Sandbox Issue 235: Talking TikTok Triumphs
Lead: TikTok is an essential consideration for artist marketing in 2019, particularly for pop acts. But for all the strategies and careful coordination, the best things on the app are often those that blindside everyone....
September 5, 2019
Mahershala Ali launches Black History Month Apple Music playlist
Apple Music execs will have been cheering the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. Not because they all love Sophie from Peep Show (well, not just that) but because another winner on the night has just curated a playlist on the music-streaming...
February 27, 2019
MusikLists matches listeners and bespoke-playlist creators
The music-streaming world continues to find inventive new combinations of humans and algorithms to create playlists. Now a startup called MusikLists has found a new spin that’s weighted firmly towards the human side. “The...
November 21, 2016
Spotify’s Discovery Weekly versus a human
A lot of the discussion around playlist and recommendations has hinged around a strange (and somewhat erroneous) dichotomy between “human” and “algorithm”, yet the best of them manage to combine the two.
August 2, 2016
Indie sub-genres benefiting from Spotify Discover Weekly
Spotify has published some more data from its Discover Weekly personalised playlists, although the core stats – 40 million listeners and more than 8,000 artists getting over half their monthly listens from the feature –...
July 13, 2016
SoundCloud gets Pandora-style artist stations feature
Fresh from adding tens of millions of major and indie tracks to its catalogue for its premium tier, SoundCloud is also beefing up its discovery features.
July 6, 2016
Pandora and Microsoft double down on music discovery
Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist has been a hit with listeners – and, so it seems, with rivals. The upcoming Apple Music redesign includes a new playlist called ‘Discovery Mix’ which is thought to be a similarly-algorithmic...
June 21, 2016
Could Spotify open up Truffle Pig and playlist analytics?
A Wired profile of Spotify’s work around music playlists has given us some thoughts about how the company could open up some of its internal tools to external curators. The first is Truffle Pig, The Echo Nest’s tool to...
July 22, 2015
One Direction debut #H1DDENinSpotify campaign
This weekend saw a fun digital campaign for the latest One Direction album ‘Four’, which involved sending fans to streaming music service Spotify to find hidden “snippets” of tracks. “You guys mentioned #FOUR A...
December 15, 2014
Rdio matches Spotify with lower family plan pricing
When Spotify announced plans to roll out its family plan last month, industry observers noted two things: Rdio has had a similar offering for a long time now, but Spotify was undercutting its price. But put an emphasis on...
November 17, 2014
Spotify’s latest Landmark is a tribute to Led Zeppelin
Spotify’s editorial team isn’t just working on playlists: it has also spawned the Landmark series of multimedia tributes to classic albums: Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ and Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ so far. Now there’s a...
October 28, 2014
Pitbull passes 1bn streams milestone while Spotify goes Dutch
The latest artist to reach the milestone of 1bn streams on Spotify is Pitbull: the third most-streamed American artist on the service behind Eminem and Katy Perry. The rapper is celebrating the milestone by bobbing around...
October 18, 2014