song of the year.
Many new artists emerged this last year of the decade.
Lebanese-born Montrealer Karl Wolf began performing R&B and his cover of Toto’s “Africa” was the biggest song of the year by a Canadian artist, finishing the year in 9th spot.
A Canadian rapper had a huge hit south of the border. “Best I Ever Had” was the 22nd biggest song in the U.S. (79th in Canada) thanks to Toronto’s Aubrey Drake Graham, known simply as Drake. He started out as an actor playing the character Jimmy Brooks on the television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. Drake’s father is an African American from Memphis, Tennessee, and his mother is Jewish Canadian. He started out by collaborating with American rap artists like Kanye West, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne, signing onto the latter’s record label. Drake’s album Thank Me Later managed to go platinum in Canada.
Outselling Drake was a youngster from Stratford, ON named Justin Bieber who managed one platinum and two double-platinum albums. “One Time” and “One Less Lonely Girl” were big hits this year. He became successful by uploading videos of his songs onto Youtube. This led to a recording contract. Although primarily a pop artist, some of his songs feature rap segments from American artists.
Besides Nelly Furtado and Shawn Desman, another Portuguese-Canadian popped out of obscurity; in fact, he is Desman’s younger brother, Danny Fernandes. His “Fantasy” was a big hit this year.
Born in Scotland, naturalized Canadian soul singer Johnny Reid, despite no hit singles, put out an album that went double-platinum this year: Dance with Me. Divine Brown was yet another Toronto R&B singer to arise, though she did not score any significant hits until she teamed up with Nelly Furtado and performed “Sunglasses” (#22).
Toronto’s Suzie McNeil had entered a CBS reality show called Rock Star: INXS to find a new lead singer for the band. She was the last female singer to be eliminated from the competition, having gained by then considerable respect. She relocated to Los Angeles to develop her career. Her “Supergirl” made the year-end Top 100 this year.
Also from Toronto was Melanie Fiona, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Guyana. Her “Give It to Me Right” also made the Top 100 of 2009.
Besides Kreesha Turner, Edmonton produced the band the Stereos who scored two big hits this year: “Summer Girl” (#2) and “Throw Your Hands Up” (#3). The Stereos made a kind of music that blended all the current popular styles: grunge, dance, and rap.
Originally from Trois-Rivières, Québec, The New Cities set up base in Montréal and released their debut LP this year. Gold single “Dead End Countdown” was a big new wave hit, 69th of the year.
Links to Related Posts
Lists of Canadian Songs in the Top 100 of 2008 and 2009 in Canada are HERE.
Mini profiles on semi-major artists Feist, Marie-Mai, State of Shock, Faber Drive, Drake, The Stereos, and LIGHTS are HERE.
Major profile on Elise Estrada is HERE.
Major profile on Justin Bieber is HERE.
A list of Juno and Félix song of the year nominees and winners for the decade 2000-2009 is HERE.
A list of best-selling Canadian albums 2000-2009 is HERE.
A list of best-selling Canadian singles 2000-2009 is HERE.
Genres: Pop, Rock
Jacob Hoggard – lead vocals
Chris Crippin – guitars
Tommy Mac – bass
Dave Rosin – drums
• 2 double-platinum albums
• 13 Top 40 Singles, most of which made the year-end Top 100
• Biggest Canadian song of the year 2010 (“Perfect”)
• Triple Platinum single: “Kiss You Inside Out”
• 18 Juno Nominations, including 2 wins
Studio Albums and Hit Singles
• 2x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “On My Own” (#1), “Trip” (#11)
2007: Famous Last Words
• Hit Singles: “Never Too Late” (#4 WP; #23 YE), “For the Nights I Can’t Remember” (#6 WP; #14 YE), “Old School” (#10 WP; #61 YE)
2009: The Show Must Go
• 2x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “Cha Ching” (#6 WP; #58 YE*), “Perfect” (#7 WP; #18 YE), “Don’t Talk to Strangers” (#11 WP; #54 YE), “Hands Up” (#27 WP; #96 YE)
• Hit Singles: “Invincible” (Weekly Chart Peak #9, 69th of 2011 and 97th of 2012), “One Life” (Weekly Chart Peak #16, 57th of 2012), “Kiss You Inside Out” (Weekly Chart Peak #2, 19th of 2012 and 83rd of 2013).
