Recording Academy boss warns of ‘troublesome’ future for radio
Well, Neil Portnow thinks the future for radio is troubled if broadcasters don’t start paying performance royalties. But he’s tying that longstanding lobbying point to the disruption that streaming is creating for...
September 11, 2017
Pandora still setting sights on AM/FM ad budgets
When ad-supported music-streaming services attract criticism from rightsholders, one of the arguments – see our piece earlier today on YouTube's Robert Kyncl for example – is that there is plenty more money to be unlocked...
September 4, 2017
SiriusXM launches an Alexa skill for Echo access
Amazon Echo owners can now access another music-related service through their smart speaker: SiriusXM. The US satellite-radio service has launched its own Alexa skill, making more than 200 of its channels available for...
June 21, 2017
Drake ‘More Life’ hits new milestones on streaming services
A week after the release of Drake’s new album ‘More Life’, we have some more numbers to play with to gauge its success. Apple has announced that the album was streamed 300m times globally on Apple Music in its first...
March 27, 2017
iHeartRadio reaches 100m registered-users milestone
iHeartRadio has announced its latest milestone: 100 million registered users, with the last 10 million having been added since August 2016. That means the radio-streaming service is adding around 1.4 million new registrations...
March 24, 2017
Zane Lowe hints at more Beats radio channels for Apple Music
Ever since Apple launched the Beats 1 radio station as part of Apple Music, there has been speculation that the inclusion of ‘1’ hints at plans for Beats 2, Beats 3 and more. Now Apple Music’s Zane Lowe has confirmed...
March 24, 2017
Slacker Radio CEO: ‘We are on the cusp of profitability’
US internet-radio service Slacker Radio says it is on the verge of turning a protfit, with CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones criticising the 'unsustainable' business models of Pandora and Spotify. In an interview with Music Ally,...
March 22, 2017
Stationhead blends Spotify with user-generated radio
“We’ve built Pump Up The Volume! That’s all you need to know about Stationhead. Our slogan is ‘talk hard’ because a kid and a voice, mixed with some punk-rock music, can really impact the world.” Ryan Star...
March 20, 2017
Zane Lowe: ‘There are no stories to be told on a playlist alone’
Apple Music’s Zane Lowe was one of the SXSW keynotes this week, and his speech included a reference to the ‘storytelling’ theme that’s been a feature of several recent industry conferences. “There are no stories...
March 17, 2017
How to get your music played on BBC Radio 1
Music-streaming may be growing fast, but in the UK, Radio 1 still has clout when it comes to breaking new artists. But how can those musicians make it onto the airwaves. As the producer of Huw Stephens' new-music-focused...
February 24, 2017
‘People say radio is dead. Actually, radio as content is exploding…’
Are music-streaming services like Spotify a threat to the future of radio? Only if the latter industry thinks of itself purely as a distribution platform, rather than a form of content, according to Mixcloud’s Ben Lawrence....
February 23, 2017
Billboard Hot 100 chart will now include Pandora data
As it prepares to launch its premium on-demand streaming tier, Pandora has also hit a new milestone of credibility: its data will now be incorporated into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the US. Streams on Pandora are now...
January 31, 2017