OPEN ROAD RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF MORE THAN 100 HITS
Open Road Recordings, founded in 2003 by Ron Kitchener, has been the #1 Canadian country label for seven consecutive years, based on market share from Mediabase airplay.The 15-year anniversary milestone is notably marked September 2018, with an impressive archive of more than 100 Top 10 hits over the years.
The company has won Record Company of the Year six years in a row (2009 – 2014), eight times total. Kitchener, now a Canadian country music industry icon himself, has received Manager of the Year at the CCMA Awards 14 times, indicative of his ability to steer the label to success, even through periods of massive change and evolution in the record industry, particularly as the last 5 years brought about the shift in a digital-first consumer. A focus on artist development has always been a strength and it remains a central part of the focus of Kitchener and his growing team.
Open Road Recordings has to date sold more than 2.3 million albums and 5 million digital tracks sold by artists such as Taylor Swift, Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Madeline Merlo, Hunter Brothers, River Town Saints, The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, High Valley, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire. The company’s roster has received Five Juno’s, and more than 80 CCMA Awards.
When it comes to album certifications, the label boasts a total of one 4x Platinum album (Taylor Swift – Fearless), two 3x Platinum album (Johnny Reid – Dance With Me, Taylor Swift – Speak Now), one 2x Platinum albums, three Platinum albums (The Road Hammers – The Road Hammers), and seven Gold albums. The history is equally as strong in relation to singles, with three 2x Platinum singles, nine Platinum singles, and 19 Gold singles. On Canadian Country Radio, the Open Road Recordings has seen a remarkable 16 #1 hits, and more than 80 Top 10 singles on the charts.