At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Canada sat in 8th place in the rankings. Falls, wipe-outs, and unfavourable results by judges kept Canada at only 4 gold medals. The press began questioning whether money invested in training our athletes had been put to good use in the so-called “own the podium” campaigns. But then something magical happened. A song by a brand new Canadian singer dedicated to our athletes was released by Universal Music in collaboration with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Shortly after this “fresh track” hit the airwaves, there was a gold rush.
Canadians scored five consecutive gold medals in women’s bobsleigh, curling, hockey, ski cross, and men’s curling. Moreover, Canada returned to a podium dynamic duo thanks to both gold and silver medals in the women’s ski cross by Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa. And of course, in the end, Canada’s men’s hockey team came through with a golden finish. Everything came together with a very lucky song from a dynamite singer named Andee. The song is “We Are Gold”. Below is a montage of batch 5 Canadian medalist images plus a video of Olympic highlights with Andee’s brilliant “We Are Gold” soundtrack. You can buy the song on iTunes in both official languages ENGLISH and FRENCH.
Completely floored upon hearing the news. Star Académie finalist Andrée-Anne Leclerc has been signed by Universal Music, a privilege shared by the likes of Arcade Fire, Carly Rae Jepsen, Feist, Bryan Adams, Hedley, Nelly Furtado, Drake… Holy smokes! While many finalists of the Montréal-based star search show have been releasing albums, we kept wondering, how about Ms. Leclerc? Well, it’s obvious she waited for the big one. And what a big one it is! Universal Music is by far the biggest record label in the world.
Following appearances on multiplatinum Star Académie compilation albums, Andrée-Anne was featured in the bilingual version of Hedley’s triple platinum single “Kiss You Inside Out“, as well the CKOI chart-topping bilingual version of Shawn Desman’s “Dum da Dum”. The bilingual singer nailed her English duet with Lionel Richie on “Endless Love“.
Andrée-Anne’s stunningly beautiful voice, track record of success, and popularity was enough to dazzle the folks at Universal. Vice President Paul Jessop said that in Universal’s eyes and ears, she has everything it takes to be an international artist.
There are more surprises. Ms. Leclerc’s debut album, released internationally, will be mainly an English album, with songs composed by herself, and she will record under the moniker Andee. Andee has been her nickname since college and she feels it will be easier on Anglophones. The album will be a standard pop/rock affair and will be heralded by a couple of lead singles. “We Are Gold”, dedicated to Canada’s Olympic athletes, will be released on February 19. Jessop compares Andee being a Francophone performing mainly in English to the avenue Simple Plan took. He also says that he was very impressed with Andee’s high standards of professionalism.
We at the Canadian Music Blog could not be more overjoyed at this news. Canada’s next international superstar? Fingers crossed, folks. Fingers crossed.
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.
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.
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.