Weezer, The Eagles and More Go a.p.e.
(PR) It was announced today that channels from multi-platinum, Grammy-winning hit-makers the Eagles, Christina Aguilera and Weezer will launch a.p.e. (artist personal experience) radio as it hits the virtual airwaves in July. In the coming months, many developing artists, as well as more of the brightest stars in music, will produce and host their own respective channels to be available on hundreds of internet radio and digital outlets.
a.p.e. radio, a Clear Channel and Front Line Management joint venture, will be distributedape screenshot across Clear Channel Radio's digital network, "iheartradio," and integrated across each specific artist's website. These artist-hosted channels will allow performers to build upon their long-standing successes in traditional media, while taking a new step in digital content development and distribution. The artist/host will choose the music, and create exclusive content --including personal commentary, opinions and anecdotes-- to foster a deeper connection with their audience. In addition to maintaining creative control, artists will share in the profits.
"At their core, artists tell stories," said Evan Harrison, President of Clear Channel's Digital Division, and CEO of a.p.e. radio. "a.p.e. radio will be an additional creative platform to connect with fans and further that storytelling, while ultimately exposing fans to new music."
"High-quality digital platforms create the opportunity for artists to realize the full value of their brands, while remaining in complete artistic control," said Irving Azoff, founder and CEO of Front Line Management, who also serves as Chairman of a.p.e. "In Clear Channel Radio, we've found a digital partner whose reach is unprecedented, and who understands the business value of artistic quality."
o The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earning five #1 U.S. singles.
o Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling U.S. album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units.
o The band's Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits Volume 2 have sold more than 16 and 11 million albums respectively.
o The Eagles have received six GRAMMY Awards.
o The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
o One of the most successful recording artists of the past decade, selling more than 42 million records worldwide.
o Aguilera's 1999 self-titled debut album spawned three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
o Aguilera has won four GRAMMY Awards and one Latin GRAMMY Award.
o Weezer has sold more than 13 million records worldwide to date.
o Weezer's second single "Buddy Holly" won the band four MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Music Video, as well as two Billboard Music Video Awards.
o "Beverly Hills" hit #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
o "Pork and Beans" won Weezer the 2009 GRAMMY Award for Best Music Video.
o Weezer has achieved 11 Top Ten radio hits throughout the last decade including three #1 hits: "Beverly Hills," "Perfect Situation" and "Pork and Beans."
o Weezer's single "Pork and Beans" was the longest running single at #1 on the 2008 radio charts.
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