Insights

2015 U.S. Music Year-End Report

Aside from the excitement about Adele’s “25” at year-end, on-demand audio and video streaming continued to gain in popularity in 2015, posting growth rates of 83% and 102%, respectively. Vinyl also posted its 10th consecutive year of sales growth.

Another Classic Radio Christmas Is In Store

With Christmas just a few days away, tens of millions of Americans will be tuning into their local holiday music radio station. And once again this year, stations that flip to an “All-Christmas” format will likely see a boost in ratings.

Tops of 2015: Audio

This year on the radio, News/Talk remained American’s No. 1 overall format in the 48 Nielsen portable people meter (PPM) markets. However, Urban Contemporary and Sports both experienced record-breaking years.

Urban Contemporary Radio's Sweet Spot

Throughout this past year, hip-hop music has been making a big splash. This recent attention may be traced back to the radio airwaves, where the Urban Contemporary format has been mixing together R&B, rap and hip-hop music for more than 40 years.

Radio Fall Classic: Sports Radio Hits a Grand Slam in October

Today, the sports landscape looks similar to a year ago: the Kansas City Royals are in the World Series, the New England Patriots are making headlines in the NFL, and on the radio airwaves, Sports radio is setting records once again for share of audience.