Music Canada Releases 2019 Recap

Music Canada has released its 2019 year-end recap with some interesting stats on music consumption in the country. Trends include a shift towards the on-demand audio streaming market, which accounted for 60% of recorded music revenues in 2018. The Gold/Platinum certification program saw a 33% increase from 2018 in the single awards. Eleven singles received Diamond certifications this year, one of which – Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” – was released in 2019. American artist Post Malone scored the most certifications for music this year. His “Wow” achieved 7x Platinum and Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” received the third highest single certification for a 2019 release at 6x Platinum.

Three Canadian singles struck Diamond status in 2019 (all were released in years prior): Drake’s “God’s Plan”, The Weeknd’s “Starboy”, and Loud Luxury’s “Body”. (Diamond is equivalent to 10x Platinum.) As far as albums go, The Weeknd was champ in 2019 with quintuple platinum certifications for two of his previously released albums – 2016’s Starboy and 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness. Three albums released in 2019 made it to the double platinum rung: Khalid‘s Free Spirit, Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? More…

Gold/Platinum Certifications: These Two Tracks Reach 8x Platinum

It has been a while since we posted updates on gold and platinum certifications from Music Canada. Two singles have achieved 8x platinum status over the past several months: “Body” by Loud Luxury and “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. The latter’s album Beauty Behind the Madness has reached the quintuple platinum mark. Other highlights include classic 80s number “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” from British Columbian rock group Chilliwack going platinum. Find below a hefty table of the newest certifications, sorted alphabetically by artist. See if the table includes any of your favourites.

