54-40 (pictured) recovers most of its stolen gear, FAI announces its showcase lineup, and Gord Downie's legacy shines brightly. Others in the news are the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, Chris Topping, The Dawson City Music Festival, Boi-1da, Taylor Swift, The Stratford Writers Festival, Radio Starmaker Fund, Lindsay Beaver, Covenant Awards, Monowhales, Ryan Dahle, and farewells to John Wicks, Hamiet Bluiett, and Montserrat Caballe. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Taylor Swift (pictured) is sure to score huge bucks, Aretha is back in the charts, and Hey Jude turns 50. Also in the headlines are Viv Albertine, Ariana Grande, Drake, Robert Plant, Culture Club, Edmonton Blues Festival, Elliott Smith, Adidas, Cryptorips, and Rory Gallagher.
The love affair of Toronto and The National (pictured), two contrasting takes on Taylor Swift and the candid recollections of Kiesza. Others in the headlines include Seymour Stein, ticket scalping, Big Valley Jamboree, Zildjian, Twitch. Tv, Lady Gaga, Canadian record stores, Patti-Anne Tarlton, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Drake, Tommy Chong, James, The PepTides, and Cambridge Folk Festival.
Neko Case survives adversity, Taylor Swift battles scalpers, and Teenage Head gets a hometown honour. Also in the headlines are Spotify, Sony/ATV, Kardinal Offishall, Serge Fiori, Tanya Tagaq, Jennifer Castle, Ed Sheeran, the Stones, Amuse, Slayer, Rich Aucoin, Moogfest, Aaron Allen, Baptists, and Bush Tetras.
Alice Glass opens up, Tidal is accused of faking numbers, and Canada's biggest live venues are ranked. Also in the headlines are Bob Goodlatte, Tony Kinman, Prince, Katy Perry, CMW, Tyrant Studios, Eurovision, and streaming.
Vancouver grunge precursors Slow returns after 30 years, YouTube is eyeing music streaming options, and the rejuvenation of Lindi Ortega make the news. Also in today's headlines are Come From away, Eurovision, Jon Landau, Derek Taylor, Jeremy Dutcher, Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Harry Hudson, and Moby Grape.
Taylor Swift has been media-shy of late, and Eminem takes shots at the NRA. Also in the headlines are American Idol, Rosie & the Riveters, Weird Al, Jason Corbett, Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard, Julian Casablancas, reggaeton, James Levine, and the Dears.
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 Irish band's latest album debuts at No. 1, but Roy Woods, Neil Young and Chris Stapleton also make the charts and a trio of Christmas sellers continue showing gains.
Taylor Swift holds her lock on the top of the albums chart, but the list is long with competing artists that include Michael Bublé's Christmas showing a strong surge with a recording made more than a half-decade ago.
Swift's new album was a dead cert to hit the top of the chart in its first week of release, and she's done it with certifiable platinum sales and without the backing of any of the streaming platforms.
The album will land at #1 this week in North America. In Canada, based on initial sales reports, Reputation has a four-day sales total of 65,000 units, which will put it in contention to have the biggest one-week album sales total this year.