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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | MAJOR | AFM

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R&B singer Danny Fernandes, who released his debut album in 2008, has received a leading five nominations for the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto.

The Portuguese-Canadian singer, 23, tied for most nominations with veteran Alberta rockers Nickelback.

Danny Fernandes, 23, has five MMVA nominations. (CP Records)Danny Fernandes, 23, has five MMVA nominations. (CP Records) Fernandes has been a dancer with the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak and had three hit singles out of his first album — Fantasy, Curious and Private Dancer, featuring Ottawa rapper Belly, who co-produced.

Fernandes is nominated for video of the year and pop video of the year for Private Dancer and his Fantasy video earned a nod for director of the year and favourite video.

Other nominees for video of the year include Nickelback for Gotta Be Somebody, k-os for 4,3,2,1, Marianas Trench for Cross My Heart and the Stills for Being Here.

Nickelback also earned nominations for best rock video, best post-production and international video of the year by a Canadian artist, all for Gotta Be Somebody.

Fernandes is not the only newcomer turning up on the MMVA nominations, released Wednesday.

Vancouver punk pop band Marianas Trench was named four times for Cross My Heart, with nods for best direction and best rock video.

Regina-born singer Shiloh is nominated for her video Goodbye, You Suck.Regina-born singer Shiloh is nominated for her video Goodbye, You Suck. (Universal Music)Singer-songwriter Lights with Drive My Soul, Montreal singer Karl Wolf with Africa and Regina pop singer Shiloh with Goodbye, You Suck are named in the best new artist category.

The Much Music Video Awards, to be hosted by the Jonas Brothers, will be held June 21 in Toronto.

The music video station has confirmed Lady Gaga, the Grammy-nominated singer with the hits Poker Face and Love Game, will perform at the awards ceremony.

Other multiple nominees for the awards include Classified, k-os, Lights and the Midway State.

The Midway State, an Ontario band that has toured with Theory of a Deadman, Avril Lavigne and Lifehouse, is named for favourite new artist for Never Again.

In the international category, the Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, L'il Wayne and Britney Spears are competing for the fan favourite vote.

Fans can vote for favourite Canadian and international artists online.
- CBC News


THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO - Nickelback and R&B singer Danny Fernandes are the leading nominees for next month's MuchMusic Video Awards with five nods each.

Vancouver punk poppers Marianas Trench are next with four nominations.

The Jonas Brothers will perform and host the June 21 show, known for its street-party atmosphere outside MuchMusic headquarters on Toronto's Queen Street West.

Lady Gaga, who received two nominations, is the only other performer announced so far.

Fernandes and Nickelback will battle it out for video of the year, along with k-os, Marianas Trench and the Stills, who received two nominations.

Rapper Classified, who recently dropped his 12th disc, "Self Explanatory," received three nominations, as did Bedouin Soundclash, Theory of a Deadman, the Midway State and k-os.

Other homegrown multiple nominees include Shad, Lights, Shiloh, Karl Wolf, Elise Estrada and Kardinal Offishall.

The Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry received two nods each.

Pop-punk group Hedley took home a leading four trophies from last year's rain-soaked show.

© The Canadian Press, 2009 - © The Canadian Press, 2009


PRLog (Press Release) – Dec 23, 2010 – MONTRÉAL — Dec. 22, 2010 — Penté Group, a leading developer of applications for mobile devices and social media based on entertainment personalities’ licenses, today announced the release of a new application called Danny Fernandes FanConnect on the iTunes Store.

“The Danny Fernandes FanConnect application will give users the ability to stay in touch with other fans while leveraging the latest technology , Danny Fernandes fans everywhere will quickly become addicted to this application,” said Basil Bouraropoulos, chairman and CEO of Penté Group.

The FanConnect application is designed with the fan in mind who can instantly access Danny’s entire musical and video catalogue. The application is fully integrated with Facebook and Twitter so fans can easily share with their friends. FanConnect also allows fans to visualize where other fans are – locally and even across the country. With FanConnect, fans can be matched with other local fans that share the same personal interests or tastes. FanConnect brings Danny Fernandes’ fans together in a brand new way as part of the social fan revolution!

“Communicating with my fans is very important to me,” said Danny Fernandes. “I love that this application now allows them to have easy access to all my music and connect with each other.”

Key Features and benefits:

-Access to Media Content: Ability for fans to quickly view new and already released images, videos and music
-Social Media Integration: Share the experience with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail
-Location Based Map: Allows the user to see in real-time the fan base of Danny Fernandes with location map views
-Compatibility Matching: Adjust the settings of the popularity map in order to see -people that share the same interests as you

The FanConnect application for Danny Fernandes is available free of charge and can be downloaded on itunes at : http://itunes.apple.com/app/danny-fernandes-fanconnect/i ...

