Serena Ryder Gives Us a Taste of Heavy Love

Serena Ryder - Heavy Love MVPrior to album Harmony, Serena Ryder saw some success: three JUNO awards, two gold albums, and three charting singles, one of which narrowly made the Top 40. There is no question, though, that the Harmony era has catapulted her to superstar status. Harmony itself won for her an additional three JUNOs and has gone platinum. The album has spawned four charting singles, two of which made the Top 10 and one of which went triple platinum. To put things in perspective, only 13 singles from Canadians have been certified triple platinum or higher domestically during the digital epoch. The fourth and latest hit from the album is “Heavy Love” currently sitting at #73 on the Hot 100. Yesterday, Serena rolled out her music video for the single which sees her putting up her dukes in a pair of boxing gloves.

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Unreleased Music Video for “Curiosity” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen - CuriosityIn 2012, “Curiosity”, Carly Rae Jepsen’s Top 20 followup hit to “Call Me Maybe” was the 55th biggest song of the year and went gold. It originally appeared on her Valentine’s Day Curiosity EP. Carly shot a music video for the song on June 5, but it was never officially released. According to MuchMusic, it was shelved due to the rising success of “Good Time” and “This Kiss”. Also, a remix version of the song was being made to be included on her JUNO-award winning LP Kiss. The MV eventually leaked but is unavailable on YouTube. It can currently be viewed on vimeo (see below).

The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2012

What Is The Canadian Hot 100?

There are a few ways we can measure the success of a song or single. Nielsen BDS records the number of times a song receives a “spin” (i.e. gets played) on radio stations across Canada. Nielsen SoundScan records the number of purchases of a single, whether downloaded from sites like iTunes, or bought if released as a CD-single at shops across the country. These two (BDS and SoundScan) are combined in the Canadian Hot 100 weekly chart which is released by Nielsen and published by Billboard. Nielsen also releases a year-end chart listing the 100 biggest songs of the year. This chart is a bit tricky because a song charting at the end of one year and beginning of the following year will have its success split between two year-end charts. To try to offset this, the year-end chart looks at chart success from the 11th month to 11th month. For example, the year-end chart for 2012 was calculated for data from Dec. 3, 2011 – Nov. 23, 2012. This is why some big songs at the end of 2012 did not appear on its year-end chart; they will be deferred to the year-end chart of 2013.

What Are Certifications?

Once it is indicated that a song has received 40,000 purchases, the artist or record company can apply for certification to Music Canada and receive a “gold” award. Platinum awards are given to songs that sell 80,000 copies, double-platinum 160,000, triple platinum 240,000, etc., all in increments of 80,000. A song that is bought 800,000 times (i.e. 10x Platinum) receives a diamond award.

What About French-Language Songs?

Because English-language radio stations, on the whole, do not grant airplay to Francophone songs (in contrast, French-language radio stations in Quebec do air Anglophone songs), one of the many drawbacks of which is that Canadians living outside Quebec receive little exposure to them, it is very difficult for a French-language song to make an appearance on the Canadian Hot 100 or to receive gold/platinum certification. It is a societal injustice that defies Canada’s stated commitment to bilingualism. Because of this, the Canadian Music Blog, in the interests of fairness, gives a much higher weighting to Francophone songs as you will see below.

To give an idea of some of the most popular Francophone songs, Montreal radio station CKOI publishes a year-end Top 50 which includes Anglophone, Francophone, and international hits. This year, four Francophone songs by Canadian artists made the Top 50.

Canadian Francophone Songs in CKOI’s 2012 Year-End Top 50

1. “Sans cri ni haine” by Marie-Mai (#4)
2. “Toi + Moi” by Star Académie (#8)
3. “C.O.B.R.A.” by Marie-Mai (#25)
4. “Le mémoire de Loco Locass” by Loco Locass (#41)

The Most Domestically Successful Canadian Songs of 2012

Below is a table of all songs involving Canadian recording artists that fulfilled at least one of the following criteria:

A. Appeared in the 2012 year-end Canadian Hot 100
B. Was a Francophone song that appeared in the weekly Canadian Hot 100
C. Was an Anglophone song that peaked in the Top 20 of the weekly Canadian Hot 100
D. Received gold or higher certification

Note:  We will continue updating the certifications column through 2013.

