Top 10 Female Soloists of 2015

2015 may have been a male heavy year in terms of media coverage, music sales, radio spins, and 2016 JUNO nominations, but these ten women were absolute fire, and we love them. Based on the success of albums and singles on the Canadian charts, here are the Top 10 female soloists of 2015.

#10. Mia Martina

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While “Danse” was her big hit of 2014 (and gold-certified), the New Brunswick superstar who launched her career from the nation’s capital, released her second album, a self-titled affair, and single “Beast” which clawed itself into the Top 40. She also gave the track a spectacular performance at the Much Music Video Awards. Mia has been nominated for 3 JUNO Awards in the past though none this year.

#9. Jann Arden

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It’s pretty daunting to launch a Christmas album after Michael Bublé’s juggernaut, but Calgary’s Jann Arden did, and it was so good it impressed the likes of Rod Stewart. The album reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, received gold certification for sales of 40,000 units, and got her a JUNO nomination for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.

#8. Ria Mae

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Hailing from Halifax, Ria Mae’s “Clothes Off” became a sizable hit, reaching #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually going gold. It is nominated for Single of the Year at the JUNOs. Hopefully an album will appear in 2016.

#7. Brigitte Boisjoli

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A remarkable tribute album of Patsy Cline numbers, this native of Drummondville, QC has not yet been nominated for a JUNO but has won a number of other awards and accolades. The album reached #2 on the Billboard charts and struck gold.

#6. Jocelyn Alice

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Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice hit gold with “Jackpot”. It was the 80th biggest song of the year. Jocelyn put the release of an album on hold due to the success of the single, and many resulting approaches from bigger record labels. Now that she has inked a deal, an LP should appear in 2016.

#5. Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly released her critically acclaimed album Emotion. It did fairly well on the charts reaching #8. The album also spawned gold single “I Really Like You” (88th of the year). The song could have done better had it received stronger radio support. Carly is nominated only for JUNO Fan Choice this year. She won 3 awards in 2013.

#4. Ariane Moffatt

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Ariane’s song “Debout” was 43rd of the year at CKOI which ranks both Anglo and Franco and both Canadian and international hits. Her album 22h22 made it to #4 on the weekly Billboard charts. It won Best Pop album at the ADISQ Felix Awards in Quebec. The album is nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the JUNOs. Ariane won a JUNO in the same category in 2009.

#3. Cœur de pirate

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Beatrice Martin’s “Carry On” was the Billboard Hot 100 charting single (her first) from album Roses. The native of Outremont, QC released a Franco version of the song called “Oublie-Moi”. The bilingual album was the second most successful from a Canadian female at 29th of the year (Billboard). It peaked on the weekly charts at #2 and went gold. Coeur de Pirate is nominated for 2 JUNOs this year: Songwriter of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice.

#2. Diana Krall

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Diana’s gold-certified album Wallflower was the most successful album of the year from a Canadian female soloist. It is nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year at the JUNOs. Diana is originally from Nanaimo, BC.

Honourable Mentions

Before we reveal the number one female soloist, here are a few honourable mentions: Grimes (critically acclaimed #16 album), Jess Moskaluke (Billboard Hot 100), Shania Twain (Billboard Top 10 album), Andee (Billboard Hot 100), Ash Koley (Billboard Hot 100), Avril Lavigne (Billboard Hot 100), Alyssa Reid (Billboard Hot 100), Charlie (Billboard Hot 100), Marie-Pierre Arthur (Felix Award winner), Bia (Felix Award winner), Jorane (Felix Award winner), Janina Fialkowska (Felix Award winner).

#1. Alessia Cara

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From Brampton, Ontario, this Italian Canadian teen star had the biggest and only platinum recording of the year from a home-grown female soloist. “Here”, the anti-party anthem, was a huge success internationally as well and brought the singer to perform on high-profile televised chat shows, not to mention at the last show on Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour. At 60th of the year overall, the song has given Alessia four JUNO nominations, and she was the first confirmed performer at the gala.

Performers at the 2015 ADISQ Gala

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Performers have been announced for the 2015 ADISQ gala to be held November 8. They are new wave, platinum JUNO winner Ariane Moffatt; platinum soul star Bobby Bazini; electro artist Fanny Bloom; multiplatinum folk charmer Fred Pellerin; garage rock band Galaxie; platinum rocker Jean Leloup; gold, JUNO winning alternative craftsman Louis-Jean Cormier; platinum pop-rock superstar Marie-Mai; adult contemporary sweetheart Marie-Pierre Arthur, multiplatinum roots legend Patrick Norman, and creative genius Philippe Brach. All of these artists are nominated at the 2015 ADISQ gala. We send all our love and best wishes to the ADISQ gala and all our sweethearts in Quebec from the beautiful west coast of Canada!

WHAT IS THE ADISQ GALA?
The ADISQ gala awards the best in Canadian music coming out of the province of Quebec, the bulk of which honour music performed in the French language. Félix awards, named after Canadian folk star Félix Leclerc, were first given in 1979 due to a lack of recognition for Francophone artists at the nation-wide JUNO awards. It is important to note that the gala also awards music performed in the English language that is made in Quebec and also that there are a number of Fancophone artists recording music outside of Quebec that would not be eligible for Félix awards. Because the JUNO Awards do not often nominate French language music outside of the Francophone Album of the Year category and because most of the popular Francophone artists make their music in Quebec, the Canadian Music Blog ranks the ADISQ gala as the most important of the important regional music awards galas in Canada.

ADISQ 2015: The First Gala – Performers

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ADISQ, handling affairs of the music industry in the federation’s beauteous province, has announced details surrounding the first of two galas to celebrate the best music of the year from Quebec’s recording artists. Similar to the nation-wide JUNO Awards, there will be two galas, the first of which hands out most of the awards. This has hitherto been referred to as L’autre gala and has this year been renamed Le premier gala (the first gala). It will be broadcast live on October 27 via MusiquePlus and MusiMax, 8 p.m. local time in Montreal.

Performers at the first gala announced are Alex Nevsky, Salomé Leclerc, Eman X Vlooper, Jacques Kuba Séguin (Odd Lot), Tire le coyote, The Seasons, Patrice Michaud, and Yoan! During the show, hosts will provide more information than in the past about the award recipients and list some statistics on their accomplishments to help viewers get to know them and their works a little better. While most provinces and regions of Canada hold awards to honour local artists, the ADISQ gala holds special importance because it honours the bulk of Canada’s Franco music.