Spotify Curator and Executive Mike Biggane Departing for Universal Music Group

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Mike Biggane at Ole Red on June 9, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. 

Mike Biggane, Spotify’s head of global curation strategy, is leaving the streaming service for Universal Music Group (UMG), Billboard has learned.

UMG later confirmed that Biggane will be joining the company effective Sept. 13 as executive vice president of music strategies and tactics, a newly created position that will "work across UMG’s labels and territories as an accelerator for artists’ careers and to maximize the opportunities for new music releases."

Biggane will be based in UMG's Santa Monica, Calif. headquarters and report to chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. "Mike brings the skills and vision that will help accelerate our artists’ careers," said Grainge. "I’m so pleased to welcome him to UMG, where he is joining a future-focused team that is providing artists around the world with new opportunities for enduring global success."

Biggane has worked at Spotify since 2014, when he was hired as the company’s head of pop programming. Four years later he was promoted to head of global groups. He was named to his current position in January. 

During his tenure at Spotify, Biggane has personally overseen a number of the service’s most influential playlists, including New Music Friday and Today’s Top Hits, which currently boasts over 23.7 million followers. Along with a number of other streaming curators, he was named one of the music industry’s “new gatekeepers” by the Wall Street Journal in 2017.

Prior to his work at Spotify, Biggane served as director of operations at the predictive song research and music testing company HitPredictor.

UPDATE 7/30: This article has been updated with confirmation and additional details from Universal Music.


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