TOP CANADIAN SINGLES OF 2012
TITLE ARTIST YE WP C
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2 1 8xP
Kiss You Inside Out Hedley 19 2 3xP
Summer Paradise Simple Plan 22 8 2xP
Good Time Carly Rae Jepsen & Owl City 30 1  
Boyfriend Justin Bieber 35 1 3xP
Take Care Drake 36 15 2xP
As Long As You Love Me Justin Bieber 48 9 2xP
Shut Up and Dance Victoria Duffield 49 12* P
Is Anybody Out There? K’Naan ft. Nelly Furdado 52 14 P
Fallout Marianas Trench 53 26 G
Curiosity Carly Rae Jepsen 55 18 G
One Life Hedley 57 16* P
Desperate Measures Marianas Trench 62 20
Burning Mia Martina 64 25 G
Hit Me Up Danny Fernandes 65 22* P
Hurt Me Tomorrow K’Naan 70 12 P
The Motto Drake 72 38  
Let It Go Dragonette 73 23  
The Veldt deadmau5 75 24  
When We Stand Together Nickelback 81 10* P
Live My Life Far*East Movement ft. Justin Bieber 85 4  
Mash It Up Karl Wolf 94 28 G
Somebody That I Used to Know Walk Off the Earth 96 13 P
Invincible Hedley 97 9* 2xP
Our Song Comes On Kristina Maria 100 23 G
Beauty and a Beat Justin Bieber   4 3xP
All Around the World Justin Bieber   10 G
Nobody Does It Like You Shawn Desman   18 G
Big Hoops Nelly Furtado   28 G
Canadian Girls Dean Brody   36 G
She Can Ride Dru   39 G
True Colours Artists Against Bullying   10  
Die in Your Arms Justin Bieber   14  
Heartbreak Coverup Jesse Labelle     46 G
It’s Friday Dean Brody 60 G
Jumped Right In Dallas Smith 69 G
Break My Heart Victoria Duffield  35 G
Body Work Morgan Page ft. Tegan & Sara  32 G
She’s My Kind of Crazy Emerson Drive  37 G
Amnesia Ian Carey & Rosette  34 G
Wicked Games The Weeknd  43 G
Brand New Day Massari 41 G
You and I Anjulie 25 G
Toi + Moi 2012 Star Academie Finalists   31  
Parler a mon pere Celine Dion   53  
Sans cri ni haine Marie-Mai   67  
C.O.B.R.A. Marie-Mai   74  
Les Petits Pieds de Lea Celine Dion 80
J’aime ta grand-mere Les Trois Accords   97  

YE = Position on 2012 Year-End Canadian Hot 100; WP = Peak Position on the weekly Canadian Hot 100; C = Gold/platinum certifications from Music Canada (G=gold, P=platinum, 2xP=double-platinum, etc.)

* Peaked in 2011.

Canadian Music Blog’s Song of the Year, 2012

Call Me Maybe No 1s

One of the elements that makes Carly Rae Jepsen’s songs so enjoyable is that she is able to write a killer bridge.  Many artists, unable to do this, opt for the rap segment route.  In the case of Jepsen, however, oftentimes, the bridge “steals the show”.  Frequently overlooked, a delicious bridge is what sets apart the great songwriters from the good.

In 2007, Mission, BC’s Carly Rae Jepsen finished 3rd on the fifth season of Canadian Idol, a series that ran for six seasons. This finish was good enough to secure a record deal and she released her debut LP Tug of War in 2008, with the production talents of Canadian hit-maker Ryan Stewart, which spawned 2 GOLD, Top 40 hit singles, the title track and “Bucket”. Her success led to 2 JUNO nominations in 2010 for New Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

She was later signed by Vancouver-based record label 604 Records, a pet project of Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. During this time, she began writing some new songs with the assistance of her guitarist Tavish Crowe. Under her direction, label-mate Josh Ramsay, lead singer of band Marianas Trench, helped convert her folk-pop style into a more fresh sounding dance pop style. In lieu of her second album, the team decided one of the songs was good enough and ready to be released as a single. The song’s name was “Call Me Maybe”.

The new song was released on September 20, 2011. After some time, local radio stations like Virgin 953 decided to add it to their playlists. “Call Me Maybe” debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 on October 14 at the humble position of #97. While new songs by Daughtry and Taio Cruz debuted on the same chart inside the Top 40, and Maroon 5′s unbeatable “Moves like Jagger” was king of the charts, the future of the song did not seem promising. The following week, however, “Call Me Maybe” leaped forward to #81. The third week was the most exciting as the song enjoyed its biggest climb, lunging ahead 24 places to #57.

From there (October 28), “Call Me Maybe” began a slow and steady climb. When it was just outside the Top 40 at #43, Carly launched a mini-tour of western Canada to promote the song. After the shows, on November 25, the song hit #35 but the following week slipped down to #37. It looked like Carly was not going to improve on the chart success of her previous 2 hits, that it was all over. But Carly and her team were not willing to back down their efforts, setting their sights higher and working on creating a catchy music video.

