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A brand new radio show has recently been added to WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio and can be heard at 7pm South African time Monday’s to Fridays. “American Bandstand Records” is the latest radio show created by Charlie Ray, and features such a great lineup of amazing songs that it is almost impossible not to tune in to listen to Charlie Ray’s one hour lineup of incredible music. This hit show can also be heard on The Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network, NBRN.FM out if Nashville, Tennessee. It is difficult to say whether the show is more popular in South Africa, than in Nashville as Charlie’s show is gaining new listeners on every show that goes out on the air. If you have not taken the time to listen to Charlie Ray’s “American Bandstand Records Radio Show” you need to, even just once. That will be enough to get you hooked on his incredible show which is fast becoming a show not to be missed.
If you missed Charlie’s Grand Tour show on the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network NBRN.FM you can still hear the shows repeated everyday at 7pm South African Time on WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio
Country fans angry with Billboard’s new chart computing methodology have begun an online petition to convince the publication to change its mind. A post at Change.org argues that the changes announced this week favor artists with crossover success (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum), while making it even more difficult to break a new artist.
Billboard announced that starting Thursday (Oct. 11), its country airplay charts would no longer be based solely on country radio airplay (R&B/Hip-hop and Latin music charts were also affected). Instead, the chart would include airplay on other formats, as well as streaming sites like Spotify, plus digital sales data in determining the rankings.
For those who don’t quite understand how the country singles charts work (or used to work, in the case of Billboard), this article explains it fairly well. The effects of the changes were immediate. Swift, who has been releasing new songs leading up to the release of her new album, now has the No. 1 and No. 2 song in country music with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ‘Red’ respectively. The latter has not been released to radio.
Jason Scott’s online petition quotes an opinion piece written by Kevin John Coyne at Country Universe. His argument against the changes reflects what many country fans who oppose the move believe:
“Despite all the new methods of delivery, country music’s primary method of distribution remains the radio. It may be the only thing left that is identifiably “country” in mainstream music. The vast majority of country artists do not pursue the pop market in lieu of the country market. At most, they pursue pop as well as country, but usually wait until the song’s a hit at their home format first.”
Bill Werde, the Editorial Director at Billboard, addressed some of the criticism on Thursday, saying the new methodology reflects the modern music model more accurately:
“Basing the primary chart on radio play only feels out of touch with what’s actually happening with music. The fans have no direct voice with radio. It’s a push format — someone else decides what you’re going to listen to, and with what frequency. Are those of you upset about this rule change suggesting that what fans are streaming on Spotify or buying at iTunes shouldn’t count? Fans have the power today — more than they have ever had in the history of the recorded music business — and these chart changes honor that reality, above all else.”
The petition had 62 supporters as of 4:30PM ET on Friday (Oct. 12). It says it needs 38 more, although it’s not clear what will happen when it gets 100 supporters. There is no indication from Billboard that another change is being considered or will be considered despite the protest.