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”.

COREY HART’S 2019 NEVER SURRENDER TOUR

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 coreyhart.com for more details.

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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.

June 15, 2018 Releases: Alyssa Reid, Chromeo…

Talented star Alyssa Reid, Edmonton-born, Brampton-raised, follows up her acclaimed acoustic album Phoenix from 2015 with pop EP Burnout, a smashing disc. The JUNO nominee has placed seven songs on the Hot 100 (including two as a featured artist). Among them all is the delicious “Satisfaction Guaranteed”.

Four years ago, “Jealous” by Chromeo was at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Quebec dance-funk duo returns with album Head Over Heels. It features celebrated fretless bassist Pino Palladino who has done work with Gary Numan, Tears for Fears, and many others. Chromeo has received four JUNO nominations to date. The new album is splendid.

Don’t underestimate the self-released albums this week; they are impressive to say the least. Below is a table of this week’s Canadian artist releases. After that is the lyric video for Alessia Cara‘s highly anticipated new single, “Growing Pains”. Enjoy.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Atlas Bears in Hazenmore Alternative
Brianology Brian Gladstone S-S/Folk
Golden Hour Quote the Raven S-S/Folk
Good Place to Start Drew Gregory Country
Head Over Heels Chromeo Dance
Keeping Time The Ennis Sisters S-S/Folk
Old Stock Ben Caplan S-S/Folk
Queen City Jubilee The Slocan Ramblers S-S/Folk
Screamo Sean Nicholas Savage Alternative
Wolves! Cried the Maid Oxlip S-S/Folk
Burnout (EP) Alyssa Reid Pop
Homemade (EP) Matthew Chaim Pop
J’espere que tu vas mieux (EP) Ariane Zita S-S/Folk
Meditations I (EP) Foxtrott Alternative
Scout (EP) Calpurnia Alternative

June 8, 2018 Releases: MAGIC!, Catlow, Bend Sinister…

The number of weekly album releases is cooling down as we head into summer which is the usual order of business. This week, we have five Canadian artist long plays plus an EP. Perhaps the highest profile release however is a single and MV by the first Canadian band to ever top the British singles chart. Before we get to those, here are some stats.

Number of 2018 Canadian artist studio albums so far (to June 8): 267
Number of 2018 Canadian artist EPs so far (to June 8): 71
Total: 338

Vancouver group Bend Sinister contributes a delightful album called Foolish Games. It’s a combo of progressive rock and power pop. Montreal’s Ragers gets down and rappy on Raw Footage. Toronto singer and songwriter Emilie Mover folkifies the landscape with Night Owl while Mt. Pearl, NL’s Dave Whitty shuffles along similar avenues in Talkin’ Back Fool. For a country-folk-rock extravaganza, check out Romaine from Mack et Ro. We place all our chips on the square owned by Vancouver’s Catlow (alias of Natasha Thirsk) and first-rate EP Main of Nowhere, an alternative pop/rock disc.

MAGIC! with global smash “Rude” became the first Canadian band to top the British singles chart in all history. The outfit has been a favourite of Canadian radio managing to place five additional songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Besides “Rude”, the most successful was “Let Your Hair Down” which peaked at #20 and spent a strong 25 weeks on the chart. Well, the reggae-pop specialists led by Nasri are back with new single “Kiss Me”. We embed the MV below.

What the Stars Are Up To – June 4, 2018 Edition

Céline Dion has confirmed a new batch of shows in her Las Vegas residency from October 30 lasting into January of 2019. Shawn Mendes has a residency of his own – guesting on James Corden all this week. Here are what some of our other stars are up to.

Tegan and Sara Honoured at Governor General Awards

Calgarian identical twin-sister pop duo Tegan and Sara capped off a 20-year music career as recipients of the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. The sisters have opened for superstars such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, performed at the 2015 Academy Awards, collaborated with EDM heavyweights Tiesto and Morgan Page, scored a trio of JUNO awards, and achieved gold/platinum certifications on nine recordings. Following the ceremony, Tegan and Sara were featured on CBC’s The National in an interview with Rosemary Barton. Those medals look smashing. They were pressed at the Canadian Mint.

