Media Beat: September 19, 2018

By David Farrell

What do long-term rating trends say about Edmonton and Calgary format flips?

After analyzing the Vancouver market, Steve Faguy looks at these two Alberta markets for

Paul McCartney, a master of content marketing

Sir Paul McCartney has always had a knack for content marketing. He goes further than concerts, further than getting radio play, even at times showing a real talent for public relations. In support of his new album, Egypt Station, he's become a content-generating "clean machine." But it's because he has to. – Will Burns, Forbes

What marketers can learn from Hollywood

In our current world of media clutter and competing content platforms it’s a daunting task for the average moviegoer to find content they’re going to feel passionate about. To inspire this group, you don’t need to sell to them: You need to captivate them. The aim is to increase cultural buzz beyond the expected story, not just awareness of the film, and watch success blossom from there. – Ad Week subscription



As the podcasting boom rolls on, an increasing number of industry observers are using variations of the term “podfade” to describe the current reality. 

Like any boom town, podcasting is moving from the early excitement phase into the “can I make a living doing this” phase. – Ken Mills, Spark Media

Law and Order creator Dick Wolf creating crime podcasts

New storytelling company Endeavor Audio will produce the series – Ad Week subscription

Worth Reading

Canada’s Aurora Cannabis reportedly talking with Coca-ColaBloomberg

Coors readying marijuana-infused drinks for CanadaCNBC

A mathematical model captures the political impact of fake newsMedium

Google improves its song recognition serviceThe Next Web

Social ad spending: A look at the ‘other guys’eMarketer



DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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