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Encyclopedia > Adult contemporary music

Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream contemporary popular music, excluding hip hop, hard rock, some teen pop music and rhythmic dance tracks (though during the 2000s, these have been included), which is intended for a mature adult audience. Radio stations playing this format will often target 16-54 year-olds, the group most valued by advertisers. AC is generally divided into 4 groups; "Hot AC," also known as "Adult Top 40," "Soft AC," also known as "Lite," "Urban AC," also known as "Urban Contemporary," and "Religious AC." Some radio stations play only Hot AC; some play only Soft AC, and some play both. Thus it is not usually considered a specific genre of music, since it is merely an assembly of selected tracks of musicians of many different genres. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... Modern adult contemporary (or Modern AC) is a popular and influential hybrid radio format. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Teen pop (also known in its vernacular sense as Disney pop) is a teenybopper subculture heavily influenced by Teen pop music which is socially considered exclusively consumed by preteens and teenagers. ... Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ... Adult Top 40 is a another variation on the Top 40 format, in which this genre is more geared towards an adult audience who are not into Rock music teen Pop, Dance music, Hip-Hop, Modern Rock or slower Adult Contemporary fare. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ...

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Hot Adult Contemporary

Hot Adult Contemporary was introduced in 1986 as a hybrid of Top 40 and oldies-based Adult Contemporary.[citation needed] The format was designed to appeal to adults who liked pop music but also liked more era variety than Top 40 offered. Several stations began variations of the format as early as 1984. WWMX-FM Baltimore and WOMX-FM Orlando were early pioneers in Hot AC. Programmers Guy Zapoleon (Mix 96.5, KHMX Houston, July 1990) and Bobby Rich (B-100, KFMB San Diego, July 1984) are most often credited with creating the concept. New songs with sufficient adult appeal that weren't too soft were mixed with popular oldies that weren't too old. By the early 1990s "Mix" stations appeared in most markets in the US. During the early 1990s, these stations stopped playing 1960s music, and later in the 1990s, they stopped playing the 1970s. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ...


Today, Hot AC radio stations tend towards some hard rock, such as Goo Goo Dolls, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, and may occasionally play Dance Hits, such as those by Paula Abdul, Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, and some of Madonna's more upbeat, dance-oriented songs, such as "Music" and "Ray of Light." Hot AC is now also slightly more alternative than Soft AC; examples of alternative or harder-edged artists played on Hot AC but unlikely to be heard on Soft AC stations include Red Hot Chili Peppers, All-American Rejects, Linkin Park, Third Eye Blind, Fall Out Boy, and P!nk. However, the line between Hot AC and Soft AC continues to blur, as alternative and rock artists such as Lifehouse ("You and Me"), Nickelback ("Far Away"), Avril Lavigne ("Complicated," "I'm With You"), 3 Doors Down ("Here Without You"), The Fray ("How to Save a Life"), and Hinder ("Lips of an Angel"), have all released singles which got substantial Soft AC airplay, and have further blurred these lines. Hard Rock redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Hot Dance Airplay is a monitored dance music radio chart that is featured weekly in Billboard magazine. ... Paula Julie Abdul is an American, multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, actress, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. ... Kylie redirects here. ... Not to be confused with Rhianna or Rayhana. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy-award winning American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. ... POSSIBLE COPYRIGHT VIOLATION Categories: Possible copyright violations | Stub | American musical groups | Later punk groups ... Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. ... Third Eye Blind (frequently abbreviated 3eb) is aalternative rock band formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco. ... Fall Out Boy is an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois, (a suburb of Chicago) that formed in 2001. ... Alecia Moore (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (also written as P!nk), is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter who first gained prominence in North America in early January of 2000. ... Lifehouse is an American rock band. ... This article is about the Canadian rock band. ... Avril Lavigne Whibley,[10] better known by her birth name of Avril Lavigne (pronounced ; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian Grammy award-nominated rock singer, musician, fashion designer and actress. ... 3 Doors Down is an American rock band formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi in the year 1994 by Brad Arnold (vocals and drums), Matt Roberts (guitar) and Todd Harrell (bass). ... For other uses, see The Fray (disambiguation). ... This article is about the American rock band. ...


Since the 2000s, Hot AC stations have begun adding rap and hip hop music to their playlists, from such artists as Akon, Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Fort Minor, Ne-Yo, and the Pussycat Dolls, to compete with Top 40 stations. This has occurred more in metropolitan areas with a highly concentrated African American population. Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Kishan Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Badara Akon Thiam,[1][2] often going by the shorter Aliaune Thiam[3] (born October 14, 1981),[4] and better known by his stage name Akon, is an American R&B singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, and record executive. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is a popular American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and fashion designer, and is most widely known by the name Beyoncé. Knowles rose to stardom as a founding member and the lead singer of Destinys Child, musics most successful... This article is about the American hip hop group. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Fort Minor is a hip hop ensemble and side project created by Mike Shinoda, of Linkin Park. ... Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1982), known professionally as Ne-Yo, is a Grammy Award-nominated American R&B and pop singer-songwriter. ... The Pussycat Dolls are an American hip hop, pop and R&B quintet, and dance and burlesque ensemble founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


Hot AC is less successful in the United States, but in Canada, it is the most-listened-to radio format.[citation needed] Some top 40-leaning hot ACs, such as CHUM-FM in Toronto and CJFM-FM in Montreal are some of the most successful hot AC stations. CHUM-FM is a Canadian radio station licensed to Toronto, Ontario and operated by CHUM Limited. ... CJFM-FM is an English language Canadian radio station located in Montreal, Quebec. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ...


