January 19, 2011

Dire Straits not suffering due to CBSC ban

Filed under: Bureaucracy, Cancon, Economics, Media — Tags: , , — Nicholas @ 12:20

Dire Straits may need to send a nice gift basket to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council after they banned the song Money for nothing:

Britney Spears’ return with “Hold It Against Me” say 37,000 downloads, which is the best-ever first week performance ever since SoundScan started tracking digital sales six years ago. Avril Lavigne also did all right with 16,000 downloads of “What the Hell.”

But here’s my favourite stat: what with all the hoopla of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruling on the unworthiness of Dire Straits “Money for Nothing,” digital downloads of that track went from 167 last week to about 2,700 this week. That number represents a full 10% of all downloads of that song since tracking began in February 2005. Meanwhile, Brothers in Arms, the album from whence the song came, saw its digital sales spike 406%. It’s now the fifth-best selling catalogue album in the nation.

H/T to Paul “Inkless” Wells for the link.


  1. On the way home the other night, the cowards at http://www.boom973.com/ played a censored version of the song. Afterwards, the DJ joked about it, saying that listeners did not have to worry about the song — “it’s the right version, so it’s all good!”

    A song or two later, they played High School Confidential.

    Faggot: Banned as hate speech.

    Bi- or lesbian woman creaming her jeans over a teenager of unspecified age: Diversity!

    Comment by Lickmuffin — January 19, 2011 @ 14:34

  2. Got to love the unconscious juxtapositioning there.

    Comment by Nicholas — January 19, 2011 @ 15:02

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