Podcast listening on Spotify grew by 175% in 2018
Spotify’s push around podcasts at the CES technology show last week included the release of some new figures about how people are listening to this content on its service. “On Spotify, we saw listening increase by 175%...
January 18, 2019
Report claims Spotify could launch in India this month
We’ve been expecting Spotify to launch in India sometime in the spring, based on previous gossip from industry sources. However, Variety reckons the streaming service could go live even earlier than that – as soon as...
January 16, 2019
Spotify India launch plans heat up with T-Series… and Samsung?
Indian music company T-Series still hasn’t managed to knock gamer PewDiePie off his perch as YouTube’s most-subscribed-to channel: it’s on 80.5 million subs at the time of writing, compared to PewDiePie’s 80.9 million....
January 15, 2019
Spotify has 200m users… but labels restless over falling ARPU
It should come as no surprise that Spotify ended 2018 with 200 million monthly active users (MAUs), since the company’s Q3 financials, published in early November, predicted that it would reach 199-206 million MAUs by the...
January 14, 2019
Spotify’s flagship Afro Hub playlist passes 400k subscribers
Spotify launched its Afro Hub in October 2018, as a showcase for the music of sub-Saharan Africa, even though the streaming service is so far only available in South Africa in that part of the world. The initiative includes...
January 11, 2019
Spotify reveals more about its podcast plans in 2019
Besides having a party with posh food and Rita Ora, Spotify’s presence at the CES technology show in Las Vegas this week has seen podcasts loom large. We reported earlier this week on its announcement of a new, exclusive...
January 11, 2019
Spotify signs former ESPN host Jemele Hill for new podcast
Jemele Hill used to be a host on sports TV network ESPN, and was in the news herself last year when she tweeted that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists”....
January 10, 2019
Spotify opens Discover Weekly playlist up to brand sponsorship
Spotify has a new way for brands to spend money with the company: by sponsoring its Discover Weekly algo-personalised playlist on the streaming service’s free tier. “For the first time, we are unlocking Discover Weekly...
January 8, 2019
70% of Queen’s Spotify listeners are aged under 35
Spotify has put out some figures about the audience on its service for Queen, following the rock band’s recent biopic-fuelled spike in listening. “On Spotify, Queen is more popular than ever – not only among baby boomers...
January 4, 2019
Spotify talks Latin American success: ‘We’ve built a castle…’
Spotify has been talking about its growth in Latin America for a piece in the Financial Times, which suggests the company is preparing to invest more heavily in staff for the region. “Spotify became the dominant paid streaming...
January 4, 2019
Mariah Carey sets new one-day streams record on Spotify
Music Ally had been wondering if 2018 would be the year when streaming services powered Mariah Carey to the Christmas number one around the world. That happened in Australia, although in the UK, the British public’s love...
January 2, 2019