June is Black Music Month in the US (or African-American Music Appreciation Month if you prefer: it was renamed by President Barack Obama in 2009, but its previous name is still often used).

Spotify has revealed its plans for the month, including its previously-announced plan to devote its entire ‘New Music Friday’ playlist to Black artists for a week starting this Friday.

The streaming service will also be launching new playlists as part of its Black History is Now hub, including ‘KING’ (a Father’s Day-themed playlist celebrating Black dads); ‘Throwback Thursday’ spotlighting music going back to the 1950s; ‘Black to the Future’ focusing on new Black artists; ‘Black History Salute’ featuring Black artists who’ve died this year; and ‘Black, Queer, & Proud’ to tie in with Pride month. There will also be various artist and celebrity takeovers of existing playlists.

Music Ally’s next Learn Live webinar will help you understand what’s required for artists to thrive in new international markets!

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Stuart Dredge

Music Ally's Head of Insight

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