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Country’s New Kids Are Back On the Block, and Headed to Radio

Meanwhile, Warner Music Nashville artist Shy Carter has launched a socially distanced radio promotion tour, a marketing step that frequently precedes an artist’s debut on the airwaves. It is, perhaps, a sign that record labels and their radio partners are finally feeling a sense of adjusted normalcy after a lengthy period of professional turmoil and...

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TikTok’s Timely Rise in Country Music: ‘We’re All Looking for That Connection’

Hamilton is just the latest entry in the emergence of TikTok as an artist development and A&R tool for the mainstream country music business. Warner Music Nashville (WMN) announced the signing of Robyn Ottolini on Oct. 8 as her breakup song “F-150” helped her reach the top three on Rolling Stone‘s all-genre Trending 25 chart. And three artists — SarahBeth Taite, Andrew...

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Makin’ Tracks: Miranda Lambert Crafts a Through-Line From ‘Bluebird’ To ‘Settling Down’

Indeed. While “Bluebird” uses a fine feathered friend for its title, the chorus of “Settling Down” launches with its own fowl language: “I’m a wild child and a homing pigeon.” “It’s funny how a winged creature comes one day in one form,” says Dick, “another day in the form of hope.” The two songs also...

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The Radio Hall of Fame’s Kraig Kitchin Reflects on the 100th Anniversary of Terrestrial Broadcasting

I’m very proud of the increased visibility that the Radio Hall of Fame has throughout the radio industry. It shows a respect for the process. We are giving really talented individuals their proper due and recognition. If there’s one thing that has happened in my tenure, [it’s that] we’ve seen a strong emergence of relevancy....

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SiriusXM Completes Acquisition of Podcast Platform Stitcher

Said Meyer: “We are deepening our position in podcasting, the fastest-growing sector in digital audio, and with completion of this transaction, our vision is taking shape. With Stitcher and its varied assets, we are now a one-stop shop able to meet the needs of podcast creators, publishers and advertisers, while also providing listeners with access...

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The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Spends Milestone 20th Week at No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs Chart

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist(s), Date Reached No. 125, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, Oct. 23, 199923, “Wherever You Will Go,” The Calling, Dec. 22, 200120, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, May 23, 202018, “Photograph,” Nickelback, Oct. 29, 200518, “Unwell,” matchbox twenty, May 3, 200317, “Iris,” Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 1, 199816, “Complicated,” Avril Lavigne,...

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Howard Stern, $600 Million Dollar Man? Why the Radio Idol Is Worth It to SiriusXM

KEY TAKEAWAYS 1) SiriusXM can pay more than competitors because its gross margin percentage (62%) is far higher than competitors such as Spotify (25%) and the standard in subscription service licensing deals (30%). 2) Smiles all around. What’s good for SiriusXM is good for record labels, artists, publishers and songwriters. SiriusXM pays a share of...

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Smokey Robinson, Donny Osmond & More to Present at 2020 Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The presenters are chosen by the inductees and are usually people who played a significant role in their careers. Robinson will present to his long-time friend Donnie Simpson, who hosts The Donnie Simpson Show on WMMJ-FM (Majic 102.3) in Washington, D.C. Simpson previously hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show on D.C. station WPGC-FM from 1993 to 2010. Osmond, who survived teen stardom to have...

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Music Tectonics Conference 2020 Announces Full Lineup of Speakers, Panels & More

Among this year’s highlights are two panels dealing with the explosion of social video platforms that have become so integral in launching chart and streaming hits. The first, “Music in a Borderless World,” will host a conversation with TikTok head of music content operations Corey Sheridan, who will grapple with the complexities of organic user-generated...

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Jason Derulo Is First Soloist to Top Pop Songs Chart in 2000s, ’10s & ’20s

Derulo first led in 2009 & leads again thanks to “Savage Love” with Jawsh 685. Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo‘s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated Oct. 3). The track, released on Columbia Records, marks the first Pop Songs No. 1 for New...

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