Vol. 10: For Love and Hip Hop

Hello readers, welcome to this week’s rundown of what’s happening in popular music.

Now, I am going to preface by saying that this week is going to see the resurfacing of many classics. I guess that’s a subjective word, yet, how can anyone deny the former 90s glory of killer all-female R&B group, TLC? And in particular, their single “Scrubs, which acted as the quintessential anthem for all struggling single women of the era, and into today.

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Well, guess what? TLC, after having started a Kickstarter to raise money to record, have finally released a new full length album. The 12-track album is undeniably reminiscent of their original 90s vibe and sound; each song professes a message of internal strength, and all-around girl power. Their sole collaboration on the album happened to be with the equally influential rapper, Snoop Dogg.

Their track, “Way Back,” is undoubtedly one of the best on the album. You can stream the full release on Spotify below!

As a proud Canadian, we all readily anticipate the one day a year in which we can celebrate our country, or rather, use it as an excuse to attend social events and indulge in things we shouldn’t. July 1st, known to us as Canada Day, is a day commemorating national Confederation. This celebration of sorts is met with incredible government planning, lots of unnecessary funding, and fireworks – because really, who doesn’t love a good firework? However, this year is different. This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday and Nielsen Music Canada, in collaboration with Billboard, have compiled a list of the country’s best artists and singles dating back to 1996.

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This charting system took into account album sales, digital sales and chart success. Women absolutely dominated this list. Celine Dion, unsurprisingly, was credited as being Canada’s top overall artist. She is followed by none other than the queen of Canadian country and pop, Shania Twain. These incredibly influential artists rightfully clinched the two top spots on the Nielsen Chart. Their revolutionary singles, like “My Heart Will Go On,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me,” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” have proved to have incredibly staying power, continuing to be known and loved by generations and generations. It is absolutely great to see women atop the charts in such a grand way. It also doesn’t hurt that these two artists are also proudly, and wonderfully, Canadian.

Who do you guys think are some of Canada’s best acts? Are you excited for the return of TLC? Let us know below!

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