INSCAPE Alexandra Stréliski GOLD ALBUM
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire PLATINUM ALBUM
Old Crows / Young Cardinals Alexisonfire PLATINUM ALBUM
This Could Be Anywhere… Alexisonfire Gold Single
Young Cardinals Alexisonfire Gold Single
High Noon Arkells PLATINUM ALBUM
Knocking At The Door Arkells Platinum Single
Walls Fall Down Bedouin Soundclash Gold Single
Ballerina Belly Platinum Single
What You Want (ft. The Weeknd) Belly Gold Single
Hit & Run Big Sugar GOLD ALBUM
Anthem Brett Kissel Gold Single
Shine A Light Bryan Adams GOLD ALBUM
Two Punks In Love bülow Gold Single
Fly At Night Chilliwack Gold Single
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) Chilliwack Platinum Single
Bring Me Your Love City and Colour 2x PLATINUM ALBUM
Comin’ Home City and Colour Platinum Single
Fragile Bird City and Colour Platinum Single
Grand Optimist City and Colour Platinum Single
If I Should Go Before You City and Colour GOLD ALBUM
Little Hell City and Colour 2x PLATINUM ALBUM
Lover Come Back City and Colour Gold Single
Save Your Scissors City and Colour Platinum Single
Sleeping Sickness City and Colour Platinum Single
The Girl City and Colour Platinum Single
Thirst City and Colour Gold Single
Wasted Love City and Colour Gold Single
No Pressure (ft. Snoop Dogg) Classified Gold Single
Roses Coeur de pirate PLATINUM ALBUM
Lifted Dallas Smith Gold Single
One Little Kiss Dallas Smith Gold Single
Sky Stays This Blue Dallas Smith Gold Single
Slow Rollin’ Dallas Smith Gold Single
Best Part (ft. H.E.R.) Daniel Caesar 2x Platinum Single
Get You (ft. Kali Uchis) Daniel Caesar 2x Platinum Single
We Find Love Daniel Caesar Gold Single
Who Hurt You? Daniel Caesar Gold Single
Bad Habits Delaney Jane Gold Single
In My Feelings Drake 5x Platinum Single
Not Going Home DVBBS 2x Platinum Single
IDWK DVBBS & Blackbear Platinum Single
La La Land (ft. Delaney Jane) DVBBS & Shaun Frank Gold Single
Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine 2x Platinum Single
Better Off Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine Gold Single
Get What You Give Felix Cartal Platinum Single
Love Me Felix Cartal & Lights Gold Single
Après Fred Pellerin GOLD ALBUM
À jamais Ginette Reno PLATINUM ALBUM
Blood//Water grandson Gold Single
Turn Your Love Half Moon Run Gold Single
Make You Mine High Valley Platinum Single
She’s With Me High Valley Platinum Single
Got Your Name On It Jade Eagleson Gold Single
Chills James Barker Band Platinum Single
Keep It Simple James Barker Band Gold Single
Gone Long Gone Jason Benoit Gold Single
Dead Or Alive Jazz Cartier Gold Single
Imported (with 6LACK) Jessie Reyez Gold Single
Chances Jill Barber GOLD ALBUM
Bound To You Jocelyn Alice Gold Single
Dum Dee Dum Keys N Krates Gold Single
Killamonjaro KILLY Platinum Single
No Sad No Bad KILLY Platinum Single
Nouveaux riches Loud Gold Single
Toutes les femmes savent danser Loud Platinum Single
Une année record Loud GOLD ALBUM
Body (ft. Brando) Loud Luxury 8x Times Platinum Single
Love No More Loud Luxury x anders Platinum Single
Love Michael Buble PLATINUM ALBUM
Myself NAV Platinum Single
Up NAV Platinum Single
Wanted You (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) NAV 2x Platinum Single
Perfect Timing Nav & Metro Boomin GOLD ALBUM
Superficial Love Ruth B Gold Single
The Intro Ruth B GOLD ALBUM
Hang Ups Scott Helman Gold Single
Kinda Complicated Scott Helman Gold Single
Let You Get Away (feat. Ashe) Shaun Frank Gold Single
Señorita Shawn Mendes & C. Cabello Platinum Single
Home For A Rest Spirit Of The West Platinum Single
In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company The Dead South Gold Single
Feeling Good The Sheepdogs Platinum Single
The Sheepdogs The Sheepdogs PLATINUM ALBUM
Spirits The Strumbellas 3x Platinum Single
Christmas Together The Tenors GOLD ALBUM
Acquainted The Weeknd Platinum Single
Angel The Weeknd Gold Single
As You Are The Weeknd Gold Single
Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd 5x PLATINUM ALBUM
Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd 8x Times Platinum Single
Dark Times The Weeknd Gold Single
Earned It The Weeknd 5x Platinum Single
False Alarm The Weeknd Platinum Single
High For This The Weeknd Platinum Single
Hurt You The Weeknd Gold Single
I Feel It Coming The Weeknd 5x Platinum Single
In The Night The Weeknd 2x Platinum Single
Often The Weeknd 3x Platinum Single
Prisoner The Weeknd Gold Single
Real Life The Weeknd Gold Single
Reminder The Weeknd 3x Platinum Single
Secrets The Weeknd Platinum Single
Sidewalks The Weeknd Platinum Single
Tell Your Friends The Weeknd Gold Single
The Hills The Weeknd 7x Times Platinum Single
True Colors The Weeknd Platinum Single
Wicked Games The Weeknd 2x Platinum Single
With You Tyler Shaw Platinum Single

Music Canada Recaps Gold/Platinum Program for 2018

Trade organization Music Canada recapped 2018 with a report on the year’s Gold/Platinum certification program. In general, the number of awards increased thanks in part to the inclusion of streaming data for both single and album certifications. A simplified application portal for certification approvals and plaque orders also helped smooth the process.

Single Award certifications in 2018 were up 33% from 2017. Seven singles went diamond. The highest certification for a Canadian artist was awarded to “God’s Plan” by Drake, an 8x platinum winner. This was followed by the 7x platinum EDM smash “Body” by Canadian duo Loud Luxury. The top certified Canadian artist album was Drake’s Scorpion at double platinum. Shawn Mendes‘ self-titled release made platinum. There was a 24% increase in album certifications this year over last with a 10% rise in Canadian album certifications. The highest certification through the year was double diamond for 2011 album 21 by the UK’s Adele. It was the first disc to make the grade since Shania Twain‘s Up! In 2004. In terms of albums released in 2018, the highest certification was given to Post Malone whose album made it to quadruple platinum.

There was an 80% increase in Canadian artist single award certifications with several Canucks receiving their first including Baka Not Nice, Charlotte Cardin, Delaney Jane, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Felix Cartal (see photo above), Grandtheft, Half Moon Run, Keys N Krates, Killy, the aforementioned Loud Luxury, Majid Jordan, NEW CITY, Sultan + Shepard, The Glorious Sons, and The Reklaws.

