An Artist from Brampton Scores a Triple Platinum Album

Yukon Cornelius has been busy with the prospecting lately, as the workshop at Music Canada has had to prepare a bundle of gold and platinum certification awards and in sweltering summer heat too! The precious metals themselves were certified by Yukon; he licked them.

Popular new R&B singer Alessia Cara of Brampton, Ontario is to be presented with a platinum award for her JUNO-winning debut album Know-It-All.

Next, we need to Throw Down some gold for the Hicks. The debut album from country star Tim Hicks of Niagara Falls, Ontario has sold a cool 40,000 copies.

Shall we mention a golden hat trick by the Brodster? Why not! Dean Brody, originally from Jaffray, BC, sees debut album Trail in Life, third album Crop Circles, and fourth album Gypsy Road all dance with the golden nugget. His second album Dirt made the cut a while back for a clean, gilded sweep. Crop Circles and Gypsy Road both won JUNOs for Country Album of the Year.

Country act High Valley crosses over the County Line for some gold as well. The 2014 album saw the brothers from Blumenort, Alberta in top shape.

We have a triple platinum award! It belongs to another artist from Brampton, Ontario. His name is … Johnny Reid! 2009’s Dance with Me is now the crooner’s highest certified album representing 240,000 copies. The disc won the Country Album of the Year JUNO in 2010.

Finally, we find a shiny, platinum guitar pick in Pickering, Ontario, as Illuminate by Shawn Mendes plucks into 80,000 copies sold. It is the teenager’s second straight platinum album.

Congratulations Alessia, Tim, Dean, High Valley, Johnny, and Shawn!

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Are You Listening? LIGHTS Pedals into Platinum

Canadian recording artist LIGHTS, a multiple JUNO award winner, had her status upgraded today from gold to platinum. Music Canada has certified her debut LP The Listening a platinum album for sales in excess of 80,000 copies. The album contains her Top 40 hits “Drive My Soul” and “Saviour”; a total of five tracks from the album appeared on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She wrote all tracks herself, some co-written with Canadian producers Thomas “Tawgs” Salter and Dave “Dwave” Thomson. LIGHTS specializes in electronic, synthesizer driven pop/rock and has also released acoustic versions of her songs. The Listening has a five-star rating on iTunes with 900 casting votes (a high number for Canada). LIGHTS is currently working on her fourth album Skin & EarthThe Listening is a must-buy for those who love progressive pop music. Below is the music video for track “Saviour” with the iconic scene of LIGHTS playing keytar. Below that is “Drive My Soul” with its classic hair-raising vocals at 2:18.

 

Drake Takes the Cake: New Certifications Announced

Music Canada has awarded new certification levels to a batch of albums by Canadian rapper Drake. The biggest news of all is that his album Views now clocks in at Six Times Platinum representing physical shipments and digital sales of 480,000 copies. It now stands as his best-seller. Take Care moves up to Quadruple Platinum and Nothing Was the Same Triple Platinum. We present below a list of all his studio albums with their current certification levels all of which are newly announced.

DRAKE ALBUMS

2009: So Far Gone (EP) – Gold
2010: Thank Me Later – Double Platinum
2011: Take Care – Quadruple Platinum
2013: Nothing Was the Same – Triple Platinum
2015: If You’re Reading This… – Double Platinum
2015: What a Time to Be Alive (with Future) – Platinum
2016: Views – Six Times Platinum
2017: More Life – Double Platinum

Gold/Platinum Certifications March-July 2017

New gold/platinum certifications have been announced by Music Canada. Highlights in the realm of albums are The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness reaching quadruple platinum and Starboy triple platinum. Single “Spirits” by The Strumbellas ka-chings in at double platinum. We will post new certifications for Drake in a separate post.

