2014 JUNO Award Winners

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Last night Canada held their own version of every single music award that the United States has to offer, but with Canadian artists taking the lead in most of the award categories.

The Arcade Fire, who have had a fantastic year, went home with “Alternative Album of the Year” as well as “Album of the Year” for Reflektor and accepted their award via video from South America.

Tegan and Sara also came home winning after the stellar 2013 and beginning of 2014. The sister act went home with “Group Of The Year” for their catchy tune, “Closer.” The sister from Calgary accepted the award with a speech that thank everyone for letting “two queer kids from northeast Calgary” win the prize.

While most of the award show was all good, when Justin Bieber won his award for “Fan Choice” beating out Celine Dion, Drake and Michael Buble, the audience boo-ed him even though her wasn’t even present.

“Songwriter of the year” recipient Serena Ryan scolded the audience for booing the pop star though, some would wonder why she would do that, considering the way he has been acting as of lately and the way his fans are the bane of everyone’s existence.

Check out the full list of winners below.

2014 JUNO AWARD WINNERS:

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD 
Justin Bieber

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“Closer,” Tegan and Sara

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Reflektor, Arcade Fire

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Serena Ryder, Serenader

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Tegan and Sara

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR 
Brett Kissel

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Tribe Called Red

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Serena Ryder

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Crop Circles, Dean Brody

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Forever Endeavour, Ron Sexsmith

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Reflektor, Arcade Fire

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Coyote, Matt Mays

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Notes on Montréal ft. Sienna Dahlen, Mike Rud

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Habitat, Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra

TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ripple Effect, Mike Downes

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Dalmak, Esmerine

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Fox, Karim Ouellet

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Colour It, Helen Austin

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin, James Ehnes

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
Britten & Shostakovich, James Ehnes

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Lettres de Madame Roy à sa fille Gabrille, Marie-Nicole Lemieux & André Gagnon

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Field Notes, Allan Gordon Bell GRAVITY AND GRACE

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Nothing Was The Same, Drake

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
This Is What It Feels Like, Armin van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Can’t Choose, JRDN ft. Kardinal Offishall

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Strive, Exco Levi and Kabaka Pyramid

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 
Surrender, George Leach

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Valleyheart, Justin Rutledge

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
We Still Move On Dance Floors, The Strumbellas

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR 
Can You Hear the Music, Downchild

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Trees, Tim Neufeld

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR 
Walk to the Sea, David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Henry “Cirkut” Walter (co-producer Luke Gottwald) “Wrecking Ball” BANGERZ – Miley Cyrus | “Give It 2 U” BLURRED
LINES – Robin Thicke

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Eric Ratz “Sweet Mountain River”, “The Lion” FURIOSITY– Monster Truck

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Robyn Kotyk (Art Director/Designer/Illustrator), Petra Cushieri, Justin Peroff (Designers) Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013 ARTS & CRAFTS, VARIOUS ARTISTS

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 
“Feeling Good,” Matt Barnes THE SHEEPDOGS

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Guilt Trips, Ryan Hemsworth

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Volition, Protest the Hero

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A Christmas Gift To You, Johnny Reid

Kendrick Lamar Responds to Macklemore’s Text

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When Macklemore Instagramed a snap shot of a text he had sent Kendrick Lamar about how he thought Lamar should have won the Grammy for “Best Rap Album,” other artists had an opinion about it (yes, we’re looking at you, Drake), but Lamar decided to stay quiet.

About a month after the annual peacock parade that was the Grammys, Lamar has finally spoken out about the message during an interview with Billboard. Unlike Drake, Lamar took the text with grace and was okay with it, instead of saying that it was just a publicity stunt and “felt fake.”

“That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude,” Lamar said. “However it panned out, I wish him much success. He touched people’s souls, and no one can take that away. Really, the whole GRAMMY moment was incredible. Not everyone gets that shot.”

