New Releases Sep 1, 2017: Alexz Johnson, Jason Bajada, …

For those of you sad to see that we are suddenly in September, no worries, there is lots of good music coming out. First, a few bits of news…

Diamond certified Ontarian rocker Avril Lavigne is back in good spirits after her battle with enervating Lyme disease and is working feverishly on her sixth studio album. The seven-time JUNO award winner issued a statement thanking fans for their patience, explaining she wants the music to be perfect, and promising the album will be done “before you know it”.

Rapper Drake has donated 200 thousand dollars to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund in Houston.

The Biebs is playing catchup to Katy Perry. The latter became the first to surpass 100 million followers on Twitter; Justin Bieber has now achieved the milestone.

Skip Prokop, Hamilton drummer and co-founder of group Lighthouse has died at age 74. Skip saw success in early 60s group The Paupers which dissolved and left him as a studio musician for such A-listers as Carlos Santana; Janis Joplin; and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Prokop envisioned rock music backed by an orchestra and was assisted in realizing its creation through meeting jazz pianist and soundtrack composer Paul Hoffert. The two co-founded Lighthouse in 1968 adding guitarist Ralph Cole and drawing 10 other musicians from the jazz, rock, and classical fields. Lighthouse is best known for hits “One Fine Morning” (#30 of 1971), “Hats Off” (#88 of 1971), and “Pretty Lady” (#60 of 1973).

A torrent of new releases is set to come out September 8. This week, there are just a few to talk about.

Jean-Fernand Girard of Jonquière, QC contributes a fine instrumental jazz album entitled Jazz Waves. Perky, brisk, and alert, the album is set to add some sparkle to any atmosphere.

Jason Bajada is a wonder. The man has a handsome voice on him and is never short of ideas, as evidenced by the volume of music he is making. He follows up 2016’s excellent Volcano with Blondie & the Backstabberz, a 20-track singer-songwriter sequel to his 2008 album.

From Montreal, we swing over to the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam, hometown of multi-talent Alexz Johnson. A Stranger Time veers over to the singer-songwriter genre a little and is as engaging as one would expect from the expert songstress.

Fans of folk ought to be very impressed with Topaz, the new set from Toronto’s Shawn William Clarke: captivating poetry sung clearly with clever playing and nice writing.

More jazz as we head back to Canada’s capital of jazz—Montreal. Rachel Therrien Quintet presents the rollicking Why Don’t You Try, a blast for lovers of the genre.

This week’s pleasant surprise is the self-titled EP from Toronto’s Joseph of Mercury. This ace in the hole will have fans of alternative music done right dancing and drooling: theatrical vocal delivery, catchy beats, and some unexpected twists.

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This Week’s Charts and More News

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

Tragically Hip Scores Third Diamond Album

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

Carly Rae Returns to Number One

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

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

Kroeger Explains Nickelback’s “Feed the Machine”

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

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

BreakOut West: WCMA Nominations

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

Buffy and Tagaq Collaborate on “You Got to Run”

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

3 Canadians Break into iTunes Top 10 with New Songs

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

Headlines and Footdots for 16 November 2016

Dallas Smith’s Autograph Inked at the Top

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Dallas Smith’s hit single “Autograph” has hit #1 on the Country Airplay chart. It is the British Columbian’s second chart-topping song since “Wastin’ Gas” crowned country in January 2015. “Autograph” is the first #1 for a Canadian country artist since Brett Kissel’s “Airwaves” in September 2015. Dallas is the first Canadian Country artist to score multiple number one songs since Dean Brody picked up his second summit smasher in 2013.

C’est La Vingt

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It is remarkable that Canadian soul singer Bobby Bazini has scored two platinum albums and four JUNO nominations without landing a hit single. Then again, that may be due his style not fitting into a radio climate ruled by EDM bangers, acoustic guitar ditties, warbled R&B, and ranting rap. As we have seen throughout the years, however, when an irresistibly delicious song comes out, the gate keepers succumb to its charms. Bobby Bazini’s “C’est La Vie”, not yet significantly airing on CHR radio, has made the Top 20 on AC and is threatening to on Hot AC. What is more eyebrow-raising is that it has vaulted itself up to #20 on iTunes. We will keep our eyes on its progress.

