BEST OF ROCK
“The white buffalo is a symbol of prosperity and strength in indigenous cultures,” says Bowles (whose own heritage is half Mi’kmaw, an Indigenous tribe from Nova Scotia), “so the song is about reclamation and overcoming oppression. We wanted to make something that was our projection of the future we hope will manifest.”
GRAMMY-nominated global superstar Demi Lovato has released their new single “29” – the track arrives just ahead of their highly-anticipated new album, HOLY FVCK.
Arkells share brand new single “Past Life” featuring Cold War Kids, out today on Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The release is accompanied by their brand new music video, featuring a hilarious guest starring appearance from SNL alum and MacGruber star, Will Forte.
BEST OF ALTERNATIVE
Produced by the iconic Montreal-based duo Banx & Ranx, "Never Be Yours" is inspired by a range of influences: the undeniable power of soaring alt-rock, the potency of heart-sleeve ballads, and bouncy electropop - a stirring ode to heartbreak, equally interested in the art of moving on.
Lyan Paris flaunt their talent with their debut major label release “Problems,” a track bound to be a seminal break up song for the youth of today and reminiscent of artists who influenced their sound including Lil Peep, Drake, Juice WRLD and Post Malone. “Problems” affirms Lyan Paris’ apt creative capacity to capture the mainstream sound of their peers and make it uniquely their own with authentic vulnerability of personal experience.
Machine Gun Kelly treats fans with a Bring Me The Horizon collab, “maybe” featured on his latest album, 'mainstream sellout.' Bring Me The Horizon has bloomed into Grammy and BRIT contenders with their nominations, and the duo have proved to be the ultimate pairing on the rock-laden record.
BEST OF COUNTRY
A bustling, warm, and yet seemingly nostalgic track, “On A Different Night” is a heartfelt display of romantic longing and temptation fully realized through Josh Ross’s soaring vocals and emotive lyrics.
Co-written alongside Brian Kelley, Daniel Ross and Brad Clawson, Steven Lee Olsen’s “House A Home” shares emotive heartfelt lyrics that he is known and loved for over soft strumming guitars and relaxed beats. An ode to those that both enchant and bring meaning to our lives, “House A Home” is yet another lyrical-triumphant track by the award-winning singer-songwriter.
BEST OF DANCE
With an electrifying funk groove, charismatic vocals, and towering sonic exchanges between herself and the dance-oriented instrumentals, “Tongue” sees Rêve further define her sound and identity amidst her developing career.
"I want people to listen to 'On My Own' and feel like they can use an upbeat, fun song to handle their heartbreak too, not just the sad songs,” says Jamie. “Sometimes you'll be sad and depressed, then the next day you'll be like I'M TOTALLY FINE, I'M BETTER OFF ANYWAYS. It's okay to have the emotional roller coaster because dealing with stuff isn't linear. Sometimes, although it might not feel like it, we are better off letting go of some people.”
BEST OF HIP-HOP
While King Cruff’s smooth patois-laced lyrical style and Caribbean flavoured rhythms set off a sensual party energy, underneath, Cruff weaves a contrasting lyrical narrative. “I’m a big fan of songs that have one vibe but the lyrics tell a different story. 'Samurai Chop’ is about the party lifestyle and how chatter and drama can bleed into it. The line that really influenced the song was ‘Words cut deep like a samurai chop’. My mom always said that words have power and I believe in that.”
“Allo c’est qui?” is produced by 404 nfnd (SCH, Guirri Mafia, Joysad) and is one of Izzy-S’s most memorable earworms to date. The lively hook blends perfectly with the rapper’s descriptive verses, explaining the hardships he has lived through and the importance of keeping his head above water.
BEST OF INDIE
Alternative pop singer and songwriter Bülow released “Booty Call,” the commitment-adverse track produced by Finneas. “It’s not a sad song,” Bülow explained. “It’s not about pining after someone, more longing for a connection with no strings attached. I want to give power to this word. It’s always seen as such a negative thing. It doesn’t have to be.”
The optimistic anthem was created over a few months using the tried, tested and true Valley method of collaboration as a band and with longtime friend and producer Jorgen Odegard (“Holy” Justin Bieber). Lead vocalist Rob Laska explains, “’The Problem Song’ started with a beat Mickey made hungover at the airport in Belgium."
BEST OF K-POP
The release of BORN PINK was accompanied by the ferocious music video for their latest single “Shut Down,” which has already amassed more than 275 million views.