2013: Wild Life
• Hit Singles: “Anything” (Weekly Chart Peak #5); “Crazy For You” #7; “Heaven in our Headlights” #14; “Pocket Full of Dreams” #33.
• Hit Singles: “Hello” (Weekly Chart Peak #20); “Lose Control” #37.
WP – Weekly Peak
YE – Year-End
* Cha Ching was the 54th biggest song of 2009 and the 92nd biggest song of 2010.
Hedley formed in Abbotsford, B.C. in 2004. Lead singer Jacob Hoggard’s bandmates bet him $150 that he would not audition for Canadian Idol and lost the bet; Hoggard auditioned, became one of the second season’s ten finalists and ended up finishing third, behind winner Kalan Porter and 2nd place Theresa Sokyrka. After leaving the show, Hoggard decided to reform the band and recruited Crippin, Mac, and Rosin. Perhaps due mostly to Hoggard’s high public profile resulting from his Canadian Idol days, the band was signed by Universal.
In 2005, Hedley released its debut (self-titled) album, and “On My Own” became a chart-topping hit single in Canada. MuchMusic brought music videos of all singles released into heavy rotation for the next two years. The album was eventually certified double-platinum.
Beginning a tradition of releasing a studio album every two years during an odd-numbered year, Hedley released its second album, Famous Last Words, in 2007. Three singles from the album peaked in the Top 10. “For the Nights I Can’t Remember” finished as the 14th biggest song of 2008.
The Show Must Go followed in 2009. “Cha Ching” sprinted up the charts peaking at #6. Hedley performed this song during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. “Perfect”, a piano ballad, was the most successful Canadian single in 2010, the 18th biggest song of the year. The song won the JUNO award for video of the year and was their most successful song south of the border, making it to #25 on the Billboard Adult Pop chart. The band toured with Faber Driver, Boys Like Girls, The Stereos, and Fefe Dobson.
Heralding their fourth album Storms, released late in 2011, was the single “Invincible”. The band released a new non-album single in 2012, “Kiss You Inside Out” which peaked at #2 on Billboard and became their best-selling single (Triple Platinum). A special bilingual version was recorded which featured Star Academie finalist Andrée-Anne Leclerc. Hedley released platinum album Wild Life towards the end of 2013 which spawned a number of hit singles.
Hedley takes its name from both a town in British Columbia as well as a street from their hometown of Abbotsford. Hedley has toured with Simple Plan, Nickelback, and Bon Jovi.
Hedley’s Official Site
Genre: R&B, Pop, Dance
• Gold Single: “Fire”
• The only artist to score three Top 10 singles on the UK Chart in 2004
• Has won seven music awards and been nominated for a Juno
• 5 of the tracks off his debut album peaked in the UK singles chart at #15 or better
Studio Albums and Hit Singles
• Worldwide sales: 1.6 million
• Singles: “So Confused” (#6 UK), “It Can’t Be Right” (#8 UK), “Can’t Get Enough” (#10 UK), “Angel Eyes” (#7 UK), “Let’s Work It Our” (#15 UK)
• Peaked on the India albums chart at #3
• Singles: “My Kinda Girl” (#3 India), “Humrahee” (#3 India)
2012: The Phoenix
• Singles: “So Much” (Nominated for a Juno Award), “Fire” (94th of 2011 CA; GOLD single)
Raghav is a vital component in the Canadian music scene simply because his talent is astounding.
He was born in Toronto, his parents having immigrated from India. The family soon after settled in Alberta—Calgary and Fort McMurray. As a teenager, while falling in love with Indian music, he also took a liking to American R&B. He wrote a song when he was 16 that won an award by the National Songwriters Association of America and the following year moved to Los Angeles to receive vocal training from Seth Riggs, mentor of Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder. After a year, he relocated to Liverpool, UK to study at the city’s Institute for Performing Arts. There, he joined a local R&B band called 11/7.
