RAIN Notes: Tuesday, January 9

Jottings of note:




ASCAP President Paul Williams posted his annual new year’s letter to members — mainly songwriters and composers for whom ASCAP collects and distributes royalty payments. (ASCAP is a non-profit performing rights organization … and the only not-for-profit one.) 2023 was a “remarkable year,” he observes, during which ASCAP members placed 27 separate Billboard year-end charts. ASCAP creators also won 48 categories at the Grammys, and swept the music categories of the Oscars and Tonys. A Pulitzer Prize was bestowed on an ASCAP member. He also outlines some of the group’s lobbying efforts in Washington DC. Read it HERE.



Steve Keller, Sonic Strategy Director at Studio Resonate in SXM Media, posts 4 New Year’s Resolutions for Sonic Success in 2024 in ADWEEK. “For those who are passionate about the sonic arts and sciences and their role in branding and marketing, 2023 was a good year,” Keller states. To carry success over into the new year, four resolutions: Don’t sell audio short; Focus on first consideration rather than last click; and two more. Plenty of context and explanation for each. Read it HERE.


UK Tops

Edison Research Podcast Metrics introduced Top 25 Podcasts in the UK — the company’s first UK podcast ranker based on weekly audience reach. As always, Edison’s claim to differentiation from many other rankers is the methodology: Using survey data instead of download data, the results can include any podcast in the world, regardless of its hosting platform. As with the company’s U.S. ranker, The Joe Rogan Experience, takes the #1 spot. Filling out the top three are The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett, and That Peter Crouch Podcast. Three shows made their Top 10 debut:The News Agentsat #7, Saving Grace at #8, and Parenting Hell at #10. See the entire list HERE.


January 9, 2024

Brad Hill