Skip to main content

YouTube Music adds ‘Released’ playlist to compete with Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’

After finally gaining the ability to sort albums and other saved library content, YouTube Music’s latest addition is the “Released” playlist of the “hottest 50 songs.” It’s similar to Apple Music’s “New Music Daily” and Spotify’s “New Music Friday.”

“Released” is comprised of “the hottest 50 songs this week, served up fresh to you every Friday.” The first edition coincided with the release of Taylor Swift’s Lover, and she unsurprisingly graces the cover artwork. YouTube Music is likely to adopt this template that features the service’s circular logo — instead of YouTube’s generic play icon on older playlists — in the top left and the “feat.” artist at the bottom corner.

For some users, it’s prominently advertised in the “Home” feed with a full-width card noting the “new playlist” and “This week’s new tracks.” Like other playlists, it can be added to your library, and downloaded for offline playback. It’s directly accessible via this link.

It differs from the “New Release Mix” that is personalized and “selected just for you.” That usually updates every Friday, while trending can always be accessed from the Hotlist section/tab. Playlists for the top 100 songs and music videos — sourced from YouTube Charts — are also available.

YouTube Music’s new “Released” playlist comes as Apple Music just revamped its equivalent offering last Friday. Apple replaced “Best of the Week” with “New Music Daily,” while Spotify has “New Music Friday.”

More about YouTube Music:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:



Avatar for Abner Li Abner Li

Editor-in-chief. Interested in the minutiae of Google and Alphabet. Tips/talk: