Spotify revamps the brand of its New Music Friday playlist
Spotify hasn’t exactly talked down its ‘New Music Friday’ playlist in recent times: it’s more that the streaming service has been keen to steer artists and labels away from making a slot on the playlist their main...
February 24, 2020
Deezer is turning its playlists into live music events
Deezer is taking three of its biggest genre-based playlist brands – Rocket, Popstar and Certified – and turning them into a series of invitation-only live events in small venues. The series kicks off in Paris tomorrow...
February 18, 2020
KFC took over artist profiles to get ads on Spotify Premium
Who said Spotify’s premium tier is advertising-free? KFC Arabia has found a way around that, taking over the profiles of three artists in a campaign run by advertising agency Memac Ogilvy. “KFC teamed up with three major...
February 5, 2020
Rough Trade is now a playlist curator for Apple Music
Apple Music is pressing on with its work to sign up external brands and music companies as playlist curators, alongside its in-house editorial team. The latest to join is independent music retailer Rough Trade, which will...
February 3, 2020
Apple Music launches Antidote UK alternative-music playlist
Apple Music’s latest curated playlist is focusing on the UK, and specifically on alternative music. The playlist is called Antidote, and it went live this morning. “The house rules are simple: Rules are there to be rebelled...
January 24, 2020
Apple Music, NBA and UnitedMasters launch Base:Line playlist
Apple Music’s latest curated playlist, Base:Line, is the result of a partnership with basketball body the NBA and distributor/artist-services firm UnitedMasters. According to Bloomberg, the new playlist will have 40 songs...
January 17, 2020
‘Grab your iguana’ – Spotify launches a playlist for pets
Good news for cats, dogs, hamsters, birds and iguanas this morning, but less so for stick insects, micro pigs and goats. Spotify’s latest algorithmically-generated playlist is aimed at pets, but only those in the first...
January 15, 2020
Indian artist Sukhbir Singh invests in music startup Flutin
Music Ally last wrote about Indian startup Flutin in October 2019, when the music-discovery app announced that it had been downloaded more than 9.7m times, and had built an audience of 370,000 daily active users streaming...
January 9, 2020
Spotify criticised over Nazi-glorifying playlist titles
Spotify made a well-documented misstep with its attempt to introduce a policy on ‘hateful conduct’ of artists, but the streaming service has won more praise for its uncompromising approach to keeping hateful content...
January 9, 2020
YouTube Music unveils three more personalised playlists
A decent suite of personalised playlists is now table stakes for anyone who wants to be a competitive music-streaming service. YouTube Music’s latest move to ensure it’s up to speed is the launch of three new ‘playlists...
December 18, 2019
Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist now has 25m followers
Spotify is finishing 2019 by making some noise about its most popular playlist, Today’s Top Hits, which has just reached its latest milestone. The playlist now has more than 25 million followers, and according to Spotify...
December 17, 2019
Spotify’s annual Wrapped feature for fans and artists goes live
Expect to see a LOT of Spotify-branded social posts from artists and fans alike today, due to the launch of the streaming service’s annual ‘Wrapped’ promotion. Fans can log in to see data on their listening not just...
December 5, 2019