Could RapCaviar ‘cash in’ as an independent entity from Spotify?
We’ll be honest: the likelihood of Spotify spinning out its RapCaviar playlist rather than keeping the brand to itself is slim. Yet writer Dan Runcie’s Trapital blog has published a thought-provoking post on how and...
October 22, 2018
Sandbox Issue 213: Single-Minded. What Actually is a Single in 2018?
Lead: what exactly is a single in 2018? When any song can technically take on a life of its own now, there is a dizzying diversification in what could count as a single. We work through the main 14 (14!) types of “single”...
October 8, 2018
Confirmed: Ministry of Sound shifts its playlists to Apple Music
We alluded to this in yesterday’s story about Sony Music boss Rob Stringer’s comments about Spotify and streaming, but it’s worth a standalone piece.
October 5, 2018
Apple Music exclusive sees Ministry of Sound de-list (but not delete) Spotify playlists
Reports earlier this week of an exclusive playlists partnership between Ministry of Sound and Apple Music have now been confirmed. “All Ministry of Sound playlists and the monthly Ministry Mix – only on Apple Music,”...
October 4, 2018
Ministry of Sound set for branded-playlists Apple Music deal
Dance brand Ministry of Sound is up to something with Apple Music, as revealed by a TV ad (as well as an Apple Connect post) with a prominent date: 04.10.18. MBW reports that “Apple Music is going to officially begin...
October 2, 2018
Spotify debuts ‘Global Cultures Initiative’ for music diversity
Spotify has announced a new scheme that will focus on music from the Middle East, Africa, India and Latin America. It’s called the Global Cultures Initiative, which Spotify describes as “promoting and advancing culturally...
October 1, 2018
Amazon launches Pop Culture playlist with exclusive Sia track
Amazon’s music-streaming service has a new flagship playlist called Pop Culture. Focusing on all things pop, the playlist launched on Friday with an exclusive new track from Sia called ‘Step By Step’, under its Amazon...
September 25, 2018
Spotify may start personalising its human-curated playlists
There has long been a clear separation between the two kinds of playlists on Spotify: the human-curated ones like RapCaviar and New Music Friday on one side, and the algo-personalised ones like Discover Weekly and Release...
September 24, 2018
Ancestry Spotify campaign turns DNA into music recommendations
Family-history service Ancestry has been helping people research their family trees and investigate (via a mail-in DNA test) their heritage. Now it’s promoting itself on Spotify with an inventive playlist-based campaign.
September 20, 2018
Pandora gets its own Release Radar with ‘The Drop’ playlist
The spread of hyper-personalised algorithmic playlists on streaming services continues: we're writing about new ones so often, it might be time to come up with a catchier term. Algo-personalised playlists, anyone?
September 18, 2018
SoundCloud gets its own weekly personalised playlist
It would be quicker now to report on which streaming services *don’t* have a weekly playlist that’s algorithmically personalised for each listener, with the Discover Weekly model pioneered by Spotify now a standard feature...
September 11, 2018