2012 in Canadian music

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Bands on hiatus[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

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  • Islands, A Sleep & a Forgetting (February 14)[4]

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  • Zeus, Busting Visions

Top hits on record[edit]

The lists are updated weekly through Jam! and Nielsen Soundscan.[23]

Top 10 Canadian albums[edit]

Rank Artist Album Peak
position
Sales Certification
1 Celine Dion Sans attendre 1 209,000[24] 3x Platinum[25]
2 Justin Bieber Believe 1 179,000[24][26][27] 2x Platinum[28]
3 Various Artists Star Académie 2012 1 156,000[24][29] 2x Platinum[30]
4 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas 1 132,000[24][31][32] Platinum[33]
5 Johnny Reid Fire It Up 2 80,000 Platinum[34]
5 Marie-Mai Miroir 2 80,000 Platinum[35]
5 Serena Ryder Harmony 11 80,000 Platinum[36]
5 The Sheepdogs The Sheepdogs 1 80,000 Platinum[37]
5 The Tenors Lead With Your Heart 3 80,000 Platinum[38]
5 Various Artists Star Académie Noel TBA 80,000 Platinum[39]

Top 10 American albums[edit]

Rank Artist Album Peak
position
Sales Certification
1 Taylor Swift Red 1 320,000[40] 4x Platinum[41]
2 Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox 2 240,000 3x Platinum[42]
3 Imagine Dragons Night Visions 4 240,000[43] 3x Platinum[44]
4 Pink The Truth About Love 1 240,000 3x Platinum[45]
5 Lana Del Rey Born to Die 3 160,000 2x Platinum[46]
6 The Lumineers The Lumineers 5 160,000 2x Platinum[47]
7 Carrie Underwood Blown Away 1 80,000[48][49][50] Platinum[51]
8 Florida Georgia Line Here's to the Good Times 8 80,000 Platinum[52]
9 Fun. Some Nights 5 80,000 Platinum[53]
10 Jack White Blunderbuss 1 80,000 Platinum[54]

Top 10 British albums[edit]

Rank Artist Album Peak
position
Sales Certification
1 Mumford & Sons Babel 1 400,000[24][55] 5x Platinum[56]
2 One Direction Take Me Home 1 240,000[24] 3x Platinum[57]
3 Rod Stewart Merry Christmas, Baby 1 240,000[24] 3x Platinum[58]
4 One Direction Up All Night 1 234,000[24] 3x Platinum[59]
5 Ed Sheeran + 5 160,000 2x Platinum[60]
6 Led Zeppelin Celebration Day 4 160,000 2x Platinum[61]
7 Muse The 2nd Law 2 80,000 Platinum[62]
8 One Direction Up All Night: The Live Tour 1 60,000 5x Platinum[63]
9 Alt-J An Awesome Wave TBA 40,000 Gold[64]
9 Calvin Harris 18 Months 8 40,000 Gold[65]

Top 10 International albums[edit]

Rank Artist Album Peak
position
Sales Certification
1 Of Monsters and Men My Head Is an Animal 5 160,000 2x Platinum[66]
2 Rihanna Unapologetic 1 80,000 Platinum[67]
2 Various Artists 2012 Grammy Nominees TBA 80,000 Platinum[68]
4 Gotye Making Mirrors 5 40,000 Gold[69]
4 Various Artists The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack TBA 40,000 Gold[70]
4 Various Artists Rock of Ages: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack TBA 40,000 Gold[71]
7 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 1 17,300[72] TBA
8 The Cranberries Roses 6 3,100[73] TBA
9 Various Artists Now! 20 2 TBA TBA
10 Sigur Rós Valtari 4 TBA TBA

Top 10 Singles[edit]

