air·​play | \ ˈer-ˌplā How to pronounce airplay (audio) \

Definition of airplay

: the playing of a musical recording on the air by a radio station a song getting a lot of airplay

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Recent Examples on the Web The song also garnered 70.6 million radio airplay impressions over the week ending Oct. 11. Joey Nolfi,, "BTS becomes first Korean act to occupy top two spots on Billboard Hot 100 chart," 13 Oct. 2020 The songs, from Styles' album Fine Line, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in December 2019, mark his first leader on each airplay chart. Gary Trust, Billboard, "Harry Styles Doubles Up Atop Adult Radio Airplay Charts With 'Watermelon Sugar' & 'Adore You'," 2 Oct. 2020 That rise aids the track's 19-14 climb on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, streaming data and digital sales. Pamela Bustios, Billboard, "Anuel AA’s ‘Fútbol & Rumba,’ Featuring Enrique Iglesias, Hits No. 1 on Latin Airplay Chart," 5 Aug. 2020 According to the Annenberg Inclusionist Initiative, women only received 16% of radio airplay from 2014 to 2018, which is significant in an industry where radio still holds an immense amount of power. Natalie Morin,, "Country Music Is Notoriously Bad To Women — Are The CMAs Finally Getting It Right?," 1 Sep. 2020 Bon Iver, meanwhile, lands its first title on a Billboard airplay chart. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Taylor Swift & Bon Iver Each Make First Adult Alternative Songs Chart Appearance With 'Exile'," 13 Aug. 2020 While the country radio numbers don’t show a great picture for female artists in general, when women do get airplay, a notable number of ballads become hits. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "When will the country music industry end the myth that fans don’t like ballads by women?," 24 Aug. 2020 Before streaming numbers inflated everything, your song had to get tons of radio airplay and the single had to be purchased at the record store to hit and stay at No. 1. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "All 76 Mariah Carey singles ranked," 23 Aug. 2020 The song also debuted at No. 3 on the all-format Digital Song Sales chart and drew 3.3 million all-format airplay impressions in the week ending Aug. 16. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "A pair of twin YouTubers offer a lesson in openness," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of airplay

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Airplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of airplay

: time when a musical recording is played by a radio station

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