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Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation

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Despite the growth of digital media, traditional FM radio airplay still remains the essential way for musicians to achieve commercial success. "Climbing the Charts" examines how songs rise, or fail to rise, up the radio airplay charts. Looking at the relationships between record labels, tastemakers, and the public, Gabriel Rossman develops a clear picture of the roles of ...more
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Published July 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Brett Thomasson
Oct 19, 2015 Brett Thomasson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of things everybody knows about radio and the music it plays. Such as, there are a few big stations that influence what everyone else plays. They play songs first and then other stations in smaller, less hip markets pick up the trail and start playing the same songs.

Also, that broadcasting conglomerates, especially like Clear Channel Communications, control what gets played on the radio. Clear Channel, in fact, was almost solely responsible for driving the Dixie Chicks off the ai
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Felix Hayman
Aug 08, 2012 Felix Hayman rated it really liked it
What makes a hit a hit? For many years the insiders in the radio industry have seen it as a combination of the payola system and a rapid exchange of information between radio stations.Rossman's analysis of this myth opens up a lot of questions about why radio functions as the creator and destroyer of the popular music industry.
The emphasis in this book is the interface between listener and producer, wrapped up in a sociological analysis of the production of pop music.It is at the heart of the wo
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Kristin Thomson
Apr 03, 2015 Kristin Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Rossman is a thorough and careful researcher who does an excellent job of using commercial radio airplay data to describe larger economic and social patterns.

Rossman examines a number of conventional assumptions about how commercial airplay works, and sometimes comes to a more nuanced conclusion about the factors that determine airplay. The easy answer is that it's all about payola. Sure, that's still an influence (though it is still illegal), but there are many other forces at work. Th
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Ian
May 19, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it
If you studied statistics in college, are interested in why the Black Eyed Peas "My Humps" was able to become a smash pop hit despite being far being inferior to the other single they were simultaneously pushing, and you also are curious as to why songs such as "Oye Mi Canto" and "Rompe" were able to break a whole new "Hurban" genre in the US in 2005, then this book is perfect for you.

As for me, I meet all 3 of these criteria. You probably don't. In fact, this book was written with an infintesim
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