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    Tween sensation Justin Bieber is set to make his QVC debut to launch his new album. The 16-year-old singer with three Juno nominations will unveil My World 2.0 on Tuesday and Friday on the home shopping channel where he will perform and shill a unique-to-QVC version of his CD packaged with a DVD two weeks in front of the retail store street date. The ubiquitous overnight superstar said, “It’s cool to be launching my new album on QVC. Where else can I perform live and reach more than 98 million homes with my music? It’s just an incredible opportunity for me.”

    Federal Budget: The Calm Before The Storm

    David Farrell

    Yesterday’s federal budget was clearly intended to mollify outspoken partisan groups, but the budgetary status-quo is likely the calm before the storm. The uneasy alliances forged with the Conservative minority will almost surely come undone over the next year, leading to an election call before the next budget. And the next budget is to be the one that promises to exact its pound of flesh from nationalists who believe cultural objectives must be preserved at any cost.

    On the bright side, the Canada Music Fund has already re-negotiated a new five year deal that keeps funding intact through to 2014. There are no announced funding cuts to the CBC, Telefilm, the NFB and the Canada Council for the Arts, although critics argue that there are no Medianew funds available and, more important, no long-term funding commitments tabled.


    An Asperless Canwest. Viner Takes Charge

    Leonard Asper, the son of late Canwest founder Israel Harold “Izzy” Asper, has resigned as the president and CEO of the restructuring media company CanWest Global Communications.

    “I am writing you today to advise you that last night I advised our board of directors that effective immediately I am resigning,” Asper said Thursday in a memo to Canwest staff.


    Music & Broadcast Industry Nominees List

    Canadian Music Week (CMW) released the nominees for 2010 Music Industry Awards this afternoon. The MIAs recognize outstanding achievement in 37 categories covering the music and broadcast industries. The event takes place at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York on Thursday, March 11. Voting is open now to determine the winner in each of the designated categories. The list is populated by the infamous, famous and familiar. Some categories, such as music retailers, become shorter with time, whereas others, such as the digital music services grow longer. Get ready to vote, and be ready to clock this monster that promises to be done and over in a record breaking 180 minutes. Nominees list below.

    FYI News Roundup For Wednesday, February 24

    Rogers today announced the availability of DRM-free downloads through its  urMusic service. Pricing varies from $0.69, $0.99 and up to $1.29 per track. Album purchases generally cost $9.99 for Rogers customers.

    Neil Young Trunk Show — a concert film starring Neil Young — will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Reprise Records later this year. The film is the second in director Jonathan Demme’s planned trilogy about the legendary rocker. Theatrical screenings start March 19 but so far no Canadian cities are mentioned.


    FYI News Roundup For Monday, February 22

    Platinum Blonde will reunite for a one-night-only performance at the Mod Club in Toronto on Wednesday, March 10. The show is presented by Sirius Canada. Navet Confit, Parlovr, Fred Fortin, Winter Gloves and Handsome Furs are featured on the Sirius Salutes Quebec showcase at the El Mocambo, Friday March 12th;  and acoustic performances at the Songwriters Café , featuring The Trews, Joel Plaskett, Jeff Martin and Default, will be recorded for broadcast on the Iceberg 85 satellite channel on March 17.

    Michael Buble surprised listeners of Hartford, CT’s 96.5 fm WTIC radio when he broadcast a secret show from the studios of microphone manufacturer Telefunken Elektroakustik. The Buble show is one in a series of shows recently produced at Telefunken’s 8000 sq.ft. manufacturing center, which includes a 2500 sq.ft. soundstage that also serves as a multi-use recording studio and production lab for its extensive microphone line.

    Justin Bieber is confirmed to appear on the April 10 episode of  Saturday Night Live. Fans of the Canadian heartthrob launched a Twitter campaign, @BieberOnSNL, to get the teen phenomenon on the show and, like the Jackson 5 song, his fans went ‘tweet tweet tweet’.

    Calvin Vollrath has earned world acclaim following hisVanoc commission to to write the music for the Olympic Symphony with fiddlers’ Ashley MacIsaac, Sierra Noble, April Verch, Samantha Robichaud, Andre Brunet and Daniel Lapp. The Alberta fiddler, with 51 fiddle albums in his catalogue, received a call to write the music following a chance encounter  with Dave Pierece backstage at the Junos tw years ago. When Pierce became the Vanoc MD he recalled being impressed with Vollrath, made the call to him, resulting in the the Olypic Opening Ceremonies commission.

