Music tech journalist Cherie Hu spotted a small-ish change in the Spotify app: in official and algorithmic playlists you’ll now find an “About recommendations” section in the menu which includes […]
The music industry knows that TikTok’s #ForYou personalised recommendations feed is hugely powerful in racking up views for the videos chosen by its algorithm. But we also know that we […]
Although Apple Music has made human curation a big part of its brand (especially when execs are throwing shade at Spotify in interviews) that hasn’t stopped it from developing its […]
We are now well used to getting instant analytics on how a new release is performing, thanks to the dedicated artist backends of DSPs like Spotify and Apple Music. This […]
On the surface, news that Apple Music has launched a feature called ‘Replay’ gathering people’s favourite tracks of the year might be seen as a copycat of Spotify. The latter’s […]
Lead: Wellness and health have never been more culturally central than now – which is clearly a good thing. And within this, music is playing its part as acts soundtrack meditation apps and playlists power gym workouts. There is a huge opportunity for music here – but there is also an awful lot to get […]
People are increasingly attuned to the need to look after their mental and their physical health – and music can and does play a big role here. The gym playlist […]
Spotify’s family of algo-personalised playlists has a new member, joining the likes of Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Drive.
The new playlist is called ‘Off The Wall Wednesday’, and we’ll let you guess which day of the week it updates on… It’s also different from those other playlists, because it’s a partnership with a brand: Vans.
“Get a new playlist you can kick it to every Wednesday,” explains the site where people can sign up to get the playlist. “Personalised just for you and influenced by 53 years of Vans history in music from Sidestripe Sessions and House of Vans to artist collaborations and Warped Tour.”
While the partnership appears to come out of the US, the playlist can be signed up to beyond North America – this bulletin was written to the strains of Idles, Little Boots, Georgia and Gregg Allman playing on our version, which we signed up to from the UK.
Algorithmic A&R continues to be a touchy subject in some quarters of the music industry, where there is distrust (and/or existential fears) of the prospect of big data encroaching onto […]
The headline for newspaper The Times’ interview with YouTube Music boss Lyor Cohen may be over-egging the pudding a bit. ‘Whip Spotify’s ass? The answer is emphatically yes’, it turns out, refers […]
In March this year, Music Ally wrote about a new music app called Crush, which aimed to bring together Spotify with artists’ own social-media feeds, to help listeners find out more […]
The latest startup hoping to offer music A&Rs some algorithmic assistance is Andrson, from Ireland. It launched this week as a subscription-based app, with the ambition of signing up 30,000 artists […]