New York's top 40 Z100 isn't running its own year-end countdown for 2013, opting instead for Clear Channel's national iHeart Countdown instead. But over the years, the Z100 year-end tally has been a nice illustration of how various markets still differ. And a look at Z100's most-played songs for the year shows that there are still significant differences, including the power of EDM this year.
For the first month or so of the relentless promotion for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," I was feeling a little wistful about radio's inability to be as funny or creative in its promotional efforts. Then as the Ron Burgundy appearances became more relentless, the reaction changed and various tweets and Facebook postings began reading the promotion as desperate. In that regard, "Anchorman 2" now resembles another one of radio's self-promotion campaigns.
Acoustic pop and alternative crossovers often pile up at top 40 waiting for the one "rock slot" among more traditionally rhythmic and mainstream titles. That's why One Direction's "Story Of My Life" needs five weeks to get to the top 20 and OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" needs six months. So what would top 40 sound like if it played those songs right away? A lot like WKRQ (Q102) Cincinnati. So we take a Fresh Listen.
For years, radio was emphatically not in the business of selling records. Now, major broadcasters have launched various label/artist initiatives and pre-release specials of superstar albums have become a regular part of the landscape. But how can radio sell records at a time when an increasing number of listeners are choosing to stream, not buy? We have some thoughts.