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2017 Gold/Platinum Year-End Recap

Canadian artists Brett Kissel (Warner Music Canada), Shania Twain (Universal Music Canada), and Ria Mae (Sony Music Canada) receiving their 2017 Gold/Platinum awards.

2017 was a tremendous year of growth for Music Canada’s historic Gold/Platinum program, which experienced a surge in Album and Single Award certifications from the addition of on-demand audio streams and a modernized application process.

In July 2017, Music Canada updated the album certification guidelines to accept TEAs (Track Equivalent Album) and SEAs (Stream Equivalent Album), which helped album certifications increase by more than 90% over 2016. The updated guidelines also led to a 110% increase in Canadian artist album certifications, with an over 80% increase in Canadian albums receiving their first Gold certifications. The highest certified Canadian album released in 2017 was Drake‘s Double Platinum album More Life, followed by Arcade Fire’s fifth studio album Everything Now and Shania Twain’s highly anticipated comeback album Now, which both earned Platinum status*.

Music Canada began accepting on-demand subscription service streams with the introduction of the Single Award in September 2016, which replaced the sales-based Digital Download Award first introduced in March 2006. In 2017, track certifications increased nearly 45% from 2016’s total. Several Canadian artists received their first Gold Single certifications in 2017 including Aaron Goodvin, Aaron Pritchett, Bahamas, Dan Davidson, Dani and Lizzy, Daniel Caesar, DVBBS, James Barker Band, Jazz Cartier, Jessie Reyez, Jonathan Roy, NAV, and Tebey.

Click here for a full list of 2017 Canadian artist certifications.

Seven Singles earned Canadian Diamond status, which is the highest annual total in the program’s forty-two year history. The highest certified Singles released in 2017 were Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” both of which earned Diamond certifications. Ed Sheeran had the most new Single certifications in 2017 with 16 songs earning their first Canadian certifications. His total is followed by rapper Post Malone, who had 8 songs earn their first Canadian certifications.

Drake is the only Canadian artist to receive a Diamond track certification this year for his 2016 smash hit “One Dance,” while legendary Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip are the sole act to receive a Diamond album certification for their 1991 album Road Apples. Drake’s Double Platinum single “Signs” was the highest certified Single by a Canadian artist released in 2017, followed by the Platinum-certified tracks “Reminding Me” by Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens, and “Figures” by Jessie Reyez.

Adele received two Diamond certifications for “Hello” and “Rolling In The Deep,” as well as a Nine Times Platinum Single for “Someone Like You.” Macklemore, who also earned certifications for 2017 hits “Glorious” (Platinum) and “Good Old Days” (Gold), received a Diamond certification for his 2012 Ryan Lewis collaboration “Thrift Shop.” The Chainsmokers received their first Canadian Diamond award for “Closer,” along with 5 Singles earning their first Canadian certifications.

In addition to a growing following on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Music Canada expanded the Gold/Platinum program’s reach through the launch of the Gold In Canada playlist on Spotify and Google Play. The playlist updates every Thursday with the latest tracks across all genres to earn the coveted Gold certification. In 2018, Music Canada will unveil a series of new playlists highlighting Canadian music’s past and current history.

Our 2017 Year-End Recap playlist, which contains nearly 300 songs newly certified in 2017 in Canada, is now available on Spotify (below) and Google Play. Visit our Facebook page for a full collection of 2017 award plaque presentation photos.

*01/04/17: An earlier version of this blog omitted Drake’s More Life.

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Canada’s Walk of Fame reveals 2017 inductees and honourees

Canada’s Walk Of Fame has announced the 2017 inductees who will be honoured at the Beyond Famous Gala on November 15 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, ON. With the announcement of this year’s inductees, Canada’s Walk Of Fame will have honoured 173 Canadians who have a permanent place of tribute in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District.

The 2017 Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees, who represent the organization’s five pillars of recognition, are:

  • legendary Olympic champion sprinter Donovan Bailey (Sports and Athletics);
  • civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond (Philanthropy and Humanities);
  • award-winning film, television and theater actress Anna Paquin (Arts and Entertainment);
  • communications pioneer Ted Rogers (Business and Entrepreneurship), and;
  • global environmental activist David Suzuki (Science and Technology).

Iconic songwriter and musician Stompin’ Tom Connors, who passed away in 2013, will be honoured as the 2017 Cineplex Legends Inductee.

In addition to the inductees, multi-Platinum JUNO-nominated artist Shawn Hook will be awarded the 2017 Allan Slaight Honour, which recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Past recipients include Brett Kissel, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie Fiona, Drake, and Nikki Yanofsky.

On Sunday, December 3, Global will broadcast a one-hour documentary special Beyond Famous: Canada’s Walk of Fame hosted by Emmy Award winning actor Eric McCormack, showcasing the 19-year history of inductions. The documentary also examines the impact of Canadian talent on the arts, science, entertainment and technology industries on a national and international scale.

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Canadian Country Music Association reveals 2017 CCMA Awards nominees

The Canadian Country Music Association has revealed the full list of nominees today for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show. The show will broadcast live from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK, on Sunday, September 10 at 8pm on CBC. Thirty-four CCMA Award categories were revealed, with eight of the categories scheduled to be presented during the broadcast.

Brett Kissel, Dean Brody, and first time nominees James Barker Band lead the list of nominees with five nominations. Dallas Smith earned four nominations, while High Valley and Meghan Patrick earned three nominations.

Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, High Valley, and Dallas Smith were also announced as the nominees for the 2017 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, which was revealed Tuesday night on Entertainment Tonight Canada. Fans can vote for the award by clicking their favourite act at fanvote.ccma.org, listening to their favourite song on Apple Music, and taking to social media to hashtag their pick.

Tickets for the 2017 CCMA Awards show, featuring performances by Brett Kissel, Dean Brody, Jess Moskaluke, and more to be announced, are on sale now.

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