Capitol Hill Soundtrack July 2021
In this edition....
Stitcher highlights the latest podcast listening trends in the second annual Stitcher Podcasting Report; Pandora expands ‘Billionaires’ artist milestone program with new stations; SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services named 2020 Company of the Year in Telematics by Frost & Sullivan; Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform launches new track reporting tool for creators; and congratulations to SiriusXM’s Marissa Rives and Claire B. Lang on being named to Cynopsis Media’s Top Women in Media for 2021!
Stitcher recently released its second annual Stitcher Podcasting Report finding that podcast listenership is skyrocketing, with 57% of Americans having listened to a podcast. The pandemic may have brought much of the world to a screeching halt, but did not slow podcasting down. Compiled using more than two years of data collected directly from the Stitcher App – and user-reported data and demographics from a Stitcher listener survey – the report offers a comprehensive look at who and where these listeners are, behavioral patterns, trends shaping the medium and the factors contributing to its growth. More people are listening, more shows are being launched, and we’re seeing a rise in listening hours, too. Learn more about what we found and read the report here.
Pandora is expanding its ‘Billionaires’ artist milestone program with the launch of eight new stations highlighting the top artists who have achieved one Billion streams on Pandora in Pop, Country, Hip Hop, Alternative, Dance, Classic Rock, R&B, and Hard Rock. In 2018, Pandora kicked off its ‘Billionaires’ program by presenting artists with a commemorative plaque. Now, Pandora is rolling out complementary stations composed of top tracks from all of the artists who have one Billion or more streams in that genre. When an artist hits that threshold, they will be added, and their music will be featured at the beginning of the station to mark the occasion. Start listening today!
SiriusXM Connected Vehicle was named 2020 Company of the Year in the Telematics Industry by Frost & Sullivan, recognizing our connected vehicle platform and groundbreaking new safety solution, ACN+. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents a Company of the Year award to the organization that demonstrates excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation in its field. The award recognizes a high degree of innovation with products and technologies and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration. Visit SiriusXM’s Connected Vehicle Services website to learn more about the award and our products.
Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) introduced Track Reporting, providing even deeper insights into tracks’ performance on Pandora, the ways that listeners are discovering and engaging with artists, and how Pandora can not only help increase streams, but create new fans. Launched in 2014, AMP pioneered self-serve artist marketing for the streaming era, offering creators a free suite of online marketing tools that help artists increase their spins, reach new audiences, and grow their fan base. Artist Audio Messages, which enable artists to communicate directly with their fans on Pandora via personalized audio messages, has now driven over 12 billion listener impressions! Check out the new features here.
Congratulations to Marissa Rives, Program Director for SiriusXM’s Fight Nation, and Claire B. Lang host of SiriusXM’s NASCAR Radio for being named to Cynopsis Media’s Top Women in Media for 2021! Marissa has been honored in the “Directors Who Do It All” category, while Claire is recognized in the “Game Changing On-Air Talent” category! You can check out the entire list of honorees here.
Worth a Read...
– Major Record Companies Hammered By UK Politicians’ Streaming Inquiry Report
– Global Music Streaming, Stateside Vinyl Sales Experienced Massive Growth During 2021’s Initial Half
– SiriusXM’s New VIP Plan Covers Two Cars and Lots of Concerts
– 75% of TikTok’s Users Say They Discover New Artists on the Platform
– Before San Diego Comic-Con @Home 2021, a New Podcast Explores Convention’s Origin Stories
Listen Live: Highlighting the best upcoming live - and livestreamed - music and entertainment events
7/30-8/4: Lollapalooza returns to Chicago and SiriusXM all weekend long on Lollapalooza Radio
8/4: St. Vincent’s first full-length live stream concert, Down and Out Downtown
8/8: The Hella Mega Tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer comes to Nats Park
8/11: Northern Virginia’s Hijynx performs as part of the free Wednesday at the Wharf: Transit Pier Concerts
8/17: Modest Mouse plays live at the Anthem
8/19-21: The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage Summer Series presents Don’t Mute D.C., amplifying Go-Go music and voices
The top artists listeners have been using to create the highest number of stations from over the past week, reflecting the up-and-coming artists are currently trending on the platform. Learn more about the science and subscribe here for our weekly charts.
1) Luis R Conriquez
3) Est Gee
4) Niko Moon
10) Sleepy Hallow