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The Call for Submissions for the 10th edition of M for Montreal, taking place from November 18-21, 2015 is now open!

Would you like to play in front of more than 200 music industry professionals from 20+ countries? Would you like to have a chance to meet delegates and generate solid career opportunities?

The deadline to apply is July 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST. Please note that an administrative fee is required for each submission. The form is here, and see you there.

Stones Throw Records’ honcho Peanut Butter Wolf’s new imprint is Circle Star Records. Circle Star’s first full length will be Jesse Hackett’s album JUNK on July 17.

This is the debut LP from Hackett, a London-based producer. JUNK is glam rock and “sleazy lizard lounge punk-funk,” all recorded on a Yamaha PSR-110 found in a recycling dump. The first single is “Sacred Oblivion.”

Circle Star has more releases planned for 2015 from Vex Ruffin, Mild High Club and Diva. All releases will be available at the Stones Throw store. The label says although it’s a new launch, they remind everyone their first release on the label was a 7-inch single by Dam-Funk in 2009.

The global EDM business had a value of $6.9 billion last year, up 12 percent from $6.2 billion in 2013, according to the IMS Business Report 2015. North America alone is estimated to represent roughly 29 percent, or $2 billion, of the global market.

EDM’s growth has slowed considerably, however. Overall market revenue grew 37 percent in 2013 compared to 12 percent last year. Similarly, the Electronic Cash Kings’ earnings growth slowed last year to 12 percent from 43 percent in 2013. Dance’s share of U.S. track sales was flat at 4.6 percent (Nielsen doesn’t use the EDM genre name).

Via Billboard

Last February, the International Federation of the Phonographic Society (IFPI) formally announced that Friday would become the global release day for new music, beginning in July, 2015. The official title of this new global release day is New Music Fridays and on Friday June 12, a consumer website will be launched with the “New Music Fridays” announcement.

The New Music Fridays brand will help to increase consumer awareness and anticipation around the new worldwide release day for new music. Official logo, branding and other fun graphics will be released shortly. BUT, in the package of marketing materials that was sent around, a rather curious graphic was used.


Don’t read anything into using Adele for an example. Or…should we? Naw….right?

One of the nice guys in music, Bob Merserau is a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1985, he has been covering Canadian music as a regular on national and local broadcasts, including his still-running column on CBC Radio One’s Shift each Wednesday. He has written thousands of reviews for such publications as Coast, the Telegraph-Journal, and The Globe and Mail, and he has authored two books, including The Top 100 Canadian Albums. He’s written a new tome, The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll, an is a great read for any music fan – a lover of Canadian music or not.

Rock and roll was born in the United States during the 1950s. Its popularity rapidly grew, spreading across the Atlantic to England. The Brits transformed rock, bringing it back to the States in a new form with the British Invasion. Since that time, the two countries have dominated headlines and histories, in terms of rock music. What’s often forgotten in these histories is the evolution of Canadian rock and roll during the same period. Over the years, a huge contingent of Canadian artists has made invaluable contributions to rock and roll. The list of innovative Canadian artists is quite impressive: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Paul Anka, Arcade Fire, The Band, Bryan Adams, Rush, Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Tegan and Sara, Feist, Nickelback, and many others, not to mention the all-star producers, such as Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel), Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi), Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), and David Foster (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion). The history of Canadian rock and roll is a lively, entertaining, and largely untold tale. Bob Mersereau presents a streamlined, informative trip through the country’s rich history and depth of talent, from the 1950s to today, covering such topics as: Toronto’s club scene, the folk rock and psychedelic rock of the 1960s, Canadian artists who hit major stardom in the United States, the challenges and reform of the Canadian broadcasting system, the huge hits of the 1970s, Canadian artists’ presence all over the pop charts in the 1990s, and Canada’s indie-rock renaissance of the 2000s.

You can get the book here.

