US-based Flipagram has signed wide ranging deals with music companies, allowing fans to create soundtracks to their picture-book movies.
A phenom he may be, but others might describe him as a high-maintenance rapper with a propensity for doing the wrong thing in the public arena — and besides, what about booking Canadian superstars such as Michael Buble, Arcade Fire, Drake (who does have his own OVO fest in the city) or even — much as I don't wish to say so — Shania Twain?
Officially, industry execs are touting the globally synchronized release date as a tonic for piracy, an opportunity for internationally co-ordinated marketing, and a chance to stimulate sales with free-spending weekend whimsy. But will it work?
The successful songwrier is singing now around the world. Upcoming concerts take him to Australia, Japan, Germany and a 12 city Euro-UK tour with Gunnar Scott.
Arcade Fire's first feature film 'The Reflektor Tapes' will screen in cinemas in September.
Gord Bamford and Dean Brody are leading the pack with five Canadian Country Music Award nominations apiece. Pictured l - r: Gord, Dean and Interactive Artist nominee Brett Kissel at a recent Juno Fan Fare.
It's hard to believe a multi-billion dollar industry that trades in songs like banks trade money has no database of who owns what. The result is billions of dollars go unaccounted for.
Ron Kitchener's Open Road Recordings and Mike Denney's MDM Recordings are frontrunners in the race to the CCMA Awards with 19 and 16 CCMA nominations apiece this year.
Nominated for three Juno awards and short-listed for a Polaris Music Prize, Winnipeg's Weakerthans have called in their demise in a tweet.
Neil Young has another bonkers fit and says he's yanking his music from streaming sites, Richard Flohil writes in from the road with the Jerry Cans, Quebec City newspaper Le Soleil pulls a fast one on the Foo Fighters, the Stones wrap their Zip Code tour in Quebec City, and Netflix puts Spotify to shame.
Aubrey "Drake" Graham is a success. No surprise there. The scope of his success is what is surprising. He tied a Beatles record earlier this year by posting 14 hits on the Billboard 100 at the same time — basically his entire mixtape.
A tangle of licensing bodies, antiquated copyright mechanisms, a lack of international standards and few financial incentives to do the right thing hinder creators getting their fair share of ballooning global digital income.