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Paul Manchin: Turn It Up

Ahead of a new album, the prolific pop songsmith releases a retro-sounding electro-pop cut showcasing his warm vocals.

Paul Manchin: Turn It Up

By Kerry Doole

Paul Manchin - Turn It Up (Independent): This Toronto pop singer/songwriter is a prolific recording artist, with at least 15 albums to his credit over the past two decades. A new album, 20/20, is expected early next year, and was produced at Peter Gabriel's famed Real World Studios in England.


Manchin has a warmly melodic voice, and this new track has a subtly ingratiating feel. The sound is strongly evocative of '80s electro-pop, complete with synths and drum machines.

It is no surprise to learn that his airplay-ready material has gained exposure on MTV, Bravo!, Sirius/XM and Galaxie. Collaborators on recent songs have included Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness), Fergus Hambleton (The Sattalites), Black Jack, and Chin Injeti. Music supervisors would be smart to check out his catalogue.

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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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