Global - Rajar Q1Â 2022Â headlines 19 May 2022
The UK’s biggest commercial radio company Global celebrates its best-ever audience results, scoring its highest ever reach, hours and share. Global leads the commercial radio market in all measures, with a record-breaking 25.8m weekly listeners, 242m hours and 24% share.
Global also has the top three commercial radio brands in the UK – Heart, Capital and Smooth - and the top two commercial breakfast shows in the UK - Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston & Amanda Holden (3.9m) and Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp (2.5m).
News and nostalgia fuel huge growth for Global as LBC continues to set records, and decades stations Heart 70s, 80s, 90s, plus Heart Dance and Gold experience incredible gains.
LBC, the UK’s number one commercial talk brand, breaks its ninth consecutive RAJAR record as it grows its audience by 291,000 listeners in three months, now reaching a massive 3.5m weekly listeners. A busy news agenda over the last quarter meant more people are tuning in than ever before as LBC cements its role as the voice of the nation and celebrates its highest reach in its 49-year history.
Nick Ferrari at Breakfast and James O’Brien both smash new audience records, with 1.4m weekly listeners tuning in to each show every week.
In the hotly contested London market, LBC leads by a significant margin in hours and share.
Rolling news station LBC News smashes through the 1m listener mark for the first time.
Heart’s decades stations 70s, 80s, 90s, plus Heart Dance and Gold all experience huge audience gains as the nation turns up the nostalgia. Heart 70s hits a record breaking 438,000 listeners, welcoming nearly 120,000 new listeners (37% growth) in three months.â€¯Heart 80s also grows, now reaching 1.4m weekly listeners, and Heart 90s hits a new high of 793,000 listeners, adding an extraordinary 248,000 new listeners in the last quarter (46% growth).
Heart Dance also smashes a new record, adding 310,000 new listeners, taking its audience reach to 658,000 (89% growth).
Gold, playing the greatest hits of all time, adds 103,000 new listeners in three months, now reaching 1.4m weekly listeners.
Elsewhere at Global:
Heart scores a massive 10.2m weekly listeners, extending its reign as the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand and growing in hours and share, with listeners listening for longer. The Heart brand has more than 2.5m more listeners than Radio 1.
Heart Breakfast’s Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden grow their audience, increasing in reach, hours and share. Jamie and Amanda have the biggest show on commercial radio, and biggest commercial breakfast show in the UK, with 3.9m listeners tuning in every week.
Global’s newest station Capital Dance – fronted by dance music icon MistaJam – continues its phenomenal rise as it grows its audience by over a third (208,000 listeners) in just three months to 800,000 listeners.
Capital remains the UK’s no.1 hit music brand with 7.5m weekly listeners across the UK, extending its reach over the Kiss brand nationally with over 3m more listeners tuning in every week. In London, Capital remains the No.1 hit music station with 1.5m weekly listeners, ahead of both Radio 1 and Kiss in the nation’s capital.
On social, Capital is the most followed radio brand in the world on TikTok (and Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Barclaycard was live streamed on TikTok). LBC drives over 30 million video views a month across the social platforms and Classic FM is the largest arts page on Facebook in the world.
*RAJAR figures for Q1 2022, 3rd January 2022 - 3rd April 2022. All stations and groups results are reported on their specified reporting period and TSA (Total Survey Area).
