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It's Time to Address The Corruption of the Triple A Chart

It’s Time to Address The Corruption of the Triple A Chart

The unique makeup of the Triple A panel has some labels resorting to gaming the system. But the fix isn’t all that easy…

The Top 22 Triple A Radio Songs (8-14-16)

The Top 22 Triple A Radio Songs (8-14-16)

The Head and the Heart holds off Adele while The Revivalists move to #3. Beck climbs, and Elle King debuts a new track in The Top 22…

Streaming Revenue Overtakes Sales, Suggests Promise for Subscription Model

Streaming Revenue Overtakes Sales, Suggests Promise for Subscription Model

The RIAA reports that the music industry grew ever so slightly in 2015, with streaming now accounting for the largest chunk of revenue. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? View the charts…

The Two Main Reasons CBS is Selling its Radio Stations

The Two Main Reasons CBS is Selling its Radio Stations

Radio’s true believers have been fantasizing about an iHeartMedia sale of assets, but it turns out that CBS will be the first to bail. Here’s why…

The Top 22 Players in Triple A and Adult Rock 2015 (#22-#18)

The Top 22 Players in Triple A and Adult Rock 2015 (#22-#18)

Five of the fourteen people that were named to this list last year were out of jobs by August. So if your name is missing this year, maybe it’s a blessing…

Live 365 On Life Support - Is This What SoundExchange Wanted?

Live 365 On Life Support – Is This What SoundExchange Wanted?

Two weeks ago we suggested doom for small webcasters when the Copyright Royalty Board released its new rates. And now it has begun — Live 365 announces layoffs; cuts streams as investors bail…

New Streaming Rates May Kill The Little Guys -- An Opportunity For Pubradio?

New Streaming Rates May Kill The Little Guys — An Opportunity For Pubradio?

There’s one thing everyone seems to agree on: The new streaming royalty rates are very bad news for small and medium webcasters. But could this be an opportunity for Public Radio?…

Adele CD Buyers Are 32% More Likely to Buy Candles and Incense

Adele CD Buyers Are 32% More Likely to Buy Candles and Incense

With millions of people buying the new Adele CD, Nielsen wanted to know what else they were buying. Here’s a clue: Girl Stuff…

Linkage: What a Stream is Worth, FTC Investigates Apple, News Users Not Paying

Linkage: What a Stream is Worth, FTC Investigates Apple, News Users Not Paying

Three stories about the transition to digital: Billboard parses the value of a stream, FTC considers anti-trust complaints of Apple streaming competitors, and users of digital news seem to like “free” as well…

Hoopla Over Apple's Beats 1 Shows How Far Perception of Radio Has Fallen

Hoopla Over Apple’s Beats 1 Shows How Far Perception of Radio Has Fallen

Apple’s Beats 1 is certainly a solid streaming radio station. But the number of articles and blog posts suggesting it is the second coming of radio says more about Radio than it says about Beats 1…

Spins Are Far From the Best Indicator of Success at Radio

Spins Are Far From the Best Indicator of Success at Radio

With music research having become scarce, programmers may be relying too much on chart positions driven by spin counts. And in many cases, that’s a mistake…

22 Things You Can Do Instead of Arguing With Record Reps

22 Things You Can Do Instead of Arguing With Record Reps

A lesson from a recovering record label abuser: Beating up reps over concert co-promotes is a waste of time and valuable resources. Here’s what you should do instead…

Almost Famous: Is Radio’s Quid Pro Quo Airplay Habit Exploiting Mid-Level Artists?

Almost Famous: Is Radio’s Quid Pro Quo Airplay Habit Exploiting Mid-Level Artists?

It’s not exactly reverse payola, but radio’s habit of requesting artists to play extra-curricular events seems lately to be unfairly falling on established, but mid-level artists…

Backlash Against Tidal Shows How Far Apart Artists and Consumers Really Are

Backlash Against Tidal Shows How Far Apart Artists and Consumers Really Are

This week Jay Z and other mega-artists announced a new streaming venture called Tidal. But the somewhat bizarre backlash demonstrated that artists and consumers are talking past each other…

Linkage: The Music Industry's Broken Biz Could Change This Year

Linkage: The Music Industry’s Broken Biz Could Change This Year

In a read-it-while-you-still-can post on Gigaom, Jeff John Roberts does a nice analysis of the many things that are in play in 2015 that could make, or break further, the music business…

Diversifying Revenue Streams Important As Ever As Ad Spend Lags

Diversifying Revenue Streams Important As Ever As Ad Spend Lags

While we expected the ad spend at radio to be down slightly in 2014 (and it was), what no one apparently saw coming was a weaker advertising market for everybody…

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