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Arkells Receive First Gold Plaques For High Noon

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Hamilton, ON’s Arkells paid a visit to the Universal Music Canada offices in Toronto last week, where they were presented with their first Canadian Gold award plaques for 2015 JUNO Rock Album of the Year High Noon. The band, who also took home the JUNO for 2015 Group of the Year in their hometown, thanked their fans through their Twitter page earlier this summer when the album was officially certified.

Arkells are currently preparing for a European tour in November before returning to Canada for a run of shows beginning November 21 in Quebec City.

Watch Arkells video for 11:11″ from the Gold-certified High Noon below:

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July Talk Presented With Gold Plaques For Debut Album

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During a recording session in their hometown of Toronto, ON, alternative/blues-rockers July Talk were surprised with custom Gold record plaques for their 2012 debut self-titled album in an award presentation spearheaded by Sleepless Records. The band thanked their fans with the following Instagram post:

July Talk are getting set to head out on an American tour starting in Boston, MA on October 26. Recently, the band played one of their biggest shows to date, opening for Alabama Shakes at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

The video for “Summer Dress” off the Gold-certified July Talk can be viewed below:

 

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Tim Hicks Presented With Gold Plaque At CCMA Fanfest

During his performance last Saturday at the CCMA Awards‘s free Fanfest concert in Halifax, NS, Canadian country singer/songwriter Tim Hicks was presented his fourth Canadian Gold awards plaque for his hit track “Here Comes The Thunder”. Following the eventful weekend, Hicks took to his Twitter page to thank his fans and post a photo of the award presentation, which was also live-streamed via Periscope.

Hicks has previously been awarded Gold plaques for his tracks “Get By”, “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” and “Stronger Beer”. The video for “Here Comes The Thunder” can be viewed below.

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Warner Music Presents Artists With First Canadian Gold Awards

Over the weekend, representatives from Warner Music Canada presented 2015 breakout artists Scott Helman and Matoma with their first Canadian Gold plaques in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC.

Canadian singer/songwriter Scott Helman was presented with a Gold award plaque for his summer hit “Bungalow” by Steve Kane (President, left) and Ron Lopata (VP of A&R, right) at Edgefest in his hometown of Toronto. Helman, who was signed to the label when he was only 15, posted the photo below on his Instagram thanking the label for the surprise gift and continuous commitment to artist development. “Bungalow” is the lead track off his debut EP Augusta released in October 2014. Helman will join Walk Off The Earth on a Eurpean tour this October.

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Prior to his set at Montreal’s IleSonique electronic music festival, Norwegian tropical house producer Matoma was also presented his first Canadian gold award at by John Delaney (Marketing, left) for his unique mix of “Old Thing Back” with the late Notorious B.I.G. and Ja Rule. The DJ also took to his Instagram to thank his Canadian fans and team for the success of the track. Matoma will return to Canada in October for a performance at Vancouver, BC’s Pacific Coliseum.

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Alt-J Presented With Gold Awards For Sophomore Release

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Over 35,000 music fans gathered together in Oro-Medonte, ON over the weekend for the inaugural WayHome Music & Arts Festival featuring Neil Young, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Hozier and many other Canadian Gold/Platinum certified artists. Prior to their 8:15 PM performance on the WayBright stage Friday night, English indie rock outfit alt-J were presented with Canadian Gold award plaques by Warner Music Canada staff representing the sales of over 40,000 units for their latest album This Is All Yours. It is the second Canadian certification for the group, with their first album An Awesome Wave earning Gold status in 2013.

The album features the hit single “Left Hand Free”, which can be heard below.

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Wiz Khalifa Receives 3X Platinum Plaque For Blockbuster Hit

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa was in Toronto last week with Fall Out Boy for a performance at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheater on the Boys Of Zummer tour. Prior to taking the stage, Khalifa was presented with a custom plaque by Warner Music Canada commemorating the Triple Platinum certification of his latest single “See You Again” (ft. Charlie Puth) from the Furious 7 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

We presented Wiz Khalifa with a 3x Platinum award for #SeeYouAgain!

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“See You Again” is the seventh Canadian certification for Wiz Khalifa and joins his tracks “Black And Yellow” and “Young Wild And Free” as his highest to date. Fans of the the Fast And Furious franchise have welcomed the song as a touching tribute to actor Paul Walker, who passed away during the filming of the 7th installment of the film franchise in 2013.

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Sam Hunt Receives Gold Plaque For Debut Album

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Country newcomer Sam Hunt was in Toronto last week for an opening slot on multi-Platinum superstars Lady Antebellum’s summer tour with Hunter Hayes at the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre. During his visit, Universal Music Canada presented Hunt with a custom Gold plaque commemorating the sales achievements of his debut album Montevallo and single “Leave The Night On”. His latest single “Take Your Time” was also included on the plaque for it’s recent Platinum certification.

