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International Record Store Day 2015

It’s International Record Store Day and many independent retailers in Canada will be celebrating the event with sales and other promotions.

This is of course a great opportunity to find the vinyl you’ve always been looking for, or that rare CD that has yet to make it to iTunes. But you can also find memorabilia at some of these local stores like posters, hats, embroidered patches, etc. Or DVD/Blu-Rays featuring live concerts or music videos.

Click here for a listing of participating stores in Canada.

Gift Card & Other Offers

Participating Sobeys and Real Canadian Superstore locations are offering 10% discounts on iTunes gift cards.

From November 7th to November 13th, 2014 select Sobeys stores will be offering 10% discounts on $50 and $100 gift cards. And from November 3rd to November 20th, select Real Canadian Superstore locations will be offering 10% discounts on $100 gift cards.

Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and EntertainmentEarth.com are currently also offering discounts on miscellaneous products on their Countdown To Black Friday sales whilst Chapters/Indigo is offering 15% Off One Regular Priced Item. (Use Promo Code: JOYFUL. Exclusions Apply).

No Platinum Albums in United States

There will be no Platinum certified albums in the United States this year, the first time since certification had been established in 1976.

Apparently even Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack didn’t surpass the one million sales mark in the States, selling only just over 750,000 copies this year because of the popularity of music downloads.

Canada’s Gold and Platinum certification was altered to address this issue in 2008.

Prior to May 2008 Canadian album releases were given Platinum Status when they reached 100,000 sales. But this was reduced to 80,000.

Update : Taylor Swift managed to surpass a million sales with “1989” in the first week of November 2014.

Spotify Is Up And Running

Spotify is now available to Canadians.

This advertisement supportedĀ service enables its members to stream music to their devices, including Android and iOS powered tablets and cell phones.

An advertisement free service is available for $9.99 CAD + tax per month, payable via credit card or Paypal. Gift cards for the service will likely make their way into the major retailers shortly.

Click here for additional information

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