Music Industry

New Music Nation Lives!

New Music Nation will premiere online today at Noon eastern. And it will feature independent artists and their music videos, with emphasis on the Canadian industry, so don’t forget to tune in.

Much Music?

As you may or may not know, a campaign was organized by former Much Music personality Ed The Sock (also known as Steven Kerzner) to resurrect a more independently driven Much Music under the name “New Music Nation“. And that this Indiegogo campaign was successful, surpassing its goal of $35,000┬áby May 1st.

The above tweet has nothing to do with this campaign.

It’s been eight years since music was pulled off the channel and quite frankly I don’t think I will like a channel featuring the heads of pretty people reacting to music videos, which I suspect this zombie of a channel will be.

As a big fan of the original network, I will give it a chance. But I have serious doubt that their key demographic, millennials on TikTok, will want to watch the variety of genres featured on the previous Much Music. And I suspect the new content will feature the aforementioned reaction shots or multiple TikTok personalities dancing to the same material, in practically the same way.

The channel described in today’s press release just doesn’t sound as appealing as it should and I don’t know how independent rock and metal from Canada would fit in that environment, in comparison with the New Music Nation (which is set to debut on Canada Day).

I guess all we need to do is wait and see what they do with their revived programs. But i’m skeptical in regards to the remaining content, the snippets of TikTok simply not being my cup of tea.

Rebalancing the Song Economy

Canada Post Celebrates Juno’s 50th

Canada Post has released a series of stamps celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Juno Awards, which will air on June 6th, 2021 on CBC TV, CBC GEM, CBC Radio One and globally on CBCmusic.ca/junos.

Ed The Sock Returns With New Channel

FYE Expands Into Canada

Entertainment retailer FYE has just opened a store in the Rideau Centre in Downtown Ottawa.

They offer film and music on various formats, as well as memorabilia from film, television and music. But it should be noted that FYE’s current American web site does not yet ship to Canada.

This American retailer had been purchased from Trans World Entertainment by Sunrise Records in February 2020 for 10 million dollars according to Billboard.