Pandora add even more promotional tools for indie artists on AMP

Pandora have enhanced their AMP platform with a bunch of new features to help promote artists and customise their profiles.

Pandora have a bunch of tools to help artists get their name out there, particularly through their AMP promotional platform. Always looking to add and innovate their platform more to enhance independent artists abilities to reach-out to new fans, Pandora have added some awesome new features.

Speaking on their AMP platform, Pandora said: “At Pandora, music is our content and, naturally, we are very interested in finding ways to promote certain tracks. We have unique opportunity for promoting tracks on our service for two primary reasons. First, the medium of radio is very conducive to naturally and seamlessly inserting promoted tracks – the element of surprise and discovery are a critical and desired part of the radio listener experience. Second, the data we’ve collected from our listeners over the past decade of providing the premier online radio experience allows us to implement this promotion in a context-specific and personalized way.”

New to AMP are:

Custom Profile Photos: Found under the “Profile” tab of an artist page on AMP (desktop and mobile), use this tool to customize the default profile photo that appears within AMP and on Pandora’s web and mobile platforms. More information here.

Promote Show: Found under the “Create Campaign” drop-down, use this tool to streamline the process for driving ticket sales with Artist Audio Messages. More information here. 

Promote Single: Found under the “Create Campaign” drop-down, use this tool to customize a campaign that will optimally support your new music on Pandora. More information here. 

Featured Track Thumbs Chart: Found under Featured Track campaign analytics, this new chart will generate a graph depicting total thumb activity and thumbs up activity over time during the feature period for your track.

On top of these specific new features Pandora are also making some giant updates to the way they target audiences for Artist Audio Messaging and Featured tracks. You can read more about this in Pandora’s detailed post on it here: engineering.pandora.com/promotional-song-targeting-bb2bb6913ece

Justin Trudeau reveals love for Drake with Spotify playlist of fave tunes

The notoriously personable Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has revealed a list of his favourite music on Spotify.

Taking a leaf out of Obama’s book, who created multiple playlists on Spotify to share his music tastes, the Prime Minister of Canada has revealed his giant playlist of his current favourite songs.

Trudeau’s ‘PM Mix’ features an interesting array of music ranging from Drake to R.E.M., Hans Zimmer to P!nk. Check it out below and hear what one of the most casual world leaders has plugged through his headphones to keep him so cooool.

Google Play Music make playing music even easier with enhanced search

Listening to music has never been easier than it is now with the advent of so many amazing services, and Google Play are continuing to streamline the process.

Google have upgraded their Android app for their music streaming service Google Play Music with a nice search enhancement. Now when you search for music on the app you can start playing music as soon as the suggestions start popping up from the drop down menu.

It’s not a monumental feature but it’s an incredibly useful one that further streamlines the great music streaming service. The feature came to their desktop site a few months ago, allowing users to play from the suggestions before hitting enter for a full search, and must have been a hit with users as it’s now come to their Android app.

The search box shows it’s predictions with 3 recommendations based on what you’ve searched for. This could be a song, artist or album, and with a play button next to them now you can instantly start streaming the track or album as it comes up. If you select an artist from this screen it will automatically shuffle that artists music.

How long will it be until you don’t need to make a single tap to start playing the music you want? It could well be soon with the constant streamlining from music services like Google Play.

The update should be available globally on Android phones now however it may take a day or two before it works for you.

Google Play Music launches a radio station of new releases just for you

Whether you’re relaxing at the beach or taking a road trip, Google Play Music delivers personalized music based on where you are and why you are listening.

Discovering new music you’ll love should be easy, too. Starting this week, Google Play Music’s latest feature—New Release Radio—will serve you new releases based on your personal tastes, so you can stay up to date with the freshest tunes.

The station uses machine learning to select singles and album releases from the past two weeks based on your listening history and musical preferences. It’s a really quick way to check out all-new music that’s tailored just for you.

As part of Google’s global partnership with Samsung, they have gathered feedback on New Release Radio from Samsung users through an early access program. Google said: “The response has been great, and now we can’t wait for you to try it!”

