SOCAN Honours "Inner Ninja" for Fighting to the Top

TORONTO, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - SOCAN - The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - celebrated the hit song "Inner Ninja" for reaching No. 1 on MuchMusic's Countdown Chart at a special reception in Toronto on June 13, 2013.

"Inner Ninja" co-songwriters Luke Boyd (a.k.a. Classified), Michael Boyd, and David Myles were present to accept their award (co-songwriter Mark Pellizzer could not attend) and enjoy the evening in their honour.

"Being recognized by SOCAN for my first No. 1 is incredible," said David Myles. "Watching this song grow over the last year has been a highlight of my career for sure. What makes it even more special is that it was so fun to make. Luke and I had a blast putting the song together. I know for me, this ongoing collaboration we have has been really energizing and enlightening musically. It's so rad to have people respond to it so enthusiastically. We love doing it, so it's really cool to have other people dig it so much, too. I certainly feel fortunate. It's sweet."

Classified added, "I've been with SOCAN for so many years and have always seen the SOCAN No. 1 Awards given out to other artists. It feels great to be finally getting my own No. 1 and to celebrate it with my whole crew and the people who helped me get to this point."

SOCAN has been honouring its members' songs that reach No. 1 on Billboard, CMT, MuchMusic and MuchMore Countdown, and Neilson BDS charts for more than 20 years. Previous SOCAN No. 1 Award recipients include Arcade Fire, Michael Bublé, Dean Brody, Drake, Nelly Furtado, Hedley, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nickelback, The Tragically Hip, and many others.

"Reaching No. 1 is a milestone that every songwriter remembers," said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "Celebrating this accomplishment with our valued members is an honour and a privilege. The vast majority of SOCAN's more than 115,000 members are trying to build a career in music, and 'Inner Ninja' is a great example of hard work and diligence paying off."

SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 115,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

Image with caption: "David Myles (left), Classified (centre) and Michael Boyd (right) accept their SOCAN No. 1 Song Award plaques for the song "Inner Ninja," which fought its way to the top of the charts in April 2013. (Photo: Jeff Knights) (CNW Group/SOCAN)". Image available at:


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Michael Critchley
Marketing & Communications, SOCAN
416.445.8700 x3784


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