air·​play | \-ˌplā \

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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The song—which features burlier guitar chords but otherwise hews to the original—picked up momentum over the summer on the radio, recently ascending to No. 1 in the Billboard rankings for alternative-rock airplay. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Even in 2018, It’s Gonna Take a Lot to Drag Listeners Away From ‘Africa’," 20 Aug. 2018 The chart encompasses streaming, sales and airplay. Fox News, "Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha break country chart record," 31 July 2018 The new leader scoots 3-1 with a 19 percent increase in airplay in the week ending July 8, according to Nielsen Music. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Cardi B Replaces Herself Atop Rhythmic Songs Chart as 'I Like It' Overtakes 'Be Careful'," 13 July 2018 SoundScan, a technology for tracking music sales and airplay, appeared in 1991 like a sonic boom. Travis M. Andrews,, "Billboard's charts used to be our barometer for music success. Are they meaningless in the streaming age?," 9 July 2018 People also reports that since its release, the heartbreaking song has been getting more airplay on Christian radio stations than country music ones, though that doesn't bother Scott. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Opens Up About the Miscarriage That Inspired 'Thy Will'," 8 Nov. 2017 Here's a deeper look at the top 10 of the Hot 100 (dated June 30), which blends all-genre streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. Gary Trust, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's 'Sad!' Vaults From No. 52 to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Following Rapper/Singer's Death," 25 June 2018 The coveted artist of the year award, which takes into consideration sales, airplay and streaming, went to Ozuna, who had success in all areas thanks to a succession of singles and his debut album Odisea. Leila Cobo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Billboard Latin Music Awards: Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi Top Winners List," 26 Apr. 2018 Buckingham and Nicks drew a large and appreciative audience during a January 1975 show at Municipal Auditorium, thanks to local airplay of their album. Mary Colurso,, "Fleetwood Mac (minus Lindsey Buckingham) coming to Birmingham in 2019," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of airplay

1942, in the meaning defined above

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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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