The modern adult contemporary format can be seen as a variation of Hot AC. Modern adult contemporary (or Modern AC) is a popular and influential hybrid radio format. ...


Soft Adult Contemporary

Soft AC is also known as "lite" music, and many radio stations across North America that play Soft AC refer to themselves as "lite" stations. Other popular nicknames include "Magic," "Warm," "Sunny," "Bee (or "B")" and (particularly in Canada) "EZ Rock." The format can be seen as a more contemporary successor to and combination of the Middle of the road (MOR), Beautiful Music, Easy Listening and soft rock formats. CJEZ is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts an adult contemporary format at 97. ... Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ... Easy listening music is a style of popular music and radio format that emerged in the mid-20th century, evolving out of swing and big band music, and related to Beautiful music and Light music. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ...


A few "lite" stations, such as WLTW-FM in New York City, WSB-FM in Atlanta, WYJB-FM in Albany, New York, and WJJY-FM in Brainerd, Minnesota have actually started to mix in more "Hot AC" songs into their playlist as well. WLTW, known on-air as 106. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... WSB-FM (B98. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... WYJB is an Albany, NY adult contemporary radio station. ... For other uses, see Albany. ... For the defunct television station in Quincy, IL, see WJJY-TV WJJY is a FM radio station that is located in Brainerd, Minnesota and the station plays various music that are in the genres of Hot AC and Soft AC. Some of the music they play are some artists from... Brainerd is a city located in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. ...


Urban and Rhythmic Adult Contemporary and related formats

Urban AC is a form of AC music that is geared towards adult African-American audiences, and therefore, the artists that are played on these stations are most often African-American. The Urban AC stations are more similar to Soft AC than they are to Hot AC, and the music they play is predominantly R&B and soul music with little hip-hop. This is reflected in many of the Urban AC radio stations' taglines, such as "Today's R&B and Classic Soul," "The Best Variety of R&B Hits and Oldies" and "(City/Region)'s R&B Leader." Some popular nicknames for Urban AC stations include "Magic" (borrowed from Soft AC), "Mix" (borrowed from Hot AC), and "Kiss" (borrowed from Top-40). Among Urban AC's core artists include Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Toni Braxton, Kem, Whitney Houston, Regina Belle, Robin Thicke, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Brian McKnight, Teena Marie, Mary J. Blige, and Gerald Levert. Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Breakdance, an early form of hip hop dance, often involves battles, showing off skills without any physical contact with the adversaries. ... A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ... The Top Forty or Top 40 is a music industry shorthand for the currently most-popular songs in a particular genre. ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an acclaimed five-time Grammy Award-winning African American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Patti LaBelle (born May 24, 1944) is an American R&B, soul singer and songwriter. ... This article is about the singer. ... Kem Owens (born in Nashville, Tennessee), professionally known as Kem, is an American R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and producer. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Regina Belle (born July 17, 1963) is Grammy award winning singer who sings Adult Contemporary, Quiet Storm, Smooth Jazz, Urban contemporary, and Contemporary R&B songs. ... Robin Alan Thicke (born March 10, 1977) is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and occasional actor. ... Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, (born 16 January 1959), better known as Sade (), is a Nigerian-born singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer, noted for her soulful, smoky contralto voice. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969 in Buffalo, New York)[1] is a Grammy-nominated American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, pop and R&B musician. ... Teena Marie (born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA) is an American Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter/producer. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971)[1][2] is an African-American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and actress who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. ... Gerald Levert (July 13, 1966 - November 10, 2006) was an American R&B singer, one of several from the musical Levert family. ...


A slightly hotter variation of the Urban AC is the Rhythmic Adult Contemporary format, often branded as MOViN. This focuses on uptempo hits such as disco, early hip-hop and R&B, and dance music, and it caters to both African-American, Hispanic and white audiences. Noteworthy examples of Rhythmic AC stations include WKTU in New York, KMVN in Los Angeles, WISX in Philadelphia, and KQMV in Seattle (which pioneered the MOViN format). Rhythmic Adult Contemporary is a format similar to Rhythmic Top 40 radio. ... Movin (capitalized as MOViN) is a brand name used for a variety of radio stations in numerous broadcast markets in the United States. ... WKTU (103. ... KMVN redirects here. ... WISX (My 1061 and formerly Phillys 106. ... KQMV, Movin 92. ...