ALBUMS

Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd, Quadruple Platinum Album
Starboy, The Weeknd, Triple Platinum Album

Trilogy, The Weeknd, Platinum Album
Rose Ave., You+Me, Platinum Album (Part Canadian)
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen, Platinum Album

Safe Haven, Ruth B., Gold Album
La Voix V, Various Artists, Gold Album
Seul Au Piano, Pierre Lapointe, Gold Album

SINGLES

Spirits, The Strumbellas, Double Platinum Single

Not Going Home, DVBBS, Platinum Single
Stronger Beer, Tim Hicks, Platinum Single
When the Night Feels My Song, Bedouin Soundclash, Platinum Single

Marching Bands, Neon Dreams (Ft. Kardinal Offishall), Gold Single
Fire in My Soul, Walk Off the Earth, Gold Single
Devotion, Coleman Hell, Gold Single
Push+Pull, July Talk, Gold Single
I’m an Open Road, Paul Brandt (Ft. Jess Moskaluke), Gold Single

And the First Gold 2017 Canadian Album Is…

Music Canada has just awarded the first gold certification to a Canadian artist album released in 2017. And we know what you’re thinking: “It’s More Life by Drake, right?” Wrong! “Big Wreck’s Grace Street?” No. “Mother Mother’s No Culture?” No. “How about La Voix 5? Must be.” Wrong again. The answer is … Agnus Dei from Mario Pelchat & Les Pretres!

Originally from the humble town of Dolbeau-Mistassini (pop. 15,000), the gifted vocalist has been recording since 1981. He has been nominated at the JUNOs four times. “Super” Mario really is just that; the man has racked up 10 gold albums over the years, three of which have gone platinum. He also has a gold DVD. Mario’s beautiful 2017 work features cleric singing group Les Prêtres containing heavenly songs of inspiration.  iTunes

Latest Batch of Gold/Platinum Certifications

Did your favourite artist score a gold or platinum single or album? Find below 10 recent certifications from Music Canada.

The big news concerning the batch involves Coleman Hell whose “2 Heads” attains the sky-scraping platform of quadruple platinum. There are only 15 other tracks from Canadian artists in the history of the awards program (since 1975) that have made the cut.

Three albums have gone gold: Soul singer Bobby Bazini‘s Summer Is Gone (released 2016), folk-rock group Les Cowboys FringantsOctobre (2015), and pop band Marianas Trench‘s Astoria (2015).

Singles certified gold include Arkells‘ “Leather Jacket”. This is the Hamilton band’s first certified work. Serena Ryder‘s recent single “Got Your Number” achieves the gold standard. “Who Do You Love” by the aforementioned Marianas Trench is now a gilded disc. Alternative rock band July Talk receives its first certified work as well, as single “Guns + Ammunition” receives a golden bullet. “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed” from Simple Plan makes the golden grade. And finally Karl Wolf, no stranger to precious metal awards, gets his latest, as “Amateur at Love” goes gold.

Amateur at Love, Karl Wolf gold single
I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed, Simple Plan, gold single
Guns + Ammunition, July Talk, gold single
Astoria, Marianas Trench, gold album
2 Heads Coleman Hell, 4x platinum single
Who Do You Love, Marianas Trench, gold single
Octobre, Les Cowboys Fringants, gold album
Got Your Number, Serena Ryder, gold single
Leather Jacket, Arkells, gold single
Summer Is Gone, Bobby Bazini, gold album

Drake: First Canadian to Score Diamond Single, Tops IFPI’s Global Best-Sellers

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Big news for country star Tim Hicks, as he lands his first platinum certified single, that being “Get By”. Tim grew up in Niagara Falls, ON. His provincial companion, Toronto rapper Drake, has become the first Canadian artist in history to score a diamond single. The gold/platinum program at Music Canada has awarded “One Dance” diamond certification which is equivalent to 10x platinum or 800,000 units. The units are determined by the sale of digital downloads and streaming at the rate of 150 streams equivalent to 1 unit. “One Dance” is not an original composition but a reworking of “Do You Mind” by Crazy Cousinz and Kyla. Previously, the UK’s Mark Ronson scored a diamond single via “Uptown Funk”. The Black Eyed Peas of the United States received digital download only diamond certification for “I Gotta Feeling”. Other certifications have come in for Drake as well. “Too Good” now stands at quadruple platinum and “Controlla” at double platinum. His album Views has been upgraded to double platinum status.

