Carly Rae Jepsen Gets Backed by the TSO

Canadian multiplatinum, multiple JUNO Award winning pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen performed Saturday night, June 17, 2017 in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She managed to make the evening so much fun that she brought the sold-out crowd at the Roy Thomson Hall to its feet. Wearing a floor-length black and sparkly gold dress, she opened the night with “Run Away with Me” and capped things off with “Call Me Maybe”. The crowd demanded an encore, and she let loose on “I Really Like You”. Youthful conductor Lucas Waldin charmed the audience of young men and women and families. Some of the parents commented that their children were learning orchestral instruments and were also fans of Carly, so her performing with the symphony was very encouraging in their pursuit of music.

Run Away with Me
Making the Most of the Night
Gimmie Love
Your Type
Tug of War
When I Needed You
Boy Problems
All That
Let’s Get Lost
Call Me Maybe
I Really Like You (Encore)

The concert was part of a series of projects across the country to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and was also the 10th anniversary of Jepsen’s appearance on Canadian Idol. Her success on the program helped launch a career in music which began with 2008 album Tug of War which spawned two gold singles. This in turn helped her secure a record deal with Chad Kroeger’s (Nickelback) 604 Records. She released song “Call Me Maybe” and EP Curiosity. The former was the best-selling song in the world for 2012, and title-track “Curiosity” went gold. LP Kiss followed which went gold and won the JUNO for Album of the Year. It spawned the #1 hit “Good Time”, a collaboration with Owl City. Carly’s third album Emotion was critically acclaimed and short listed for the Polaris Prize. Among its tracks was gold-certified single “I Really Like You” the music video of which featured Hollywood A-list actor Tom Hanks.

Carly Rae Jepsen is regarded by many of her fellow recording artists, both men and women, as one of the finest at her craft in the world including her fans Justin Bieber, Lorde, John Mayer, and Katy Perry. Her latest single “Cut to the Feeling” was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the 50 best songs of 2017 so far. Billboard also named “Call Me Maybe” as having the #1 best chorus of the 21st Century.

A busy weekend for Carly, once done with the concert Saturday night, she headed on over to attend the Much Music Video Awards on Sunday as a presenter.

Parliament Hill Concert Vs. CanCon-Deprived MMVAs

Canadian artists are topping the charts and selling out arenas all over the world, but in the minds of the organizers of Canadian events, they are not good enough to perform. For the past three years, foreign acts have headlined the Grey Cup half-time show. Moreover, we predicted when Robert Pittman’s iHeartRadio became involved with the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs), that it would lead to a death of CanCon, and as we see in the performance lineup for the 2017 MMVAs, that is exactly what has happened. It is bad enough to allow Francophobia to exclude Francophone artists from performing at such nation-wide events, but to shut out Canadian artists as a whole can only mean that a 150-year-old country has no confidence in itself.

To the rescue comes an all-Canadian lineup, as it should be and as it has always been, for the Canada Day concert on Parliament Hill. To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, concerts across the land will take place. At the Canadian Museum of History July 1 at 6:30 p.m. local time, find the Souljazz Orchestra and at 9 p.m. The Lost Fingers. Major’s Hill Park’s players are Ruth B at 6:30 p.m., Jonathan Painchaud 7:15, Laurence Nerbonne 7:30, Moon Vs Sun featuring Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Chantal Kreviazuk 8:30, and Mother Mother 9:30.

The flagship concert will take place on Parliament Hill at 8:30 p.m. Ottawa time, and here is the impressive lineup:

Alessia Cara
Cirque du Soleil
Dean Brody
Gordon Lightfoot
Kelly Bado
Kinnie Star
Lisa Leblanc
Louis-Jean Cormier
Mike Tompkins
Serena Ryder
Walk Off the Earth

We can only hear organizers of other events justifying their lack of CanCon by pointing out the full-slate of maple stars at the Canada Day concert. It’s very sad.

Justin Bieber to Support Ariana Grande at Manchester Benefit Concert

Ariana Grande puts her whole heart into bringing happiness to people. But on May 22, 2017, following her concert at Manchester (UK) arena, a 22-year-old suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-laden explosive device at the exit. Twenty-three adults, youth, and children were killed and more than 100 were injured. This broke Ariana’s heart, and she cancelled a number of European dates for her world tour following the incident.

Grande will now be holding a benefit concert in memory of the victims of the attack in Manchester. The show is named One Love Manchester and will take place Sunday, June 4, 2017 in the city. All net proceeds from ticket sales will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross to aid the victims and the families affected.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber will be performing at the concert, as will British groups Coldplay and Take That (the latter formed in Manchester), Irish singer Niall Horan, and American soloists, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, and Usher.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC TV and radio with a digital partner streaming the concert for worldwide viewing.

