Beyonce‘s empire keeps expanding its reach: first Rutgers started a course devoted to the singer; then Harvard Business School began to study her; now, a radio station in Houston has rebranded itself as a Beyonce-only radio station.
The station’s website posted a statement announcing its closure: “News92, Houston’s first FM all-news radio station aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 2014… This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested.”
Radio One owns the station-formerly-known-as-News92. Yashima Azilove, who works for Radio One, discussed the station’s reincarnation as Beyonce radio with local news. “In looking to make a transition, we go back to what we know,” Azilove told ABC13. “We know urban radio. We’re in Houston, the combination seemed like a winning one.” Well, it’s a win for Radio One and Beyonce at least — 47 employees of the station were laid off.
If the new station only plays Beyonce’s solo catalog, it will have five albums to choose from. Not including various bonus tracks, remixes, live versions or tracks from other artists featuring Beyonce, those records contain 63 songs, adding up to roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes of music. Of course, if the station is willing to dig into Beyonce’s work with Destiny’s Child, that will expand their pool of possible tunes to draw from — Destiny’s Child recorded 5 albums (if you count their Christmas album), containing 67 songs and around 4.5 hours of music.
Beyonce’s last album, Beyonce, came out in December of 2013; it has sold more than 2 million copies. Her “Flawless” remix is currently No. 24 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, making it one of only two songs in the top 25 of that chart that feature a female singer.