Playlists

Apple Music launches a ‘Top Charts’ playlist series

Apple Music is rolling out a new playlist series that will feature the Top 100 songs on Apple Music globally and for those countries where Apple Music is available. Because they’re playlists, users will be able to add these top charts for their country or the Top 100 Global songs to their library so they can stream them any time, or listen offline. The feature was first reported by Rolling Stone, which was given a preview of the changes by Apple. At launch, there are 116 charts launching in total, including the Top 100 Global and one for each Apple Music market. Many countries will have access to all of these new Top 100 playlist charts, but availability will vary, we understand. What’s also interesting about the top chart playlists is that they’ll be updated daily at 12:...

Spotify’s new tool helps artists and labels reach its playlist editors

Spotify wants give artists and labels and easier way to submit their new music for playlist consideration. The streaming service this morning launched a feature, still in beta, that allows any artists with a Spotify for Artists account or labels using Spotify Analytics to share unreleased tracks directly with Spotify’s team of over 100 editors worldwide. The team is responsible for programming Spotify’s playlists – the lists on which a new track’s inclusion could become a make or break point for an emerging artist, and are a key part of album promotion. The company says that, today, more than 75,000 artists are featured on its editorial playlists every week, plus another 150,000 on its flagship playlist, Discover Weekly. However, it hasn’t always been clear how to reach the editorial team ...

Listen to Hinds’ #TBT Mixtape, Inspired by Their Madrid Tour Van Glory Days

Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard’s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood. This week’s spin comes from Hinds. The Madrid-bred lo-fi rock quartet released their sophomore LP I Don’t Run earlier this month via Mom + Pop. Co-produced by Hinds and Gordon Raphael (The Stokes, Regina Spektor), the album marks the group’s significant sonic growth since their breakout debut Leave Me Alone. “We loved making this album,” says vocalist/guitarist Ana Perrote. “We knew what we wanted and we have what we wanted. This is a new start for us and we’re fucking ready.” In the midst o...

iHeartRadio opens up its playlists to all users with launch of Playlist Radio

iHeartRadio is best known for its free service offering thousands of live, streaming AM and FM radio stations and its ability to create your own custom station, similar to Pandora. Today, the company is adding a new feature for all users – both free and paid – that blurs the lines between streaming radio and the typically premium-only option of using playlists: Playlist Radio. Like most playlists, Playlist Radio isn’t a random assortment of songs. Instead, the songs it plays are curated and programmed by radio DJs and other iHeartRadio staff. That means there isn’t an algorithm deciding what to play next – you’re listening to a selection of songs an actual person has put together. However, because it’s still “radio” you can’t do some of the things you could with the premium product’s playl...

Get Ready for Puppy Bowl XIV With This Canine Inspired Playlist: Listen

The biggest weekend in sports has finally arrived. Anticipation is high, suspense is growing, and tails are wagging with excitement. Yes, Puppy Bowl XIV is right around the corner, and players are ready to unleash a flurry of fluff on the field and go paw-to-paw for the title of Most Valuable Puppy.  Don’t feel like waiting it out until the Kitty Half-time Show for some musical entertainment? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this playlist of some of the best doggone songs honoring our four legged friends. So get those subwoofers ready. Whether you’re rooting for Team Ruff or Team Fluff, these songs are just what the vet ordered.

If You’re Headed to the Women’s March, Here’s Your Essential Playlist: Listen

Last year, the Women’s March on Washington began less than 24 hours after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, with 500,000 proud, angry, and united citizens filling the National Mall in a way that Trump’s inauguration (seemingly) could not. It was accompanied by hundreds of similar marches around the country and the world, with many women donning their signature “pussy hats.” On Saturday, New York, D.C. and Los Angeles will kick off the nationwide marches once again, this time with the title Power to the Polls, a nod to the lack of female representation in government offices, as well as the mounting list of officials who have been accused of sexual assault within the last year. To kick off the upcoming weekend of empowerment, we’ve created a playlist of songs that embod...

Takeover Tuesday: R5 Put Together a Dance Floor-Worthy Playlist

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.  This week, we had R5 propel us into a high-powered playlist fit for the most energetic of dance parties with selections spanning from Tove Lo’s “Disco Tits” to “Jump” by The Pointer Sisters. Their preferences are hardly surprising when you consider that they landed their first song on the Dance Club Songs chart with “If” last month — and their dancey new single, “Hurts Good,” which the band just released on Sept. 15. But there’s also a slight backstory to their sele...

Takeover Tuesday: Dalton Rapattoni Shares Songs From His Happy Place & Exclusive Acoustic Video

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.  This week, we had alternative-pop singer-songwriter Dalton Rapattoni make us a playlist ahead of his big debut album release on Sept. 22. You may recognize the blonde-haired, blue-eyed 21-year-old from American Idol, as he finished in the top 3 on the show’s 15th season last year — but now he’s ready to show what he’s put togther on his own since the show wrapped, in the form of a 14-song LP titled Nobody’s Home. Read more: ‘...