Friday, February 13, 2004

That other national scandal...
Oh I know, this whole federal government thing is rather interesting. And I guess it's "important." But more attention on the looming Juno Awards controversy, I say.
"The what awards?"
"The Junos."
"And what are they for again?"
"Canadian music?"
"Oh. So why do I care again?"

Anyway. Much more to come tomorrow.

Nickelback almost robbed of Juno album nomination
National Post
Friday, February 13, 2004
Aaron Wherry - National Post

Juno organizers admitted yesterday one of Canada's hottest bands was denied album of the year consideration because of a "data entry error" that erroneously bestowed a nomination upon another act.

To make amends, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences moved to include Nickelback's The Long Road among the nominees, which means this year there will be six nominees, instead of the usual five, competing for album of the year. But it also means one album will continue to hold a nomination it does not deserve.

Nominations in that category are based solely on record sales. Initial figures tallied by an independent firm showed the top five sellers during the eligibility period to be albums from Michael Buble, Celine Dion, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan and Sam Roberts. For sales categories, the Junos Web site describes the eligibility period as Sept. 1, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2003.

"The figures were triple-checked, but they should have been quadruple-checked," Junos executive producer Stephen Stohn said yesterday, adding that several parties brought the omission to CARAS' attention shortly after the nominations were announced Wednesday.

Ms. Furtado and Ms. McLachlan led Wednesday's nominations with five each. Yesterday's addition also gives Nickelback five nominations.

Mr. Stohn said he was not sure which album had mistakenly received a nomination.

"The important thing is to do the right thing," he said. "If I knew [which album should not have made the list], I still wouldn't comment."

Nielsen Soundscan sales figures quoted to the National Post by a music industry source indicate the erroneous nominee is most likely Nelly Furtado's Folklore. The CD was released at the end of November and, according to sales figures for the 2003 calendar year quoted to the Post, Ms. Furtado finished far behind the No. 5 album, Mr. Roberts' We Were Born in a Flame.

But, according to the source, Ms. Furtado's album was not even the sixth-best-selling album of last year; for the period Jan. 1, 2003, to Dec. 28, 2003, Folklore was also outsold by albums from Finger Eleven, Three Days Grace and Canadian Idol Ryan Malcolm.

Mr. Stohn refuted the source's claim but said he could not produce numbers to prove it.

The Juno Awards will be presented April 4 in Edmonton and will air on CTV.

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