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Contemporary hit music radio


CHR-pop
Also is referred to as top 40 or pop. Playlists include new cutting edge music, current hits and popular hits of the last 6 to 12 months. The target audience is young adult and adults ages 15 to 30.

CHR-rhythmic
Playlists include a lean toward more hip-hop, rap and dance songs, (rather than rock and alternative). Play lists consist of new cutting edge music, current hits and popular hits of the last 6 to 12 months. The target audience is also people 15 to 30 years of age.

CHR-dance
Sometime referred to simply a dance, playlists include a slant toward dance hits and dance remixes of popular songs. Play lists consist of new cutting edge music, current hits and popular hits of the last couple of years. The target audience is also people 15 to 30 years of age.

CHR-español
Also known as pop en español or Spanish pop, playlists include popular Spanish language songs. Most major US markets contain a station or two with this format. Throughout Mexico and South America, it is not uncommon for pop stations (in both the US and Latin America) to include both Spanish language and English language pop songs.

Tejano
As a local flavor of popular music, Tejano is bound and geographically defined to Texas, the southwest United States and northern Mexican. Tejano music is hit music by artists originating in and around this region.

Other CHR formats
The remaining CHR formats are all offsprings anbd hybrids of the above two formats, they all have a similar target audience, all contain some type of subset of the same play lists, but all slant the music towards another format or time of music. CHR-French found throughout eastern Canada are formatted stations containing playlists of popular French language songs; Pop/rock and pop/rock/dance are hybrids that includes mainstream popular music plus top rock and/or dance music.; CHR-alternative features mainstream as well as the top alternative hits. This format is most known in Europe; CHR-local includes playlists that emphasized popular music from artists originating from that local area This format is most popular in Europe and Asia where a country promotes its own language and culture through the pop music. Tejano is actually a specific type of local music.


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