Photo Credit: Jonas Brothers / Universal Music Canada
2019 was an epic year for American pop sensations Jonas Brothers, who returned to the spotlight following the release of their fifth studio album Happiness Begins and their first major arena tour in a decade. The band played three shows at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena over the course of the tour, along with a stop at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Wednesday night. Prior to Tuesday’s show in Toronto, Nick, Kevin, and Joe were surprised with their own Platinum award plaques for Happiness Begins by Universal Music Canada, sharing the news across their social media accounts with their Canadian fans.
Happiness Begins was the brothers’ first Canadian album certification since August 2009, when A Little Bit Longer (2008) received its Double Platinum certification and Lines, Vines and Trying Times (2009) was certified Platinum. Happiness Begins also features the certified hits “Sucker” (4x Platinum), “Only Human” (Platinum), and “Cool” (Platinum), which are included on the custom award plaque.
On Friday, August 9, Saskatchewan-bred rockers The Sheepdogs were in Toronto to throw out the first pitch at Rogers Centre ahead of the Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees. The band also performed a free outdoor show ahead of the game as part of the Jays’ Summer Sound Festival, which also featured James Barker Band the following day.
During the game, Warner Music Canada surprised the band with their second Canadian Platinum certification plaque for their 2012 self-titled album, joining JUNO Rock Album of the Year winner Learn & Burn. The album’s lead single “Feeling Good” also received a Platinum Single Award certification in 2019.
Veteran indie rock outfit Death Cab for Cutie returned to Toronto last week for a show at Echo Beach in support of their 2018 album Thank You for Today. Prior to their set, Warner Music Canada surprised Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr with Platinum plaques for their fifth studio album Plans, which was the band’s first album to receive Canadian Gold status in 2006. Plans was certified Platinum earlier in 2019 along with the singles “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and “Soul Meets Body,” which was certified Gold.
Columbus, Ohio’s Twenty One Pilots made their triumphant return to Toronto last week on their Bandito Tour in support of the 2018 album Trench, the follow-up to 4x Platinum 2015 album Blurryface. Prior to the highly anticipated sold out show at Scotiabank Arena, Warner Music Canada surprised the band with Gold plaques for Trench and its singles “Chlorine,” “Jumpsuit,” and “My Blood.”
L to R: Adrian Strong (President, DMD Ent./Co-President, Ultra Music Canada, Patrick Moxey (President & Founder, Ultra Music), Steve Greenberg (President, S-Curve Records), Adam Met (AJR), Jack Met (AJR), Ryan Met (AJR), Asim Awesome Awan (Co-President, Ultra Music Canada)
To celebrate the release of their latest album Neotheater, American indie pop band AJR played a sold out album release show in their hometown of New York City at The Bowery Ballroom. Prior to their set, Ultra Music Canada and DMD Entertainment presented the group with their first Canadian Gold Album Award plaque for their 2017 album The Click.
The breakthrough album features the band’s Canadian Platinum-certified hits “Weak” and “Burn The House Down,” as well as the Gold-certified “Sober Up” featuring Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.
(L to R) Jay Buettner (Guitar), Rick Bazuin (Tour Manager), Karen Corbin Hughes (Executive Assistant), Adam Dowling (Drums), Mike Little (Keyboards) and Michael Lent (Bass) Photo Credit: Len Cheverie
Canadian country singer George Canyon began his Made In Canada Tour last Thursday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou, Nova Scotia. During the show, Louis O’Reilly of Invictus Entertainment Group, George Canyon’s Management & Booking Agency, and George’s son Kale presented the band and crew with Platinum Award plaques for his 2004 JUNO Award winning album, One Good Friend.
Brendon Urie, the creative force behind American dance rock band Panic! At The Disco, paid a visit to Toronto for a stop on the band’s 2018 tour in support of their latest album Pray For The Wicked. Prior to the headlining show at Scotiabank Arena, Urie was surprised by Warner Music Canada with two Gold plaques for 2016 album and title track Death Of A Bachelor, along with its accompanying singles “Victorious,” “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time,” “Hallelujah,” “Emperor’s New Clothes,” “LA Devotee.”
These are Panic!’s first certifications in the streaming era, and the first since the Platinum certification of their classic 2005 debut A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.
Watch the music video for “Death Of A Bachelor” below.
Michigan-bred four piece rock band Greta Van Fleet were surprised with Canadian Gold award plaques by Universal Music Canada ahead of their two-night sold out run at Toronto’s REBEL nightclub. The plaques commemorate the band’s first ever Gold certifications of their debut album From The Fires and its single “Highway Tune.”
Prior to their shows in Toronto, the band opened for the Foo Fighters at Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest and Quebec City’s Festival d’été. They will return to Canada in September for a run of shows in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Hamilton, ON rock band Arkells were surprised with new Gold Album Award plaques for their 2016 album Morning Report by Universal Music Canada. The band has now recieved Gold certifications for all four of their full-length studio albums, which includes Jackson Square (2008), Michigan Left (2011), and High Noon (2014). The custom plaques also commemorates the Gold certification of the Morning Report single “Knocking At The Door.”
The band shared the news with their fans across their social media accounts with a photo from a recording studio, suggesting some new music may be on the way!
Ahead of his sold out show at Echo Beach in Toronto this week, American rapper Post Malone was presented with a Double Platinum plaque for his 2018 sophomore album beerbongs and bentleys by President/CEO of Universal Music Canada, Jeffrey Remedios.
Later in the week, beerbongs’ highest certified single “rockstar (ft. 21 Savage)” joined Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” as the only songs so far in 2018 to earn 9x Platinum certifications. The album also includes the Triple Platinum single “Psycho (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)” and Double Platinum single “Candy Paint.”
“rockstar (ft. @21savage)” is now rapper @PostMalone‘s highest Canadian certified single, officially earning a 9x Platinum certification!
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