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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Open Letter To Mr. Lanre Dabiri (Eldee) Concerning PlayData

This is a personal open letter from me Apata Bayode to Eldee and the rest of the Playdata crew.
First of all, I am going to compliment Mr Lanre Dabiri for this huge invention, for the past 3years, I have been wondering; is nobody going to do anything about monitoring the Nigeria music industry? And by that I mean at this age and level which the industry is right now, I have always wondered isn’t it time we have at least just one normal standard reputable music chart?? Well, personally myself I could have introduced this into the industry a longtime ago, but sadly, I don’t have the resources.  I mean, our music industry is very well the face of Africa at the moment, and we don’t have any sensible music chart monitoring our songs commercial success, take a look at the South Africa music industry not half as huge as ours they’ve got about two standard music charts over there and we’ve got none.

Just three weeks ago I saw a twitter handle titled: “Playdata Charts” I went on to the website and read all about it, wasn’t satisfied,  I went on to do my personal research on the platform I read a couple comments Eldee has given about the project online and seriously… You won’t believe how happy I felt about this... 

The whole PlayData idea is the brightest I have seen in a very long time... Personally I hope to meet Eldee himself to learn about this new program they are using to track Radio Airplays. For people who don’t know what PlayData does; well, it is a new web service software invented by Mr. Lanre Dabiri, Playdata track songs airplays on radio stations.  So now we can know which songs  are the most played on radio stations in Nigeria every single week, although Playdata at the moment is only monitoring Lagos radio stations, but I’m pretty sure the team Is working on the nationwide coverage. Well, there is more to playdata and I don’t think I am gonna be able to write all about it here so, you should read more about Playdata and Playdata charts Via: and

Well, according to the website, the Nigerian Playdata charts is called; “Radio Top Ten countdown”,  I am gonna be starting from there; Mr. Lanre I don’t think that name suits it at all..Why “Radio Top10” when the platform monitors top 100 songs every week, Why not RadioTop100, and why putting countdown at the back? This is no countdown this is a standard music chart.

What I am actually trying to say here is; our music industry is a very tight one right now with new artists coming in here and there with hits, 2015 was a crazy year of hits with new artists taking over and I know this year is gonna be crazier. So with hit songs being released every single week , I think Playdata should focus more on songs at the top20 at least out of the top 100 and I think “RadioTop20” sounds cooler.
The Playdata music chart is not one Radio Countdown or TV countdown, we all know those ones are crap, Playdata is a standard music chart and it should be carried that way, at the moment this is Nigeria’s billboardHot100 so I think it should be operated and honored with such respect.

Secondly Mr. Lanre I am personally begging you and your team to fasten this process up. I mean you’ve only got Lagos state right now but what we want is a standard chart that covers the whole Nigeria. So I think by midyear Playdata should have covered almost all the Radio stations in Nigeria, if that is gonna be difficult I think one or two radio stations per state is enough. And I’m also pleading with Mr. Eldee to please cover the north alongside, I mean we don’t even know what is up with the northern part of the country when it comes to the music sector, we wanna know what’s popping in places like Kaduna,Kano and others.

Furthermore, I think the playdatacharts website needs some additional contents, like; there should be a page for every song that makes a debut on the Top100 or the Top20 so that these songs chart history and success would be recorded on each of their pages.
And I am gonna have to mention that the site is fantastic and user friendly.

So in conclusion, I think the Playdata project is a huge one and a brilliant one too, I see the platform taking over African countries and even outside Africa in a couple years.
I believe when the platform is at its full height it is going to have a massive revenue generation, starting from ads revenue; I believe the platform is gonna generate some huge income from its Webpages, not to mention as time goes on and the platform becomes more recognized I think some certain users strings should be added like users needing to subscribe to see the full top100 chart and even more..

Well, I am currently working on creating a wikipedia page for PlayData, I would also like to create a wikipedia page for the RadioTop10 too but i am really hoping Mr. Lanre considers my plead to change that name to something like RadioTop20 or Top100 just anything higher than Top10.

To every Nigerian artist out there; be it A-LIST or New comer I am personally telling you all to take the Playdata charts serious, by that; I mean they all should upload any new song  they release on the server so as to get their songs tracked after release, you know RadioTop20 or Top100 charts is actually our own Billboard now so they all should try to know their songs commercial success when it comes to radio airplays, I will presume you all know topping that chart for weeks or being among the top10 for weeks is a bigger deal than winning any award. I am so proud of boda Kunle right now... He’s been killing Wizkid and Kiss, for the past four weeks on the chart(lol.) I don’t think “Pick Up” is gonna be leaving that number1 spot anytime soon, by the way, I would like to see kiss Daniel’s Good time top the chart.

FYI:  We at T.I.N Magazine have been working on a standard digital music chart since last year’s November and we are getting close, and we are gonna be launching in a few months time. For now let’s keep following the Playdata charts!

Mr. Eldee, If I am opportune I would like to meet and discuss Playdata with you, even if na for skype or anything I just wanna chat with you concerning playdata.!
Kudos to ELDEE! You are the DON….!
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