Home News

Starting today, fans can share in the thrill of music discovery with artists they love. Shazam users can now follow top artists like Pitbull, Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Avicii, Jason Derulo, Coldplay and others to see what they’re Shazaming. This gives fans a unique view into the moments when the world’s biggest hit-makers discover music that inspires them.

“Our users Shazam over 20 million times each day to discover the music playing around them,” said Rich Riley, Chief Executive Officer at Shazam. “Now, those Shazams transform into an ongoing relationship with artists, giving users a truly unique place to get great music content.”

“The biggest artists in the world are also the biggest fans. They use Shazam every day to explore new music, and for the first time ever, their fans can share in those moments as they happen,” said Daniel Danker, Chief Product Officer at Shazam.

New discoveries from artists that users have Shazamed appear automatically in Shazam. As users browse through new artists, they can follow them with the touch of a button to see what those artists are Shazaming. Fans will also be kept up-to-date about new singles, albums, and videos from the artists they follow. And with the launch of Apple Music, fans can listen to the songs artists Shazam by tapping on the new “Listen on Apple Music” button.

As part of today’s announcement,these artists will bethe first to let fans in on their discoveries; together they already have over 600 million Shazam followers. Shortly after launch, Shazam will welcome hundreds of additional artists from around the world to share their favorite tracks with fans.

  • Pitbull – 44.7m Followers
  • Calvin Harris – 42.0m Followers
  • Avicii – 41.4m Followers
  • Maroon 5 – 30.2m Followers
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – 29.4m Followers
  • Jason Derulo – 28.7m Followers
  • OneRepublic – 27.7m Followers
  • Wiz Khalifa – 27.1m Followers
  • Imagine Dragons – 25.3m Followers
  • Coldplay – 22.9m Followers
  • Usher – 20.9m Followers
  • Robin Thicke – 20.1m Followers
  • Enrique Iglesias – 20m Followers
  • Clean Bandit – 18.6m Followers
  • One Direction – 17.6m Followers
  • Linkin Park – 14.0m Followers
  • Alicia Keys – 13.6m Followers
  • Meghan Trainor – 13.5m Followers
  • Tove Lo – 12.4m Followers
  • Alesso – 11.8m Followers
  • Shakira – 11.7m Followers
  • Selena Gomez – 11.0m Followers
  • Mariah Carey – 10.3m Followers
  • YG – 9.8m Followers
  • Fall Out Boy – 8.3m Followers
  • Shaggy – 7.3m Followers
  • Pearl Jam – 6.1m Followers
  • Zac Brown Band – 4.2m Followers
  • Fifth Harmony – 3.7m Followers
  • Nick Jonas – 3.6m Followers
  • Hunter Hayes – 3.5m Followers
  • Adam Lambert – 3.1m Followers

“Shazam is one of my favorite ways to discover music. I’m excited for the next step in its evolution, and happy that Fort Minor and Linkin Park can play a role,” said Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

“As an artist, I’m a big fan of discovering new music and Shazam helps me keep a pulse on that. I’m stoked to be able to share what I’m into with millions of fellow music fans,” said Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.

“I absolutely love music and can’t tell you how many times I find myself going down the rabbit hole of music discovery for hours. I’m excited that Shazam now allows me to share this crazy journey with you guys,” said Hunter Hayes.

Today’s update includes a number of exciting changes in the Shazam app:

  • Personal Music Home – The Shazam home will now reveal new Shazams from artists you follow. Like what you see? Tap “Like” to give feedback directly to the artist.
  • Follow / Un-follow – Fans can now choose new artists to follow or artists they’d prefer to stop following by going to My Shazam.
  • Artist Pages – Artists now have a new home on Shazam. Each artist has a page with their Shazam discoveries, top tracks on Shazam, music videos, and more. Artist pages also reveal the number of followers each artist has.
  • Shazam Counts – For the very first time, Shazam is revealing the number of times each track has been Shazamed.

