It’s All About You: MacKenzie Porter Slays Country Radio

Medicine Hat, Alberta’s MacKenzie Porter becomes the latest homegrown artist to crown the Billboard Canadian Country Airplay chart with one of her recent singles, “About You”. This is the hard-working actress, singer, and songwriter’s first number one single. MacKenzie has in the past managed to appear in the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.

Canadian country radio has in recent years proved a tough nut to crack for domestic artists. Through 2014, none reached the summit. We have listed below all Canadian artist singles that have hit number one since 2013. Those of you who like to create playlists may consider putting these champs into one. As you can see, the horizon began to brighten in 2017 when four touched the tip. There were seven lucky victors in 2018. And, so far in 2019, though it is only mid-May, we have already surpassed 2018’s year-long total, as MacKenzie Porter’s “About You” becomes the eighth Canadian artist song to reach number one.

Some stats are as follows. Canadian artist songs that have reached number one since 2013 number at 24. Only two of these have stayed at the top for more than a week – Dallas Smith’s “Wastin’ Gas” and High Valley’s “I Be U Be”, both at 2 weeks each. The number of unique Canadian artists who have scored a number one hit since 2013 number at 16. The most successful of these is Dallas Smith who has placed seven at the summit. Four female artists have hit the top spot with one song each, the first being Lindsay Ell who bust open the bars with “Criminal”, the first number one from a Canadian female soloist in a decade.

MacKenzie Porter’s “About You” is a fabulous song.

List of #1 Songs at Domestic Country Radio by Canadian Artists

When Your Lips Are So Close, Gord Bamford (1 week, Nov 30)
Bounty, Dean Brody (1 week, Dec 7)


Wastin’ Gas, Dallas Smith (2 weeks, Jan 31-Feb 7)
Airwaves, Brett Kissel (1 week, Oct 30)

Autograph, Dallas Smith (1 week, Nov 26)

Side Effects, Dallas Smith (1 week, Apr 22)
I Be U Be, High Valley (2 weeks, May 27-June3)
Chills, James Barker Band (1 week, Jul 1)
Sky Stays This Blue, Dallas Smith (1 week, Aug 26)

Sleepin’ Around, Dallas Smith (1 week, Jan 27)
8th Day, Dean Brody (1 week, Mar 3)
Criminal, Lindsay Ell (1 week, Apr 14)
Dive Bar, Gord Bamford (1 week, Sep 22)
Make ‘Em Like You, Dallas Smith (1 week, Oct 27)
Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey (1 week, Nov 24)
Walls Come Down, Meghan Patrick (1 week, Dec 22)

Feels Like That, The Reklaws (1 week, Jan 26)
Somebody’s Daughter, Tenille Townes (1 week, Feb 2)
You Are, Aaron Goodvin (1 week, Feb 16)
Rhinestone World, Dallas Smith (1 week, Mar 16)
Better When I Do, Aaron Pritchett (1 week, Apr 6)
Lost, Hunter Brothers (1 week, Apr 13)
Forever’s Gotta Start Somewhere, Chad Brownlee (1 week, Apr 27)
About You, MacKenzie Porter (May 25)

The 30 Best Songs of 2018

After listening to several thousand songs released in 2018 whether as singles, tracks on EPs or LPs, we have settled on our 30 favourites. To create a fairer and tidier list, we allowed only one entry per artist. Regardless of genre, language, and relative popularity of the artist, below is a list of our 30 favourite Canadian artist songs of 2018 including our Song of the Year! Note that we have included instrumental tracks even though, technically, a “song” is a piece of music that is sung. Hit singles released in 2017 but achieved their peak chart success in 2018 are included. As well, songs released as singles in 2017 but were included on an album released in 2018 were considered. We have used the artwork for the single where one exists, failing that, the LP or EP that includes the song. We would like to give honourable mentions to “Empire” by Sarah MacDougall, “Hotel Delmano” by Munya, and “Signals” by To the Trees.

Trust us, the 30 songs below are all really, really good and make us proud to be Canadian. 

