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Drake is nominated in four categories for the upcoming Juno Awards, Canada’s music awards. Check it out below. JUNO Fan Choice Award (Presented by TD) Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Music*Universal Arcade Fire’s highly anticipated fourth album Reflektor was released on October 28 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Produced by Arcade Fire, James […]
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Drake is nominated in four categories for the upcoming Juno Awards, Canada’s music awards. Check it out below.

JUNO Fan Choice Award (Presented by TD)

Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Music*Universal
Arcade Fire’s highly anticipated fourth album Reflektor was released on October 28 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Produced by Arcade Fire, James Murphy and Markus Dravs, the album was recorded in Jamaica, Montreal and New York. Title track “Reflektor” was released on the 9/9 at 9:00pm, featuring guest vocals from David Bowie and an accompanying video by long-time collaborator Anton Corbijn. A second interactive video for “Reflektor”, created for Google Chrome and written and directed by Vincent Morisset, was shot in Haiti.

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Avril Lavigne Epic*Sony
Avril Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She also holds French citizenship. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, and spent most of her youth in the town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million. In 2002, when she was 17 years old, Lavigne broke onto the music scene with her debut album Let Go. Since her professional debut she has sold more than 30 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number one in the UK. As of 2013, it has sold nearly seven million copies in the United States and over 17 million copies worldwide. Her breakthrough single, “Complicated”, peaked at number one in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second album, Under My Skin, was released in 2004 and was her first album to peak at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne’s third album, was released in 2007, becoming her third number one album in the UK Albums Chart and featuring her first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one single, “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has scored six number-one singles worldwide, including “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m with You”, “My Happy Ending”, “Nobody’s Home”, and “Girlfriend”. Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the U.S., with over 11 million copies certified by the RIAA. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released in March 2011.Goodbye Lullaby gave Lavigne her fourth top 10 album on the U.S. Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart and her third number one album in both Japan and Australia. Three months after the release of Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne began work on her eponymous titled fifth studio album, which was released by Epic Records on November 1, 2013 following her departure from RCA Records. Lavigne branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced a character in the animated film Over the Hedge in 2006. That same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, and in 2009, she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by her second perfume, Forbidden Rose, in 2010 and her third perfume, Wild Rose, in 2011. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41. The marriage lasted a little over three years, and in October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. Whibley and Lavigne continued to work together, with Whibley producing her fourth album, as well as Lavigne’s single, “Alice”, written for Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland. Lavigne married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in 2013.

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Céline Dion Columbia*Sony
From humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, Céline Dion has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star. Céline was called the premier contemporary pop vocalist of the Nineties. She has earned music industry accolades from around the world: Grammy Awards in the US, JUNO and Felix Awards in Canada, and World Music Awards in Europe. The entire world has seen Céline Dion literally transform herself from a gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.

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Drake Cash Money*Universal
Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumours swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mix tape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year.

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Hedley Universal
Wild Life was produced by Jacob Hoggard and multiple JUNO Award winner, long-time Hedley creative collaborator and friend Brian Howes (Nickelback, Simple Plan). The two have worked together right from the start on Hedley’s self-titled debut album (2005), The Show Must Go (2009) and Storms (2011). Wild Life was released on November 11. “Hedley have delivered another fantastic record,” said Shawn Marino, Vice-President, A&R and Publishing, Universal Music Canada. “They have managed to raise the bar once again and reinvent themselves creatively, while still maintaining their highly infectious trademark vibe.” “Anything” was serviced to radio August 26 and is currently available for purchase digitally. “Anything” exhibits Hedley’s signature anthemic charm and is sure to follow in the footsteps of the band’s past chart-topping hits “Kiss You Inside Out,” “Perfect”` and “Invincible.”

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Justin Bieber Island Def Jam*Universal
Justin Bieber is a Canadian pop musician, actor, and singer-songwriter. Bieber was discovered in 2008 by American talent manager Scooter Braun, who came across Bieber’s videos on YouTube and later became his manager. Braun arranged for him to meet with entertainer Usher Raymond in Atlanta, Georgia. Bieber was signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), and then to an Island Records recording contract offered by record executive L.A. Reid. His debut extended play, the seven-track My World, was released in November 2009, and was certified Platinum in the United States. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber’s first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, was released in March 2010. It debuted at or near number-one in several countries and was certified Platinum in the United States. It was preceded by the single “Baby”. He followed up the release of his debut album with his first headlining tour, the My World Tour, the remix albums My Worlds Acoustic and Never Say Never – The Remixes, and the 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Bieber released his second studio album Under the Mistletoe in November 2011, when it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200. Bieber released his third studio album Believe on June 19, 2012, and it became his fourth chart topper in the United States, debuting at number-one on the Billboard 200. Bieber has received numerous awards, including both Artist of the Year Awards, at the 2010 American Music Awards, and the 2012 American Music Awards, and was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. With a global fan base, termed as “Beliebers”, and over 40 million followers on Twitter, he was named by Forbes magazine in 2012 as the third-most powerful celebrity in the world. He had earned an estimated US$55 million in the previous 12 months. As of May 2012, Bieber had sold 15 million albums.