A more elaborate form of Urban AC is the Rhythmic Oldies format, which focuses primarily on "Old School" R&B/Soul hits from the 1960s to the 1990s, including Motown and disco hits. At its peak of nationwide popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the format was often referred to as "Jammin'" or "Groovin'" Oldies. The concept of "Jammin' Oldies" was pioneered in 1997 by KCMG-FM "Mega 100" in Los Angeles (1). The format, which included white soul or disco artists such as ABBA and the Bee Gees in addition to Black artists, subsequently spread to many major markets, but has since cooled down; the decline of "Jammin' Oldies" popularity is often attributed to overly tight playlists which increased listener "burnout." Rhythmic Oldies stations still exist today, but usually more specifically target African-Americans as opposed to a mass audience; examples include WDMK-FM in Detroit and WWWS-AM in Buffalo, NY. Rhythmic Oldies is a radio format which concentrates on the rhythmic, disco or dance genre of oldies music. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... This article is about the music genre. ... KKBT (100. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Abba redirects here. ... The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of the 20th century. ... WDMK is a radio station in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 105. ... WWWS is a radio station located in Buffalo, New York. ...


Usually embedded within the Urban Adult Contemporary is another format called Quiet Storm. This format is most played during the evening beginning at 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM hours into late night. The Quiet Storm format plays on Urban Adult Contemporary format and is a sort of mix between the Urban AC and Soft AC styles of music. The music that is played are strictly ballads and slow jams, mostly but not limited to Black and Latino artists. Popular artists played on the Quiet Storm format are Teena Marie, Whitney Houston, Angela Bofill, Miki Howard, Regina Belle, Howard Hewitt, Freddie Jackson, Johnny Gill, Anita Baker, Sade, Patti LaBelle, Tamia, Lalah Hathaway, Vanessa L. Williams, Dru Hill, Toni Braxton, and En Vogue among others. Smokey Robinsons 1975 hit single provided the name for the quiet storm radio programming format and the music category. ... Smokey Robinsons 1975 hit single provided the name for the quiet storm radio programming format and the music category. ... Teena Marie (born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA) is an American Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter/producer. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Angela Bofill (born on May 2, 1954 in The Bronx) is an American R&B contralto vocalist and songwriter. ... Miki Howard (born Alicia Michelle Howard) is an African-American singer and actress who had a string of top ten hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Regina Belle (born July 17, 1963) is Grammy award winning singer who sings Adult Contemporary, Quiet Storm, Smooth Jazz, Urban contemporary, and Contemporary R&B songs. ... Freddie Jackson (born Frederick Anthony Jackson on October 2, 1956, Harlem, New York City, NY) is an American soul singer. ... Johnny Gill (born May 22, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is an R&B singer best known for his romantic ballads and as a member of New Edition. ... Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958) is a eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter, renowned for her soaring alto vocal range. ... Sade (pronounced Sha-day) is a world-famous English group, achieved success in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. ... Patti LaBelle (born May 24, 1944) is an American R&B, soul singer and songwriter. ... Tamia Washington (born May 9, 1975), professionally known as Tamia, is an American R&B singer born in Canada. ... Lalah Hathaway (born Eulaulah Hathaway [1]), is a contemporary R&B/Jazz singer. ... Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. ... Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire included R&B, soul, and gospel music. ... This article is about the singer. ... This article is about the American quartet. ...


New Adult Contemporary/Smooth Adult Contemporary

Main article: Smooth jazz

The smooth jazz genre is often referred to as new adult contemporary or NAC. In June 2008 the Arbitron service formally approved Smooth AC as a new descriptor for the format. [1] Smooth Jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music,[1] is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop. ... Smooth Jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music,[1] is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop. ... Arbitron is a radio audience research company in the United States. ...


History and evolution of the format

Early radio stations played top-40 hits, theoretically regardless of genre although most were in the same genre until the mid-1970s when different forms of popular music started to target different demographic groups, such as disco vs. hard rock. This evolved into specialized radio stations that played specific genres of music, and generally following the evolution of artists in those genres. This article is about the music genre. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ...


One big impetus for the development of the AC radio format was the fact that when rock and roll music first became popular in the mid-1950s, many more conservative radio stations wanted to continue to play current hit songs while shying away from rock. These stations also frequently included older, pre-rock-era adult standards and big band titles to further appeal to adult listeners who had grown up with those songs. In those days, Middle of the road or "MOR" was the formatic term used to describe such stations, which included powerhouse broadcasters like WJR in Detroit, WGN and WBBM in Chicago, KGO in San Francisco, WNEW-AM in New York, and KMOX in St. Louis. Billboard magazine first published an adult-contemporary music chart in 1961, although it was not until 1979 that the chart took on the name "Adult Contemporary." Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... WJR is a radio station in Detroit, Michigan, United States. ... WGN-AM is a radio station on 720 kHz in Chicago, co-owned with WGN-TV. WGN-AMs transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. ... WBBM (AM), also known on-air as Newsradio 780, is an all-news radio station in Chicago, Illinois. ... KGO may mean: KGO (AM), a radio station broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area KGO-TV, an ABC owned and operated television station broadcasting in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area KKSF, a smooth jazz radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area formerly known as KGO-FM... WBBR is a radio station, broadcasting at 1130 AM in New York City. ... General Information KMOX is an AM radio station broadcasting in St. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ...


