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‘The Key’ single by Aria Tesolin on Top 40 & AC US charts – and number 7 Top Indie on DMDS this week

The Key by Cdn Pop Classical Singer Aria Tesolin Scores
a US Radio Hit on both Top 40 Pop & AC radio formats

TORONTO (July 2013) US commercial radio success has arrived for Canadian contemporary pop classical singer and poet Aria Tesolin with her radio hit The Key. The Key rose to the Top 20 on radio charts with over 1010 spins per week across the US, joining major artists Justin Timberlake, Pink, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift, and Michael Buble in AC only format. Radio charts are published on New Music Weekly Magazine, source of the most accurate and current radio and music data.

On June 8th, 2103, after just eight weeks, The Key became the highest debuting top 40 single in two radio formats, Top 40 mainstream pop Contemporary Hit Radio and Adult Contemporary (AC) and also the Hot 100 Singles Chart, where it is currently #19. The Key was recently launched for Canadian radio on July 8th.

Tesolin is the only pop classical singer with a hit on contemporary pop radio in the Top 40 format, a rarity, and a symbolic event that shows how popular audience tastes are responding to her unique musical sound. Both music and lyrics for The Key were composed and written by Tesolin herself, making this achievement an even sweeter personal victory for the artist.

“I’m so excited that people are connecting so passionately to The Key,” says Aria Tesolin. “I’m incredibly proud of that song and it’s really meaningful to me, so I’m glad others are finding meaning in it too. It’s really gratifying to work so hard on something and then be able to share it with the world.”

The Key is the lead single from Tesolin’s newest album, Ascension, which features exciting new pop sensibilities to complement her classically trained operatic voice. Fans have described the singer’s strikingly beautiful voice as majestic, ethereal and mesmerizing.

For Ascension, Tesolin and producer Douglas Romanow developed a new style of music that combined the poetic originality of her lyrics in an innovative sonic landscape where classical influences meet a modern electronic sound (harp, cello mixed with electronic piano and synthesizer effects).

Ascension shows Aria following an exciting artistic and musical direction, one best described as pop classical & contemporary pop fusion with an occasional touch of pop and crooner jazz, in songs where her polished signature vocals with classical roots soulfully play with music, motif and meaning.

“The Key is about falling in love in a dream. Having the opportunity to be so involved with all aspects of The Key, and the entire album, has made it even more special to me, because these songs are coming from deep inside me,” says Tesolin. “I love being a songwriter as much as I love being a singer and performer, so it’s definitely something I plan on doing again for my next album. I’m always jotting down ideas and melodies for songs, I never really stop writing.”

Tesolin will be performing at an exclusive engagement at The Spoke Club (600 King Street West, Toronto, ON) on July 24, 2013 starting at 8:00pm For more details, please visit

Track Listing: 1) My Heart is a Factory 2) The Catch (Clarabella) 3) Ascension 4) Hear Me 5) The Key 6) Nobody Knows 7) I’m Already Gone  8) Dolce 9) The Apology 10) In a Dream

About Aria Tesolin: Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Aria’s concert performances as a child singing opera arias with Canadian tenors from the age of eight became legendary on YouTube and reached a global audience of 7 million. With 11 years of classical vocal training under her belt and after developing her unique musical artistry, Aria is now excited to share her original music with the world. Since March 2012, singles from her Aria Tesolin EP, Dolce and The Key have been playing on over 800 radio stations in 22 countries, with Dolce remaining near the top of the official European Indie Chart for five consecutive months. Aria has inspired audiences of all ages with her elegant and soothing vocals of soft pop, crooner jazz, classical songs and opera arias. Tesolin is also a competitive spoken word poet and has published several literary poems. She is a recipient of the FACTOR music grant, receiving financial support from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters. Aria has just released a music video for My Heart is a Factory and is putting together tour dates in Canada, the US, and Europe.


"The vocal virtuoso has since blossomed as a lyricist too, as can be heard on this strong second album. It fuses classical, pop and electronica elements to beguiling effect, with producer/arranger Douglas Romanow doing fine work."

New Canadian Music (Apr 16, 2013)

 "The songwriter's sound borrows from a buffet of genres. Pop, rock n' roll, jazz, and of course opera all trade jabs in any given piece. Ascension’s title track, for example, is at once an introspective play on musical theatre, and a demented Cohen-esque waltz."

Barry Chong, Toro Magazine (Apr 17, 2013)

"..Tesolin has become a veritable jazz-diva-in-waiting, her warmly hued voice staking a definite claim on the pop-flavored end of the genre."

Toronto Life, Arts Entertainment

“Every once in a while you find an artist who has that special something; an artist who has a voice that makes the hairs on your arms stand up; an artist whose music just makes you feel really good - that artist is Aria Tesolin. …perfectly detailed arrangements and an artistic delivery that hasn't been seen since Norah Jones first hit the scene...”

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