Red and Blue Angels

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Artistic pop specialist Jane Siberry of Guelph, ON will be releasing new album Angels Bend Closer on Friday (November 18, 2016). Jane is best known for “One More Colour” a Top 40 hit in 1985. She was one of the artists who participated in the “Tears Are Not Enough”, Northern Lights project that same year.

Canadian EDM duo Adventure Club is set to release one of the slickest albums of 2016: Red // Blue. Due out on December 2, it will be the two-time JUNO nominee’s first full-length album. Adventure Club, from Montreal, scored Top 40 hit “Wonder” in 2014.

The Biebs’ Swiss Army Night

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Justin Bieber will be performing at the American Music Awards, but not from Trumpland, rather from Schneider-Ammann territory. Yes, The Biebs will perform from his Purpose tour in Zurich, Switzerland, marking his sixth time performing at the AMAs. Two other Canadians will be performing at the gala on Sunday (November 20, 2016), namely Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd. Maple leaf artists are nominated for 23+ awards at the fan-voted show.

In a recent interview, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun was asked what he anticipates for Justin with respect to the Grammy Awards. Scooter made the following reply:

My point of view on Justin’s album is very simple: It deserves all the accolades, and the reason is as follows: He was hated. There’s not a voter out there who was voting for Justin Bieber. Adele is phenomenal, but we all love Adele. Her latest album had 900k pre-orders before we even heard a song. It’s sacrilegious to say anything bad about Beyoncé; we love her. People didn’t love Justin Bieber. They trashed-talked him, despised him. Big executives who are supposed to be on his team told me his career was over. And his album changed all that, to the point where he’s had more number ones on his album than any of the other people we’re talking about, and sold more copies than anyone ever dreamed this album would do.

I think that when we’re judging on the Grammys, we’re supposed to judge based on the music. If we do, this album is undeniable because it made us love Justin Bieber again—a feat that everyone thought was impossible. People told me it’s impossible to make a teenage act that’s hated become an adult. Justin Bieber is at the height of his career; he’s bigger than he was before, based on Purpose, and I hope that people recognize that, put their feelings about him aside and judge him based on the music. I think everyone can agree this was a great album and it deserves the appreciation.

Erin Bryanvich

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Bryan Adams bumped into Hollywood actress Julia Roberts on Monday (November 14, 2016) at the memorial for director Garry Marshall held in Los Angeles, USA. He shared this photo.

Ruth B Is In My Dreams

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Alessia Cara may be the only female Canadian soloist receiving significant radio support these days, but Ruth B is attempting to squash the tokenism. Ruth who hails from the northern metropolis of Edmonton launched her career via the Shawn Mendes route of now defunct video platform Vine. Her 2015 single “Lost Boy” became a hit both domestically and internationally, now certified in Canada at triple platinum. She is following up with “In My Dreams” which heralds her debut full-length album. The track was produced by Joel Little who has worked with Ellie Goulding, Lorde, and Sam Smith. The song was featured in an episode of hit ABC series Once Upon a Time. We embed the lyric video below which in five days is well over 100k views.

2015: Canadians Get Covered Plentifully

Being a big year in Canadian music, artists around the world were eager to cover the big maple hits. Some of them did wonderful jobs at it. What’s even more remarkable is that Canadians even covered … each other! We have embedded our three favourites below. First up, UK electronic outfit Chvrches, who released a fine album this year, did an impressive cover of Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean”. We could listen to Lauren Mayberry’s vocals all day long.  The second video is from down under. Aussie group Art of Sleeping may not be a big name yet in the Great White North, but this video shows how impressive its musicians are as they slay in their cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. Finally, Walk Off the Earth teams up with new gold recording artist Scott Helman in a sumptuous cover of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”. Enjoy these delicacies.

Headlines and Footdots for 18 December 2015

Billboard Names 8 Canadian Songs IN Best of 2015

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U.S. based Billboard magazine has published a list of its picks for the 25 Best Songs of 2015. Within the top 18 of the list are 8 songs by Canadians, including #1. At #18 is “Know Yourself” by Drake. Grimes’ “Flesh Without Blood” is #15, The Weeknd’s “The Hills” #10, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” #9, and Alessia Cara’s “Here” #6. “Where Are U Now” which features Justin Bieber is #5 and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, a modern take on Timmy Thomas’ 1973 hit “Why Can’t We Live Together”, is #2. Billboard names the best song of the year, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.

Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” 6th of 2015 in Japan

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Radio in Canada may have been lukewarm towards Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” which managed to go gold despite this, but it was a major smash in Japan, finishing the year as the 6th most popular song in the world’s second largest music market. It was also the top song from an international artist in Japan, as the top 5 on the Japan year-end Billboard Hot 100 were from Japanese artists. Carly’s song was more popular than both “Shake It Off” (#12) and “Uptown Funk” (#18). That is very impressive.

Rachel Woznow GAINING MOMENTUM in The States

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“Big and Loud” from Edmonton pop singer Rachel Woznow has been gaining traction in the United States, reaching the Top 30 on Billboard’s Indicator chart helped by airplay on some radio stations in California. While stations in Edmonton have been supporting her, it appears that her momentum in the States is growing more rapidly than in The Great White North. We wish Rachel great success. The fantastic song will be appearing in our best of list for 2015!

Jocelyn Alice Signs with Sony

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A number of record labels have been fighting over Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice since her hit “Jackpot” went gold in 2015. She has settled on a deal with Sony affiliate Disruptor Records which will distribute her music worldwide. Because of a potential deal around the corner, Jocelyn cancelled release of her album this past summer and will now give us new and perhaps reworked music with her new team.

JUNO Nominations EXPECTED Early February

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CARAS will be holding a press conference in Calgary on February 2, 2015. It is expected that the JUNO nominations will be announced at that time. The year 2015 was a big year for Canadian music internationally, but with unique tastes, it will be interesting to see which Canadian albums and songs are loved most by Canadians themselves.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Inducts Garnett Piece

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The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) has inducted Gale Garnett’s “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, a #2 hit in Canada in 1964, and covered over the years by a slew of international artists – Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Dolly Parton, and Sonny and Cher. The song was heard on television shows, movie soundtracks, and appeared on dozens of compilation albums throughout the 1970’s and beyond. Gale was born in New Zealand but emigrated to Canada at 11 years old. She wrote the song when she was only 14, and it was to be given to Hoyt Axton, but she ended up recording it herself. It became an international hit and won a Grammy Award, beating out Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin”.

Justin Bieber to Perform at 2016 Brit Awards

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The Brit Awards, celebrating the best in United Kingdom music, does have a few international categories. The British JUNOs have not yet announced nominations; however, a couple of performers at the 2016 gala have been announced: Adele, Coldplay, and Canada’s own Justin Bieber. British comedy duo Ant & Dec will host the show February 24, 2016, at the O2 Arena in swinging London.

Tyler Shaw Gets Dizzy

Coquitlam, BC gold recording artist Tyler Shaw launched a new MV with lyrics today for his new song “Dizzy”. Check it out below.

2 and 2 in Britain; 4 and 4 in the States

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On this week’s official UK charts, Canadians Bryan Adams and Justin Bieber both debut at #2. Last month, they played together in Germany (see it here). Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” debuts at #2 on the British Singles Chart behind “Hello” by England’s Adele. Bryan Adams, on the other hand, debuts at #2 on the British Albums Chart with Get Up behind Sounds Good Feels Good by Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer.

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Bieber Performs on the Graham Norton Show

Justin Bieber performed “What Do You Mean” tonight on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show. In the cute interview that followed, the host commented, “That song, ‘What Do You Mean’, I like it. It’s your little cry from the heart to the women of the world, ’cause you don’t know what they mean. Is that the thing?” Justin replied, “I never know what they mean.” Norton returned, “But all boys don’t know what girls mean.” And Justin said, “Yeah, that’s why we needed an anthem.”

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Four Canadians in Top 4 U.S. Billboard Spots

For the first time in U.S. Billboard Hot 100 history, four Canadian artists own the top four spots on the chart. The Weeknd is at #1 with “The Hills”, Drake is #2 with “Hotline Bling”, Justin Bieber is at #3 with “What Do You Mean”, and Shawn Mendes is at #4 with “Stitches”.

