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“Songs For Japan” Hits $10 Million Milestone

Today, the IFPI announced that the Songs For Japan, the 38-song compilation album created to help raise money for victims of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters, has raised over $10 Million and continues to benefit the survivors through Japanese Red Cross Society.

As per the release, senior executives from four major music companies – EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music Group – met yesterday in Tokyo with Yoshiharu Otsuk, Vice President of the Japanese Red Cross Society, to recognize the milestone of $10 million raised and donated from the global sales of Songs For Japan. The occasion was a reception hosted by IFPI chief executive Frances Moore.

In the release, Tadateru Konoe, President of Japanese Red Cross Society, said, “The kind thoughts of the people who made and bought this album have given great encouragement to the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to those most in need. On behalf of the Japanese Red Cross and the people affected by the disaster, I want to sincerely thank the artists and music companies for this generous support. It is much needed and greatly appreciated.”

Songs for Japan is a music industry-wide initiative, with all the participating artists, songwriters, music labels, music publishers and iTunes waiving their royalties and proceeds to maximize the amount of money donated for survivors. Additionally, participating manufacturers, distributors and marketing partners donated materials, services and advertising time or space.

The result is an unprecedented compilation of 38 major hits and classic tracks, including 21 Billboard Hot 100 hits and five Number 1 hits from more than 30 of the biggest names in music. The collection was rush-released worldwide on March 25 – only 14 days after the earthquake struck Japan – as a digital album via iTunes, followed by the release of a physical two-CD set.

Worldwide, music fans have purchased more than 1 Million digital and physical copies of Songs for Japan since it’s release. The album reached #1 on iTunes in 18 countries worldwide the week after release.

To purchase the album and help with the continuing relief efforts, download the album for just $9.99 on iTunes.

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First Canadian Commercial-free mobile streaming service launches with collective licensing agreement

Toronto, August 16, 2011: A collective licensing agreement, representing more than 1500 major and independent record labels in Canada, has facilitated the launch of Galaxie Mobile by Stingray Digital, the first Canadian-owned commercial-free mobile streaming music service.

The agreement with Stingray is Canada’s first collective semi-interactive agreement and was negotiated by AVLA and SOPROQ on behalf of their members who represent the majority of recorded music in Canada, laying the groundwork for future agreements of its kind.

Music Canada, which represents Canada’s major record labels, spearheaded the negotiations, empowering AVLA to act on its behalf. Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada, points out that the major labels want to see more digital services operating in Canada as quickly as possible,

“We aggressively pursued this pioneering agreement because we understand how cumbersome our regulatory environment can be, and we want to help services better navigate it. We hope the Stingray agreement sets the stage for other online and mobile services, and signals to the marketplace that Canada is open for business.”

“For digital music services who are eager to enter the Canadian market, it is an enormous benefit to be able to negotiate with one or two organizations rather than 1500 plus rights holders,” says Victoria Shepherd, Executive Director of AVLA.
Stingray release.FINAL.pdf

You can also find Galaxie’s official release on marketwire.

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Statement on Music Canada

Toronto, July 7, 2011: Effective immediately, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) will be known as Music Canada.
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents Canada’s major labels. Music Canada promotes the interests of its members as well as their partners, the artists. Those members are EMI Music Canada, Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada Inc. and Warner Music Canada Co. In addition, Music Canada offers specific benefits to some of the leading independent labels and distributors in Canada.
Music Canada will support its members’ efforts to rebuild the marketplace for recorded music.
The first major effort of Music Canada is the launch of a music portal designed to become a comprehensive resource for the music industry.
musiccanada.com provides information and resources to those within the industry, as well as our partners in government, media, and business. Consumers will also find valuable information guiding them towards effective and legal ways to access and use music.
One of the most exciting resources is a 35 year archive of Gold/Platinum Awards in Canada. Our Gold/Platinum Awards Program was launched in 1975 to celebrate milestone sales of music in Canada. The online archive allows all those who love music to explore the historical timeline of popular records.
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For more information: Amy Terrill
647-963-6044

Music Canada statement.july 2011.pdf

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Canada’s Recording Industry Welcomes US Federal Court Ruling Against Limewire

Toronto, May 13, 2010 – The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) today welcomed the US Federal Court ruling yesterday against Limewire, a US-based online file sharing service with extensive reach in Canada and around the world.

CIMA-CRIA Joint Release – Limewire 2010-05-13

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