I wanted to highlight some findings that I recently presented at the AMPPR Public Radio Music Conference which we dug up in all that Q4 2010 SoundExchange data that you guys sent to us.
As you all know well, we collect lots and lots and lots of data on the music you pubcasters stream each quarter for these SoundExchange reports which you all love so much. As part of the report generation process, we use those data to count how many people heard each of the songs you played on your streams.
Each time a listener hears a song on your stream, that’s counted as a performance of the song (and this is the stat that SoundExchange uses to distribute royalties to the performers on the recordings and the record labels). Technically, SoundExchange calls the number of times a song was heard the Actual Total Performances, or ATP, of the song.
Since we had that all calculated, I thought it’d be interesting to see which songs were the most performed in Q4 2010, based on your data submissions. Here, then, were the top five most performed songs of Q4 2010, grouped by the format of the channel/stream on which it was played (excluding News & Information channels):
- This is for the period October 1- December 31, 2010
- This is based on data for 302 public stations and 482 distinct content channels for which reports were generated in Q4 2010
- ATP is adjusted to a monthly average for each song over the quarter, since most stations reported on 14 days per quarter, while some reported on the entire quarter
- This is based on music streaming audience only, not broadcast
Finally, while I was at it, I figured, what the heck, let’s see if public radio was suffering from the same awful affliction that my 11 year-old daughter currently is, namely, Bieber Fever. Let’s take a look…
If you find this sort of thing interesting, or have questions of your own that we could try to answer using these data, please let me know and we’ll do our best to find the answer.