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Mendes and Cara MAKE Billboard’s Hot PRE-21

Billboard magazine recently listed its picks for the 21 hottest stars under the age of 21. The list includes two Canadians: Shawn Mendes (ranked 4th) and Alessia Cara (ranked 11th). The latter’s hit “Here” entered the U.S. Hot 100’s Top 20 this week. She will be releasing her debut album Know It All November 13. You can view the article here.

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Headlines and Footdots for October 1, 2015

States-Side Canadian Invasion

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All top 4 hits on this week’s U.S. Billboard Hot 100 are from Canadian artists: “The Hills” by The Weeknd #1, “What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber #2, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd #3, and “Hotline Bling” by Drake #4. Drake is now one of only four artists to have landed 100 tunes on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The Weeknd’s recent success has helped his previous album Kiss Land to be certified gold in Canada. We’ll see what we can do to get a Canadian invasion going in Britain as well.

Anik Jean Releasing Anglo Album

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Superb, JUNO nominated Canadian rocker Anik Jean will be following up her acclaimed Franco album Schizophrène with a brand new English language album entitled Lost Soul. The album will be out October 30. For those who prefer rock in the French language, we are super excited that Andie Duquette will be releasing her debut album Ton problème October 16. We will continue to list all new Canadian releases through the month of October to help you find music you like.

David Foster’s Miracle Gala Raises $6.5 Million

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Skylark keyboardist turned super producer David Foster held his Miracle Concert and Gala in Toronto recently, an event that raised $6.5 million for his foundation which supports families with children who are in need of organ transplants. Among the big names in attendance were Gordon Lightfoot, Kiesza, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, and Peter Cetera.

LIGHTS Raises $50 Thousand for MusicCounts

LE-UFC-LightsRecording Artist LIGHTS recently teamed up with Kiehl’s Canada. She designed the cover art for Ultra Facial Cream, 100% of the net profits going towards organization MusicCounts to help keep music education in schools and assist children with music instrument costs.

Love Will Light the Way

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Toronto’s Roveena has recorded a new version of “Love Will Light the Way” from her 2012 EP Perfect World to raise awareness on lymphoma. Net proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Lymphoma Canada in search of a cure to this terrible disease. Roveena’s vocals are simply beautiful and the song is exquisite. You can watch the MV hereiTunes

Carly Rae Jepsen Greases Up

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Having given us one of the best albums of 2015, Carly Rae Jepsen will be returning to her other love, acting. This time she will appear in a televised live musical of Grease. Carly will be cast as Frenchy, the role played by Didi Conn in the original Hollywood feature film. The U.S. network Fox will premiere the special on January 31, 2016.

2016 JUNO Submissions Now Open

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A reminder that submissions for the 2016 JUNO Awards to take place in Calgary are now open. There have been a few rule changes to take note of, a key one being a change in definition between LP and EP. More details can be found here.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Michelle Thibodeau

Moncton, NB’s Michelle Thibodeau (now based in Toronto) has released a brand new MV for “Hey Hitchhiker” which is definitely worthy of a placement in the CMB! You can grab a copy of the new single on iTunes.

Headlines and Footdots for Mid-September 2015

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Carly Rae Jepsen will be signing autographs and performing an acoustic set at HMV at 363 Oxford Street in swinging London September 18 to celebrate the UK release of her album Emotion. The vintage shop has been there since 1921. One week after, Carly’s Canadian brother will hit London as well.

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Yes, The Weeknd will be guesting on Britain’s The Graham Norton Show along with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Peter Capaldi on September 25! It is the season opener of the comedy chat show on BBC One. Other Canadian recording artists to have appeared on the show include Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette, Arcade Fire, and Justin Bieber.

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The latter celeb was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the youngest male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100. He was presented with a plaque in honour of the achievement. In Canada, the #1 hit “What Do You Mean?” was certified gold just one week after its release.

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Also going gold is “3-2-1” from Flat Lake, AB’s Brett Kissel. It is his first certified recording. Brett was one of the winners at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards this past weekend. The big winner of the evening, scoring a cowboy hat trick, was Gord Bamford. A list of all the winners can be found here.

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Immediately after the broadcast, CMT announced the release of the brand new music video for “I’m and Open Road” by Paul Brandt featuring two-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke. It is beautifully shot, worthy of inclusion on our year-end best MVs list, and we have embedded it below. Jess has a new EP coming out on September 25 called Kiss Me Quiet.

