Metallica preps drive-in gig with $115 ‘per vehicle’ tickets
$115 to see Metallica? We know concerts are in short supply, but this is outrageo... Oh wait. Metallica's upcoming concert does cost $115 for a ticket, but that ticket covers a vehicle with up to six people: potentially...
August 11, 2020
Canada music consumption up 5.7% this year despite Covid-19
Nielsen Music / MRC Data has published its mid-year report on the Canadian music market, revealing that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, total audio consumption rose by 5.7% in Canada in the first half of 2020. That's based...
July 14, 2020
Canadian PRO SOCAN launches livestreams licensing scheme
Lots of artists and especially DJs are livestreaming on Facebook and Instagram, but as the latter platform recently made clear, there are some licensing restrictions on what music can be played. Canadian collecting society...
May 29, 2020
Socan CEO Eric Baptiste resigns and steps down immediately
There’s a change at the top for Canadian collecting society Socan, as its CEO Eric Baptiste has resigned and stepped down with immediate effect. Why so abrupt? “With the end of the current CEO contract approaching, Eric...
April 15, 2020
Canada now has around 7.8m music subscribers says Socan boss
Canadian collecting society Socan says that Canada is home to around 7.8m music subscribers, or 22% of the country’s total population, after Nielsen figures revealed a 31.2% increase in on-demand audio song streams in Canada...
March 2, 2020
Country Profile – Canada 2020
Canada may have been initially slow to embrace streaming, but recent years have seen the market make steady gains, even if YouTube remains a constant source of irritation
February 28, 2020
Socan collections exceeded $400m for the first time in 2019
The latest collecting society announcing growth in its annual collections is Canadian PRO Socan. It estimates that it collected C$405.5m (around US$305.1m) in 2019 – the first time its collections have exceeded $400m in...
February 26, 2020
LyricFind gets government funding to spread Canadian lyrics
Lyrics firm LyricFind has found a new source of funding: money from the Department of Canadian Heritage Creative Export Canada program. It’ll be used in a two-year project to support “the licensing, transcription and...
July 4, 2019
Country Profile – Canada 2019
YouTube boasts immense strength in Canada but it is partly responsible for the slow adoption of subscription streaming as the country’s music industry aims to improve the revenue disparity for Canadian creators
July 1, 2019
SOCAN set a new record for royalty payouts in 2018
Perhaps we should start asking some pointed questions to any collecting society or label that *isn’t* announcing record royalties and/or payouts. New milestones are being set by the week in 2019, it seems. Canadian collecting...
June 19, 2019
Nielsen: Canadian music consumption grew by 21% in 2018
Research firm Nielsen published its 2018 figures for the US recorded-music market earlier this week, but it has also put out some numbers for Canada. The topline stat: total ‘album equivalent audio consumption’ was up...
January 10, 2019