Spotify & Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Team Up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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We’ve teamed up with Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to present a very special charity edition of our live and intimate music recordings, Spotify Sessions, featuring Ricki-Lee and Emma Birdsall.

Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon is the only charity that supports women through each and every stage of the breast cancer journey – funding world-class research and education through prevention programs, support services for patients and their families, a helpline with trained nurses to talk to throughout the different stages of treatment and recovery, and programs dedicated to help life get better after cancer treatment.

We’re giving away 5 double passes to join us for this worthwhile fundraiser event. To win, tell us in 25 words or less who your hero is and why?

To make a donation, or find out how you can get involved, visit www.pinkribbonday.com.au

*Winners must be able to make own way to Surry Hills in Sydney on Thursday October 10th.

Win RüFüS Tickets!

Tell us your favourite RüFüS song and you could win tickets to a show of your choice! Enter the contest here.

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Spotify Presents: Splendour In The Grass side-shows with Haim, MS MR, Everything Everything and Daughter.

Splendour In The Grass hits Byron Bay this July, and some of our favourite artists have just announced side-shows!

Haim

Topping the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 and conquering SXSW, Californian siblings Haim – Este, Danielle and Alana (joined by drummer Dash Hutton on stage) – have serious buzz. You’ve already swooned to their Californian folk-meets-R&B blend on ‘Falling‘ and the title tune from EP Forever ; now their highly anticipated winter album, sees the girls teaming up with producers Paul Epworth (Adele) and James Ford (Arctic Monkeys). Whether supporting Mumford & Sons or Florence + The Machine, Haim’s astonishinglive shows are a must-see!

Wed 24 July – The Hi-Fi, Sydney

Thu 25 July – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

MS MR

We first fell for New York duo MS MR via the glam-yet-gloomy ‘Hurricane‘ , 2012’s Candy Bar Creep Show EP, and Chet Faker’s remix of ‘Dark Doo Wop‘ . Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow won over Aussies hearts during their February trek on Laneway; May will see the release of Secondhand Rapture, the indie-popster’s scorching debut LP. MS MR just wrapped a US tour with Jessie Ware, while HBO used their track ‘Bones‘ for the Season Three trailer for “Game Of Thrones”. Can they get any cooler?

Fri 26 July – The Metro, Sydney

Mon 29 July – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Everything Everything

Released at the tail-end of 2012 from the Manchester quartet’s second album, Arc, ‘Cough Cough‘ snuck into triple j’s Hottest 100 in the nick of time. The eclectic sound of Everything Everything is complex pop candy – witness sublime sparks like ‘Duet‘ , or ‘Kemosabe‘ . With sold-out gigs back home and support for Two Door Cinema Club and Muse, Everything Everything have gone straight from cult favourites to the big time. Said the NME of a recent show, “Britain’s poppiest smart band become Britain’s smartest pop band.”

Fri 26 July – The Corner, Melbourne

Sat 27 July – The Metro, Sydney

Daughter

Signed to seminal label 4AD, London trio Daughter unleashed one of 2013’s most hypnotic debuts in If You Leave . Originally a solo project of singer/guitarist Elena Tonra, Daughter make introspective, emotional pop – songs of heartbreak and hope, like smouldering singles ‘Smother‘ and ‘Still‘. Recorded by Rodaidh McDonald (the xx), If You Leave follows two acclaimed EPs – and now the trio make their first trip to Australia on the back of a sold-out UK tour run, with supports for Sigur Rós planned, plus Glastonbury, Fuji Rock and Primavera.

Tues 23 July – The Corner, Melbourne

Wed 24 July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney

All tickets on sale 9am, Monday 13 May.

Our Interview with Bob Evans

Ahead of the release of new album ‘Familiar Stranger’ on March 15, Bob Evans stopped by Spotify’s Sydney office to record an intimate acoustic set. We also sat down with Bob – aka Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell – to learn more about his musical tastes and eclectic array of influences.

What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?

Not a great deal really. I remember my dad used to sometimes listen to the Four Tops on a pair of wireless headphones which he bought when they were a brand new piece of cutting edge technology. My parents had a small record collection which I found out in later years had a few worthy records in it (Beatles, Cat Stevens etc) but I don’t recall them ever being played. My mum was into musical theater and would often buy the soundtracks and they would get played a bit. Apart from that, I was a little kid in the 80′s and so Micheal Jackson was played a lot in my bedroom, as well as Kiss, particularly the album “Dynasty”. Me and my three brothers all had different Kiss masks (I was Peter Criss) and would perform mini concerts of Dynasty with plastic tennis racquest as guitars.

What was the first record you fell in love with?

Michael Jackson ‘Thriller‘. This record was a total game changer and in 1983 as I was turning 6 years old and at the very start of primary school it was pretty much what everyone was going nuts for. I also used to like Kiss and the Village People and in retrospect I’m guessing it was because of the costumes.

Who made you want to make music?

Wow, that’s a tough question to answer cos there’s a quite a few people. I first started writing songs in my head when I was 12 and listening to top 40 radio. I’m not sure that anything I was listening really influenecd me. I think Nirvana was the first band that really inspired me to make the kind of music that ended up giving me a career, as well as You Am I. I also really wanted to make music as an escape. I wasn’t always the happiest teenager and starting a band was a way that I could get out of home and start an independant life of my own. I guess being in band that toured and made records was a bit of a dream I concocted with my very vivid teenage imagination and it kind of happened in a way that wasn’t exactly how I dreamed it up but sort of close.

What were you listening to whilst recording?