But that’s not the only good thing that has come out of the rapper’s camp. Yesterday, rumors started to circulate that he will be releasing a new album this September when the magazine spoke with Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony Tiffith. The new album will be a follow-up to the Grammy nominated, Good Kid, M.A.D.D. City.

Drake “Apologizes” to Rolling Stone

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Looks like the whining that Drake had done yesterday about losing the cover of Rolling Stone caught up to him because late last night he published a blog post in a way apologizing for acting like a brat.

During the day though, the “Started From the Bottom” rapper deleted one of his tweets where he lashed out at the magazine for waiting last-minute to reveal that he was no longer going to be the cover story; it had been replaced by a memorium for Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In a statement titled, “Tough Day at the Office,” Drake apologizes twice, first “to anybody who took my initial comments out of context” and then “to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way.” He ends the entire post by apologizing to Rolling Stone for taking a chance “on a kid from Toronto.”

How about that for trying to extinguish those burnt bridges?

“Tough Day at the Office

With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment. I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.

Sincerely,

The Boy”

Drake Claims He’s “Done with Magazine Interviews”

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Someone call the waaaa-bulance because Drake is acting like a big baby.

The Canadian rapper is not taking the fact that Rolling Stone Magazine replaced his cover story last-minute to honor the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, lightly. The Nothing Was the Same rapper took to Twitter to express his disgust with the publication after they previewed the interview which included him calling Macklemore’s text to Kendrick Lamar about his Grammy win as “wack as fuck” and criticizing Kanye West’s Yeezus.

On Twitter, he also slams Rolling Stone for putting in the article that he slammed Yeezus when he never even spoke about the album. He also revealed that he would no longer be doing magazine interviews because of all of the issues surrounding this cover story.

His tweets can be read here:

https://twitter.com/Drake/status/433967823195340803

https://twitter.com/Drake/status/433969498966597635

MTVU Woodie Award Nominees Released

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The MTVU Woodie Award nominees have been revealed and yes, some Top 40 radio did happen to leak onto the college radio oriented award show.

The 10th annual event honors those tracks and musicians that are spun at your local college radio station on repeat and will once again happen in Austin during the South by Southwest Music Festival. For those not able to make it to Austin for SXSW, the half-an-hour 2014 Woodie Awards Special will air on March 16 at 8 p.m. on MTV.

The Arcade Fire, Lorde, Daft Punk, Beyoncé, Drake, Jay Z, Pharrell, Imagine Dragons, Bastille, Disclosure, the 1975, Chance the Rapper and A$AP Rocky are just some of the nominees that are up for several nominations including ‘Best Video Woodie’ and ‘Best Performing Woodie.’

We know, so many sexual innuendos, so little time.

The full list of nominations and their respected categories can been seen below.

2014 MTVU WOODIE AWARD NOMINEES:

Woodie of the Year:
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Pharrell
Drake
Zedd
Disclosure

Breaking Woodie:
Bastille
Martin Garrix
The 1975
Jhene Aiko
Sam Smith
Mack Wilds

Best Video Woodie:
Disclosure, “Grab Her”
Passion Pit, “Carried Away”
Chance the Rapper, “Everybody’s Something”
Iggy Azalea, “Bounce”
Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”

Did It My Way Woodie:
Beyoncé — Released her new, self-titled album without any prior promotion.
Kanye West — Created an interactive music video experience for Yeezus
Arcade Fire — Creatively utilized social media, street art and pop-up performances to launch the Reflektor album.
Childish Gambino — Hosted impromptu album listening sessions in public parks for Because the Internet.
Bob Dylan — Created a 16 channel interactive music video for “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Performing Woodie:
Tyler the Creator
Ed Sheeran
Jay Z
Arcade Fire
The National
The XX

Best Collaboration Woodie:
A$AP Rocky and Skrillex — “Wild For the Night”
Avicii and Aloe Blacc — “Wake Me Up”
Just Blaze and Baauer featuring Jay Z — “Higher”
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive (remix)”
Daft Punk and Pharrell — “Get Lucky”
James Blake and Chance he Rapper — “Life Round Here”

