Thanks to algorithms, our music choices have gone from being informed by radio, music press, magazines and TV shows to a fine-grained level of personalisation.
To understand the changing nature of music listening, I interviewed users of streaming services about how they listen to music.
Soundtrack music is a big part of the video game experience and is now being celebrated in popular musical concerts that reach new audiences.
Not just a great jazz singer, Sylvia Mdunyelwa was also an activist, educator, broadcaster and actress.
AI can streamline the painstaking work of mixing and editing tracks. But it’s also easy to see how AI-generated music will make more money for giant streaming services at the expense of artists.
From majors to indies to artists, the industry is in the unusual position of facing a common enemy.
The Online Streaming Act is set to soon become law in Canada. The act is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to support BIPOC content.
The five Iranian teenagers were arrested and forced to apologise – but the dance challenge continues to go viral.
Their popularity can’t be explained by the nostalgia of baby boomers or superior sound quality. So what’s going on?
Here’s how radio Canadian content policy started, and how Canadian legislation, C-11, could contribute to supporting and growing home-grown music in the digital era.
With their back catalogue finally being made available on streaming services, a new generation of rap lovers will get to enjoy their groundbreaking work.
She doesn’t have the most streams or biggest sales figures but she does have a die-hard fan base.
The episodes on this playlist span the start of the pandemic with its worldwide demonstrations against anti-Black racism, to the most recent violence this winter.
Spotify Wrapped bills itself as a playful musical year in review – but for its users, its omnipresence on social media can inspire more negative feelings.
New survey shows poor earnings from music streaming made worse by the digital divide and a lack of policy.
Part of the fascination with end of year roundups is that they’re a stocktake of the year – but they also give insights into the way we listen to music that might surprise some people.
Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow’s new book reveals the tricks behind ‘Chokepoint Capitalism’ – how big corporations use low prices to lock in users and creators, while locking out real competition.
While corporate partnerships can be ‘win-win’ arrangements, sometimes they don’t work out – especially when values don’t align.
Whether we’re talking songs that are popular on Spotify, or were Billboard hits through the ‘40s up to recent years, popularity cannot be attributed solely to quantifiable acoustic elements.
By implementing paywalls, making exclusive content deals and incorporating ad tech, big media companies have reshaped what was once an entirely free and open ecosystem.