Deutsche Bank claims major-label unrest over Spotify playlists
Analysts from Deutsche Bank have suggested that major labels are unhappy with their share of slots on Spotify’s curated and algorithmic playlists. However, the caveat is that according to Business Insider, their note...
July 16, 2018
Middle Kids get a ‘Found Friends’ Spotify playlist-matcher
Australian indie band Middle Kids have a new album called ‘Lost Friends’ which is being promoted via a nifty Spotify playlist-matching microsite called ‘Found Friends’. The site gets fans to log in using their...
July 2, 2018
Drake Scorpion takeover risks reminding Spotify users of Apple’s U2 overreach
“Drake’s new album Scorpion is currently being streamed over 10 million times per hour,” chirped Spotify’s official Twitter account on Friday. There hasn’t been an updated-stats tweet since, which is possibly...
July 2, 2018
Study: Spotify Today’s Top Hits placement ‘worth up to $163k’
The latest study of Spotify claims that placement on the streaming service’s Today’s Top Hits playlist can be worth between $116k and $163k to an artist. The study was carried out by Luis Aguiar and Joel Waldfogel of...
June 25, 2018
Spinnin’ Records rebrands playlists with smart-speakers in mind
Fresh from being acquired by Sony Music, dance label Spinnin’ Records is experimenting with its streaming playlists – with a particular focus on how they’re accessed through smart speakers. “While curated music...
April 3, 2018
Pandora starts testing its own personalised playlists
Spotify has Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Mix. Apple Music has My New Music Mix and My Favourites Mix. Now Pandora is launching its own personalised playlists for listeners. Well, it’s testing them with a...
March 29, 2018
Report: Spotify genres/moods playlists have 370m+ followers
Analytics firm Chartmetric has published its latest deep-dive into Spotify’s playlists ecosystem, reporting that the streaming service’s genres and moods playlists have more than 370 million combined followers. Yes, obviously...
March 19, 2018
Spotify ‘pay-for-playlisting’ issue rears its head again
We’ve been here before with the issue of ‘playola’ – the notion that artists can pay to have their tracks added to popular playlists on Spotify run by curators *outside* the company. Back in 2015 this was being...
March 14, 2018
Spotify is testing playlists that are auto-mixed – even when on shuffle
Here's something to try on Spotify, if you have a few minutes. Using its desktop client, turn off the 'crossfade' feature in advanced settings, turn shuffle mode on, and play the first track on this Drum & Bass Fix playlist,...
March 8, 2018
Universal Music prepares to release science-led sleep album
Friday 16 March is World Sleep Day apparently, although good luck with persuading your boss that you deserve a day in bed. Actually, it’s worth a try if you work for Universal Music, since the label is preparing to release...
March 6, 2018
Spotify tests on-demand access to some playlists for free users
“Does Anyone's Spotify Look Like This?” wrote a plaintive poster on Spotify’s Android support forums a couple of weeks ago, with screenshots showing what appears to be a stripped-down, spacier user interface for the...
February 15, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets new music-playlist creation features
Amazon hasn’t made a big deal of its latest smart-speaker feature, but it’s an extremely interesting development for anyone who’s been thinking about how playlists evolve in a world of voice control. Users – initially...
February 9, 2018