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Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner
Michael Steven Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian and Italian vocalist, songwriter and actor. He has won several awards, including three Grammy Awards and multiple JUNO Awards (25). His first album reached the top 10 in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It’s Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts. Bublé’s 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 after three days of sales, and remained there for two weeks. It was also his fourth number one album on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, titled Christmas, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totaling five weeks atop the chart, it also made the Top Five in the United Kingdom. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart. His latest album, To Be Loved, was a big success, released in April 2013 it was preceded by the release of the lead single and original composition “It’s a Beautiful Day”, “Close Your Eyes” followed and “After All” featuring Bryan Adams performed by him as a UK exclusive and posted on YouTube, the single came out in late-September 2013.

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Robin Thicke Interscope*Universal
Robin Thicke has established himself as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in soul and R&B music today. The musician, composer and actor, released his critically acclaimed debut album, A Beautiful World in 2003 under the name Thicke. Soon after, he came out with his breakthrough second release, 2006’s The Evolution Of Robin Thicke. Now on the way to double Platinum status, Evolution’s mega hit “Lost Without U” became the number one most played song in Urban Adult Contemporary BDS and topped four Billboard charts simultaneously. Robin’s fifth studio album, Love After War was released in December of 2011. Blurred Lines, Robin’s sixth and current studio album debuted at number one on the Canadian Nielsen SoundScan chart, selling 13,402 copies in its first week. The album was Robin’s first number one debut in Canada and features his 8X Platinum global hit and title track, as well as his second single “Give It 2 U”, featuring Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I. spent 11 weeks atop the Canadian SoundScan Digital Songs chart and has sold over 663,000 units to-date in Canada.

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Serena Ryder Serenader Source*Universal
In 2013 Serena Ryder has been breaking new ground on all musical fronts with her latest release, Harmony (Serenadar Source / Universal Music Canada), achieving certified Gold status in just a few short months of release (November 2012). The lead single, “Stompa” is closing in on triple Platinum certification – a first for Ryder. Harmony’s success is due in part to this infectious first single as well as the equally anthemic follow-up track, “What I Wouldn’t Do”, which is currently racing up the charts and set to match “Stompa’s” amazing sales and radio feats. Ryder is quickly becoming a radio sensation south of the border too, with massive radio airplay and topping the U.S. Triple A charts.

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Walk Off the Earth Columbia*Sony

 

Album of the Year (Sponsored by Music Canada)

Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Music*Universal
Reflektor
Arcade Fire’s highly anticipated fourth album Reflektor was released on October 28 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Produced by Arcade Fire, James Murphy and Markus Dravs, the album was recorded in Jamaica, Montreal and New York. Title track “Reflektor” was released on the 9/9 at 9:00pm, featuring guest vocals from David Bowie and an accompanying video by long-time collaborator Anton Corbijn. A second interactive video for “Reflektor”, created for Google Chrome and written and directed by Vincent Morisset, was shot in Haiti.

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Celine Dion Columbia*Sony
Loved Me Back to Life
From humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, Céline Dion has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star. Céline was called the premier contemporary pop vocalist of the Nineties. She has earned music industry accolades from around the world: Grammy Awards in the US, JUNO and Felix Awards in Canada, and World Music Awards in Europe. The entire world has seen Céline Dion literally transform herself from a gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.

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Drake Cash Money*Universal
Nothing Was the Same
Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumours swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mix tape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year.

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Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner
To Be Loved
Michael Steven Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian and Italian vocalist, songwriter and actor. He has won several awards, including three Grammy Awards and multiple JUNO Awards (25). His first album reached the top 10 in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It’s Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts. Bublé’s 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 after three days of sales, and remained there for two weeks. It was also his fourth number one album on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, titled Christmas, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totaling five weeks atop the chart, it also made the Top Five in the United Kingdom. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart. His latest album, To Be Loved, was a big success, released in April 2013 it was preceded by the release of the lead single and original composition “It’s a Beautiful Day”, “Close Your Eyes” followed and “After All” featuring Bryan Adams performed by him as a UK exclusive and posted on YouTube, the single came out in late-September 2013.

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Serena Ryder Serenader Source*Universal
Harmony
In 2013 Serena Ryder has been breaking new ground on all musical fronts with her latest release, Harmony (Serenadar Source / Universal Music Canada), achieving certified Gold status in just a few short months of release (November 2012). The lead single, “Stompa” is closing in on triple Platinum certification – a first for Ryder. Harmony’s success is due in part to this infectious first single as well as the equally anthemic follow-up track, “What I Wouldn’t Do”, which is currently racing up the charts and set to match “Stompa’s” amazing sales and radio feats. Ryder is quickly becoming a radio sensation south of the border too, with massive radio airplay and topping the U.S. Triple A charts.

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Artist of the Year

Celine Dion Columbia*Sony
From humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, Céline Dion has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star. Céline was called the premier contemporary pop vocalist of the Nineties. She has earned music industry accolades from around the world: Grammy Awards in the US, JUNO and Felix Awards in Canada, and World Music Awards in Europe. The entire world has seen Céline Dion literally transform herself from a gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.

