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Mediabase Takes Over Tracking for Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart

Updated: Nov 3


This week Mediabase took over monitoring radio play and has already added former BDS stations to their tracking.


Barring tech issues the chart reported on Billboard will remain consistent from what we have been seeing as early as next week.


From our conversations with the Mediabase and Billboard teams, both organizations remain incredibly committed to providing quality data for the Smooth Jazz format.


Mediabase previously announced their new partnership with Luminate, owner and operator of BDS, the radio tracking service. This merger combines the two major radio chart reporters, making the Billboard chart and the Mediabase chart one in the same.


In a September press release, Luminate writes that "effective December 2022, Mediabase’s radio tracking data, known widely as the music industry standard across labels, publishers and management companies, will fuel Luminate’s reporting on radio’s music activity in the U.S. and Canada."

Luminate CEO Rob Jonas wrote:

“Mediabase has proven itself to be the most trusted and referenced radio data provider in today’s fast-moving, ever-changing music industry. At Luminate, we pride ourselves in being able to provide our clients – whether they be major record labels, tech companies, film studios, TV networks or indie music powerhouses – with the absolute best information they need to operate and grow their businesses. This new partnership allows us to do just that.”

Philippe Generali, President & CEO of Mediabase, added, “This new strategic partnership allows us the opportunity to be innovative in our approach to radio monitoring and to further ours and Luminate’s positions as undisputed experts in music data.”


Read Luminate's full press release here.



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