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is pleased to announce an exciting new business exchange partnership with Showcase Scotland at the 2016 Celtic Connections Festival taking place in Glasgow, Scotland from January 27-31. Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections is the largest international music industry event in Scotland. 180 delegates attend from around 23 countries and generate £2.2 million a year in bookings for the showcasing artists.

ECMA will be presenting three showcasing artists at the 2016 Showcase Scotland reception held at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase in front of a large network of influential international music buyers, booking agents, festival and venue programmers, media, and international representatives from around the world.

Select artists must demonstrate they are export-ready and/or have exporting experience and the ability and team infrastructure to maximize on this showcase opportunity. Open to all ECMA members in good standing.

Deadline for submission interest is July 13, 2015.

Submission Information:
Please submit:

  • a brief bio (150 word maximum)
  • a link to your up-to-date ECMA artist profile (please ensure that your profile features either an MP3 or video link)
  • a short summary outlining your project goals and objectives and expected outcomes that will result from performing at the ECMA and Showcase Scotland reception showcase at Celtic Connections 2016.

Please send your expression of interest and information to ecma@ecma.com.

Approval Process:
The Showcase Scotland steering group at Celtic Connections will make the final decision on which ECMA artists will be invited to showcase.

The ECMA awards and stages committee will jury the general list of submissions to develop a long list of the 10 best-qualified applicants. This list will be forwarded to Showcase Scotland on July 31st, 2015 from which the steering group will choose which 3 applicants they wish to invite to showcase.

This is a promotional showcase opportunity and no financial remuneration or performance fee will be paid. As this is a VIP private invite-only event, performances will not be advertised in the Celtic Connections program to the general public and does not guarantee a performance at the Celtic Connections Festival.

Selected artists will be responsible for seeking funding assistance to assist with travel, flights, accommodations, per diems, marketing materials, and work visas/certificate of sponsorship fees.

This year’s edition of CMJ Music Marathon will be held in New York City from October 13-17. In its 34th year of existence, CMJ is one of the world’s most important platforms for music discovery. Held over the course of a week, CMJ presents more than 1,400 live performances across 80 of NYC’s finest nightclubs and theatres. We were there last year (marking out 8th year of attendance) and the results were impressive, to say the least. Over 2 Canadian Blast evening showcases + 2 pre-showcase networking events, 9 Canadian music companies and 10 of their Canadian artists joined our mission. They reported making 115 new contacts, 77 meetings, with 15 business deals started at CMJ 2014 (6 were finalized). Check out the full event report here.

CIMA will be returning to CMJ in 2015, and we’re planning to hold a targeted Canadian Blast showcase and networking reception (more specific details TBA). If you’re interested in showcasing, you will have to apply directly to CMJ as our showcase features approved, official CMJ Canadian acts only. Please note: we do require a business representative in attendance at all our Canadian Blast showcases.

If you’re interested, you’ve gotta move quickly – the application deadline closes on June 25, 2015July 9, 2015: apply now!

If you’ve applied please drop CIMA’s Music Export Manager, Trisha Carter (trisha@cimamusic.ca) a line to let her know which artist you’ve applied for and who would be representing that artist should you get into CMJ.

Good luck!

Alberta Music has announced that they’re accepting submissions for two separate export initiatives for Albertan artists:

ALBERTA FOCUS

Banff / Calgary / Edmonton / Victoria – September 2015

APPLY HERE!

Purpose: To introduce some key Albertan musical artists and industry practitioners to a handpicked delegation of industry professionals from the UK and Europe.

Method: Facilitate two 5-band showcases in the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta on Monday and Tuesday, September 14th and 15th, earlier in the week before the BreakOut West Conference begins in Victoria BC.

Expected Outcome: Albertan artists and industry will make valuable connections with their counterparts in the UK and Europe, leading to meaningful partnerships and strengthening the ties between our industries.

AMERICANA CONFERENCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL

APPLY HERE!

For four nights, September 16-19, the Americana Music Festival will feature approximately 165 live performances at over nine music venues in the vicinity of downtown Nashville.

