Alan Cross

A talk with Merck Mercuriadis, the Canadian spending billions on acquiring song catalogues – National read full article at

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HOLLYWOOD—Merck Mercuriadis is fairly relaxed for a man who simply made the most important deal of his profession. Twenty-four hours after buying Justin Bieber’s tune catalogue for a rumoured US$200 million — his costliest deal to this point — his greatest concern is shifting home. “Business is under control,” he …

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How did the Canadian music industry do in 2022? The year-end stats are out – National read full article at

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Now that we’re into a new year, the recorded music industry is evaluating the last 12 months. Luminate (formerly Nielsen) is the company that monitors all the music Canadians buy and listen to, from streams to CDs to LPs to cassettes. Here are some highlights from 2022. Total consumption of …

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A mix of resolutions and predictions for music in 2023 – National read full article at

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Impressed by Quentin Tarantino’s e-book, Cinema Hypothesis, I resolved to spend 2023 going deep into the films of the late Sixties and thru the ’70s. Tubi has been my good friend for the D-grade grindhouse and horror movies that Tarantino loves (I do, too) whereas different on-demand channels have stuffed …

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