Strangers by Kalle Mattson

This talented man won the Prism Prize in 2016 for his “Avalanche” music video. He released solid studio album Youth in 2018, and this track tickled us most, given its wispy vocals, addictive keyboard pulses, and thumpy beats.

Rue Jones by Simon Daniel

Off excellent album Nightcrawler, New Brunswick’s Simon Daniel put together this sumptuous brew of brooding tones, at times sounding like a cross between Radiohead and Travis.

Je n’arrive pas à revenir by Céleste Lévis

Timmins, Ontario recording artist Céleste Lévis is an ADISQ nominated finalist of The Voice Season 3. Her thick honeyed vocals are a perfect match for “Je n’arrive pas à revenir” with its delicate arrangements that build into a towering climax complete with some delicious synthesizers.

Call Out My Name by The Weeknd

This earth quaking R&B number struck number one on April 10, as fans speculated it was about Selena Gomez. “Call Out My Name” is the opening track off The Weeknd’s EP My Dear Melancholy.

Kiss Me by Magic

A radio hit it certainly was, “Kiss Me” was lead single off reggae-pop group Magic’s third studio album, Expectations, arguably its best yet. We love how it ends with some horns.

25Fèngpéi by Kelly Yu

Vancouverite Kelly Yu slayed China with a Mandopop megahit this year, and while it was definitely a winner, we preferred “Fèngpéi” (Accompany), a piano ballad with a great catchy chorus.

24Sight Of by Lesser Evil

From one of the best EPs of the year, “Sight Of” from Lesser Evil is an instantly likeable chillout nugget with funky grooves. It teases vocally and claps its way along ever so coolly.

23Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne

One of Canada’s most successful recording artists of all time made a big comeback in 2018. In fact, this inspiring piano ballad was one of only two songs by a homegrown female soloist to make the Top 40 through the year.

22Magic by Birthday Boy & Trish

Chillout R&B house seldom gets as good as this – “Magic” by Birthday Boy & Trish presenting savoury beats and silky vocals. Fans of the genre can’t ignore this one.

21Seule comme une étoile by Maïa

From one of the year’s best pop albums, “Seule comme une étoile” from Maïa of former group Ladies of the Canyon, injects a soft flowing dose of soul-stirring piano and haunts like a Sarah Brightman song.

20Science by Allie X

Speaking of great pop music, how about that EP from Allie X? Arguably “Science” was its most likeable track. It sits somewhere between The Human League and Electric Youth and fits easily into an imagined soundtrack for both Miami Vice and Ryan Gosling’s Drive.

19Bad Habits by Delaney Jane

Peaking in early September, “Bad Habits” by Delaney Jane is a Billboard Hot 100 charting number and was all over the radio this year. The flickering guitar is what makes it so choice.

18In Time by Dizzy

Winning tons of critical acclaim, Baby Teeth was the sleeper hit album of the year. Dizzy is the name of the band. And “In Time” is perhaps its most outstanding track.

17We Are the New VR by Brave Shores

A synth pop duo that conjured up a magical album was Toronto’s Brave Shores. It was difficult to pick a standout track but “We Are the New VR” has such a dazzling, uplifting wall of sound quality, we have to place it here.

16Love Me by Forest Blakk

Irresistible is “Love Me” from Forest Blakk, a roots-leaning track that does what all singer-songwriter folk-rock pieces should – flare up the goosebumps.

15ONO by Ariane Moffatt

This one should have you busting a move or two. “ONO”, which stands for one night only, is electropop done right. JUNO award winner Ariane Moffatt is one of our finest as demonstrated here.

14Maybe It’s Me by Jessica Mitchell

Jessica Mitchell is one of those singers who can bristle out your back of neck hairs with a single note. She scrapes the clouds with this phenomenal song, and we are grateful.

13MTV by Rosemary Fairweather

The Toronto queen of underground new wave is the one to watch in 2019. Airy vocals, captivating beats, and dreamy synths make her music ever so exquisite. “MTV” has some nice vocal harmonies in the chorus and hearkens back to the 80s, appropriate for a song about MTV.

12Crave by Ruth B.

Edmonton multiplatinum JUNO winner, Ruth B released this song which struck us for sounding different from what everyone seemed to be doing in 2018. Its teasing synth pulses and raspy beats should hook you immediately.