"Run BTS" was released on June 10 of this year and appears as the first track of CD 2 on their first anthology album, 'Proof.'
BEST OF POP
“if he wanted to he would” arrived on November 4 on Johnny's deluxe version of his debut album, 'all the things that could go wrong.' The deluxe album includes all 12-tracks alongside three brand-new tracks, "if he wanted to he would," "trust her more," and "hollywood sign."
After showcasing the complexity of his rapid metaphoric rhymes and versatility as a vocalist on his 2020 debut EP Spectrum, this sophomore project shows Zoya’s growth into unveiled songwriting territory.
BEST OF R&B
“I.O.U.” arrives as the second release from her upcoming project due this Fall. On the track, GoGo Morrow says: “In ‘I.O.U.’ I sing about trying to move on in a new relationship, but I’m stifled by lingering emotions that I have for my former love. It’s an honest and painful reflection, but I’m sure many can relate.”
“Lift Me Up” was written as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler. The release ushers in the next era of Rihanna’s iconic career.
BEST OF AFROBEATS
Standing tall as a constantly evolving, textured lyricist able to translate Alte, Afrobeats, Reggae and Hip-Hop into his R&B-canvassed approach to storytelling, today, Nonso Amadi's music is powered by borderless infusions and intention.
Still basking in the incredible success of his debut album, Rave & Roses, Afrorave trailblazer Rema releases the new version of his album track "Calm Down," featuring Grammy and Emmy nominated Selena Gomez in her debut to the Afrobeat scene.
BEST INTERNATIONAL ALBUMS
Taylor Swift has shattered Canadian records with her 10th studio album! Earning the #1 album with the most streams in 24 hours in Spotify Canada history, and the biggest charting album from any artist since 2017.
Dermot Kennedy's second album release after the #1 selling platinum debut ‘Without Fear’, ‘SONDER’ builds upon the massive success of that debut by putting together a collection of his most heartfelt, uplifting and unifying songs to date.
BEST CANADIAN ALBUMS
The sweeping 12-track album – anchored by early singles “someone will love you better” and “blur" – finds the 19-year-old Canadian rising star at his emotional, lyrical, and sonic best, delivering on the promise of over a decade spent climbing the music industry ladder.
Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “the right kind of band for this decade,” Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today.
At 26-years-old, Nonso Amadi is mid-way through the recording process of his debut album and declares that he’s on a mission heading into the next phase of his career. “I want people to listen to this next project and know who I am and what I’ve gone through. I want to make great songs that tell my story for you.”
all the things that could go wrong tells Johnny’s story both in pieces and all at once. The record started taking shape over a year ago, as Johnny finished high school and went to Los Angeles to record with collaborator Ricky Manning, who helped the singer find his stride with early gems like “you’re just drunk” and “fun out of it.”
In April 2022 Preston released “Flowers Need Rain” featuring Banx & Ranx, a personal song about hislove for music. The now platinum certified single has over 26M global streams and has reached a Top 5spot at Top 40 radio and amassed over 100 million audience impressions.
Preston Pablo's evolution began with his first 2022 single, “Don’t Break (My Soul).” Produced by Banx & Ranx, cinematic piano underscores vulnerable verses as his voice cracks with palpable emotion. It gives way to a swooning refrain over lush synths.
Lili is an authentic and intentional creator, who transfers candid emotions from her life experiences into her music, and also champions being an inspiration to others who face similar challenges. Surprised by the outpouring of love she decided to push forward, recommitting to her promise of staying true.
After quietly buzzing, Soran has grasped his destiny as a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi- instrumentalist. Now, the Montreal-based half-Japanese and half-French artist architects a new vision for pop and R&B uplifted by interdimensional soundscapes and irresistibly infectious hooks.
BEST MUSIC VIDEOS
Euphoric and empowering, “Pink Venom” is the lead single from Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa’s highly anticipated sophomore album, BORN PINK.
Over the last two years, Savannah Ré has become the one to watch in Canadian R&B. Soaring to dizzying new heights in her career with grace, poise and a ferocity indicative of someone who understands who she is and what she wants, there’s really nowhere to go but up.
BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES
As Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy embarks on the next chapter of his musical journey with his new album, Sonder, he admits he’s never related to a word more. Sonder, the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.
Beginning his musical career while studying in Nigeria at Covenant University and then Swansea University in the UK, Nonso Amadi transformed into a sonic-globetrotter after his move to Canada. Fusing the soul & rhythm of African music with modern soft textures of R&B - Nonso developed a desire to explore North American and African sounds in equal parts.