Streaming services reveal their top music of 2018
Trees are appearing in lounges; Mariah Carey is creeping up the charts; and the big music-streaming services are revealing their top artists and tracks of the year. It must be nearly Christmas… Yesterday saw Spotify,...
December 4, 2018
iHeartRadio gets a $14.99-a-month family plan
Family plans have played a role in the growth of Spotify and Apple Music’s subscriber numbers, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been spreading to those streaming services that didn’t already have multi-user...
November 8, 2018
Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants
Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has...
October 17, 2018
Facebook Portal smart speakers include Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio partnerships
Facebook has finally unveiled its first two smart speakers: the Portal and Portal+. Well, we say smart 'speakers' - like Amazon's Echo Show, these devices have screens built in too. Facebook's new devices are available...
October 8, 2018
iHeartRadio’s latest milestone is 120m registered users
iHeartRadio’s parent company may be enduring financial troubles, having filed for bankruptcy in March, but the streaming service has a new milestone to celebrate. “Thanks to all you music lovers, we’ve officially surpassed...
August 8, 2018
iHeartMedia financials show slight drop in revenues
It’s been a tough time for iHeartMedia, which filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in March this year. Business goes on for the company and its iHeartRadio streaming subsidiary though: it filed its latest quarterly financial...
August 2, 2018
iHeartRadio launches ‘Your Weekly Mixtape’ personal playlist
A weekly playlist personalised to each individual user of a streaming service? Where on earth could iHeartRadio have got that idea? Okay, so the ‘Discover Weekly’ format is now almost a standard feature for streaming,...
July 31, 2018
US charts to add Pandora and iHeartRadio subscription streams
Hot on the heels of the UK official-chart changes announced yesterday, Billboard has confirmed the latest tweak to its Hot 100 and Hot 200 rankings, among other US charts. From the week of 29 June - 5 July, subscription streams...
June 26, 2018
Liberty Media offers $1.16bn for 40% iHeartMedia stake
US radio group iHeartMedia is battling to restructure its debts in order to avoid bankruptcy, and its latest potential saviour is a fascinating one: Liberty Media. That’s the same Liberty Media that’s the majority...
February 28, 2018
iHeartRadio hits new milestone, but user signups have slowed
Personal radio service iHeartRadio has announced its latest milestone, although frustratingly as ever it focuses on registered users, rather than active listeners. More than 110 million people have now registered for iHeartRadio’s...
January 9, 2018
iHeartRadio launches entertainment show on Facebook
The latest music brand looking to make use of video on Facebook is iHeartRadio. The US streaming service has launched a TV-style chat-show called ‘iHeartNow with Elvis Duran’, fronted by one of its most popular DJs. The...
October 2, 2017
Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patience
If nothing else, the 2017 edition of A2IM’s Indie Week—a gathering on New York City’s Lower East Side of over 800 representatives across the indie music spectrum, from labels and publishers to distributors, streaming...
June 20, 2017