Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Pop Album of the Year Nominees

Mixmania3 by Various Artists

Mixmania 3Mixmania is a televised performance-based show where two teams of Canadian youth compete for the most talented. The girls and boys teams consist of four members each. The show has become very popular in Québec. After each season, an album featuring the young singers is released, containing mostly original compositions. This is the third various artists compilation. The songs are mainly done in dance pop style. Rather than having each track sung by a different finalist, each contains a different mix of singers, both male and female (two or more).

Nous sommes les mêmes by Marc Dupré

Marc Dupre - Nous sommes les memesMarc’s last album, 2010′s Entre deux mondes, nabbed the coveted Félix award for Pop/Rock Album of the Year. Song “Si on changeait” won a SOCAN award. The title track of this, his 4th studio album is the most successful Franco song so far in 2013, reaching #47 on the Canadian Hot 100. “Un coup sur mon coeur” has also appeared on the chart. The music here is passionate, vibrant, and fresh. Whether you are riding a bicycle in the sunset or racing down the highway in a convertible, the album contains the perfect tracks to accompany the drive.

Punkt by Pierre Lapointe

Pierre Lapointe - PunktAlma, QC’s multiple Félix winning Pierre Lapointe has scored a pair of platinum albums. This cinematic-flavoured work debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart. Short video arcade themed sequences are interspersed like commercial breaks during a television show. For us, this album conjured images of muppets on laughing gas dancing around a letter of the alphabet, time-lapsed photography of love locks being placed on a chain-link fence near Pont des Arts in Paris, and Miss Havisham waltzing around her dilapidated mansion in her dusty wedding gown.

Miroir by Marie-Mai

Marie-Mai - MiroirUpon release, Marie-Mai’s 4th studio album topped the iTunes albums chart. Recently, it has been certified platinum. It contains her smash hits “Sans cri ni haine”, a Franco cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” and “C.O.B.R.A.” both of which made the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The album presents a thoughtful blend of Marie-Mai’s signature high-energy tunes like “Toujours là”, delicate ballads like “Différents”, heartland guitar tracks like “Je rêve de nous”, and piano-driven melodies like “Si les mots”. The English tracks were taken from 2010 recordings of an unreleased Anglo EP.

Fox by Karim Ouellet

Karim Ouellet - FoxBorn in Dakar, Senegal, Karim is currently one of the hottest new Francophone artists in the country. Off this musically and culturally rich album, “L’amour” was a charting single, scaling up to #64 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The title track was also a big radio hit in Québec. Karim has been praised for both his guitar skills and soft, handsome voice. His music embodies a potpourri of styles—folk, soul, African pop, reggae, with even some electro beats thrown in—all bound together by his direct and chipper spirit. This music will put a smile on your face.

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Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Best-Selling Album of the Year Nominees

Star Académie Noël by Various Artists

Star Academie NoelAs the title suggests, this is a Christmas album by the 14 stellar 2012 finalists of Montréal hit TV reality series Star Académie. In just 17 days, it was certified platinum. Season’s greetings classics were arranged under the artistic direction of multiplatinum recording artist Gregory Charles in a variety of genres: gospel, folk, pop, traditional vocal, AC, jazz, and blues. Hearing these holiday tunes confirms that Leclerc, Bédard, Lachance, Audet, May, Malette, Lee, Couture, Benoit, Morin, Dion, Lafond, Guerrette, and Pelletier are among the best young vocalists in the country.

Mes amours, mes amis by Paul Daraîche

Paul Daraiche - Mes Amours Mes AmisThis platinum album contains 15 sumptuous tunes of quintessential country singer Paul Daraîche, all performed in duets with some of Canada’s biggest superstars: Lynda Lemay, Daniel Lavoie, Richard Desjardins, Isabelle Boulay, Roch Voisine, Isabelle Boulay, Mario Pelchat, Yves Lambert, Édith Butler, Maxime Landry, Laurence Jalbert, Patrick Norman, Luce Dufault, Cindy Daniel, and Marc Hervieux. Onboard as well are French stars Dick Rivers and Hugues Aufray. Paul has a music career spanning 45 years and has sold 1.7 million albums. This is his 27th.

Sans Attendre by Céline Dion

Celine-Dion - Sans-attendreA triple-platinum release at home with worldwide sales in excess of 1.3 million, the most successful Canadian recording artist of all-time remains a force to be reckoned with. The album contains “Parler à mon père” which peaked at #53 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was the 77th biggest song of 2012 in France. It is a dedication to Céline’s father (and #1 fan) who passed away several years ago. The disc also has three duets: with legendary Canadian Jean-Pierre Ferland, Johnny Hallyday (best-selling French recording artist of all-time), and virtual duet with Caribbean singer Henri Salvador.

Le Québec est mort, Vive le Québec! by Loco Locass

Loco Locass -Le mémoire de Loco LocassAround since 1995, Loco Locass perform Franco rap music of a highly political nature. They are a trio with nicknames Biz, Batlam, and Chafiik augmented by several musicians. In the past, the group’s album Amour Oral was certified gold and won a pair of Félix awards. This album of theirs landed on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart at #4, was nominated for Recording Package of the Year JUNO, and funky track “Le mémoire de Loco Locass” finished in the year-end CKOI Top 50 chart. With their sophisticated brand of rap, they have been recognized for their strong compositional skills.

Miroir by Marie-Mai

Marie-Mai - MiroirUpon release, Marie-Mai’s 4th studio album topped the iTunes albums chart. Recently, it has been certified platinum. It contains her smash hits “Sans cri ni haine”, a Franco cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” and “C.O.B.R.A.” both of which made the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The album presents a thoughtful blend of Marie-Mai’s signature high-energy tunes like “Toujours là”, delicate ballads like “Différents”, heartland guitar tracks like “Je rêve de nous”, and piano-driven melodies like “Si les mots”. The English tracks were taken from 2010 recordings of an unreleased Anglo EP.

Gold/Platinum Certifications July to September 2013

Here are the latest certifications from Music Canada. Congratulations to the artists and a big thank you to Canadians for continuing to support them by buying their music.

2013 - 07 - 26

2013 - 09 - 11

Definitions

For both albums and digital singles current definitions are: Gold = 40,000 units sold. Platinum = 80,000 units sold. 2x Platinum = 160,000 units sold. 3x Platinum = 240,000 units sold. Etc. Because The Road Hammers album was released prior to May 1, 2008, its platinum certification translates to 100,000 units sold.

Video of the Week: Marie-Mai’s “C.O.B.R.A.”

She was one of the top finalists of the first season of Star Academie, performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and now she has a hot new single that’s landed in the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.  Moreover, her 4th studio album, Miroir, will be released tomorrow.  Filmed under a moonlit forest, Marie-Mai’s C.O.B.R.A. involves a dance party outside a mysterious building complete with hand-held flares.  With all the smoke and mirrors, why not give in to the charm and let yourself be enchanted by the cobra?