Drake leads the world according to the recently released IFPI annual report for 2016. The international trade organization has handed him the IFPI 2016 Global Artist of the Year Award, which recognizes a recording artist’s worldwide success across physical and digital formats, including downloads and steams. The award has been presented annually since 2013, and Drake is the first Canadian to receive it. The Top 10 of 2016, which include three Canadians, are as follows:

1. Drake
2. David Bowie
3. Coldplay
4. Adele
5 .Justin Bieber
6. Twenty One Pilots
7. Beyoncé
8. Rihanna
9. Prince
10. The Weeknd

Note that only some countries around the globe keep data on music consumption which may help explain why all top 10 artists are Anglophone.

Gold/Platinum Certifications: Dec ’16 – Feb ’17

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Vancouver twin sisters Dani & Lizzy score their very first gold record, thanks to the popular “Dancing in the Sky”. Reggae pop group MAGIC! continues to do well. Big hit “Lay You Down Easy” is now a platinum single in Canada. Coleman Hell’s “Fireproof” is now platinum. It follows the success of “2 Heads” which struck the triple platinum mark. The country artists come through as well. Gold now decorates Tebey’s “Wake Me Up” and Chad Brownlee’s “I Hate You for It”.

For albums, no stranger to selling them like hotcakes is Bryan Adams. His ICON compilation is now gold. Gord Downie, accustomed to diamond awards with the Tragically Hip, gets gold status as a soloist for his Secret Path. Sarah McLachlan goes gold with Christmas album Wonderland. The Weeknd’s Starboy album upgrades itself to platinum.

“Lay You Down Easy” by MAGIC!, Platinum Single
Bryan Adams ICON Compilation, Gold Album
“Dancing in the Sky” by Dani & Lizzy, Gold Single
“Fireproof” by Coleman Hell, Platinum Single
Starboy by The Weeknd, Platinum Album
“Wake Me Up” by Tebey, Gold Single
“I Hate You for It” by Chad Brownlee, Gold Single
Secret Path by Gord Downie, Gold Album
Wonderland by Sarah McLachlan, Gold Album

2016 Gold/Platinum Year-End Review

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SINGLES

Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification Program has published its 2016 year-end review. The year included the unveiling of the new Single Award which came into effect September 12. It replaces the old digital download and CD Single awards combining physical and digital track sales with on-demand streams at 150 streams equating to 1 unit. Gold remains at 40,000 units and platinum 80,000 units for both singles and albums. Music Canada notes that the very first plaque for the new Single Award was presented to Brett Kissel for his #1 country radio hit “Airwaves”. The new award was launched in conjunction with new logos and branding for the program.

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The new guidelines resulted in a significant increase in the total number of track certifications from 2015. The year 2016 witnessed 495 track certifications which is a 75% increase from the 283 track certifications in 2015. Music Canada notes that “119 track certifications were from Canadian artists, a 72% increase from the 69 Canadian track certifications in 2015”.

The track with the highest certification awarded in 2016 was Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” at Diamond (i.e. 10x platinum). At 8x platinum were Adele’s “Someone Like You”, Pharell Williams‘ “Happy”, and Hozier‘s “Take Me To Church”. The highest Canadian track certifications in 2016 for a Canadian artist were “Love Yourself” and “Sorry” both from Justin Bieber reaching 7X Platinum.

In terms of tracks that were released in 2016, the highest certification was given to Sia for “Cheap Thrills” at 7x platinum.

