Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music was a 4-CD box set released in 1996 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Juno Awards. A second box set, Oh What a Feeling 2, was released in 2001 to mark the awards’ 30th anniversary, and a third set, Oh What a Feeling 3, was released in 2006 for the 35th anniversary. All of the sets feature popular Canadian songs from the 1960s onward. The original 25th anniversary box set peaked at #3 on the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified Diamond in Canada (250,000 sales times 4 discs…see how that works?) Although hard to find, I’ve seen a few on eBay for a few hundred dollars.
What were the most popular songs on there? According to YouTube and this great infographic from Completely Ignored, it’s these:
2015 marked an interesting milestone in the history of the U.S. music industry. For the first time ever, current releases accounted for less than half of total album sales in the United States as catalog albums outsold new releases by more than four million units. Nielsen defines catalog releases as any release older than 18 months, thus including old Beatles albums as well as more dated releases of current artists.
Just ten years ago, current releases outsold classic material by 160 million units, a fact that illustrates how big of a change the industry underwent within the past decade. There are several factors that likely contributed to this trend. Online retailers and digital music stores have given consumers much easier access to older releases, allowing music fans to catch up with their favorite artists’ earlier work. Then there is the rise of music streaming, which has probably also tipped the scale in favor of catalog album sales. While the youth, more interested in current music than classic rock, has turned to streaming services, older music fans, i.e. those who still purchase albums, are more likely to buy old Rolling Stones records.
You will find more statistics at Statista
Another great graphic from the fine folks at Completely Ignored.
Canadian Music Blog put together a pie chart of Canadian album releases by genre for 2015. I’m not sure where they got the amount from, but let’s trust them. Of 661 albums (LPs) theytracked, theycame up with percentages based on genres. As you can see, the genre of choice for Canadian recording artists was singer – songwriter or folk at 143 of the 661 or 21.6% of the total. Close to that was alternative at 21.0% or 139 of the albums. The “other” category includes holiday albums, children’s, dance, reggae, and OST/musical. So, Canadians continue to be a country standing on the cusp of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen-inspired rock and roll and folk singers, blazing across the planet of popular music.
100 million. Think about that for a moment. The artists in this infographic from Completely Ignored have sold that much around the world, according to Wikipedia. You’ll find the very best in soul, rap, country, RnB, disco and old-fashioned rock’n’roll. One band that surprised me on this list was Chicago, until I saw they are second only to The Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands. There you go!
Strange things happen to a #1 single. Fame, fortune, and the ability to have another single released. But it’s only in hindsight that any central idea on how exactly to hit #1 is seen, but this infographic is a pretty good look at what you need, except for, you know, the words and melody and actual tune. Those you’ll have to come up on your own.
Billboard has compiled a selection of striking statistics in advance of the big show, which takes place Feb. 15 in Los Angeles. For more cool infographics, check out their year-end issue of Billboard.
Paul McCartney’s ‘Out There’ tour has continued to travel the world, lasting from May 4th, 2013 to October 22nd, 2015 so his team decided to take a closer look at what goes into making it all happen. McCartney played in Belo Horizonte, Goiânia and Fortaleza, all in Brazil (his first time playing in all three cities) and in Japan for the first time since the Driving World Tour back in 2002.
(Click the image to view the full-sized infographic)
Which Christmas songs have appeared the most in holiday movies down through the years? According to website FiveThirtyEight who analyzed songs on IMBD, Jingle Bells has appeared in 373 movies. Auld Lang Syne is second, having been listed in 295 holiday movie soundtracks while Silent Night rounds off the top three with 254.
You will find more statistics at Statista
This month, Music Canada released the first comprehensive study of the live music industry in Ontario. Live Music Measures Up: An Economic Impact Analysis of Live Music in Ontario provides critical data and information that will help guide decision-making within the sector, in government and other allied stakeholders.
“This report provides a comprehensive picture of the benefits live music brings to Ontario. In fact, it only enhances our understanding of data collected in our 2012 economic impact study, and cements what we know about Ontario as a powerhouse for the music industry. It shows that a vibrant music scene drives value in many important ways, including job creation, tourism development, brand building and artistic growth. With the new data from this study, we now have the necessary benchmarks to measure and support its growth. Live Music Measures Up allows us to look at live music through a new lens, and to better understand how critical it is to the entire music ecosystem.” says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada.
The economic profile is organized into four key areas: revenue, audience, economic impact, and future outlook. The key takeaways are as follows:
- Revenue: Live music companies in Ontario generated $628 million in revenue from live music activities in 2013 as well asprofits of $144 million. Artist management revenue from Canadian artists totalled $34 million in 2013, 54 percent of all artist management revenue, and Canadian artists generated $75 million in ticket sales.
- Audience: In 2013, 558 festivals across Ontario sold a total of 15.7 million tickets, representing 7 million unique visitors. Ontario’s 616 venues have a combined capacity of 3.6 million. The 775 promoters operating in the province in 2013 promoted 81,600 shows, which sold a combined total of 5.4 million tickets.
- Economic Impact: The total economic impact of live music in Ontario’s economy is $1.2 billion. Live music companies in Ontario were responsible for $484 million in total expenditure in 2013 and contributed $432.4 million in taxes to all levels of government combined. The economic impact of live music companies includes 10,500 full-time equivalent jobs, and tourism activity accounts for an additional 9,520.
- Future Outlook: Survey respondents reported that access to tax credits and other forms of government funding, along with the availability of local Canadian talent, were the factors that most positively impacted their company growth. And 83 percent of live music companies in the province expect revenue growth within the next two years.
You can download the report here.