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Original songs and compositions are the engines that drive online music streaming: it simply wouldn’t exist without those who created the music on which their business depends. When you get Licensed To Play by SOCAN, not only are you compensating the songwriters and composers heard through your service, you’re also making sure that the music used to build your business is being used legally and ethically. The license fees streaming services pay to SOCAN for the public performance of music compensate  songwriters, composers and music publishers that make up SOCAN.
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What is SOCAN?

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SOCAN is a not-for-profit music rights organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide, and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data, as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value, and that music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

The Weeknd
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The Weeknd

The Weeknd's speedy rise to world pop domination has been extraordinary. One of SOCAN's most celebrated songwriters, he’s been nominated for an Academy Award, and won two Grammies and nine JUNOs. The Weeknd began completely anonymously in 2011, breaking out with three download-only mixtapes of dark, moody R&B. His Beauty Behind the Madness album has sold more than three million units in America alone, where three of its singles have each sold multi-platinum. The title-track lead single from his current album Starboy was streamed 17 million times globally in its opening weekend, , and his April 2018 album My Dear Melancholy, was his third to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. charts.