 

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UK’s Ben Howard Presented With Gold Award Plaque In Toronto

benhowardgoldUK singer-songwriter Ben Howard was presented with Canadian Gold album award plaques in Toronto, ON last week for his 2011 Mercury Prize nominated LP Every Kingdom, which was officially certified earlier this year.

Howard (pictured right) along with with his manager Owain Davies (pictured left) were presented with the awards by Universal Music Canada publicist Mima Agozzino prior to his 2 sold-out shows at Toronto’s Massey Hall on February 1 &2, 2015. Howard is currently on a North American tour in support of his 2014 album I Forget Where We Were, which also featured Canadian stops in Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC.

The video for “The Wolves” can be viewed below:

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2014 Gold/Platinum Year End Review

In 2014, Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification Program recognized a number of Canadian and International releases achieving milestone success.

The full list of albums and tracks certified in 2014 in Canada can be viewed here.

In December 2014, Michael Buble’s 2011 album Christmas received the highest certification of the year, earning Diamond certification status in Canada. It is the first Diamond certification since Adele’s 21 in 2011 and the first Canadian Diamond Certification since Celine Dion’s Christmas album These Are Special Times and her greatest hits compilation All The Way…A Decade Of Song in 2007.

Earlier in the year, Mumford & Sons 2012 album Babel was certified 5X Platinum while Eminem‘s 2013 album Marshall Mathers LP 2 was certified 4X Platinum. The highest Canadian multi-Platinum album certifications were Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor (’13) and The Canadian Tenors‘ The Perfect Gift (’10), both of which were certified 3X Platinum. Other albums to be certified 3X Platinum were The Black Keys El Camino (’11)Imagine Dragons Night Visions (’12) and Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (’12).

There were 85 albums certified Gold in Canada this year (up from 75 in 2013), with 20 of those albums being Canadian artists. There were 36 albums certified Platinum this year (up from 34 in 2013) with 9 of those albums being Canadian artists.

The highest certification for a song released in 2014 was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at 5x Platinum, while Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” were the 2nd highest certified 2014-released tracks at 4X Platinum. There were 2 tracks certified 9X Platinum this year; Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” (’10) and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” (’13). Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” was certified 8X Platinum (’11).

The highest certified Canadian track released in 2013 was Magic!‘s “Rude” at 3X Platinum, while the highest certified Canadian track not released in 2014 was  Simple Plan‘s “Summer Paradise” (’10), also certified 3X Platinum. Other songs released in 2014 that were certified 3X Platinum were Calvin Harris‘ “Summer”, Ariana Grande‘s “Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea)” and Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)”.

There were 143 tracks certified Gold this year (up from 124 in 2013), 21 of which were Canadian artists. 74 tracks were certified Platinum, 10 of which were Canadian artists.

Some certified artists were presented with Canadian Gold/Platinum award plaques during their tour stop in Canada throughout 2014. These artists can be seen in the photo collection below:

Kongos (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Kongos (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Bruno Mars (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Bruno Mars (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Nico And Vinz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Nico And Vinz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Avenged Sevenfold (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Avenged Sevenfold (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

USS (photo courtesy of Coalition Music)

USS (photo courtesy of Coalition Music)

Fitz & The Tantrums (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Fitz & The Tantrums (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Sheepdogs (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Sheepdogs (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Jess Moskaluke (photo courtesy of MDM Recordings)

Jess Moskaluke (photo courtesy of MDM Recordings)

Clean Bandit (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Clean Bandit (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Slipknot (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Slipknot (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Lady Antebellum (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Lady Antebellum (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Charli XCX (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Charli XCX (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Echosmith (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Echosmith (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Tove Lo (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Tove Lo (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Chromeo (photo courtesy of Last Gang Records)

Chromeo (photo courtesy of Last Gang Records)

Magic! (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Magic! (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Katy Perry (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Katy Perry (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Glenn Morrison (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Glenn Morrison (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Ed Sheeran (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Ed Sheeran (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Black Keys (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Black Keys (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Bastille (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Bastille (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Arcade Fire (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Arcade Fire (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Robin Schulz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Robin Schulz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Tyler Farr (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Tyler Farr (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

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Slipknot Presented With Gold Plaques For New Album

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With a new album and tour announcement, fans of American heavy metal act Slipknot had a lot to look forward to by the end of the 2014 summer. In late October, the band released their fifth studio album .5: The Grey Chapter and almost immediately took to the road for a North American arena tour along with openers Korn. On Sunday night, the infamous masked rockers arrived north of the border for a concert at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, the only Canadian date on the current tour.

Prior to their performance, Warner Music Canada and Roadrunner Records Canada presented the band with Gold plaques for the The Gray Chapter, which was certified only a month after its release date. The album title is a reference to the now late Paul Gray who passed away in 2010.

As reported by Aesthetic Magazine, frontman Corey Taylor revealed the plaques on stage in front of the ecstatic crowd, informing them that Canada is the first country to have the album certified. He went on to say “thanks for keeping the spirit of metal music in Canada.”

Check out the video for “The Devil In I” below:

 

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