Interscope/Geffen/A&M, "Blurred Lines" Top Mediabase Year-End Charts
December 12, 2013
Mediabase has released its list of most-played songs, artists, and label shares of 2013. The airplay period covered is from November 18, 2012 through November 16, 2013.
Interscope/Geffen/A&M, a unit within the Universal Music Group, had the most airplay at radio this year. RobinThicke's smash hit "Blurred Lines," featuring Pharrell & T.I., became the most listened to song in the monitored airplay era reaching 260 million listeners in its peak week. The song was also #1 at five formats simultaneously – Top 40, Rhythmic, Urban, Urban AC, and Hot AC.
Interscope also scored in 2013, with hits by Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, former American Idol winner PhillipPhillips and rapper Kendrick Lamar – who was the #1 overall artist at Urban radio. All these artists, save Maroon 5, scored hits from their debut albums.
Warner Bros. Records scored one of the year’s biggest breakthrough acts with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who landed multi-format hits with "Thrift Shop," "Can’t Hold Us," "Same Love" and "White Walls." The duo was the #2 most-played artist at both Top 40 and Rhythmic for the year.
Sony Music’s RCA Records had a successful year thanks to the return to music-making by Justin Timberlake. JT had multiple hits at Top 40, Rhythmic, Urban, Hot AC, and AC. The label also scored hits from Pink, Miguel, KellyClarkson and Three Days Grace.
UMG’s Island Def Jam Music Group scored big with Rihanna as the #1 artist at Rhythmic, #2 at Urban, and #6 most-played at Top 40.
WMG’s Atlantic Records had the #1 artist at Top 40 for a second year in a row. After Flo Rida was #1 in 2012, the label followed it with multiple hits from Bruno Mars. Mars was also #3 at Hot AC and Rhythmic, and #5 at AC. Mars caps off a great 2013, as he gears up to kick off the new year by playing the Super Bowl halftime show on February 2, 2014.
Sony Music’s Columbia Records broke through with one of Alternative music’s biggest new acts with TheNeighbourhood. Meanwhile, J. Cole had multiple #1 hits at both Rhythmic and Urban.
Also, the #1 song at Country radio was "Cruise" by Republic Nashville’s Florida-Georgia Line – who also was the #1 artist at the format for the year. That song also crossed to Top 40, Hot AC, and AC and became a multi format hit. Republic also had the #2 song with "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry. Capitol Music was the #1 label at Country, led by hits from Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.