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Here we go again, digging through the tickle trunk and what sepia-toned memories have we dug up here?

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By David Farrell

Here we go again, digging through the tickle trunk and what sepia-toned memories have we dug up here?


Ah, first in line is Rod (the Mod) Stewart at Sounds Interchange in Toronto with Warner Canada's A&R exec Gary Muth and Tom Dowd looking accomodating at the control board. Rod was in town recording the album, Blondes Have More Fun, which marked his first foray into disco. The album, released in 1978, was a smash hit, scoring a number one hit at the outset with the lead single,  Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?

Next is the A&M team with Garland Jeffreys on his first concert tour of Canada. Pictured L-R backstage at Massey Hall circa 1978: James Monaco, Q107's Bob Mackowycz, Garland, Ontario promo rep Lee Silversides, and Promotion & Artist Development director Doug 'here for a good time' Chappell.

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And our final pic, from Nov. 1980, has a beaming Steve Earle holding his Gold record for The Hard Way, flanked by MCA execs' Randy Lennox, Stephen Tennant and Ross Reynolds.

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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