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We Were Sharks Release New Album Lost Touch

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Six piece punkers WE WERE SHARKS have released their new album Lost Touch on February 23, 2018. “We’re super excited that Lost Touch is finally out!” exclaims Randy Frobel, who has been handling lead vocals since the Canadian group’s inception.

Direct from the nation’s capital city of Ottawa, WE WERE SHARKS are set to continue wielding their full-force of punk and alternative music. In addition to Frobel, WE WERE SHARKS is rounded out by drummer Will Plummer, bassist Steve Creaturo, and the hat trick attack of guitarists Jason Mooney, Josh King and Colin Jacques.

Frobel expands on one of the bands favorite songs “Drop The Act.“ Walking the line between different generations of WE WERE SHARKS, “We wanted to include some of the old-style mixed in with some newer pop sensibilities. It definitely has some modern pop sass to it as well. Its heavy and groovy, it's really just mashup of everything we love about WE WERE SHARKS. Make sure to check that one out!

Sigala Announces New Single Lullaby with Paloma Faith

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Adding to his accolade of smash singles, British DJ, Producer and songwriter, Sigala teams up with Brit Award winner, Paloma Faith, to kick-start 2018 with their collaborative track, Lullaby, released on February 23, 2018, via Ministry of Sound.

2017 was an incredible year for both artists - DJ and Producer, Bruce Fielder, AKA Sigala, remains one of the UK’s most respected and influential electronic music producers, who isn’t shy of collaborating with a diverse range of both emerging and established talent to create worldwide, dance-floor smashes. Previous guest vocalists on singles such as Ain’t Giving Up, Give Me Your Love and Came Here For Love include Craig David, John Newman and Ella Eyre.

On Lullaby, Sigala explains: “This was a track I initially wrote a while ago and I loved it immediately but knew I needed to find the right person to collaborate on it with. I love to find unique voices, so it was a perfect match when Paloma got involved! I’m so excited to release this one, and it’s a great track to preview the sound of my upcoming album”.

With 6 platinum singles, 8 million worldwide sales and over 800 million Spotify streams under his belt, Sigala has spent the last 12 months performing in front of some of his biggest audiences to date. Returning with Lullaby, he continues to prove that he’s impossible to pigeon-hole, turning his creative hand to multiple genres whilst maintaining his familiar, signature sound.

Sule Love Me

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Quebec’s Sule has reached this pivotal moment in a musical career after collaborating with some of the biggest names in pop music – among them, Celine Dion, Kool and the Gang, and Lionel Richie, among others. Sule pronounced Sou-Lay, has obvious talents from the first for any newcomers to his music and his single “Love Me” has immediate charm. The music’s effortless swing is framed with a first-class production that pays equal attention to both the vocals and instrumental work while still managing to bring them all together in a seamless, fluid package. The song’s roots are in American music, but this Canadian artist owns the song like he’s been singing this sort of material all of his life – it’s another marker of his talents to consider how effortlessly Sule handles a variety of forms. His command of “Love Me” is absolute and never heavy-handed.

Rhye Releases Music Video of Song For You

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Rhye has released a music video for the track, Song For You, off their critically acclaimed new album, BLOOD. Directed and produced by Rhye frontman, Milosh, and Geneviève Medow Jenkins, the stunning clip stars Nathalie Kelley alongside Christopher Brochu. Watch the video here.

“Song for You explores the moments of our lives, the cycles we all experience,” shared Milosh. “We hope these moments resonate with you, both the joy and the pain, in the same way, they did with us while making this piece.”

BLOOD is available digitally and physically now via Last Gang Records. Limited edition vinyl bundles are available exclusively via the RHYE Shop. This Friday, Rhye will share two official remixes of the album track, Taste. Stay tuned for more information.

Earlier this month, Rhye kicked off a tour that will visit cities across North America, with stops in Montreal and Toronto in March, Europe going into the spring, and Vancouver in September for Westward Music Festival. Tickets for all dates are available for purchase now. See below for a complete schedule and ticket links.

Daryle Singletary Gone Too Soon

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One of the finest voices in country music has left the planet at young age of 46. Daryle Singletary passed away suddenly at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee just outside of Nashville.

Singletary born in Cairo, Georgia got started early in music singing gospel songs with his brother and cousins. Moving to Nashville in 1990, he played the local nightclubs before signing with Evergreen Records in 1992. He worked as a demo singer and one of the demos that Singletary sang was "An Old Pair of Shoes", which Randy Travis eventually recorded. Travis liked what he heard and recommended Singletary to his management team, who helped him sign to a recording contract with the Irving Azoff’s Warner-distributed Giant Records.

