Can you imagine an album or hit song music chart without radio airplay as a component?
Rolling Stone can and their new charts reflect it.
The radio industry has a new role in making hit music and it’s nowhere near as critical to an artist’s success as it used to be.
While consumer-driven metrics are reshaping how we look at the apparent popularity of songs and artists, they are fast becoming more relevant than radio airplay.
This begs the question can radio continue to thrive when it is now being excluded from hit music ranking?
There are two important things stations can do to become more relevant again.