Industry leaders sign landmark jukebox deal
This week Soundnet was proud to be part of a landmark deal, which brought together the market leaders in the jukebox industry, the machine operating business and the legendary Official Charts Company.
At the O2 Arena in London we signed an agreement for the supply of 250 Official Charts Company branded jukeboxes to Gamestec, the UK’s biggest operator of pay-to-play machines.
The jukeboxes will be manufactured by Sound Leisure in Leeds and we will be providing the music, including all the UK singles charts since they began and all of the album charts too. We have provided the singles charts for jukeboxes before but this the first time the album chart will be featured and also the first time that news directly from OfficialCharts.com will also be displayed on the jukebox screen.
We were thrilled to be able to share the moment with some of the most influential pub retailers in the UK, who traveled over from the EAG exhibition at Excel via cable car to join us at Gauchos for a small reception.
Peter Davies, Commercial Director of Gamestec, told guests: “Gamestec’s proud history has been built on a foundation of pioneering, developing and operating jukeboxes for over 50 years. Whilst Gamestec has long since moved away from manufacturing ‘in house’, the company remains at the forefront of supplying the UK pub, bar and leisure market with pay-to-play music and operates over 2,000 music products.
“We have worked with Sound Leisure and Soundnet closely over the years as our preferred suppliers of content and hardware. We recognise the product quality, investment in research and development and professionalism shown by both organisations as market leading. We are excited to be able to extend this relationship to include the Official Charts Company. We have been incredibly impressed with the Official Charts Company’s approach to embracing the pay-to-play sector and the consumer appeal the Official UK Singles Chart brings to the jukeboxes we operate. A fully branded Official Charts Company Jukebox was a natural progression and we are delighted to be working with all partners to bring this fantastic product to market.”
Giles Jones, Head of Commercial for Official Charts Company commented: “Official Charts Company first partnered with Soundnet in 2006, and since that time our business together has grown steadily. In 2013 Soundnet doubled the presence of the Official Singles Chart within its estate to 12,500 jukeboxes, covering 65 per cent of the UK market. We’re thrilled to further build upon this key partnership and add the Official Albums Chart to Soundnet’s jukebox estate, and also work with Gamestec to exclusively launch the Official Charts Jukebox.
“Featuring both the Official Singles Chart and Official Albums Chart for the first time plus the latest exclusive music news from OfficialCharts.com,, the Official Charts Jukebox will showcase a broad range of artists from Rihanna to the Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars to Bastille undoubtedly attracting new consumers and further cement the connection between music and a great night out.”
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