Gordon Lightfoot Heading Back To Hamilton

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Esteemed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot returns to Hamilton for a performance at the FirstOntario Concert HHall on Thursday, November 15, 2018.Tickets for this one-night only performance go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Lightfoot, who celebrates his 80 th birthday on November 17, 2018, last performed at the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) in 2014. A decade earlier, Lightfoot gave two emotional performances full of tributes to his friends and family and those responsible for his care at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University Medical Centre following a near-fatal illness in 2002. Lightfoot's ties to Hamilton run-deep with his last two recordings, Harmony and A Painter Passing Through, having been produced at Hamilton's famed Grant Avenue Studio. Most recently, Lightfoot commissioned Hamilton sculptor Gino Cavicchioli to create a 260-pound bronze bust of himself which was donated to his hometown and was permanently installed outside the front entrance to the Orillia Opera House in November 2017.

JUNO Nominations

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The Junos have announced this year’s nominees, with the awards to be handed out in Vancouver on March 24, 2018.
2018 Juno Nominations Announced

de Fire led with nominations for Group of the Year, Album of the year and alternative album of the year for Everything Now. The group will vie in the single of the year category for the title track, while the artwork for the album is also up for a Juno.

The past year marked a breakthrough for Toronto singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who will vie in multiple Junos categories: fan choice, breakthrough artist and best R&B/soul recording for her debut Kiddo. Her music video for the powerful song Gatekeeper is also nominated for video of the year.

It was also a significant year for R&B star Daniel Caesar (born Ashton Simmonds) is nominated for Artist of the Year, the Oshawa, Ont.-raised singer-songwriter's Freudian is up for best R&B/soul recording. The album's artwork, producers, and recording engineer are also up for Juno nominations for their work on the independently released Freudian.

Other Canadian artists picked up a pair of Juno nominations for this year's ceremony: from Alessia Cara, Diana Krall, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Charlotte Cardin to The Weeknd, Alvvays, Johnny Reid, and gala host Michael Bublé.

The Juno Awards broadcast gala airs live from the Rogers Arena on March 25 on CBC-TV, CBC Radio and CBCMusic.ca with Michael Bublé returning as the host for the show.

Tommy James Launches New Weekly Series Exclusively on SiriusXM

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‘Gettin’ Together with Tommy James’ is now airing on SiriusXM’s ‘60’s on 6 Channel!

SiriusXM presents a new show with Tommy James, the 1960’s hitmaker and leader of the rock band, Tommy James and the Shondells. Gettin’ Together with Tommy James will feature Tommy playing ‘60s hits and some eclectic surprises too while sharing his personal memories of the stars and the music of the era.

Tommy James, singer, songwriter, producer and musician, will host a new weekly series, Gettin’ Together with Tommy James, on Sunday nights on SiriusXM’s ‘60’s on 6 channel. This is the latest guest-curated show to be added to 60’s on 6, with other popular programs including Something Good, hosted by Peter Noone, singer and founder of Herman’s Hermits.

Tommy James' road to superstardom began when a nightclub DJ in Pittsburgh discovered a two-year-old record by "The Shondells" and played it at his weekend dances. The crowd response was so overwhelmingly positive that radio deejays started spinning it and an enterprising record distributor bootlegged it, selling 80,000 copies in ten days. By May of 1966 "Hanky Panky" was the number one record in Pittsburgh and Tommy James was a sensation.

ole Extends Exclusive Music Publishing Deal with Chris Janson

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ole, the world's fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has concluded an exclusive deal with one of Country Music's hottest singer/songwriters, Chris Janson. The deal includes the purchase of Janson's publishing share of his existing catalogue (including his most recent album, "Everybody"), and extends ole's existing publishing agreement with Janson for future albums.

"I'm proud to extend my partnership with ole. I am proud to be a songwriter, and thankful for the success it has brought my family and I," commented Janson. "I'm passionate about songwriting and look forward to the future with the ole team."

John Ozier, ole's Vice President, Creative, added, "We're incredibly proud to have extended our deal with Chris Janson. Not only is Chris an amazing artist and performer, Chris is a prolific songwriter. We look forward to building on the success and momentum that we have and cannot wait to see what this year brings for Chris and ole."

Janson's most recent album, "Everybody", was released in September 2017, and its lead single, "Fix A Drink", topped the Country Aircheck / Mediabase chart in November. The second single, "Drunk Girl", published by ole and co-written by Janson, Tom Douglas and Scooter Carusoe, is currently climbing its way up the airplay charts. Earning widespread praise from critics, "Drunk Girl" was named one of Rolling Stone's "25 Best Country Songs of 2017".

Grammy Winners of 2018

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The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018. The CBS network broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was the first time since 2003 that the ceremony was held outside Los Angeles (where the Staples Center had been the home of the Grammys since 2004). James Corden returned as host.

The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. The nominations were announced on November 28, 2017.
And the winners are…..

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