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Sudanese-Canadian Rapper Shareef Has This Week's Hot New Radio Track in Canada

UMC hits a home run with Sudanese-Canadian singer Shareef, Arkells rack up yet another hit, and Floridian country singer Ashley Cooke makes good on her initial promise.

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The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories. Top Downloads and Top Canadian Downloads represent the most copied tracks in the week ending Feb. 09. Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams, with the affiliated label and radio promotions company in parentheses.

Top Downloads:

  1. Shareef “OMG! (freestyle)” (Universal)
  2. d4vd “Leave Her” (Interscope/Universal)
  3. Medium Build “Crying Over Her” (Island/Universal)
  4. Nate Smith “Bulletproof” (RCA Nashville/Sony)
  5. Noah Kahan “Stick Season” (Mercury/Republic/Universal)
  6. Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani “Purple Irises” (Warner Nashville/Interscope/Warner)
  7. Arkells “Nobody Gets Me Like You Do (First Dance Version)” (Universal)
  8. Scotty Berg “Better” (Indie/You Are Hear Promo)
  9. Victoria Monét “On My Mama” (Lovett Music/RCA/Sony)
  10. Ashley Cooke “Your Place” (Big Loud)

Top CanCon Downloads:

  1. Shareef “OMG! (freestyle)” (Universal)
  2. Arkells “Nobody Gets Me Like You Do (First Dance Version)” (Universal)
  3. Scotty Berg “Better” (Indie/You Are Hear Promo)
  4. Frank Walker, Nate Smith “Missing You” (Palm Tree Records/Sony)
  5. Tyler Shaw “Back To Me” (Sony)
  6. Reklaws “I Grew Up On A Farm” (Starseed/A. Wilson Promo)
  7. Lil Deezy “RIP DOOM” (Indie)
  8. Aaron Pritchett “Just Wanna Feel It” (Big Star)
  9. Vandelux “Right Now f/Parson James” (Awesome Prod./You Are Hear Promo)
  10. Lydia Sutherland ft. Alli Walker “girls at the bar” (Universal)

Most Active Indies:

  1. Ashley Cooke “Your Place” (Big Loud)
  2. Vandelux “Right Now f/Parson James” (Awesome Prod./You Are Hear Promo)
  3. Scotty Berg “Better” (Indie/You Are Hear Promo)
  4. Reklaws “I Grew Up On A Farm” (Starseed/A. Wilson Promo)
  5. Aaron Pritchett “Just Wanna Feel It” (Big Star)
  6. Quote The Raven “Already Gone” (Taylor Ent.)
  7. Jason Aldean “Let Your Boys Be Country” (Macon Music/BMG/A. Wilson Promo)
  8. Jessica Towler “I Don’t Like Your Boyfriend” (Indie)
  9. Lil Deezy “RIP DOOM” (Indie)
  10. DJC2 “Peanut Butter, Pickle & Pastrami Panini” (Indie)
Celine Dion
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Celine Dion


Celine Dion Battled Extreme Muscle Spasms From Stiff-Person Syndrome With Dangerously High Doses of Valium: ‘It Could Have Been Fatal’

The singer opened up about her decade-long struggle with the rare neurological disorder in Tuesday night's (June 11) primetime NBC special.

Celine Dion was so desperate to alleviate the pain from severe muscle spasms during her secret, nearly two-decade-long battle with the rare neurological and autoimmune disease Stiff-Person Syndrome that she took near-lethal doses of Valium in search of relief. In her one-hour primetime NBC special on Tuesday night (June 11), Dion said she took up to 90 milligrams of the medication used to treat anxiety, seizures and muscle spasms, an amount that is more than twice the recommended daily dose.

“I did not know, honestly, that it could kill me. I would take, for example before a performance, 20 milligrams of Valium, and then just walking from my dressing room to backstage — it was gone,” Dion said of the instant pain relief the medication offered at levels, however that “could have been fatal” if she’d continued at that pace. “At one point, the thing is, that my body got used to it at 20 and 30 and 40 [milligrams] until it went up. And I needed that. It was relaxing my whole body. For two weeks, for a month, the show would go on… but then you get used to [and] it doesn’t work anymore.”

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