After initially going viral on TikTok, Tesher’s “Jalebi Baby” caught the attention of Jason Derulo, who approached him to feature on the song. A remix version with the duo became a global viral sensation, topping the Shazam charts in 25-plus countries, and quickly amassing more than 100 million combined global streams. The song peaked at No. 1 on the U.K. Asian Music Chart, and remained atop it for seven consecutive weeks. “Jalebi Baby” also rose to a peak of No. 3 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, where it stayed for two weeks. The song also rose to a peak of No. 7 on India’s Top 20 International Singles chart for three weeks, becoming Tesher’s first Top 10 hit in that nation. Here, he discusses the satisfaction he gets from sharing the stories and sounds of his culture.
Classical composer/conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has earned five nominations, and producer/songwriter Boi-1da and Drake have earned four each – the most among all SOCAN members this year – for the 65th Grammy Awards, to be hosted by Trevor Noah and broadcast Feb. 5, 2023, on CBS.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin was nominated twice as a conductor, in the Best Opera Recording category, for Aucoin: Eurydice and Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones. He was also given the nod as a conductor in the Best Choral Performance category, for Verdi: Requiem – The Met Remembers 9/11. He garnered his fourth nomination as a pianist, for soloist Renée Fleming, on Voice Of Nature – The Anthropocene, tipped for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. And his fifth was in the Best Classical Compendium category, for his for his role as a conductor on A Concert For Ukraine.
Boi-1da (aka Matthew Samuels) was nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical; earned two nods for his songwriting and producing contributions to both Beyoncé’s Renaissance and Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, both nominated for Album of the Year; and was recognized for his production work on “Churchill Downs” by Jack Harlow featuring Drake, which was nominated for Best Rap Song.
Drake earned four nominations as well: two for Best Rap Song, for his features on “Churchill Downs” by Jack Harlow, and “Wait for U” by Future (which also featured Tems); one for Best Melodic Rap Performance, also on “Wait for U”; and one for his songwriting on Beyoncé’s Renaissance, nominated for Album of the Year.
Professional songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. is a triple nominee, honoured in the brand new category of Songwriter of the Year, and as a co-writer who contributed to songs on Adele’s 30, and Harry’s House by Harry Styles, both nominated for Album of the Year.
SOCAN member Akeel Henry is a double nominee, as a contributor to Mary J. Blige’s Good Morning Gorgeous, in the running for Album of the Year, and a co-writer of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Hurt Me So Good,” tipped for Best R&B Song. SOCAN member Michael Holmes is also a co-writer of “Hurt Me So Good.”
SOCAN members with single nominations include Alisson Russell, in the Best American Roots Song category, for “Prodigal Daughter”; producer/songwriter/DJ Kaytranada in the Best Dance/Electronic Recording field, for “Intimidated,” a duet with H.E.R.; Bryan Adams, up for Best Rock Performance, for “So Happy It Hurts”; Michael Bublé, recognized in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, for Higher; Snarky Puppy (which includes SOCAN member Larnell Lewis), in the running for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, for Empire Central; the late Glenn Gould, posthumously nominated for Best Historic Album, for The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased 1981 Studio Sessions; and Arcade Fire, for Best Alternative Music Album, for WE.
Producer/songwriter Sevn Thomas is included among the contributors to Album of the Year contender Renaissance, by Beyoncé. He also co-produced “Good Day,” a song included on Sean Paul’s Schorcha, nominated for Best Reggae Album. Schorcha, also includes co-production of “Wine Up” by Jordon Manswell, and of multiple songs by Banx & Ranx.
SOCAN members Joey and David Landreth, of the Bros. Landreth, co-wrote “Made Up Mind,” whose cover version by Bonnie Raitt was nominated for Best Americana Performance. The Bonnie Raitt full-length recording on which the song appears, Just Like That, was nominated for Best Americana Album.
In the Best Rap Album category, Ozan “OZ” Yildirim contributed to Jack Harlow’s nominated album Come Home The Kids Miss You, and DRTWRK contributed to DJ Khaled’s nominated album God Did. In the same category, Future’s nominated album I Never Liked You includes the feature from Drake (and Tems) on “Wait for U”; Jack Harlow’s nominated album Come Home The Kids Miss You also includes the feature from Drake on “Churchill Downs”; and Kendrick Lamar’s nominated album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers includes production and songwriting from Boi-1da.
Chiiild (Yonatan Ayal and Pierre-Luc Rioux) contributed to the song “Compassion,” which appears on Lucky Daye’s Candydrip, a nominee for Best R&B Album. Ryan Bakalarcyzk and Ace G contributed to Jack Harlow’s “Churchill Downs,” nominated for Best Rap Song. And Demy & Clipz (aka Étienne Gagnon and Steve Martinez-Funes), are contributors to “La Corriente,” by Bad Bunny, on his album Un Verano Sin Ti, nominated for both Album Musica Urbana and Album of the Year.
Ron Korb is featured on flute on Sakura by Masa Takumi, nominated for Best Global Music Album. Korb also played on Divine Tides by Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Ricky Kej, nominated for Best Immersive Audio Album. Yonatan Watts co-produced on Chris Brown’s Breezy, nominated for Best R&B Album. Andrew T contributed to “Churchill Downs,” the Jack Harlow effort nominated for Best Rap Song. Charlie Houston sang on ODESZA’s The Last Goodbye, nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album. Aaron Paris and Drake contributed to the song “No Secret” by DJ Khaled, included on his LP God Did, nominated for Rap Album of the Year. CVRE has writing and production credits on “Defend” by Koffee, a song included on Gifted, which is nominated for Best Reggae Album. Ali Milner (aka WILLA) co-wrote on “Slow Song” by The Knocks and Dragonette (also SOCAN members), which is nominated for Best Remixed Recording.
Please note that SOCAN is currently reviewing the entire, extensive list of 2023 Grammy nominations to determine any other member nominees, and may update this article accordingly.
SOCAN congratulates our Grammy-nominated members on this huge achievement!
What might have been a single-concert musical experiment has turned out to be one of the most daring musical projects to come out of Québec in the past few years. TEKE::TEKE, a multi-ethnic, Japanese-speaking, genre-busting band, mixing psychedelic jams, punk riffs, traditional Japanese melodies, and pop experimentation, saw their efforts – and their album Shirushi – rewarded with a first honour at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ, on Nov. 2, 2022.
We met them as they were leaving the stage to discuss the reception they’ve received from Québec audiences since their very beginnings, which gave them the impetus to tour internationally.