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From Nielsen:

Radio’s national audience of 244 million listeners reaches listeners of all ages in markets large and small. This quarter, the audience exceeded nine in 10 Americans: 91.5% of all people age 12+ use radio during the week.

With such a large listener base, people tune into audio for reasons as varied as their individual backgrounds. And the audio landscape has something to offer for everyone, whether that is breaking local news or the latest hit that’s soaring up the charts in the summer. As a result, radio offers many different types of content, from hyper-local news and information specific to each community, to network programming with a national viewpoint.

Understanding the intricacies of different programming is essential to connecting with different consumer groups. In this report, we turn our focus to network radio and the large catalog of national content available each week from the 46 radio networks measured by Nielsen RADAR. These networks provide audio content across the country on thousands of stations each week and represent the bulk of network radio listening in America. Combined, they reach more than 181 million listeners on a weekly basis with music, sports and talk content from a variety of personalities and perspectives.


The network radio audience mirrors the national radio audience by gender (slightly more male than female) and age (consumers between the ages of 25 and 54 account for half the audience, with 45-54 representing the largest group of listeners.)


From Uproxx:

Oliver Stone was hoping that Jim Morrison would appear in the movie. It seems odd that Stone would have any hopes of Morrison appearing in his movie considering that singer died 15 years before the film came out, but at one time it was a real possibility. Oliver Stone told Entertainment Weekly that he had been working on his Vietnam War epic since the late 60s and had gotten a rough draft to Jim Morrison in 1971.

“It was another version of it — a very mythic version. The character dies in Vietnam and goes to the Underworld. A lot of mythology. I couldn’t deal with Vietnam yet in a completely realistic way at that point. And I did send it to Morrison because it had a lot of Doors music in it. And he had it in his apartment in Paris when he died. It was returned to me in 1990 when I made The Doors. Very bizarre.”

Absolutely no surprise that Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and iTunes Chart for the week ending September 6, 2014, becoming Swift’s 2nd #1 single in the United States and the 22nd song to debut on #1.

1 Shake It Off Taylor Swift
2 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
3 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
4 Guts Over Fear (feat. Sia) Eminem
5 Anaconda Nicki Minaj
6 Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora) Iggy Azalea
7 Break Free (feat. Zedd) Ariana Grande
8 Maps Maroon 5
9 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
10 Stay With Me Sam Smith

Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, released the debut solo album from artist Steffany Gretzinger, The Undoing, this week, and a remarkable debut at #8.

1 My Everything (Deluxe) Ariana Grande
2 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
3 Moonshine in the Trunk Brad Paisley
4 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
5 The Beauty of Independence – EP G-Unit
6 x Ed Sheeran
7 Don’t – EP Ed Sheeran
8 The Undoing Steffany Gretzinger
9 Stolen Dance – EP Milky Chance
10 V (Deluxe Version) Maroon 5

From Billboard:

Led by gains in streaming revenues, digital accounted for 82 percent of Denmark’s recorded music revenues in the first half of the year, up from 74 percent a year earlier, trade group IFPI announced Tuesday.

Streaming represented 63 percent of Danish recorded music revenue, an increase from 45 percent last year. Digital downloads’ share of revenue declined to 19 percent from 29 percent. Revenue from physical products — CDs and vinyl LPs — declined to 18 percent of revenues from 26 percent a year earlier.

While Denmark clearly experienced shifts in market shares, the news release leaves a question mark on the overall performance of the Danish recorded music market. The IFPI did not reveal either total recorded music income or change in recorded music income.

However, information released in February show digital gains helped the Danish market rebounding after years of decline. Last year, recorded music revenues in Denmark rose 4.7 percent to 429 million Kroner ($76 million) from 408 million Kroner ($72 million). Digital revenues jumped nearly 26 percent to 278 million Kroner ($37 million) from 221 million Kroner ($30 million) and had risen 126 percent over the previous 5 years.

Digital Music News takes a look at just how popular ringtones are these days. It’s certainly dropped since it was a billion dollar format in 2007 and 2008, but still worth alnost $100 million. Check out Billboard’s chart this week to see the biggest-selling ringstones this week.


Source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  US-based, 2013 inflation-adjusted revenues.  Written while listening to Modest Mouse.

From Billboard:

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” arrives with 544,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum marks the greatest weekly total this year and the fourth-best bow all-time, two of which now belong to Swift. Flo Rida’s “Right Round” began with 636,000, followed by Swift’s “Together” selling 623,000. Katy Perry’s “Roar” ranks third with 557,000 sold in its first week.

“Shake” shattered a radio record, launching at an all-time-best No. 9 on Adult Pop Songs. It also scores a record-matching No. 12 start on Pop Songs this week.

“Shake” is just the 22nd of the Hot 100′s 1,038 No. 1s all-time to debut at the pinnacle. (Cue up a celebratory chorus of Swift’s “22.”) It’s also the second straight No. 1 starter with “shake” in its title: Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” began a five-week reign when it launched on top on March 2, 2013.

As for title trivia, “Shake It Off” is the sixth Hot 100 No. 1 with “shake” in its name. It follows Baauer’s viral hit; Nelly, Diddy and Murphy Lee’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (2003); Bob Seger’s “Shakedown” (1987); Gregory Abbott’s “Shake You Down” (also 1987); and, the “shake”-iest such smash, KC and the Sunshine Band’s disco classic “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” (1976).

Also, dating to her arrival on Sept. 23, 2006, with “Tim McGraw,” Swift swipes her 60th Hot 100 hit, a threshold that only 13 other acts (to reference Swift’s favorite number …) have reached in the chart’s 56-year history. Only one female act has made more Hot 100 visits: Aretha Franklin, with 73. (The cast of Fox’s Glee leads all acts with 207 Hot 100 entries.)

“Shake” marks Swift’s seventh Digital Songs No. 1 (all of which have debuted at the apex). She ties Britney Spears for the fourth-most leaders, following Rihanna (13), Perry (10) and Eminem (nine).

Scooby Doo’s original name was “Too Much”. Before production for the show began, NBC President Fred Silverman heard Frank Sinatra’s scat “doo-be-doo-be-doo” at the end of his recording of “Strangers in the Night” on a flight to one of the development meetings, and decided to rename the dog “Scooby-Doo” and re-rechristen the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

From Techcrunch:

Snapchat is now the third most popular social app among millennials, according to a recent report by comScore, which finds that Snapchat has 32.9% penetration on these young users’ mobile phones, trailing only Instagram (43.1%) and Facebook (75.6%).

That means the app is more popular than Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ or Tumblr among the millennial demographic, which comScore defines as those between the ages of 18 and 34.

It also puts into perspective why Facebook once valued the company at $3 billion, and why Snapchat had the vision – or hubris, perhaps – to turn that offer down. Millennials are the youngest, most active generation of mobile social networking users, and their habits are setting the stage to be the new “default” for the generations that follow, like Generation Z or Generation Alpha, or whatever we’re calling the born-with-iPad-in-hand kids.

Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass is being praised for its catchy beat and body positive lyrics such as: “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top” and “It’s pretty clear I ain’t no size 2, but I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do”. The song depicts the “ideal” skinny body type as overrated and promotes body acceptance and celebrates men and women of all sizes and shapes.

1 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
2 Maps Maroon 5
3 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
4 Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
5 Chandelier Sia
6 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
7 Stay With Me Sam Smith
8 Hideaway Kiesza
9 Anaconda Nicki Minaj
10 Love Runs Out OneRepublic

Titled Awesome Mix Vol 1, the soundtrack features heavily throughout the film as a cassette of Seventies rock, pop and soul classics that lead character Star Lord listens to as he journeys through space.

1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
2 High Noon Arkells
3 1000HP Godsmack
4 Stolen Dance – EP Milky Chance
5 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
6 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer
7 They Want My Soul Spoon
8 x (Deluxe Edition) Ed Sheeran
9 5:01 Tim Hicks
10 TRXYE – EP Troye Sivan

From Consequence Of Sound:

This year has already seen Jack White produce the fastest pressed-and-released vinyl record ever and score the biggest single-week vinyl sales since 1991. Now he can add “biggest selling vinyl LP of any year since 1994″ to the list.

Billboard reports that with 60,000 copies sold, Lazaretto is not only the highest selling vinyl of the year, but the biggest since Pearl Jam released Vitalogy in 1994. The tricked-out Lazaretto ultra LP alone sold 40,000 copies in just its first week.

For comparison, Arctic Monkey’s AM has the second-biggest sales figure with 29,000 units moved. 2013’s highest seller was Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories with 49,000 sold.

Keep in mind that, yes, Soundscan’s vinyl tracking only goes back to 1991.