US digital-audio listening tipped to overtake radio in 2020
Research firm eMarketer has published some new estimates and predictions for the size of the US digital-audio market – music-streaming, podcasts, online and satellite radio. The big claim is that by 2020, American adults...
November 5, 2019
Flagship country streaming playlists outdo radio for diversity
Does country radio in the US have a diversity problem? The debate has already been rumbling for a while, but a new research study puts some numbers to the lack of women on mainstream country radio – as reflected by Billboard’s...
August 5, 2019
Music streaming in 2019: radio rivalry, Spotify sustainability and ‘west versus east’
Streaming was the big driver behind the recorded-music industry’s 9.7% growth in 2018, according to the IFPI. In fact, streaming revenues grew by 34% to $8.9bn, accounting for 47% of the global total. At the end of 2018,...
June 4, 2019
Billie Eilish’s managers on the future of the album in the streaming age and why radio is far from dead
Danny Rukasin and Brandon Goodman co-manage Billie Eilish and they have been talking to MBW about the stealth development underpinning her career and how her debut album – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – is...
May 7, 2019
Research project compares Spotify and radio for breaking hits
A few years ago, Spotify UK was urging labels to adopt an ‘on air, on stream’ policy with new tracks – meaning that as soon as they were played on the radio, they should be available on streaming services too. In 2019,...
May 3, 2019
SiriusXM launches $8-a-month streaming-only subscription
Americans now have a new way to listen to satellite-radio service SiriusXM… without needing a satellite radio. The company has launched an $8-a-month subscription plan called SiriusXM Essential, which will make more than...
April 23, 2019
iHeartMedia boss on streaming: ‘We keep it in perspective’
There’s a view being put about that on-demand music-streaming services will ultimately kill radio – admittedly, it’s being put about mainly by on-demand music-streaming services for now. What do radio moguls think about...
April 3, 2019
Tuner app will build on Spotify to offer ‘the new radio’
There’s a little bit of confusion around the name of this new app: its profile on investment site AngelList refers to it as Tuner, while its website refers to it as Brassroots. We’ll surmise that a rebranding is underway,...
March 20, 2019
Pandora adds new listening ‘modes’ to give users variety
With its acquisition by satellite-radio firm Sirius XM done and dusted, streaming service Pandora is rolling out an interesting update to its product. The new feature is called ‘Modes’ and offers several different spins...
March 20, 2019
iHeartMedia buys Radiojar to power ‘pop-up’ broadcasting
US radio group iHeartMedia has announced its latest acquisition: a Greek company called Radiojar, which offers “a centralised, cloud-based audio playout platform”. According to iHeartMedia, the deal gives it “a platform...
February 27, 2019
Battle over US radio royalties gets underway (again)
The US radio and music industries are set for another skirmish over the lack of performance royalties paid by traditional radio stations in that country. This time round, the spark is the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA)...
February 25, 2019
88% of British adults are still listening to radio stations
Taking a bite out of broadcast radio is at the heart of Spotify’s move into spoken-word content – and is high on the agenda for other streaming services too. The opportunity (but also the challenge) is illustrated...
February 7, 2019