Data improvement and other efficiencies have led to an increase of CAD$1.2 million annually for CONNECT’s members, who range in size from major record labels to artist-owned imprints.
Improvements in data streams provided by CONNECT’s members, and the creation of a single repertoire database have also freed up an additional CAD$1 million in accelerated royalty payments for labels and another CAD$1 million to the performers on recordings through Re:Sound’s member organizations ACTRA RACS, MROC and ARTISTI.
“The increased royalties are particularly notable as they result from our drive to improve royalty collection in line with international best practices, as opposed to adding revenues from a new music service or higher tariff award from the Copyright Board,” said Graham Henderson, President of CONNECT Music Licensing, in the release. “Organizations like CONNECT and Re:Sound exist only to serve rights holders, and today we have delivered on that promise.”
Royalty distributions, as a result of this project, will also happen faster on ongoing basis. Depending on the tariff, payout timelines have been accelerated by 1-6 months, a CONNECT rep told Billboard.
Reaction from Canada’s major labels acknowledged their contribution through data stream improvements:
Amidst an extensive world tour that will find them on the road through 2017, alternative hip hop duo Twenty One Pilots were in Toronto, ON last week for a sold-out show at the Molson Canadian Amphitheater. Prior to their performance, the band was presented with custom award plaques by Warner Music Canada signifying the Triple Platinum certification of their single “Stressed Out,” and the Platinum certification of the 2015 album Blurryface. The album also features the Gold single “Tear In My Heart.”
Earlier this Spring, the band toured through Canada beginning with two nights at Montreal, QC’s Metropolis, and wrapping up with two nights at Vancouver, BC’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The band will return to Canada in September for appearances at Edmonton, AB’s Sonic Boom Festival, and Calgary, AB’s X-Fest.
The video for the breakout Triple Platinum track “Stressed Out” can be viewed below.
American singer/songwriter Charlie Puth was in Toronto, ON Monday night for an intimate sold-out concert at The Mod Club as part of his 2016 North American Tour. Prior to the show, Warner Music Canada presented Puth with a custom award plaque for the Gold certification of his track “One Call Away” and Platinum certification of “Marvin Gaye.”
Earlier in the day, Puth met with his Canadian fans for an autograph session at the HMV Underground, located at Toronto’s HMV Superstore (333 Yonge St.).
Charlie Puth has also been certified Quadruple Platinum in Canada for his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa on the Furious 7 theme song “See You Again.” The video for Charlie Puth’s Platinum single “Marvin Gaye” with Meghan Trainor can be viewed below:
UK rock trio Muse were in Toronto over the weekend kicking off a Canadian leg of their world tour in support of their 2015 album Drones. Prior to their Air Canada Centre concert on January 16, the band were presented with Platinum award plaques for Drones by Warner Music Canada. It is the fourth Canadian Platinum album certification for the band, joining 2006’s Black Holes And Revelations, 2009’s The Resistance and 2012’s The 2nd Law.
Muse will play Quebec City tonight, followed by 2 nights at the Bell Centre in Montreal January 20-21. Judging by their Instagram posted below, the band is certainly making the best of the winter months in Canada!
Over 35,000 music fans gathered together in Oro-Medonte, ON over the weekend for the inaugural WayHome Music & Arts Festival featuring Neil Young, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Hozier and many other Canadian Gold/Platinum certified artists. Prior to their 8:15 PM performance on the WayBright stage Friday night, English indie rock outfit alt-J were presented with Canadian Gold award plaques by Warner Music Canada staff representing the sales of over 40,000 units for their latest album This Is All Yours. It is the second Canadian certification for the group, with their first album An Awesome Wave earning Gold status in 2013.
The album features the hit single “Left Hand Free”, which can be heard below.
Since 2010, American R&B vocalist Jason Derulo has been a staple on the Canadian charts earning Platinum certifications for his early hits like “In My Head”, “Whatcha Say” and “Ridin’ Solo”. During a visit to Toronto for the MMVA‘s, Derulo was reminded of his devoted Canadian following when presented with a custom multi-‘PL4TINUM’ plaque by Warner Music Canada for his latest tracks “Want To Want Me”, “Wiggle”, “Trumpets” & “The Other Side”. “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz is the highest certification on the plaque at 4X Platinum. Derulo was also presented with a plaque commemorating “Want To Want Me”‘s #1 position on Canadian CHR/Top 40 radio.
