...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.
As an author, journalist, programmer, and publicist, he has had a major impact on Canada's urban music scene. In this interview, Higgins reflects upon a fascinating career and the ascent of domestic hip-hop and R&B artists.
The two soulful Canuck superstars had banner years, but it was Ed Sheeran who took the top honour with his blockbuster hit album. Divide.
Indigenous roots artist William Prince signs to Glassnote and SOCAN member Eric Radford wins Olympic gold. Others in the news today include Dallas Smith, Radiohead, Elton John, Grand Analog, Ludacris, Winterfolk, Bomargo, Drake, Catherine MacLellan, Laura Hubert, and farewells to Didier Lockwood, Stormin, and Alexander Sevastian. Videos included for your enjoyment.
A Canadian hip-hop anthem turns 20 this year, and Drake's penchant for charity is praised. Also in the headlines are music broadcasts, Joni Mitchell, audio streaming and ticket scalping.
The long-awaited video, released Friday morning, showcases the Toronto native’s giving spree in the city earlier this month. “The budget for this video was $996,631. 90,” the opening title card says. “We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label.”
The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival gets underway and Bell partners with the Cavendish Beach fest. Those also in the news today include Bruno Mars, Drake, Ought, Scott Helman, Force Field, Lindsay Ell, Gibson, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Block Heater, and Food Court, plus farewells to Pat Torpey, Daryle Singletary, and Vic Damone. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Toronto's declaration of Clash Day raises eyebrows, and a new Drake video benefits a Miami school. Also in the headlines are Katy Perry, Jessie Reyez, the Brit Awards, Anagram, James Jamerson, CSNY, Zaki Ibrahim, Ian Hunter, No Age, and Nicholas Jennings.
Migos takes 1st place based on massive streams but the Blue Rodeo singer's solo album is the week's best-seller and the Grammy show triggers rebounds for some artists on the chart.
Canadian hip-hop anthem "Northern Touch" turns 20, and Drake hits the top Down Under. Also in the news are Feist, the BC Music Fund, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Music Moves Me, Ellevator, Best Buy, and farewells to Leon Chancler and Dennis Edwards (pictured).
With their catalogue now available digitally, and on streaming services, Def Leppard has three albums appearing in the top 200, but it's "God's Plan" that places Drake at the top.