Spotify loses its chief content officer Stefan Blom
Spotify chief content officer Stefan Blom has announced his surprise departure from the company, on the eve of its long-anticipated public listing. Blom has not made any public comment on his departure, while Spotify’s...
January 8, 2018
Spotify tests new feature using video loops as song artwork
Spotify is testing a new feature that replaces static artwork for songs on its service with GIF-like looping videos uploaded by their artists or labels. In place of the full-screen artwork (accessed by tapping the now-playing...
January 5, 2018
Reports claim Spotify has already filed to go public
Spotify may go public in the first quarter of this year, according to several reports citing the company’s confidential filing of documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in December. “All indications...
January 4, 2018
Publisher Wixen hits Spotify with a $1.6bn lawsuit
If Spotify was hoping 2018 would see its publishing woes die down… well, Wixen Music Publishing has put those hopes to rest. The publisher has filed a lawsuit seeking damages of at least $1.6bn for Spotify’s use of...
January 3, 2018
Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers
Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for the EC to ensure they get a “level playing field” on platforms owned by large US technology companies...
December 14, 2017
Sandbox 193: Playlisten without prejudice
Lead: Labels and artists spent 2017 getting their heads around how playlists have created a new centre of gravity for the record business. The old ways of promoting a record (discounting at retail, plugging at radio, pitching...
December 7, 2017
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
BTS included: Spotify hails its 6.6bn K-Pop streams since 2015
Spotify users have streamed 6.6bn songs from K-Pop artists since the company launched its K-Pop hub in 2015, racking up more than 14.4bn minutes of listening. That’s according to a blog post published by Spotify yesterday...
November 24, 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
Epidemic Sound gives its side of the Spotify ‘fake artists’ controversy
“We were on our summer break, because we’re Swedes and nobody works for two months in July and August. But that’s when the whole fake-artists thing hit, so we were surprised, but mostly offended. Granted, we hadn’t...
November 20, 2017
Spotify will make London its latest R&D hub
You’ve likely heard about Spotify’s swanky new US headquarters in New York, but the company is also doubling down on its presence in London. Spotify said yesterday that it will be making that office its latest ‘R&D...
November 17, 2017
Spotify correcting data glitch that saw label playlists’ follower counts fall
A technical error has led to a sharp drop in the follower counts for a number of Spotify playlists, but the streaming service says it is working to correct the problem. Several labels have contacted Music Ally this week...
November 9, 2017