Vinyl Tuesday is an initiative set up by Independent retailers to celebrate vinyl releases. Every Tuesday, participating retailers will celebrate by highlighting special-edition, catalog, promotional, and new releases on vinyl. The goal is to maintain and grow physical retail while giving music fans more compelling reasons to support this important part of the music business community.

There will be several types of Vinyl Tuesday releases:

The first type will be catalog releases. These can be special edition releases made especially for Vinyl Tuesday or simply catalog vinyl releases that come out on Tuesday.

The second type will be commercial and promotional vinyl releases that come out on Tuesday.

The third type is the most rare. This is where the artist releases their new album on vinyl (on Tuesday) before the album goes out on CD/digitally to everyone.

The fourth type will be vinyl releases made specifically for the Record Store Day indie retail community.

The fifth type will be albums that have already been released on CD/digitally and are now being released on vinyl.

Border City Media will count all vinyl new releases in their new release reporting meaning the BuzzAngle charts will include 10-days worth of sales the first week. The only exception will be vinyl-only re-releases for Independent retail stores only where the only release date is Tuesday in which case only 3 days of sales will be in the chart. If the vinyl re-release is also sold by other retailers with a Friday release date, then the chart will include 10 days for the Independent retailers.

Nielsen Soundscan will be getting reporting from Independent retail on a Monday-Sunday calendar, so Vinyl Tuesday will be included in the normal course of their chart reporting.

Via A2IM

You’ve got questions and comments about TIDAL, and Jack White has answers… These questions and comments were submitted by members of the Third Man Records Vault as well as fans on Facebook, and are addressed here by Jack White himself.

From Vault Members in Vault Chat: 

Will smaller artists be treated more fairly with TIDAL than, say, Spotify?

Jack: Damn straight. I’m aiming to get unknown artists paid so that they can make more music.

Can you tell us more about TIDAL?

Jack: TIDAL is going to help a lot of artists out. I’m talking about the punk band that has 50k hits on Youtube and doesn’t see a dime.

I think TIDAL is a noble cause, I don’t understand the backlash that it’s getting.

Jack: There’s a lot of misinformation about music in the last decade, people know that it costs a lot of money to make a super hero movie, but they don’t know that it costs millions to make a country album too.

Will the release of TIDAL help TMR grow as a company?

Jack: We want to get the music of TMR from the unknown artists out to as many people as possible.

Thank you for being an advocate for all musicians, not just the ones who have made it.

Jack: Glad you dig it. Unknown musicians don’t have a voice being heard, i want those artists to make a living at being artists so more great music can happen.

I really struggled to tell a large difference in “high definition” audio with the PONO player. IsTIDAL that much better?

Jack: Depends on what you’re listening too. Ear buds and computer speakers are only good for ham radio as far as I can hear! Haha! Remember there was a culture of hi fidelity stereo audiophiles that got tossed aside because of computers being the new stereo. There was a lot of beauty in that, just like watching a nicely streamed hd movie on a wide screen television with surround sound is gonna be the next plate?

What are some of your favorite artists on TIDAL that we can check out?

Jack: I want to get all of tmr’s music on TIDAL, so those songwriters and musicians can get their songs to a bigger audience (remember most of those artists don’t get radio airplay) and I want them to get paid royalties for their songs too so they can live.

 I trust that you wouldn’t get involved in a simple grab for money like other people are accusing y’all of… I just wish it was something I could afford. With the vault membership, there’s not much left over for other “non-essentials…”

Jack: Well I used to buy three records a month at 18 bucks a piece when I was a teenager bussing tables. I also went to the movies three times a month. What did that cost? Same as today with inflation? hmmm…

How big of game changer do you think TIDAL will be?

Jack: It’s about educating everyone. It could make a difference just like tmr has made in the vinyl world in that last 6 years. It starts with people who think music is sacred and beautiful.

