In our Top Secrets videos, music creators who’ve attained a No. 1 spot on the ADISQ BDS or Francophone or Anglophone Correspondants charts, celebrated by a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award, tell us the secrets behind the creation of their hit.

On April 2, 2022, popular rapper FouKi played his ultimate show at Montréal’s MTELUS. SOCAN Creative and Partnerships Executive Sara Dendane took the opportunity to present a plaque to the artist ,as well as Jay Scøtt, and the whole team behind the creation of the song “Copilote,” which reached the top of the BDS and ADISQ Correspondants francophones charts, and stayed there for nine and seven weeks, respectively. The bona fide earworm was co-created by Pier-Luc Papineau, Léo Fougères, Adel Kazi Aoual, Clément Langlois-Légaré, and Tom St-Laurent, and is published by Disques 7 ième Ciel.

In the Top Secrets video, FouKi and Jay Scøtt take us behind the scenes of the fruitful collaboration in creating this award-winning SOCAN No. 1 song.

SOCAN introduces a new video series, The Pros, where leaders in their musical fields share some of the high-level information they’ve learned while creating a significant body of work over the course of their careers.

First up is screen composer Amin Bhatia, who has:

  • composed 50-plus scores, over 30-plus years;
  • written music for film, television, radio, and theatre;
  • with co-composer Ari Posner, scored the CBC/Netflix series Anne with an E and internationally-acclaimed series Flashpoint and X Company;
  • written compositions for The Handmaid’s Tale;
  • scored the feature films Storm, Iron Eagle II, and John Woo’s Once a Thief;
  • earned multiple Canadian Screen Awards with co-composer Ari Posner, and an Emmy Award nomination for the Disney series Get Ed;
  • worked with David Foster and Steve Porcaro, and seen some of his music appear on Michael Jackson’s Thriller;
  • seen his albums The Interstellar Suite and Virtuality become standard repertoire in marching-band competitions.

Here, Bhatia explains the key difference between scoring a live-action screen production, and an animated one.

SOCAN has presented rap producer and beat-maker Murda Beatz with two No. 1 Song Awards: one for co-writing “Rapstar,” performed by Polo G, which reached the peak of both the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on April 24, 2021, and the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart on April 1, 2021; and one for co-writing “Have Mercy,” performed by Chloe, which scaled the summit of the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Dec 18, 2021.

SOCAN Creative Executive, Los Angeles, Racquel Villagante, and Creative Executive, Vancouver, Houtan Houdania presented the No. 1 Song Award plaques to Murda Beatz and his manager (and sometime co-writer) Cory Litwin on April 19, 2021, during a lunch at the Elephante Italian/Beach House restaurant in Santa Monica.

SOCAN congratulates Murda Beatz on the latest in his long line of achievements!