Songwriter and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne was awarded Million-Air certificates for “Turn To Stone, “ which has earned over one million airplays, and “Don’t Bring Me Down,” for having over two million airplays. BMI’s Linda Livingston and Phil Graham presented Lynne the certificates at a recent visit to his studio in Los Angeles.
BMI recognizes the songwriters, composers and music publishers of its million and multi-million performance status songs with “Million-Air” performance certificates. Over 3900 songs have been awarded Million-Air certificates, which range from one million performances to over 12 million performances. To be included in this exclusive roster, a song with an average length of three minutes must have been broadcast over one million times. This definition equals at least 50,000 broadcast hours, which equals more than 5.7 years of continuous airplay.
Some of BMI’s top Million-Air songwriters include Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector, Ben E. King, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Donald and Richard Addrisi, Calvin Lewis, Andrew J. Wright, Sting (PRS), Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield, Steve Cropper, Otis Redding, Bill Dees, Roy Orbison and many more.