TikTok explains how its #ForYou recommendations work
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 don’t really know how that...
June 19, 2020
Apple Music’s new personalised playlist is Get Up! Mix
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 own series of algo-personalised playlists....
March 24, 2020
Tools: Promogogo. Sell more tickets using AI, Machine Learning, Predictive Algorithms and Big Data
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 does not hold true for ticket sales – although knowing...
January 14, 2020
Apple Music ‘Replay’ playlists collect listeners’ fave tracks
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 annual ‘Wrapped’ promotion included...
November 14, 2019
Sandbox Issue 240: Music Marketing’s Wellness and Fitness Drive
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....
November 13, 2019
Music Marketing’s Wellness and Fitness Drive
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 is one thing, but acts crafting albums for meditation apps...
November 13, 2019
Spotify’s new algo-personalised playlist has a brand attached
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...
November 7, 2019
Secret Chord Laboratories raises $315k for music-analysis tool
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 traditional territory of humans’...
October 21, 2019
Lyor Cohen keen to avoid algorithmic echo chambers on YouTube
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 to a section of...
October 18, 2019
Cardioid app offers context for Spotify’s algo-personalised playlists
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 about the musicians they were listening...
October 7, 2019
Irish startup Andrson launches A&R talent-spotting platform
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 to create profiles...
October 4, 2019
Now YouTube Music has some new algo-personalised playlists
More evidence of the commoditisation of certain types of music personalisation: YouTube Music has officially announced three new algo-personalised playlists. One we knew about: ‘Discover Mix’, which appeared in September and...
October 3, 2019