Sean Ross

Contributing Columnist

 

Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40 -- it worked well for Amp Radio in Los Angeles. It worked less well for New York’s Now FM.
Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40 -- it worked well for Amp Radio in Los Angeles. It worked less well for New York’s Now FM.
The Battle for Song of the Summer

The Battle for Song of the Summer

What goes into the making and marketing of a hot-weather hit? (Hint: make the chorus most of the track.) And who's coming out on top in 2014? (Spoiler: She's fancy.)

Katy Perry

Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

It's hard to remember how much everybody liked "Blurred Lines" a year ago. After Robin Thicke's public implosion, a lot of people seem to be deciding that they never liked it anyway.

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