How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit Song?

Via NPR:

Getting a song on the pop charts takes big money.

Def Jam started paying for Rihanna's recent single, "Man Down," more than a year ago. In March of 2010, the label held a writing camp in L.A. to create the songs for Rihanna's album, Loud.

At a writing camp, a record label hires the best music writers in the country and drops them into the nicest recording studios in town for about two weeks. It's a temporary version of the old music-industry hit factories, where writers and producers cranked out pop songs.

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Pitchfork editor Jessica Hopper's tweets on marginalization in music are required reading

from CBC Music:

"Gals/other marginalized folks: what was your 1st brush (in music industry, journalism, scene) w/ idea that you didn't 'count'?" Jessica Hopper, a senior editor at Pitchfork and author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critictweeted on Monday afternoon.

Responses have been pouring in the last three days, and the result is a threaded conversation that’s required reading for absolutely anyone, regardless of gender or relation to the music industry.

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Big changes:Randy Lennox Moves To Bell Media, Jeffrey Remedios takes over at UMG

Effective September 21st, Jeffrey Remedios is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Canada as current topper Randy Lennox takes on a key executive role with Bell Media. Read the whole story from David Farrell of FYI Music News here.

UTA buys the Agency Group

From The Los Angeles Times:

In a a move to significantly bolster its music business, United Talent Agency announced Thursday that it acquired the Agency Group, the world's largest independent music agency.

The Agency Group represents some of the biggest global touring and live music artists, including Muse, Paramore and the Black Keys. The company has more than 95 agents operating out of  offices in London, Los Angeles, New York and several other cities.

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The Night That Modern Live Sound Was Born

from Performing Musician:

It's the kind of thing that physicists and palaeontologists dream about: being able to look back and determine the exact moment that a star or a dinosaur came into being. For the contemporary live sound business, that moment was the night of 2nd February 1970 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. It's about as good a story as it gets in an industry filled with great tales.
In 1970, the original jam band, the Grateful Dead, were about to take their career to the next level, transitioning from the fuzzily focused psychedelia of the 1960s to the more earthy ur-Americana of Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, both of which were released that year. But even with those landmark records, the Dead routinely experienced mediocre record sales. Their popularity as a live band, however, was indisputable. Tens of thousands of rabid fans would converge at venues worldwide to gyrate through the Dead's legendarily marathon concerts, some of which would go on for as long as six hours.

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Natal Day office closure

The Music Nova Scotia office will be closed Monday, August 3 for the Natal Day holiday. We'll re-open on Tuesday, August 4th.

Four Columbia House insiders explain the shady math behind “8 CDs for a penny”

From The Onion AV Club:

Any music fan eager to bulk up their collection in the ’90s knew where to go to grab a ton of music on the cheap: Columbia House. Started in 1955 as a way for the record label Columbia to sell vinyl records via mail order, the club had continually adapted to and changed with the times, as new formats such as 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs emerged and influenced how consumers listened to music. Through it all, the company’s hook remained enticing: Get a sizable stack of albums for just a penny, with no money owed up front, and then just buy a few more at regular price over time to fulfill the membership agreement. Special offers along the way, like snagging discounted bonus albums after buying one at full price, made the premise even sweeter.

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Rethinking royalty distribution methods


The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship yesterday released a major study which has gained a fair bit of traction in both music trade magazines and blogs, as well as the mainstream media. The report gives a detailed analysis of the problems currently plaguing the music rights industry; a problem which has earned a lot of attention pitting online service providers and record labels against artist coalitions, managers, and music publishers. The report is a must read for anyone seeking to understand the complicated web of royalty distribution systems worldwide, and looking for potential remedies and solutions to the problem. Download the report free here.



Rock’n’Roll Rewind – The Bars of 1978

Cameron Carpenter is our go-to guy for all things Toronto; he curates the industry guestlist for our CMW Tiki event every year. Here's an article of his that's making the rounds, from all the way back in 1978.

I was just getting over my dreaded hamburger assignment when the phone rang. “Got another sorty for ya Scoop!” What would it be this time: Hot Dogs? Pizza? Subs? The voice returned "I want you to go to about a dozen bars and do a report on them." I grabbed my age of majority card and hit the streets.

For the last couple of months I’ve been in places I never thought I would be seen in. I’ve drunk drinks I never even knew existed, and thrown up in alleys even dogs avoid. It's been quite an experience and here, in no particular order, is the lowdown on Toronto’s hottest rock’n’roll bars.


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Canada Day Office Closure

The Music Nova Scotia office will be closed Wednesday, July 1st for the Canada Day holiday. We will re-open on Thursday, July 2nd.


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