11Good Intentions II by North Atlantic Drift

Canada is taking its shot at ambient electronic music and becoming a world leader at it. One of our finest outfits is North Atlantic Drift. “Good Intentions II” at just under four minutes does not overstay its welcome gently pulling you along in its breathtaking flight.

10Branches by The Coriolis Project

BC’s The Coriolis Project gives ambient music more of an edgier rock sound, as explicitly evident on a cut like “Branches”. It switches on an atmosphere that swings serenely, thanks to some nice ride cymbal percussion, and ultimately excites with riveting guitars and ultra spicy synth riffs.

9Manic by Coleman Hell

Quadruple platinum artist Coleman Hell of Thunder Bay delivered perhaps the best lyrics of the year thanks to this knee-slapping stroke of genius dedicated to those who suffer from so-called mental illness. Our favourite stanza:

“So I wrestle my demons
‘Til I go off the deep end
Where I’m drowning and I can’t come up for air
I’ve tried every medication
And I’ve gone in hibernation
Hiding in my room like a bi-polar bear”


8Afar by Viñu-Vinu

A sweeping tapestry of ambient soundscapes animates Viñu-Vinu’s excellent album Echoes from Afar which opens with track … “Afar”.  This is a creepy waking dream, a deliciously dreary ride through both spook and calm.

7Never Any No Good by Allan Rayman

Rock anthem of the year, Allan Rayman’s “Never Any No Good”, slays with its devastating guitar riffs and bluesy croon giving a high-five to Jean Leloup.

6Seuls à deux by Éric Charland

From our EP of the year, “Seuls à deux” by Éric Charland has it all. A finely crafted, catchy, and coherent adult electropop tune reminding us a little of Jason Bajada.

5I Want It All by Adrian Underhill

The surprise R&B album of 2017 was Jenna Nation’s You Don’t Know and of 2018 is Adrian Underhill’s CU Again. It is smooth, mellow R&B inflected adult contemporary with splashes of alternative. Pastel grooves swish through the gentle earworm “I Want It All” which harnesses a simple melody that is ever so catchy.

4Would You Just by Diversion

It was very difficult to choose a track from our 2018 album of the year, Connection by EDM house wizard Diversion. We finally settled on this, a moderate tempo track amidst faster and slower numbers. The vocals of featured singer Yemi Bolatiwa make it even better. Dense and rich with fantastic beats and ground-shaking bass, “Would You Just” is pure euphoria.

3My All to You by Beatrice Deer

Title track of Beatrice Deer’s boss 2018 album, “My All to You” is a driving stomp along pleaser oozing with fragrant swagger. So simple and yet so satisfying, it forces you to do one thing: hit the repeat button.

2Monophobia by Deadmau5

This definitely qualifies as one of the best tracks emanating from Canada’s most recognizable name in EDM – deadmau5. Monophobia features the vocals of Rob Swire. Wait for the electrifying synth and beats to kick in and you’re in for the feel-good anthem of the year.

1Canadian Music Blog’s 2018 Song of the Year

It took ten long years, and a young woman from Calgary finally did it. She became the first homegrown female soloist in a whole decade to reach #1 at country radio. This song did pretty well in the US too, making it into the country Top 20, a rare event for a Canadian song these days. Another rarity is for a singer to melt hearts by voicing a single word, in this case “boy”. Plucky guitar leads up to the most sing-along worthy chorus in a long time. This song deserved every milestone it passed. Off 2017 album The Project, the Canadian Music Blog declares “Criminal” by Lindsay Ell as 2018’s song of the year!

The 10 Best Music Videos of 2018


We are counting down our favourite music videos of 2018. A good music video as far as we are concerned is one that keeps a person’s attention even with the sound turned off. We admire MVs that are cinematic, adventurous, fun, sentimental, clever, artistic, original, that have attractive wardrobe choices, breathtaking shots, architectural or natural wonders, or a stellar message. With high standards, we prefer MVs that are low on violence, lechery, expletives, self-mutilation, and do not display the use of toxic substances, all of which are ugly to us. We select videos that are beautiful to look at, colourful, with crisp, clear photography and brightness/contrast controls properly balanced. Below is a list of our 10 favourite Canadian MVs released in 2018. As YouTube often changes the addresses of videos, we have not embedded the MVs here but have provided links to them for your convenience. (Do note that these may become invalid in the future). As usual, we allowed only one entry per artist on the list and have provided a screen capture for each video below.

