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
Country concert-bookings growing fast outside the US
Billboard has an interesting piece on the burgeoning demand for country-music concerts outside the US, based on new data from the Country Music Association. It claims that the number of country concerts booked internationally...
May 25, 2017
Spotify poaches country-music expert John Marks from SiriusXM
Spotify has a new uber-curator on its roster: John Marks, who’ll be overseeing country-music programming for the streaming service. Marks joins from SiriusXM, and is the latest example of a radio veteran being tapped by...
November 3, 2015