...There is an undeniable uniformity among most of the acts receiving a significant industry co-sign – trap-leaning, downtempo, lyrically repetitive male artists, writing songs primarily about the pursuit of wealth, power and the objectification of women.
The two soulful Canuck superstars had banner years, but it was Ed Sheeran who took the top honour with his blockbuster hit album. Divide.
The Weeknd is again top of the pops. The guy seems to be unshakable and unbeatable. Tethered to Kendrick Lamar, "Pray For Me" is an unassailable home run.
Alessia Cara became the first Canadian to win the coveted Best New Artist Grammy Award and her performance dazzled. Also winning were Leonard Cohen, Abel Tesfaye, Nova Scotian opera star Barbara Hannigan, and engineer Charles Moniz.
Hot young R&B star Daniel Caesar headlines the Halifax Jazz Fest this summer. Also making news today are Justin Timberlake, Bahamas, The Weeknd, the Sam's sign, the Indigenous Music Awards, Beatrice Keeler, Chris Startup, and farewells to Mikio Fujioka, Janice Starodub, and Denise LaSalle.
The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes top the list of Canadian airplay earners in 2017 and Nielsen Music reports that on-demand streams set a new record, surpassing 900M in the 2nd last week of the year.
Despite Ed Sheeran’s success, hip-hop continues to play a significant role in music. Overall, the genre’s listening increased 74% over the past year according to the music platform that boasts more than 60M paying subscribers worldwide.
Bruno Mars was the big winner, but several Canadian artists including Shawn Mendes were in the winner's circle last night at the Microsoft Theatre in LA.
The unstoppable Canadian hit machine known as Jacob Hoggard has himself another hit with his band Hedley. The Weeknd is also a repeat offender, and 54:40 returns with a release on the newly minted El Mocambo Records.
Earlier this week we published Nielsen Music Canada's Q3 report on best-sellers and streaming giants in the market this year, and today we follow up with an all-Canadian artists' breakdown that is chock full of surprises.
Breaking down the hottest of the hot in festival high-season.