Our 16th Annual event will take place September 15-20, 2015, gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. With planning already underway, our 2015 Americana Music Festival & Conference promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves great music.

EDMONTON MUSIC PRIZE

LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE!

Alberta Music and the Edmonton Arts Council are pleased to announce a third commencement of the Edmonton Music Prize, a $10,000 annual cash prize to recognize an Edmonton-based musician or musical collective that has released a recording in the past 18 months. The award is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council, and administered by Alberta Music.

Canadian Music Week , Canada’s Largest New Music Festival and Conference, is pleased to announce the 34th installment in 2016 will take place May 4th -14th, once again bringing conferences, awards, film, comedy and music to the city of Toronto.

For the first time, the industry conference will take place at the beginning of the festival at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West), and will host the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards  on Thursday, May 5th. The Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon will take place on Friday, May 6th, followed by one of Canadian Music Week’s most anticipated events, CHUM Fan Fest and finally capping off the weekend with Sirius XM’s annual Indie Awards on Saturday May 7th.

Canadian Music Week takes pride in welcoming international artists and key industry players from around the world, and is thrilled to feature the 2016 International Spotlight will be on the United Kingdom- with a special focus on Ireland. In association with CAAMA, CMW will be hosting labels, booking agents, festival organizers, promoters, talent buyers and industry specialists from the entertainment sectors, opening new trade routes for Canadians who are interested in furthering opportunities with these two key European markets as part of a Spotlight on the UK and Focus on Ireland.

You don’t, and can’t tell Prince what to do. And you have to love an artist who sticks to his views and thoughts on how to run their own career.

As of this week, he has withdrawn his music from all streaming services – except Tidal – without any explanation.

“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog,” Spotify posted on its Prince page. “We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”

The Rolling Stones will stage their first ever major exhibition at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery, opening to the public on 6 April 2016 until September 2016. EXHIBITIONISM will be the most comprehensive and immersive insight into a group described by critics as ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band’, taking over nine themed galleries spread across two entire floors at the Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road, London. Tickets for EXHIBITIONISM go on sale to the public next week on Friday 10 July 2015 at 9am via www.stonesexhibitionism.com and 10am from the Saatchi Gallery.

As well as over five hundred Rolling Stones important and unseen artefacts from the band’s personal archives, the exhibition will take the public through the band’s fascinating fifty year history, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, and rare sound archives. At the heart of the exhibition is of course the Stones musical heritage that took the group from being a hard working London blues band in the early 1960’s to becoming inspirational cultural icons adored by millions.

DHL is proud to be the Presenting Partner of EXHIBITIONISM – the Rolling Stones’ first ever global touring exhibition.

Over five decades the Stones have shaped popular culture, often in their own image, and this exhibition will look back through every facet of the band’s career to offer a unique perspective that only the bands own archive can provide. EXHIBITIONISM will be the largest touring experience of this kind ever to be staged by a band or artist, and continues the proud tradition by the band of groundbreaking innovation combined with the highest production values.

EXHIBITIONISM has taken three years of meticulous planning and will offer a comprehensive insight into the band in a way that has never before been attempted. The exhibition is an interactive tour through the band’s vast artistic oeuvre, and includes original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips, personal diaries and correspondence, original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations. Collaborations and work by the vast array of artists, designers, musicians and writers will be included in the exhibition – from Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen, and Ossie Clark to Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese.

Mick Jagger commented, “We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale. The process has been like planning our touring concert productions and I think that right now it’s an interesting time to do it.”

Keith Richards commented, “While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about the members of the band. It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition really interesting.”

Charlie Watts added, ‘’It’s hard to believe that it’s more than fifty years since we began and it is wonderful to look back to the start of our careers and bring everything up to date at this exhibition.’’

Ronnie Wood said, “The scene was great down the King’s Road in the 1960’s. That was where you went to hang out to watch the fashions go by. So it is appropriate that our EXHIBITIONISM will be housed at the wonderful Saatchi Gallery.”

