Stereos

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This article is about the Canadian pop rock band. For other uses, see Stereo (disambiguation).
Stereos
Also known as Stand By Me
Turn It Up
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Genres Pop rock
Years active 2008–2012
Labels Universal Music Canada
Website www.wearestereos.com
Past members Patrick Kordyback
Daniel Johnson
Robert Chalifoux
Miles Holmwood
Aaron Verdonk
Brad Bosch

Stereos was a Juno nominated pop band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, formed in 2008. Their musical style fuses aspects of hip hop and pop to form their primary style. Their first act that had them recognized was appearing on the MuchMusic original series, disBAND. In October 2009, they released their first album self-titled Stereos.

Biography[edit]

Pat Kordyback

DisBAND[edit]

The band formed roughly two years prior to its 2008 appearance on disBAND under the name Stand By Me.

Basically we played this big showcase during Canadian Music Week, Gene Simmons was there, everyone from Universal. After we played, they brought us all up to a big room and just sat us down and they’re like ‘Here’s the deal’.

—Miles Holmwood[1]

After meeting disBAND Guru Greig Nori, Stand By Me was advised to change their name due to copyright issues. Turn It Up was chosen. Later, in order to perform several shows in Toronto, Ontario, Universal Music Canada A&R rep Mark Spicoluk advised the band to change their name again, and the band chose the name Stereos. After receiving the thumbs up from the judges from disBand, Stereos went to a large gig to receive a contract from the President of Universal Music Canada and judged by Kiss member Gene Simmons.[2][3]

Stereos[edit]

On June 4 their music video for "Summer Girl" debuted on the MuchMusic Countdown. The single also debuted at #2 on the Canadian Hot 100 based on the large amount of downloads in the first week and in June 2009, Stereos' debut single, "Summer Girl" sold over 120,000 units in Canada and has been certified CRIA double platinum in digital downloads.[4] The band released their self-titled debut album Stereos on October 20, 2009 and was certified gold by the CRIA in January 2010 with sales of over 40,000 copies. The band started their first ever Cross-Canada tour on November 7, 2009 in Windsor, Ontario.

The Show Must Go...On The Road Tour[edit]

Stereos went across Canada in March and April 2010 on Hedley's The Show Must Go...On The Road Tour. Hedley announced the tour in support of their new album The Show Must Go which was released November 17, 2009. "Fefe Dobson and Stereos were along for the whole trek, while Faber Drive and Boys Like Girls joined on select dates."[5]

In March 2010, the band received two Juno Award nominations which were for Best New Artist, and Best Pop Album.[6] They released two other singles that charted moderately,"Turn It Up" peaked at #31, and "Butterflies" at #51. The song "She Only Likes Me When She's Drunk" failed to chart.

Uncontrollable[edit]

Stereos' second album, titled "Uncontrollable" was released on December 14, 2010. The first single from the album, "Uncontrollable" was released on October 25, 2010 and peaked at #42 on the Canadian Hot 100. The second single,"Body Move" was released in February 2011, just before their cross Canada tour. In mid April the band's drummer, Aaron, sustained a broken finger, leaving him unable to perform, causing the band to cancel their remaining shows.[7][8]

Break up[edit]

On March 12, 2012, Stereos released a statement saying that they mutually and amicably decided that they need to make changes to move forward. Miles Holmwood and Aaron Verdonk left the band followed by Stereos being dropped by Universal. Patrick Kordyback, Daniel Johnson, and Robb Chalifoux released a statement on June 19, 2013 saying that they will all be in a new band called I65. Miles Holmwood and the former lead singer of the band Bedlight for Blue Eyes, Daniel Rinaldi, formed the band Dreamers.

Band members[edit]

Past members[edit]

Past crew[edit]

  • Jon Weizman
  • Bobby Frazer
  • George Hajicristo

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Peak Certifications
CAN
2009 Stereos
3[9]
2010 Uncontrollable
95[11]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak [12] Certifications Album
CAN
2009 "Summer Girl" 2
  • CAN: 3× Platinum[13]
Stereos
"Throw Ya Hands Up" (feat. Jhevon Paris) 3[14]
  • CAN: 2× Platinum[15]
"Turn It Up" 30
2010 "Butterflies" 51
"She Only Likes Me When She's Drunk"
"Uncontrollable" 42 Uncontrollable
2011 "Body Move" 42

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Song Peaks Album
CAN
2009 "Bye Bye Baby" 43[16] Stereos
(and deluxe version)
"Get With You" (feat. Far East Movement) 31[17]
"Jet Black Cadillac" 70[18]
2010 "LA Dreamin'" 75[19] LA Dreamin' - Single

Music videos[edit]

"Summer Girl" — 2009
"Throw Ya Hands Up" — 2009
"Turn It Up" — 2009
"Butterflies" — 2010
"Wingin' It Theme" — 2010[20]
"She Only Likes Me When She's Drunk" — 2010
"Uncontrollable" — 2010
"Body Move" — 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: disBAND's Stereos Gets Signed". MuchMusic.com. May 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Stereos Appear On DisBand Finale Tonight". Chartattack.com. May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Stereos Sign With Universal Music Canada". Chartattack.com. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum". Cria.ca. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  5. ^ Harper, Kate (11/16/09). "Hedley Announce Canadian Tour". Chart Attack. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  6. ^ "From all directions — Juno-nominated Stereos’ merchandise table tosses more than a few curves - The Sault Star - Ontario, CA". The Sault Star. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Stereos announce release date for sophmore album | MuchMusic.com | Blog". Blog.muchmusic.com. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Albums : Nov 07, 2009 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - January 2005". Cria.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  11. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  12. ^ "The Stereos - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - January 2005". Cria.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  14. ^ "Throw Ya Hands Up - Canadian Hot 100". Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard. September 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  15. ^ a b "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - January 2005". Cria.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  16. ^ "Stereos - Bye Bye Baby - Canadian Singles Top 100". acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  17. ^ "Stereos and Far East Movement - Get With You - Canadian Singles Top 100". acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  18. ^ "Stereos - Jet Black Cadillac - Canadian Singles Top 100". acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  19. ^ "Stereos - LA Dreamin' - Canadian Singles Top 100". acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  20. ^ "Family.ca: Video Player". Family.ca. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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