Aldo Nova

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Aldo Nova
Birth nameAldo Caporuscio
Also known asAldo Nova
Born (1956-11-13) November 13, 1956 (age 63)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
GenresHard rock, glam metal, heavy metal[1]
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
musician
producer
magician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1981–present
LabelsPortrait
JAMBCO Records
BMG Canada
MRi Entertainment

Aldo Nova (born Aldo Caporuscio on November 13, 1956) is a Canadian guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Nova initially gained fame with his self-titled debut album Aldo Nova in 1982 which climbed to Billboard's number 8 position, and its accompanying single, "Fantasy", which climbed to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2][3]

Career[edit]

1980s - 90s[edit]

Signing with Portrait Records, Nova released a self-produced album Aldo Nova in 1982 that had two singles: "Fantasy" and "Foolin' Yourself". His second album Subject...Aldo Nova from 1983 had two singles: "Monkey on Your Back" and "Always Be Mine". His third album Twitch from 1985 had two singles: "Rumours of You" and "Tonite (Lift Me Up)".

Nova was displeased with the album and the record company's insistence on making a more commercial album. After supporting the Twitch album Nova asked to be released from his contract, which the record company would not do. Nova decided to move to Montreal and work on jingles, waiting for his contract to expire in 1991, stating he would not work on an album he didn't have full creative control over.[citation needed] In 1990, Aldo Nova wrote the main guitar riff that would be used in the Jon Bon Jovi song "Blaze of Glory". In 1991, to return the favour, Bon Jovi worked with Nova on his Jambco Records (Jon Bon Jovi's label) release Blood on the Bricks. It had three singles: "Blood on the Bricks", "Medicine Man", and "Someday".

In addition, Nova produced some early Celine Dion albums. He co-wrote the hit song, "A New Day Has Come" for Dion, and has been featured playing guitar, synthesizer, and percussion on her records. He also wrote her songs "Your Light" and "I Can't Fight the Feelin'", "You and I" (which was used as Hillary Clinton's campaign song and as the Air Canada theme song). He co-wrote the Blue Öyster Cult song "Take Me Away" and was a member of "The Guitar Orchestra of the State Of Imaginos" on their album Imaginos.

In 1996, he received a Grammy Award as producer for Celine Dion's Falling into You for Album of the Year.[3] In 1997, he released the much acclaimed, mostly instrumental album, Nova's Dream, which featured a different side of his talents as a musician writer. The album is considered by his fans as one of his best alongside his eponymous debut and Subject. He co-wrote the Latin Grammy nominated song "Aqui" for the Chilean rock group La Ley on the album Uno. He also co-wrote and co-produced 4 other tracks on that album, which later that year won a Grammy for best Latin/Alternative/Rock Album.

As a songwriter, Nova's hits include Clay Aiken's "This Is The Night" (co-written with Chris Braide and Gary Burr), which in the US was a number one hit and the best selling single of 2003. He was also the only writer to have written or co-written five songs on Dion's Taking Chances album.[4]

2000s - recent[edit]

In 2003, Nova received an International Achievement Award at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto for co-writing the Dion song "A New Day Has Come".[5]

In 2008 he began working on a Rock Opera named The Life and Times of Eddie Gage which underwent significant work throughout the years, and by 2015 the album was renamed Spaceman having went through 12 different versions. By this time Aldo had written over 100 songs and even posting some scrapped songs to his facebook page such as That's What Love Can Do, The Border, and Dyin' From a Broken Heart. In the early months of 2016 Aldo finally finished the rock opera now renamed Space with 20 songs and said that it was " mixed, mastered, and ready to go ".

The album's release was halted and by late 2016 Aldo decided to re-record Fantasy which inspired him to re-record 5 other songs from his first album with 1 new song I'm a Survivor. Aldo recorded this new album in 2017, and in mid 2018 released the first single Fantasy 2.0, which received mixed reviews. The album was revealed to be 2.0 and was to be released on October 19, 2018.

During interviews for the promotion of 2.0 Aldo said that the rock opera Space now had 32 songs and was to be released in 2019 after he had toured 2.0. However he wasn't sure because he said the release of 2.0 had reignited a flame in him and that he was writing new music again extensively.

In early 2019 Aldo released the music video to "I'm a Survivor" and announced a fall tour. In an interview with Loudwire, Aldo announced that his rock opera would release in June 2020 under the name The Life and Times of Eddie Gage.[3][6] He wrote 142 songs for the album from 2008 to 2016, finally settling on the 21 that would be included for a total of 1 hour and 52 minutes of music.[6] In an interview from 2016 with Best Magazine, Aldo describes the album as “...the story of Eddie Gage, and his evolution from light, de-evolution to darkness, and climb back up to the light again.”[7] All of the songs are his own composition and he plays all the characters, changing his voice in each song.[6] Nova also announced a press promotion tour of the album in the USA and Canada in a post on his Facebook page.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
CAN US US Main
1982 "Fantasy" 14 23 3 Aldo Nova
"Foolin' Yourself" 45 65
1983 "Monkey on Your Back" 12 Subject
"Always Be Mine" 107
1985 "Tonight (Lift Me Up)" Twitch
"Rumours Of You"
1991 "Blood on the Bricks" 65 14 Blood on the Bricks
"Someday" 45
"Medicine Man"
2018
"Fantasy 2.0" Aldo Nova 2.0
2019 "I'm a Survivor"

Songwriter/Producer[edit]

Artist Title Year
Blue Öyster Cult "Take Me Away" 1983 Music/Lyrics
Nicole McCloud "Don't You Want My Love" 1985
Celine Dion "Partout Je Te Vois" 1987
"Have a Heart" 1990
"Des Mots Qui Sonnent" 1991
"Dreamin' of You" 1996 Music/Lyrics/Producer
"I Love You" Music/Lyrics
"Your Light" Music/Lyrics/Producer
Saints & Sinners Saints & Sinners 1992
Jetsam "Drive" 1997
Faith Hill "I Love You" 1998
Jon Bon Jovi "Mister Big Time"
Garou "Au Plaisir De Ton Corps" 2000 Music/Lyrics
"Le Monde Est Stone" 2001 Producer
Celine Dion "A New Day Has Come" 2002 Music/Lyrics/Producer
Chenoa "Una Mujer (I'm A Woman)" 2002 Music/Lyrics
Clay Aiken "This Is The Night" 2003 Music/Lyrics
Garou "L'aveu" 2004 Producer
"Pour L'amour D'une Femme" Music/Lyrics/Producer
Celine Dion "You and I"
Agnes Carlsson "I Believe" 2005 Music/Lyrics
Marilou Bourdon "Le Coeur De Mon Coeur" Music/Lyrics/Producer
Garou "Que Le Temps" 2006 Producer
"Trahison"
Celine Dion "A Song For You" 2007 Music/Lyrics
"Can't Fight The Feelin'"
"Fade Away"
"Shadow Of Love"

Tours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aldo Nova at AllMusic
  2. ^ Adam White & Fred Bronson (1988). The Billboard Book of Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-8285-7.
  3. ^ a b c "Aldo Nova - Artist Profile". eventseeker.com. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Aldo Nova in 1981". Jam! Music's Canadian POP Music Encyclopedia.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b c katherineturman. "Aldo Nova Shares Why He Disappeared After His Hit 'Fantasy'". Loudwire. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: ALDO NOVA INTERVIEW". Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "certification of albums at RIAA". Archived from the original on December 10, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2006. Requires running a searches for Artist or year

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