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Chart Analysis November 30, 2021

The Music Network will no longer publish radio airplay charts

The Music Network will no longer publish radio airplay charts

TMN has decided to call time on publishing its weighted radio airplay charts.

This includes the coveted TMN Hot 100, TMN Countrytown Hot 50 and a number of spin-offs and genre-based charts covering Australian and Indigenous artists, and triple j and Community radio.

The decision to stop publishing radio airplay charts on TMN, which turned 27 in May, is part of a bigger rebrand and push towards more B2B and industry analysis in 2022 and beyond.

TMN’s coverage of media, charts and data more broadly, including radio, will continue next year. And its support of new music remains in effect with the popular Singles to Radio column and its advertiser-supported Single and Video Of The Day products in the daily newsletter.

TMN publisher Jake Challenor said the decision to move away from charts was not easy, but is necessary as the industry trade bible looks to double down on its news and analysis.

“The music industry is changing, and so must TMN,” Challenor said.

“After another reckoning year for the industry, it is increasingly evident that our news and analysis coverage of music, media and tech is where we need to focus our resources in 2022.

“I also look forward to introducing TMN readers to a new editorial team and two new awards and education programs next year, beyond our annual TMN 30 Under 30 Awards and TMN Tinnies.”

It is not all over red rover for the charts, however.

Stephen Green’s SGC Media, and its newly-acquired title The Music, will introduce airplay charts from Friday. This includes The Radio Monitor Hot 50, which replaces the Hot 100.

“The Radio Monitor Hot 50, Countrytown Hot 50, Aussie 20, triple j 20 and National Indigenous Music Chart will all be published weekly at midday on The Music,” Green said.

“A weekly chart email will also launch in early 2022.”

The competitive label market share reports continue, but will only be available to monthly Radio Monitor subscribers as part of its data suite used by record companies big and small.

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