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

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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.

Singles

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

Albums

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.

Singles

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

Albums

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!

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