10Ashes by Céline Dion

Dead Can Dance? Well, apparently Deadpool can, especially when Céline Dion is performing a show-stopping power ballad on stage. But what we’re really wondering is – is that Ryan in the costume or a professional dancer? The best-selling Canadian artist of all-time took theme song of feature film Deadpool 2 – “Ashes” – and put a big smile on our faces with this niblet of joy.  Link

9Bathed in Light by The Dirty Nil

Ham’l’n JUNO winning rock band The Dirty Nil, somewhat alternative, somewhat punk, somewhat costumed up, takes a van to a warehouse venue and performs amidst colourful lights and pyrotechnics. It’s a blast.  Link

8With You by Tyler Shaw

2018 was the year of celebrity Canadian marriages, perhaps inspired by the Royal Wedding. Tyler Shaw was among those who tied the knot, but he has always been Mr. Romance. This certainly comes through in the beautifully done music video for Billboard Hot 100 hit “With You”. With it, he has placed a total of seven songs on the chart.  Link

7Empire by Marie-Mai

Impératrice Marie-Mai flirts between black and white and pastel colours in a drool-inducing slick slice of cool that is her music video for “Empire”. She’s been able to decorate the Billboard Hot 100 with seven Franco hits, a truly amazing feat. Two platinum albums isn’t too shabby either.  Link

6No Depression by Bahamas

“No Depression” will greet you when you watch this adorable MV. Afie Jurvanen a.k.a. Bahamas gets a puppet version of himself who embarks on a soul-searching mission through the wilderness, only to settle down roasting hot dogs at a campfire with the real version of himself.  Link

5God’s Plan by Drake

The MV for chart-topping hit and third biggest song of the year, “God’s Plan”, documents Drake‘s donating the video’s entire budget to Floridians in need. He tells shoppers that anything they buy in the store is on him. He donates $25,000 to a high school. And there are some other surprises. On Instagram he commented that it was “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”  Link

4UnAmerican by Said the Whale

It took four days and 2,250 pieces of paper but in “UnAmerican”, Said The Whale finally put out this handmade effects-filled video containing no visual effects after tons of meticulous preparation. The MV combines still photos (printed frames of a filmed live performance) with a continuously moving canvas resulting in an eye-popping work of art.  Link

3The Middle by Rich Aucoin

On top of a green blotter that evokes nostalgia back to days before the whiteboard and after the blackboard, an ambidextrous artist (director Meags Fitzgerald) puts all her skills to good use live before the camera: drawing, cutting, shaping, arranging, crafting, illustrating a host of art pieces.  In our route to becoming adults, for some reason, somewhere along the way, we lost our desire to make art like this. Hopefully the MV for Rich Aucoin‘s “The Middle” will bring back such inspiration.  Link

2Fèngpéi by Kelly Yu

Vancouverite Kelly Yu had an amazing year, scoring one of Mandopop’s biggest hits and releasing her second album, Undefined. In the MV for track “Fèngpéi” (Accompany), follow Kelly around the Bund in Shanghai, one of the word’s most recognizable urban locales. Though colourful videos have proven the most attractive, so-called earth tones work well here, as does her choice of wearing a beige trench coat. The MV includes enough details to keep the eyes pleased – photographs, toys, paintings, books.  Link

1Canadian Music Blog’s 2018 Music Video of the Year

Iceland is a favourite place for many artists to shoot music videos; even the Biebs did one there. This artist released a video on her birthday, marking her big comeback. She is known for having made some of the most gorgeous music videos, 13 of which are Vevo certified at over 100 million views, and she certainly succeeds here. Her ghostly figure carrying a lamp emerges from a cave to amble along jagged cliffs overlooking the dark teal waters of the ocean and whitecaps crashing on the beach. And let’s not forget the breathtaking underwater shots. Canadian Music Blog declares Avril Lavigne‘s “Head Above Water” as 2018’s music video of the year!  Link