About Danny Fernandes
With his new sophomore album AUTOMATICLUV (CP Records/EMI Music Canada) - Danny Fernandes has received comparisons to some of the world's biggest International stars including Justin Timberlake and Usher. Danny co-wrote most of the songs on this new album which features special appearances by Belly on current hit song "Automatic" (and two other tracks), Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench on "Hit Me Up," Shawn Desman on "Feel It," and Mia Martina on "Dream Catcher." The album also includes a remix of "Take Me Away" by one of the world's top producer/djs, Grammy Award winning Benny Benassi. In a short time Danny has achieved two JUNO Award nominations, two GOLD singles, six #1's at MuchMusic and MuchMore and seven MMVA nominations - he won last year for Best Pop Video of the Year for "Private Dancer" and also walked away as the Best Male Artist of the Year at last year's Top Choice Awards. - Penté Group


Discography

Oct. 14th, 2008 = album "INTRO"
"INTRO" Singles = "Curious ft Juelz Santana", "Fantasy", "Private Dancer ft Belly", "Never Again"

Nov. 2nd, 2010 = album "AutomaticLuv"
"AutomaticLuv" Singles = "Automatic ft Belly", "Feel It ft Shawn Desmand", "Hit Me Up ft Josh Ramsay & Belly", "Take Me Away Benny Bennasi remix"

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“I sleep, eat and breathe music from when I wake up until I go to bed.” - Danny Fernandes

Behind the hype, the #1 videos, the award wins and nominations is Canada’s next true superstar – Danny Fernandes. There is a reason he is compared to some of the world’s biggest International stars including Justin Timberlake and Usher – it is because his talent is undeniable. Danny is a pop star ready to show the world what he’s makes him so special and he does that with much anticipated sophomore album, AUTOMATICLUV.

Danny has outdone himself…co-writing most of the songs and doing all the arrangements with JUNO Award winning artist Belly. Add to this his signature sexy voice, his live show and phenomenal dancing skills and he is proving more than ever what a force of nature he is as a multi-talented artist and performer. “I’ve put my heart and soul into this new album,” says Danny.

AUTOMATICLUV has thirteen new songs from Danny, plus an additional version of future single “Take Me Away” remixed by one of the world’s top producer/djs, Grammy Award winning Benny Benassi. The album features an impressive and diverse list of guests including Belly, Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench, Shawn Desman and Mia Martina. “I make music that I can dance to,” Danny says. “That’s what I do because I was a dancer before I was anything else.”

Although some may have the misconception that success came overnight – Danny first began his career as a dancer at the age of six and it has taken tireless effort and determination to bring him to where he is today. Born the middle child in a musical Italian/Portuguese family with a grandfather that was an opera singer and an older brother that was already an artist (Shawn Desman), the now 25 year old naturally gravitated to music, but favoured dance first to keep out of the shadows. He proved a quick study with an ambitious streak. By 11 he had an agent and was dancing in commercials. By 16 he was practically drowning in gold medals, even netting two consecutive (and aptly-named) Rising Star awards in the annual CNE dance battle. At the same time, he blew away thousands of competitors to become the youngest member of the Toronto Raptor’s famed Dance Pak and started appearing regularly as a backup dancer in music videos.

“I’m fortunate that my parents have always been incredibly supportive,” raves Danny. “When I told them at a young age my desire to pursue music and dance as my career, not just a hobby, they said ‘let’s do it, but you’ve got to work hard.’” Soon after, he hit the road with the likes of Aaron Carter, Blackstreet, Deborah Cox and his brother Shawn, with whom he toured the world for an entire year, even playing the NBA All-Star game in Atlanta.

By the time he returned to Canada, Danny was ready to step up to the mic. He hooked up with then-fledgling producer Pilzbury and the pair ensconced themselves in a Brampton studio. One of their first collaborations back in 2003 was the song “Curious.” In a rare case of piracy gone right, the track mysteriously leaked online and was discovered by a DJ in Germany who pressed it to bootleg vinyl. “I don’t know who did it,” Danny says, “but who ever did I want to thank.” His MySpace page got flooded with requests and soon he was touring Europe for months on end and topping club charts. It was then his time to conquer Canada. He didn’t have a label yet, but that didn’t hinder his focus to succeed. In late 2007, he sent “Curious” to New York and the hot track easily convinced rapper Juelz Santana to drop a guest spot. Without any label backup, the song shot up radio playlists into the Top 20.

In 2008, Danny signed to CP Records, Canada’s hottest independent label and home of Belly, Massari and Ivana Santilli. With CP Records he found much more than a record company – he found a family and a creative community that could push and inspire him. “This kid is a triple threat. He’s headed to the top,” boasts Belly, who personally recruited Danny into his revolutionary army invading Canada’s airwaves.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so Danny and Belly hunkered down in the studio to write the songs that would become his debut album Intro. The album reached #1 on iTunes and received rave responses from fans and critics alike. The first two singles “Private Dancer” and “Fantasy” both went GOLD and he had four music videos achieve a record six #1’s at MuchMusic and MuchMore. Danny has already earned seven MMVA nominations (winning for Best Pop Video of the Year for “Private Dancer” in 2009), two JUNO Award nominations and walked away as the Best Male Artist of the Year at the 2009 Top Choice Awards.

Also since the release of INTRO, Danny has been a judge on YTV’s Karaoke Star Junior; toured with artists such as: Akon, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, Girlicious, been part of an Athlete’s World ad campaign, graced countless magazine covers; and even had his very own MuchMusic episode of “My Date With…Danny Fernandes.