EXHIBITIONISM is promoted and presented by Australian company iEC (International Entertainment Consulting) with the full participation of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. The immersive exhibition will use nine different rooms spanning over 1,750 square meters, each with its own distinctly designed environment, that will show how the band has changed the way we experience rock and roll.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada announced complete financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The announcement of final official results followed the organization’s preview of financial figures on February 10, 2015, and coincided with SOCAN’s annual general meeting, held this year in Toronto.

Highlights:
* A record year for total revenue – $299.5-million brought in for members, an increase of approximately 8.4 per cent over 2013.
* Record international revenue of $55.5-million, an increase of 8.3 per cent over 2013.
* Internet streaming revenues of $21.3-million – up from $3.4-million in 2013.
* A record-low Corporate Net Expense Ratio of 9.5 percent – a 2.5-point improvement over 2014, making SOCAN one of the most cost-effective major music rights organizations in the world.
* $241-million distributed to members.

SOCAN continues to improve efficiencies and services, benefitting from technology advances, a more streamlined organization, and strategic departmental adjustments.

“SOCAN is one of the Canadian music ecosystem’s greatest success stories,” said CEO Eric Baptiste. “We’re fighting for our members’ rights every minute of every day, and uncovering more places where their music is performed in public in Canada and worldwide, ensuring that every penny a music creator and music publisher has fairly earned ends up in his or her pocket. Our 2014 results are testament to our success working for our songwriter, composer and music publisher members.”

SOCAN also reported that on June 15, 2015, the total number of the organization’s members surpassed 130,000 – an increase of more than 5,000 since this time last year.

For full financial statements and a complete overview of 2014, please visit www.socanannualreport.ca.

The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music announce the launch of the premier artist development opportunity in Canada, The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. This new initiative provides the crucial tools to help three finalists develop their careers, build their own sustainable business and become ‘JUNO ready’. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET.

The inaugural ‘master class’ includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. This development program provides hands-on mentoring, networking and collaboration opportunities.

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class brings together the two key mandates of CARAS and The JUNO Awards: music education through MusiCounts and the celebration and promotion of excellence through the JUNO Awards. The program aims to foster the growth of Canadian musicians through mentorship, education, skills training, development and deal-making opportunities. With no submission fee needed to apply, the program requires that an active CARAS Academy Delegate endorse each applicant’s entry. For more information click here to watch our Master Class video or visit www.junomasterclass.ca.

“It is our goal to help artists in their journey by exposing them to a program that will not only hone their musical skills, but enhance the business side of the industry for them as well,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “We are asking CARAS Academy Delegates across the country to endorse artists in their communities that they feel are ready for this next step.”

“Slaight Music remains committed to assisting, promoting and developing opportunities for Canadian musicians to flourish and the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is a fabulous extension of our objectives,” said Gary Slaight, CEO /President Slaight Communications. “My father, Allan, was a true leader in championing Canadian artists beginning with Gordon Lightfoot, and I know that he is proud to have this initiative named in his honour.”

Submissions will go through two rounds of judging. Canadian music industry heavyweights, including representatives from major and independent music labels, publishers, agents, managers, and media partners will narrow down the submissions to the top 10. A Super Jury made up of JUNO alumni will facilitate the second round of judging to narrow down the field to three finalists. JUNO Award winners Sam Roberts of the Sam Roberts Band, Max Kerman of  Arkells, producer Gavin Brown, and A&R representative Ali Slaight from Slaight Music are amongst the Super Jury. Additional jurors and key partners from the music and media ecosystem to be announced.

“Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music is dedicated to addressing the gap that exists between artists creating music and their ability to operate a small business. New artists are equivalent to starter companies and require entrepreneurial skills and know-how. We are proud to co-develop the artist development program with The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music and to share our experience, expertise and resources with the artists selected,“ says Vel Omazic, Executive Director, Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music.