I think TIDAL is great for the fact that it will get more money to artists. After reading how little Pharrell from Pandora streaming off of one of “Happy.” Really made me realize how little musicians just starting out must be making, when Pharrell only made $2700 off of something like 43 million plays

Jack: Yep, whoever started the model of making a website that gets paid by big advertisers (Youtube) and does not pay that money to the artists GENERATING the interest. Makes no sense to an artist trying to survive.
I totally understand wanting to help out smaller artists. My musicians buddies are all struggling.

Jack: But also bigger artists, medium artists, whatever, if PSY gets viewed 2 billion times and makes a couple grand, where did all his money go?
It’s also very important to buy real records from artists you love when they are on tour. That buys gas in our tanks when we were struggling.

Jack, I truly believe TIDAL will change music in 21st century… for the sake of music Jack, did all the artists from TIDAL get along?

Jack: Yes we did. We spent all last night talking and discussing ways to make it very cool. Here’s the shocker: musicians want you to hear their music in the best ways possible. We mix on very nice speakers and systems only to have 90% of it be heard on tiny components that cut out half the information

Any largely unknown artists we should be looking for on TIDAL?

Jack: I hope tons. I want tons of obscure albums that haven’t been digitized to be on there too. Loretta Lynn recorded something like 90 albums! How many can you acquire or stream digitally? 4? 6? Where are the other 80+?

Which is why I find it interesting that you listen to your music playback in your car when you’re working on records, or so I read.

Jack: Digital in the car, Vinyl in the bedroom, baby

Does TIDAL have any plans for supporting independent artists? I hear that services like Youtube will soon be wiping away independent artists vids etc. or they will be charging them to host their content… something to that effect anyway…

Jack: Lots of ideas, but you KNOW I’m all for independent artists getting heard.

TIDAL is a bit elitist to be talking about the little guy in the music industry no?

Jack: What is elitist about it? Who’s speaking for the little guy?

Jack, it’s because everyone has gotten used to free and cheap
Jack: Should movies be free too? How about food?

From Fans on Facebook:

With the amount we pay for the Vault, TIDAL should be free, not just discounted

Jack: Third Man does not own or make decisions for tidal, this deal is incredibly cool and took us a long time to work on the logistics of. third man is artist owned, and tidal is artist owned. it wasn’t something we had to do at all, but we wanted the vault members to all know they come first and they have a portal to this artist run streaming service through us now.

What a joke. I refuse to support The vault and TIDAL. if you claim music is so special and sacred then why charge a premium for people to enjoy it?

Jack: How much did you pay for that last movie you saw at the theater? And how much did that movie cost to make? Don’t devalue musicians man, support them. Making records is expensive, believe us, I don’t see people saying we should go to the movies for free, or Netflix should be free. that state of music is in flux, be on the side of supporting creativity, not taking from it. this gives you that chance.

I can purchase a new record every month with that $20.

Jack: Please do! When I was a teenager I would go to the record store twice a month and buy 4 records each trip, anywhere from between 12 and 18 bucks a piece! and guess what? i still do! and with tidal, for 9.99 you have every record they can possibly get there hands on to stream. In the car, in the gym. Places you can’t play vinyl right? Think about it: how much did you spend on movies this year?

Sorry Jack, but I have 0 interest in making JayZ more money, and I don’t understand how Jack could be involved in this awful business model. Totally screws the fans, I thought he was a bit above that. How much money does he need?

Jack: A streaming service owned by artists is the first step, it’s not about the rich getting richer. it takes artists that can get peoples attention to be able to make a scenario possible for those artists that don’t have a voice to get in a position where they aren’t struggling, and believe me third man records is full of artists the mainstream’s never heard of and have no voice or power in the system. have you heard of Rachelle Garnier? what about the Smoke Fairies? Drakar Sauna? Pujol? The Gories? Those are just some of the up and coming artists on third man that try to make a living in music. And if you stream their songs… they get paid for it. And they get to LIVE and not take second jobs….and make MORE music! I support keeping musicians you love in business. We want a full third man roster page on tidal that you can stream hundreds of records on, and each time that artist gets something. that’s a beautiful thing.

