Gay Times launches ‘Elevate’ programme for emerging LGBTQ artists
In July this year, Music Ally reported on a partnership between Apple Music and Gay Times, the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning] media brand. Gay Times made a series of exclusive playlists for...
October 7, 2019
Apple Music UK launches a Black History Month ‘superroom’
In the UK, October is ‘Black History Month’, a celebration of the contributions made by black Britons down the years. Apple is celebrating the month too with what it’s describing as a ‘superroom’ on Apple Music....
October 2, 2019
Mabel and Marshmello flex their curation skills on Apple Music
Are streaming exclusives dead? Not quite, but they tend to veer towards the promotional side of things nowadays: an album will be available everywhere, but (for example) live EPs are fair game for single-service exclusives....
August 30, 2019
LGBTQ brand Gay Times is the latest Apple Music curator
The latest guest curator on Apple Music is Gay Times, the European LGBTQ media brand. It’s making a series of exclusive playlists for the streaming service, while the companies are also collaborating on a joint advertising...
July 8, 2019
Amazon debuts ‘Handpicked’ artist playlists, starting with Katy Perry
Ice cream. Weepy movies. Three-hour gym sessions. Howling at the moon like a crestfallen wolf. All good ways to respond to being dumped. Or you could listen to Katy Perry’s new ‘Songs About Moving On’ playlist on Amazon...
June 24, 2019
Mixcloud breaks down its revenue-sharing model for curators
Streaming service Mixcloud launched its Mixcloud Select program in December 2018, enabling listeners to subscribe to individual curators (or channels) for a monthly fee of $2.99 or above. Now the company has been explaining...
June 14, 2019
Spotify is testing five curated podcast playlists
You can certainly search for, subscribe to and play podcasts on Spotify, but discovering new shows is currently not such a prominent feature for the service. That’s beginning to change: The Verge reports on a test kicking...
June 5, 2019
Ministry Of Sound is Apple Music’s curation partner for Love Island
The new series of Love Island starts next week on ITV2 and, for readers outside of the UK, it is a reality show that basically plonks a load of young people on an island in the hope that some of them will start relationships...
May 29, 2019
Sandbox Issue 229: Partnerships. How labels are sharing marketing
Lead: Collaborations have long been a staple in the music industry, but something different is happening today as social media and analytics become key parts of marketing campaigns. In the “old days”, labels would trade...
May 29, 2019
Apple Music gets exclusive Spice Girls and Ellie Goulding playlists
The jury’s still out on whether embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will take up her invitation to the imminent Spice Girls comeback tour. But the group are getting some love from Apple Music, courtesy of an exclusive...
May 24, 2019
The Night League teams with Apple Music for ‘Sounds of Ibiza 2019’
Apple Music has enlisted its latest brand to be a playlist curator: dance-music company The Night League. It has created a series of playlists that will sit within Apple Music’s ‘Sounds of Ibiza 2019’ hub, including...
May 20, 2019
SoundCloud adds more ‘handcrafted’ playlists to its service
Good playlist curators are in demand in the modern streaming market. The latest service shouting about its tune-pickers is SoundCloud, which launched a selection of new “handcrafted” playlists yesterday. They include...
March 28, 2019