Furthermore, Ariana has offered free tickets to those who attended the May 22 event which saw the bombing.

La Voix/The Voice Crowns Ludovick Bourgeois

With 50% of the vote among the four finalists, 24-year-old Ludovick Bourgeois of Lorraine, QC was crowned the 2017 winner of The Voice. Among guest appearances by a number of big stars, the grand finale program saw performances by Florida Georgia Line and La Voix alumni in celebration of its fifth year. While hockey fans in Edmonton were enjoying some Peking roast duck, Edmonton’s Ruth B. was performing on the stage in Montreal. Ludovick’s win is the first time a protégé of Éric Lapointe was crowned champion. The son of Les BB’s Patrick Bourgeois, Ludovick was deemed to have inherited the gift from his family. Through the competition, Ludovick performed hits by Bon Jovi and Journey. His performance of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” won him an invitation from the band’s frontman to join the players on stage at a summer concert in Toronto. Ludovick Bourgeois’ name now sits alongside former champs Valérie Carpentier, Yoan Garneau, Kevin Bazinet, and Stéphanie St-Jean.

Ruth B, Florida Georgia Line to Guest on The Voice Finale

The Voice/La Voix crowned four finalists this past weekend, one for each of the four teams. Team Pierre settled upon David Marino, Team Éric Ludovick Bourgeois, Team Isabelle Frank Williams, and Team Marc Rebecca Noelle.

The Grand Finale will feature some big-name guests while celebrating music from the world’s second most famous family in song: The Jacksons. But of course shall be added the most famous of all, Les Sœurs Boulay!

Hot Albertan newcomer Ruth B, with a triple platinum single under her tuque as well as a recent JUNO award, will lend her support and her vocals to the contestants. American duo Florida Georgia Line will countrify the atmosphere with its signature brand of greatness. As well, Canadian duo, the platinum folk-pop 2frères will enchant with their unifying choruses. Stéphanie St-Jean, the winner of the last season of The Voice in 2016, is launching her debut album this Friday (May 5, 2017) and will be present to cheer on the victor of 2017. A number of other La Voix alumni will grace the stage at the big shindig including Matt Holubowski, Philippe Touzel, Éléonore Lagacé, and winner of Season One that started off the series, Valérie Carpentier.

To this wealth of exceptional artists are added the 4 fabulous finalists, David Marino, Frank Williams, Ludovick Bourgeois, and Rebecca Noelle, who will have the privilege to offer viewers, for the first time, an original song composed especially for them by their coach. The show, hosted by Charles Lafortune, airs Sunday night at 7:30 pm, live on the TVA network.

David Marino

This potential teen heartthrob, at 18 years old from Montreal, is currently pursuing college studies in science. He’s a lover of 50s music and hopes to introduce its style to the present generation. Convinced of the power of music, he set up a benefit concert for the Mental Health Foundation of the Jewish General Hospital. Good luck, David!

Ludovick Bourgeois

This 24-year-old from Lorraine, QC is the son of Les BB singer Patrick Bourgeois, and naturally fell in love with music at a young age, turning to it at the close of his adolescence after enthusiastically pursuing sports. He performed with his dad at Francofolies in 2015 before a crowd of 50,000. But it was his mom who convinced him to join The Voice. Good luck, Ludovick!

Frank Williams

Hailing from Moncton, NB, this 32-year-old is a psychiatric nurse at the Moncton University Hospital Centre. He’s a fan of both rock and country and picked up music by scratching into his father’s guitar. Frank has already led a few local bands including Spiral Case. Frank’s second love is natural scenery, as he spends time exploring his province’s countryside and beaches. Good luck, Frank!

Rebecca Noelle

At 32, this Ottawa native is an exceptional R&B and jazz singer. She has performed at venues for 15 years accompanied by her grandpa on piano. She has collaborated with David Gogo touring the U.S. and Europe opening for such wonders as ZZ Top, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Winter. Rebecca has served as a member of The PepTides. Good luck, Rebecca!

