Apple‘s new Beats 1 subscription based music streaming service will start in Canada on June 30th, 2015 and will cost $9.99 per month.
The service will first be available to iOS and Windows users but Android users will have access later this year.
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.
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).
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.