Sony’s 4th Floor Creative launches ‘This City’ podcast
British radio DJ Clara Amfo has launched a new podcast called ‘This City’, which will see her explore the streets of London “through the eyes of some of the city’s most recognisable names”. Available on all the...
January 22, 2020
Spotify makes its first big move in podcast advertising
Spotify has been making original podcasts for some time now, with its pipeline boosted by its acquisition of production studios Gimlet Media and Parcast. Now the company is making its long-awaited first move into podcast...
January 9, 2020
Hot Pod News makes its podcast-industry predictions for 2020
Hot Pod News is one of the most respected sites covering the podcasting industry, so its predictions for the market in 2020 are worth perusing. Among the trends it expects to make headlines this year: competition between...
January 8, 2020
Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
Spotify plans Tekashi 6ix9ine podcast for new year
Another day, another new music-podcast announcement. Spotify in particular has been throwing a lot of money, time and marketing effort at original podcasts this year. The latest example is a show focusing on the rise (and...
December 18, 2019
Spotify debuts music podcast and reveals Sound Up UK winners
Spotify’s latest original music podcast is tied in to its annual Wrapped promotion, and specifically its decade-roundup aspects. The podcast is called The Decade Wrapped, and it’s based on the last 10 years. The 10-part...
December 17, 2019
Amazon’s Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple and Spotify
Podcasts are already one of the uses for smart speakers, but that activity could be boosted in the US by the latest announcements from Amazon. From last Friday (13 December) it became possible for American Alexa customers...
December 16, 2019
Sony Music invests in US podcast production firm Neon Hum
Sony Music really is serious about this podcasts business. The label has already launched two joint-ventures with podcast producers this year, as well as building internal teams to develop (and commercialise) spoken-word...
December 13, 2019
Sony Music UK appoints VP of podcasting and creative strategy
Streaming services are going in all guns blazing with podcasts and the major labels are following suit. In April, Universal Music Group announced a partnership with podcast publisher Wondery to develop original podcasts...
December 12, 2019
ASCAP launches podcast focusing on music creators
US collecting society ASCAP is getting into the podcasts game. Its first show is called ‘Versed: The ASCAP Podcast’ and will focus on interviews with musicians. Its own chairman and president Paul Williams (who helpfully...
December 6, 2019
Sony Music reveals its leadership team for podcasts
Details have emerged about the team Sony Music is putting together in its New York office to produce and make money from podcasts. An internal memo from execs Dennis Kooker and Tom Mackay outlined the four key executives...
December 4, 2019
Gaana invests heavily in original podcasting series in India
Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer have all thrown their considerable weight behind podcasts – investing in podcasting companies and/or bankrolling new podcast titles to create a broader and hybrid listening experience for...
December 3, 2019