Broadcast Data Systems

Broadcast Data Systems (also known as BDS or Luminate BDS), is a service that tracks radio, television and internet airplay of songs. The service, which is a unit of MRC Data, is a contributing factor to North American charts published by co-owned magazine Billboard, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100, when combined with sales and streaming data from Soundscan.

Broadcast Data Systems
IndustryInternet Music Data Analysis
Founded1982; 41 years ago (1982)
    • Robert Ullmann
    • Hal Oppenheimer
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
Area served
    • Music Connect
    • BDS Radio
    • BDS Realtime
    • ENcore
    • Musictracking

BDS monitors airplay on more than 2,000 radio stations, satellite radio, and cable music channels across the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, and Mexico.[1] Luminate distributes BDS airplay data in their suite of music data products, including Music Connect, BDSRadio, BDS RealTime, ENcore and Musictracking.[1]

From August 2006 to its final June 2009 publication, BDS also provided chart data for R&R after Nielsen acquired the trade. On September 10, 2009, the website struck a partnership with Nielsen BDS to provide radio airplay charts and related data for over 20 formats.[2]

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