The music video for “Call Me Maybe” was released on December 9, and the song did a 180 turn and began to climb again, albeit slowly: #32, #28, #24, and #22 on December 30. And on this very day something very unexpected happened.

Carly’s sister very excitedly told her that international superstar Justin Bieber, who had more followers on Twitter than anyone else in the world, had made mention of the song. Carly’s first response was that, as many of Bieber’s fans name their Twitter account “Justin Bieber”, the tweet was probably from one of them or one of his fan sites. Her sister insisted that it was from the Biebs himself, so Carly checked it out. What she saw, to use her own word, “floored” her:

“Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen is perhaps the catchiest song I’ve ever heard.”
—Justin Bieber

Carly tweeted back to Bieber, “Justin Bieber, you are the sweetest!”

Bieber’s girlfriend, recording artist Selena Gomez, launched a tweet as well saying that the two of them had not stopped listening to her song. Bieber then uploaded a video on YouTube in which he and friends dance to the song.

After the Bieber tweet, “Call Me Maybe” rose only 1 position—to #21. But the following week, January 13, 2012, it broke into the Top 10, was the 9th biggest in the country, then #4, #3, and on February 3, it hit #1. It was the fourth song by a Canadian artist to top the Canadian Hot 100 since Billboard began publishing the chart in 2007.

Call Me Maybe Path to Number 1

As fate would have it, Carly was signed by Bieber’s management team, and the song was released internationally. It straight away topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, and in April it debuted on the UK charts at #1 and reached the top in a number of European countries. In the United States, as in Canada, it climbed the charts slowly, but when it hit #1, it stayed there for 9 straight weeks. The song topped the charts in the world’s 2nd largest market for music, Japan, in the fall.

Amidst the whirlwind, on June 21, 2012, Music Canada announced via multi-platinum certifications, that “Call Me Maybe” had domestically outsold every other Canadian single in history. To date, it has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, is certified 7x Platinum at home, and was the 2nd biggest song of the year in Canada and the United States.

The Canadian Music Blog is pleased to recognize this fabulous achievement by declaring Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” 2012’s Song of the Year.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe - CMB 2012 Song of the Year

Canadian Music Blog’s Top 20 Song Faves of 2012, Part 2: #10 to #1

Canadian Artists

(See Part 1 – Songs #20 to #11 – which also includes eligibility rules and our selection process HERE.)

#10. “Gonna Take Some Time” by Len

Len - Gonna Take Some TimeGold-selling, JUNO-nominated Toronto band Len released an album in 2012 which was our  6th favourite of the year, It’s Easy If You Try. “It’s My Neighbourhood” was released as the album’s first single. All tracks on the album are jam-packed with sun blasts of pop splendour. We felt that the grooviest of the lot was “Gonna Take Some Time”. Len’s core members are siblings Marc and Sharon Costanzo who are great at combining clever lyrics and rhymes with impressive hooks and unexpected sounds all in a rolled up wheel of spinning summertime fun like a scooter ride through a colourful urban jungle. This song has plunky guitars, a sax solo, and some cool choppy beats.

#9. “Mon Corps” by Ariane Moffatt

Ariane Moffatt - Mon CorpsHeralding her 2012 album MA, which reached #2 on the weekly Billboard album chart, this mouth-watering electronic rock number, was released at the end of 2011 peaking on the charts this year. It rivals Marianne Faithful’s “Broken English” in style and the greatest hits of Mylène Farmer in substance. Ariane Moffatt is a JUNO-winning, platinum-selling recording artist whose creative genius flows at the rate of water over Niagara Falls. The synthesizer grunts and whirrs glisten over beats as original as the concoctions of Utada Hikaru. “Mon Corps” is both ominous and playful as her vocal delivery is both matter-of-fact and teasing. Brilliant song.

#8. “I Am a Bee” by Lily C.

Lily C - I Am a BeeTo prove that mainstream popular music is not all that delighted us this year is this sweet adult contemporary number by emerging artist and Torontonian Lily C. This is delicate “happy pop” in the vein of Jewel, Darrelle London, and Liz Coyles. Off album Reaching for Sunlight, “I Am a Bee” is absolutely beautiful. Verse, chorus, and bridge are all perfect examples of song writing perfection and wing through the 4 minutes in their uniqueness and unity like, well, a bee, butterfly, and bird. Rubbery keyboard blips, driving guitar strums, solid bass, bubbly bells, and free-spirited percussion animate this ode to flight and freedom.

