RAIN 3/14: Billboard debuts chart based on song plays from on-demand services

Paul Maloney
March 14, 2012 - 12:30pm

Billboard has created the "On-Demand Songs" chart, based on song plays on subscription online music services. Data from the chart is now included in Billboard's Hot 100.

The weekly chart will rank songs based on "every on-demand play request and plays from unlimited listener-controlled radio channels" available from MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker and Spotify (data from Zune and Sony Music Unlimited is planned to be included in the coming weeks). This includes streams as well as tethered downloads, as heard by paying subscribers and free users alike.

Billboards' Hot 100 will now include the streaming data from the new On-Demand Songs chart, plus non-interactive plays from Rhapsody and Slacker. (This is in addition to terrestrial radio plays, digital track sales, plays on video request service Akoo, and audio from on-demand streams from MySpace and Guvera, Yahoo! radio streams and Yahoo! on-demand video plays.)

Nielsen BDS, which collects and processes the streaming data for the chart, says it's tallied more than 4.5. billion audio streams so far this year, including an all-time weekly high of more than 625 million in the past week. The updated Hot 100 and the new On-Demand Songs chart debut tomorrow on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz, and in the next issue of Billboard magazine, available Friday. The On-Demand Songs chart will also be featured each week on www.digitalmusic.org.

Read more from Billboard.biz here.

Michael Schmitt
March 14, 2012 - 12:30pm

David CarsonRAIN Summit West will include a special highlight this year: an interview with U.S. Copyright Office General Counsel David Carson.

Carson (pictured right) was appointed Copyright Office General Counsel in 1997 after practicing law for 16 years (where his work centered on copyright law, with an emphasis on the publishing, entertainment and computer software industries). He has also served as chair of the Copyright Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

David OxenfordHe'll be interviewed on stage at RAIN Summit West 2012 by Davis Wright Tremaine partner and industry attorney David Oxenford (pictured left). He has represented broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission, the courts and other government agencies for almost 30 years. Oxenford is a RAIN Summit veteran and a frequent source in RAIN. He also edits DWT's Broadcast Law Blog (here).

RAIN Summit West 2012 takes place on Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas just before the NAB/RAB Radio Show gets under way. You can find the Summit's full schedule and line-up of speakers here.

Be sure to register soon! Seats are going fast.

Michael Schmitt
March 14, 2012 - 12:30pm

Digital ad revenue"It's a buyer's market for many ad categories" when it comes to streaming ads, reports Inside Radio. The publication reports streaming CPMs are flat or marginally rising, probably due to an "abundance of inventory... advertiser demand has yet to catch up." Katz360 president Brian Benedik says CPMs range from $3-5 for national/network ads to as high as $15 for hyper-targeted ads.

Diana Anderson, VP of ad buyer Carat, tells Inside Radio, "There is duplication among the audio aggregators and we have found that we can use fewer partners and leverage our spending for better pricing."

Benedik recommends reducing the in-stream spotload to help increase CPMs (which would also improve the listening experience). Radio One digital VP Dan Shelley is considering doing just that, though the idea is only "in the contemplation phase."

You can subscribe to Inside Radio's daily newsletters here. Katz360's Brian Benedik will be a panelist in our discussion about digital advertising at RAIN Summit West 2012 (more info here).

Paul Maloney
March 14, 2012 - 12:30pm

Perhaps you're familiar with Reddit -- the social news website where users submit their own content or links to external content (news items, photos, etc.), on which other users can vote "up" or "down," to continually modify the post's position on the site's pages. Radio Reddit is Reddit's "music discovery" Net radio service for independent music, for which listeners vote using Reddit's "karma" point system. There are six genre channels (electronic, hip-hop/rap, mainstream, metal, indie, and rock) and Android and iPhone mobile apps. Radio Reddit even produces "Live at Radio Reddit," a series of simulcast concerts.

Such is Radio Reddit's dedication to true community and aversion for "hype" that to be eligible for play, at least one member from any potential band contribute to Reddit in some capacity.

Like for items on Reddit itself, Radio Reddit listeners' votes actually calculate the streams' playlists. Radio Reddit cofounder Sean Mulanax told DailyDot.com: "Our streams by themselves are unique in the fact that they are dynamically built on the hour by users’ votes. Bad songs sink to the bottom; higher songs rise to the top. It's really a collaborative music service."

Read more in DailyDot.com here.