Gold/Platinum Certifications: Drake’s “God’s Plan” Strikes 8x Platinum

It’s been a while since we listed Music Canada’s latest certifications from its gold and platinum program. Find all on Canadian artist singles and albums from May to October 2018 below. Drake’s “God’s Plan” is champion for the singles, as it reaches the eight times platinum mark. Blockbuster smash “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando sizzles at six times platinum. Edmonton’s Ruth B. snatches quintuple platinum with her hit “Lost Boy”. Gowan’s 1985 hit “Criminal Mind”, after all these years, achieves platinum status. Drake’s Scoripion is the only Canadian artist album released in 2018 to strike double platinum. Life Starts Now, the 2009 album from Three Days Grace matches it.

Multiplatinum Singles

God’s Plan by Drake (Eight Times Platinum)

Body by Loud Luxury ft. Brando (Six Times Platinum)

Lost Boy by Ruth B. (Quintuple Platinum)

Nice for What by Drake (Quadruple Platinum)

Jackie Chan by Teisto & Dzeko (Triple Platinum)

In My Blood by Shawn Mendes (Double Platinum)
Yes Indeed by Lil Baby & Drake (Double Platinum)
Figures by Jessie Reyez (Double Platinum)
In My Feelings by Drake (Double Platinum)
Reminding Me by Shawn Hook (Double Platinum)

Platinum Singles

Lost in Japan by Shawn Mendes & Zedd
Youth by Shawn Mendes
Champion by NAV
A Criminal Mind by Gowan
Best Part by Daniel Caesar
Get You by Daniel Caesar
Nonstop by Drake
I’m Upset by Drake
Lonely Drum by Aaron Goodvin
That Ain’t Classy by Classified
Rx by Theory
Ain’t Easy by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine

Gold Singles

Love No More by Loud Luxury x anders
Denim on Denim by Tebey
IDWK by DVBBS & Blackbear
Almost Home by Sultan + Shepard
Long Live the Night by The Reklaws
Don’t Matter to Me by Drake
Mob Ties by Drake
Can’t Take a Joke by Drake
Elevate by Drake
Emotionless by Drake
I’m Working by James Barker Band
Bali by 88Glam
Everything Is Alright by The Glorious Sons
Distance by Killy
Parallel Lines by DVBBS x CMC$
Somethin’ We Shoudn’t Do by Chad Brownlee
Dear Life by High Valley

Double Platinum Albums

Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace
Scorpion by Drake

Platinum Albums

Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes
One Good Friend by George Canyon

Gold Albums

Reckless by NAV
Freudian by Daniel Caesar
Side Effects by Dallas Smith
Little Machines by Lights
No. 2 by Bernard Adamus
Handshakes and Middle Fingers by Classified
Solitudes by Matt Holubowski
Morning Report by Arkells

And the first 2018 Canadian artist album to go gold is …

Roots specialist Jim Cuddy, boogie rock outfit The Sheepdogs, JUNO no-show rapper Tory Lanez, pop/AC ace Jann Arden, and international R&B superstar The Weeknd have all released albums in 2018, and not one of these has been certified gold to date. To figure out who has beat them all to the gilded disc award, you have to think of the realm of rock and a veteran of the genre. With his own eponymous band whose sound is punctuated by guitarist Stéphane Dufour’s signature riffs, the man has sold in excess of a million albums since his first, Obsession, in 1994. Returning with his 8th LP, Délivrance, his first since 2013, Éric Lapointe strikes gold. Lapointe’s work is featured on movie soundtracks such as Les Boys and the ever-popular Bon Cop, Bad Cop. He has also served as a coach on The Voice.

At 48 years of age, Éric retains a teenage heart singing of hopes and dreams, conflicts and desires. He says fatherhood has taught him much about himself. “With children,” he points out, “We rediscover life and see it differently through their eyes.” The 2018 album is varied in style having power ballads juxtaposed with nuggets of hard rock. Opening things up with “La nuit,” his extra gruff vocals wash in like whitecaps on oceanic guitar riffs. “Belle folie,” released as a single back in March, calmly and confidently surfs upon the waves setting things up for a wild ride offered by “Ma rose”. In the middle of the album, find some string arrangements and Tom Petty chords on “Besoin de toi” and “Rien ne s’endort” respectively. Lapointe mellows at the album’s close with a couple of ballads including piano-led finale “Sans vous”. On Délivrance, Éric Lapointe has delivered the goods.  iTunes

Certifications: Mendes and Drake Surge into 5x Platinum

Drake‘s “God’s Plan” has accomplished half of what “One Dance” did. The latter has been certified a diamond single, and, still hot on the charts, “God’s Plan” (2018) has been certified by Music Canada at quintuple platinum.