#7. “Riptide” by Marie-Mai

Marie-Mai - RiptideStrange that of all songs on Star Academie finalist, 6-time Félix winner, and Vancouver Olympics performer Marie-Mai’s gold-certified 4th studio album Miroir, we would choose one of the two English tracks, but this song is so good, we couldn’t resist. Marie-Mai has become so popular that two of the four Francophone hits that made the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012 were hers. Fabulous were Félix popular song of the year winner “Sans cri ni haine” (a French language cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”) and album opener “C.O.B.R.A.”. Marie-Mai co-wrote most songs on the album with the likes of Fred St- Gelais and celebrated Canadian songwriter Rob Wells. “Riptide” is the pulsating album closer which caps off a brilliant work.

#6. “Burning” (French Version) by Mia Martina

Mia Martina - BurningNew Brunswick’s JUNO-nominated Acadian singer Mia Martina sounds stunning in English but her French versions simply floor us. Kaleidoscopic “Burning”, a hot high-society style number with a sensual saxophone, made it to #25 on the Hot 100, was certified gold, and finished as the year’s 64th biggest hit. Enjoying tremendous mileage from her 2010 album Devotion, “Burning” was the third single launched of five. The album contained an English version only, the French version being released as a separate single. “Burning” was the second most successful song from the album, 2010’s “Stereo Love” with Edward Maya being the biggest hit. Straight from Mia’s classy opening vocal, the whole song shines with glory.

#5. “Put Me On” by Diamond Rings

Diamond Rings - Put Me OnYes, we do love our independent artists too. And how could you not adore a song that begins with the lyric, “Beneath the sliver of the autumn moon, between the pigeons and the northern loons”? Diamond Rings, the stage name of Toronto’s JUNO-nominated John O’Regan, released his sizzling second studio album Free Dimensional this year. It was our second favourite LP of 2012 bringing back that fabulous new wave 80s synth rock vibe with a modern spin. In “Put Me On”, edgy electric guitars (and even a mid-song solo) combine with cheeky synths and John’s baritone voice to deliver a classy contribution to the magnificent genre created by Kraftwerk and popularized by Gary Numan.

#4. “Body Work” featuring Tegan & Sara

Tegan and Sara - Body WorkAh, house music, especially while doing the laundry, never sounded so good. JUNO-nominated Calgarian twins Tegan & Sara co-wrote this killer tune with American EDM master Morgan Page and vocalized the entire track. “Body Work” wrestled its way up to #32 on the weekly Hot 100, while in Morgan’s home country, the charts were not so welcoming. With a beat that could set off an earthquake, shimmering synths that get a sloth jiving, and twin stereo voices that could turn grapefruit into honey, this piece of wizardry attracted mainstream attention to the hitherto underground duo set to release a new album in early 2013.

#3. “Break My Heart” by Victoria Duffield

Victoria Duffield - Break My HeartWe named Shut Up and Dance, debut LP from Abbotsford, BC dance pop star Victoria Duffield as album of the year. She topped the Billboard Emerging Artists chart with the album’s title track, a platinum single and 49th biggest of the year. The irresistible “Break My Heart” was the third single released from the album and scaled up the Hot 100 to #35 on the weekly Hot 100. The album is filled with gems, and this dazzling dance tune of flashy Ryan Stewart tweaks, keyboard toots, and unbreakable pop hooks was our favourite. The song is enjoyed best with its suburban neighbourhood dance invasion music video and is so energizing, it’ll have grandpa doing cartwheels.

#2. “Clone” by Metric

Metric - CloneNot an uncommon feature in motion pictures, the last time we remember a song about clones was back in the 1980s care of Alice Cooper. JUNO-winning new wave band Metric of Toronto whose members consist of three Js and an E released their fifth album this year, Synthetica, which made it to #2 on the Billboard Albums chart in June and was named by CBC’s Q as the 10th best album of the year. The song deals with the idea of making decisions based on society’s expectations (becoming a clone) or taking the road less taken. In any case, “it’s too late in the day” to change the course one set off on in the past. An extremely catchy song, with a swaggering groove, this one just compels you to keep hitting that replay button.

#1. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me MaybeWas there every any doubt? At one point, we were diggin’ “Curisoty” slightly more than the biggest international Canadian hit of the year, but our enjoyment of “Call Me Maybe” was longer lived. Before the endorsement of Justin Bieber on Twitter, before Carly Rae Jepsen was signed by Scooter Braun and company, before the song topped the charts all around the world, before it even entered the Hot 100 at home, we heard this amazing tune when it first came out on Vancouver Radio Station Virgin 953 and instantly fell in love. It was like a tiny, humble seed planted in soil with questionable fertility and did nothing but grow, albeit slowly, until shooting up into a fruit-bearing tree that spread its branches around the globe. This really was the best song released in 2012, fresh-sounding, catchy, expertly produced, and intelligently composed by an exceptionally talented singer songwriter named Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Canadian Music Blog’s Top 20 Song Faves of 2012, Part 1: #20 to #11

Canadian Artists

PREAMBLE
Considering that some 8,000 songs from Canadian artists came out in 2012, coming up with the top 200 would have be difficult enough, but the top 20 was extremely difficult! To make things easier (and a fairer and tidier list), we allowed only one entry per artist.

