No, it’s no mistake.
Nielsen – without the expert aid of PricewaterhouseCoopers, I might add – has anointed its official format of the summer. And the winner is…
Their newest “Insights” release heralds Classic Rock as the “format of the summer.” That doesn’t mean it earned the highest PPM ratings, but it represents the most growth in share when comparing the first 5 months of the year to the 3-month summer period (June-July-August):
But it gets better, because if you think perhaps 2017 was a fluky summer period, consider it was the second consecutive year Classic Rock took these seasonal honors. And in the previous two years, the winner was its first cousin, Classic Hits:
Now I’m just a programming guy, but it seems to me there’s a sales piece here, not unlike how Christmas music stations get in front of advertisers months before the Santa season to remind them of their predictably strong holiday performance. And while Classic Rock (and Classic Hits) perform well throughout the year, these summertime peaks could open the door to increased sales for products and services that depend on the warm summer months for business.
Now when I write Classic Rock blogs lauding the format, the music, and the artists, I tend to think in “3’s.”
So the second part of the story has to do with automotive – specifically, the top-selling car in America, the Toyota Camry.
And so, you might be wondering what soundtrack the brand’s ad agency has selected to ensure strong sales continue through the rest of 2017?
And the winner for the best soundtrack in a new car TV commercial is…
Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”
When you’re talking about momentum, speed, and appealing to all generations, you go with a great Classic Rock song: “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
And finally, which charming but barely aging rocker just pulled off the best performance in a live concert setting?
And the winner is…
Sir Paul pulled off an amazing live show this week in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center. Rolling Stone noted that fans of all generations were in attendance. Here’s what writer Rob Sheffield had to about McCartney’s performance:
“At 75, he refuses to coast – his enthusiasm and vigor and humor are slightly terrifying to behold. He’s not just a master at the top of his game – he’s on top of a game he invented half a century ago.”
McCartney played 36 songs (yes, I’m counting “Golden Slumbers Medley” as three songs), capping off a 3-hour show, including the encore.
Here’s a taste, complete with a nice story from Paul before playing one of the Beatles’ greatest hits:
Have a great weekend, and listen to some Classic Rock.
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