Ahead of their performance at the third annual WayHome Music & Arts Festival last Saturday in Oro-Medonte, ON, British artists Ben Thatcher (left) and Mike Kerr (right) of Royal Blood received Canadian Gold plaques for their debut self-titled album and hit single “Figure It Out.” Royal Blood’s self-titled album, released in 2014, was verified by the Official Charts Company to be the fastest-selling British rock debut album in the UK since 2011.
The band shared the news with their fans through their Instagram page.
Country star Chris Janson‘s 2015 hit “Buy Me A Boat” is now officially a Platinum Single in Canada! During a stop at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on his summer tour with Sam Hunt and Maren Morris, the 31 year old singer-songwriter was surprised with a Platinum plaque by Warner Music Canada, which he shared with his fans through his Twitter account.
UK electro-pop group Clean Bandit received their first Canadian certification in 2014 with their breakthrough hit “Rather Be,” which later went on to earn them a Double Platinum certification. In 2017, Clean Bandit outdid themselves with “Rockabye,” which became their highest certified track in Canada when it was certified Triple Platinum on April 12.
Prior to their headlining show in Toronto with multi-Platinum artist Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit were presented with Triple Platinum plaques for “Rockabye” by Warner Music Canada. Following the Toronto show, they traveled to Montreal for their final Canadian date of their tour.
Bebe Rexha with staff from Warner Music Canada in Toronto
Bebe Rexha may have first appeared on your radar with G-Eazy’s breakout track “Me, Myself, & I,” a song the Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter co-wrote and featured on. The track was certified Triple Platinum in Canada, and she’s appeared on several other Canadian certified tracks including Martin Garrix’s “In The Name Of Love,” David Guetta’s “Hey Mama,” and Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home.”
Last Thursday, Rexha appeared at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre amidst her North American tour for her acclaimed EP All Your Fault Pt. 1. Prior to the show, Rexha was surprised with a Gold plaque for the lead single “I Got You” by staff from Warner Music Canada, which she shared with her Rexhars through her Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Fans won’t have to wait long for new music from the singer. Rexha confirmed via Twitter she will release the EP All Your Fault Pt. 2 in mid-April.
Canadian pop-punk heavyweights Simple Plan took over Toronto’s Air Canada Centre Tuesday night in support of their 2016 album Taking One For The Team. Prior to their set, staff from Warner Music Canada and Coalition Music presented the group with Gold Single plaques for the album’s lead single “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed.”
“I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed,” which features a verse by rapper Nelly, is the group’s first track to be certified since 2014, when “Summer Paradise” was certified Triple Platinum.
Later this week, Simple Plan will embark on a North American tour commemorating the 15th anniversary of the album No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, which was certified Double Platinum in 2005. The Montreal-based group plays their hometown tonight at the Bell Centre before embarking on the tour.
The video for “I Don’t Want To Go To Bed” can be viewed below.
Prior to their highly anticipated sold-out show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, legendary rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers were presented with Gold award plaques for their latest album The Getaway by Warner Music Canada.
The 2016 album also features the Gold-certified single “Dark Necessities.” The Getaway is the band’s ninth album to be certified Gold in Canada, while “Dark Necessities” is the first track in the band’s career to be certified in Canada. In 2001, the band received their highest Canadian certification for Californication at Six Times Platinum.
The video for “Dark Necessities” can be seen below.
American country music artist Cole Swindell was in Hamilton last Wednesday to kick off his opening slot on Dierks Bentley’s 2017 North American tour. Prior to his set at the FirstOntario Centre, Swindell was surprised with a Gold plaque by Warner Music Canada commemorating the certifications of his tracks “Middle Of A Memory,” and “You Should Be Here.”
Swindell thanked his fans in a video posted to Warner Music Canada’s Twitter account. In the clip, Swindell praises his Canadian team behind him, and says he hopes to return to Canada soon as a headliner.
Swindell has received a total of five Gold Canadian certifications to date, and a Platinum certification for “Chilin’ It.” These certifications are his first under the new Single Award guidelines, which combine on-demand streams and digital sales.
Beginning February 1 in Winnipeg, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, and Jon Pardi will commence the Canadian leg of their tour, wrapping up February 9 in Vancouver.
Lukas Graham recieving their Gold/Platinum awards in Toronto. (Photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)
Grammy-nominated Danish group Lukas Graham were in Toronto Wednesday amidst their North American tour for a highly anticipated show at REBEL (formerly Sound Academy). As the band pointed out during their performance, the show was the second largest in North America during this tour.
Prior to taking the stage, the group, fronted by lead songwriter Lukas Graham Forchhammer, were presented with a 6X Platinum plaque by Warner Music Canada for their breakout hit “7 Years.” The group was also presented with a Gold plaque for “Mama Said.” Both tracks can be found on Lukas Graham’s self-titled 2015 sophomore album.
Kiiara with Warner Music’s John Delaney (left) and Julia Hummel (right)
American singer Kiiara was one of 2016’s breakout stars with the success of her single “Gold,” off her debut EP low kii savage.
The 21-year-old Wilmington, Illinois native was in Toronto on Tuesday for a highly anticipated show at The Hoxton. Prior to her performance, Warner Music Canada presented Kiiara with a Platinum Single Award plaque for “Gold.”
Tuesday’s show marked Kiiara’s first performance in Toronto and the second Canadian show of her career, with her first happening November 8 at Vancouver’s Imperial.
Country superstar Keith Urban’s 2016 album Ripcord has been officially certified Gold in Canada, which the singer announced last Saturday during the second night of shows at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Midway through his set, Urban took a moment to announce the news and show his award plaque to his fans, thanking them for their continued support.
“All I can say is the record only came out a little while ago and you all already did this,” said Urban, as seen in a video of the special moment posted to his YouTube account. ”I love you Canada, thank you so much.”
The plaque also represents the certifications of Ripcord singles “Wasted Time,” certified Gold, and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” certified Platinum.
Brett Eldredge, who’s supporting Urban for the remainder of his summer North American tour, was also presented with a Gold award plaque during the Toronto tour stop. Eldredge was presented with a plaque backstage by Warner Music Canada for the track “Lose My Mind,” which is his first Canadian Gold single since “Don’t Ya,” certified in 2013.
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