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Music Canada Launches Virtual “2020 Year in Review”

March 18th, 2021, Toronto: Music Canada, with the support of its Members – Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada – is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 Year in Review, offering a virtual, expansive view of the organization’s work this year. 

The cancellation of JUNO Week 2020, traditionally a week that provides opportunities for artists and the music community to connect, perform, and be honoured for their achievements, instead marked the initial days the Canadian music community was called on to adjust to the pandemic. Music Canada’s Board immediately tasked our organization with helping the most vulnerable across the music community – with the results of this work summarized in this Year in Review.

While the impact of the pandemic has been felt across industries, the music community has faced numerous, and unique challenges. The impact to live music, and the repercussions for artists, creators, and employees at every level has been felt around the world. 

“Right now, and as ever, it is essential for Music Canada to provide support where it is most needed,” said Jennifer M. Sloan, Board Chair, Music Canada. “Indeed, at any given time, we must focus on those in our industry whose situations are most precarious; we must focus on artists and crews that, at least for now, are the ones hardest hit. I am proud of our vision, initiatives and our direction, as Music Canada evolves and develops, we will embrace the eternal importance that music is to us all – most importantly, to those who “make it”.”

Music Canada has weathered the turbulence of the year by staying true to our purpose: to advocate for music and its creators and the value they bring into our daily lives. Our Theory of Change, a principle that outlines actions and pathways to drive change, has further supported our agility. The carefully selected pathways include: working with industry stakeholders domestically and abroad to create unity; advocating at all levels of government for music and the interests of creators; as well as measuring and promoting the economic and cultural power of music. 

To better inform our advocacy initiatives with all levels of government, Music Canada released an Artist Impact Survey, a public opinion survey, a second round of research, and public research findings in early 2021 designed to gain an integrated understanding of how the community was being impacted, from artists and creators, to the changing consumer attitudes around live events. The advocacy accomplishments the Music Canada team has been a part of are available here.

“Our research has made clear that people’s desire for live music is not disappearing,” said Patrick Rogers, CEO of Music Canada. “Canadians view live music venues as economic and cultural lifelines within their communities, they understand that the pandemic will have severe impacts on the long-term viability of the live music sector which affects Canadian culture in the long run. Music Canada will continue to work with our partners to advocate for the power of music, and to ensure all levels of the music community are protected and ready for the public’s return.”

As a further step on our Theory of Change pathways, Music Canada has continued to partner with important industry stakeholders that are driving positive, and necessary action.

“As we look to the issues facing the global music community in the past year, Music Canada and our members remain committed to sustained action that supports the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion,” said Jackie Dean, COO of Music Canada, and President of CONNECT Music Licensing. “Music brings enormous value to the economic and social fabric of a community, and Music Canada and CONNECT will work with our partners to bring the music sector into recovery.”

Music Canada’s Year in Review also offers a unique, virtual introduction to our Advisory Council members, in their own words. 

An overview of the accomplishments of Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum program, and a gallery of photos is also readily available here.

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Erica Meekes
Music Canada
[email protected]
(416) 462-1485

About Music Canada
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster.

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2014 Gold/Platinum Year End Review

In 2014, Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification Program recognized a number of Canadian and International releases achieving milestone success.

The full list of albums and tracks certified in 2014 in Canada can be viewed here.

In December 2014, Michael Buble’s 2011 album Christmas received the highest certification of the year, earning Diamond certification status in Canada. It is the first Diamond certification since Adele’s 21 in 2011 and the first Canadian Diamond Certification since Celine Dion’s Christmas album These Are Special Times and her greatest hits compilation All The Way…A Decade Of Song in 2007.

Earlier in the year, Mumford & Sons 2012 album Babel was certified 5X Platinum while Eminem‘s 2013 album Marshall Mathers LP 2 was certified 4X Platinum. The highest Canadian multi-Platinum album certifications were Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor (’13) and The Canadian Tenors‘ The Perfect Gift (’10), both of which were certified 3X Platinum. Other albums to be certified 3X Platinum were The Black Keys El Camino (’11)Imagine Dragons Night Visions (’12) and Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (’12).

There were 85 albums certified Gold in Canada this year (up from 75 in 2013), with 20 of those albums being Canadian artists. There were 36 albums certified Platinum this year (up from 34 in 2013) with 9 of those albums being Canadian artists.

The highest certification for a song released in 2014 was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at 5x Platinum, while Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” were the 2nd highest certified 2014-released tracks at 4X Platinum. There were 2 tracks certified 9X Platinum this year; Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” (’10) and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” (’13). Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” was certified 8X Platinum (’11).

The highest certified Canadian track released in 2013 was Magic!‘s “Rude” at 3X Platinum, while the highest certified Canadian track not released in 2014 was  Simple Plan‘s “Summer Paradise” (’10), also certified 3X Platinum. Other songs released in 2014 that were certified 3X Platinum were Calvin Harris‘ “Summer”, Ariana Grande‘s “Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea)” and Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)”.

There were 143 tracks certified Gold this year (up from 124 in 2013), 21 of which were Canadian artists. 74 tracks were certified Platinum, 10 of which were Canadian artists.

Some certified artists were presented with Canadian Gold/Platinum award plaques during their tour stop in Canada throughout 2014. These artists can be seen in the photo collection below:

Kongos (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Kongos (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Bruno Mars (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Bruno Mars (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Nico And Vinz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Nico And Vinz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Avenged Sevenfold (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Avenged Sevenfold (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

USS (photo courtesy of Coalition Music)

USS (photo courtesy of Coalition Music)

Fitz & The Tantrums (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Fitz & The Tantrums (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Sheepdogs (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Sheepdogs (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Jess Moskaluke (photo courtesy of MDM Recordings)

Jess Moskaluke (photo courtesy of MDM Recordings)

Clean Bandit (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Clean Bandit (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Slipknot (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Slipknot (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Lady Antebellum (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Lady Antebellum (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Charli XCX (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Charli XCX (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Echosmith (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Echosmith (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Tove Lo (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Tove Lo (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Chromeo (photo courtesy of Last Gang Records)

Chromeo (photo courtesy of Last Gang Records)

Magic! (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Magic! (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Katy Perry (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Katy Perry (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Glenn Morrison (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Glenn Morrison (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Ed Sheeran (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Ed Sheeran (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Black Keys (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Black Keys (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Bastille (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Bastille (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Arcade Fire (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Arcade Fire (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Robin Schulz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Robin Schulz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Tyler Farr (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Tyler Farr (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

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