NEWS & PRESS
WM CANADA’S GEORGE KALIVAS ALSO PROMOTED TO A&R DIRECTOR Charlie B and Nicholas Causarano have joined Warner Music Canada as A&R Directors to drive new hip-hop, R&B and pop signings across the country, while existing team member George Kalivas has also...more
Middlesex University London and the Association of Independent Music partner on pioneering Music Business MA for industry professionals
Middlesex University London (MDX) and leading music industry body the Association of Independent Music (AIM) are proud to announce an exciting collaboration on an MA Music Business programme by distance education. The MA is designed for music industry professionals, such as...more
Award-winning Mancunian rapper Aitch has announced the launch of The Aitch-S2, an initiative providing hundreds of people with the opportunity to enjoy a summer without limits - allowing them to break out of their hometowns to experience the best of what UK culture has...more
Music Industry Chiefs Urge Culture Secretary To Ditch 'Dangerous and Damaging' Plan To Allow Artificial Intelligence Firms To Data Mine The Music of UK Creators
UK Music, the collective voice of the UK Music industry, has urged Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries to dump "dangerous and damaging" plans to allow artificial intelligence companies to "launder" music to generate new content. In a letter to the Culture Secretary,...more
19 – 23 October, 2022 - www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world's largest festival and business conference for electronic music, today announced the first wave of confirmed artists for 2022. Among them are Afra (NL), Alan Walker (NO), ARTBAT (UA), Cincity (NL),...more
PGTV: the brand new, music zeitgeist live stream show for the next generation of music lovers, brought to you from the team behind Pure Groove Records and Locked On Recordings, are premiering an exclusive performance video from Baby Queen and...more
Rehegoo Music Group, the global music service provider, has partnered with leading B2B music streaming technology specialist Tuned Global to launch a new digital streaming service providing background music for businesses. Featuring playlists and original compositions by the next generation of...more
Darcus Beese, Sammy Andrews, Fay Milton, Toby Leighton Pope, Jin Jin, Dan Sanders, Phil Christie, Oliver Sasse & DJ Target Among industry Experts AppointedSerenade, the eco-friendly music NFT marketplace whose mission is to support artists by creating new revenue streams...more
TMF to offer world-beating, commercially driven accelerator platform for ACM students ACM and The Music Federation (TMF) have come together to bring the professional music services of the business direct to students across the creative industries spectrum on programme at ACM. The key...more
Artists, songwriters and composers including Sam Fender, Anna Calvi, Joff Oddie (Wolf Alice) and Ayanna Witter-Johnson urge UK collection society, PRS for Music, to reverse proposed 60% cuts to the PRS Foundation The Foundation is the UK's leading funder of new...more
Landmark Digital Services Act sees EU countries catch up with the UK legislation on ticket resale Online marketplaces will be required to identify and verify professional sellers, be prohibited from using “dark patterns,” and produce annual reports on content take-downs revealing...more
As one of the most successful groups in the history of pop and Sweden's biggest musical export, ABBA's return to the stage with ABBA Voyage, a concert like no other, has been a huge moment for millions of fans. It's wowed the critics,...more
The Talent House, UD's Thriving New Creative Hub For Black Music And Culture, Officially Opens In East London
Ray BLK appointed as the organisation's first Ambassador UD launches degree courses in music performance and production and a new membership scheme for Black music creatives and SME start-ups The Talent House, a new £4.1 million state-of-the-art creative hub from leading national youth...more
The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, the first UK listed investment company offering investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated intellectual property rights, and its Investment Adviser, Hipgnosis Song Management Limited, welcome the decision of the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to...more
Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, is delighted to announce that its prestigious annual O2 Silver Clef Awards, held today to honour artists from across the music industry, has so far raised £750K. Returning after a two-year break due...more
The Oram Awards - a platform for innovation in sound, music and related technologies returns in 2022 for its 6th edition. In partnership with The Radiophonic Institute and PRS Foundation, the Oram Awards isa platform for innovation in sound, music,...more
Ibiza Global Radio is proud to announce a new weekly residency athot island destination Club Chinois Ibiza. Running from July 4th till September 26th , the BES - SPIRIT OF IBIZA event serieswill be taking over Monday nights at the state-of-the-art...more
