EP290: Why Spotify Trigger Cities Make Growth Impossible

The concept of Spotify trigger cities has been circulating for years, promising artists a magic formula for exponential growth. But where did this theory originate and does it hold any scientific merit? We delve into these questions, scrutinizing the theory's lack of a solid scientific foundation.

In this episode of Creative Juice, Jack and Circa discuss the Spotify Recommendation Engine and the scientifically bankrupt concept of Spotify trigger cities and why many artists have found themselves stuck in a vicious cycle of unfulfilled promises and stunted growth. Arm yourself with knowledge about how the Spotify algorithm actually works, not based on bad science, but based on what Spotify developers themselves say, and make informed decisions about your music marketing strategy!

If you're tired of chasing elusive growth strategies and ready to understand how Spotify truly works, this episode is a must-listen so that you can say goodbye to the misleading trigger cities theory, and hello to practical, effective growth strategies!


  • Where The Theory Of Spotify Trigger Cities Originated And Why It Lacks A Scientific Basis
  • What The Spotify Recommendation Engine Actually Is
  • How The Trigger Cities Theory Has Negatively Impacted Artists And Bands For Years
  • Why Growing An Audience Outside Of Your Native Country Is A Bad Starting Point
  • The Data And Psychology Of Spotify Playlist Listeners


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I'm Cryptic One, a Brooklyn-based producer/rapper. With a career spanning over three decades, I'm recognized for my work with Atoms Family and collaborations with hip-hop icons like MF DOOM, Aesop Rock, El-P, and Cannibal Ox.

My contributions to the legendary Lloyd Banks' 2022 LP "The Course of the Inevitable 2" earned me a coveted Billboard plaque. Additionally i contributed to the iconic Cannibal Ox album "The Cold Vein" which recently found a spot on Rolling Stone's esteemed list of "The 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time."

My music is characterized by cinematic textures, chaotic drums, and cleverly crafted lyrics that often contain social commentary and multiple meanings.

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