Canada Now World’s 6th Largest Recorded Music Market

For many years, Canada sat in 7th place among the word’s recorded music markets. Though housing a significantly lower population, Australia stayed ahead of the maple leaf, as the average Aussie spent more money on music than the average Canuck. In the IFPI’s Global Music Report 2017, it is revealed that Canada has now surpassed its Commonwealth sister nation to take sixth place. Considering there are roughly 200 countries in the world, it is a very significant achievement. The United States remains in first place followed by Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

The IFPI (International Federation for the Phonographic Industry) also reports that Canada’s own Drake was the #1 best-selling artist in the world for 2016. Justin Bieber was 5th, and The Weeknd 10th. Drake’s album Views was the 3rd biggest seller of the year. As far as singles go, “One Dance” by Drake was #1, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber #2, and “Sorry” by Bieber #5.

This Week’s Charts and More News

The Charts

Not a whole bunch to report on this week’s charts. The La Voix 5 album has debuted on the Albums chart at #7. The remix of Allophone song “Despicito” which features Justin Bieber is on the Hot 100 at #18. It is the Biebs’ 44th song in the Top 40 of the chart whether as the main, co-credited, or featured artist.

Tragically Hip Scores Third Diamond Album

Music Canada’s latest batch of gold/platinum certifications includes a diamond (i.e. ten times platinum) award for The Tragically Hip album Road Apples, the group’s sophomore effort released in 1991. The award represents 1 million units shipped in Canada. The Hip has received diamond certification in the past for two other albums – Up to Here, the debut LP and Fully Completely, the band’s third.

Carly Rae Returns to Number One

Billboard recently generated a list of the Top 100 greatest choruses of the 21st century, and Carly Rae Jepsen is at #1 for “Call Me Maybe”. Celine Dion’s “That’s the Way It is” was ranked 80th. Avril Lavigne had two in the list: “Girlfriend” at #62 and “Sk8er Boi” at #22.  Justin Bieber’s “Baby” was 55th. Of the chorus of the century, Billboard says Carly “delivers it with expert over-excited anxiousness, as if darting between the raindrops of the string stabs. … All in all, the best part of the ‘Call Me Maybe’ chorus was how it ended up summarizing our own feelings about the song — the giddiness, the awkward excitement, and the feeling of how we never knew how much we needed a song like it in our lives until it showed up.”

Carly will be performing her hits with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Roy Thomson Hall June 17. The one-time concert will be in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation.

Kroeger Explains Nickelback’s “Feed the Machine”

In a recent interview, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger explained the meaning of new song “Feed the Machine”, lead single and title-track of the post-grunge group’s upcoming album.

I know that a lot of people are going to think, especially with the climate right now in the US, that we are, you know, jumping on this political bandwagon. And everybody is weighing in on this thing, and there is, I mean, the division between right and left could not be further these days and everybody is just at each other’s throats over this thing. And it really had nothing to do with that. Because we started writing this song so long ago that your current president wasn’t even in the picture. So we need to spell that rumor right off the bat. Although, it lends itself well, very well. It really does to that thing, but it’s not because we want it to be this general metaphor for a lot of different things. Any time people follow something blindly, and there’s a reference to the piper blowing his flute that leads the mice kind of thing, and just away they go. There’s just so many of these things that people need to question. … There’s a thousand of these things that people just fall in line and all of those things are big machines. It’s also government, it’s also religion, it’s all of those things. The people just follow blindly just kinda asking questions, good questions. So it’s literally just that: it’s the conversation starter of “yeah, why do we do this? And why do we do that? Why do I smoke this and think it’s okay? Why do I eat that and think it’s all right? And why do I drive that and think it’s all right that it comes out of the ground and nothing’s gonna happen to the earth?” It’s all of those things ‘cause those are all machines that need consumers to feed them. And that’s really where we were coming from. We didn’t want it to be specific to anyone’s thing, so it left itself open to all of those topics.

BreakOut West: WCMA Nominations

BreakOut West has announced the nominees for the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards. Winners will be announced and honoured at the Western Canadian Music Awards Networking Reception and Industry Awards Brunch, during events running from September 13-17, 2017. The 15th annual BreakOut West will take place in Edmonton. You can view a list of the nominations here.

Buffy and Tagaq Collaborate on “You Got to Run”

Two of our highest profile indigenous artists collaborate on song “You Got to Run”. Both have won JUNO Awards and both the Polaris Prize. Of course, we’re talking about Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq. Buffy was born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley of Saskatchewan. Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq is from Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, situated on the south coast of Victoria Island. We leave you with the music video below.

The Voice/La Voix Gears Up for Semi-Finals, Safia Nolin to Guest!

The Voice/La Voix has pared the contestants down to two in each of the four teams, as the lucky eight head to the semi-finals next Sunday. Guesting on the show will be ADISQ Felix Award new artist of the year winner Safia Nolin. The semi-finalists are as follows with photos of the lovelies below.

