Sandbox Issue 265: Distributors’ New Playlist Game-Plan
Lead: Distributors’ New Playlist Game-Plan: Distributors, keen to place songs onto powerful playlists, are becoming much more proactive in their approach – whether that means building standalone playlist brands with...
November 25, 2020
Spotify ‘Hot Country’ playlist has generated 5bn streams
Happy birthday to Spotify’s flagship country music playlist ‘Hot Country’, which is five years old this month. “Since its 2015 launch, it has amassed 6 million followers and seen more than 5 billion...
November 25, 2020
Spotify gets enhanced Megan Thee Stallion ‘Good News’ album
Snapchat and Instagram have stories, Twitter now has fleets, but it's easy to forget that Spotify, too, has been exploring the 'stories' format. For a reminder, take a look at 'Megan Thee Stallion presents Good News, the...
November 23, 2020
Unilad Sound is now an official Apple Music playlist curator
Earlier this month, we wrote about how online brand LadBible had put Craig David and KSI on people's desks via an augmented reality music video. Now another part of the LadBible empire, music community Unilad Sound,...
November 17, 2020
Apple Music’s new Gen-Z playlists include ‘Viral Hits’
Show this story to your nearest Grumpy Old Man Of Music and watch him explode: Apple Music has a new playlist devoted to tracks blowing up on TikTok. Well, that's not quite how the company puts it, but... "Social media...
November 10, 2020
YouTube Music doubles down on personalisation features
We reported in September on YouTube Music testing some personalised 'My Mix' playlists, which followed Spotify's 'Daily Mix' template in offering people a suite of playlists based on different genres or clusters of their...
November 10, 2020
Spotify launches its own radio-style ‘daily morning show’
Breakfast shows are a staple of the traditional radio landscape. Now Spotify has one too. 'The Get Up' is a weekday-mornings show, launching in the US only, delivered as a playlist. That means personalised music picks...
October 23, 2020
Spotify changes API terms to allow playlist exporting
Spotify has changed the terms of service (TOS) for its developers API, following recent criticism of its block on services that help people export their Spotify playlists to rival services. The company has amended the...
October 22, 2020
Believe was the buyer of playlisting platform Soundsgood
In April we reported on the shutdown of French startup Soundsgood. It had launched in 2015 as a way to curate playlists and manage them across multiple streaming services, before moving more towards B2B services for labels. "These...
October 20, 2020
SongShift says Spotify won’t let it transfer people’s playlists
Almost as long as there have been a number of popular music streaming services, there have been apps and websites designed to help people transfer their playlists between them (for example when leaving one service to join...
October 12, 2020
Danger Mouse and Nigel Godrich launch Station Rotation app
Between them, Danger Mouse and Nigel Godrich have well-earned reputations for their musical and production skills. How will they fare as app entrepreneurs though? We're going to find out: the pair have teamed up to launch...
October 7, 2020
Tools: IsItAGoodPlaylist.com. Analyze Spotify playlists to know if they’ll increase your stream count
According to Chartmetric, Spotify boasts over 270k+ curators, 1.1m+ playlists and 8.6k+ self-curated playlists, providing a fertile ground for playlist pitching. While editorial playlist placements on Spotify are notoriously...
October 6, 2020