It was noteworthy last week when Clarkson dropped "Heartbeat Song," the first single from her forthcoming album, and got far more support, especially in large markets, from adult top 40 radio. Billboard's Sean Ross examines why.
Ratings provider Nielsen reports that the all-Christmas music format, always a holiday juggernaut, particularly for Adult Contemporary stations, is giving those stations less of a boost than it has in the past.
It doesn't happen as often now. But earlier this week, a station announced its format change several days in advance and spent its last few days "digging in the crates" for songs you don't usually hear on the radio.