Spotify’s video-infused RapCaviar gets officially announced
News that Spotify is adding video to its popular RapCaviar hip-hip playlist shouldn’t come as a surprise to Music Ally readers: we reported on the US tests of the new feature in March. Now it’s been officially announced,...
August 9, 2017
Spotify hip-hop boss Tuma Basa: ‘I’m not a gatekeeper’
Spotify’s global head of hip-hop Tuma Basa may run the playlist every rapper wants to be on – RapCaviar – but in an interview with Billboard he has batted away suggestions that he’s a gatekeeper. “I’m not a...
July 17, 2017
Spotify to launch ‘playlist feedback’ system for labels this year
This week’s big story about Spotify playlists has been the series of revelations about the actually-not-so-fake-really artists on the streaming service whose tracks were being prominently featured on some popular mood playlists. Some...
July 14, 2017
Apple Music rolls out personalised ‘My Chill Mix’ playlist
Apple is making its latest move in personalised playlists, with the rollout of a new one called ‘My Chill Mix’. “A small number of test users got the new playlist yesterday evening,” reported TechCrunch. “An...
June 28, 2017
Spotify launching concerts based on its RapCaviar playlist
We’ve heard lots about streaming playlists being ‘the new albums’, but what about playlists as the new live-music brands? Spotify and Live Nation have teamed up to turn the former’s RapCaviar playlist into a series...
June 28, 2017
Inside the ‘Browse pitching process’ for Spotify
Cash Music’s blog has published a long piece exploring the evolving environment of Spotify playlists, from an independent standpoint concerned about the role major labels are playing. There’s some good detail: for...
June 26, 2017
Spotify adds group playlists for Facebook Messenger
Spotify is boosting its integration with Facebook Messenger, two months after launching a ‘chat extension’ for the messaging app. This morning, Spotify has launched a new feature called ‘Group Playlists for Messenger’...
June 21, 2017
Google Play Music adds ‘New Release Radio’ feature
There is some debate around whether Google Play Music’s latest feature is exclusive to Samsung smartphones or not: initial reports claimed it was, but Engadget reports that some non-Samsung subscribers are also accessing...
June 20, 2017
Platoon outlines strategy for Spotify playlist success
You don’t need us to tell you that getting a track on to a big Spotify playlist is far from an exact science. Still, Lucie Watson from London music-marketing startup Platoon has been blogging about her experience, with...
April 24, 2017
Pandora hails playlists as ‘streaming’s standard unit’
“Today, outside of the vinyl LP resurgence, there are no indications the playlist won’t be streaming’s standard unit for the foreseeable future,” writes Pandora’s music insights and analytics man Glenn Peoples in...
March 23, 2017
Warner Music launches streaming-first Artists To Watch label
Warner Music UK is trying something interesting: a ‘streaming-first’ sub-label called Artists To Watch Records, which has got up and running this month. The label has launched a playlist on Spotify (through Warner’s...
March 20, 2017