Drake and Ariana Grande conquered Spotify’s 2018 streaming charts

After being Spotify’s top-streamed artist in 2015 and 2016, Drake had an off-year in 2017, but he’s back in force this year. He was the top-streamed artist with the top-streamed album (Scorpion) and song (God’s Plan) in 2018. With 8.2 billion streams this year alone, Drake also became Spotify’s most-played artist of all time. Rounding […]

Spotify’s holiday discount on Premium works for lapsed users too

Spotify is offering a couple of holiday deals and they’re not limited to new users like these sorts of discounts typically are. First time Spotify Premium users in the US can get three months for $ 0.99 as long as they haven’t used a 30-day trial before or provided credit card information in the past. […]

Spotify’s challenge is to prove it’s a real business, not a fantasy

Three months after quietly filing to become a public company, Spotify finally made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. It was a big day for the Swedish music-streaming giant, to say the least, and it ended up exceeding expectations from Wall Street analysts on its first day of trading. But for many […]

Spotify’s growth chart should be the primary user manual for startups building businesses on the web

Andrew Burton / Getty Images The 12-year-old music streaming company Spotify went public on Tuesday, and people are wondering what made it so special. Analysts at the investment firm Goodwater Capital have a theory: It involves controlled growth and being in the right place at the right time. Spotify filled a need for both consumers […]

Spotify’s public filing reveals key stats about the streaming giant

Spotify quietly signaled its intention to become a publicly traded company in December of last year, even though several lawsuits over licensing were looming. Now the streaming service has filed for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, an alternative to the more typical initial public offering (IPO) that offers the company a […]

Spotify’s hardware ambitions seem like a risky distraction

Look, it’s no secret that Spotify is out to make its own hardware. As of last April, Spotify was already looking for people to help craft “a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles.” (In hindsight, Spotify’s HR team probably should’ve left that last thing off the list.) More recently, […]

SEC is investigating Spotify’s plans to go public without an IPO

Officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have met with Spotify executives to examine its plans of bypassing the initial public offering (IPO) market and listing shares directly on the New York Stock Exchange, according to Bloomberg. Such direct listings, rare on major stock exchanges, tend to involve small companies moving from the over-the-counter […]

Recommended Reading: Spotify’s other playlist problem

Spotify Sweats Over Bandwidth Problem as Labels Vie for Playlist Spots Andy Gensler , Billboard Spotify was forced to defend itself against allegations it uses fake artists to cut costs last week, but the streaming service is facing another playlist problem. Billboard reports on the limited amount of space that record labels have to promote […]

Spotify’s new series tackles topics like immigration and equality

Spotify’s foray into original content began in 2016, with a documentary about the young days of legendary rock band Metallica, followed by a video series on Green Day earlier this year. Now the streaming service is getting ready to launch “I’m with the banned,” an in-house initiative that will feature music, videos and a documentary […]