I don’t really listen to music while I’m recording. I listen to it when I’m writing and demoing but when I’m recording I don’t listen to any records. One thing I did do though that was unique to this album was listen to Smooth FM every night as I drove home from the studio. My car radio is always tuned to Triple J but late at night after recording all day I found Triple J to be too abrasive for the drive home so I switched to Smooth FM and listened to late night love dedications. 4 out of every 5 songs were kind of good. It was about a 25 minute drive home which was the perfect length of time to listen to Smooth FM cos any longer and I think it would have been too much.

What five records couldn’t you live without?

Carole King ‘Tapestry’

Archers of Loaf ‘Icky Mettle’

You Am I ‘Hourly Daily’

John Lennon ‘Imagine’

The Beatles ‘White Album’

What are you listening to at the moment?

Alpine ‘A is for Alpine’

Frank Ocean ‘Channel Orange’

Elliot Smith ‘XO’ and ‘Figure 8′

The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’

Wilco ‘The Whole Love’

Does the perfect song exist?

Oh yes indeed it does and not only does it exist it exists in a million forms in a million songs. Maybe I’m an easy marker or maybe I just love music but I’ve heard many many perfect songs.

Finally, what’s your favourite noise?

Laughter, closely followed by silence.

‘Familiar Stranger’ is available in Australia from March 15th, and Bob Evan’s exclusive Spotify Session recording will be available this April.

Win passes to an exclusive Spotify Session recording with Bob Evans!

Bob Evans – aka Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell – is set to record an exclusive Spotify Session in Sydney on March 1st, and you can be there to watch it live!

This will be the first chance for fans to hear new music from Bob Evans, ahead of the official release of new album ‘Familiar Stranger’ on March 15th. And if current single ‘Go’ is anything to go by – a fresh slice of summer, filled with catchy lyrics and upbeat melodies – we can expect another captivating release from one of Australia’s favourite performers.

If you’re in Sydney and available at 4pm on Friday March 1st, let us know in the comments section below.

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Win tickets to see Danko Jones live!

Canadian rock band Danko Jones are about to hit Australian shores as part of Soundwave festival, and now’s your chance to see them live and performing songs from their latest album Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue.

Over the course of six albums, Danko Jones has forged a singular brand of rock ‘n’ roll that draws equally from the blues, ’60s garage, ’70s hard rock and power-pop, ’80s hardcore, ‘90s indie rock and Scandinavian metal—not to mention classic stand-up comedy records—without ever being fully defined by any of those sources. Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue is the Danko Jones ideal blown up to skyscraping proportions, resulting in 12 tracks that are bolder, brasher, and brawnier than anything they’ve attempted before.

If you’d like to win 2 tickets to see the band live at one of their upcoming solo shows, let us know in the comments section below which song from Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue you’d most like to hear them play.

Show dates are –

Feb 25th Sydney, Manning Bar

Feb 28th Melbourne, Gershwin Room @ The Espy

Entries close Friday 22nd of February – good luck!”

Send us your questions for Bat For Lashes!

The Haunted Man was one of the stand out albums of 2012, and this month Bat For Lashes visits Australian shores for the first time since it’s release to perform as part of Laneway Festival.

To celebrate her visit, we have an exclusive interview lined up with Bat For Lashes, and we want you to ask the questions! Tell us your question in the comment box below, and we’ll pick our favourites. One lucky entrant will also win a signed vinyl copy of ‘The Haunted Man’. Enter before March 8th – good luck!

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Win tickets to an exclusive and intimate performance by Gabrielle Aplin in Sydney!

Rising star and UK prodigy Gabrielle Aplin will soon visit Australian shores to to tour with Ed Sheeran – and here’s your chance to see Gabrielle perform live at an exclusive Sydney showcase!

The gifted multi-instrumentalist wrote her first song at 14 and began posting performance videos on Youtube. At 17 she was THE online buzz artist releasing her first EP and even setting up her own label. Before long she was touring the UK and at 19 signed to major label Parlophone.

Amassing a staggering 15 million channel views on Youtube and counting, Aplin’s latest single is a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ that has stopped hearts across the globe. Check it out on Spotify here:

Her performance teamed with Ed Sheeran in February will be the event that everyone is talking about all year long and with three shows sold out already the limited tickets left won’t last long!

To be in with a chance of seeing Gabrielle Aplin perform live at an exclusive showcase in Sydney on February 27th, simply tell us in the comments section below what other cover songs you would like to see Gabrielle perform?

Good luck!

What’s your GRAMMY prediction

With the eagerly-awaited GRAMMY Awards airing this Sunday, we looked at song and album streams to predict which nominees would walk away with the coveted gilded gramophones if it were up to Spotify users.

Check out these key predictions based on streaming data:

  • Gotye is predicted to pick up Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with their chart-topper ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
  • Mumford & Son’s folk album ‘Babel’ is projected to win Album of the Year over rock albums from The Black Keys and Jack White and breakouts from Fun. and Frank Ocean
  • The Lumineers have the edge on taking home Best New Artist over Fun., Frank Ocean, and The Alabama Shakes
  • Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop anthem ‘Call Me Maybe’ is predicted to snag Best Pop Solo Performance while Carrie Underwood’s ‘Blown Away’ is favored for Best Country Song

What’s your prediction for the GRAMMYs?

Share with us your pick and you could win an all-inclusive trip to LA and a pair of seats at next year’s show! Simply head on over to our Facebook page or to Billboard.com to make your mark. There’s a new category every day, and each one gives you another place in the draw. What’s more, for each category you predict correctly, you’ll also get a chance to win Spotify Premium for 6 months!

What are you waiting for? Come Predict the GRAMMYs with us!