13 July 2018 (Toronto, ON) - Platinum-selling hitmaker and 4-time BRIT Award nominee Jonas Blue has delivered a very special acoustic version of his huge hit “Rise” featuring rising vocalist duo, Jack & Jack via Virgin EMI/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

Since the release of “Rise”, the single has already surged into Spotify’s Top 10. With the track expected to crash the Top #10 in the UK Official Charts and Top #10 UK airplay chart, Blue decided to deliver a lusciously down-tempo version out today. Listen to “Rise” (Acoustic) HERE.

Shot in Blue’s native London, the official video for the acoustic version of “Rise” is filmed on a Canary Wharf rooftop, as Jack & Jack deliver a brilliantly soothing vocal with Blue playing a vintage Rhodes electric piano as a cast of backing vocalists provide rich harmonies. Directed by creative GRAMMY-nominee John Paveley who has previously worked on the Channel 4 series Superstar DJs with Annie Mac, the video offers stunning views of London’s skyline with both the Shard and Gherkin buildings visible throughout. Watch the official “Rise” (Acoustic) video  HERE.

Having cemented himself as a permanent fixture in the charts so far in his career, surpassing 4 billion streams worldwide, Jonas Blue has garnered 3 x Top 5 UK singles to his name so far with his debut single, “Fast Car” achieving 39 Platinum Certifications worldwide.

The UK producer will also perform at SW4 Festival and numerous other festivals across Europe this summer, and is currently in the midst of his Electronic Nature summer residency at Hï Ibiza. With Jonas Blue also setting up his record label Blue Future, you can expect to hear some big news on his debut signings later this year.

13 July, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – Today Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, announced its partnership with Luminosity Gaming, the largest esports gaming team in Canada. The partnership marks the first time a music label and esports organization have exclusively partnered together to formally connect music and the ever-growing gaming world.

The deal, announced by Universal Music Canada President & CEO Jeffrey Remedios and Luminosity Gaming Founder Steve Maida, presents a new platform for Universal Music artists to share their music and connect with listeners on a global scale and for Luminosity followers to get closer to their favourite artists with exclusive contests, breaking news, sneak previews, events and more. Universal Music also introduces a new playlist designed for gamers to stream while they play - Gaming Hip Hop is available now.   

“We are always looking for new ways to reach music fans and Luminosity Gaming is the answer. Music is an essential part of esports and gaming as the two worlds are very much intertwined,” said Remedios. “We’re very proud to forge a local connection with a global reach between two Canadian organizations located in Toronto.”

Maida added, “Our pairing is a natural fit and I’m looking forward to seeing how we can further integrate music into gaming. This partnership with Canada’s leading music company is only further proof esports is multi-faceted and has no boundaries.”

The partnership allows for integration between Luminosity Gaming’s professional players and content creators and Universal Music Canada’s world-class roster of artists. Artists have the opportunity to tap into a new worldwide audience through the Luminosity Gaming platform which impressively has over 60 million followers across social networks and twitch.tv. The companies can cross promote and integrate their industries, developing new content to share with audiences through their respective channels including artist and gamer live-streams, compilation videos and new content series.

About Luminosity Gaming
Luminosity Gaming, is one of the largest globally recognized esports organization in North America and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The organization was founded with a goal to provide support to aspiring esport athletes, allowing them to maintain a career in professional gaming.  At the same time, Luminosity Gaming is passionately invested in the growth of esports with teams competing in games such as Counter Strike, Fortnite, Call of Duty, Madden, H1Z1 and Smite at the highest professional level.

About Universal Music Canada
Universal Music Canada is Canada's leading music company, engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content. Home to the most comprehensive catalogue of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMC is committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship in broadening opportunities for our artists on both the domestic and world stages as well as creating new experiences for fans. Universal Music Canada is part of Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment.

For more information:
 Ashley Ballantyne, Universal Music Canada: Ashley.ballantyne@umusic.com


13 July 2018 (Toronto, ON) - Polydor Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, is pleased to announce the release of MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN The Movie Soundtrack featuring an all-star cast bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of ABBA to delight fans old and new alike. Listen to the official soundtrack HERE.

Available today, the soundtrack whets the appetite of eager audiences a week before the release of the highly-anticipated sequel to the smash-hit MAMMA MIA! The Movie. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN will be released July 20 and will see Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper and Julie Walters reprising their roles from MAMMA MIA! The Movie, with Lily James and Cher joining the cast for an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies complete the cast. Watch the trailer for MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN HERE.

