In The Know: SoStereo's Weekly Music Summary March 22, 2019

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Apple Music Rebrands A-List to DanceXL:

Apple Music has rebranded its main dance music playlist from A-List to DanceXL. The name A-List was pretty ambiguous, so this made sense on a streaming service dominated by hip-hop and R&B. The playlist now features music from Alesso, Martin Garrix, Camelphat, FISHER, Alison Wonderland, Above & Beyond, Kygo, Apple Music Up Next artist Jax Jones, and more.

"We’re very excited about the launch of danceXL as the premiere brand and playlist for dance music on Apple Music. danceXL reflects what is happening in dance music culture with the biggest and best songs of the genre. The refresh creates a brand that aims to resonate with the devoted community of dance music fans and artists. Apple Music saw the Dance genre grow 40% on Apple Music from 2017 to 2018, and danceXL is going to help us to continue that amazing growth,” says Robby Engle, Apple Music Dance Editor.

Peloton Being Sued For $150 Million For Allegedly Not Licensing Music In Workouts:

A new lawsuit is being filed against Peloton for their alleged use of thousands of songs without proper permission. The 10 music publishers say the company has knowingly violated copyright on thousands of songs since 2014 by failing to obtain the proper sync licenses.

“The best analogy to this would be is if a movie used music and didn’t have permission,” National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite tells Rolling Stone. “In 2017, we became aware that Peloton published playlists of music and some songs had been licensed while others had not. We engaged in what we thought was a good faith effort to try and resolve the issue, and when that didn’t lead to an acceptable result, we felt we had no alternative.”

The home bike company currently offers a subscriptions service with 13,000 workouts that users can choose from as they put it in their absurd house. The company often uses hits from artists like Drake, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.

Pandora Gives Users More Control Over Choosing Music:

Pandora now gives users more control over what customized stations play in a feature called Pandora Modes. Before there was just one algorithm that controlled the stations, but now there are six listening modes. The stations are: My station, which is the original algorithm, Deep Cuts gives less-known songs by an artist or in a genre, Newest only picks the new songs from that genre or artist, Discovery plays artists that aren’t usually on that playlist, Crowd Faves plays the most songs with the most thumbs ups and Artist Only lets you listen to just one artist in that single station.

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