• Theory of a Deadman
  • Chromeo Jealous
  • EG – Burn slide
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Glorious Sons
  • Mounties
  • Phantogram
  • Disclosure – Latch
  • Dear Rouge
  • Karl Wolf
  • Monster Truck Slide
  • Jake Bugg Slide
  • Five Finger
  • Half Moon Run Slide

Nominees Announced for 2014 Canadian Radio Music Awards

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Congratulations to all our clients who have been nominated for the 17th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards!

Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Mainstream AC

Best New Group Or Solo Artist: CHR

Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Rock

Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Rock

Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Rock

See the full list of nominees HERE:

THINK TANK: Comparing The Formats Redux

A couple years ago we examined the published charts in an effort to see how much material was being shared across the various radio formats you can refresh yourself by re-reading that piece here:


At that time, the Hot A/C & A/C formats had started diverging a bit from CHR and were developing a slightly more distinctive sound, while the Rock formats were displaying a more defined level of ownership on the songs sitting on their respective playlists.

Fast-forward two years, how much has the situation changed?

Using the March 15, 2014 published Mediabase charts as our source material, we found that CHR, even more so than in recent history, continues to be the engine that powers all of the pop formats, with 76% of the material currently in the Top 30 at CHR also residing in the Top-30 at Hot A/C, while 50% of it occupies the Top-30 at A/C (not including recurrent tracks).

CHR songs not appearing on the Hot A/C chart include tracks from Beyonce, Karl Wolf, Classified and Sebell, while two songs (Mia Martina and Cash Cash) are on the verge of crossing over.

With the decline of the “Rhythmic” cycle that CHR had been in two years ago, the trend now is towards “Pop”, though there is a definite “Rock” influence, as seen with the current hits from OneRepublic, Bastille, Hedley, Passenger and American Authors. The Alternative format has become the go-to source for cross-over hits over the past 18-months, with Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Lumineers and Mumford & Sons all helping to change the texture of CHR. [Read more...]

2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards

Congratulations to all our clients nominated for the SiriusXM Indie awards! Here’s the list!

Group Or Duo Of The Year — Most Played Independent Artist Of The Year — Best Selling Independent Release — Rock Artist/Group Of The Year

Album of The Year — Artist Of The Year — Songwriter Of The Year — Folk/Roots Artist Of The Year

International Group/Duo of The Year — International Album Of The Year — International Breakthrough Group Of The Year

Single Of The Year — SiriusXM Emerging Artist Of The Year
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“Invoice me for the microphone if you need to”

A huge congratulations to Arctic Monkeys and Ellie Goulding, who earned a total of three awards at the 2014 Brit Awards. Arctic Monkeys were the biggest winners, coming away with “Best British Group” and “Britain’s Best Album” for the third time. Ellie Goulding, who is headed for #1 in both the U.S. and Canada, was awarded “Best British Female Solo Artist.” In case you missed it, watch Disclosure lighting up the stage with AlunaGeorge and Lorde for a mashup of “Royals” and “White Noise:”

Amazing work behind the scenes at Domino Records, Universal Music, Wildlife Entertainment, and Turn First Artists.

A special congratulations also to our friend Christian Tattersfield who chaired the awards this year. Incredible event!

Nominations Now Open for The 2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards

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On Saturday, May 10th CMW will be announcing the winners of the 14th Annual SiriusXM Indie Awards.  But first, they need the nominees. Will your name be on the list? Submit your nomination(s) for your chance to be recognized by your industry peers, media and fans alike. Help us celebrate your achievements among the independent music community.

Submissions are being accepted through indies.ca until February 28, 2014. Artists or their representatives (including labels and managers) can submit nominations on their behalf. All submissions completed before February 14th will receive discounted pricing.

The eligibility period for all awards categories runs from September 1, 2012 through February 1, 2014. Nominees must have been active during the eligibility period and are based on the performance of the group or artist either on record or in live performances.

For complete submission details, eligibility criteria and award categories, see indies.ca.

THINK TANK: The Next British Invasion

While nobody has declared it official just yet, it definitely feels like we’re in the midst of what will be looked back on as yet another British Invasion at radio, one that’s clearly making its presence felt across Canada.

2012 was a massive year for UK acts, with Mumford & Sons, Adele, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted all scoring #1 hits, while Calvin Harris, Alex Clare, Muse, Cher Lloyd, Jessie J and One Direction made serious impacts on playlists everywhere.

As Franz Ferdinand was staging a triumphant return to the airwaves in 2013, a new crop of UK talent was breaking out, with Frank Turner, Jake Bugg, Olly Murs, Emeli Sande, Labrinth, Little Mix and Graffiti6 all starting to duplicate their European successes here.

If the current charts are any indication, 2014 could have the strongest showing of UK acts in recent memory. As of January 27th, Arctic Monkeys are enjoying their seventh-straight-week atop Alternative radio with “Do I Wanna Know?”; Ellie Goulding has a Top-5 CHR smash (now crossing-over to Hot AC) with “Burn”; One Direction have secured Top-10 status with “Story of my Life”; John Newman has cracked the Top-20 with “Love Me Again”, and both Bastille & Chvrches are crossing-over quickly from Alternative Rock to the CHR and Hot AC formats.

Looking ahead, there are a number of UK acts, of both superstar & developing status, that have the potential to explode in Canada this year: [Read more...]