Charging for playlisting can turn playlists into ‘garbage’
We understand the temptation for artists to pay third-party (i.e. not in-house curators) playlisters to have their music added to their playlists, but it's a bad idea. It's frowned upon by Spotify, and even if it generates...
July 29, 2020
Deezer creates a new channel focusing on Black culture
We wrote about Apple Music and Amazon Music's new playlists focusing on Black British music yesterday. Now Deezer is launching a new 'Black Culture' channel on its service, with a global focus and an emphasis on podcasts...
July 28, 2020
Amazon and Apple launch new Black British music playlists
Two new playlists on Amazon Music and Apple Music are focusing on Black British music. Amazon's is called '+44' (the UK country dialling code, if you're wondering) and will cover rap, R&B, grime, drill and Afrobeats music. Alongside...
July 27, 2020
Spotify answers some questions about playlisting policies
This should be received wisdom by now, but still isn't: getting on streaming playlists isn't a marketing strategy. It's certainly part of a wider plan, but putting your faith entirely in getting a prominent slot on a playlist...
July 24, 2020
Amazon Music gets its own program for emerging artists
Amazon Music is the latest streaming service to launch a programme to push emerging artists. It is called Breakthrough and echoes the initiatives of Spotify (Radar), Apple Music (Up Next), Deezer (Next) and other rivals....
July 16, 2020
Spotify’s Discover Weekly has driven 2.3bn hours of listening
Spotify's algorithm tried to make us stream R3HAB and we said... yes, yes, yes! The streaming service is celebrating the fifth birthday of its algo-personalised 'Discover Weekly' playlist by revealing that Moroccan-Dutch...
July 10, 2020
Spotify’s new site creates personalised workout playlists
Spotify's latest campaign to create personalised playlists for listeners is called Soundtrack Your Workout, aimed at people who are exercising. On the new website, they choose a workout length (from 15 minutes to two hours);...
July 9, 2020
Last·fm adds several new features for building playlists
It may seem a little strange writing about a digital music service that’s been going since 2002 adding new features for creating playlists in 2020. That’s what Last·fm is doing this week though, as part of its...
July 3, 2020
Apple Music’s new ‘INDIY’ playlist focuses on DIY artists
Our first response to Apple Music’s new playlist ‘INDIY‘ is wondering how to pronounce it: is it ‘indie’ or ‘indie-why’ or ‘in-D-I-Y’? Whatever: its focus is on independent...
July 2, 2020
The Midnight create a prom playlist generator for all ages
Ninja Tune/Counter Records act The Midnight have a new single out called ‘Prom Night’ and have created a special prom-themed playlist generator for it. On a dedicated website, users input their name as well as the date...
June 29, 2020
Spotify reveals its playlist plans for Black Music Month 2020
June is Black Music Month in the US (or African-American Music Appreciation Month if you prefer: it was renamed by President Barack Obama in 2009, but its previous name is still often used). Spotify has revealed its plans...
June 17, 2020