Yup. Garth had a deal as well but I think it may have included all the radio stations and not just clear channel
I think it was 1st use w/ the Tim and Kenny's duet which went to 12-13 then was pulled because it was so poorly received by fans and they had other projects they wanted to promote. Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean lead singles were also given the treatment. Carrie's lead single was a little too soon and she also released it like on Thursday night so it was on her terms definitely. Actually there are pros and cons to the quick race up the charts. I see more negatives than anything but I guess the buzz could maintain such as Jason Aldean seems to be doing well with his 1st single. Garth's deal was w/ all the PDs not dedicated w/ CC only. A couple of the stations such as my WQYK station did it for a full wk.
WQYK also played Garth's tune 125 times in that opening week, which is beyond asinine.
BA (+32 spins, +0.178 million AIs) remains at #16.
On Canadian Country, BA (+3 spins, +0.004 million AIs) moves up a spot to #16.
"I feel like it's not about the accolades or the sales numbers or the, you know, awards or any of that. It's about helping people with their lives and making a difference that way."
-- Carrie Underwood (VH1 Behind The Music - Sept 2012)
I'm really tired and stressed over the never ending Taylor Swift discussion. I believe her name does not belong here. EVER.
Something tells me the charts will get back to normal this week now that tbe CC push is over.
Hopefully carrie's updates will get a wee bit stronger as a result.
It's certainly not good for the listeners either; this tune and 'Rockstar' are two of the worst singles of the past decade.
OId her label likes 'hollow victories' as well as indefensibly dishonest articles such as the one in the newest issue of BB regarding some phony chart records she allegedly 'set' with this tune, then so be it.
At least Carrie will never have to go this route; it's pointless and disgusting.
When you have BM working with CC working with Covergirl working with Taylor, you have a complete circle in which the money stays. Each does their part and they get their back scratched.
What this does is leave people out!
IT's no longer a system controlled by quality of music or public appeal.
It becomes a functioning system that creates promotes sells and profits as a collective.
No more singers that are not part of the system.
It has been a while trying to get the system right where it is an iron clad arrangement. But with this arrangement with CC (it may appear that TS is the only one who wins) the whole collective stays well fed and secure.
But what if you are not part of the collective??
Well, I think it is a soft agreement where covergirl (and or any sponserships that TS is associated with) is going to advertize "strongly" at radio that is willing to really push taylor. So Covergirl wins / radio wins (with advertizing dollars) Taylor wins (in all ways) BM wins in their artsist being the most promoted and therefor profitable artist on their rowster. And CC wins (in advertizing dollars as well) along with becoming the most powerful radio-collective out there. They start running the radio world if they can get these big groups to play with them.
For those who question why CC would agree to pay the artist everytime a song gets played, its because that song is going to get played "so much" and the advertizing dollars end up so heavy and excessive that CC (with this exclusive deal) ends up very powerful and rich along with BM.
Covergirl (which is a billion dollar enterprize) would just be one of any sponsorship who is willing to give heavy advertizing dollars to be a part of the collective.
Each component (radio/advertizers/record label/media outlets) is necessary for the whole to work.
And because CC has been allowed to become a huge body of radios stations (just like a walmart is a huge product selling entity) there is little ability for anyone to compete with them.
What they play instantly becomes the most popular. Regardless of how anyone feels about the product.
But if CC is willing to aggressively push covergirls biggest asset, why wouldn't covergirl agree to assist by giving high dollar amounts in advertizing.
Again, Taylors success helps both covergirl and CC.
So they "create" her success.
Which, keep in mind, means that the minute they feel the publics (young 12 yrolds) attention going elsewhere, so will their attention. And Taylor will be right in the same boat as any outsider while the big boys are still making it rich on the new flavor of the month.
This does not all hinge on Taylor Swift. This all hinges on creating interest in the product they have to sell.
The minute they smell a new trend other than Taylor Swift they will be on it like flys on "...."!
In addition to that - this is just a "FEASIBILITY STUDY" of Clear Channel and this is the reason why Clear Channel is STARTING SMALL by agreeing to work with Big Machine ONLY - and SEE "IF" Clear Channel can build A BUSINESS OUT OF IT. Clear Channel, despite of $6.16 billion in annual revenue, still has a NET LOSS of nearly 303 million dollar last year. It has $20 billion dollar in debt and last year it paid $1.47 billion dollar interest as INTEREST EXPENSE. So, Clear Channel NEEDS MORE ADVERTISING "REVENUE" and it is using Big Machine, "IF", IT WILL WORK. They are calling the commission (remuneration) from the ADVERTISING REVENUE - "the sound recording performance royalty". Clear Channel has a NET OPERATING INCOME of $1.167 billion dollar which is not enough to pay the ANNUAL INTEREST of $1.47 billion dollar. This is the reason why they have a NET LOSS of nearly $300 million dollar last year and looking for POSSIBLE "ADDITIONAL ADVERTISING REVENUE". The deal that Big Machine offered to Clear Channel was accepted by Clear Channel for that reason.