Original ABBA member Benny Andersson produced and arranged the soundtrack, which features a dazzling ensemble of cast members making their mark on eighteen ABBA classics including “Fernando” (sung by Cher and Andy Garcia), “When I Kissed The Teacher” (sung by Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies) and “Dancing Queen” (sung by Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried) to name a few. The full tracklisting and credits are below.

MAMMA MIA! The Movie, released in 2008, also based on the songs of ABBA, is one of the highest-grossing live-action musicals of all time. Its companion soundtrack sold 1.5 million copies in the UK and achieved global sales of over 7.7 million. Almost a decade since its release, its popularity has not waned. There have been 406 million combined streams of MAMMA MIA! The Movie Soundtrack. ABBA are one of the most successful pop groups of all time. The Swedish quartet have sold over 385 million albums worldwide and their songs have been streamed over 2.8 billion times.

The release of MAMMA MIA! The Movie prompted a surge in sales for ABBA, whose hit compilation ABBA Gold went back to No.1 in the albums charts some 16 years after its original release.

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN Official Soundtrack:

Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies & Celia Imrie

Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn & Alexa Davies

Amanda Seyfried & Dominic Cooper

Hugh Skinner & Lily James

Josh Dylan, Lily James & Hugh Skinner

Lily James

Panos Mouzourakis, Jessica Keenan Wynn & Alexa Davies

Lily James

Lily James

Jeremy Irvine, Lily James, Pierce Brosnan &
Amanda Seyfried

Julie Walters, Christine Baranski & Amanda Seyfried

Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn & Alexa Davies

Pierce Bronsnan, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters

Cher & Andy Garcia

Lily James, Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried

Whole Cast

            Meryl Streep

Music and lyrics by *
Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus

Music and lyrics by **
Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson

Produced by
Benny Andersson

*songs 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 17, 18
**songs 2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

22 May 2018 (Toronto, ON) - The wait is over! GRAMMY® Award-nominated platinum-certified Toronto rapper and producer NAV unleashes his debut full-length album, Reckless, at all digital retailers today via XO/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

Among a stacked tracklisting, NAV preceded the release with the single, “Freshman List”. Driven by hypnotic piano, airy production, and his inimitable flow, the song quickly churned out over 14 million Spotify streams in just a month’s time. Meanwhile, the first single, “Wanted You” feat. Lil Uzi Vert, has already surpassed 110 million Spotify streams.

Elsewhere on the record, “Reckless (Intro)” showcases his impenetrable bars while “Faith” feat. Quavo has ‘summer smash’ written all over it as NAV and the Migos leader turn up. “Champion” feat. Travis Scott storms out of the gate with an arena-size hook and warbling melodies. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Known for high energy shows, NAV’s first headlining tour is well underway, playing to sold-out venues across North America. The remaining dates of the tour are listed below.

NAV has quietly arrived as one of rap’s most innovative and infectious voices. Early last year, he unveiled his self-titled mixtape, NAV, which includes the RIAA certified platinum single “Myself” and joined forces with powerhouse producer Metro Boomin for the collaborative album, Perfect Timing.

Meanwhile, 2016 saw him not only co-produce the GRAMMY Award-nominated “Back To Back” for Drake, but he also featured on and produced the platinum-selling “beibs in the trap” for Travi$ Scott’s blockbuster Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight.

A streaming phenomenon, NAV regularly averages over 7.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify making him one of the top most-listened-to artists worldwide. In addition to selling out solo shows coast to coast, he also joined The Weeknd for The Starboy Tour. Over the last year, NAV garnered production credits on tracks with Kodak Black, Gucci Mane, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. This tastemaker favourite has also received praise from Rolling Stone, Complex, Billboard and The Fader.

NAV – Reckless:

  1. “Reckless (Intro)”
  2. “Never Change”
  3. “Hold Your Hand”
  4. “Faith” feat. Quavo
  5. “Champion” feat. Travis Scott
  6. “Glow Up”
  7. “Just Happened”
  8. “Wanted You” feat. Lil Uzi Vert
  9. “With Me”
  10. “EAT” feat. Gunna
  11. “Freshman List”
  12. “What I Need / Daheala Outro”

Canadian Dates:

05/21              Toronto, ON @ REBEL
07/06              Vancouver, BC @ Fvded in the Park
08/03              Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival

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