Apple Music promoting international artists in 'Up Next' expansion

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Apple is extending its Apple Music "Up Next" artist promotion campaign by featuring international artists, initially in their 11 own countries.

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Apple Music has long supported new artists through its "Up Next" campaigns, which feature promotion across Apple Music. Now it intends to leverage the success of "Up Next" by expanding it to have more artists in more countries.

According to Billboard, the new international version of "Up Next," will begin with at around a dozen artists, from around a dozen countries. Billboard describes Apple's plans as being to gain artists more recognition "local" regions.

New "Up Next" regions at launch


  • USA

  • Canada

  • Australia

  • UK

  • South Africa

  • India

  • France

  • Germany

  • Mexico

  • Russia

  • Japan

China is to join the program in April 2021.

It appears that Apple's plan is to effectively personalize the "Up Next" promotion. Rather than being chosen to fit a given user's preferred music, though, it's country by country.

One of the current Up Next promoted artists
One of the current Up Next promoted artists

Initial artists chosen


  • Peach PRC (Australia/New Zealand)

  • Pressa (Canada)

  • Noe Preszow (France)

  • Lune (Germany)

  • Prabh Deep (India)

  • Dongurizu (Japan)

  • Nicki Nicole (Latin America)

  • prosto Lera (Russia)

  • Blxckie (South Africa)

  • Baby Queen (UK)

  • Morray (US)

Each of the featured artists has been chosen by Apple Music's human curators, rather than algorithms. During their month in the spotlight, the artists will benefit from what Billboard describes as "the company's marketing muscle in several 'local' regions."

"Up Next" has previously also highlighted artists through commissioning concerts.

Separately, as Apple Music adds to its profiled artists, users are reporting that Apple has made changes to the iOS app. Personal stations which previously had a profile image of the user, are now displaying generic Apple Music images.

It's not clear, however, whether this is genuinely a new change or has just taken time to be spotted.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 2
    viclauyycviclauyyc Posts: 632member
    Apple should fix their Apple Music song name display issue. If you try to listen to music in different languages, eg. English iPhone with Japanese songs, the Japanese characters will be translated into English. Which give bilingual user a hard time to find the song. Very often the translation is pretty bad.

    Why not give user a choice to display the name in either original language and platform language? Spotify has no problems with this. Why Apple can’t. 
  • Reply 2 of 2
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 961member
    One new artist a month per country is just not enough to help the community.  It should be weekly to allow around 50 new artists get exposure per year in their countries...there is enough talent out there.
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