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Juno winners, performers enjoy digital sales boost

Alanis Morissette, pictured at the Juno Awards on March 15, 2015.
Alanis Morissette, pictured at the Juno Awards on March 15, 2015. Sonia Recchia / Getty Images

TORONTO – Although they only took one award between them, Alanis Morissette and Leonard Cohen turned out to be the big winners at this year’s Juno Awards.

Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Morissette saw a 142 per cent increase in downloads of her 20-year-old single “You Oughta Know” and a 130 per cent jump in sales for her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill, according to numbers provided to The Canadian Press by Nielsen Entertainment.

And Cohen, meanwhile, saw a 200 per cent sale increase for his album of the year winner Popular Problems — even though the 80-year-old couldn’t make it to accept in person.

Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band also apparently made an impression on viewers of the March 15 telecast, with their not-so-fresh 2013 cut “We’re All in This Together” managing a 184 per cent download increase after a joint performance with Toronto’s Lights (her album sales jumped 89 per cent).

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Quebec songwriter Bobby Bazini, a star in his home province who seemed mostly unknown to the Hamilton crowd, certainly benefited from the introduction; downloads of his tune, “Bubblegum,” went up 123 per cent.

In terms of awards, the evening’s big winner was thrice-honoured Calgary songwriter Kiesza — and, characteristically, the fleet-footed dance sensation’s momentum continued following the show.

For the week ending March 15, downloads of her hit tune “Hideaway” increased 113 per cent and streams by 24 per cent.

By the end of the next week, sales of her album Sound of a Woman jumped by 59 per cent and downloads of “Hideaway” ticked up a further 51 per cent.