You can find New Release Radio throughout Google Play Music, or by searching for “New Release Radio.” The station is available to free radio listeners and subscribers globally and will be constantly updated with the latest new releases.

Get 6 months of Apple Music free with EE phones including data streaming costs

EE have announced that they are giving away six months of Apple Music with EE monthly contracts, including streaming costs.

Yesterday mobile carrier EE revealed a giant deal for all customers on a pay-monthly contract with the telco. From the 19th July customers will be able to get six months of Apple Music for free, Apple’s massively popular music streaming service.

In addition to being able to stream unlimited music through Apple Music for 6 months free, EE are also making Apple Music data “zero-rated”. What this means is that EE won’t charge roaming data costs for Apple Music so you can stream as much music as you want wherever you are, assuming you have a connection, at no cost!

The offer will begin next Wednesday on the 19th July and will be available for customers to register to using a code that EE will reveal. SIM-only customers are also eligible to register for the deal.

Pusha T, Desiigner + more join Spotify in fighting Trump’s travel ban with new songs

Perhaps their most ambitious project yet, Spotify have launched a new music initiative bringing artists from the 6 countries banned access to the US earlier this year to create music with a selection of American talent.

In every era and in every country, groups of people have been excluded for their differences and ideas. Today is no exception. But we know that cultural tensions and injustices inevitably find an expression in music — and champions in artists.

This is why today Spotify is launching its original series, “I’m with the banned,” a music initiative to empower artists and fans from different cultures to come together, and to amplify the voices of people and communities that have been silenced.

“I’m with the banned” focuses on a variety of issues that impact different communities today–from immigration to LGBTQ equality–through artist collaborations, performances and original content.

On July 6, this instalment will debut on Spotify with a series of enhanced playlists which will feature new music and original video content highlighting six artists from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran; the countries incorporated in the proposed travel ban. These international artists collaborated with American artists with whom they share the love of music.

Collaborating artists and record labels include Desiigner (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), Pusha T (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), X Ambassadors (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), K.Flay (Night Street/Interscope), Dr. Lonnie Smith (BlueNote) and BJ The Chicago Kid (Motown).

Additionally, “I’m with the banned” brought together producers and songwriters to work alongside these artists. Producers include: The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake) and Matty Tavares (Kendrick Lamar, BadBadNotGood). The songwriters who also participated are Clarence Coffee Jr. (Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez) and E. Kidd Bogart (Beyonce, Ryan Tedder, Madonna).

“Working with Methal was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had collaborating with another artist. Her story is so inspiring, and her talent as a songwriter / performer is too good to be missed. If she’s not allowed to come perform in the United States, then we’re all missing out. This song is a testament to that.” – Sam Harris, X Ambassadors

“It’s important for me to stand up as an American and say ‘I don’t believe in this.’ Being a part of this project not only gave me the opportunity to show support for those who have been banned, but to make music in a wild and beautiful collaborative environment.” – K.Flay

“I’m with the banned” was filmed across the U.S. border in Toronto and follows an artist from a country targeted by the travel ban, as they travel to Toronto for a musical collaboration – while looking back on the journey that brought them there.

It explores each musician’s personal story, and the complicated role that music has played along the way. As they begin to work with their American collaborators, music becomes a universal point of connection. By the end of each short film a brand new song was created, and we realise what we stand to lose when we become less open. The full length feature documentary will premiere this Fall.

The artists featured in “I’m with the banned” break stereotypes, bend genres and approach their art with open ears. Artists include:

  • Kasra V – DJ and record producer hailing from Iran and specialising in techno/deep house, he hosts a bi-weekly radio show on NTS Radio and is a curator of the Dance playlist for 22Tracks
  • Moh Flow – Singer/songwriter from Syria who co-produces with his brother, AY. While residing in Dubai and traveling the world, the 25-year-old has had the chance to harness his music making skills to release music consistently over the Internet.
  • Waayaha Cusub – A Somali musical collective that organised the first international music festival in Somalia’s capital since the start of the civil war in the early 90s.
  • Methal – Yemeni singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who learned to play by watching American YouTube videos.
  • Sufyvn – Acclaimed producer/beatmaker whose electronic tracks blend American hip-hop and traditional Sudanese music.
  • Ahmed Fakroun – Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Libya and pioneer of modern Arabic Music, influenced by Europop and French art rock.