Equalling Drizzy is acoustic guitar pop maestro, the young Shawn Mendes, as JUNO winner for Single of the Year, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” coasts into quintuple platinum territory as well. It is the highest certification on a work by the Portuguese Canadian boy.

“Body” (featuring Brando) by Loud Luxury now stands at double platinum. Today, for the first time, the white-hot track struck #1 at iTunes Canada across all categories, beating out Bebe Rexha & FGL, Imagine Dragons, The Backstreet Boys, Bad Wolves, and Ariana Grande!

As far as albums go, Sam RobertsWe Were Born in a Flame has been certified double platinum. It is the first multiplatinum certification for the Montrealer. Both EPs from hot newcomer Charlotte Cardin, Big Boy and Main Girl, have gone gold.

View a list of the latest gold and platinum certifications from Music Canada below.


There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes, Quintuple Platinum
God’s Plan by Drake, Quintuple Platinum

Body (ft. Brando) by Loud Luxury, Double Platinum
Nice for What by Drake, Double Platinum

Wastin’ Gas by Dallas Smith, Platinum
Call Out My Name by The Weeknd, Platinum

Main Girl by Charlotte Cardin, Gold
Kiss Me Quiet by Jess Moskaluke, Gold
I Be U Be by High Valley, Gold
Ain’t Easy by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Gold
Just Sayin’ by James Barker Band, Gold
Wicked by Tyler Shaw, Gold
In My Blood by Shawn Mendes, Gold
PDA by Scott Helman, Gold
B.I.D. by Tory Lanez, Gold


We Were Born in a Flame by Sam Roberts, Double Platinum

Chemical City by Sam Roberts, Platinum

Revival by Johnny Reid, Gold
Furiosity by Monster Truck, Gold
Main Girl (EP) by Charlotte Cardin, Gold
Can’t Keep a Secret by Faber Drive, Gold
Seven Second Surgery by Faber Drive, Gold
Big Boy (EP) by Charlotte Cardin, Gold

New Certifications Announced for Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace has been … graced … with a batch of gold and platinum certifications for the band’s singles and albums. Chief among the singles is “Animal I Have Become” clawing into the double platinum den. The song charted in 2006 and appears on the group’s One-X album, an album that now stands at an impressive triple platinum certification.

Forming in Norwood, ON in 1997 as a post-grunge outfit, Three Days Grace became popular in 2003 with single “I Hate Everything About You” from its self-titled debut album. The group has gone through a couple of lineup changes since then. Find a list of recent certifications below.


Animal I Have Become, Double Platinum

Never Too Late, Platinum
Riot, Platinum
Pain, Platinum
I Hate Everything About You, Platinum

Just Like You, Gold
Painkiller, Gold
I Am Machine, Gold
Chalk Outline, Gold
The High Road, Gold


One-x, Triple Platinum

Transit of Venus, Gold

Early 2018 Gold/Platinum Certifications

We’ve completed only two months of the year and already have a slew of gold and platinum certified Canadian artist tracks and albums. Highlights include double platinum singles by Shawn Hook (his first), Coleman Hell, and Justin Bieber. On the albums front, Metric’s Synthetica has gone platinum.

Certified Tracks

Get What You Give by Felix Cartal – Gold Single
Rx (Medicate) by Theory of a Deadman – Gold Single
Knocking at the Door by Arkells – Gold Single
Lights Out by Virginia to Vegas – Platinum Single
Call Me by Nav (w/Metro Boomin) – Gold Single
Minute by Nav (w/Metro Boomin) – Gold Single
Myself by Nav – Gold Single
Some Way by Nav ft. The Weeknd – Platinum Single
Sound of Your Heart by Shawn Hook – Double Platinum Single
God’s Plan by Drake – Platinum Single
Feels Right by Jocelyn Alice – Gold Single
Cool with That by Brett Kissel – Gold Single
Friends by Justin Bieber (w/Bloodpop) – Double Platinum Single
Easy Go by Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – Gold Single
Better Days by Hedley – Platinum Single
Shooters by Tory Lanez – Gold Single
Wanted You by Nav – Platinum Single
Fireproof by Coleman Hell – Double Platinum Single
Somebody Somewhere by Dallas Smith – Gold Single
Cheap Seats by Dallas Smith – Gold Single
Side Effects by Dallas Smith – Gold Single
Autograph by Dallas Smith – Gold Single
Nothing but Summer by Dallas Smith – Gold Single
One Want by Majid Jordan ft. PartyNextDoor – Gold Single
My Love by Majid Jordan ft. Drake – Gold Single

