(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
The CMJ Network has joined forces with Mediaguide in a partnership that will provide artists and music industry professionals with detailed information on college and non-commercial radio airplay. The partnership combines CMJ's leading platform for emerging artist discovery and development with Mediaguide’s unique ability to electronically monitor college, non-commercial and commercial radio airplay.
The first steps of this partnership will be visible in the pages of CMJ New Music Report and online at www.cmj.com, where Mediaguide’s real-time station monitoring will contribute to two new charts. The first, the CMJ Radio Select, will compile monitored airplay from key college and non-commercial stations monitored by Mediaguide's proprietary digital fingerprinting technology. The CMJ Radio Select chart will be an album-based chart and will take the place of CMJ's existing Core Radio chart. The second chart to be part of the initial joint venture will be the CMJ Loud Rock Select, a song-based chart, comprised of the most-played Loud Rock tracks at college and non-commercial radio stations. This custom chart takes the place of CMJ's existing Loud Rock Crucial Spins chart.
"CMJ has been the unrivaled voice and platform for college and non-commercial radio for almost 30 years now," states CMJ CEO/founder Robert K. Haber. "This partnership with Mediaguide benefits both the artists and industry professionals who promote them. We are excited about the initial launch of our new products and services but even more encouraged by the possibilities for future applications. CMJ has always known college and non-commercial radio is the place where great music gets discovered. This is part of our continued commitment to broaden the impact of developing artists' careers."
In addition to providing these charts, CMJ and Mediaguide will jointly offer Mediaguide’s proprietary reporting systems, MusicMonitor, ArtistMonitor and A&RMonitor to new and existing CMJ customers. These products will be available both as packages and upgrades along with current CMJ products. That combination gives CMJ and Mediaguide the unique ability to provide a comprehensive level of airplay intelligence for independent and emerging artists, and those who want to discover and support them.
"We are proud to partner with CMJ, which has long been dedicated to keeping the music industry informed about and connected to the amazing new music that college and non-commercial radio provides to their listeners," said Paul E. Wright, vice president of Music Business Development for Mediaguide. "Mediaguide is dedicated to creating the best airplay data available anywhere; and we look forward to supporting the artists and music industry professionals who rely on this information to discover and promote new music."
"We have long believed that a partnership between CMJ and Mediaguide would be extremely valuable to serving the daily airplay information needs of the artists, labels, indie promoters, A&R professionals and others who rely on college radio for its tastemaker status and the exposure it provides to new and emerging music," said Erik Maier, Mediaguide's vice president of Music Sales & Marketing. "We're very proud to be partnering with college and non-commercial radio's leading brand to bring monitored airplay data on the format to both music industry professionals and consumers."
–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen