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.
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.
RIP '20 on 20': A Look Back at SiriusXM's Promising Pop Show

RIP '20 on 20': A Look Back at SiriusXM's Promising Pop Show

I’ve long felt that “20 on 20,” SiriusXM’s new releases top 40 station, had the potential to be the most influential mainstream top 40 station in the country. Instead, “20 on 20” will sign off in a repackaging of satellite radio channels on July 17.
Ross On Radio: Final Listen - Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel

Ross On Radio: Final Listen - Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel

When Scott Shannon's nationally syndicated True Oldies Channel launched a decade ago, it was for listeners who weren't happy with the incursion of the early '70s (or beyond) into their oldies format. TOC is set to sign off at the end of the month, here's a last look and an overview of the oldies/greatest hits format today.
Ross On Radio: Why Michael Jackson Has A Hit Now

Ross On Radio: Why Michael Jackson Has A Hit Now

Not even the overwhelming surge of interest in Michael Jackson following his death in 2009 could make "This Is It" a radio hit that year. Only the adult R&B format was interested in an MOR-flavored ballad co-written by Paul Anka more than 25 years earlier. A year later, Jackson's collaborations with a handful of hot producers surfaced, but underwhelmed as well. So why does Jackson finally have a posthumous hit with another Anka song?

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