Last June, the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) published a report called ‘Three Chords & The Actual Truth’ on country music diversity.
The report from the Black Music Action Coalition is training the lens on an aspect of diversity in country music: race.
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, […]
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 […]
Scooter Braun is a man with his finger in many pies, and now he’s added podcasts to his pastry portfolio. In fact, his Ithaca Holdings company has signed a podcast development deal with Spotify (described as a ‘first look’ agreement by Variety, which means Spotify will get first dibs on new shows from Ithaca Holdings).
The first show has already been announced: ‘Country Shine with Graham Bunn’. It’ll be a twice-weekly podcast focusing on country music, hosted by radio and TV veteran Bunn and sports reporter Camryn Irwin.
Braun himself is executive producer on the project, which will be exclusive to Spotify. It’s the latest expansion for Spotify’s country-focused content: earlier this year it launched a new playlist called ‘Indigo’ to sit alongside ‘Hot Country’ and ‘New Boots’ as its genre flagships.
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 […]
The longer this lockdown goes on, the more artists are finding different ways to experiment with the format of livestreams – and also to charge for them.
Country star Tim McGraw is the latest example. He’s going to be holding a “unique all-live album premiere” event on 22 August, broadcasting from Nashville to tie in with his new album’s release.
“Tim McGraw is inviting all fans to participate in a one-time-only performance to share the stories behind the new songs,” explains the splash site. “Together with his band, McGraw will play some old favorites along with new tracks. Up-close and live, this will be an intimate performance with interaction and connection for everyone watching.”
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 […]
We’ve seen some early experiments in the US around putting on music concerts in drive-in cinemas (movie theaters) to keep within social distancing rules. What’s better than playing a single […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]