College Radio Woodie (Best College Radio Station):
Ball State University (WCRD)
Boston University (WTBU)
East Stroudsburg University (WESS)
Eastern Illinois University (WEIU)
Indiana University (WIUX)
Texas State University – San Marcos (KTSW)
University of California – Berkeley (KALX)
University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana (WPGU)
University of South Carolina (WUSC)
William Paterson University (WPSC)

Beyoncé Nearly Breaks the Internet with Secret Release

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So yes, Beyoncé did what most artist wish the could do; release a new album under everyone’s nose with out them even getting the feeling it was coming. Talk about being one sneaky bugger.

Just before midnight on Friday night, Beyoncé did what could be one of the coolest and unexpected things of 2013; she released her fifth, self-titled album on iTunes. At the moment, information is still coming in as to who was the production team behind the surprise album, but some guests on the album have already been confirmed as Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and of course, her daughter, Blue Ivy.

Beyoncé, is the singer’s first new album since 2011’s 4 or like some like to point out, her first new album since giving birth to Blue Ivy. The album consists of 14-brand new song including “Drunk In Love” a new collaboration with husband Jay Z,”Mine” featuring Drake and a song written about Blue Ivy titled “Blue.”

Every song on the album has also been given a video, all of which are currently available on iTunes. Funny enough, the video that was a hint that new music was on the way, “Grown Woman” has been cut from the track list of the album, but the video is featured as a bonus. Also missing in action is the Sia-penned song, “Standing on the Sun” which was featured on her H&M ads.

But the hints keep dropping that the album shouldn’t have been a surprise. Back in October, Columbia chairman, Rob Stringer threw some shade by saying there were “one or two records” currently in production and that they had them “lined up that hopefully will make the beginning of December.”

Come on, that’s almost a confession right there.

iTunes is expected to have a week-long exclusive on the album, before a retail release which is so far set for Saturday, December 21, just in time for the Christmas holiday, according to sources.

Drake Cancels Grammy Nomination Special Performance

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Those looking forward to seeing Drake take the stage tonight on the Grammy Nominations concert will have to wait indefinitely because the rapper has confirmed that he will not be performing on it tonight.

TMZ was the first to report that the “Hold On, We’re Going Home” rapper was pulling out of the nomination show, which is being held to announce the artists that have been officially nominated for Grammys, due to a “scheduling conflict.”

This isn’t even the first time that he has pulled the cancellation card for something. When his “Would You Like a Tour?” schedule was first announced, he had to reschedule the full thing  due to “an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show.” Then he went on to cancel the Philadelphia tour stop due to the  “elaborate nature” of the show and an “unexpected technical issue”; that show had been rescheduled for December 18.

A rep from Drake’s team did go on to say that, “unfortunately, due to scheduling complications, Drake will no longer be performing … (he’s) currently in the middle of his nationwide Would You Like A Tour? and sincerely apologizes to his fans that he can’t be there.” No other explanation has been given as to why it was such a last-minute call, especially since there are no events listed for tonight on his website, but he does have a show tomorrow night in Kansas City.

No matter, the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! will go on without him. The show airs live at 10 PM EST on CBS with a long list of other performers and LL Cool J once again taking over the hosting duties.

Drake Cancels Philadelphia Show

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Not a really good way to start a tour by already cancelling it before it’s even begun.

Last night, during his second official tour stop in Philadelphia as part of his Would You Like a Tour, Drake cancelled the performance just a mere hours before it was scheduled to begin.

Local website, Philly.com reports that at the time that the rapper decided to pull the plug on the show, fans had already entered the Wells Fargo Center for the show that night. Once everyone had been inside, the venue received the news of the cancelled show and had to notify the attendees about the cancellation.

A spokesperson for the venue issued a last-minute explanation or rather excuse for why the show had been canned before it even began. “Due to the elaborate nature of tonight’s show and an unexpected technical issue, Drake’s ‘Would You Like A Tour’ concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia has been postponed until Wednesday, December 18th.”

