Charts, Juno Nominations, Prism Prize Contenders

The Canadian Charts, February 7, 2017

Nothing terribly exciting on the charts this week. There were only 17 entries by a Canadians and no new Canuck entries. No domestic albums debuted in the Top 10. One highlight is that Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” becomes her first #1 hit at Hot AC radio.

JUNO Nominations

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The JUNO Award nominations were announced at a press conference yesterday morning. The three amigos, Drake, The Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes lead with five each. The aforementioned Alessia Cara snapped up four as did the late Leonard Cohen. Up for Album of the Year are Starboy by The Weeknd, Illuminate by Shawn Mendes, You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, Views by Drake, and Encore un Soir by Céline Dion. Single of the Year nominees are “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, “One Dance” by Drake, “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara, “Starboy” by The Weeknd, and “Spirits” by The Strumbellas. You can find a full list of nominees here.

CARAS also announced a batch of performers at the main gala in Ottawa, April 2. In addition to the previously confirmed Shawn Mendes are A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Ruth B, and The Strumbellas.

We hope that the JUNOs, which have always been more progressive, do not veer towards Grammy style with excessive focus on roots and urban music and going with sentimental favourites.

Prism Prize Top 20

The good folks over at the Prism Prize have unveiled their 20 picks for the year’s best music video. The collective can now boast the highest cash prize award in the world for the year’s best music video which is now $15,000. The prize will be awarded May 14 after the 20 is pared down to 10 on March 28. The Top 20 in alphabetical order are as follows.

A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear – Stadium Pow Wow
Aidan Knight – What Light (Never Goes Dim)
Andy Shauf – The Magician
BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Kaytranada – Lavender
Braids – Companion
Dilly Dally – Snakehead
Grimes – Kill V. Maim
Harrison feat. Clairmont The Second – It’s Okay, I Promise
Holy F*** – Tom Tom
Jazz Cartier – Red Alert / 100 Roses
July Talk – Picturing Love
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Lisa LeBlanc – Gold Diggin’ Hoedown
PUP – DVP
PUP – Sleep in the Heat
Ronley Teper’s Lipliners – Lucky and Finnegan
Somewhere Else feat. Majid Jordan – Move Together
SonReal – Can I Get a Witness
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Wintersleep – Amerika

By comparison, the five MVs up for JUNO Music Video of the Year are “Kill v Maim” – GRIMES (Claire Boucher), “Lite Spots” – KAYTRANADA (Martin C. Pariseau), “R.E.D.” ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – A Tribe Called Red (Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman), “Killa” – WIWEK/SKRILLEX (Jodeb), and “The Stranger” – Gord Downie (Justin Stephenson).

2017 JUNO Fan Choice Nominees Announced

Voting is now open for the JUNO Fan Choice Award. The question is: who are the 10 up for the trophy this year? The answer is…

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Alessia Cara (Brampton, ON R&B female soloist)
Belly (Ottawa rap male soloist)
Drake (Toronto rap male soloist)
Hedley (Abbotsford, BC pop rock group)
  Justin Bieber (Stratford, ON pop/R&B male soloist)
  Ruth B (Edmonton pop/R&B female soloist)
Shawn Mendes (Pickering, ON acoustic pop male soloist)
The Strumbellas (Lindsay, ON folk rock group)
The Weeknd (Toronto R&B male soloist)
Tory Lanez (Brampton, ON R&B male soloist)

CARAS states that eligibility for the award hinges on the following. “Artists who have one of the top 20 selling tracks and top 20 streamed tracks are given an individual rank for each. Those ranks are combined to determine the top 20 artists. Next, these artists are evaluated using Next Big Sound, through online music analytics to measure their growth and popularity across social networks and streaming services. All the results are reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Official Ballot Accountants of The JUNO Awards. Finally, each artist receives a rank after combining sales, streams and online buzz to determine the top 10 artists – The 2017 JUNO Fan Choice Award nominees!”

Past winners of the award, which was introduced in 2003, are Shania Twain, Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan, Nelly Furtado, Michael Bublé, and Justin Bieber. The JUNOs do not disqualify an artist who has won from future eligibility whether permanently or for X number of years meaning that artists can win the special prize multiple times. Nickelback has won the JUNO Fan Choice award twice, Michael Bublé thrice, and Justin Bieber five times. Participants can vote as many times as they want simply by clicking the vote button and refreshing the page with an F5.

Vote here: http://junoawards.ca/juno-fan-choice/

Michael Bublé Returns to Host the 2017 JUNOs

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The JUNO Awards are set to go down April 2, 2017 in the nation’s capital. The extravaganza of the year will be broadcast on the country’s number one private broadcaster, CTV, from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. Yes, the arena is currently named for Stephen Wetmore’s company. The year 2017 will mark Canada’s 150th birthday, as confederation came to be in 1867. CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today that the host of the 2017 JUNOs will be none other than Michael Bublé. The diamond recording artist from British Columbia previously hosted the gala from Regina in 2013 which garnered him a Canadian Screen Award for Best Host. Michael will also be emceeing the 2017 BRIT awards, the UK’s equivalent of the JUNOs. The king of swing recently released his 9th studio album, Nobody but Me, which debuted on the Canadian and Australian charts at #3 and the UK and US charts at #2. Tickets for the 2017 JUNO broadcast, starting at $39, go on sale Saturday, Nov. 5 at Ticketmaster hopefully for fans only and not brokers and bots. One dollar from every ticket will be donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Additional performer and presenter announcements and the nominations for the JUNOs will be released in the coming months.

The Bublé Mansion

Besides having surgery on his vocal cords, Michael Bublé has been in the news recently regarding the 2,566-square metre mansion (27,625 square feet) he is having built in his hometown of Burnaby, BC. There are all kinds of ironies surrounding it. In his Christmas in Hollywood special last year, Michael told the following joke after pointing out that his family is from Canada and his wife’s is from Argentina. “… if Donald Trump wins, neither of them are going to get to cross the border.” It was a reference to the U.S. salesman turned politician who has proposed building walls along the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. In a Facebook live session, Bublé stated that he was flabbergasted by the backlash that the joke elicited. In an interesting twist, Michael Bublé himself is having a wall built around his new home. Multiple rezoning applications had to be made to allow for the new property. These included combining lots into a 0.93-hectare space and erecting a 24-decimetre plus wall when city by-laws allow only a fence at 10 decimetres. This is happening while Burnaby City Council is planning to evict and render homeless an estimated 6,000 people (including pregnant women, children, and seniors) from rental units in the Metrotown District (which has already begun) as it prepares to sign away rezoning permits to allow developers to knock down the buildings and erect condo towers in their places. The buildings on death row represent 1/4 of all rental units in the city which has less than a 1% vacancy rate. Yes, United Nations-condemned gentrification is taking place right in Michael Bublé’s backyard! Once completed, the Bublé residence will have a swimming pool, tennis court, two driveways, and an ice rink. It is being built across from the elementary school Michael attended. The wall is being built for “security purposes”. As one would expect, opinions on the mansion are split.