A paucity of new releases, post-Christmas blues leaving consumers strapped for cash, and a cold snap that tickled few funny bones in the first week of the new year likely contributed to ho-hum activity on the chart. Whatever the case, Teddy's cheering.
Christmas music, underground bands, the Grammys, Shania Twain, tribute groups, Meligrove Band, Arlo Guthrie, Justin Bieber, Barbra Streisand, The Dream Syndicate, and a Halifax requiem are among those making headlines in today's edition.
Shania Twain shone in the snow with her half-time show at a memorable Grey Cup in Ottawa last night. Also in the news is a US startup, United Masters, out to take on the major labels, and we farewell Patrick Bourgeois, John Francis Coates Jr, and Tommy Keene.
Shania Twain teams up with Nick Jonas on a festive Christmas song, and Alvvays returns with another silken pop confection driven by Molly Rankin's layered vocal track. Also popular in the week is Billy Talent's cover of a Neil Young song.
With only partial reports from retailers on Friday, Reputation, Taylor Swift’s new album, has chalked up 50,000 Canadian sales and it promises to become the top-selling record of the year.
Shania Twain is back on top with her first studio album in 15 years, Tom Petty's death sent his music soaring back onto the same chart and perennial favourite Canadian band Hedley has itself another smash hit.
Amongst the headlines in today's edition are Drake, Britta Johnson, annoying concertgoers, Shania Twain, Mark Zuckerberg, Toronto festivals, Montreal orchestras, Miley Cyrus, Linda Ronstadt, Pierre Kwenders, Gabrielle Shonk and '70s soul.
The country superstar joins record executive Scott Borchetta, Black Eyed Peas hitmaker Fergie and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder on CTV's upcoming music discovery series.
Those making our headlines today include Taylor Swift, the Polaris Prize, Alex Larsen, the TSO, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, TIFF, Shania Twain, Eddie Vedder, Amy Helm and Tafelmusik.
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