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.
Prior to their highly anticipated show at Toronto’s Velvet Underground, American electro-pop trio SHAED were presented with a Canadian Gold Single Award plaque by Universal Music Canada for their breakthrough hit “Trampoline.” Initially released in 2018, the song has since been re-released in 2019 with vocals from Multi-Platinum artist ZAYN.
Prior to her sold out show at Toronto’s Velvet Underground last Saturday, UK pop sensation Mabel was surprised with a Double Platinum plaque for the summer hit “Don’t Call Me Up” by Universal Music Canada. Mabel shared the exciting new with her fans in through her Twitter account, and promised “more to come” following the track’s North American success.
Toronto that was lit and I just found out that “Don’t Call Me Up” is double platinum!!! Thank you to everyone who bought / streamed / listened to this song! More to come I promise ❤️😘❤️ pic.twitter.com/Puqpv71ig8
Following a sold out two-night run last week at the Danforth Music Hall in her hometown of Toronto, rising singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez was presented with a Double Platinum plaque by Universal Music Canada staff for her breakthrough hit “Figures.”
The 2018 JUNO Breakthrough Artist winner initially released the song in 2016, and included it on her debut EP Kiddo in 2017. During the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver, Reyez was joined by Daniel Caesar to perform the song, with a studio version released following the broadcast.
5 Seconds Of Summer had a busy week in Toronto! Following their appearance at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs, the Australian band played a highly anticipated sold-out show at Toronto’s RBC Echo Beach. During their visit, Universal Music Canada presented the group with a Gold plaque for their 2018 album Youngblood. The plaque also commemorates the Platinum certification for the album’s title track, and Gold certification for single “Want You Back.”
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.
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!
Universal Music Canada President Jeffrey Remedios (middle) with James Barker Band (Photo Credit: UMC)
Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band had a sensational 2017, raking in two Canadian Gold Singles for tracks of their breakthrough debut EP Game On. During JUNO weekend in Vancouver, the band was surprised by Universal Music Canada with a third Single Award plaque for the “Just Sayin.” The group also took home some more hardware from Vancouver, winning the JUNO for 2018 Country Album of the Year during the Gala Dinner and Awards, where they also performed.
The band announced the news to their fan in an Instagram video, popping champagne while overlooking the beautiful Downtown Vancouver scenery.
Demi Lovato (middle) with Universal Music Canada staff (L to R) Brian Smiley, Shelley Fremont, Stacey Kerslake & Brian Chick (Photo: Universal Music Canada)
Amidst her 2018 Tell Me You Love Me world tour, pop superstar Demi Lovato paid a visit to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre alongside DJ Khaled and Kehlani. Prior to her highly anticipated show Monday night, Lovato was presented with a custom award plaque backstage by Universal Music Canada. The plaque commemorates the Gold certifications of her 2017 album and title track Tell Me You Love Me, as well as the Triple Platinum status of the album’s single “Sorry Not Sorry.”
The album joins 2013 release Demi as her second Canadian Gold-certified album. Lovato has also received 6 solo track certifications in Canada, with “Sorry Not Sorry” now earning the highest certification level.
Watch the music video for “Tell Me You Love Me” below.
Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen (couch) with Robbie Lackritz (Manager), Jeffrey Remedios (Universal), Rob Zifarelli (Paradigm Agency), Erik Hoffman (Live Nation), James Trauzzi (Universal)
Afie Jurvanen, better known by his stage name Bahamas, was presented with his first two Canadian Gold award plaques earlier this week at a private event by Universal Music Canada. The Barrie, ON-raised artist received a Gold album plaque for his 2012 album Barchords, which was nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO Awards, along with a Gold single plaque for the album’s lead track “Lost In The Light.”
Bahamas will release a new album in 2018 entitled Earthtones, and will tour through North America beginning January 12 in Halifax, NS.
The music video for “Lost In The Light” can be viewed below.
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