    A US court has ruled that statutory damages may only recovered once per musical composition. A claim against a Yahoo music subscription service had asked for damages on 308 different versions of 205 musical compositions. Stated the Court: “Plaintiffs may only recover one award of statutory damages per musical composition per Defendant.”

    Korea’s Supreme Court recently issued a decision affirming the lower court’s findings that providing a ‘deep link’ or ‘direct link’ is not considered ‘reproduction’ or ‘transmission’ as defined in the Copyright Act, and that therefore mere facilitation of internet links does not constitute copyright infringement. The plaintiff was the songwriter and copyright holder of the songs in question. The defendants were several online music service providers, which provided users with services for downloading and streaming songs, as well as ringtone and ringback tone services, via mobile phone networks.

    Canada is again named in a US watch list of dodgy copyright enforcement territories. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) submitted recommendations to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) urging increased efforts to stem copyright theft and protect American jobs in the annual “Special 301″ review of intellectual property protection and market access issues in foreign countries. The IIPA recommends that 10 countries be placed on the Priority Watch List in 2010: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, People’s Republic of China, the Philippines and Russia.

    Local music will soon become compulsory on Malaysia’s radio stations as part of a precondition in the issuance of radio licences. The government also has plans to establish a monitoring committee to ensure that a minimum of 70% of live music performed in hotels and other public spaces is sourced locally.


    CRTC’s Navigating Convergence: A Report

    The spheres of telecommunications and broadcasting are rapidly evolving and converging into a single world of communication. Cycles of innovation, adoption and further innovation with respect to services, applications and infrastructure can now be measured in months rather than years. Regulators throughout the world are challenged to keep pace. Where such fundamental national considerations as cultural expression and a multi-billion dollar communications industry are at stake, the challenges and opportunities in reacting both quickly and with a measured response to technological change are critical to consider.

    This document, Navigating Convergence: Charting Canadian Communications Change and Regulatory Implications—Information Primer for Decision Makers, examines telecommunications, broadcasting and the evolving converged world of communications to accomplish several related objectives, namely:


    The Internet Topples Cultural Regulations

    The transformation from an era of a few terrestrial channels to hundreds of channels available via cable or satellite has pushed Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications sector into an era of seismic shifts, the C.D. Howe Institute states in a newly released report. Bold initiatives are necessary to preserve the cultural fabric in the new millennium, and Canada needs a coherent strategy to benefit in an internet world.


    Top DMDS Downloads and Streams

    Top DMDS Downloads
    “You Run Away” – Barenaked Ladies,  EMI

    “Superman Tonight” -Bon Jovi, Universal

    “Rock That Body”- The Black Eyed Peas, Universal

    “The Hockey Theme”- Neil Peart, Universal

    “Saint Veronika”- Billy Talent, Warner

    Top Streams
    “You Run Away” – Barenaked Ladies, EMI

    “The Hockey Theme”- Neil Peart, Universal

    “Stylo” – GORILLAZ feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack,  EMI

    “Saint Veronika”- Billy Talent, Warner

    “Superman Tonight” – Bon Jovi,Universal


    FYI Roundup For Monday, February 1

    Andy Barrie announces retirement
    Andy Barrie, the widely respected host of Toronto’s CBC Radio One program Metro Morning, has announced he’s stepping down from the top-rated show.

    With his deep baritone voice and incisive questioning, Barrie will continue his hosting duties until March 1.

    The 65-year-old broadcaster, who revealed in 2007 that he had been diagnosed with the degenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease, made his announcement at the end of his show this morning.

    Radio Q picked up for US broadcast
    Eat your heart out Billy Bob: that Canadian radio program you dissed a year ago is taking its show into the U.S.

    Let’s not say revenge, but during the last week of January the CBC took its daily arts and culture program Q for a test drive on seven American radio stations including WBEZ Chicago.

    Love it or hate it, various comments on Q in the U.S have poured into the WBEZ blog, which may influence Public Radio International’s decision to take on the hit CBC radio show permanently in the States.