Understanding Mediabase & BDS-Nielsen on how they work for U the Artist
Mediabase is a division of Premiere Radio Networks, located in
Sherman Oaks, California. Mediabase is a music industry web site
containing in-depth charts and analysis based on the monitoring of 1,836
radio stations in the US and Canada, in 175 radio markets. Mediabase
features real time charts in 25 radio formats, based on radio airplay.
In addition, its services has dozens of analytical tools. Mediabase also
owns and operates ratethemusic.com, a service that allows consumers to
rate music for the radio and record industries.
Radio stations subscribe to Mediabase’s monitoring service, via
network affiliations. The Mediabase network consists of more than 1,800
radio affiliates. In addition, record company and entertainment
executives subscribe on a cash basis.
Mediabase charts are used as the source on the following radio shows:
American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, The Foxworthy Countdown, Crook
& Chase Country Countdown, Ben and Brian’s Big Top 20 Countdown, Bob
Kingsley’s Country Top 40, and Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.
It is the primary programming tool for nationally syndicated shows like
Open House Party, After Midnite with Blair Garner, and Delilah.
BDS-Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems is the world’s leading provider of
airplay tracking for the entertainment industry. Employing a patented
digital pattern recognition technology, Nielsen BDS captures in excess
of 100 million song detections annually on more than 1,600 radio
stations, satellite radio and cable music channels in over 140 markets
in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and 30 Canadian markets.
Radio formats monitored include Adult Alternative, Adult
Contemporary, Album Rock, Classic Rock, Contemporary Christian, Country,
Modern Rock, Oldies, R&B (including Rap and Hip Hop), Spanish
(including Latin Contemporary, Regional Mexican and Tropical Salsa), and
Top 40. Additionally, Nielsen BDS monitors 12 U.S. Music Video Channels
and 9 Canadian Video Channels.
Executives from all facets of record companies, radio stations,
publishing firms, performance rights organizations, music retailers,
independent promoters, film and TV, and artist management are among
those who query more than 10,000 reports daily from Nielsen BDS products
– ENcore, BDSRadio.com, BDSexpress.com and BDS RealTime.
Nielsen BDS information is utilized exclusively by Billboard, and
R&R (Radio & Records) in determining their radio airplay music
Music Publishing- The music publisher is a company that owns the
copyright. The music publisher has total control over when and where the
song is played. They also control the songs royalties and collect the
money from the people that sell, perform, or change the song in any way.
As a songwriter you would either create your own music publishing
company or you would sell your songs to a music publisher that is more
Performance Royalties- Every time a song is on TV, radio, played in
clubs, restaurants, etc.. The party playing the song must pay for the
Music Publishing Agreement- A music publisher get’s ownership of a
song by signing a music publisher agreement with the songwriter. Usually
the music publisher agreement provides for the songwriter to continue
receiving income as the song earns money. The song writers portion
usually ranges around 60-75% of the total income from the song.