Justin Bieber Reveals Why He Cried After His VMA Performance

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Justin Bieber guested on U.S. chat program The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the host asked him why he got emotional at the end of his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. The Biebs explained, “It was just so overwhelming for me. Everything.” He said that he missed some cues so was a little disappointed at that but received such tremendous support from the crowd. “I just wasn’t expecting them to support me in the way they did. The last time I was at an awards show I was booed.” He added that he has worked so hard at his upcoming album and becoming the man he wants to be that, stepping into situations like an awards show performance, he could not help feeling judged. “So I was just feeling judged and just wanting to win so badly and just wanting to do what I love so badly that I just put everything on the line, and I think that that was what was so special about the emotional moment at the end. It was authentic. It was real.”

Jimmy Fallon humorously suggested the tears were also elicited by some physical pain, using Bieber’s euphemism for genitalia: “Plus, your ‘junk’ was being pulled by the harness.” Fallon summed up Justin Bieber’s comeback best when he commented, “What makes a man I think is not how much you can fight but if you get knocked down can you get up. And boy did you get up. And boy did you come back fighting.”

Single “What Do You Mean” is #1 in 89 countries.  iTunes

Avril Lavigne Surprises at Petco Park and Other Newsy Tidbits

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Rock superstar Avril Lavigne surprised a crowd of over 40,000 at Petco Park in San Diego, USA, last night when she took the stage to join the night’s headliner Taylor Swift. The two performed the Canadian star’s first hit single “Complicated”. Swift introduced Lavigne by saying, “She’s one of my favourite artists, and we’ve been texting all week. Today I got to meet her. Please make some noise! Avril Lavigne is here!” The two successfully foiled an online attempt made to turn them against each other which was overblown by the press. At her earlier Los Angeles concert on tour, Taylor performed with another Canadian icon, Alanis Morissette.

In other news, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” MV surpassed 100 million views yesterday making it her latest Vevo certified work. Her label mate Justin Bieber topped the iTunes singles chart in 82 countries with new single “What Do You Mean”. In the Canadian platform’s albums chart, five Canadian releases made the Top 15 last week.

Justin Bieber’s 15 Most Successful Songs in Canada

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Excitement is brewing over the August 28 release of Justin Bieber’s new single, “What Do You Mean”. It has been a couple of years since his Journals era releases. Bieber’s feature in “Where Are U Now” has been very successful, a Top 10 platinum hit thus far.

Following are some statistics on the R&B/pop superstar from Stratford, Ontario. Justin Bieber is the only Canadian artist to achieve triple platinum or higher certification on more than one single in the digital era, the two being “Boyfriend” and “Beauty and a Beat” (both triple platinum). Mini album My World, albums My World 2.0 and Believe, plus his Christmas album Under the Mistletoe have all been awarded multiplatinum certification.

Justin Bieber has landed more songs on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, the chart debuting in mid-2007, than any other Canadian artist, by far. His first charting single was “One Time” which entered the chart at #12, its peak position, on July 15, 2009. Since then, he has managed to place 47 songs on the chart (including 5 as a featured artist). He has not yet scored a #1 hit in the United Kingdom or United States but he has in Canada, that being “Boyfriend”.

We have calculated Justin Bieber’s 15 most successful tracks by subtracting each song’s chart position on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 from 101 (#1 would be 100 points, #100 would be 1 point) and then tallying the points for all weeks on the chart. We have included his songs as a featured artist. We have not included “Where Are U Now” as it is still on the charts. Check out the results in the table below.

Top 15 Justin Bieber Songs

Headlines Late July 2015

The Weeknd Dethrones OMI’s Cheerleader

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It’s not too often we see a homegrown artist hit #1 in iTunes Canada’s Top Songs, but dethroning OMI’s “Cheerleader” today is none other than The Weeknd. We sincerely hope that he can feel his face now. Hollywood actor Tom Cruise recently performed an impressive lip sync to “Can’t Feel My Face,” and he called it “the song of the summer”.