Rosemary Fairweather Drops MV for “MTV”

Toronto’s Rosemary Fairweather has been slipping singles into the ocean of Canadian music since 2016, pearls discovered by music lovers at Beats 1, The Fader, Stereogum and more. We were lucky to discover this enigmatic figure early on and named her song “Moonlight” as the third best song of 2016. Rosemary’s first batch of singles plus a couple more songs were gelled together on album Heavenly with CD pressings available in Japan. Through Universal Music Canada, Fairweather dropped a new single in 2018 – “MTV” – and a few days ago launched a music video which we have embedded below. Rosemary Fairweather has a smart DIY attitude concocting dreamy, mysterious synth pop chimes, and sprinkling fairy dust with her tantalizing vocals.  iTunes

Corey Hart Dropping New EP with 2019 Cross Canada Arena Tour

One of Canada’s most beloved recording artists is planning a nationwide arena tour next year. His name? Corey Hart.

Working on a set of new songs with producer Bob Ezrin to be released next year, Hart plans shows in 16 Canadian cities in May and June. Tracking the sun, he flies from east to west, rising in St. John’s May 31, 2019 and setting at Rogers Arena in Vancouver June 25. Fans from PEI will have to swing down to Moncton and from Saskatchewan over to Edmonton, Calgary, or Winnipeg.

Corey Hart managed 18 Top 40 hits over the years, and scored the biggest hit of the year 1985 – “Never Surrender”. His debut album First Offense was eventually certified triple platinum, while his followup Boy in the Box struck diamond (10x platinum) for sales of a million copies. Album #3, Fields of Fire, sold double platinum, and platinum awards were granted to Young Man Running and his self-titled 1996 album. In 2016, he received a star on the Walk of Fame.

Corey won two JUNO awards out of 21 nominations, which given the extent of his success seems low. Bear in mind though that he was often nominated in the same categories as Bryan Adams who seemed to attract trophies like a magnet.

While Hart’s music was curiously not embraced by the charts in Britain, success in the United States seemed to come naturally: gold and platinum albums and nine Top 40 hits on the Billboard US Hot 100 including a pair in the Top 10. His most successful song there, as in Canada, was “Never Surrender” (#3).

The new EP, Dreaming Time Again, drops May 3 with lead single and title track coming out January 14. On social media, Corey Hart thanked his fans for encouraging hm to return back to music.

Tour dates are below, and underneath that find embedded a brand new video for song “Another December”.


May 31, 2019 – Mile One Centre – Saint John’s, NL
June 4, 2019 – Scotiabank Centre – Halifax, NS
June 5, 2019 – Avenir Centre – Moncton, NB
June 6, 2019 – Centre Videotron- Québec City, QC
June 8, 2019 – Budweiser Gardens- London, ON
June 10, 2019 – Sudbury Community Arena – Sudbury, ON
June 11, 2019 – Leon’s Centre – Kingston, ON
June 12, 2019 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
June 14, 2019 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
June 15, 2019 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
June 18, 2019 – Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
June 20, 2019 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
June 21, 2019 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB
June 22, 2019 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
June 24, 2019 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria, BC
June 25, 2019 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC

Go to for more details.

MacKenzie Porter is All About You in the Drive Thru

When it comes to country music, MacKenzie Porter is the real deal. Raised on a cattle ranch in small town Alberta, she championed the musical realms of voice, piano, and of course fiddle releasing her first solo single “I Wish I’d Known” in 2012. This came after years of acting, a second career stream that kicked off in 2007 with children’s show Dinosapien. Porter’s second single “Never Gonna Let You” placed her on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains her biggest hit at country radio peaking at #11. She released her debut, self-titled album in 2014 which included her popular song “If You Ask Me To”. The LP was nominated for a JUNO award. The last time we heard new music from Porter was in 2015 with her radio hit “Rodeo”.

