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
This is the lead feature from our fortnightly Sandbox magazine, which focuses on essential skills and information for the modern music business. You can download the full issue here People are increasingly attuned...
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
Spotify launches two more algo-personalised playlists
Spotify’s algorithms are being put through their paces again, with the launch of two new algo-personalised playlists by the streaming service. They’re called ‘On Repeat’ and ‘Repeat Rewind’,...
September 25, 2019
YouTube’s ‘Discover Mix’ playlist is rolling out globally
Weekly, algo-personalised playlists have become a common feature of the music-streaming landscape, from Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’ and ‘Release Radar’ to Apple’s ‘New Music Mix’, ‘Favourites Mix’ and...
September 23, 2019
‘Juicing’ YouTube views with ads isn’t just an India thing
Sony Music artist Badshah came under the spotlight recently when his label claimed he’d broken YouTube’s first-day-views record; YouTube pointedly didn’t confirm it (and still hasn’t); and then debate ensued about...
September 5, 2019
BBC promises to build ‘public-service’ recommendation algorithm
UK public-service broadcaster the BBC is hoping to jog people out of their algorithmic comfort-zones with recommendations in its BBC Sounds app. The broadcaster’s director of radio and education James Purnell announced...
May 15, 2019