Soundnet signs exclusive with Official Charts Company

21/01/2013

Soundnet’s status as the leading jukebox music company in the UK has been further strengthened by an exclusive partnership with the Official Charts Company, compilers of the UK’s iconic Official Singles Chart.

The move establishes Soundnet as the only jukebox music company in the UK providing the Official Singles Chart.

The partnership between Soundnet and the Official Charts Company, which is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s official music and video charts, follows years of joint collaboration.

Simon Davis, managing director at Soundnet says: “At Soundnet we have recognised the importance of the Official UK chart since first offering their charts on our boxes back in 2006.  This latest deal with the Official Charts Company is to ensure we emphasise the importance of the latest Official Singles Chart hits as 80% of the tracks chosen by consumers are chart and new releases.  The Official Charts Company is fully committed to expanding its reach of the chart – and this will only benefit our customers and the income in the jukeboxes.”

Giles Jones, Head of Commercial at The Official Charts Company commented; “The UK singles market set a new record in 2012 with 188.6 million singles sold. We are delighted to renew and exclusively extend our agreement with Soundnet and significantly increase the reach of the Official Singles Chart to the consumer through this key partnership.”

The Official Charts Company has repositioned itself as a more consumer focussed operation over the past 18 months, through the launch of a new brand icon, the consumer-facing pop portal OfficialCharts.com (which posted record traffic of 1m-plus unique visitors last month) and the creation of an Official Number 1 Award, which has been presented to a range of chart-topping artists over the past year including Gary Barlow, Jessie J, Robbie Williams, X-Factor winner James Arthur, Rita Ora and One Direction.

The company also oversaw the celebrations marking 60 years of the Official Singles Chart last November, which included TV and radio programming on ITV1, BBC4, MTV, The Box, Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6Music. A number of ground-breaking new features and services are to be launched by Soundnet over the coming months highlighting content and initiatives from the Official Charts Company.   Soundnet’s jukebox data for 2012 revealed that 80% of jukebox income comes from chart based new releases, with the ‘Chart & New Releases’ category accounting for over a third of all searches.  Customer demand for chart based new releases combined with the firm’s unrivalled provision of back catalogue tracks will further strengthen Soundnet’s position as the UK’s leading jukebox music company.

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