advertisement
FYI

Media Beat: November 27, 2019

Radioplayer Canada hits a high note with 1M app downloads

Media Beat: November 27, 2019

By David Farrell

Radioplayer Canada hits a high note with 1M app downloads

The app that aggregates the majority of Canada’s radio broadcasters has proven itself to be a hit with listeners.


This week Radioplayer Canada announced that more than a million downloads have been registered through the Google and Apple online stores. The app launched in March of 2017 with 400 radio stations signed to the consortium.

Since then, the number of broadcasters signed on has swelled to 500, counting pretty much the entire sweep of radio stations nationwide excepting Bell Media properties, which are supported on their own iHeartRadio app.

Apart from its chief design offering mobility of listening to users, the app’s designers have been successful in bringing integration to a growing number of smart devices, including the Sonos  and BOSE home sound systems, Amazon Echo and Fire TV, Google’s Chromecast and Apple Car Play.

advertisement

Canadians now spend 3.7 million hours per month listening to the more than 500 Canadian radio stations available on Radioplayer, and time spent listening has grown five percent in the past six months, according to the consortium powering the app.

“Two and a half years ago the majority of Canadian radio broadcasters joined together to collaborate on technology to make radio listening easy for the audience - wherever, whenever, and however they want,” said Julie Adam, Board Chair of Radioplayer Canada and Sr. VP, Rogers Radio.

Radioplayer Canada is a partnership between CBC/Radio-Canada and the stations of Bayshore Broadcasting, Blackburn Radio, Blackgold Radio, Byrnes Communications, CAB-K Broadcasting, Central Ontario Broadcasting, Clear Sky Radio, Cogeco Media, Corus Radio, Durham Radio, Golden West Broadcasting, Harvard Broadcasting, Stingray, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Rogers Media, Rawlco Radio, RNC Media, Saskatoon Media Group, Vista Radio, and Westman Communications Group, as well as the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC).

advertisement
DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

keep readingShow less
advertisement