Your weekly playlist news update [Published 26 June 2018]
According to The Music Network, Spotify has announced that Colombian reggaeton starJ. Balvin is now the most streamed artist in the world on their platform. The 33-year-old has toppled Drake in that position. Balvin has accrued over 48 million monthly listeners following the success of his fifth album Vibras. The album yielded the hit X featuring Nicky Jam, which has been streamed over 327 million times, and Mi Gent which became the first Latin song to top the Spotify’s Global 50 Chart.
Fortune reports that Spotify has brought on Dawn Ostroff, a prominent executive in media and entertainment, as chief content officer. Ostroff, who previously led Condé Nast Entertainment and helped launch The CW, will spearhead Spotify’s content partnerships for music, audio and video. She will be based in the company’s New York office.
Digital Music News reports that Snapchat has recently added an integration with SeatGeek for users to purchase tickets to music, sporting, and fashion show events. Now, to make it easier for its users to share music with their friends and family, Snapchat is adding Pandora to its developer kit. Snapchat users and music lovers will be able to share music within their stories, group chats, and one-on-one chats. The feature isn’t yet available for users, but it will be rolled out to users in the U.S. soon.
Popular music streaming app Deezer finally released its app for Android TV users, TechNadu reports. The app is already available for Google Android and Google Home devices, but Android TV users were left with only a web-app that lacked proper integration of core features offered in its native apps. The new music streaming app is in line with Google’s Material Design and is available in both free and paid iterations.
YouTube Premium launched in a dozen new international territories Monday, including the U.K. and other European nations. YouTube Music also rolled out internationally, with the full album catalog of the Beatles part of the lineup. Music is offered through an ad-supported free service with videos, albums, and concerts, or through Music Premium, which also removes ads and allows users to download. The YouTube Premium and Music launches bring the services to new markets in a major push beyond the U.S. and the handful of other countries where the services are already available: Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.