Music Industry

SOCAN Reports Hike in Concert Royalty Revenue

SOCAN has reported a 14% hike in their concert royalties in 2012, totaling 20.9 million in Canadian dollars.

The royalties in 2011 had only grown by 1% from the previous year to 18.3 million dollars from 18.2 million dollars.

BTW, if you are a composer or musician, SOCAN has a series of interesting articles that you might want to read. Click here to access a listing of these articles..

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Do you want your MTV ?

Vevo had created a new service for internet connected televisions, mobile devices and tablets called VevoTV, on which music videos are played randomly.

New and classic music videos from multiple genres are featured on this 24 hour service, whose is currently available to American and Canadian Facebook members. And yes, it can also be viewed on your computer.

Tim Hortons – Music Downloads

Roll Up The Rim To Win” starts today at Tim Hortons. And if you play online you’ll have a chance to instantly win music downloads from the Universal Music Store.

350 download packs of three music downloads each will be given away daily online until March 17th, 2013. And I believe this contest is open to Americans as well.

Enjoy !


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Bill C-30 Killed – Replacement On The Way

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has stated that Bill C-30 will not proceed in Parliament in response to the concerns brought up by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and members of the public.

This bill would have enabled police to access internet traffic without a warrant and would have required the installation and maintenance of extra equipment by internet providers, who would have passed the associated expenditures down to the consumer.

Canadians would not only have lost rights in regards to privacy but could have also been subjected to security breaches via the new aforementioned online spying equipment had this bill gone through.

A new bill will be unveiled shortly in Parliament so additional information will be posted to this blog a.s.a.p.

Retail News – Future Shop/Best Buy/HMV U.K

Eight Future Shop and seven Best Buy stores are set to close though-out Canada as the company restructures their retail operations.

According to a January 31st, 2013 press release smaller retail operations will replace these stores :

Best Buy stores in Queensborough, Nanaimo, Victoria, Langford (Westshore Town Centre), and South Surrey, British Columbia; and Lachenaie, and Sherbrooke (SmartCentres Sherbrooke), Quebec.

Future Shop stores in West Kelowna, British Columbia; Montreal (Forum Entertainment Center), Laval (First Pro Ste-Dorothee), Quebec; Regent, Manitoba; Macleod, Calgary; as well as Ancaster, Barrie South and Erin Mills, Ontario.

Best Buy Mobile locations will expand whilst smaller Future Shop “web stores”.

On the other side of the pond, HMV U.K is also restructuring and is not currently taking online orders via their site.

Sixteen stores have been closed in Ireland and half of the 223 U.K stores are expected to close shortly.

Gift Cards On Sale At Best Buy

Bestbuy Canada is selling a $60 iTunesicon gift card multi-pack for $55 at their stores, starting today.

The multi-card pack includes four $15 gift cards and this offer will be available until December 24th, 2012. But unfortunately these are not available to purchase online from Bestbuy Canada.

You can send gift cards from iTunesicon itself though.