Rank Artist Song Album Peak
position
Sales Certification
1 Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" Curiosity & Kiss 1 640,000 8x Platinum[74]
2 Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" Night Visions 5 560,000 7x Platinum[75]
3 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop" The Heist 1 560,000 7x Platinum[76]
4 Maroon 5 "One More Night" Overexposed 2 480,000 6x Platinum[77]
5 Bruno Mars "Locked Out of Heaven" Unorthodox Jukebox 1 400,000 5x Platinum[78]
6 Flo Rida "Whistle" Wild Ones 1 400,000 5x Platinum[79]
7 Fun. "Some Nights" Some Nights 4 400,000 5x Platinum[80]
8 The Lumineers "Ho Hey" The Lumineers 2 400,000 5x Platinum[81]
9 Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa "Payphone" Overexposed 1 400,000 5x Platinum[82]
10 Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait" Babel 9 400,000 5x Platinum[83]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Polaris Prize long list includes lots of Toronto bands". Toronto Star, June 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Karkwa Plot Live Album, Announce Hiatus". Exclaim!, December 14, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012". Exclaim!, January 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Dave Bidini's Bidiniband Reveal 'In the Rock Hall'". Exclaim!, December 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Change of Heart Reveal 'There You Go '82-'97' Retrospective". Exclaim!, August 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Brendan Canning on Cookie Duster and Life After BSS: 'I Wanted a Fresh Perspective'". Spinner, June 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Julie Doiron Announces 'So Many Days' Album". Exclaim!, September 17, 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/esthero-to-release-everything-is-expensive-on-october-30/10254199
  10. ^ "Hannah Georgas Details Sophomore Album, Premieres New Track". Exclaim!, August 22, 2012.
  11. ^ Great Lake Swimmers: "Easy Come Easy Go". Exclaim!, January 9, 2012.
  12. ^ http://universalmusic.ca/knaan-country-god-or-the-girl-october-16/
  13. ^ "K'naan Recruits Nas, Nelly Furtado for 'More Beautiful Than Silence' EP". Exclaim!, January 18, 2012.
  14. ^ "Plants and Animals to release The End of That on February 28, 2012; first single Lightshow". Hour Community, November 30, 2011.
  15. ^ "Joel Plaskett's Announces 'Scrappy Happiness' LP, Canadian Tour with Frank Turner". Exclaim!, January 6, 2012.
  16. ^ "Canadian musicians to watch in 2012". Vancouver Sun, December 22, 2011.
  17. ^ "John K. Samson Reveals Canadian Tour, Premieres New Track". Exclaim!, December 12, 2011.
  18. ^ "Shout Out Out Out Out Announce 'Spanish Moss and Total Loss' Album, Share New Single". Exclaim!, March 7, 2012.
  19. ^ "Skydiggers 'Northern Shore' (album stream)". Exclaim!, April 9, 2012.
  20. ^ "Rae Spoon Talks 'I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets,' Reveals New Track and Canadian Tour". Exclaim!, November 23, 2011.
  21. ^ "'Have Not Been the Same' Gathers Rare and Unreleased Material from Sloan, Skydiggers, the Pursuit of Happiness for Charity Comp". Exclaim!, October 10, 2012.
  22. ^ "The Wooden Sky Unveil New LP, North American Tour". Exclaim!, December 13, 2011.
  23. ^ http://nielsen.com/content/dam/nielsen/en_ca/documents/pdf/newsletters/billboard_canadian-update/nielsen%20music%20canadian%20update.pdf
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h Bliss, Karen. "Adele, Gotye Top SoundScan Year-End Charts in Canada". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Celine Dion – Sans attendre". Music Canada. 
  26. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/Z/Zac_Brown_Band/2012/07/18/20000521.html
  27. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/F/FloRida/2012/07/25/20026051.html
  28. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Justin Bieber – Believe". Music Canada. 
  29. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/O/One_Direction/2012/03/21/19531441.html
  30. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Star Académie 2012". Music Canada. 
  31. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/C/Cohen_Leonard/2012/02/08/19354596.html
  32. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/H/Houston_Whitney/2012/03/01/19446791.html
  33. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas". Music Canada. 
  34. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Johnny Reid – Fire It Up". Music Canada. 
  35. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Marie-Mai – Miroir". Music Canada. 
  36. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Serena Ryder – Harmony". Music Canada. 
  37. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Sheepdogs – The Sheepdogs". Music Canada. 
  38. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Canadian Tenors – Lead With Your Heart". Music Canada. 
  39. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Star Académie Noel". Music Canada. 
  40. ^ http://www.ourhometown.ca/news/NN0094.php
  41. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Taylor Swift – Red". Music Canada. 
  42. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox". Music Canada. 
  43. ^ "Canada’s Digital Music Sales Rise in 2013 Unlike the U.S.; Eminem, Robin Thicke Among Top Selling Artists". January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  44. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Imagine Dragons – Night Visions". Music Canada. 
  45. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Pink – The Truth About Love". Music Canada. 
  46. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Lana Del Rey – Born to Die". Music Canada. 
  47. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Lumineers – The Lumineers". Music Canada. 
  48. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/U/Underwood_Carrie/2012/05/09/19738141.html
  49. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2012/05/17/19769551.html
  50. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2012/05/23/19791121.html
  51. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Carrie Underwood – Blown Away". Music Canada. 
  52. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Florida Georgia Line – Here's to the Good Times". Music Canada. 
  53. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Fun. – Some Nights". Music Canada. 
  54. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Jack White – Blunderbuss". Music Canada. 
  55. ^ http://blogs.canoe.ca/turntable/music/mumford-sons-deadmau5-green-day-explode-onto-charts/
  56. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Mumford & Sons – Babel". Music Canada. 
  57. ^ "Canadian album certifications – One Direction – Take Me Home". Music Canada. 
  58. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby". Music Canada. 
  59. ^ "Canadian album certifications – One Direction – Up All Night". Music Canada. 
  60. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Ed Sheeran – +". Music Canada. 
  61. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day". Music Canada. 
  62. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Muse – The 2nd Law". Music Canada. 
  63. ^ "Canadian video certifications – One Direction – Up All Night - The Live Tour". Music Canada. 
  64. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Alt-J – An Awesome Wave". Music Canada. 
  65. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Calvin Harris – 18 Months". Music Canada. 
  66. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is an Animal". Music Canada. 
  67. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rihanna – Unapologetic". Music Canada. 
  68. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – 2012 Grammy Nominees". Music Canada. 
  69. ^ "Canadian digital certifications – Gotye – Making Mirrors". Music Canada. 
  70. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". Music Canada. 
  71. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Rock of Ages". Music Canada. 
  72. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/A/adele/2012/04/18/19648376.html
  73. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/C/Cranberries/2012/03/07/19471896.html
  74. ^ "Canadian digital certifications – Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe". Music Canada. 
  75. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Imagine Dragons – Radioactive". Music Canada. 
  76. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop". Music Canada. 
  77. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Maroon 5 – One More Night". Music Canada. 
  78. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven". Music Canada. 
  79. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Flo Rida – Whistle". Music Canada. 
  80. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Fun. – Some Nights". Music Canada. 
  81. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – The Lumineers – Ho Hey". Music Canada. 
  82. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Maroon 5 – Payphone". Music Canada. 
  83. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait". Music Canada. 
  84. ^ "Parachute Club's Billy Bryans dies at 62". CBC News. Toronto. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  85. ^ "Sam the Record Man funeral today". CBC News, September 25, 2012.
Preceded by
2011 in Canadian music
Canadian music
2012
Succeeded by
2013 in Canadian music