Latest BASA member Labs.fm publishes South Africa’s most influential music charts

10 December 2018

Business and Arts South Africa is pleased to introduce its latest member, Labs.fm, a data-driven products and services company operating within the music industry.

With their roots in the radio industry, the company now provides music products and services for record labels, streaming services, music labels, concert promoters and brands.

“Earlier this year we noticed an appetite for South African chart data. Media monitoring isn’t our core focus, but we measure thousands of data points and decided to make these charts available to the public as our as our way of giving back to the industry,” comments Labs.fm founder, Richard Oakley.

“There is no official South African chart, and independent musicians or aspiring young artists have no access to the kinds of tools that record labels have. Previously, the only way to access a South African airplay chart was to pay one of the media monitoring companies. Labs.fm now makes this data available for everyone because all artists should have a full view of what South Africa is listening to,” adds Head of Product Development, Wendy Verwey Bekker.

Such data has the potential to increase awareness of local music and artists, help musicians and young companies grow, and enhance marketing strategies through music. Labs.fm currently publishes the South African Airplay, Apple Music, Deezer, iTunes, Shazam and YouTube charts on a weekly basis, with a Spotify Chart coming soon. Members of the public can subscribe to receive the charts on email at no charge, or access them online at http://Labs.fm/charts/south-africa

About BASA:

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) NPC is an internationally recognised South African development agency with a suite of integrated programmes implemented nationally and internationally. BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, securing the future development of the arts sector in South Africa and contributing to corporate success through Shared Value. BASA was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector as a public/private partnership. For more information about BASA, contact us on 011 447 2295 or info@basa.co.za, or visit our website: www.basa.co.za

About Labs.fm:

Labs.fm (Pty) Ltd is an early-stage startup, specialising in building data and technology solutions for the music industry. The company first gained recognition in 2015 when Recast, a product allowing users to listen to radio stations’ playlists with Rdio or Spotify, won a Webby Award. Since then, the company has grown to include products and services surrounding metadata, real-time data, recommendations, playlisting, reporting and interactive radio. For more information on Labs.fm, visit our website: http://Labs.fm/

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