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Thread #69884   Message #1190160
Posted By: M.Ted
20-May-04 - 06:11 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Day after Day It's Slippin' Away (Shango)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: anyone remember this '60s hit?
Actually, the Top 40 concept is based on radio airplay rather than record sales, and basically it is that a station would play only about 40 tunes(the real number varied), which were supposed to be the biggest hits in whatever city the radio station was in----the Billboard Charts (in the US)are last word in the national ranking, but they were really compilations of several things, which included airplay on a relatively small number of regional stations, plus jukebox play, DJ picks, and record sales.    Anyway, the bottom line is that the national top 40 is now and always was basically an average of what was a being played locally, all across the country.

Local hits in one area are generally picked up in other areas, as well(often really quickly) and if they do well, they are picked up in even more areas. Record companies have people whose job it is to call radio stations and say, "Hey, this song is really hot in X town, if you play it, it'll be a big hit for you, too!" Sometimes, these guys manage to get a lot of national airplay for records that no one really buys, making an artist really well known without making any money for them.