• Theory of a Deadman
  • Chromeo Jealous
  • EG – Burn slide
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Glorious Sons
  • Mounties
  • Phantogram
  • Disclosure – Latch
  • Dear Rouge
  • Karl Wolf
  • Monster Truck Slide
  • Jake Bugg Slide
  • Five Finger
  • Half Moon Run Slide

Think Tank: MARKET FOCUS – HALIFAX

Our semi-regular series of market explorations continues this month with a look at Halifax, the largest population centre in the Maritimes and the 13th largest radio market in Canada, with 10 commercial stations that, according to the CRTC’s 2012 Statistical and Financial Summaries report, generate $21.7-million in revenue

Perhaps one of the more unique pieces of radio trivia about Halifax is that since 2009, all 22 of the commercial, non-commercial and campus signals servicing the region broadcast on the FM band only. While AM is still an active and ongoing concern elsewhere across the country, the wholesale migration away from AM in Halifax may be the the way of the future elsewhere, especially in light of the increasing operational and maintenance costs associated with keeping aging AM transmitters on the air.
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New Panel Changes

Effective with the airplay week of April 27-May 3, 2014, the following changes will be made to Mediabase Published Panels (unless otherwise noted). The data will be reflected the evening of Friday, May 2. The next panel change, based on results released on the Winter 2013 ratings period, is scheduled to be announced in June.

CANADA-TOP 40
ADD CFRK/Fredericton, NB
ADD CKQB/Ottawa, ON

CANADA-COUNTRY
ADD CKDK/London, ON

CANADA-MAIN AC
ADD CKWS/Kingston, ON

CANADA-HOT AC
ADD CJEC/Quebec City, QC

CANADA-ALTERNATIVE ROCK
ADD CIND/Toronto, ON

Think Tank: Q107

Classic rock fans in Toronto woke up to some changes on April 7th, with morning man John Derringer explaining that their favourite station was evolving from “Classic Rock” to “Toronto’s Rock Station”. According to Derringer, “The dinner menu does not change, that stays the same, it’s rock, it’s the music we all love, the flavouring is going to change a little bit.”

So what type of “flavouring” are we talking about here?

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Nominees Announced for 2014 Canadian Radio Music Awards

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Congratulations to all our clients who have been nominated for the 17th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards!

METRIC – BREATHING UNDERWATER
Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Mainstream AC

METRIC – BREATHING UNDERWATER
Best New Group Or Solo Artist: CHR

GLORIOUS SONS – MAMA
Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Rock

MOUNTIES – HEADPHONES
Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Rock

ONE BAD SON – SCARECROWS
Best New Group Or Solo Artist: Rock

See the full list of nominees HERE:

THINK TANK: Comparing The Formats Redux

A couple years ago we examined the published charts in an effort to see how much material was being shared across the various radio formats you can refresh yourself by re-reading that piece here:

http://www.frontsidegroup.com/think-tank/comparing-the-formats/#more-866

At that time, the Hot A/C & A/C formats had started diverging a bit from CHR and were developing a slightly more distinctive sound, while the Rock formats were displaying a more defined level of ownership on the songs sitting on their respective playlists.

Fast-forward two years, how much has the situation changed?

CHR
Using the March 15, 2014 published Mediabase charts as our source material, we found that CHR, even more so than in recent history, continues to be the engine that powers all of the pop formats, with 76% of the material currently in the Top 30 at CHR also residing in the Top-30 at Hot A/C, while 50% of it occupies the Top-30 at A/C (not including recurrent tracks).

CHR songs not appearing on the Hot A/C chart include tracks from Beyonce, Karl Wolf, Classified and Sebell, while two songs (Mia Martina and Cash Cash) are on the verge of crossing over.

With the decline of the “Rhythmic” cycle that CHR had been in two years ago, the trend now is towards “Pop”, though there is a definite “Rock” influence, as seen with the current hits from OneRepublic, Bastille, Hedley, Passenger and American Authors. The Alternative format has become the go-to source for cross-over hits over the past 18-months, with Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Lumineers and Mumford & Sons all helping to change the texture of CHR. [Read more...]

2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards

Congratulations to all our clients nominated for the SiriusXM Indie awards! Here’s the list!

MONSTER TRUCK
Group Or Duo Of The Year — Most Played Independent Artist Of The Year — Best Selling Independent Release — Rock Artist/Group Of The Year

BASIA BULAT
Album of The Year — Artist Of The Year — Songwriter Of The Year — Folk/Roots Artist Of The Year

DISCLOSURE
International Group/Duo of The Year — International Album Of The Year — International Breakthrough Group Of The Year

MOUNTIES
Single Of The Year — SiriusXM Emerging Artist Of The Year
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