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
How does UK radio and streaming-playlist plugging work in 2018?
What’s more important for an independent artist in 2018: getting A-listed by prominent radio stations, or bagging some prominent slots on the playlists curated by Spotify and Apple Music? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con...
February 8, 2018
CMO Seth Farbman on Spotify: ‘It’s maybe more like a republic than a democracy’
Seth Farbman used to be chief marketing officer at clothing retailer The Gap. Now he's marketing a music-streaming service, as CMO of Spotify. Farbman joined Music Biz and Music Ally's NY:LON Connect conference in New...
January 23, 2018
Spotify talks playlists, skip rates and NF’s Nordic-fuelled success (#SlushMusic)
“I would once and for all like to kill the myth that it’s just about something called skip rate.” Spotify’s Nordic head of shows and editorial Daniel Breitholtz was keen to make something clear in his speech at...
November 29, 2017
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile launch ‘mixtape exchange’
We’re big fans of the recent album by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, and we’re also impressed by the inventive Spotify-fuelled marketing campaign around it. So is Spotify: the streaming service has featured the campaign...
November 22, 2017