Sitting around the Frontside office recently, the topic of the old CRTC hit/non-hit regulation came up, and more specifically, the question of what it actually was and why it still exists for a select few stations across the country.
But first, let’s get a little history lesson happening on FM radio and how the current situation came to be.
In 1973, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission floated out the proposal that English-language commercial FM stations should be distinctive from what was being offered on AM. After what, one would have to assume, would be much bureaucratic wrangling, new policies were finally announced in January 1975 that would ultimately change the way FM stations were allowed to operate starting that September.
Some of the new rules that Program Directors and Music Directors had to take into consideration were: [Read more…]
Here’s a fun fact. As of Monday August 18th, 2015. It’s been 78 weeks (19 months) since a Canadian Artist has been #1 at Active Rock in Canada. During the same time period, 5 different Canadian Artists have spent a combined 15 weeks at #1 in the USA.
— Theory of a Deadman “Angel” – 1 week – (peaked #11 Canada)
— Three Days Grace “I Am Machine” – 6 weeks – (peaked #5 Canada)
— Nickelback “Edge of a Revolution” – 2 weeks – (peaked #3 Canada)
— Three Days Grace “Painkiller” – 4 weeks – (peaked #3 Canada)
— Pop Evil “Torn to Pieces” – 2 weeks – (peaked #5 Canada)
(Full disclosure, Frontside works with both Theory Of A Deadman and Pop Evil)
Back in Canada we’ve come close a few times since Sam Roberts “We’re All In This Together” topped the charts. We’ve seen the following hit #2: The Glorious Sons “White Noise” (March 2014), The Trews “What’s Fair Is Fair” (May 2014), Theory Of A Deadman “Drown” (July 2014), The Glorious Sons “Lightning” (March 2015), and this week, The Glorious Sons “The Contender” hit #2 as well.
(Full disclosure, Frontside works with both Theory Of A Deadman and The Glorious Sons)
Why is this the case? [Read more…]
Congratulations to Metric who have just snagged their 5th #1 single at Alternative radio in Canada. Since January 2009, Metric has spent a combined 33-weeks at #1 at Alternative radio. Five #1 singles (plus another three Top-5 showings) have helped to drive Metric to over 288,000 Mediabase detections across all formats to date (Breathing Underwater is about to cross the 100,000x mark on it’s own!).
“The Shade (I Want It All)” — 1 week (as of June 13, 2015)
“Youth Without Youth” — 16 weeks
“Gold Guns Girls” — 8 weeks
“Gimme Sympathy” — 4 weeks
“Help, I’m Alive” — 4 weeks
Other honors include: [Read more…]
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