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Drake Cash Money*Universal
Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumours swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mix tape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year.

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Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner
Michael Steven Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian and Italian vocalist, songwriter and actor. He has won several awards, including three Grammy Awards and multiple JUNO Awards (25). His first album reached the top 10 in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It’s Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts. Bublé’s 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 after three days of sales, and remained there for two weeks. It was also his fourth number one album on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, titled Christmas, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totaling five weeks atop the chart, it also made the Top Five in the United Kingdom. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart. His latest album, To Be Loved, was a big success, released in April 2013 it was preceded by the release of the lead single and original composition “It’s a Beautiful Day”, “Close Your Eyes” followed and “After All” featuring Bryan Adams performed by him as a UK exclusive and posted on YouTube, the single came out in late-September 2013.

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Robin Thicke Interscope*Universal
Robin Thicke has established himself as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in soul and R&B music today. The musician, composer and actor, released his critically acclaimed debut album, A Beautiful World in 2003 under the name Thicke. Soon after, he came out with his breakthrough second release, 2006’s The Evolution Of Robin Thicke. Now on the way to double Platinum status, Evolution’s mega hit “Lost Without U” became the number one most played song in Urban Adult Contemporary BDS and topped four Billboard charts simultaneously. Robin’s fifth studio album, Love After War was released in December of 2011. Blurred Lines, Robin’s sixth and current studio album debuted at number one on the Canadian Nielsen SoundScan chart, selling 13,402 copies in its first week. The album was Robin’s first number one debut in Canada and features his 8X Platinum global hit and title track, as well as his second single “Give It 2 U”, featuring Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I. spent 11 weeks atop the Canadian SoundScan Digital Songs chart and has sold over 663,000 units to-date in Canada.

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Serena Ryder Serenader Source*Universal

 

Rap Recording of the Year

Classified Half Life*Universal
Classified
Classified is the Canadian MC from Enfield, NS, who has not only remained current, but improved with each disc. Revered and respected, the rapper-producer has taken Canadian hip hop music all over the world, all the while deepening his word play and sharpening his beats. Now, with his first-ever self-titled album on Half Life Records/Universal Music Canada/Atlantic Records, Classified presents the apex of his trials and tribulations of a lifetime spent in the studio, and on the road. “Inner Ninja” (4x Platinum), the album’s blazing, uplifting first single repeats its message over dirty drums and a David Myles chorus, while “New School, Old School”, represents his place in the pantheon of hip hop: someone who’s gone toe-to-toe with everyone from Maestro and Drake. Taken together, it’s the work of an artist in his prime. “With every album, I get better at what I do,” says Classified. “I constantly try to refine myself, find new things to value, and give listeners more direction to where I’m going, but make damned sure they have a good time as they come along with me for the ride.”

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Drake Cash Money*Universal
Nothing Was the Same
Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumours swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mix tape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year.

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Rich Kidd Independent
In My Opinion
Toronto’s own Rich Kidd has been Canada’s best-kept secret since his ascension from local underground stardom to national fame in the past couple of years. The architect of a new sound coming from T Dot, Rich has been steadily amassing praise from industry greats and music critics for his 360-degree musical vision: as an inspirational artist, world-class producer, and captivating performer. The compilation series We On Some Rich Kidd Shit Vol. 1-7, an annual event in the local music scene that is entirely orchestrated under his creative vision, has featured over 100 artists and proven to be a showcase for some of the best talent coming from his hometown. As his name became synonymous with quality, it didn’t take long for him to get in the studio with the country’s best from Drake to Kardinal Offishall, K-os, Shad, and Saukrates, adding underground classics, commercial hits and award-winning projects to his resume. With his most recent releases including debut solo mix tape In My Opinion, collaborative album The Closers with SonReal, Kiddstrumentals Volume 2 and a debut album to follow, there seems to be no limit to what the Kidd can do.

Shad Black Box*Universal
Flying Colours
On October 15, 2013, Shad released his much anticipated fourth record, Flying Colours. The album is packed with charming, quick witted rhymes mixed with soulful hooks, and is self-described as “an album about everything, as per my custom, but most of all, I wanted to explore success and failure.” Thus, honest rhymes about life and social issues are entwined with clever pop culture references; a sense of gratitude and pride takes centre stage. TSOL (JUNO Award winner in 2010) was a carefully crafted mix of hard-hitting, clever rhyme schemes and soul searching social commentary, by the man praised by the National Post as “Canada’s Best Rapper” in 2008, and 2010. Shad’s sophomore record The Old Prince (2007) was received with top reviews by music critics across the board, snagging him a JUNO Award nomination for Best Rap Recording of the Year and securing a spot on the coveted Polaris Music Prize short list. Shad’s skillful wordplay and smooth flow, combined with his engaging live shows, and outstanding music videos have allowed him to develop tribes of devout fans worldwide. Shad continues to walk the humble path, appreciating the chance to share his thoughts through music.

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SonReal Black Box*Universal
Everywhere We Go

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