Hedley’s fifth LP has been certified gold. Musically, the band has ridden well the wave of movement away from the pop punk fascination of the last decade to the dance pop trends of today. The album offers well-constructed, on-the-mark CHR tunes. It contains the band’s cheeky hit single “Anything”, the falsetto and rhythm guitar combo “Crazy For You”, smooth ballad “Pocket Full of Dreams”, guitar twangy “Mexico” , folk pop “Heaven in Our Headlights”, and ethereal keyboard moody “Wild Life”. Hedley has enjoyed two previous JUNO wins; it has three nominations this year.
To Be Loved by Michael Bublé (Burnaby, BC)
Working with Bob Rock (who co-produced his previous two albums), the production on Bublé’s latest studio album is crisp and slick. There are 10 covers and four originals, recorded in Vancouver and Los Angeles. It contains hit single “It’s a Beautiful Day” as well as collaborations with Jann Arden and Bryan Adams. While the album marks familiar Bublé territory—swinging jazz-pop—some peppering with soulful Motown and rock have served to broaden its appeal. This became a double platinum album. Michael has seen 11 previous JUNO wins and has five nominations this year.
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (Los Angeles, USA)
This Americanadian, son of actor Alan Thicke, has been recording soul and R&B music for more than 10 years; this is his sixth studio album. Robin is highly respected for his songwriting prowess. Although his second album was his best-selling to date at 1.5 million copies in the United States, Blurred Lines spawned his most successful single (the title-track), which topped the charts globally, as well as followup hit “Give It 2 U”. Robin received a previous JUNO nomination in 2012 and this year is nominated for three.
Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara (Calgary, AB)
Certified gold, spawning three hit singles to date, one of which went platinum, this album was praised by both indie lovers and pop enthusiasts as well as fellow professional musicians including British band Keane. It was named Album of the Year (2013) by The Canadian Music Blog. This is the Calgarian twin sisters’ seventh studio album, a smoothly produced, electronic pop work with a subtle 80s alternative vibe. Emotion is expressed through the music rather than the Vulcan cool vocals giving it a twist. Tegan and Sara have garnered five previous JUNO nominations; they have four this year.
REVO by Walk Off the Earth (Burlington, ON)
This gold album opens with its banjo plucked, boom-throbbing title track. “Gang of Rhythm” makes use of contrast between low-key tinkering on the verses followed by vigorous choruses. “Speeches” does the opposite with its quick-fire storytelling followed by a laid-back groove. “Shake” feels like relaxed reflections uttered while kicking back on a hot, sunny beach. “Summer Vibe” is a perfectly executed reggae number, converting “day-o” into the Canadian language (“eh-o”). Walk Off the Earth has one previous JUNO nomination; they have three this year.
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.
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.
MoneySense magazine recently ranked Burlington, Ontario the best mid-size Canadian city in which to live. It was in this city that group Walk Off the Earth (a.k.a. WOTE) formed, releasing their first material in 2007. The current lineup is Sarah Blackwood, Joel Cassady, Gianni Luminati, Ryan Marshall, and Mike Taylor, an exquisite band of multi-instrumentalists playing everything from kazoo, banjo, xylophone, glockenspiel, harmonica, trumpet, and ukulele to the standard guitar, piano, and drums. Last year, they drew worldwide attention with their clever cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and its music video with the five of them playing it on a lone guitar. Their version peaked at #13 on the Canadian Hot 100, was certified platinum, and became an international hit single. They released an EP at the end of 2012 called R.E.V.O., and single “Red Hands”, loaded with its spirited “oh-yeahs”, has entered the Top 20 of the Hot 100. This year, 2013, the band is up for two JUNO Awards, and they have just converted their EP into an LP.
The R.E.V.O. album, an acronym for the group’s motto — Realize Every Victory Outright — contains all four tracks from the EP, including hit single “Red Hands”, as well as their Gotye cover. “Money Tree” appears from their 2010 album, My Rock. This means that this is essentially a compilation album with a few new tracks; however, given the limelight they are now enjoying, it is clear that the album is intended to serve as an introduction to the outfit for most, and it has been released worldwide.
The R.E.V.O. LP opens with the banjo plucked, boom-throbbing title track. “Gang of Rhythm” makes use of contrast between low-key tinkering on the verses followed by vigorous choruses. “Speeches” does the opposite with its quick-fire storytelling followed by a laid-back groove. “Sometimes” is pure fun and as such one of the catchiest tracks. “Shake” feels like relaxed reflections uttered while kicking back on a hot, sunny beach followed by, well, shaking it up. “Summer Vibe” is a perfectly executed reggae number, converting “day-o” into the Canadian language (“eh-o”). Walk Off the Earth has delivered a solid album of clever and quirky sunshine pop bringing us some warmth in this cold, Canadian spring.