While most popular MOR stations were, like Top 40 stations of the day, on the AM dial, another big impetus for the evolution of the AC radio format was the popularity of easy listening or "beautiful music" stations, stations with music specifically designed to be purely ambient, listened to while at work or otherwise in the background. These stations were largely found on the FM dial alongside classical music stations because the music they played sounded better on FM. Whereas most easy listening music was instrumental, created by relatively unknown artists (except for occasional MOR vocal hits), and rarely purchased, AC was an attempt to create a similar "lite" format by choosing certain tracks (both hit singles and album cuts) of popular artists. Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ... Although background music was by the end of the 20th Century generally identified with Muzak or elevator music, there are several stages in the development of this concept: // In the Baroque and Classical music era music could be performed as a background to other activities, for instance: French kings of... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...


The growth of AC was also a natural result of the generation that first listened to the more "specialized" music of the mid-late 70s growing older and not being interested in the heavy metal, rap and hip-hop music that a new generation helped to dominate the top-40 charts (this effect has also altered the Oldies format; as there are now two kinds of Oldies stations, those who will not play songs from after the early 1970s vs. those who will play songs up to the early 1980s while still having occasional pre-1964 songs in rotation). Fans of harder rock music often derogatorily referred to AC stations in the early days of the format as "chicken rock." Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ...


The music video channel VH1 began as an AC version of MTV. Originally, it was strictly Soft AC, as it strove to appeal to people who were in their 30s and 40s during its early years in the mid 1980s. For similar reasons as explained above with radio, in the mid 1990s, it reformed itself as something closer to Hot AC, during which time it began to play videos by Hootie & The Blowfish, the Gin Blossoms, Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, the Spin Doctors, Amy Grant, Ace of Base, and some other artists that were slightly harder rock or more avant garde than they had previously played. VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Hootie & the Blowfish are an American pop-rock band, originally formed at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Soni Sonefeld and Mark Bryan. ... This article is about the band Gin Blossoms; for the medical condition known by the term, see Rosacea. ... Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. ... Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961, in Leavenworth, Kansas) is an Academy Award-winning and two-time Grammy Award-winning American rock musician and singer. ... Spin Doctors are an American jam band/alternative rock group formed in New York City, best known for their 1992 hits, Two Princes and Little Miss Cant Be Wrong, which charted at # 7 & # 17 on the American pop chart, respectively. ... Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her Contemporary Christian Music and pop music, and a New York Times Bestselling author, TV personality, and occasional actress. ... Ace of Base is a dance-pop band from Gothenburg, Sweden, comprised of Ulf Ekberg (Buddha) and siblings Jonas Berggren (Joker), Linn Berggren, and Jenny Berggren. ...


Mainstream AC itself has evolved in a similar fashion over the years; traditional AC artists like Barbra Streisand, the Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Captain & Tennille and Olivia Newton-John found it harder to have hits (on AC as well as Top 40) as the 1980s wore on, and due to the influence of MTV, artists who were staples of the Contemporary Hit Radio format, such as Madonna, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears, and Whitney Houston, began crossing over to the AC charts with greater frequency. Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand; born April 24, 1942) is an American two time Academy Award-winning singer, film and theatre actress. ... For other uses, see Carpenter (disambiguation). ... Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17, 1943) is an American artist best known for such recordings as I Write the Songs, Mandy, Weekend in New England and Copacabana. ... The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved success during the 1970s with a string of bright, catchy pop songs. ... Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE (born September 26, 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born, Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... CHR redirects here. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and Theater actress. ... Tears for Fears (sometimes abbreviated to TFF or T4F) are a popular English pop band formed in the early 1980s by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, which emerged after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ...


However, with the combination of MTV and AC radio, Adult Contemporary appeared harder to define as either, established soft-rock artists of the past (who were still charting pop hits), or the mainstream radio fare from newer artist at the time, such as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston. In 1989, Linda Ronstadt recorded Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, described by critics as the first true Adult Contemporary album and featuring American soul singer Aaron Neville on four of the twelve tracks. It had duets including "Don't Know Much" (Billboard Hot 100 chart No. 2 hit) and "All My Life" (Billboard Hot 100 chart No. 11 hit), these singles were also equally long-running No. 1 Adult Contemporary hits. With the mixture of radio friendly AC tunes with some rock and pop fare also landing on the pop charts, the album won over many critics in the need to define AC, and appeared to change the tolerance and acceptance of AC music into mainstream day to day radio play. Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and entertainer who has earned multiple Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, and Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. ... Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind is a 1989 album by American singer Linda Ronstadt featuring soul singer Aaron Neville. ... Aaron Neville (born January 24, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American soul and R&B singer. ...


