Chantal Kreviazuk Least Likely to Appear in a Headline?

newspaperThe Associated Press has a story entitled "Singer-songwriters, or just singers?". It's about Chantal Kreviasuk's recent comments regarding Avril Lavigne's songwriting ability and whether artists actually co-write all the songs they get credit for.

As a Canadian, I was caught off guard by the opening paragraph of this article.

Of all the names in music, Chantal Kreviazuk may be the least likely to appear in a headline. Though she recently released her own album, the songwriter usually stays behind the scenes to pen hits with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne.

Sometimes an artist has a string of hits in Canada and you just assume they've made waves in the American market. Ten years ago, Kreviasuk's Under These Rocks and Stones spawned a number of hits over here, with "Wayne" and "Surrounded" being two of my favourites. Hits like "Feels Like Home" and "Before You" followed, but in retrospect it seems these were only hits in Canada. According to her Wikipedia page, she only struck big in the USA with her cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" that appeared on the Armageddon soundtrack.

It's hard to say why some Canadian artists sell well south of the border while others do not. Avril's a household name in the states and Kreviazuk is least likely to appear in a headline. Go figure.


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Jason | Get Your OJ.com

Face it, a lot of Can Con sucks and doesn't translate. Other times America doesn't "get it".

July 24, 2007 @ 10:21 AM

Toronto Mike

Ok Mr. OJ, riddle me this.

Does Chantal "suck" or is this a case of America not getting it?

July 24, 2007 @ 10:29 AM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Chantal has a lot more talent than most American Artist so Im going to say that America doesnt get it. Just like America didnt get the Hip yet I would put the Hip against any US rock band any day of the week. As far as AVril im glad that Chantal came out and said something, That is exactly why I dont listen to that kind of music because it isnt from the artist performing it and even if it is it is still disingenuous. Its not from the heart, its all about making the almighty $$$$. But most of what is released by US artist, except for the song that is released as the single, most full length CD's Suck.

July 24, 2007 @ 2:54 PM

Doug

I could never figure out why 54-40 never hit it big in the States!

July 24, 2007 @ 4:09 PM

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