• Marianas Slider – Zeros
  • A-trak Push
  • Smashing Satellites Waterfall
  • Childish Gambino 3005
  • Michelle Chamuel
  • Hey Rosetta!
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Purity Ring
  • Robert DeLong
  • Glorious Sons Lightning
  • Jaden Chase Incredible
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Grimes Go
  • TheNewPornographers
  • Chromeo

2015 Juno Nominations

Congratulations to Frontside clients, friends and family on their 2015 Juno Nominations!

The Glorious Sons – Rock Album Of The Year
The Barr Brothers – Adult Alternative Album
Chromeo – Group Of The Year
Chromeo – Dance Recording Of The Year
Mother Mother – Group Of The Year
Manafest – Contemporary Christian
Eric Ratz – Recording Engineer of the Year (for One Bad Son)
Gavin Brown – Producer of the Year (for just being a good dude)

Ramping up for 2015

To jump start your 2015 here are some important Music Industry Dates to remember:

January 27th – JUNO Nominations Announced
February 19th – Starmaker Deadline
March 14th/15th – JUNO Awards (Hamilton)
March 17th-22nd – SXSW (Music) (Austin)
May 5th-10th – Canadian Music Week (Toronto)
May 14th-17th – The Great Escape (Brighton)
August 27th – Starmaker Deadline
Aug 28th-30th – Reading Festival (Reading)

Highlights of the Nielsen Year End Canadian Newsletter – Dec 19, 2014

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 – Year End
#38 – Disclosure “Latch”
#43 – Ellie Goulding “Burn”
#55 – Chromeo “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”

Billboard Hot 100 Airplay – Year End
#22 – Ellie Goulding “Burn”

Billboard Emerging Canadian Artists – Year End
#5 – Chromeo “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”

Billboard All-Format Airplay – Year End
#20 – Chromeo “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
#23 – Ellie Goulding “Burn”
#41 – Disclosure “Latch”

Billboard CHR/Top 40 – Year End
#18 – Chromeo “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
#19 – Ellie Goulding “Burn”
#21 – Disclosure “Latch”

Billboard Hot AC – Year End
#18 – Chromeo “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
#34 – Ellie Goulding “Burn”

Billboard AC – Year End
#28 – Chromeo “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”
#36 – Ellie Goulding “Burn”

Billboard Rock – Year End
#9 – The Glorious Sons “White Noise”
#12 – Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”
#15 – Arctic Monkeys “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
#19 – Death From Above 1979 “Trainwreck 1979″
#31 – Dear Rouge “I Heard I Had”
#32 – Monster Truck “The Lion”
#34 – Theory of a Deadman “Drown”
#39 – Monster Truck “Old Train”

Billboard Top Artists – Year End Rock
#4 – Arctic Monkeys
#7 – The Glorious Sons
#10 – Monster Truck

Thank You Radio!

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Think Tank: The American Active Rock Influence, or Lack Of…

Traditionally speaking, the US Active Rock radio chart had a huge influence on what was played on Canada’s Active Rockers. But in the 4th quarter of 2014, there is as big a disparity as we’ve seen in recent memory. As of this week’s chart (Nov 3rd) only 30% of the records on the USA Top 30 even appear on the Canadian Top 30. That’s 10 songs total that are crossing the border, and not surprisingly, they are songs that belong to some household names like Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Nickelback, Three Days Grace, Seether, Black Keys, Slash, Bush and Weezer. Really, the only outlier is UK newcomer Royal Blood with their breakout single “Figure It Out.”

At a glance, it might seem preposterous for that to be the case, but upon further review the pieces fit together pretty well. For starters there are some songs that are simply transitioning their way to the Canadian chart. Godsmack, Vance Joy and [Read more…]

Is It Can-Con?

It’s the question I’ve been asked at least once a week for the 15+ years I’ve been in the promotion game. “Is my single Can-Con?” The answer I generally give is. Possibly.

The reason I’m always hesitant to simply concede an affirmative Can-Con status based on the loose information a manager or label provides me stems from a general misunderstanding of how that status is reached within the music industry. My misgivings are generally rebutted with “it’s close enough, no?” But in the Con-Con game, close enough doesn’t cut it. Here’s why. If you tell a radio station that a song is Can-Con and they play it under that guise, they’ll count it as such in their “promise of performance” report to the CRTC. As you know, the very existence of the Canadian Content law is for radio stations to play a minimum of the percentage of Can-Con they promised in their broadcast license application to the CRTC (which is renewed, on average, every 7 years). If a station fails to meet that clause in their license they face fines and possibly revocation. As you can imagine, like any of us with laws in society, stations generally play exactly the required amount of Can-Con, with perhaps a razor-thin buffer. Just like how you drive faster than the speed limit, but not quite fast enough to get you a ticket (hopefully).
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