2019-05-20 // New Music Friday Monday: Amazon’s Brand New Music playlist

Amazon Music’s Brand New Music playlist, a brief rundown....chartmetric.com @chartmetric #musicindustry #business #data #nerdout #analysis

  • Highlights
    • Amazon Music’s Brand New Music playlist features a few new Friday releases similar to Spotify and Apple, we’ve got the quick rundown for you
  • Mission   
    • Good morning, it’s Jason here at Chartmetric with your 3-minute Data Dump where we upload charts, artists and playlists into your brain so you can stay up on the latest in the music data world.
  • Date
    • This is your Data Dump for Monday May 20th 2019.
  • New Music Friday Monday: Amazon’s Brand New Music playlist
    • It’s New Music Friday Monday and we’re looking at Amazon’s Brand New Music playlist that updated on Friday before the weekend.
    • Brand New Music is essentially the tech giant’s version of Spotify’s New Music Friday, currently featuring 70 tracks from big stars to legacy acts to up and comers.
    • In the #1 playlist position is the DJ Khaled’s latest track featuring John Legend and the late Nipsey Hussle on “Higher”. Halsey’s “Nightmare” pulls up in the #2 spot while The Black Keys make their comeback with the new single “Go”, coming into the #3 position.
    • The three major labels have the most singles on the list this week, with UMG having 14, Sony at 11 and Warner Music at 7. However, there is no shortage of independent labels on the list either, with 4AD, 300 Entertainment and AOMG all representing with one track each.
    • Genre-wise, about 30% of the playlist’s tracks feature the “pop” genre tag, the most out of all genres, with Madonna, Mark Ronson and Charli XCX feat. Lizzo in that group. 
    • “Hip-hop/rap” takes 2nd place with another 20% of the list’s sound with none other than Wu-Tang Clan debuting a new record to accompany their recently-released Showtime documentary series.
    • EDM and rock have 6 and 5% of the tracks respectively to round things out, with Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Maddie & Tae contributing to the “country” genre tags for a total of 4% of the list.
    • Brand New Music’s artists this week are mostly from English-speaking countries, almost 85% of it, which fits in nicely with the fact that 72% of the smart speaker market last year was solely based in the US and the UK.
    • Between Spotify’s top 10 tracks on the New Music Friday and Brand New Music’s top 10, only 4 of the tracks overlap, coincidentally in the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 7th position.
    • And if we throw in Apple Music’s equivalent playlist- Best of the Week- we have the 1st and 2nd position in common with the other two.
    • So if you pulled up all three Global Release Day playlists on any of the platforms, you’re guaranteed to hear DJ Khaled and then Halsey, in that order.
    • In all three, you’ll also end up hearing Lana Del Rey’s Sublime cover of “Doin’ Time”  before you hit track 6.
    • There seems to be some slight experimentation going on: for example, you’ll hear Tyler the Creator on all platforms, but his track “WHAT’S GOOD” on Spotify and Amazon, while hearing “EARFQUAKE” on Apple.
    • On the Latin front, Colombian rapper Maluma debuts a purely Spanish track “11 PM” on Amazon, while he shows off both Spanish and English vocals on another track, “Tu Vecina (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)” on Apple Music.
    • Check out some of these interesting playlist differences for yourself before this Friday comes around!
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