In 2003, Raghav signed a deal with A&R/V2 Records collaborating with DJ / producer 2Play and recorded the single “So Confused”. It was a big hit in Britain peaking at #6 on the official singles chart. In fact, every single that Raghav released rocketed its way up the singles chart into the Top 15. A total of five singles did so, four of which made the Top 10. A full-length studio album with 11 additional tracks was released in September 2004 called Storyteller. “Angel Eyes” was inspired by the reggae classic “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus and Pliers, while “Sooner or Later” featured fellow Canadian artist Kardinal Offishall.
In 2005, Raghav toured the world in the truest sense, performing in India, Africa, New York, Australia, and, of course, Canada.
Canada’s fellow Commonwealth country India was no doubt eager to get their hands on Raghav. In 2009, Universal Music India signed him to release his second album, Identity. The album was a huge hit in the second most populated country on earth, peaking at #3, aided by a pair of Top 3 singles. It features songs in both Hindi and English. “My Kinda Girl” featured rapper Redman.
After record deals in Britain and India, Raghav was ready to come home and, in 2010, signed with Canadian label Cordova Bay (State of Shock, Acres of Lions). He released the single “Fire” which became a GOLD-certified digital download despite no music video being made. It was released in conjunction with the Hindi “Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya”. “Fire” made the year-end Top 100 chart of 2011. Again teaming up with Kardinal Offishall, Raghav recorded “So Much” which was nominated for a Juno in 2011. Cordova Bay released Raghav’s third studio album The Phoenix in 2012. “Top of the World” made the Canadian Hot 100. At the end of 2013, Raghav released “WooHoo” which received nation-wide radio airplay. In 2015, he launched single “Until the Sun Comes Up” which features U.S. singer Nelly. Its lyric video surpassed one million views.
Raghav’s style is a unique blend of pop, reggae, R&B, rap, dance, and Indian music. Not only should Canadians of Indian descent (who make up a large portion of Canada’s population) be proud of him, all Canadians should be. He’s one of our best.
Raghav’s Official Website
Born: 1975, Burnaby, BC
Genres: Jazz, AC
• All 5 studio albums quadruple platinum or higher
• 3 Top 10 hits
• Nominated for 2 BRITs
• 3 Grammy Award wins
• 25 Juno Nominations, including 11 wins
Major Juno Awards
2006: Song of the Year, “Home”
2006: Artist of the Year
2006: Album of the Year, It’s Time
2010: Album of the Year, Crazy Love
2010: Song of the Year, “Haven’t Met You Yet”
Studio Albums and Hit Singles
2003: Michael Bublé
• 4x Platinum
• Singles: “Sway” (#15 AUL), “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, “Kissing a Fool”
2005: It’s Time
• 6x Platinum
• Juno Album of the Year
• Singles: “Home” (Juno Song of the Year; Platinum Digital Download), “Feeling Good”, “Save the Last Dance for Me”
2007: Call Me Irresponsible
• 4x Platinum
• Singles: “Everything” (#10 CA), “Me and Mrs. Jones”, “Lost” (#19 UK), “It Had Better Be Tonight”, “Comin’ Home Baby”
2009: Crazy Love
• 4x Platinum
• Juno Album of the Year
• Singles: “Haven’t Met You Yet” (#5 CA & UK; #31 CA-YE; Juno Song of the Year), “Hold On”, “Cry Me a River”, “Crazy Love”, “Hollywood” (#2 IL)
2013: To Be Loved
• 2x Platinum
• Singles: “It’s a Beautiful Day” (#20)
2016: Nobody but Me
• “Spider-Man Theme” (#6 CA) from the 2004 Spider-Man 2 soundtrack
• “Let It Snow!” (#22 AUL)
Legend: AUL-Australia, CA-Canada, UK-United Kingdom, US-YE-United States Year-End Chart, IL-Ireland
Note: Only countries with highest positions mentioned
Michael Bublé was born in Burnaby, a suburb on the east side of Vancouver. He was attracted to jazz vocal music as a child, especially Bing Crosby. His family noticed his singing talents when he was 13. As an avid Canucks fan, initially, Buble wanted to become a hockey player, and played the game in his youth. From age 14, he spent his summers working with his father, a commercial fisherman.