Equally difficult was trying to decide whether a song could be considered a 2012 song. The biggest song of the year, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was released in 2011. But we think of it as a 2012 song because that’s when it enjoyed its biggest chart success. Below are a list of rules about which songs were eligible for our list.

ELIGIBILITY
1. For songs on albums not released as singles, the album had to have been released in 2012.

2. For non Hot 100 charting singles, the release date had to be in 2012.

3. For charting singles, the song had to reach its Hot 100 peak position during 2012.

4. If a song was included on our Faves list for the previous year but ended up being released as a single or charting this year, we will not re-include it on this year’s Faves list.

5. All songs eligible had to be in whole or in part credited to and performed by a Canadian artist whether or not it was composed by a Canadian.

PROCESS
As with our albums list, we listened to all 2012 songs shortlisting the ones we loved, then ranking them at the end of the year. We were not at all swayed by how popular (or unpopular) a song was or what the genre was.

We have included the cover art for singles. For album non-single songs, we framed the album cover with the song’s name on the frame.

THE LIST…

#20. “You and I” by Anjulie

Anjulie - You and IJUNO-nominated, platinum-selling Oakville recording artist Anjulie is one of the most stylish and exquisite songwriters in the country, not to mention a talented musician and very good singer to boot. This year she released 3 gourmet singles and it was a tough call picking our favourite. We’re settling on Top 30 (currently) “You and I” which pays homage to 1970s dance music while still remaining distinctively fresh and modern. It begins in a simple vein on acoustic guitar strums and builds into a star-soaring, beat thumping chorus, complete with revving keyboard riffs.  This was one of 2012’s precious treasures, simply beautiful.

#19. “Love” by Raghav

Raghav - LoveGold single “Fire” was one of the most delightful songs of 2011. Calgary’s JUNO-nominated Raghav was the only artist from anywhere in the world to score three Top 10 singles in the UK in 2004 having launched his career from Britain. He released his long awaited album The Phoenix in home country of Canada this year. Raghav’s gorgeous ballad “Love” was originally written for Michael Jackson and was released as a single late in the year. With catchy lyrics “Is this what they call love? Is this what all the fuss is about? If so, let me out!”, unpredictable and detailed hooks, and some sweet singing, this was definitely one of the best songs of the year.

#18. “Tough Love” by Suzie McNeil

Suzie McNeil - Tough LoveThis Mississauga native, currently signed to Vancouver label 604 Records, is a fabulous singer best known perhaps for her song “Supergirl” which made the year-end top 100 of 2009. Suzie is blessed with a versatile voice, handling both softer and harder rock with ease. She released her 3rd studio album this year, Dear Love, three tracks of which have been released as singles. She co-wrote “Tough Love”, the album’s 3rd single, with Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay. This magnificent song which should have been a huge hit is Katy Perry rolled up with Joan Jett, i.e. lovely but tough. This song is like a battle between mischievous Cupid and Supergirl Suzie.

#17. “The Love You Gave” by Elisapie

Elisapie - The Love You GaveHer album Travelling Love was one of our favourites of the year and this track stood out the most for us. Elisapie, previously in JUNO award winning duo Taima, is zooming ahead in her solo career’s skidoo as her second album shifted gears from her folky roots to a more pop/rock sound. The song is a savoury blend of spicy keyboards, sweet vocals, bitter beat, salty guitars, with backing choir, handclaps, and even a 70s style guitar solo. In short, “The Love You Gave” is perfect from every standpoint including composition, arrangement, delivery, and production. It’s no wonder that iTunes selected this song as one of their “songs of the week”.

#16. “Castle in the Cloud” by Stef Lang

Stef Lang - Castle in the CloudA cool groove that has the beauty to stop you in your tracks is this little jewel written, delivered, recorded, and produced by British Columbian independent artist Stef Lang. After releasing radio friendly EP Fighting Mirrors earlier in the year that spawned airwave played “Paper Doll” and moreover after laying the vocals on two tracks off Delerium’s latest album Music Box Opera, she created LP Self, our 9th favourite of 2012. This track was our pick of the bunch, though just about any selection from the album could easily be placed here. While many of the more popular tunes this year got away with bearing too much resemblance to a hit of the past, this is a very original composition.

