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...
October 30, 2019
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,...
September 18, 2019
Martina McBride criticises Spotify again over playlist algorithm (and Spotify agrees)
Earlier this month, we reported on country star Martina McBride’s anger at Spotify’s recommendation algorithm, after its first 135 suggestions of tracks for a ‘country music’ playlist she was making were all by men. Spotify’s...
September 17, 2019
Taylor Swift joins list of artists failing to beat ‘Old Town Road’
There’s a slightly woe-is-me feel to Vanity Fair’s ‘If Taylor Swift Can’t Have a No. 1 Pop Hit in 2019, Can Anyone?’ headline. The correct answer being ‘Yes, Lil Nas X has been having a giant No. 1 pop hit in...
June 25, 2019
Gimme Radio launches its second music service: Gimme Country
Since its launch in 2017, we’ve known Gimme Radio as a metal brand: an app for streaming a round-the-clock radio station playing metal, with an array of DJs. By late January 2019 it had nearly 130,000 registered users,...
May 16, 2019
YouTube makes an artist spotlight story for Maren Morris
Country star Maren Morris is the latest artist to get an ‘Artist Spotlight Story’ from YouTube. It debuted on 10 May: a 15-minute mini-documentary that tracks Morris’ journey from “from her early...
May 13, 2019
Is Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ track country or not?
“Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road. I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more…” If you just read the lyrics, you might well think that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X was a country track, even if...
March 29, 2019
YouTube poaches execs from rivals to beef up its Nashville presence
In Music Ally’s recent report on country music and streaming, one of the key points was about the efforts that have been made by streaming services to build their teams on the ground in Nashville. Now they’re poaching...
October 30, 2018
Spotify says non-US country streaming-share is up 21% since 2015
One of the themes Music Ally explored in our recent report on country music was how streaming is helping the genre and its emerging artists find new audiences abroad. Now Spotify has published a blog post on the trend to...
September 17, 2018
Pew study confirms rural broadband access can still be spotty
One of the points made in our recent country-music report was that access to reliable broadband internet in rural areas of the US is one of the factors that may entice more country fans to start streaming music. A study published...
September 11, 2018
Report 417: Islands in the Streams
This month’s report focuses on country music and how the genre is finally leaning in to streaming, with the major streaming services also making it a priority. We’ve talked to Amazon, Spotify, YouTube and the Nashville...
August 31, 2018
Dan + Shay ‘Tequila’ is most-streamed country track of 2018
Country artists Dan + Shay have had a big hit with their track ‘Tequila’ this year – including on streaming services. Label Warner Music Nashville says that the duo have just crossed 1bn on-demand career streams, including...
August 20, 2018