Last week’s No. 1 writer, Brett James remains King this week, crowned on the basis of four (highly) active songs. James was applauded for his No. 1 status last week by publisher partners Warner/Chappell, Combustion Music and Cornman with a congratulatory email showing his song credits plus the fact he produced “Young Love” for Kip Moore and “The Heart Of Dixie” for Danielle Bradbery. That email was also the very first to name check the Top 60 Country Songwriter Chart, so we’ve included it here. (Being first gets special treatment.) Thanks to Ben Vaughn and the Brett James team for the greatly appreciated Songwriter Chart shoutout.
The Top 10 has many highlights this week. Ashley Gorley, who spent three weeks atop our chart in 2013, seems anxious to reclaim the pinnacle. Gorley rocketed from No. 9 to No. 2 this week with a song portfolio of seven songs including new momentum monsters “Rewind” from Rascal Flatts and “You Sound Good To Me” from newcomer Lucy Hale.
Luke Laird is also tripping alarms in the Top 10 after riding the express elevator from No. 16 to No. 5! Laird shares writer credits on the Lucy Hale track with Gorley and Hillary Lindsey, plus his byline is attached to “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Radio” from artists Eric Church and Darius Rucker.
And speaking of the talented Ms. Lindsey, her Top 60 Songwriter Chart position has exploded from a bubbling under No. 94 last week to No. 26 today earning Biggest Gainer status. In addition to sharing “You Sound Good…” with Messers Laird and Gorley, she’s also earning chart credits for “Sober” which she co-wrote with Lori McKenna and Liz Rose.
Mention-worthy leaps were also made by Phil O’Donnell and Wade Kirby from No. 73 to No. 28 and No. 74 to No. 29 respectively. These substantial gains were courtesy “Doin’ What She Likes” recorded by Blake Shelton. The song is building across all media channels—streaming, radio airplay and sales and its writers are no doubt enjoying the heat.
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The Beats Goes On
Beats Music launches today (Jan. 21) so it seemed appropriate to display this recent data on the U.S.music streaming marketplace from the NPD Group.
According to NPD, 40% of adult smartphone users listened to a streaming service in the past week. Of these streaming listeners, 71 percent listened to Pandora, 43 percent listened to YouTube and 23 percent listened to iHeartradio. By market share, 28% of these smartphone streamers listen to Pandora and 17% watch YouTube. Pandora leads the pack by a wide margin, so beating Spotify cannot be the new service’s only goal.
Interestingly, music isn’t the only new streaming category gaining momentum. Subscription video on demand (SVOD) is gaining marketshare and its impact is being felt by consumers and in cable TV boardrooms as it reshapes the subscription TV marketplace and directly effects premium TV services like HBO and Showtime. NPD reports that at the end of Q1 2013, the number of viewers using SVOD (streaming video on demand) services increased 34% with Netflix dominating the sector. Other SVOD companies include Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. As more current data is released, those numbers are expected to climb.