28 December, 2014

New Zealand Media and Entertainment’s (NZME.) all-in-one digital radio serviceiHeartRadiocelebrates its first full year streaming to New Zealand with the release of their Most Popular List for 2014.  English singer Ed Sheeran is the number one Custom Station created by artist, with his hit song Don’t also taking the number one spot for top Custom Station created by song title in 2014. Sheeran also achieves three songs in the Most Requested Top Ten list.

“With access to over 20 million songs, 450,000 and 1,900 radio stations accessible 24/7 via web and mobile, the options for streaming are endless. Ed performed a free concert for iHeartRadio NZ in April to launch his new album ‘X’ so there’s little surprise to us that Ed holds the number one spot on 2014's Top Artist list and the number one spot on 2014's Top Song list for iHeartRadio NZ. Kiwi’s simply love him,” saysCarolyn Luey, Group Director Strategy and Operations.

New Zealand’s very own Lorde is the second most listened to artist for 2014. iHeartRadio NZ and Lorde have a special connection, with Lorde being instrumental in launching iHeartRadio to New Zealand in September 2013.

‘You could say iHeartRadio NZ and Lorde have grown up together. The event to welcome iHeartRadio to New Zealand was Lorde’s first major concert, not only representing a new kiwi artist breaking onto the world stage, but highlighting iHeartRadio as an authentic New Zealand entertainment brand. The Lorde concert created massive awareness and talkability of iHeartRadio, as she resonated perfectly with our target audience which she clearly continues to do,” says Luey.

iHeartRadio NZ 2014 - Top Artists

Ed Sheeran


Justin Timberlake


Taylor Swift

Bruno Mars

Katy Perry

Ellie Goulding

Sam Smith

Rod Stewart



iHeartRadioNZ 2014 - Top Songs 2014


Ed Sheeran

Shake It Off

Taylor Swift

The A Team

Ed Sheeran

Counting Stars


I Lived


Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran

Locked Out Of Heaven

Bruno Mars

A Sky Full of Stars



Maroon 5


Imagine Dragons

 “We’re stoked with how New Zealanders have embraced iHeartRadio. In just over a year we have more than 250,000 registered users and 300,000 app downloads.   Kiwis’ are loving access to free music and the ease of creating their own radio stations on web and mobile,” says Luey.

iHeartRadio NZ, which and can be found at www.iheartradio.co.nz ,will also be featuring streams of the 2014 Official New Zealand End of Year Charts announced by Recorded Music NZ including the complete Top 50 and the New Zealand Music Top 20.



For further information or to speak to NZME. contact:

Niki Schuck on 021 911 332



About New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME.)

NZME. Radio is New Zealand’s market leader for radio advertising solutions delivered across strong radio and online brands. They operate the number one national network, Newstalk ZB and have three of the top five national networks – Newstalk ZB, The Hits and Coast. Other networks are ZM, Hauraki, Flava and Radio Sport, in total they operates more than 130 stations in New Zealand. NZME. also has an all-in-one digital radio service iHeartRadio, which continues to be the number one, all-in-one digital service in the United States. NZME. is 100% owned by APN News and Media. http://www.radionetwork.co.nz/nzme/nzme/