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Recent research revealed by Luminate Data¹s Music 360 study should settle a few arguments out there. Through data gathered around the world, the numbers show that in the major English-speaking countries (US, UK, Canada and Australia) and significant European countries (France, Germany, Spain and Italy) Radio is still the #1 method of discovering new music in about half the population. The #2 discovery method is “Friends & Relatives”. However, in many Latin American countries (Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile), Video Streaming is #1. The study also shows that short-clip video platforms (such as TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube shorts) continue their significant growth.
(Source: Luminate Data)
St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the Key to the City to country music star Tim Hicks on April 27, prior to the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games’ “Rise with Glowing Hearts” concert at Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. Hicks is a five-time Juno Award nominee and has won a CCMA Award and four CMAOntario awards. He’s racked up a double platinum-selling single, three platinum-selling singles, nine gold singles, one gold album and two No. 1 chart-topping singles “What A Song Should Do”, and “No Truck Song”. He was also nominated for Country Album of the Year for the Junos, set to take place May 15.
(Source: Office of Mayor Sendzik)
Now based in Nashville, Ontario’s Josh Ross was recently snapped up by UMC and The Core Entertainment. From Pro Motocross rider to his Country gig, the path he took landed him in the Top 8 in SiriusXM’s Top of the Country, 2022. Last year’s “Before I Loved You” set up the Valentine’s Day release of “First Taste of Gone”, which was climbing through the Top 30 in the Billboard Canadian Country Chart as of the end of April.
(Source: Member Submission)
New CMAOntario member Malcolm Foenander is preparing his new EP to be released this year. The singer/songwriter has released 2 EPs – Magic Visions and Epic Wonders – as well as 2 singles to date, including “Canada My Home” and “Mother”, a tribute to his mother. Malcolm’s songs are available on all major platforms, including YouTube.
(Source: Member Submission)