ALBUMS

Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum program awarded 75 album certifications in 2016 which is down from 133 in 2015. Of these, 26 were from Canadian artists, down from 51 in 2015.

The album achieving the highest certification in 2016 was Adele’s 25 which made Diamond. Justin Bieber‘s Purpose was the highest certified Canadian artist album at Quadruple Platinum. Music Canada states, “Celine Dion‘s Double Platinum certification for Encore un soir was the highest certification for an album, both international and Canadian, released in 2016″. Drake‘s Views, 2Freres’ Nous autres, and Michael Buble’s Nobody But Me each earned Platinum status.

CANADIAN ARTIST SINGLES AND ALBUMS CERTIFIED IN 2016

Certified Albums

Purpose, Justin Bieber, 4x Platinum
Gros Mammoth, Les Trois Accords, 2x Platinum
Endore un Soir, Céline Dion, 2x Platinum
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd, 2x Platinum
Nobody but Me, Michael Bublé, Platinum
Nous autres, 2Frères, Platinum
Handwritten, Shawn Mendes, Platinum
Views, Drake, Platinum
La Voix IV, Various Artists, Platinum
Wallflower, Diana Krall, Platinum
Starboy, The Weeknd, Gold
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen, Gold
Man Machine Poem, Tragically Hip, Gold
Sun Leads Me On, Half Moon Run, Gold
Classics, George Canyon, Gold
Les Grandes artères, Louis-Jean Cormier, Gold
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For Lack of a Better Name, deadmau5, Gold

Multiplatinum Singles

“Love Yourself”, Justin Bieber, 7x Platinum
“Sorry”, Justin Bieber, 7x Platinum
“What Do You Mean?”, Justin Bieber 6x Platinum
“Anything”, Hedley, 4x Platinum
“Starboy”, The Weeknd, 3x Platinum
“Lost Boy”, Ruth B, 3x Platinum
“Wild Things”, Alessia Cara, 3x Platinum
“Cold Water”, featuring Justin Bieber, 3x Platinum
“Sugar”, featuring Francesco Yates, 3x Platinum
“Here”, Alessia Cara, 3x Platinum
“This Is What It Feels Like”, featuring Trevor Guthrie, 3x Platinum
“2 Heads”, Coleman Hell, 3x Platinum
“Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff”, deadmau5, 3x Platinum
“The Hills”, The Weeknd, 3x Platinum
“Never Be Like You” featuring Kai, 2x Platinum
“Fallout”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Haven’t Had Enough”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Stutter”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Desperate Measures”, Marianas Trench, 2x Platinum
“Crazy for You”, Hedley, 2x Platinum
“Stereo Love”, Mia Martina, 2x Platinum
“Stitches”, Shawn Mendes, 2x Platinum

Platinum Singles

“Scars to Your Beautiful, Alessia Cara, Platinum
“Darlin'”, Johnny Reid, Platinum
“It’s Friday”, Dean Brody, Platinum
“Luv”, Tory Lanez, Platinum
“Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”, Jess Moskaluke, Platinum
“Can I Get a Witness”, SonReal, Platinum
“Jackpot”, Jocelyn Alice, Platinum
“Lose Control”, Hedley, Platinum
“Bungalow”, Scott Helman, Platinum
“Controlla”, Drake, Platinum
“Clothes Off”, Ria Mae, Platinum
“Kiss Goodnight”, Tyler Shaw, Platinum
“Wheat Kings”, Tragically Hip, Platinum
“Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber, Platinum
“Treat You Better”, Shawn Mendes, Platinum
“For Free” featuring Drake, Platinum
“Ahead by a Century”, Tragically Hip, Platinum
“Tsunami”, DVBBS, Platinum
“I Know What You Did Last Summer”, Shawn Mendes, Platinum
“Spirits”, The Strumbellas, Platinum
“One Dance”, Drake, Platinum
“We Are Stars”, Virginia to Vegas ft. Alyssa Reid, Platinum
“In the Night”, The Weeknd, Platinum
“Rule the World”, Walk Off the Earth, Platinum
“Sofi Needs a Ladder”, deadmau5, Platinum
“The Veldt”, deadmau5, Platinum
“Feel It in My Bones”, featuring Tegan & Sara, Platinum

