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Jody Thornton
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Posted: 06 March 2015 at 11:54am | IP Logged Quote Jody Thornton

Hi Folks:

I know there was a thread on this before, however I was unable to search it out. But the latest Mark Ronson thread made me think of the 90s Promo CDs we were serviced with in Canada. We had compilations from each of the majors with that weeks new singles (for all formats). I had asked before if these were similarly distributed in the US.

Here's a link to an image of an MCA disc from 1992:
http://shadowy.brainiac.com/mca10.gif

Here's a better image of a Warner Music CD from 2001:
http://onesecondbush.com/Compilations/warner_music_canada.jp g
(Hmmmmm! I notice it leaves a space on the "jpg" extension - security at work I guess; so you'll need to fix that when you click the link) :)

I just wondered if this was a Canada only thing, but I would think being subsidiary companies, they would take their cues from the mother corps in the US.


Edited by Jody Thornton on 06 March 2015 at 11:58am


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Posted: 06 March 2015 at 1:44pm | IP Logged Quote aaronk

We definitely had them here, but I don't recall seeing any that were
weekly. The ones I saw were released randomly and without regularity.
The only weekly ones were from services like HitDisc, which included
releases from all labels.

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Posted: 08 March 2015 at 8:04am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

I'll agree with Aaron, we'd get promo sampler CDs from time
to time but no real pattern to it. Atlantic and MCA seemed
to do this the most. It's been 15 years since I've been in
programming so I have no idea if it's still done.

We did get monthly sampler CDs from a couple of independent
sources we'd occasionally use for the odd song we didn't
get label service from (or maybe had a unique mix). We
never got charged for them. One was called "NU Music
Traxx" or something like that, I'm blanking on the others.

I do remember visiting a friend who was working at a
station waaaaay out in Maine back in the mid-90s. They had
a bunch of sampler CDs similar to what Jody described that
came from some source in Canada (this station was right on
the border). He didn't think it was a subscription
service. Songs that were CanCon compliant had a little
Canadian flag next to the track.
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Posted: 09 March 2015 at 8:43am | IP Logged Quote Jody Thornton

Aaron and Hykker; it's true that the label compilations came irregularly, but would arrive sometimes once a week, twice a month, every other week, you name it.

The Cancon songs on our CDs would have the MAPL symbol inside a checkered circle (one corner for each letter). MAPL (pronounced "maple" just like the leaf on our flag...lol) stood for Music, Artist, Production and Lyrics. Two out of the four had to be Canadian to count as Cancon. Which mean the Vagabond Heart CD from Rod Stewart yielded several singles that qualified as Cancon...lol.


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