Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:
Spotify’s song of the summer: September is here, and with Labor Day around the corner, it’s time for all the summer wrap-ups to emerge. Spotify has crunched its listener data and dubbed “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake as the global song of the summer. However, U.S. listeners gave the top nod to “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. Naturally, there’s a playlist where you can hear all of the season’s top picks.
Interview with Songza founder: Ebony published an interview with Elliot Breece, a long-time innovator in the music tech community. His most recent project was founding Songza, and he’s currently a product manager at Google Play. The interview touches on his experience in selling his creations to the world’s biggest companies; his first project went to Amazon. “Become an expert in the user pain you are trying to address,” he advised aspiring tech startups.
iTunes VP says there’s “homework” to do: In an interview with The Guardian, iTunes International Vice President Oliver Schusser said the company still has “a bit of homework to be done” in polishing the Apple Music experience. “This was a very big launch in 110 markets instantly, so we get a ton of feedback,” he said of addressing users’ concerns about functionality and cluttered interfaces in the new streaming platform. “We’re obviously trying to make it better every day.”