#15. “The Veldt” by deadmau5

deadmau5 - the veldtCanada’s best-known EDM musician who composes but does not normally sing recruited Chris James to deliver the vocals on what sounds like a track inspired by Carol Anne Freeling in Poltergeist. One thing we know for sure is that the title came from a short sci-fi story by Ray Bradbury. Deadmau5 first created the tune on a live streaming session and then discovered Chris’ vocal rendition of it via Twitter. He invited Chris to perform on the official recording. The single came out just one month prior to Bradbury’s passing. “The Veldt” peaked on the Hot 100 at #24 and was the 75th most popular song of the year. To date, deadmau5 has won 4 JUNO awards.

#14. “Beauty and a Beat” by Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber - Beauty and a BeatBelieve was the most internationally successful Canadian album of the year and was certified double platinum at home. Of several singles released from the LP, we favoured this one best which is just a blast with its playful style and funky bass. The song was composed by internationally acclaimed songwriters Max Martin (Sweden), Anton Zaslavski (Russian-German), and Savan Kotecha (American) and it features a short and sweet spoken word segment with Nicki Minaj. “Beauty and a Beat” debuted on the Hot 100 at #47, disappeared the following week, and then re-entered 16 weeks later, peaking at #4. It has gone gold. Justin Bieber has won three JUNO awards.

#13. “So Happy I Could Die” by Bif Naked

Bif Naked - So Happy I Could DieJUNO-nominated and platinum-selling (not to mention humourist, motivational speaker, and comic cartoonist) Bif Naked in recent years underwent a successful battle against cancer. This year she released an album of mostly acoustic versions of her biggest hits plus a couple of new songs, Bif Naked Forever: (Acoustic Hits & Other Delights). In teaming up with Ryan Stewart, “So Happy I Could Die” is her welcome tribute to dance pop with a fantastic beat punctuated by her classic and lovable nasally vocals. “So here goes. I decided that’s enough. And it shows. I’m a fighter; I am tough” pretty much sums up the lessons she has learned from her experience.

#12. “Satellite” by Andrew Allen

Andrew Allen - SatelliteVernon, British Columbia, situated in the beautiful Okanagan valley, is the hometown of emerging recording artist Andrew Allen. Having enjoyed some radio hits, most notably the 3-million-plus YouTube viewed “Loving You Tonight”, Andrew launched his delicious dance-pop tune “Satellite” after scoring a charting single “I Want You” earlier in the year. Pulsating, percolating, and bubbling ’round the maple tree, the song is quite the embodiment of the touring lifestyle to which Allen has no doubt grown accustomed. 2012 was the year that Canadians became dance pop specialists and Allen is yet another example of such greatness.

#11. “Kiss You Inside Out” (Bilingual Version) by Hedley ft. Andrée-Anne Leclerc

Hedley ft Andree-Anne Leclerc - Kiss You Inside Out Bilingual VersionThe addition of Star Academie finalist Andrée-Anne Leclerc to perform a bilingual duet with Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard converted a good song into a great song and transformed something that could pass for a tune from any country into one that was distinctively Canadian. “Kiss You Inside Out”, released outside of JUNO-winning album Storms as a separate single, reached #2 on the weekly Hot 100 and was the second biggest Canadian hit of the year (after “Call Me Maybe”) in 19th spot on the year-end Billboard Hot 100. Given the beauty of musical composition, with a sweet and catchy melody, we are not surprised that this has become a triple-platinum single.

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Billboard Canadian Hot 100 of 2012, Year-End Chart

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me MaybeBillboard has a couple weeks early published its year-end charts.  Here we will take a look at the Top 100 singles of 2012 in Canada.  All in all, 25 or 1/4 of the chart are tunes by, involving, or featuring Canadian artists.  The biggest Canadian song of the year is no surprise, although some may be surprised it didn’t quite make #1.  Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” takes top honours, while Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” settles for #2.  (Remember that part of its chart success was at the end of last year.)  Carly’s “Curiosity” also made the chart as did her collarboartion with Owl City.

The second top Canadian song of the year was Hedley’s “Kiss You Inside Out”, the 19th biggest song of 2012.  Their “One Life” and “Invincible” also made the chart.  Simple Plan’s “Summer Paradise” was the 3rd biggest Canuck tune of 2012 landing at #22.  Justin Bieber had 2 contributions plus 1 as a featured artist.  Drake scored a pair as did Marianas Trench.  Other Canadian artists enjoying a tune that made the year-end Top 100 are Victoria Duffield, K’Naan, Nelly Furtado, Mia Martina, Danny Fernandes, Dragonette, deadmau5, Nickelback, Karl Wolf, Walk Off the Earth, and Kristina Maria.

