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Canada’s songwriters and composers continue to excel around the world, enjoying an overall increase of eight percent in international revenues over the previous year, according to data collected by SOCAN.

With international revenues from Canadian-created music exceeding $55-million in 2014, the performing rights organization confirmed that it was another record-breaking year for Canadian-made music performed outside of the country, topping the previous high set in 2013.

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“The popularity of the work of Canada’s songwriters and composers continues to rise worldwide,” said SOCAN International Relations Vice President Catharine Saxberg. “Last year’s increase in international revenue is proof that our music creators resonate around the globe, and that SOCAN is doing even better at the complicated job of tracking international use of music, while expanding our capabilities by attracting top talent and building valuable partnerships with our music rights counterparts worldwide.”

The United States is by far the country where Canadian-created music is played most, capturing 36 percent of the international share. After the US, the countries generating the highest international earnings for SOCAN-member created music include:

• France, second, generating $6.7-million in royalties for Canadian music creators, which can be attributed both to strong French-Canadian SOCAN-member appeal and that country’s strong cultural belief in the legal and ethical use of music.
• The United Kingdom, which continues to be a hotbed for Canadian musicians. Collections totaling $5.4-million last year, followed by Brazil ($3.7-million) and Germany ($3.3-million).
• The largest percentage increase on any foreign country is in Brazil, where royalties for SOCAN members are up 36 percent. Revenue generated from Australia continues to increase, with an annual growth rate of nearly 8 percent.
In addition, the number of SOCAN-member songwriters, composers, and music publishers receiving royalties from outside of Canada has more than doubled in the last decade.

“Canadian music creators should be thought of as an international trade success story,” Saxberg added. “As the success of Canada’s music creators on the world stage continues to grow, we will continue to foster international collective management relationships that benefit our members, the music industry, and the Canadian economy overall.”

Since Catharine Saxberg joined SOCAN in early 2014, the organization has formalized its international strategy, increasing efforts to identify and collect royalties from countries with which it has agreements, now numbering more than 100 music rights organizations. SOCAN also identifies and collects Canadian royalties on behalf of music creators and publishers who are members of performing rights organizations from around the world, forwarding those monies to the appropriate sister societies.

It’s been a tradition ever since cars first had radios. Driving along with the windows down and sunglasses on during a hot summer day listening to the jams of the season is the stuff movies are made of. So Personal Creations thought it’d be fun to take a nostalgiac trip on the dial and give you a retrospective on the songs of the summer from the past 50 years.

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50 Years of Summer Hits

Ever since the first iPhone arrived in 2007, smartphones have gradually taken over our lives. We use them to listen to music, take photos, follow the news and sometimes even to make phone calls. They have become a constant presence in both our professional and our personal lives.

According to a recent Gallup report, 81 percent of American smartphone owners keep their device with them nearly all the time and they don’t just carry it around. 72 percent of the respondents claim to check their smartphone at least once an hour, most of them several times. Especially young Americans can hardly keep their eyes away from their phone screen. 22 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds glimpse at their phone every few minutes and another 51 percent do so several times an hour.

Interestingly, most smartphone users don’t seem to consider their device usage excessive. 61 percent of the respondents claim to use their own device less frequently than the people around them – a misperception that is not entirely unlike addict behavior.

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Webcast Metrics has released its monthly digital audio Top 20 Ranker for March 2015. The Ranker is a listing of the top-performing digital audio stations and networks measured by the Webcast Metrics audience measurement platform.

Webcast Metrics uses a proprietary platform to track audience data and convert it to audience metrics that can be easily understood by stations, publishers and advertisers. Audience rankings are done on the basis of “Average Active Sessions”, with “Session Starts” and “Average Time Spent Listening” also displayed. Average Active Sessions (AAS) is defined as “Total Listening Hours (TLH) divided by hours in the reported time period.” TLH is defined as the total number of hours that the station/publisher has streamed during sessions with duration of at least one minute in total within the reported time period. Session Starts (SS) is defined as “the number of different requests for streams (i.e., stream requests) with a duration of at least one minute in total within the reported time period.” Average Time Spent Listening (ATSL) is defined as “the average number of hours for each session with a duration of at least one minute in total within the reported time period. Calculated as total time spent listening divided by active sessions.”

Rankers are divided into “Domestic” and “All Streams.” The “Domestic” Ranker quantifies listening done inside the U.S. based on log-based information provided by the station, this report is not MRC accredited. The “All Streams” Ranker merely verifies the quantity of streams without qualifying where they are being consumed, and is MRC accredited.


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