David Marino, 18, Montréal, QC
Sam Tucker, 25, Gaspé, QC

Ludovick Bourgeois, 24, Lorraine, QC
Désirée, 21, Rosemère, QC

Frank Williams, 32, Moncton, NB
Louis-Paul Gauvreau, 28, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC

Rebecca Noelle, 32, Ottawa, ON
Michaël, 37, Boucherville, QC

LIGHTS’ 4th Album Roll Out to Involve Comic Books

Grade 7. The teacher explains that the Earth’s crust is so thin compared to the rest of the globe, it’s like the skin on the top of hot chocolate. One student interjects, “What’s hot chocolate got to do with this?” and then busts out laughing. Fast forwarding to 2017, gold recording artist and multiple JUNO winner, LIGHTS, presents a new project: Skin & Earth. She is creating a comic book series. The first issue is due out in July with six issues in total. At the center of it is character En, a reincarnation, as LIGHTS says, of herself “in another dimension”. The synthpop specialist will be releasing music in conjunction with each issue which will lead up to the album drop, her fourth studio work. Lyrics of the songs will be connected to dialogue in the comics. The magazines will be available from local comic shops or you can order them from LIGHTS’ website. We have embedded the promo clip below.

3 Canadians Break into iTunes Top 10 with New Songs

If a member of generation x out of touch with current music took a look at the iTunes Top 10 right now, he might get excited declaring that there is a brand new song by The Cure called “Lady Gaga”. The big news last week was the battle of Britain in which Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” attempted to unseat fellow Englishman Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. Now we have fellow Canucks placing new songs in the elite deck. Shawn Mendes has released a deluxe version of his 2016 album Illuminate. New track “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” is selling like hotcakes. Justin Bieber is still hot since album Purpose and his collaborations with the crafters of EDM. His latest venture is as a featured vocalist in “Despacito”. It is a remix of a song from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee. And, no Despacito was not recorded in Canada’s other official language. It’s a Spanish language song. Fonsi and Yankee are from Puerto Rico. So, how are the new tracks doing? Well Shawn Mendes is as of this writing at #8 and the Biebs is #1. But if your eyes don’t deceive you, there’s something else going on around here. The Weeknd? Yes. He is featured in a brand new song by Lana Del Rey called “Lust For Life” and it’s at #6. “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd is holding at #10.

La Voix/The Voice Season 5 at 4×4

Season 5 is well underway in the Canadian rendition of The Voice/La Voix. The show is filmed in Montreal and broadcast on the TVA network. Winners of previous seasons are as below.

Season 1: Valérie Carpentier
Season 2: Yoan Garneau
Season 3: Kevin Bazinet
Season 4: Stéphanie St-Jean

Valerie scored a gold album in 2014. Country artist Yoan released a bilingual album which featured superstar Brett Kissel, and it achieved platinum sales. Kevin Bazinet is the younger brother of platinum soul singer Bobby Bazini.

The final episode of Season 4, which named Stéphanie St-Jean champion featured performances from American group DNCE (“Cake by the Ocean”) and JUNO award winner Alessia Cara.

Season 5’s judges are Pierre Lapointe, Éric Lapointe, Isabelle Boulay, and Marc Dupré. Each team began with 10-14 vocalists, and as things are now, those have been whittled down to four. For now, we’ll list the names of the contenders plus their hometowns. The 16 contestants are from three provinces.

We’ll keep you all posted on how things go…

Team Pierre
Hanorah (Montréal, QC)
David Marino (Montréal, QC)
Zaya Solange (Montréal, QC)
Sam Tucker (Gaspé, QC)

Team Éric
Cindy Daniel (Mirabel, QC)
Jean-Seb Carré (Bellechasse, QC)
Désirée (Rosemère, QC)
Ludovick Bourgeois (Lorraine, QC)

Team Isabelle
Amos J. (Lac-Brome, QC)
Willis Pride (Saint-Pascal-Baylon, ON)
Frank Williams (Moncton, NB)
Louis-Paul Gauvreau (Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC)

Team Marc
Rebecca Noelle (Ottawa, ON)
Michaël (Boucherville, QC)
Maxime Desrosiers (Chicoutimi, QC)
Margau (Saint-Jérôme, QC)

Headlines and Footdots: March 1, 2017

2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Irving Azoff - Arrivals

This Week’s Charts

There is not much to report from this week’s Canadian charts. There are no new Canadian artist entries on the Hot 100 and no new albums in the Top 10. On the country airplay chart, Dean Brody’s “Time” is up to #2 just behind “Better Man” by Little Big Town. Jess Moskaluke’s new single “Drive Me Away” debuts at #41.