Halifax’s Ria Mae Is One to Watch

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Shooting up the radio charts is song “Clothes Off” by Halifax’s Ria Mae, and the artist received a feature in this week’s Nielsen newsletter. She has already won at the East Coast Music Awards. Though released last year, the single charmed the folks over at Sony Music Canada and has been re-released through them with mightier force.

Justin Bieber Launching New Single

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Justin Bieber, as revealed during a recent interview with American radio host Ryan Seacrest, will be releasing a new single August 28 called “What Do You Mean?” He explains that the title is a reference to his frequently encountering people who say one thing but mean something else. He often has to clarify by asking, “What do you mean?” Bieber has landed more songs on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 than any other homegrown artist — 47 including his 2015 platinum collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now”.

Rule the Gold Bungalow

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Music Canada has confirmed gold certification for Scott Helman’s “Bungalow” as well as Walk Off the Earth’s “Rule the Word”. They are the 6th and 7th 2015 singles involving Canadian artists to receive gold/platinum certification. For Canada, a single (i.e. digital download) must achieve 40,000 purchases to go gold.

Shawn Mendes Dabbling in TV Acting

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While Shawn Hook’s songs are being featured in TV series Rookie Blue, Shawn Mendes will be testing out his acting skills by appearing in the Season 3 premiere of series The 100. All we know at this point is that he will be playing a scrappy young Ark survivor who gets into a tricky situation and has to use his talents to get out of it. Mendes recently performed a duet with actress Hailee Steinfeld for his current hit single “Stitches”. We hope she gave him some acting tips.

Hit and Run at YYZ

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From the city that supposedly rhymes with piranha, dance duo YYZ has garnished excellent third single “Hit & Run” with an MV. Check it out below and if you like what you hear you can grab a copy of the track on iTunes.

Headlines for Late June 2015

We start with some cuteness from Mia Martina. Awwww!

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CHAVRIL CRUISIN’

Napanee, ON rock superstar Avril Lavigne appeared on Good Morning America to talk about frustrations over getting decent medical attention for Lyme disease. She broke down in tears. However, once she got that off her chest she was all smiles as hubby Chad Kroeger is unable to talk after receiving vocal cord surgery to remove a cyst (similar to what Victoria Duffield had to go through last year). Avril teased, “Husbands not allowed to talk !!! (vocal rest) Hahahah lol. Shhhh. Best day ever??!!??” Avril will be performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics on July 25 with a host of stars including Cody Simpson and Stevie Wonder.

Chavril cruisin

CARLY SLAYING IN JAPAN

Mission, BC pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen has released her third album Emotion in Japan first, and it is doing very well. At one point, the album was at the top of iTunes Japan. Currently it sits at #2 behind Japanese group GReeeeN (as super as a Ruby Rhod spiel). The Japanese market, though 2nd in the world, is a tough nut to crack for Anglo music, so Carly deserves much credit. Carly was impressed by Japan’s proclivities for adding plush cuteness to interview backdrops.

carly japan plush

SHAWN HOOKED BY REPUBLIC RECORDS

Also from beautiful British Columbia, Shawn Hook has inked a deal with Republic Records in New York to promote and distribute his music States-side. We’re not sure what colour the ink was, but the label has signed a number of colourful Canadian characters: Bahamas, Drake, Nickelback, and The Weeknd. Shawn will be busy over the next little while striving to bring his fine works to the attention of American ears. We wish him the best.

shawn hook republic records

CAPITAL CANADA DAY PERFORMANCES

Many recording artists will be performing in events across the country in various cities celebrating Canada Day. The flagship televised event at Parliament Hill in Ottawa will feature performances by … are you ready? Andee, Cassidy Mann, Francesco Yates, Gord Bamford, Jonas and the Massive Attraction, Karim Ouellet, Kiesza, Marc Dupré, MAGIC!, and The Jerry Cans! Oh my goodness! And if that’s not enough, ad hoc events at Jacques Cartier Park in the Gatineau will see Brigitte Boisjoli and David Myles, as well as Shad rippin’ things up in Major’s Hill Park! Below: Andee and her squadron of dancers rehearse for the big performance.

Canada Day rehearsal Andee

We leave you with the brand new MV for Top 20 hit (#3 in the UK!) “Where Are U Now” by the Dipster and Skrillster featuring The Biebs. Love the artwork blends!