Below is the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 of 2012.  Canadian artists are in red. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

BILLBOARD CANADIAN YEAR-END HOT 100, 2012
POS TITLE ARTIST
1 Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye
2 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
3 We Are Young fun.
4 Payphone Maroon 5
5 Glad You Came The Wanted
6 We Found Love Rihanna
7 Sexy and I Know It LMFAO
8 Wild Ones Flo Rida
9 Starships Nicki Minaj
10 Stronger Kelly Clarkson
11 Good Feeling Flo Rida
12 Set Fire to the Rain Adele
13 What Makes You Beautiful One Direction
14 Whistle Flo Rida
15 Drive By Train
16 Wide Awake Katy Perry
17 Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5
18 Part of Me Katy Perry
19 Kiss You Inside Out Hedley
20 The One That Got Away Katy Perry
21 Without You David Guetta
22 Summer Paradise Simple Plan
23 Titanium David Guetta
24 Feel So Close Calvin Harris
25 One More Night Maroon 5
26 Where Have You Been Rihanna
27 Some Nights fun.
28 It Will Rain Bruno Mars
29 Turn Me On David Guetta
30 Good Time Carly Rae Jepsen   & Owl City
31 Domino Jessie J
32 Back in Time Pitbull
33 Blow Me P!ink
34 Dance Again Jennifer Lopez
35 Boyfriend Justin Bieber
36 Take Care Drake
37 Gangnam Style Psy
38 Scream Usher
39 We Are Never Ever… Taylor Swift
40 International Love Pitbull
41 Lights Ellie Goulding
42 Someone Like You Adele
43 Young, Wild & Free Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
44 Stereo Hearts Gym Class Heroes
45 Party Rock Anthem LMFAO
46 Love You Like a Love Song Selena Gomez & The Scene
47 Brokenhearted Karmin
48 As Long As You Love Me Justin Bieber
49 Shut Up and Dance Victoria Duffield
50 Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People
51 One Thing One Direction
52 Is Anybody Out There? K’Naan ft. Nelly Furdado
53 Fallout Marianas Trench
54 Ni**As in Paris Jay Z Kanye West
55 Curiosity Carly Rae Jepsen
56 I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz
57 One Life Hedley
58 Pound the Alarm Nicki Minaj
59 Rumour Has It Adele
60 You Da One Rihanna
61 Rolling in the Deep Adele
62 Desperate Measures Marianas Trench
63 Want U Back Cher Lloyd
64 Burning Mia Martina
65 Hit Me Up Danny Fernandes
66 Let’s Go Calvin Harris
67 Give Your Heart a Break Demi Lovato
68 Turn Up the Music Chris Brown
69 Diamonds Rihanna
70 Hurt Me Tomorrow K’Naan
71 Chasing the Sun The Wanted
72 The Motto Drake
73 Let It Go Dragonette
74 Bangarang Skrillex
75 The Veldt deadmau5
76 Give Me All Your Luvin’ Madonna
77 Hangover Taio Cruz
78 T.h.e will.i.am
79 Not Over You Gavin DeGraw
80 Paradise Coldplay
81 When We Stand Together Nickelback
82 Mr. Know It All Kelly Clarkson
83 Ass Back Home Gym Class Heroes
84 Marry the Night Lady Gaga
85 Live My Life Far*East Movement ft. Justin Bieber
86 50 Ways to Say Goodbye Train
87 5 O’clock T-Pain
88 Springsteen Eric Church
89 Red Solo Cup Toby Keith
90 Good Girl Carrie Underwood
91 Sorry for Party Rocking LMFAO
92 Ai Se Eu Te Pego Michel Telo
93 Die Young Ke$ha
94 Mash It Up Karl Wolf
95 You Make Me Feel Cobra Starship
96 Somebody That I Used to Know Walk Off the Earth
97 Invincible Hedley
98 Drunk on You Luke Bryan
99 Give Me Everything Pitbull
100 Our Song Comes On Kristina Maria

Hot off the MV Press: “Tu me manques” by Mia Martina

New Brunswick’s Mia Martina is redefining not only music but music videos with fresh sounds and sights.  What you are about to see and hear is spiritual oxygen:  music for the soul.  “Tu me manques” is the new Francophone version (and remix) of Mia’s “Missing You” from her album Devotion.  It is yet another reason why Canadian artists can’t be beat.

You can watch the English version HERE.

“Satellite” by Andrew Allen

Vernon, British Columbia, situated in the beautiful Okanagan valley, is the hometown of emerging recording artist Andrew Allen. Having enjoyed some radio hits, most notably the 3 million + YouTube viewed “Loving You Tonight”, Andrew has just launched a music video for his latest dance-pop tune “Satellite”.