I’m With the Banned Track List:

Each playlist drives viewers to iamanimmigrant.com, a project of Welcome.us, to hear more stories about immigration. The I Am An Immigrant campaign is a year round effort focused on celebrating immigrant heritage and the value and contributions of immigrants and immigration to the United States.

“Music has always been–and will always be–for everyone.”

Jay-Z’s acclaimed new album ‘4:44’ is now on all streaming services… nearly

Jay-Z has made a surprisingly sensible decision with his new album ‘4:44’, taking away its Tidal exclusivity to bring it to the wider world – but snubs Spotify.

A few weeks ago Jay-Z launched his first album in 4 years exclusively on his premium music streaming service – Tidal. The album instantly received critical acclaim and went platinum within one week (however questionably) and now Jay-Z has made the brilliant decision to release it across all the major stores and streaming services, except Spotify.

The album’s first week of release was made in conjunction with tel-co Sprint, who bought up a million copies to give away to fans (that’s why his Platinum rank isn’t exactly notable) after investing $200 million in the streaming service earlier this year. The album was expected to come to other streaming services after the first week of exclusivity with Sprint, and whilst it is now on major services like Google Play Music and stores like Amazon and iTunes, Spotify has been left in the dirt.

Whilst Tidal nor Jay-Z have given a reason for the Spotify exclusion their history suggests the move isn’t so out-of-place. In April Jay pulled all of his albums off of Spotify, leaving them on a selection of other services – Google Play Music seems to still hold all Jay-Z’s albums for example.

As the biggest streaming service currently, with over 50 million subscribers, Spotify is the biggest competition to any other streaming service. It could be competition between Tidal’s much smaller audience that has led to the album being held from Spotify and not other services.

Apple Music has received 4:44 alongside other services however the rest of Jay-Z’s catalogue remains off of the service for streaming. However, they can all be bought from Apple’s digital music store iTunes.

A physical release of 4:44 is expected soon with 3 bonus tracks.

Indian music streamer Saavn says they will be profitable next year

Saavn, India’s favourite music streaming service, has revealed that they expect to start making a profit by the end of 2018.

Speaking this week Saavn revealed their major successive growth in recent years, saying that they have quadrupled revenues since 2014. They didn’t speak on specific figures but they did say that with this growth they are expecting to start making a profit within a year and a half.

Saavn cite their new premium subscription offering as a big influence on their growth. It introduced a paid, $4.99 a month subscription plan for users beyond South Asia late last year. Saavn’s free tier has also been majorly bolstered with 250 companies that now advertise through them including big brands like Bose, Amazon and Levi’s.

In a statement, Saavn said: “As of today, the company has converted 15% of its 2 million diaspora users, with 25% paid conversion marking profitability. It’s paid user base overall has increased by 125% in the last 12 months.”

Saavn also announced that every month their users are streaming 700 million songs which has resulted in a 70% increase in listening time from last year. With their expansion beyond south Asia Saavn has also seen a massive 176% growth in the streaming of English-language artists. They say that they have acquired 94.5 millions users in the past year however active users only shows them at 22 million.

You can now share your playlists on Apple Music with iOS 11 update

With the Beta for Apple’s new iOS you can finally share playlists from Apple Music with friends and share the love.

The iOS 11 Beta has launched bringing a much requested feature to Apple music at last. The ability to share playlists seems like a default for music services however Apple were late to the party (by about 2 years), but they’ve finally arrived allowing users to share their playlists and others’ across the web.

The feature was spotted in the upcoming iOS’ Beta by Apple Insider. Social features have become an increasingly important part of music streaming as it has become the primary source of music for people in recent years. It may have been a slow ride but Apple have finally made it to playlist sharing, 2 years after launching their music streaming service.

For those of you with access to the iOS 11 Beta you can access playlist sharing from the ‘For You’ section.

Apple Music iOS 11 Beta playlist sharing features