Gold Singles

“Youth Without Youth”, Metric, Gold
“Breathing Underwater”, Metric, Gold
“Saviour”, Lights, Gold
“Lost You”, Zeds Dead, Gold
“Fireproof”, Coleman Hell, Gold
“Dancing Kizomba”, Alx Veliz, Gold
“She’s With Me”, High Valley, Gold
“Got a Feeling”, Tim Hicks, Gold
“Heartbreaker”, Mia Martina, Gold
“Shisha”, Massari, Gold
“Loved Me Back to Life”, Celine Dion, Gold
“Airwaves”, Brett Kissel, Gold
“Lay You Down Easy”, Magic, Gold
“Might Not”, Belly ft. The Weeknd, Gold
“Summer Sixteen”, Drake, Gold
“One Love”, Marianas Trench, Gold
“Make You Mine”, Hedley, Gold
“Jumpman”, Drake, Gold
“Started with a Song”, Brett Kissel, Gold
“Work” featuring Drake, Gold
“Aural Psynapse”, deadmau5, Gold
“Move for Me”, deadmau5, Gold
“I Remember”, deadmau5, Gold
“Fire in Your New Shoes” featuring Dragonette, Gold
“Raise Your Weapon”, deadmau5, Gold
“Beast”, Mia Martina, Gold
“County Line”, High Valley, Gold

You can view the entire list of works certified in 2016 here.

Gold/Platinum Certifications: November – Mid-December 2016

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Ron Perlman may be a freaky-deaky Hellboy, but Toronto’s The Weeknd is the self-proclaimed Starboy. The album has just been certified gold by Music Canada, and its title-track is now a triple platinum single. It has spent the last 3 weeks perched at the very top of the Billboard Hot 100. Alessia Cara’s third major hit “Scars to Your Beautiful” is now at platinum. At the same mark is “Darlin'” by Johnny Reid from 2007. As we previously mentioned, Michael Bublé’s latest album Nobody but Me has made it to platinum. Dean Brody’s 2012 song “It’s Friday” and Tory Lanez’s 2016 track “Luv” are both platinum. Grammy nominated song “Never Be Like You” by Flume which features Canadian singer Kai has achieved double platinum prestige. Edmonton newcomer Ruth B is right up there with The Weeknd at triple platinum thanks to her hit single “Lost Boy”. Country superstar Jess Moskaluke of Saskatchewan is now upgraded as an artist from gold to platinum thanks to 2014’s “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. The late, great Leonard Cohen goes gold with his 2016 album You Want It Darker.

Find a recap of certifications from November through to mid-December 2016 below. Years in parentheses represent the release year of the works. Currently in Canada, gold represents 40,000 units, platinum 80,000, double platinum 160,000, triple platinum 240,000, etc.

“Starboy”, The Weeknd (2016), Triple Platinum Single
Starboy, The Weeknd (2016), Gold Album
“Scars to Your Beautiful”, Alessia Cara (2015), Platinum Single
“Darlin'”, Johnny Reid (2007), Platinum Single
Nobody but Me, Michael Bublé (2016), Platinum Album
“It’s Friday”, Dean Brody (2012), Platinum Single
“Luv”, Tory Lanez (2016), Platinum Single
“Never Be Like You”, featuring Kai (2016), Double Platinum Single
“Lost Boy”, Ruth B (2015), Triple Platinum Single
“Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”, Jess Moskaluke (2014), Platinum Single
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen (2016), Gold Album

Gold/Platinum Awards Sep 20 – Oct 28, 2016

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It’s time for a new batch of gold/platinum certification awards from Music Canada. Justin Bieber enters the Top 10 highest certified singles in Canadian history with three tracks. Marianas Trench scores a batch of double platinum singles. Find new certifications for Alessia Cara, Metric, and many more below.

