The economic benefits Canadian music artists and their copyrights are bringing home from the global stage has never been stronger.
Case in point, Sony/ATV is unquestionably the largest music publisher in the world. By a country mile. Its assets include rights to over 2 million songs that generate in excess of US$1.3 billion annually.
In a fourth-quarter ranking, the music pubbery was the top-ranked music publisher among the top 100 radio songs in the US, for the 14th consecutive year.
Of the top 10 ranked songs that it controls, 40 percent were by Canadian performers and or songwriters. In some cases, the content is only partially Canadian as many artists today write with several or more participants contributing. Conversely, a growing number of Canadian songwriters have credits included in hit records by foreign artists, such as Vancouver writer Tobias Jesso Jr. who co-wrote “When We Were Young” -- Adele’s follow-up to “Hello”.
Here’s the top 10, courtesy of Billboard magazine. Note that Drake’s viral video hit “Hotline Bling” beats all.