Pandora taps its curators for 250+ ‘featured playlists’
As a free radio-style streaming service, Pandora has always been focused on ‘stations’ rather than playlists. But now with its premium tiers, the company is starting to follow its rivals in that space by curating playlists...
October 31, 2017
Why the Release Radar playlist is Spotify’s secret weapon
How to get songs onto popular Spotify playlists like New Music Friday and RapCaviar is a hot topic for labels in 2017. But it seems that they're all being outperformed in terms of streams by a playlist that can't be pitched...
October 26, 2017
Spotify launches ‘Rise’ programme for emerging artists
A few years ago, Spotify had an initiative called ‘Spotlight’ which picked out its new acts to watch, promoting them in its local markets. Hozier, Tove Lo and Jack Garratt were among the beneficiaries. But Spotlight...
October 23, 2017
Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labels
Spotify has moved to formalise the process by which major and independent labels pitch for slots in the Browse section of its service, with a quota-based system applying to global and local playlists. The move comes after...
October 17, 2017
Pitch perfect: the trends around pitching to Spotify and Apple Music playlists
In 2017, pitching tracks to the in-house playlisters at Spotify, Apple Music and other music-streaming services is an important cog in labels’ marketing campaigns. But it’s also a discipline with plenty of mystery around...
October 11, 2017
SoundCloud now shows creators who’s playlisting their tracks
Traditionally, individual tracks have been the important unit on SoundCloud, with the streaming service’s discovery dynamic being mainly about following the right people to surface the best tracks into your feed. However,...
October 5, 2017
Producer Youth talks tech: ‘The best AI you can have is your imagination’
Finding success initially with Killing Joke in the 1970s, Youth (or, as per his passport, Martin Glover) has produced a dizzying array of acts over the years. Notable clients include The Verve and Take That, with his remix...
October 3, 2017
Spotify Your Time Capsule playlist could be a catalogue booster
Spotify has launched a new personalised playlist, Your Time Capsule, which follows in the footsteps of Discover Weekly and Release Radar - or more specifically, the Your Summer Rewind playlist that launched recently. Your...
September 29, 2017
Spotify expands playlist-video feature with Sam Smith
We’ve been writing about Spotify’s addition of video to playlists like RapCaviar in the US. Now the streaming service is expanding the feature globally, with Sam Smith acting as the guinea pig. Smith made his comeback...
September 11, 2017
Spotify Who We Be playlist spawns live concert in November
Hot on the heels of launching a series of live gigs in the US based on its RapCaviar playlist brand, Spotify is now following suit in the UK. 30 November will see a high-profile concert at Alexandra Palace in London inspired...
September 8, 2017
Spotify playlists the focus for 2018 RecSys Challenge
Spotify already has a feature suggesting songs that might fit with a user’s playlist, to speed up the process of creating them. The streaming service clearly sees potential for improvement though, as its involvement...
August 29, 2017
Spotify’s video-infused RapCaviar gets officially announced
News that Spotify is adding video to its popular RapCaviar hip-hip playlist shouldn’t come as a surprise to Music Ally readers: we reported on the US tests of the new feature in March. Now it’s been officially announced,...
August 9, 2017