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The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: ​Chantal Kreviazuk Sells Song Catalogue to Anthem Entertainment

Also this week: Dan Hill preps career spins higher, Martha and the Muffins recording takes on rampant gun violence.

Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk

Carl Lessard

After decades as a Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada songwriter, Winnipeg-born multi-faceted and multi-platinum selling singer Chantal Kreviazuk spun heads earlier this week when it was announced that her song catalogue – that includes “Boot,” “In This Life,” “Time,” “Weight Of The World” and “Get To You,” alongside certified hits and collaborations recorded by Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Drake, Avril Lavigne, Pitbull, Shakira, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood – had been acquired by Anthem Entertainment.

She has won three Juno Awards and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2014, along with her husband, Raine Maida, for their efforts to raise awareness and support for human and animal rights, mental health, education and the environment.


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– Barbados copyright collective COSCAP has signed a partnership agreement with the CMRRA (The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency) to oversee the mechanical reproduction rights of its members in the Canadian market. CMRRA-affiliated SX Works Global Publisher Services division will help manage the end-to-end administration on behalf of COSCAP members with The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) in the U.S.

The agreement covers 1,133 Bajan artists and their copyrights and approximately 48 music publishers from the island nation.

– Martha Johnson and Mark Gane continue to keep Martha and the Muffins' legacy alive. The most recent evidence of this is the release of Stephen Stills’ song “For What It’s Worth,” a mid-'60s Top 10 hit from his time in Buffalo Springfield and known to some as “Stop, What’s That Sound?”

Johnson explains why the band decided to cover this song now: “Gun violence is an ongoing societal blight, a perverse virus perpetuated by hypocrites mouthing their meaningless recitations of ‘thoughts and prayers.’ With this in mind, our interpretation is slower and darker and considers the possibility that events that were once rare and unacceptable are now met with a shrug of indifference.”

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Since its release, the song has had many covers over the years. Among artists covering it are Rush, The Jeff Healey Band, Kid Rock, Eric Clapton, Miriam Makeba and Vanilla Fudge.

– Dan Hill’s enormously successful catalogue of songs is enjoying a renaissance thanks to his assignment of copyrights to Anthem Entertainment, with placements now appearing in commercials, on TV shows, and all leading to a possible U.S. TV special. He's perhaps best known for “Sometimes When We Touch,” (Dolly Parton’s “favourite song of all time”’), which has had 37M YouTube views and over 100M downloads and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Songs of the Century and one of Top 100 Most Played Songs of All Time (BMI).

Not resting on his royalty income, Hill is discussing the possibility of a road tour double-bill with his equally accomplished songwriter friend Andy Kim.

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Steve Albini in the 'A' control room of his studio, Electrical Audio, Chicago, Illinois, June 24, 2005.
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Steve Albini in the 'A' control room of his studio, Electrical Audio, Chicago, Illinois, June 24, 2005.

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Steve Albini’s Legacy to Be Honored With Viral #ThankYouSteveAlbini Campaign

Organizers ask fans to upload photos and stories on July 22 to honor the late musician on what would have been his 62nd birthday.

Just months after his shocking death at 61, legendary producer/engineer/band leader Steve Albini will be honored with a global celebration of his noisy legacy. Touch and Go Records announced on Thursday (July 18) that it is turning what would have been Albini’s 62nd birthday on Monday (July 22) into a chance to share memories about the late rock rabblerouser known for creating righteously riotous music as well as for his vicious wit.

“Though we tragically lost Steve Albini on May 7, 2024, his indelible influence on music remains. Let’s turn his birthday, July 22nd, into a worldwide celebration to honor his life and legacy,” the label said in a statement announcing their request that fans and friends flood Instagram on Monday with “stories and photos that capture the essence of Steve’s impact. Share pictures of his albums that shaped you, concert memories, or even handwritten notes that resonated deeply. If you were lucky enough to meet him, let’s see those photos!”

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