- Like an elite athlete, an artist is hard-wired to reach a goal and then, having achieved it, to raise the bar even higher, always pushing to perform at top capacity, crafting a personal best. Beyonce knows this. She's blessed with a relentless spirit that fuels her. "Everything that I do creatively has to make me work harder and hopefully steer me in a direction I've never been before, " she explains."
- David Guetta
- Global hit-maker and superstar DJ David Guetta's new single "Where Them Girls At" featuring Flo-Rida and Nicki Minaj debuts at #1 on the Canadian Soundscan Top Digital Songs Charts today. The song also has the distinction of having the second highest digital single 1st week sales for an artist in Canada. "Where Them Girls At" is the first single from Guetta's highly anticipated fifth studio album which is set to be released late summer.
- Do you remember when you were first hit by the Drake bug? (Drizziolisis) Was it a fine day in early '09, while scouring the internet for new music? Was it during a summer road trip, and "Best I Ever Had" slapped you in the face when it came on the radio? Was it when "Over" dropped, and Drake scowled, "who the f*ck are y'all?" Whenever it happened, it got you good. We know - we're among the converted. And if it hasn't happened yet, it will; Drake gets what he wants.
- Hedley Hedley Hedley, HedleyHedleyHedley. Hedley. Hedley. Hedley Hedley. We could pretty much just write in Hedley speak for this whole thing, cause no matter what we say, that's all you're gonna hear anyway. BUT ANYWAY. Vancouver's dreamiest have solidified themselves as Canadian rock royalty, even though they're slightly crazy. But they're also talented, smart and obviously debonnaire. And if you're a Hedley fan (duh), you've landed in the right place, amigo.
- Justin Bieber
- Justin Bieber was born on March 1st, 1994 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. With a storybook discovery and a superstar looking out for him, this 15-year-old is strides ahead of other singers his age. "I started singing about three years ago," says Bieber. "I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches.
- When electro-rock sensation Lights first hit the music scene in 2008, she was just a songwriter with a synth and a dream. Her name may have been pluralized but Lights Poxleitner was a one-woman show who played and programmed her own instruments and sang her own lyrics. This admirable self-reliance is rare in pop-in fact, Lights, signed a publishing deal at 16 and began writing songs for other artists-but after her 2008 self-titled debut EP (precocious enough to earn her a best new artist.
- This year, the entire world is shuffling to LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem." So far, the unstoppable track from the Los Angeles-based duo has topped iTunes charts in seven countries, and spent weeks atop the English pop charts in April and May, when the duo kept artists such as Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez from reaching the number one slot across the pond. As further testament to the global love for the song, the vibrant music video passed twenty million views on Vevo in under two months.
- Marianas Trench
- You thought the platinum-selling Masterpiece Theatre was ambitious? Just wait. "It's definitely more epic," says Josh Ramsay, emphatically, of the upcoming Marianas Trench album, Ever After. Ramsay and his three bandmates, Matt Webb, Michael Ayley, and Ian Casselman, have been holed up in the frontman's studio since they wrapped up some long and hard roadwork at the end of 2010, and his creative juices were obviously starting to leak.
- There's nothing like the warm spirit of the Caribbean to re-energize a dry, stale season of the same old song and dance. And with summer fast approaching there couldn't be a better time for Barbados-born singer Rihanna to break into an industry that is eager to celebrate the next big thing. Thanks to multi-platinum island-born superstars like Sean Paul, Shaggy and Elephant Man, the mainstream has been primed for a rhythmic female star to step into the forefront of popular music.
- Selena Gomez
- Selena Gomez took her sweet time before recording her debut album. After all, she had her hands full starring in her hit Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverley Place," not to mention appearing in a string of movies and other TV shows. Still, music had been a core passion of hers going back to childhood. A child no more, Selena comes on strong with her Hollywood Records premiere CD, "Kiss & Tell." It is nothing less than the emancipation proclamation of a young artist with a lot to say.
- Victoria Duffield
- "Music is my hobby," says Victoria Duffield. "To think that this can be my job is amazing." Entertaining is not something Victoria has always wanted to do-it's something that she has always done. The singer, dancer and actor from Abbotsford, British Columbia, is not afraid of being in the spotlight, as proven by her spirited debut single for Warner Music Canada, "Shut Up and Dance."