Certified Albums

Jackson Square by Arkells – Gold Album
Michigan Left by Arkells – Gold Album
La Route by 2frères – Gold Album
Synthetica by Metric – Platinum Album
Jumped Right In by Dallas Smith – Gold Album
Lifted by Dallas Smith – Gold Album

Big Certifications Awarded to Magic and Ruth B.

Music Canada has bestowed gold/platinum certifications backdated to 2017 upon the following tracks and albums. Highlights include quintuple platinum for “Rude” by Magic and quadruple platinum for Ruth B’s “Lost Boy”.

Certified Tracks

Lights Out by Virginia to Vegas – Gold Single
Daniella Denmark by Jonathan Roy – Gold Single
I Didn’t Fall in Love with Your Hair by Brett Kissel – Gold Single
Pick Me Up by Brett Kissel – Gold Single
Lost Boy by Ruth B. – Quadruple Platinum Single
Rude by Magic – Quintuple Platinum Single
Up by Nav – Gold Single
Lost in the Light by Bahamas – Gold Single
When Your Lips Are So Close by Gord Bamford – Platinum Single
Don’t Let Her Be Gone by Gord Bamford – Gold Single
Drinkin’ Buddy by Gord Bamford – Gold Single
Selfish by Virginia to Vegas – Gold Single
Tempted by Jazz Cartier – Gold Single
Time by Dean Brody – Gold Single
Beautiful Freakshow by Dean Brody – Gold Single
Bend by Ria Mae – Gold Single
13 by Allan Rayman – Gold Single
Raise Your Weapon by deadmau5 – Platinum Single

Certified Albums

Hello by Hedley – Platinum Album
Hope by The Strumbellas – Gold Album
Barchords by Bahamas – Gold Album
Is It Friday Yet? By Gord Bamford – Gold Album
Country Junkie by Gord Bamford – Gold Album
Self Explanatory by Classified – Gold Album

Music Canada Releases Gold/Platinum Year-End Report for 2017

Above: Ria Mae is presented with Gold plaque for “Ooh Love”.

“2017 was a tremendous year of growth for Music Canada’s historic Gold/Platinum program, which experienced a surge in Album and Single Award certifications from the addition of on-demand audio streams and a modernized application process” states the trade organization in its recently published Gold/Platinum year-end report for 2017.

In September 2016, Music Canada replaced its sales-based Digital Download Award first introduced in March 2006 with the Single Award which includes physical sales, digital downloads, and streaming data. As a result, in 2017, track certifications grew by nearly 45% from 2016’s total. Several Canadian artists received their first Gold Single certifications in 2017 including Aaron Pritchett, Dani and Lizzy, and Jonathan Roy. Drake’s Double Platinum single “Signs” was the highest certified track by a Canadian artist released in 2017, followed by the Platinum-certified tracks “Reminding Me” by Shawn Hook and “Figures” by Jessie Reyez.

In July 2017, Music Canada overhauled the album certification guidelines to accept TEAs (Track Equivalent Album) and SEAs (Stream Equivalent Album), resulting in an increase of album certifications by more than 90% over 2016. The highest certified Canadian albums released in 2017 were Arcade Fire’s Everything Now and Shania Twain’s Now, both achieving Platinum status.

Seven singles earned Diamond awards, the highest annual total in the certification program’s 42-year history. The highest certified singles released in 2017 were Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber both going diamond. With a Canadian as the main artist, Drake is the only one to receive a Diamond track certification this year for his 2016 smash “One Dance.” Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip is the sole act to receive a Diamond album certification for 1991 LP Road Apples.

