Readers deluged us with e-mails yesterday wanting to know how many Encore Un Soir albums Celine Dion sold in the first week, important data since Canada’s own Vegas queen beat out the competition that includes Babs who is currently at the top of the chart in the US. So, we reached out to Nielsen Canada Music Director Paul Tuch to find the answer.
In her first week, Dion’s album sold a whopping 60K albums, a staggering number in this day and age and doubly so considering it is a French language release. In the same time frame, Dion triggered 300K on-demand streams.
-- The Roots will be joining headliners Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes, Charlotte Cardin at the Global Citizen Concert to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at Bell Centre Montreal on Sept. 17. The event is in partnership with Live Nation, evenko, and official media partner Bell Media.
-- Broken Social Scene in some form is back on the road performing at a mix of festivals in the US and the UK. Included on at least one of the tracks is Feist, at least according to her Instagram posting late last month. Arts & Crafts has the album, but the label is being tight lipped about the release; in fact, there seems to be a lock-down on who is in the current ensemble—assuming that is fixed, that is. Anyway, the off-again, on-again trailblazers of yore performed at the End of the Road festival in the UK this past Sunday, and scribbler Michael Hann in The Guardian was over the moon singing the group’s praises (read here). We did a bit of a search and came up with this performance video shot at the same. Enjoy!
-- CBC Radio is scheduled to replay Larry LeBlanc’s show on "The Three Wise Men" (music industry titans Michael Cohl, Bruce Allen, and Bob Ezrin) on Sunday, Sept. 18 on Radio One (9pm and Radio 2 3pm) plus another play on Radio 2 Wednesday Sept. 21(7 pm) All eastern time.
-- Alberta R&B stylist Nuela Charles made waves when she registered on the CBC National Searchlight Contest three years back, and then went on to win the Edmonton Music Prize. Since then she’s released a couple of well received albums, and had a series of her songs licensed as TV syncs for shows. Now she has released a new video for a statement song about the ups and downs of power struggles, directed by Brandon Fletcher. We thought you might want to see it for yourselves.
-- It doesn’t have quite the clout of a Super Bowl halftime show, but a performance at the Grey Cup is still coveted. Later today, the CFL will announce their choice for the upcoming 104th Grey Cup (on Nov. 7), and earlier this week a CFL rep teasingly noted “the act who is coming is on the list of the Top-40 most-viewed music videos on YouTube.”
-- Psych-rockers Snake River released new album Sun Will Rise last week. They're now halfway through a nine-city Canadian tour that brings them into Toronto’s Smiling Buddha tonight (Sept. 7) and Barfly in Montreal on Thursday. The tour closes in Regina on Sept. 24. Group leader Christopher Sleightholm’s imaginative lyrics are a real strong suit with this band.
-- Musically eclectic Vancouver singer/songwriter Christie Grace fuses jazz, pop, R&B and folk elements on her deeply personal new album Golden Thread (her third). She has just announced a hometown CD release concert, to take place at the VSO’s Pyatt Hall on September 17th. Grace will be accompanied by such ace jazz players as Chris Gestrin (he produced the album), Daryl Jahnke, Joel Fountain, André Lachance, and Malcolm Aiken.