Tag: country music

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Morgan Wallen axed from streaming playlists after racial slur

Country star Morgan Wallen had been all over radio and streaming playlists alike in the early weeks of 2021, with his ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ topping the US charts. However, this week a video emerged of...
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Spotify ‘Hot Country’ playlist has generated 5bn streams

Happy birthday to Spotify’s flagship country music playlist ‘Hot Country’, which is five years old this month. “Since its 2015 launch, it has amassed 6 million followers and seen more than 5 billion...
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Apple Music Radio adds live country and hits stations

Spotify’s ‘audio first’ strategy involves an aggressive move into spoken-word content with podcasts (and soon audiobooks?) to compete with live radio. Apple Music has followed a different path, with the...
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Chase Rice and Chris Janson concerts spark controversy

We’ve been writing and thinking a lot about what the ‘new normal’ will be for music concerts as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease. There are already gigs taking place at drive-in cinemas in the US; experiments...
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US Copyright Office posts transcript of AI music debate

“Country music is going to be the biggest sort of paradox for AI because the underlying melodies and so on are very formulaic. But the lyrics are based on human experience. I’d be very interested how long it would...
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Country music streaming grew by 36% in the US in 2019

New research from MRC Data/Nielsen Music suggests that streaming of country music grew by more than a third (36%) in 2019 compared to 2018. It also found that 56% of country radio listeners now use a streaming service every...
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Study suggests country radio listeners DO want more women

Country radio stations in the US have been criticised strongly in recent times for their male-dominated playlists. A study published earlier this month by SongData’s Jada Watson showed why: women accounted for just 10%...
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SongData has more bad news on country-radio gender splits

2019 has seen a running debate about diversity in country music: one that focuses on traditional radio playlists as well as the streaming world. Now research project SongData has published some new stats exploring the former,...
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Apple Music reveals new ‘Up Next’ artist and launches country radio show

Apple Music has anointed its latest ‘Up Next’ artist, who’ll be getting a boost across the company’s music platforms. It’s Canadian artist Jessie Reyez, who’s actually been doing pretty well on Apple Music for...
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Spotify is making a podcast with country star Reba McEntire

Spotify has announced another original podcast in partnership with a musician: country artist Reba McEntire. It’s due to launch early in 2020, with Spotify promising “Reba’s trademark wit and wisdom as she and expert...
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Fresh from Spotify row, Martina McBride launches a podcast

Country artist Martina McBride has been making headlines this month by taking Spotify to task for its playlist-creation algorithm. Now she’s in the spotlight for a different reason: she’s become the latest artist to launch...
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Spotify responds to Martina McBride: ‘We agree it’s unacceptable’

We reported yesterday on the latest criticism of Spotify from country artist Martina McBride, including her complaint that while the company had met with her privately to talk about its playlist-creation recommendation algorithm,...