Bauer Media music magazine MOJO is expanding its brand portfolio with a new podcast series ‘The MOJO Record Club’. Hosted by MOJO’s Senior Associate Editor and experienced broadcaster and podcasterAndrew Male, the series will reassess classic albums, share undiscovered gems, rave about...more
Minecraft's song 'Sweden' by C418 gets first spot, with over 102 million Spotify streams and estimated earnings of over $408k The Zelda theme, as well as the Super Mario theme surprisingly share the last two ranks In the world of video games,...more
Headliners Bastille will take to the stage at Lord's for The Hundred final on 3 September Kicking off from 3 August, each match day will feature BBC Music Introducing artists and DJs performing live at venues across the country Samm Henshaw, Jordan...more
Three Six Zero have announced the signing of new J-pop supergroup SG5 as a management client. Spawning from the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon World, one of Japan’s most renowned IPs, SG5 is an intergalactic pop supergroup that protects the universe from...more
Village Underground celebrates its 15th birthday with a month of parties this September. Gwenno, salute, DJ Nobu, Paula Temple, Two Shell, Optimo, WU-LU, Oli XL and Channel One Sound System have all been announced this morning as part of their...more
ASM Global, the world's leading producer of entertainment experiences, venue management and event strategy, celebrates two wins this week, following the AEO (Association of Event Organisers) Awards which took place on 24 June at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. P&J Live in Aberdeen,...more
UK Music has appointed Stephanie Haughton-Campbell as its new Director of Operations. Stephanie handles business operations, the UK Music Board secretariat and project management across UK Music's campaign outputs and events. Before joining UK Music Stephanie served as Chief of Staff at...more
PPL pays out Â£71.3 million to a record number of 113,271 performers and recording rightsholders in June distribution
PPL, the UK's music licensing company for recorded music, today makes a payment of £71.3 million to 113,271 performers and recording rightsholders. This is the highest number of performers and recording rightsholders paid in a June distribution and follows PPL...more
The partnership will lead to increased transparency and greater efficiencies in royalty allocation for the use of music on TV and radio Utopia can significantly reduce the administrative burden placed on broadcasters of tracking and reporting music usage due to regulatory...more
Company Acquires Recordings, Song Catalog, Film Archive and Complete Contents of The Vault of the Legendary American Artist, Genius Composer, Rock Guitar Virtuoso, Free Speech Activist and One-Time Cultural Ambassador to Czechoslovakia Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based...more
MULTI-PLATINUM SUPERSTAR LOGIC SIGNS TO BMG CITES BMG'S COMMITMENT TO EMPOWERING ARTISTS Multi-Platinum, chart-topping hip-hop superstar Logic has switched labels to BMG, citing the company's distinctive commitment to giving artists control of their careers. Logic's new multi-album global partnership with BMG will allow...more
The socially conscious subscription music platform for creators is joining TikTok's curated Sound Partners program via parent company Marmoset, letting brands use Track Club sounds in their TikTok ads. Track Club, the subscription-based source for quality music for creators, is available...more
Legendary labels Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records have signed a world ex. Americas distribution deal with Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia family. Both independent labels are part of the Reservoir group of companies. Commencing on 1st July, Proper will...more
MMF: Open the Black Box to help fund talent development (see Opinion)
Who will replace WMG CEO Stephen Cooper? (see Analysis)
Spotify, Netflix, and aggregation (see Analysis)
US Copyright Royalty Board sets new rate (see News)
Calls for PPL and Australia's PPCA to forge neighbouring rights agreement (see News)
PPL pays out to highest number of recipients ever (see News)
Future-proofing publishing services (see Comment)
Raye talks about artistic autonomy (see Features)
Reports from MuscAlly's Web3 Sandbox Summit (see Features)
The landscape of online fandom is shifting (see Analysis)
Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ and the long tail of ‘Show Me Love’ (see Features)
AEG's Jim King on his plans to build up BST Hyde Park (see Features)
Churn in the era of dynamic retention (see Analysis)
UK celebrates biggest live music weekend ever (see Features, Reviews)
Spotify revamps its Live Events Feed (see Digital)
Music’s future is here: It’s called streaming (see Comment)
The British music industry must do better on race (see Comment)
Spotify Advertising released its annual global trend report (see Analysis)