In recent years, VH1 has moved away from its AC format by becoming willing to play artists such as Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg, all usually AC no-nos, more and more often. With this addition of popular hip-hop, rap, and R&B, VH1 (when it plays videos, which generally is on very rare occasions now) most closely resembles Top 40 radio now. Led by Toronto powerhouse CHUM-FM, Canadian Hot AC radio has also taken steps towards a similarly more diverse and Top 40-inclusive musical position. Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... This article is about the group. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... CHUM-FM is a Canadian radio station licensed to Toronto, Ontario and operated by CHUM Limited. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


Part of the reason why more and more Hot AC stations are forced to change is that less and less new music fits their bill. Most new rock is too alternative for mainstream radio, including Hot AC, and only gets played on Modern Rock radio; and most new pop is now influenced heavily by eurodance or hip hop, in an attempt to become club and rhythmic crossover hits, if not featuring guest vocals from rappers. One example is that "Look What You've Done" by Jet is played on Hot AC stations, but other tracks like "Cold Hard Bitch" are played on modern rock stations. Soft AC, however, which has never minded keeping songs in high rotation literally for years in some cases, and plays a larger amount of older music, especially classic R&B, soul, and '60s and '70s music, than Hot AC, does not appear necessarily to be facing similar pressures to expand its format. Modern rock is term commonly used to describe a rock music format found on American commercial radio. ... This article is about a music style. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rhythmic music and Rhythmic radio, also known as Rhythmic Crossover or Rhythmic Pop, is a term used to describe a certain group of radio stations and the Billboard chart that is compiled based on airplay from those radio stations. ... Look What Youve Done is the third single (fourth in the US) by the Australian rock band Jet, from their 2003 album Get Born. ... For other uses, see JET. JET is a hard rock band from Melbourne, Australia, whose debut album Get Born, released in 2003, has so far sold over four million copies throughout the world. ... Cold Hard Bitch is the third single (second in the United States) by the Australian rock band Jet, from their 2003 album Get Born. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...


However, more and more recently, several Soft AC stations have begun to add more guitar-driven (but still relatively quiet) music into their playlists, such as "Broken" by Seether, "You And Me" by Lifehouse, "Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down, "Complicated" and "I'm With You" by Avril Lavigne, "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling, "My Immortal" by Evanescence, "Home" and "It's Not Over" by Daughtry and "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith, somewhat resembling the Hot AC stations of the 1990s. Stations like WSB-FM in Atlanta play songs such as "Hella Good" by No Doubt, "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba, and "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind. Seether is a post-grunge band from South Africa. ... Lifehouse is an American rock band. ... 3 Doors Down is an American rock band formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi in the year 1994 by Brad Arnold (vocals and drums), Matt Roberts (guitar) and Todd Harrell (bass). ... Avril Lavigne Whibley,[10] better known by her birth name of Avril Lavigne (pronounced ; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian Grammy award-nominated rock singer, musician, fashion designer and actress. ... The Calling is a post-grunge rock band from Los Angeles, California. ... For the optical phenomenon, see Evanescent wave. ... Daughtry is an American rock band from North Carolina, formed by former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry in 2006. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... WSB-FM (B98. ... For other uses, see No Doubt (disambiguation). ... Chumbawamba are an English band that started out playing punk rock, but over a 25-year career have gone on to play music ranging from pop influenced dance music and world music to acoustic folk music. ... Third Eye Blind (frequently abbreviated 3eb) is aalternative rock band formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco. ...


In this sense, the Soft AC format may soon be facing the demographic pressures that the Jazz format faced in the 1960s and 1970s, the "Big Band" format faced in the 1980s and 1990s and that the Oldies format is starting to face today, with the result that one may see Soft AC less on over-the-air radio and more on satellite radio systems in coming years. Much of the music and artists that was traditionally played on Soft AC stations has been relegated to the Adult Standards format, which is itself disappearing because of aging demographics. Some Soft AC stations have found a niche by incorporating more oldies into their playlists and are more open to playing softer songs that fit the "traditional" definition of AC. Examples include the former WLTM-FM in Atlanta (which added many oldies titles to its playlist after the death of oldies sister station WLCL) and the former WSNI in Philadelphia with soft rock station WBEB. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ... // A satellite radio or subscription radio (SR) is a digital radio signal that is broadcast by a communications satellite, which covers a much wider geographical range than terrestrial radio signals. ... Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. ... WLTM-FM (94. ... WWVA-FM (Viva 105. ... WRFF is a modern rock FM radio station located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, better known as Radio 104. ... WBEB, known as B101, is a Soft Rock/Adult Contemporary radio station which is broadcast in the Philadelphia area. ...


In the meantime, such artists as Nick Lachey and Josh Groban have become successful thanks to a ballad heavy sound. So, Adult Contemporary may likely not go anywhere since it is still prevalent on recording artists albums in almost every music style including dance music. Another popular trend of remixing dance music hits into Adult Contemporary ballads, mostly piano ballads but sometimes keyboard ballads is now all the rage, especially in the U.S. (for example, the "Candlelight Mix" versions of "Heaven" by DJ Sammy, "Listen To Your Heart" by D.H.T., and "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada). Nicholas Scott Lachey (pronounced ; phonetically: la-shay) [1] (born November 9, 1973) is an American pop singer and actor who rose to fame in the late-1990s as a writer and lead-vocalist of the boy-band, 98 Degrees. ... Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981) is a Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter. ... Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ... Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ... Pianoforte redirects here. ... For other persons named Sammy, see Sammy (disambiguation). ... D.H.T. (Originally Danger Hardcore Team, later renamed Dance. ... This article is about the Eurodance act. ...