PRIZING DETAILS

Three finalists will each receive:

  • An all inclusive trip to Toronto for an intensive and customized artist development program with industry leaders and Canadian artists hosted by Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. The program (October 25–31) will culminate with a music industry showcase night in Toronto for the finalists.
  • A trip to the 2016 JUNO Awards in Calgary, Alberta. Includes flights, hotels and JUNO Weekend packages, including tickets to the Welcome Reception, JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards and the live JUNO Awards Broadcast.
  • Showcase opportunity at the JUNO Awards during JUNOfest – a two-day music festival during JUNO Weekend – PLUS a chance to perform for the Canadian music industry at the exclusive JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards.
  • JUNO TV will film the finalist’s experience of the Master Class program, producing three mini-docs to run on junotv.ca. This series will be directed by MuchMusic Video Award winner and JUNO-nominated music video director Ben Knechtel.
  • Studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios.
  • A cash investment in their music career and more.

To be eligible for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program, candidates must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen(s).
  • Released a minimum of two original singles within the eligibility period (January 1, 2014-July 15, 2015); EPs and albums are also eligible.
  • Have never been previously recognized as a JUNO Award nominee either as a solo artist or as part of a group, even if this submission is a new solo project or band.
  • Have not sold more than 5,000 albums/EPs or 50,000 singles according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • Must be 19 years of age or older on or before the program deadline.
  • Must be available to travel to Toronto, ON for a maximum seven-day artist development program, taking place October 25-31, 2015 and to attend the JUNO Awards in Calgary, AB from April 1–3, 2016.
  • Must have an active CARAS Academy Delegate endorse their submission.

For more details visit: www.junomasterclass.ca

Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada are teaming up to help busy parents create easy, delicious, and healthy options for their kids with a robust multi-platform campaign. Coinciding with the re-brand of Walmart’s fresh foods section, the partnership includes sponsorship of the resourceful Cooking for Kids Guide onFoodNetwork.ca, which features inspiring meal ideas and tips for Canadian families, Walmart custom content, and product integration.The campaign also encompasses integration into the new original series The Incredible Food Race as well as sponsorship of the show.

Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible Food Race features two families battling it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: the family versus family cook-off of a kid-approved meal. As the official show sponsor, Walmart is integrated into every episode and provides each winning family free Walmart fresh groceries for a year. Campanelli is joined by Food Network Canada Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (Restaurant Takeover, Dinner Party Wars) as chef mentor and commentator during the main event. Over the summer, Walmart and Chef Corbin will also host eight tailgate events at sites across Canada featuring a barbecue, cooking demonstrations with local Walmart Mom Ambassadors and Chef Corbin, with a ninth tailgate event created for the series.

An additional piece of the partnership includes four broadcast spots featuring Chef Corbin inviting Canadians to Discover Another Side of Walmart and promoting the Cooking for Kids conversation online using #KidApprovedMeals. The spots will run on Food Network Canada as well as various Shaw Media broadcast properties including Global, HGTV Canada, Showcase and Slice. The vignettes include Chef Corbin offering advice on cooking meals for kids, introducing fresh produce and meat from Walmart fresh groceries into kid favourites, and tours of Walmart’s distribution centres. Extended vignettes will live online on the Walmart sponsored Cooking for Kids Guide on FoodNetwork.ca, in addition to Walmart sites and Walmart Mom Ambassador blogs.

“There is an appetite for quick, delicious and healthy meal options for families, and the partnership between Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada provides both the resources and the inspiration to make this easier for parents,” said Barb McKergow, Head of Marketing Ventures, Shaw Media.

”At Walmart, our mission is to help Canadians save money so they can live better,” said Jennifer Holgate, Vice President, Marketing Communications at Walmart Canada. “This is why we are excited to be partnering with Food Network Canada to showcase our enhanced fresh food offering and inspire Canadian families to create delicious, healthy and affordable kid-approved meal solutions.”

Beginning today, and running until December 16, Walmart is sponsoring Walmart Wednesday’s on Food Network Canada during primetime, with co-branded promos to run throughout the schedule.