Universal Music says it will ‘remedy’ lack of French songs in Canadian box set
TORONTO — Universal Music Canada is apologizing for what it says were “errors of omission” in excluding French-language music from its box set of Canadian artists. The record label’s “Canada 150: A Celebration Of Music” arrived in stores last month, and listeners began to post messages on social media criticizing the absence of French tracks on the six-disc set. Quebec artists like Celine Dion, Leonard Cohen, Corey Hart and Gino Vannelli are featured in the collection, but only sing in English.
Universal did not explain whether it planned to reissue the collection with French songs and representatives for the company did not immediately respond to comments.
The collection is available in digital format and as a two-disc set, while the six-disc compilation is packaged with a coffee-table book.
“While no compilation should claim to be comprehensive, the absence of French-language repertoire is an incomprehensible oversight, which is not reflective of our values, and we will take action to remedy the offence,” a bilingual statement from the label said on Facebook.