After Tuma Basa, global programming head of hip-hop at Spotify, featured Lil Uzi Vert prominently on Rap Caviar -- the service's second-most-subscribed playlist, with more than 4 million followers -- the rising Philadelphia rapper's music soon jumped from an average of 442,000 Spotify streams per day to more than 1 million.
As a result, Sony Music UK has acquired the label outright, including its artists, back catalogue and compilations business. The new relationship brings together one of the most successful UK independent labels with Sony Music, which has successfully introduced domestic acts including Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Calvin Harris across the world.
At the end of last month, music streaming and radio show/DJ mix/podcast aggregator Mixccloud ran a discussion in New York around digital music and curation (as well as the role the human can play alongside the machine).
The following MBW blog comes from Scott “DJ Skee” Keeney, renowned radio DJ, host of Skee TV, and founder of Dash Radio – a curator-led digital broadcast platform that ‘merges the best of terrestrial and internet radio’. His comments comes hot on the heels of reports that Frank Ocean is following Drake with the second monster Apple Music exclusive this year.
The Toronto MC has emerged as the leader of the new industry model, besting Bieber as Spotify’s most-played, thanks to an unusually engaged social audience and music that can cross just about any genre.
Holed up at a recording studio in Chicago’s Near North Side, Chancelor Bennett — the local phenomenon known as Chance the Rapper — is in wise-old-man mode. Chance, 23, holds a cigarette aloft in one hand, a pen in the other, his narrow shoulders hunched over a notebook. It’s late on a Saturday night in July, and he has been working ...
On July 20, first lady Michelle Obama and Missy Elliott joined the Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show with James Corden. While exposure on the show has boosted music consumption for past guests, this episode had a bigger impact on the songs that were featured in ...
Europe's antitrust regulators today (Aug. 1) had approved Sony's acquisition of the Michael Jackson estate's portion of the music publishing giant Sony/ATV, a deal first announced in March of this year.
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