The video for “Want To Want Me” from his 2015 album Everything Is 4 can be viewed below:
Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa was in Toronto last week with Fall Out Boy for a performance at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheater on the Boys Of Zummer tour. Prior to taking the stage, Khalifa was presented with a custom plaque by Warner Music Canada commemorating the Triple Platinum certification of his latest single “See You Again” (ft. Charlie Puth) from the Furious 7 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
A photo posted by Warner Music Canada (@warnermusiccanada) on
“See You Again” is the seventh Canadian certification for Wiz Khalifa and joins his tracks “Black And Yellow” and “Young Wild And Free” as his highest to date. Fans of the the Fast And Furious franchise have welcomed the song as a touching tribute to actor Paul Walker, who passed away during the filming of the 7th installment of the film franchise in 2013.
Multi-Platinum American vocalist Josh Groban was in Toronto this week to promote his latest album Stages, which was certified Gold in Canada earlier in May. This is the second certification for Groban in 2015, as his Christmas album Noel earned 6X Platinum status in January.
On Wednesday night, Groban was presented with a custom Gold plaque for the collection of Broadway hits. The singer took to Instagram and Twitter to thank Warner Music Canada for the surprise gift and share the news with his fans.
Groban will return to Toronto in September for two performances at the Sony Centre September 21 & 22. Tickets are on sale now!
English singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, who’s currently touring through the country on the Canadian leg of his 2015/16 world tour, was presented with several plaques in Toronto this weekend by Warner Music Canada prior to his June 6th sold-out show at the Air Canada Centre. Sheeran received a Double Platinum plaque for his 2011 album + and a 5X Platinum digital download plaque for his track “Thinking Out Loud” from the Triple Platinum 2014 album X, which Sheeran was also presented a custom plaque for. The fourth plaque (pictured far right) commemorates his #1 singles at Canadian radio for “Sing” & “Thinking Out Loud”.
German house DJ Robin Schulz was in Toronto over the weekend for a series of performances including a Saturday night gig at electro-hub The Hoxton and a Monday evening meet-and-greet at HMV’s new downtown Underground performance venue. During the stop at HMV, Warner Music Canada presented Schulz with a Platinum plaque for his remix of “Prayer in C”, originally performed by Lilly Wood & the Prick.
Schulz expressed his gratitude over receiving the award by posting a photo on his Facebook page, thanking his Canadian fans for their support of the track. A few Canadian tour dates remain on Schulz’s world tour including Vancouver on January 14 and Montreal on January 24.
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, requests for @UnisonFund’s services have increased by 5,500% with over $1.2M in funds already allocated and paid to support over 2,200 entertainment professionals in Canada and the need for support continues to grow at a steadfast rate. https://twitter.com/Music_Canada/status/1330970561342738433
Canada’s artist community is coming together in support of @UnisonFund - an assistance program that provides discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis – with Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert, taking place virtually on Thursday, December 17th.
#ARTIST GRANT: If you've sold at least 1500 units over the past 5 years, you're eligible to apply for the Radio Starmaker Fund, which gives up to $25K for recording, publicity, digital marketing, videos, etc.
Deadline: November 19th, 2020. Details: http://www.starmaker.ca
Canada’s beloved artists have come together to deliver a truly magical Holiday Special, in support of Unison. Join us on Thursday, December 17th at 8PM ET on @SessionsLive for an eve of music and conversation in support of the CAD entertainment industry. https://www.sessionslive.com/CanadaInUnison/tickets
The art, sports & cultural sectors have faced unique challenges due to the pandemic. In response, we organized several sessions to hear directly from individuals & organizations in these sectors. We have been and will continue to be with you:
This is good news for music venues that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are currently experiencing challenges securing insurance, and for the artists who are eager to return to these spaces when possible.
In Episode 4 of the Industry Insider Video Series, artists @Shadkmusic & @DomaniqueGrant discuss how artist entrepreneurs can balance making a living with their music while sustaining their authenticity.
The Industry Insider Video Series presented by Music Canada & @CONNECTml is an exciting new web series created in collaboration with Toronto-based artist @DomaniqueGrant. https://musiccanada.com/news/music-canada-and-connect-music-licensing-partner-for-industry-insider-video-series-hosted-by-domanique-grant/