“Love Yourself”, Justin Bieber – 7x platinum single
“Sorry”, Justin Bieber – 7x platinum single
“What Do You Mean?”, Justin Bieber 6x platinum single
“Here”, Alessia Cara – 3x platinum single
“Wild Things”, Alessia Cara – 3x platinum single
“Scars to Your Beautiful”, Alessia Cara – gold single
“Sugar”, Robin Schulz ft. Francesco Yates – 3x platinum single

Gros mammouth, Les Trois Accords – 2x platinum album
“Fallout”, Marianas Trench – 2x platinum single
“Stutter”, Marianas Trench – 2x platinum single
“Haven’t Had Enough”, Marianas Trench – 2x platinum single
“Desperate Measures”, Marianas Trench – 2x platinum single

“Gimme Sympathy”, Metric – platinum single
“Help, I’m Alive”, Metric – gold single
“Can I Get a Witness?”, SonReal – platinum single
“Jackpot”, Jocelyn Alice – platinum single

Les Chemins de verre, Karkwa – gold album
“Starboy”, The Weeknd – gold single

The United States Gives Carly Rae Jepsen a Diamond

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Carly Rae Jepsen may now have to alter her lyrics to “Pennies and diamonds for a kiss, I wasn’t looking for this…” Carly has become the ninth recording artist, third female, second Canadian, and only British Columbian to score a diamond single in the United States. The song is 2011’s “Call Me Maybe” (released internationally in 2012). The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced October 5, 2016, that the single is only the 12th in history to accumulate a combined sales and streaming tally of 10 million units in the U.S. The full list of diamond singles certified by the RIAA is as follows.

Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Elton John, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/ ”Something About…”
Eminem, “Love the Way You Lie”
Eminem, “Not Afraid”
Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Justin Bieber, “Baby”
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
Lady Gaga‚ ”Poker Face”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ”Thrift Shop”

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” sits at 8x platinum in Canada, though this is based solely on digital download sales of over 640,000. Music Canada began including streaming data in its gold/platinum certification program last month.

New Gold/Platinum Awards for Bieber, Hedley, Helman, Lights, Metric

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Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum awards program has announced new certifications for singles by Hedley, Scott Helman, Lights, Metric, and featuring Justin Bieber. The awards are rolling in with its redefining as of September 12 how certifications are determined. Now streams at a ratio of 150 for 1 unit are combined with digital downloads and sales of any physical copies into the single award. Gold is equivalent to 40,000 units, platinum 80,000, double platinum 160,000, etc.

Cold Water” by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber, a recent Billboard Hot 100 chart topper, now stands at double platinum certification.

Hedley‘s “Anything” has been awarded quadruple platinum status (!!!!) while “Crazy For You” makes double platinum. The group’s more recent single “Lose Control” is now platinum.

Bungalow” by Scott Helman has reached platinum.

Saviour“, a Top 40 hit for Lights in 2009, has gone gold.

Electronic rock band Metric has a pair of new certifications: “Youth Without Youth” is gold while “Breathing Underwater” is platinum.

For all the latest certifications and to search past awards, visit Music Canada’s gold/platinum database here. You can also follow the Twitter account here.

Music Canada Unveils Nifty New Badges and Salutes Streaming

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Trade organization Music Canada made big announcements at the 2016 CCMA awards regarding changes to its gold/platinum certification program. These involve the inclusion of streaming data in certifying tracks and the introduction of branding badges to certified music.