Drake Ties MJ for U.S. Weeks at #1

According to Gary Trust over at Billboard, Drake has tied Michael Jackson for the second-most weeks at #1 on the U.S. Hot 100 among male soloists. The Torontonian tops the chart for the sixth week with “Nice for What” placing him in a tied position with the so-called “king of pop”. With 37 weeks on top for each of them, the two trail leading male soloist Usher who has 47. In the States, Mariah Carey is the champ, having spent 79 weeks at #1 through various hits. Here is the ranking.

Most Weeks at #1 in U.S. Hot 100’s History:

1. Mariah Carey, 79 weeks
2. Rihanna, 60
3. The Beatles, 59
4. Boyz II Men, 50
5. Usher, 47
6. Beyonce, 42
7. Drake, 37
7. Michael Jackson, 37
9. Elton John, 34
10. Janet Jackson, 33
10. Katy Perry, 33

Grimes Dabbles in K-Pop

Grimes is featured in track “love4eva” by K-pop girl group Loona yyxy. The song appears on recently released EP beauty&thebeat. A music video (now over a million views) has been launched, though it does not see an appearance from the Vancouver native. You can view it here.

Find Jess Moskaluke in Camouflage

Jess Moskaluke has released track “Camouflage” as a single, sending it to country radio. It is off her latest disc, Past the Past and the second most downloaded track by radio this week after Maroon 5!

Victoria Duffield Addresses My Mistake

No, we haven’t made a mistake. “My Mistake” is the name of Victoria Duffield‘s latest single. It’s pop music gold and co-written by fellow British Columbian Tyler Shaw. Have a listen below.

New Releases May 4, 2018: Kiran Ahluwalia, Éric Lapointe, Felix Cartal…

Canadian music makers are going to need to create more pop songs if they want to capitalize on the current state of affairs, and more pop albums have hit the markets in this week’s batch of new releases.

In a snapshot of the twenty most purchased tracks at iTunes Canada, we drafted the following chart showing that pop hits are the most liked, followed by rock, then rap, and finally country. Points were tallied for each of the four genres. The genre of the #1 song was awarded 20 points, 19 points for the #2 song and so on, down to 1 point for the genre of the 20th most popular song. We’ve kept things simple so that pop includes songs designated as “dance”, rock includes “alternative”, rap “R&B”, and country “folk”.

Highlights of this week’s new Canadian artist releases include the following. Kiran Ahluwalia is a double JUNO winner and specialist of world music. The new album is entitled 7 Billion. Among the choicest of Franco music is fresh disc L’amour et le chaos from electropop duo Alfa Rococo. For a little atmosphere check out the artistic Arms of a Dream from Alberta’s Reuben and the Dark. Two-time JUNO nominee and rocker Éric Lapointe tops iTunes albums with his latest effort, Délivrance. BC punk band D.O.A. is still at it and contributes Fight Back. Also from the west coast is 3-time JUNO nominee Felix Cartal and EDM LP Next Season. Legendary 70s rock group Offenbach is all about a Renaissance. Finally, definitely give a listen to nicely done synthpop EP Voyager léger from double JUNO nominee Yann Perreau. Find these and lots more goodies in the table below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
7 Billion Kiran Ahluwalia World
L’amour et le chaos Alfa Rococo Pop
Arms of a Dream Reuben and the Dark Alt
Daniel Jesuslesfilles Alt
Délivrance Éric Lapointe Rock
Driving in the Dark Mariel Buckley S-S
Fight Back D.O.A. Punk
Home Away from Home The Lay Awakes S-S
In City & Country The Young Novelists S-S
Next Season Felix Cartal Pop
Renaissance Offenbach Rock
La chute de Sparte (EP) La Bronze Pop
Voyager léger (EP) Yann Perreau Pop

We leave you with exquisite new track “Anybody Out There” from Vancouver platinum recording artist Tyler Shaw and Toronto’s Amaal Nuux.