Music Industry

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

Spotify Coming Soon

Spotify is now taking requests for invites from Canadians.

This Swedish advertisement funded music streaming service will be available on most devices and platforms shortly in Canada.

Click here for details.

Goodbye CD Warehouse

My favourite independent music retailer has announced that they will be closing their doors permanently next spring after 25 years of operation.

CD Warehouse had at one time been a major source for compact discs and DVDs in Ottawa with three stores in the Ottawa area and another in Kingston, Ontario. But sales of compact discs have of course dropped significantly since the commercialization of music downloads on the internet and although the retailer has started selling vinyl and renting DVDs/Blurays, the reduction in stores and the closing of the chain was an eventuality.

The chain’s online counterpart, MyMusic.ca, also faltered and failed to gain traction against the major music retailers online. And unfortunately the industry has not provided enough new releases or re-releases to keep customers like me going to the store.

This closure will unfortunately result in the loss of yet another source for vinyl in my city. And now residents of the city will need to either go downtown for their used and new LPs or order these albums online.