Saturday, December 23, 2006

Mediabase Announces 2006 Radio Airplay Leaders
Thursday December 21, 9:00 am ET

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Mediabase, the radio industry's leading airplay monitoring service, has released its year-end charts featuring the most played songs, artists and record labels of 2006. Here is a list of the winners at each radio format, along with the top 20 most played artists, and leading record labels, by format. For a complete list, including the top songs played at Christian, Latin, and Canadian stations, please visit
    Most Played Songs on Radio

Overall: Mary J. Blige/Be Without You (Geffen)
Top 40: Natasha Bedingfield/Unwritten (Epic)
Rhythmic: Cassie/Me & U (Next Selection/Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Urban: Mary J. Blige/Be Without You (Geffen)
Urban AC: Anthony Hamilton/Can't Let Go (So So Def/Arista/Zomba)
Country: Rascal Flatts/What Hurts the Most (Lyric Street)
Smooth Jazz: Paul Brown/Winelight (GRP/VMG)
AC: James Blunt/You're Beautiful (Custard/Atlantic)
Hot AC: Fray/Over My Head (Cable Car) (Epic)
Rock: Shinedown/Save Me (Atlantic)
Active Rock: Three Days Grace/Animal I Have Become (Jive/Zomba)
Alternative: Red Hot Chili Peppers/Dani California (Warner Bros.)
Triple A: Jack Johnson/Upside Down (Brushfire/Universal Republic)

Most Played Artists on Radio

Rank Artist Radio Spins
1. Kelly Clarkson 901206
2. Nickelback 890971
3. Chris Brown 787836
4. Sean Paul 657014
5. Rihanna 655341
6. Ne-Yo 641350
7. Pussycat Dolls 635741
8. Mariah Carey 601178
9. Mary J. Blige 577652
10. Rascal Flatts 540244
11. Keith Urban 508882
12. Beyonce 486228
13. Fall Out Boy 427847
14. Natasha Bedingfield 426402
15. Fray 418892
16. Kenny Chesney 417321
17. Green Day 406787
18. Justin Timberlake 397654
19. All- American Rejects 393447
20. Rob Thomas 390938

Radio Airplay Leaders by Label

Overall: Island Def Jam
Top 40: Island Def Jam
Rhythmic: Atlantic
Urban: Atlantic
Urban AC: RCA Music Group
Country: Arista Nashville
Smooth Jazz: Rendezvous
AC: RCA Music Group
Hot AC: Island Def Jam
Rock: Universal Republic
Active Rock: Universal Republic
Alternative: Interscope
Triple A: Columbia

In 1987, Mediabase introduced and innovated the concept of monitored airplay and today, the company provides vital airplay information to nearly 1,700 affiliate radio stations and every major broadcast group and provides research to every major record label in North America. In addition, Mediabase monitors more than 1,800 radio stations in 175 U.S. and Canadian markets.

Premiere Radio Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, syndicates 70 radio programs and services to more than 5,000 radio affiliations and reaches over 190 million listeners weekly. Premiere Radio is the number one radio network in the country and features the following personalities: Rush Limbaugh, Jim Rome, Casey Kasem, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Bob (Kevoian) & Tom (Griswold), Delilah, Steve Harvey, Blair Garner, George Noory, Maria Bartiromo, Ty Pennington, Whoopi Goldberg, John Boy and Billy, Matt Drudge, Art Bell, Donald Trump, Big Tigger, Bob Costas and others. Premiere is based in Sherman Oaks, California, with 13 offices nationwide.

Source: Premiere Radio Networks, Inc.