Avril Lavigne Taps BMG for 6th Album Release

Pop-rock superstar Avril Lavigne has joined forces with BMG for release of her sixth studio album due out by the end of the year according to an article by Billboard Magazine. Avril’s first album Let Go, released under Arista in 2002, is the last Canadian artist album to be certified at 1 million units. Arista gave way to RCA through which she launched Under My Skin, The Best Damn Thing, and Goodbye Lullaby. Dissatisfaction with the latter’s release led to her migrating to Epic Records for release of her self-titled work in 2013. The music on that album was excellent but promotion seemed to misfire. Single “Here’s to Never Growing Up” was certified platinum in sales but received lukewarm response from radio which is odd. Sometimes a change in record label can help forces consolidate. All the aforementioned labels are under the Sony umbrella.

Bend It Like The Weeknd

The Weeknd is filling David Beckham’s shoes to model outfits sold by Sweden’s international apparel retailer H&M. “Spring Icons Selected by The Weeknd” debuts online and in stores March 2. The retailer’s promo statement is that the 25-article collection, inspired by scenes on the streets of Los Angeles, “blends utility and street wear silhouettes.” The Weeknd should attract more money into the pockets of the company’s chairman Stefan Persson who, with an estimated net worth of $24 billion, is the richest man in Sweden and 17th in the world.

Sunrise Eyes on the Prize

As many of you have heard by now, Ontario record retail chain Sunrise Records is intent on expanding its services nationwide. The recent declaration of shutting down operations by HMV has afforded it the convenience of occupying the empty units in the malls currently let to the folding retailer. The plan is to move into 70 of the 102 spaces across the country. For those of you in Metro Vancouver, Sunrise will take over the HMV space at Metrotown in Burnaby. Edmontonians can expect to see its logo in the bi-level store in West Edmonton Mall. Winnipeggers will find them in Polo Park, Hamiltonians at Limeridge Mall, and Mississaugans at Square One. Sunrise promises to have a wide selection of CDs, 50% higher than at HMV.

Coleman as Hot as Hell

Thunder Bay, ON’s champion of fun Coleman Hell has done something few have been able to. His “2 Heads” has become only the 16th Canadian artist single in history to reach quadruple platinum sales. The threshold is currently at 320,000 units (digital downloads, physical sales, streaming at 150:1). The song began its 43-week Hot 100 chart run July 1, 2015 and reached a peak position of #15 on November 9. Coleman is currently signed to 604 Records in Vancouver. “2 Heads” was his first official single. His current offering is “Devotion”. We leave you with its music video embedded below.

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


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.

Sarah McLachlan to Be Inducted into the Music Hall of Fame

Sarah McLachlan In Concert - Atlanta, GA

She’s done pop, new wave, adult contemporary, and alternative music. She had the biggest song of the year 1997. She’s a diamond recording artist, as one of her many multiplatinum albums hit the 10x mark for selling a million copies in Canada. She’s sold 30 million records worldwide. She’s won 10 JUNOs and 3 Grammy Awards. She debuted in 1988. In 1997, she created music festival Lilith Fair to showcase and support female recording artists. In 2003, she founded a school of music in Vancouver which offers free music education to at-risk children and youth. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. And now, announced by CARAS and the JUNO Awards, Halifax’s Sarah McLachlan is to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Sarah!

Carly Rae Jepsen Opens NHL All-Star Game


Wearing lucky number 8, Carly Rae Jepsen opened the 2017 NHL All-Star Tournament by singing “O Canada”. Sporting a new blonde do, the singer was introduced in Los Angeles, USA with the words “And now, to sing the Canadian national anthem, please welcome multiplatinum, Grammy and JUNO nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen.” More accurately, Carly is multiplatinum in Canada but now diamond in the States. She is Grammy nominated but JUNO winning (she has three trophies).

The tournament itself was naturally not as exciting as seeing and hearing Carly perform. But to recap things… Players representing the four NHL divisions played in two semi-final games. Pacific beat Central 10-3 and Metropolitan beat Atlantic 10-6. The winners of those two games—Pacific and Metropolitan—played in the final championship game with Metropolitan winning 4-3. The Metro players will split a $1 million prize.

Fifth Harmony was scheduled to sing the U.S. anthem. Yes, it’s called a national hockey league but is actually continental. With one of the four remaining members having taken ill, however, the Fifth pulled out, lest they were only a Third, and the US anthem was handled by Courtney Daniels. American pop singer Nick Jonas performed a medley at the intermission preceding the championship game. It was so hot they said, the ice began to melt.