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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Why people enter radio competitions, and the UK’s RAJAR figures

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Channel results from Q4 RAJAR data and experts weigh in. Also why do people enter radio competitions? Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Young people and the radio, Spotify to get more expensive, and personalised ads

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Confirmation that young people do indeed listen to radio. Royalty rates rising for steaming music. Continue Reading

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CRB rate increase: not necessarily 44% (a look at Pandora)

As the new Copyright Royalty Board rate ruling sinks in today, we look at how it might affect Pandora. Using the company’s 2017 Annual Report and financials from the most recent earnings report, it becomes clear that the new rates will not apply to most of Pandora’s royalty cost, and that the simple 44% CRB rate hike is actually more complicated … and lower. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Scripps – radio out, podcasting in; and triplej’s Hottest 100 shows radio still big for the young

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Analyzing Scripps’ move to cut radio and focus on podcasts. Other news from the the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and more. Continue Reading

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More records broken by Drake. Is the singles chart broken too?

Drake has a new single, and after less than a week, it has broken multiple streaming records. His track “God’s Plan” now holds the title for Spotify’s and Apple Music’s one-day streaming records. A single breaking records on that scale would have been a major deal a few years back. Now, it’s more surprising if a new release from Drake doesn’t meet those milestones. That trend indicates that it’s time to change how we’re using chart rankings. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: How the UK listens; a sad passing; radio with pictures

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: How the UK listens; a sad passing; radio with pictures — and much more from the US, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Small-scale DAB in the UK – how should it work? And good radio station branding

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Reflections on small-scale DAB in the UK and how it might work. Much more from the international audio industry. Continue Reading

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Mark Mulligan: Joining the Dots — How Wixen’s Suit Impacts Spotify’s DPO

by Mark Mulligan

Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Research reflects on the two Spotify developments that dominated yesterday’s headlines. First, the streaming service has taken its first strides toward launching a direct listing. Second, Spotify was sued by music publisher Wixen. Is the listing in trouble? Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Dick Orkin dies; BBC switches off more AM transmitters, smart speakers a hit

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Rest in peace, Dick Orkin. Other news and updates from around the audio world looking back on 2017 and ringing in 2018. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Australia’s christmas sabotage, and UK radio to get deregulated

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: James reacts to Australian radio’s long holiday break in ratings. Others share insights on UK radio’s impending deregulation. Continue Reading