It was Michael’s Italian grandfather, a plumber, who began encouraging his musical talents and who paid for his singing lessons. Any nightclubs that needed plumbing work done were offered service in exchange for giving Michael stage time. He was 16. Two years later, Buble entered a local talent contest and won but was disqualified because he was underage. The organizer, Bev Delich, made it up to him by entering him in the Youth Talent Search which he won as well. Michael asked Delich to become his manager; she accepted. Over the next several years, Buble performed every gig possible, performing on cruise ships, at shopping malls and corporate events, in hotel lounges, bars, clubs, for corporate events, even doing singing telegrams. He made appearances in several television shows like The X-Files. But success eluded him.
In 1997, when he was 22, he performed on national television via a documentary called “Big Band Boom!” The same year he became a frequent guest on CTV’s Vicki Gabereau show as a fill-in for guests who cancelled. He performed with Diana Krall who was impressed with him. He began composing songs for Canadian cinema which led to a couple of Genie nominations. He recorded a self-financed independent album, First Dance, which went unnoticed. He pursued high-profile Vancouverite Bruce Allen to be his manager but was ignored. He relocated to Toronto to appear in some musicals.
At the end of the decade, Bublé’s musical career was, despite all the effort, going nowhere. He was ready to give up and pursue a career in journalism.
In the summer of 2000, Michael McSweeney, a speech writer for former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, heard Michael Buble sing at a corporate party. Mulroney’s daughter Caroline was getting married in September. McSweeney recommended Buble to sing at the wedding giving the Mulroney’s a copy of his independent album. The former P.M. extended the invitation, and Buble sang “Mack the Knife”. Guess who else was attending the wedding? David Foster. Bingo!
Foster was indeed impressed; however, he was honest in saying that he did not know how to market Bublé’s style of music. Buble followed Foster to Los Angeles, refusing to give up hope. He appeared in the films Duets and Totally Blonde. He recorded two more independent albums, Babalu (2001) and Dream (2002). At some point Paul Anka arrived on the scene to personally endorse Buble and Foster finally agreed to sign him onto his label 143 Records with no assurances from Warner.
The self-titled 2003 release contained contemporary standards of such songs as Van Morrison’s “Moondance”, George Michael’s “Kissing a Fool”, The Bee Gees “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and Paul Anka’s “Put You Head on My Shoulder”. “Sway” became, perhaps, the best-known track. Originally, a 1953 Spanish mambo song by a Mexican composer, it was recorded by Dean Martin the following year with English lyrics by Norman Gimbel.
Buble went on tour to promote the album and made a number of TV appearances. The album was eventually certified 4x Platinum in Canada but saw its greatest success in Australia where it topped the album charts and went 7x Platinum.
The following year, Buble was asked to sing the spider-man theme for the huge blockbuster Spider-Man 2. It became his first Top 10 hit in Canada.
Bublé’s sophomore release It’s Time became his biggest-selling album at home, selling over 600,000 copies. “Home”, an original song, which Buble co-wrote, won the Juno for Song of the Year. Buble performed songs with Nelly Furtado and world-renowned trumpeter Chris Botti. “Save the Last Dance for Me” was a 1960 hit for Ben E. King. “Feeling Good” was originally written for the musical “Roar of the Greasepaint”. It’s Time won the Juno for Album of the Year and Bublé for Artist of the Year.
Call Me Irresponsible came next, in 2007. “Everything”, another song Buble co-wrote, was a Top 10 hit at home. The album also contains the song “Lost” which he co-wrote with Jann Arden. He sang with English actress Emily Blunt for “Me and Mrs. Jones”, originally a hit for Billy Paul in 1972. He performed the original song “Comin’ Home Baby” with American vocal group Boys II Men.
In 2009, Buble released Crazy Love which was especially well-received in the U.K. & Ireland (8x and 9x Platinum). With it, Buble received his second song and album of the year awards. Co-composed “Haven’t Me You Yet” became his biggest hit: Top 5 in the U.K. and Canada and appearing on the year-end American Billboard chart at #39. Buble co-wrote a second song on the album—”Hold On”. He performed Ron Sexsmith’s “Whatever It Takes”. “Hollywood” was included on a re-release of the album and made it to #2 on the Irish charts.
Buble released a Christmas album in October, 2011. It became his highest certified studio album, eventually reaching diamond certification and won the Album of the Year award at the JUNOs. Albums To Be Loved and Nobody but Me followed in 2013 and 2016 respetively.
Copyright 2011 by the Canadian Music Blog