Much as some Hot AC and modern rock artists have crossed over into each other, so too has soft AC crossed with country music, particularly among the female artists. Musicians such as Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood have had success on both charts. Some male artists have had limited crossover success, such as Tim McGraw's "Over and Over Again" duet with Nelly, Bon Jovi's "Who Says You Can't Go Home," and Big & Rich's "Lost in this Moment." This "crossover" has its roots in the countrypolitan/Nashville sound pop styles of years past, which ironically were popularized heavily by male artists such as Charlie Rich and Kenny Rogers. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Audrey Faith Perry McGraw, known professionally as Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967), is an American country singer, known for her commercial success as well as her marriage to fellow country singer Tim McGraw. ... Margaret LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American country music and pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. ... For the song by Taylor Swift, see Tim McGraw (song). ... For other uses, see Nelly (disambiguation). ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Big & Rich is an American country music duo comprising two singer-songwriters: Big Kenny (Kenny Alphin, former solo artist and lead singer for the group luvjOi) and John Rich (former vocalist and bass guitarist of Lonestar). ... The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. ... The Nashville Sound (often known as Countrypolitan) arose during the late 1950s as a sub-genre of American country music, replacing the chart dominance of the Honky Tonk sound which was most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Charlie Rich (December 14, 1932 - July 25, 1995) was an American musician, songwriter, and pianist. ... Kenneth Ray[2] Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ...


Also in response to the pressure on Hot AC, a third kind of AC format has cropped up among American radio recently. The aforementioned Urban Adult Contemporary format (a term coined by Barry Mayo) usually attracts a large number of African Americans and sometimes Caucasian listeners through playing a great deal of R&B (without any form of rapping), Gospel music, Classic Soul and Dance music (including disco). Urban Adult Contemporary is the name for a format of radio music, similar to an urban contemporary format. ... Barry Mayo is a United States radio executive. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... For the peoples actually from the Caucasus, see Peoples of the Caucasus. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Gospel music is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. ... Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ... This article is about the music genre. ...


A fourth AC format, "Rhythmic AC", in addition to playing all the popular Hot and Soft AC music, past and present, places a heavy emphasis on disco as well as 1980s and '90s dance hits, such as those by Amber, C&C Music Factory and Black Box, and includes dance remixes of pop songs, such as the Soul Solution Mix of Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart". The format also occasionally features popular '80s and early '90s rap songs that were popular mainstream, rhythmic, or club hits. New York City's WKTU and the now-defunct WNEW-FM are examples of this evolving format. The rapidly growing MOViN format, pioneered at Seattle's KQMV and now in use at stations such as KMVN Los Angeles, WMVN St. Louis, and KMVQ San Francisco, is another example of Rhythmic AC, and has spawned imitators such as WISX in Philadelphia. This article is about the music genre. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Amber (born Marie-Claire Creamers on May 9, 1969) is a Dutch-born and Germany-raised singer/songwriter, label owner and executive producer. ... C&C Music Factory was a dance music pop group. ... Black Box (later Blackbox) was an Italo-house music group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, best known for their hit Everybody, Everybody. ... A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version, made using the techniques of audio editing. ... Soul Solution is a house music remix team comprising Bobby Guy Graziose, a keyboardist/ lead programmer and Ernie Lake, a drummer and recording engineer, who worked together during the 1990s. ... This article is about the singer. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... WKTU (103. ... WWFS is a New York City FM radio station operating at 102. ... Movin (capitalized as MOViN) is a brand name used for a variety of radio stations in numerous broadcast markets in the United States. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... KQMV, Movin 92. ... KMVN redirects here. ... WMVN, MOViN 101. ... KMVQ is an FM broadcast radio station in San Francisco, California in the United States, located at 99. ... WISX (My 1061 and formerly Phillys 106. ...


