Karen Bliss

Karen Bliss is the Canadian correspondent for Billboard, in addition to writing for Rolling Stone, MSN, AOL and many others publications and sites in Canada. She is also founder/editor-in-chief of www.samaritanmag.com, a music-heavy original news magazine, and runs Canadian music column musiclowdown.com.

Backbeat: Ed Sheeran, Cody Simpson, Conor Maynard Backstage at MuchMusic Video Awards

Backbeat: Ed Sheeran, Cody Simpson, Conor Maynard Backstage at MuchMusic Video Awards

Even though they are too new to Canada to have received nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Awards, Billboard got a few minutes with the next crop of young pop stars -- Ed Sheeran, 21; Cody Simpson, 15; and Conor Maynard, 19 -- to ask how they were finding the rather unusual awards show and what their career plans were for the remainder of the year.
Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

Weight and time constraints might have played a part in Saturday’s stage collapse at Toronto’s Downsview Park that killed Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson when the top of the structure came crashing down prior to the gates opening to fans.  “The crew had just a few hours to install the lights, cameras and speakers,” CBC News reporter Jeff Semple said.
Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

Radiohead's Ticker Tape Touring One of Four Companies Under Investigation In Stage Collapse

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating the roles of at least four companies involved in Saturday’s stage collapse in Toronto that killed Radiohead’s drum tech Scott Johnson, 33. This includes Optex Staging and Services, Inc; Nasco Staffing Solutions; Live Nation Ent. and Ticker Tape Touring which lists Radiohead as the company's current directors.
Photos: MuchMusic Video Awards 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber Light Up MuchMusic Awards

Carly Rae Jepsen may be the new Sheepdogs -- the Canadian artist on the lips of everyone this year. The newly crowned U.S. chart-topper who signed with Scooter Braun's School Boy Records after Justin Bieber heard "Call Me Maybe" during a visit home, won the most 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards last night in Toronto -- including topping pop band Mariannas Trench which led with seven nominations.
Carly Rae Jepsen-Owl City's 'Good Time' Headed for Top 40 Debut on Hot 100

Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench Win Big at MuchMusic Video Awards

Justin Bieber protege Carly Rae Jepsen was the big winner at Canada's 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards Sunday night, picking up three trophies, including best video of the year for her breakout hit, “Call Me Maybe.” Vancouver rockers Marianas Trench were the other big multiple MMVA winners.

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