Music Industry Veteran Frances Preston Dies

Music Industry Veteran Frances Preston Dies

Music Industry Veteran Frances Preston Dies
Music industry veteran and Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient and GRAMMY Foundation Board member Frances Preston died June 13 in Nashville following congestive heart failure. She was 83. Preston began her career in 1958 as one of the first employees at BMI's then-new Nashville office and under her direction the organization became one of the first to dedicate an awards program honoring songwriters and music publishers. In 1986 BMI named Preston president and chief executive officer, a position she held until 2004 before returning to Nashville in 2007. Preston was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and in 1998 she was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award. The Academy honored Preston again in 2003 with a Heroes Award from The Recording Academy New York Chapter. (6/13)     

Adele's 21 Notches 24th Week At No. 1
Adele's GRAMMY-winning 21 returned to the top of the Billboard 200 this week with sales of 75,000 units, marking the album's 24th non-consecutive week at No. 1, according to Billboard.biz. The album holds the most weeks at No. 1 since Prince & The Revolution's Purple Rain soundtrack spent 24 weeks atop the chart from 1984–1985. Adele's 21 is the biggest-selling album in the United States for the year to date with 3.52 million units sold. (6/13)

Radio Audience Stays Strong
Broadcast radio added 590,000 listeners aged 12 and older for the year to date in 2012, representing nearly 93 percent of the U.S. population, according to Arbitron Inc.'s June 2012 "Radar 113 National Radio Listening Report." Additionally, weekly radio listeners between ages 12–17 increased to 22.8 million, and radio added 845,000 weekly listeners aged 18–34. Overall, radio attracts 126.3 million adults aged 18–49 and 119.9 million adults aged 25–54 on a weekly basis. (6/13)

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