Andrew Allen’s Official Website     “Satellite” on iTunes

Jessica Lee’s “Beautiful”

Jessica Lee was busy studying pre-med science at the University of Ottawa. Her roommate dared her to enter a contest to sing with Marianas Trench at Massey Hall in Toronto. She did, and she won. After blowing people away with her performance, she washed her hands of her “15 seconds of fame” and went back to the textbooks. But she was invited to Vancouver to record a new version of The Trench’s “Good for You” and to appear in the music video. The next thing she knew, she was signing a record deal with 604 Records and assigned a team who have worked with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen.

Introducing Jessica Lee’s debut solo single, “Beautiful”.

iTunes     Twitter     Facebook

“I’m Just Me” by Diamond Rings: Beyond Cool

Is there such as thing as Canadian new wave?  Oh yes, Images in Vogue, The Spoons, Strange Advance, lots of it.  But what about currently?

Introducing Toronto’s John O’Regan who operates under the stage name Diamond Rings.  He has just released his second album Free Dimensional which is one of our favourite albums of 2012 (we especially like “Put Me On”).  The first single off the album is “I’m Just Me”.  For those of you who like laser beams, dry ice, space cadet attire, glow-in-the-dark nail polish, and diamond-themed shades, you’re in for a treat.  You can also watch his live performance on David Letterman HERE.

Duffield and Simpson Join Forces

To our south is a country with a population 9 times our own.  To our east is the country where the majority of our citizens’ roots lie.  Their population is 1.8 times ours.  Both of those nations are churning out pop stars like Antarctica makes penguins.  How can singers from home hope to compete with stars arising from within such huge music industries?  Well, one way is by joining forces with our Commonwealth sister nation, Australia.  Together, Canada and Australia have a combined population of about 58 million.

Abbotsford, BC’s teen pop sensation Victoria Duffield is doing very, very well.  She has already scored three Top 40 hits, one of which was a Platinum single.  She has been #1 on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists chart for 6 straight weeks, and has released her debut album, Shut Up and Dance.  Besides a solid singer and gifted songwriter, Victoria is a highly skilled dancer.

Duffield’s Aussie counterpart is Gold Coast, Australia’s teen star Cody Simpson who has enjoyed three Gold singles in Canada.  The maple leaf and golden wattle have joined forces, as the two stars have recorded an original song together called “They Don’t Know About Us”.  The music video is currently only available on Victoria’s Facebook page.  You can see it HERE.  We have embedded the special behind-the-scenes below.

“Soldier” by Shawn Hook for Remembrance Day

Just 2 hours ago, British Columbian recording artist Shawn Hook put up a video on YouTube for his 2006 song “Soldier” just in time for Remembrance Day.  Lyrics and video embedded below.  If Canada ever needed a song for Remembrance Day, this is it.  Absolutely beautiful.  Thank you Shawn!

Some people say I’m a fighter
some people hate what I do
but I stand for my country
I stand for you

I’ve got a family that loves me
they respect what I do
try telling your child you’re leaving
believe me, it’s a hard thing to do

so If I die don’t judge me
cause I will not Judge You
and if I die please accept it
cause I would die for you

we have our reasons
rules morals and beliefs
I won’t slander your opinion
I’m just searching for peace

so If I die don’t judge me
cause I will not Judge You
and if I die please accept it
cause I would die for you
I would die for you

“Timing is Everything” by LIGHTS

Last year we named Siberia, second album from Toronto’s JUNO-winning LIGHTS, as Album of the Year (LINK).  She has thus far gotten tremendous mileage out of the album with extended tours and more single releases than she had anticipated.  The album has been certified GOLD.  Although a gifted lyricist, highly skilled musician complete with tech savvy, and what some describe as the voice of an angel, what impresses us most about her is her stunning song-writing ability.

While her fans have grown accustomed to her intergalactic, sci-fi-themed music videos, for her most recent production, she decided to try something different, coming up with a more personal, humorous, and down-to-earth work.  Initially, some of her fans were a tad perplexed, but she launched a behind-the-scenes video explaining what the video was all about, like George Lucas offering the enlightening commentary track on the DVD release of THX-1138.

The song and the video are all about being at the right place at the right time.  In her case, this meant running into her future husband.  The video takes place in a fitness club and shows off LIGHTS’ new haircut and Canadian coloured socks.  We have embedded the behind-the-scenes vid below.  To watch the actual MV, click HERE.

“All By Myself” by Cedar Park

Previously, we did a feature on Cedar Park, a project by Toronto’s Dylan White.  The debut album, Way Back Home, was released in May with tracks in a variety of different musical styles most of which feature guest vocalists – Esthero, Kalan Porter, NQ Arbuckle, Usra Leedham, and more.  Cedar Park has recently released a music video for the track “All By Myself” which we have embedded below. A beautiful song to say the least.

Cedar Park Official Website     Way Back Home on iTunes