And also… do we tell Steven Spielberg we don’t need to pay him anymore to watch his movies? He’s made enough off of us right? He should show his new films for free right? haha


Global music superstar Pitbull, aka the world-renowned singer of such hits as We Are One (Ole Ola), Feel This Moment, and Timber, is getting his own channel on SiriusXM!

Set to debut in early 2015 and topped off with a weekly show hosted by Mr. 305 himself, Pitbull’s channel will feature his own music as well as material from his contemporaries. That’s right: According to a SiriusXM press release, listeners will also get to experience Pitbull’s own music “from his early days in Miami through his meteoric rise to international fame and his current hits.”

“First of all, I want to thank SiriusXM for the opportunity to touch my fans in a more personal way … Most of all, we are going to have a lot of fun in the process – so, prepárense [get ready] y dáleeeeee,” said Pitbull.

Oh, estamos listos, Pitbull. Estamos listos.

Hype Machine’s ‘Popular’ charts remain an important metric of artists and songs’ buzziness in 2015, so it’s no surprise that some labels and PR firms are trying to game the rankings. “More recently, we’ve become concerned over some new patterns on music blogs themselves,” wrote founder Anthony Volodkin in a blog post yesterday. “A handful of labels and PR outlets have focused their efforts on illicitly gaining coverage on Hype Machine-indexed blogs.” According to Volodkin, the most common approach is for PR people or marketers to become contributors at established music blogs and then post links to tracks by their clients (or friends’ clients) across as many blogs as possible. “In some cases, the people running these blogs were aware of this, in others these discoveries have come as a surprise,” wrote Volodkin. “We have stopped indexing blogs that support such behaviour or do not select their writers carefully… While blogs are an integral part of music marketing in 2015, we want to support bloggers, labels, and PR agencies that operate with integrity.”

Here’s the post in full:

A few years have passed since I’ve written about our approach to Hype Machine’s Popular charts.

Since that post, we’ve prevented hundreds of artists and marketing teams from gaining an unfair advantage on our site. It’s disappointing, but it comes with the territory of maintaining a music chart that remains closely watched six years later. This has helped millions of people find some truly incredible music through each of the blogs in our index.

More recently, we’ve become concerned over some new patterns on music blogs themselves.

A handful of labels and PR outlets have focused their efforts on illicitly gaining coverage on Hype Machine-indexed blogs. The most common approach is to become a contributor at an established blog and post their clients (or clients their friends are promoting). For maximum impact, the same person would then get a spot at multiple blogs to create the appearance of broader support for the release. In some cases, the people running these blogs were aware of this, in others these discoveries have come as a surprise.

We have stopped indexing blogs that support such behavior or do not select their writers carefully. There are a few reasons why it’s important for us that this does not continue on Hype Machine:

• You should be able to listen to a track knowing that it was posted because the writer thinks it’s good—not because they’re a client.

• By creating a false sense of popularity for their artists, marketers can manipulate you into liking the music they are paid to promote. For example, if a track has been posted by many blogs, some of which are well-established, it is more likely to be heard and gain momentum through repetition. This encourages more blogs to post these artists, and the cycle repeats.

While blogs are an integral part of music marketing in 2015, we want to support bloggers, labels, and PR agencies that operate with integrity.

Via Music Ally

Music journalistic Nicholas Jennings hosts a tour of Yonge Street’s music clubs of yesteryear on May 31. Music On The Yonge St. Strip will visit sites of clubs like the Colonial, Friar, Le Coq D’Or and concert venues Massey Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. The 90-minute trek takes place May 31 at 11 am, and at 6:30 pm on June 3 and 17, July 15 and 29, August 5 and 19 andSeptember 9. It’s free, so bring a friend, and dig music all over again.

Via Now Magazine