INCLUSION OF STREAMING DATA IN TRACK CERTIFICATION

Historically, the certification of tracks was based on sales of physical singles whether in vinyl, cassette, or CD format. Later, digital download certifications were introduced to mark milestones for the sale of tracks downloaded from iTunes and other online retail platforms. Now, sales of physical singles, digital tracks, and streaming data will be consolidated into the new Single Award. Streaming will use a conversion formula of 150 streams equalling 1 unit. Music Canada will be accepting streaming data only from paid and ad-supported on-demand subscription services available in Canada like Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Spotify, Tidal, etc. Non-interactive services, semi-interactive services, and music videos will not be accepted for certification purposes. This means that YouTube and VEVO video streams from official accounts will not be counted.

At this time, only tracks and not albums will be certified with streams.

For tracks already certified as Digital Downloads, Music Canada notes, “Tracks will no longer be certified as Digital Downloads, and will continue to be certified from their last certification milestone as Singles. All of the Digital Download certifications will be archived in our database, showing their initial certifications were based solely on sales.”

The certification benchmarks will remain the same at this time. For both singles and albums, gold is 40,000 units, platinum 80,000 units, and diamond 800,000 units.

NEW SINGLE CERTIFICATIONS

With the introduction of the new Single Award, Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum program revealed over 50 new Single certifications today. Singles involving Canadian artists are listed below. Regarding international artists, a highlight is that “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars is the first diamond single since The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”.

GOLD SINGLES

“Dancing Kizomba”, Alx Veliz
“Airwaves”, Brett Kissel
“Loved Me Back to Life”, Céline Dion
“Fireproof”, Coleman Hell
“She’s with Me”, High Valley
“Shisha”, Massari
“Got a Feeling”, Tim Hicks
“Lost You” Zeds Dead

PLATINUM SINGLES

“It’s Friday”, Dean Brody
“For Free”, Drake/DJ Khaled
“Let Me Love You”, DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
“Controlla”, Drake
“Never Be Like You”, Flume ft. Kai
“Low Life”, Future ft. The Weeknd
“Clothes Off”, Ria Mae
“Treat You Better”, Shawn Mendes
“Wheat Kings”, The Tragically Hip
“Ahead by a Century”, The Tragically Hip
“Kiss Goodnight”, Tyler Shaw

TRIPLE PLATINUM SINGLES

“This Is What It Feels Like”, Armin van Buuren ft. Trevor Guthrie
“2 Heads”, Coleman Hell

AWARD BADGES

In addition to a new logo, to help media celebrate Canadian gold, platinum, and diamond certifications, Music Canada has introduced digital image badges. The trade organization asks that they not be altered in any way. Of these, it states, “Stylistically, the center waveform uses Music Canada’s established colours to create an ‘M,’ while the surrounding ‘C’, completed with a distinct maple leaf, honours the legacy of formats like CD’s, DVD’s, and Vinyl.” Gold is gold, platinum light grey, and diamond blue.

In cooperation, The Canadian Music blog will try to incorporate these official badges into certification announcements and listings where possible from this point forward.

Find the new logo and certification badges below.

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One Time Pink and Two Times Platinum for Queen C

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It is a French language disc that is the first Canadian artist album released in 2016 to be certified double platinum. At this juncture, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem sits at gold, while both La Voix IV (various artists) and Drake’s Views have made platinum. Those three albums all made #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart along with Billy Talent’s Afraid of Heights and our double platinum juggernaut which is none other than Céline Dion’s Encore un soir. Dion is the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all time internationally with half a dozen diamond certified albums in Canada. At home, she has sold more records during the SoundScan era than any other artist whether foreign or home-grown. The only female soloist to have sold decisively more records globally than Céline is Madonna. (Varying estimates put Dion neck and neck with Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and the late Whitney Houston). Céline recently released a new English-language song that was penned by U.S. recording artist Pink. The latter has never been shy to work with Canadian artists as she recently made an album with City and Colour in project You+Me. The new song, written after the passing of Dion’s husband and manager René Angélil, is titled “Recovering”. The piano ballad will be included on Céline Dion’s highly anticipated next English language album, her first since 2013’s quadruple platinum Loved Me Back to Life.