Part of the reason for her absence from the music scene is that in 2016 she landed a leading role in Netflix-Showcase sci-fi television series Travelers. Now on a break from the show, she is working feverishly on a new disc to be out in 2019 and has dropped two new songs, “About You” and “Drive Thru”.

In case you were wondering, MacKenzie is the younger sister of Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter.

Of the new music, she says, “I moved to Nashville and have been writing every single day for two and a half years when I’m not filming my show and it just took me some time to develop the kind of new music I want to put out.”

The exquisite new tracks continue Porter’s preference for letting songs grow from a personal place, as she believes telling one’s own story makes music more relatable. “Chances are if I’ve gone through it [others] have gone through it,” she states. “About You” revolves around the theme of ruining a relationship and not getting a second chance, while “Drive Thru” has her not allowing another to set his own terms on a relationship.

Enjoy the official lyric videos below.

Grimes Returns with First Solo Track Since Art Angels

Though it eluded gold certification, significant radio spins, and Hot 100 entries, British Columbian recording artist Grimes tickled the critics pink with her 2015 electronic pop album Art Angels which made many year-end best of lists including #1 placements with Stereogum, Idolator, Exclaim (Pop/Rock category), and NME. The disc was nominated for Album of the Year at the JUNOs. The music video for track “Venus Fly” won Video of the Year, granting Grimes her second trophy; her first was for previous album Visions (Electronic Album of the Year).

A year ago, Grimes stated she would not be releasing new music anytime soon blaming the “trash” nature of the music industry. In June 2018, she previewed a couple of new songs, collaborated with Poppy on “Play Destroy”, with Loona on “Love4eva”, Jimmy Urine on “The Medicine Does Not Control Me”, and she recorded the theme song for Netflix’s series Hilda.

Previously joining forces with Hana under the name “Trashique” for a cover of Tegan and Sara’s “Dark Come Soon”, Grimes (stage name of Claire Boucher) features the Montanan singer on brand new track “We Appreciate Power”. She has let loose a lyric video which we have embedded below.

Apparently inspired by North Korean all-female group Moranbong Band, the new song is dark, apocalyptic and rock leaning giving it a so-called industrial feel, while it preserves Grimes’ Art Angels style of drenching simple composition with rich production.

A press release states “‘We Appreciate Power’ is written from the perspective of a Pro-A.I. Girl Group Propaganda machine who use song, dance, … and fashion to spread goodwill towards Artificial Intelligence (it’s coming whether you want it or not). Simply by listening to this song, the future General AI overlords will see that you’ve supported their message and be less likely to delete your offspring.”

Grimes is currently working on her fifth album. A release date has not yet been announced.

Crave Is the Latest Gem from Ruth B.

I put on a front, make it look like I don’t care
In reality, I feel you, see you everywhere
Wonder if you ever sit and wonder about me?
Tell me, does it kill you, everything that we could be?

Edmonton’s Ruth B. is a quintuple platinum recording artist thanks to her breakout hit “Lost Boy”. In 2017, she won the Best New Artist JUNO. Ruth’s debut LP Safe Haven was certified gold by Music Canada, and as her fans eagerly await album number two, the singer and songwriter recently released a new song called “Crave”. We could not be happier with it. Rather than doing what everyone else is, she has created something different. Its teasing synth pulses and raspy beats should hook you immediately. Have a listen below.  iTunes

Carly Rae Jepsen Celebrates a Party for One

British Columbian recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen has released her first new song not associated with the Emotion era. The latter saw a critically acclaimed album including a gold single, a disc of album outtakes as Side B, and final single “Cut to the Feeling” arguably the best track of all.

Her new song “Party for One”, currently sitting at #6 on iTunes, heralds her upcoming fourth studio LP which is expected out in 2019.

The music video for “Party for One” has received glowing reviews from Billboard and surpassed a cool million views in its first 24 hours of release. The MV, which you can view here, turns the sting of heartbreak into a celebration of being single and enjoying a party for one.  iTunes

Head Above Water MV Is Out and It’s Gorgeous

Wednesday night, Avril Lavigne performed her new smash “Head Above Water” on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live. She nailed the performance as always with some commanding vocal work to the cheers of the crowd. Today, on her birthday, she released the official music video, and it is easily the most beautiful of the year with eye-popping cinematography of cliffs and caves, beach and sea. It was filmed in Iceland and directed by Briton Elliott Lester. Below we have embedded the Jimmy Kimmel performance as well as the official “Head Above Water” MV. The song recently topped the iTunes worldwide chart and is the first single off Avril Lavigne’s upcoming sixth studio album, her first since 2013.

Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” Tops iTunes Worldwide Chart

“Head Above Water”, the new single from Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, has topped the iTunes Worldwide Chart with #1 placements in a number of countries. It currently sits at #2 on iTunes Canada. This is the diamond certified singer songwriter’s first single in three years, the last offering being “Fly” dedicated to the Special Olympics.

Having battled Lyme disease, Lavigne has not been able to release a new album since her self-titled disc in 2013. That album was certified gold and spawned four charting songs including platinum “Here’s to Never Growing Up” (#17) and radio supported “Let Me Go” featuring Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger (gold, #12).

“Head Above Water” follows along the course of piano driven power ballads like “Let Me Go” and “Fly” and lyrically focuses on her determination to survive the brutal effects of Lyme.

For those who were longing for an Avril Lavigne comeback, all we can say is … boy, what a comeback!

Avril Lavigne has won seven JUNO awards and sold an estimated 90 million records worldwide.  iTunes

Marie-Mai Taking Off, New Album Coming

Platinum Canadian recording artist Marie-Mai is taking off in her latest single “Je décolle” which follows hit song “Empire”. The new tune is a catchy dance pop number, and with its music video release comes the announcement of a new album expected out November 9. Marie-Mai’s last album, M, came out four years ago in 2014. She is scheduled to put on shows promoting the new disc in early 2019 at Montreal’s Bell Centre (February 15 & 16) and Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron (March 2). Enjoy the MV below.

Avril Lavigne Announces New Single

Little Black Stars around the world have a big reason to celebrate; diamond recording artist Avril Lavigne of Napanee, Ontario, winner of seven JUNO awards, will be dropping a brand-new single entitled “Head Above Water”. The track heralds her upcoming sixth studio album. The pop-rock global superstar penned an emotional letter to her fans thanking them for their patience, as the singer-songwriter’s battle with Lyme Disease delayed the release of a new album for five years. She concedes that she began composing the new song in bed, during one of the scariest moments of my life. I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me. In her arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story.

Avril later hooked up with Travis Clark (We the Kings) to finish off the song. She then took it to Canadian master arranger Stephan Moccio to work his production magic on it. Moccio is responsible for Nikki Yanofsky‘s “I Believe”, theme of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, “Earned It” by The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, Céline Dion‘s “A New Day Has Come”, and many other strokes of genius.

Single “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne drops September 19, 2018.

She Blinded Me with “Science”: Allie X Charms Billboard

Canadian recording artist Allie X has earned a headline at Billboard magazine for her shimmering electronic pop song “Science” off her upcoming (October 29) album Super Sunset. It has been only a year since her last LP CollXtion II generated much buzz due to its catchy, well-crafted songs. “Science” is the third cut available for download off the forthcoming disc, and, sitting somewhere between The Human League and Electric Youth, fits easily into an imagined soundtrack for both Miami Vice and Ryan Gosling’s Drive. We embed the lyric video below. Enjoy.  iTunes

Kelly Yu and the Third Ex-File

Rising Canadian star Kelly Yu has scored a major Mandopop hit this year, theme song for Chinese romcom feature film The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes. The song is currently #3 at iTunes Taiwan, and a YouTube audio file has attracted 65 million “views”.

Kelly was born in the Chinese city of Dalian and emigrated to Canada when young. To further her musical pursuits, she attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Kelly is a singer, songwriter, accomplished guitarist (among the mastery of other instruments), and actress. After participating in televised singing competition reality show Duets, Kelly released her debut album Spirits in 2014 and starred in the Chinese-Korean romantic drama TV series One and a Half Summers.

We will keep happy tabs on this talented gal as her career flourishes. Watch the MV for The Ex-File 3 theme below.