In its early years of existence, the Smooth Jazz format was considered to be a form of AC, although it was mainly instrumental, and bore a stronger resemblance to the Soft AC-styled music than it did to what purists call "real jazz." For many years, artists like George Benson, Kenny G and Dave Koz had crossover hits that were played on both Smooth Jazz and Soft AC stations. In addition, David Sanborn had a saxophone solo on James Taylor's remake of the Marvin Gaye classic, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"; and Grover Washington Jr. teamed up with Bill Withers to perform a classic hit song, entitled "Just The Two Of Us." This song has gone on to become one of the most-played radio hits of all time - in particular the most acclaimed and modern cover by Regina Belle/George Duke/Steve Cole - as it frequently shows up on Soft AC, Urban AC and Smooth Jazz playlists. Anita Baker, Sade, Regina Belle, and Luther Vandross are other examples of artists who appeal to Mainstream AC, Urban AC and Smooth Jazz listeners. Some Soft AC and Urban AC stations like to play Smooth Jazz on the weekends, in cities that currently do not have a full-time Smooth Jazz station. Warm 98 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Majic 95.5 in Austin, Texas, WCXT in South Haven, Michigan, WMAG in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Soft Rock 101.9 in San Antonio, Texas are Soft AC stations that also play Smooth Jazz; and V101.9, an Urban AC station in Charlotte, North Carolina, plays Smooth Jazz on the weekends as well. (However, a new Smooth Jazz station now serves the Cincinnati area, under the call letters WCIN-AM.) Smooth Jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music,[1] is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop. ... George Benson (b. ... For the WFMU DJ, see Kenneth Goldsmith. ... Dave Koz (March 27, 1963) is a homosexual American jazz saxophonist. ... For other persons named David Sanborn, see David Sanborn (disambiguation). ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. ... Grover Washington, Jr. ... Bill Withers (born July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia) is an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 1960s until the mid 1980s. ... Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958) is a eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter, renowned for her soaring alto vocal range. ... Sade (pronounced Sha-day) is a world-famous English group, achieved success in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. ... Regina Belle (born July 17, 1963) is Grammy award winning singer who sings Adult Contemporary, Quiet Storm, Smooth Jazz, Urban contemporary, and Contemporary R&B songs. ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ... WRRM is an Adult Contemporary station located at 98. ... Cincinnati redirects here. ... KKMJ is located in the Austin, Texas area and broadcasts at 95. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country State County Travis Williamson Hays Settled 1835 Incorporated December 27, 1839 Government  - Type Manager-Council  - Mayor Will Wynn  - City Manager Marc Ott Area  - City 296. ... South Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... WMAG is an Adult Contemporary station licensed to High Point, North Carolina and serves the Piedmont Triad region, including Greensboro and Winston-Salem. ... Greensboro redirects here. ... KQXT, known as KQ-102, is an Adult Contemporary station in San Antonio, Texas, broadcasting at 101. ... San Antonio redirects here. ... WBAV (V101. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... WCIN is an AM radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio established in 1953. ...


In recent years it has become common for many AC stations (and Soft AC stations in particular) to switch to a format playing primarily or exclusively Christmas music during November and December. While these tend mostly to be contemporary seasonal recordings by the same artists featured under the normal format, stations will also typically air vintage holiday tunes from older pop and Adult Standards artists (such as Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis and Andy Williams) who they would never play under ordinary circumstances. These Christmas music marathons typically start on Thanksgiving Day and end at midnight on Christmas Day, after which the stations resume their normal music fare on December 26 (although some stations may begin the holiday format much earlier in November and extend it as late as New Year's Day). The roots of this tradition can be traced all the way back to the Beautiful Music era of the 1960s and '70s. However, this practice seems to have become even more common among mainstream AC stations since the September 11, 2001 attacks, with many stations promoting their Christmas music marathons as a sort of musical comfort food. Holiday Song redirects here. ... Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was a popular American jazz singer-songwriter and pianist. ... Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... For other uses, see Carpenter (disambiguation). ... John Royce Mathis (b. ... For other persons named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ... For the Canadian holiday, see Thanksgiving (Canada). ... Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus, at the first Christmas Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the date January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. ... Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979; it is commonly called The Seventies. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... The term comfort food refers to a style of familiar, simple food or drink that is usually home-cooked, or consumed in informal restaurants. ...


Some core soft adult contemporary artists

This list includes the most played artists in the United States, starting with the most played, in the soft Adult Contemporary format from January 2007 through December 2007 [2].

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Syndicated radio shows and networks carrying the AC format

  • Delilah - One of America's most popular radio shows, Delilah airs primarily in the evening.
  • John Tesh Radio Show - Hosted by John Tesh, this show also airs evenings and also on weekends.
  • Your Weekend with Jim Brickman - A weekly three-hour weekend radio show syndicated by WestStar TalkRadio Network.
  • American Top 10/Top 20 with Casey Kasem - The nation's premiere AC countdown programs. AT10 focuses on the Soft AC format, and AT20 the Hot AC.
  • American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest - One version of AT40 airs on Hot AC stations, which is a little different from its Top-40/CHR counterpart.
  • Backtrax USA with Kid Kelly - Weekend programs focusing on the 80s and 90s, targeted for Hot AC stations.
  • Absolutely 80s with Nina Blackwood - Another 80s program.
  • The Amazing 80s with M. G. Kelly - Another 80s program.
  • ABC and Jones Radio both offer AC 24-hour networks programming Soft and Hot AC. Westwood One/Dial Global recently replaced its Soft AC format with the Rhythmic AC format "Rhythm Mix," though it also offers a Hot AC format called "Bright AC." Format Lab offers several variations of the AC format.
  • Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey have popular morning shows that air on Urban AC (and sometimes Hip-Hop) stations. Both shows are often heard on competing stations in the same city, such as St. Louis, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Joyner's show is syndicated by ABC Radio, and Harvey's show by Premiere Radio Networks.
  • The EZ Rock network is a brand/network of soft AC heard in Canada.
  • Ocean FM "The Souths best for 80's, 90's and now" Heard in the South of Hampshire, UK.
  • Wink FM "The Best Variety of the 90's and Today" - Fort Myers/Naples, FL.

