More heresy, muckraking, inflated facts, and only one mention of Adele.
Quick, name five acts that have swiftly sold certified Platinum in Canada this year?
It might surprise you to know that 4 of the 5 are Canadians: 2 largely unknowns in English Canada; 2 having their career breaks in America — without a dime from taxpayer-funded agencies and organizations that annually splash millions on for-profit music firms. As reported* by sales certification org Music Canada in 2015:
- À Paradis City, Jean Leloup
- Yoan, Yoan
- Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd
- If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Drake
- Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons
*Disclosure: There is no requirement that record companies certify albums and singles that achieve Gold and Platinum sales success. Platinum status represents 80,000 audited sales.
— Fox has released the trailer for its upcoming live one-night-only, 3-hour TV production Grease: Live. The live event is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name that aims to bring the '50s love story to a new generation. The angelic Sandy is played by Julianne Hough, while male lead Danny Zuko is played by Aaron Tveit. Vanessa Hudgens stars as Rizzo, and Carly Rae Jepsen takes on the role of the lovable Frenchy. The show will air on Fox on January 31st. No Canadian broadcast rights have been named.
— Data aggregator Nielsen Music reports Adele’s 25 has broken the one-week sales record in Canada, selling 261,000 albums in four days. At this rate, Bob Ansell and David Freeman are going to be driving Aston Martins in some tropical tax haven where they can co-write a salacious insider story about Canada's top radio programmers. Working title: Sheep Thrills.
— Bernie Finkelstein's convivial Canadian music biz tell-all tale — about the rise and sale of True North Records and how Bruce Cockburn almost changed the world — is about to have a re-boot. True North: A Life Inside the Music Business (McClelland & Stewart), first published in hardback in 2012, is to be retooled as a softback in March. The often irreverent and persistently loquacious vineyard baron tells FYI that hardback sales have almost earned enough to turn a bohemian coffee-house manager into a semi-respectable country squire. That said, the royalties have fallen short of buying him a Bentley Grand Convertible. We await a similar tome from Fink's former business associate Bernie Fiedler who once owned The Riverboat and has had a decades-long business relationship with Gordon Lightfoot, among others.
— Universal Music Canada has made the extraordinary move to release a radio edit of Johnny Reid's latest single, "Honey Honey". Radio edits are pretty standard, what's unusual here is that it ADDS 12 seconds to the original single, and an audience applause track at the end. It is the 2nd single from Reid's current top 10 album, What Love Is All About.
— City And Colour's 12-city June Canadian arena and amphitheatre tour with Shakey Graves goes on sale Friday. VIP packages include 7-inch vinyl, sound check access and a poster.
— CIMA will be presenting its annual Pre-Grammy Showcase on February 11th, at The Canadian Residence in Los Angeles, highlighting a vetted line-up of Canadian talent to key industry and media representatives in LA. Find out more here
— MusicOntario will be hosting private showcases during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City from February 17-21. Applications are being accepted from Ontario-based artists, companies and residents, with the application process closing on December 11th. Applications and details here
— Applications are open to perform at Canadian Music Week 2016, May 4-14 in Toronto. Details and pricing here
— John Sakamoto at The Star summarizes the pros and pitfalls of Black Friday and the return of another Record Store Day and its attendant grab bag of obscure, rare and novel coloured, and one-off wax editions in a piece that can be read here. For the enthusiast and the curious, the (almost) complete list of what is available can be viewed here.
—There's an amazing story about Elliott Landy's Kickstarter campaign to fund production of a book of his photos of the Band in Vanity Fair online. Read about it online, visit his website here, and here's a video about the book.