If that excuse sounds oddly familiar, it is quite similar to the original excuse that was given as to why Drake had decided to reschedule the entire tour last-minute last month.

But things have been looking less than optimistic for this tour since it was first announced. First the rapper re-schedules the entire tour for almost the same reason. Then rumors start circulating that he had kicked off opening act, Future after he spoke out against Drake’s new album. Future was stated as saying that Nothing Was the Same, the new album, “is full of hits, but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do.”

When Future and his legal team threatened a lawsuit, the rumor was dubbed just that, a rumor and now the cancellation of a tour date just an hour before it was supposed to go on.

Not only were the audience members surprised by the revelation of the cancellation, it looks like Drake’s other opening act did not get the memo either. Miguel took to Twitter last night saying, “Man, just found out, unfortunately tonight’s show in Philly is cancelled. Can’t wait to find out the rescheduled date and come back and rock.”

Instead of hiding out from the public, Miguel and his band did go to another Philadelphia location to give a show for those bummed about the cancelled show.

Listen to Drake’s New Album

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UPDATE: Not even an hour after we post up the Spotify streaming of his new album, and Drake has already released the music video for his lead single, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”

Enjoy.

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Drake’s new album, Nothing Was the Same was leaked last week, but the new album has officially been released (like the Kraken) today.

For months, there has been teasers about the new album including the rumor that Drake’s father would be featured on a track, which was later debunked when the official tracklist hit the web last month. There was also that little issue of no official release date being given, but that didn’t stop fans or leakers from getting their grimy little paws on the much-anticipated album.

For those that chose not to ruin the fun by listening to it early, then you can go ahead and the given the critically high praised album a quick listen to below and let us know if the wait, and critics, were on point.

Don’t forget that Drake will be embarking on a North American tour that had been pushed back due to scheduling and rehearsals issues. The newly revamped tour schedule can been seen here.

Drake to Reschedule Upcoming Tour

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Those that were hoping that Drake would be coming to a city near you as part of his North American tour, might just have to wait a little longer because it was just confirmed that the rapper’s tour has been pushed back.

Today, Drake’s rep confirmed through a press release that the show has indeed been pushed back  “due to an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show.

“The 39-city arena tour will now kick off October 18 in Pittsburgh, PA. Stops in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Cleveland have been canceled due to the rescheduling. Refunds for the cancelled dates are available,” read the full press release.

The newly re-vamped version of the Would You Like A Tour? show will kick off on October 18 in Pittsburgh, PA at the PA Consol Energy Center. Stops for the 39-date tour will include stops in Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and will eventually wrap up on December 16 in  Auburn Hills, MI at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

While the tour has been pushed back, it doesn’t look like Drake is taking the time for granted; the former actor has appearances line-up for the next week. Today, he’s scheduled to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show while tomorrow he will be taking the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

But his big week doesn’t end there since his new album, Nothing Was the Same is scheduled to drop on September 24.

DRAKE’S TOUR DATES:

10/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
10/19 Philadelphia, @ PAWells Fargo Center
10/21 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/22 Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
10/24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/26 Hartford, CT @ XL Center
10/27 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/31 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
11/02 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
11/03 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
11/05 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
11/06 Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
11/07 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
11/09 New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
11/10 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
11/12 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11/13 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
11/16 Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
11/18 Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
11/19 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/21 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
11/22 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Hotel
11/24 San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
11/25 Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
11/28 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena (Rescheduled date)
11/30 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome (Rescheduled date)
12/01 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place (Rescheduled date)
12/03 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena (Rescheduled date)
12/04 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome (Rescheduled date)
12/07 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center (Rescheduled date)
12/08 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center (Rescheduled date)
12/09 Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Rescheduled date)
12/11 Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center (Rescheduled date)
12/12 Chicago, IL @ United Center (Rescheduled date)
12/13 Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena (Rescheduled date)
12/15 Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center (Rescheduled date)
12/16 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills (Rescheduled date)