Music Canada expanded the Gold/Platinum program’s reach by launching the Gold In Canada playlist on streaming services Google Play and Spotify. The playlist updates every Thursday with the latest tracks to earn Gold certification in the world’s sixth largest music market. The organization has also put together a 2017 Year-End Recap playlist, which contains nearly 300 songs that were certified in 2017.

You can read Music Canada’s report here.
Find a list of all Canadian artist certifications in 2017 here.

A Golden Christmas Together with Mario Pelchat

Mario Pelchat Présente Les PrêtresNoël Ensemble which features a number of guest singers is a hit! The Christmas record debuted on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart November 14 and has remained in the Top 10 since then (five weeks). The album reached a peak position December 5 at #3. And more good news, Mario and the singers will be receiving a lump of … gold! in their Christmas stockings; Music Canada recently certified the disc gold. Pelchat’s teaming up with the group resulted in another gold record earlier this year – Agnus Dei – which made it onto Billboard’s Top 50 albums of the year. Those of you hungry for something fresh after all those spins given to the Michael Bublé Christmas record and thirsty for familiar carols performed in the sumptuous French language might want to check out Noël Ensemble. It’s a beauty!  iTunes

Gold/Platinum Certifications: Alessia Cara Hits Quadruple Platinum

Find a list below of the latest gold/platinum certifications from Music Canada. As we mentioned previously, “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is now a diamond (i.e. 10x platinum) single. “Stay” featuring Alessia Cara has vaulted up to quadruple platinum. Album Everything Now from Quebec’s Arcade Fire makes it to Platinum. Saskatchewan boogie-rock outfit The Sheepdogs scores a platinum single with “I Don’t Know”.

“Die for You”, The Weeknd – Gold Single
“Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber – Diamond Single
Everything Now, Arcade Fire – Platinum Album
“Stay”, featuring Alessia Cara – Quadruple Platinum Single
Summerland, Coleman Hell – Gold Album
“Get You”, Daniel Caesar – Gold Single
“Friends”, Justin Bieber – Platinum Single
“Stompin’ Ground”, Tim Hicks – Gold Single
“Ooh Love”, Ria Mae – Gold Single
“Signs”, Drake – Double Platinum Single
“Might Not”, Belly Ft. The Weeknd – Double Platinum Single
“I Don’t Know” by The Sheepdogs – Platinum Single

“Despacito” Is Now a Diamond Single

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber has hit the diamond mark as announced by Music Canada. It is Bieber’s first diamond single (albeit as a featured artist) and only the 8th track in all history to reach diamond (i.e. 10x Platinum) status. The first to do so was digital download “I Gotta Feeling” from The Black Eyed Peas in April 2010. Now that the Canadian Gold/Platinum program has redefined the certification type from digital download to single and included streaming data, seven more tracks have gone diamond, the lone Canadian as the main artist entry being Drake’s “One Dance”. Besides the aforementioned three are Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, The Chainsmokers’ “Closer”, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop”. View the cover art for the eight greats below.

Gold/Platinum Certifications: Inner Ninja Hits 5xP

Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification program has in the past couple of months dished out some honours. We list them below. Highlights are that hit single “Inner Ninja” has hit the quintuple platinum mark. It is only the 11th to do so by a Canadian artist in all history. “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes has achieved the triple platinum mark. Double platinum honours go to “Bring Down the House” by Dean Brody, “Reminder” by The Weeknd”, and “2U” the collaboration between Justin Bieber and French EDM specialist David Guetta. In the albums department, Blue Rodeo’s Greatest Hits, Volume One makes it to quadruple platinum.

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 by Blue Rodeo, 4x Platinum Album
Classified by Classified, Platinum Album

Inner Ninja by Classified ft. David Myles, 5x Platinum Single
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes, 3x Platinum Single
Reminder by The Weeknd, 2x Platinum Single
Bring Down the House by Dean Brody, 2x Platinum Single
2U by D. Guetta featuring Justin Bieber, 2x Platinum Single

Reminding Me by Shawn Hook, Platinum Single

Lawn Chair Crazy by James Barker Band, Gold Single
Chills by James Barker Band, Gold Single
Friends by Justin Bieber, Gold Single
Hold My Beer by Aaron Pritchett, Gold Single
Bush Party by Dean Brody, Gold Single
Found by Dan Davidson, Gold Single
Some Way by Nav ft. The Weeknd, Gold Single
Lonely Drum by Aaron Goodvin, Gold Single

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!