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  • Stream 24 An internet-only modern adult contemporary station featuring tracks from many AC artists listed above.
  • MajikRadio.com Online music station featuring soft rock, lite pop, classic oldies, motown and love songs from the sixties through today.
  • PENINSULA.eu online, independent web-radio/magazine featuring rock, jazz, A.O.R., soul, fusion, progressive, folk, Beatles, Zappa, Sinatra etc.

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Kane (to whom the term has been attributed) began fusing post-punk experiments with bittersweet pop... Dunedin is a southern New Zealand University Town that spawned The Dunedin Sound. Similar in many ways to the traditional indie pop sound, the Dunedin Sound uses jingly jangly guitaring, minimal bass lines and loose drumming. ... John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants. ... Gothic rock (sometimes called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of alternative rock that originated during the late 1970s. ... For the language, see Grebo language. ... Grunge redirects here. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... 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Post-grunge is a subgenre of Alternative rock that emerged in the early 1990s as a derivative of grunge music. ... The post-punk revival is a movement in modern rock music consisting of Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Goth Rock, and Electronic bands that draw from the conventions of the original Post-Punk sound of the early 1980s, as well as the early 90s Britpop, 80s New Wave and... The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords. ... Psychobilly is a genre of rock music that mixes elements of punk rock, rockabilly, and other genres. ... Riot grrrl (or riot grrl) is an indie/punk feminist movement that reached its height in the 1990s but continues to exert influence over alternative cultures. ... Sadcore/Slowcore is a subgenre of alternative rock that developed from the downbeat melodies and slower tempos of late 1980s indie rock. ... Shoegazing was a generalized tag given to some alternative rock bands that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. ... The term slowcore, generally used interchangeably with sadcore, refers to a subgenre of alternative rock that developed from the downbeat melodies and slower tempos of late 1980s indie rock. ... For space rocks, see asteroid. ... -1... Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution. ... This is a timeline of alternative rock, from its beginnings in the 1970s to the present. ... In popular music, independent music, often abbreviated as indie, is a term used to describe independence from major commercial record labels and an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Arena rock, also called stadium rock or anthem rock, is a loosely-defined term describing a rock era. ... Baroque pop is a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Arabesk. ... Baroque pop is a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... Futurepop is a recently-emerging electronic dance music genre, an outgrowth of electronic body music incorporating influences from synthpop (such as song structure and vocal style) and uplifting trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies). ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Pop rap (sometimes referred to as hip pop) is the name given to a style of hip hop that has a strong pop music influences. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Teen pop (also known in its vernacular sense as Disney pop) is a teenybopper subculture heavily influenced by Teen pop music which is socially considered exclusively consumed by preteens and teenagers. ... Traditional pop or Classic pop or Standards music denotes, in general, Western (and particularly American) popular music that either wholly predates the advent of rock and roll in the mid-1950s, or to any popular music which exists concurrently to rock and roll but originated in a time before the... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... This article is about the Greek music-culture. ... Pop-folk is a music-genre consisting of both pop music and folk music. ... Manufactured music includes the following categories // A natural band is a band where all members knew each other and didnt audition any members, and got their recording contract purely through sending out demo tapes, spotted whilst busking or similar. ... Yé-yé is a style of pop music, popular in France in the 1960s. ... For the musical term, see American pop. ... Arabic pop music or Arab pop is a subgenre of Pop music and Arabic music. ... C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese pop. ... Cantopop (Chinese: 粵語流行曲) is a colloquial portmanteau for Cantonese popular music. It is also referred to as HK-pop, short for Hong Kong popular music. It is categorized as a subgenre of Chinese popular music within C-pop. ... Mandopop (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a colloquial abbreviation for Mandarin popular music. It is also referred to as Mandapop. ... Europop refers to a style of pop music that developed in Europe throughout the 1970s which emphasized catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics. ... Austropop is a musical movement, which started in Austria in the middle of the 1970s. ... Nederpop is a Dutch term that was invented by the mid-1970s to describe the pop music scene of the 1960s and 1970s that was gaining worldwide attention, exemplified by bands such as Shocking Blue, Golden Earring and Focus. ... Hong Kong English pop (Chinese: 英文歌) are songs sung in the English language in Hong Kong. ... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. ... Picopop is a type of electronic music, similar to electropop, with origins in Japanese experimental bands. ... Shibuya at night Shibuya-kei (渋谷系 Shibuya-style; also 渋谷系サウンド Shibuya-kei sound) is a variety of Japanese pop music which combines elements of jazz, fusion, traditional music, and other styles. ... K-pop is an abbreviation for Korean popular music, specifically from South Korea. ... Pakistan’s first music channel, INDUS MUSIC (“IM”), is a milestone proving that Pakistani music has a lot to offer. ... -1... SFR Yugoslav Pop Rock scene was the pop and rock music scene of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFR Yugoslavia further in the text), a state that existed until 1991. ... Taiwanese pop is mandarin chinese pop music performed by Taiwanese singers. ... History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÜ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet... Boyband redirects here. ... The Supremes A Go-Go (1966) was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. ... For the British television series, see Pop Idol. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ...

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  1. ^ http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/$rol.exe/headline_id=n18010
  2. ^ Mediabase 24/7 End of 2007 Chart

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