Fashion’s never sounded so good

Spotify partnered with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in an exciting bid to bring music to the forefront at last week’s Fashion Week.

Music has inspired and influenced fashion throughout the decades, and continues to inspire and influence trends, designers, collaborations, and fashion on and off the catwalk. 

Some of Australia’s most high profile fashion designers curated exclusive Spotify playlists with the music that inspired and was inspired by the collections they showed on the runway this season…

Also, in a Fashion Week first, Spotify powered the music that accompanied the shows’ live streams for those at home tuning in to the runway action. Throughout the streams, suggested designer playlists and tracks were surfaced via the official MBFWA profile.

Spotify Landmark: Nas’ Illmatic

Spotify Landmark - our series documenting music’s greatest moments in the words of those who made them – is back. This time around, we bring you the ‘aural history’ of Nas’ Illmatic - considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. On the occasion of the album’s 20th anniversary reissue, Queens, NY native Nas, his producers and his A&R executive recount the making of this timeless gem.

Uncover the story behind this iconic album with Spotify Landmark here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocking 9 to 5

Love to listen to music at work? You’re not alone! Recent research reveals that two in three people (61%) listen to music in the workplace and best yet,  that listening to music at work leads to happier employees and boosts office morale and creativity. 

This month, we partnered with Dr Anneli Haake, an expert on music in the workplace, to conduct research on office listening habits. Here’s some of our fascinating findings:

  • Over a third (36%) of workers find that music helps to get them through the day
  • 20% of workers find that listening to music is a welcome distraction from their “boring” jobs.
  • 16% admitted that they listen to music to drown out colleagues.
  • One in ten (10%) revealed that they have judged a colleague based on their choice of music.

The songs that topped the workplace charts? Our research showed that the most popular genre of music in the workplace is pop/chart music, with over a third (34%) choosing it as their preferred genre, closely followed by rock (29%).

Tell us, what music gets you through the work day? And, if you’re looking for something new, power through your 9 -5 with our ultimate work day playlist.

 

 

Spotify paints it black with new look

New Spotify Look

Today we’re launching the best-looking Spotify ever. Introducing a new darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography, playing your favourite music has never looked so good. We’re not only improving our looks though. We know how much you love playlists, but that you’ve been looking for more ways of managing your music. So today we’re introducing Your Music: helping you save, organise and browse your favourite music the way you want to. All in one place, and across all platforms. Building your personal music collection just got a lot easier.

  • Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.
  • It’s Your Music collection. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.
  • We know you’ll love it. We’ve listened to all your great feedback to ensure that everything looks and feels just right. You told us you preferred a darker interface – so here it is.

We’re also improving our Browse feature, delivering even more relevant and localised content. So regardless of whether you’re looking for something to fall asleep to, or the perfect playlist to get you geared up for your big night out, finding the right music for every moment is easier than ever. Our new design, Your Music and the updated Browse will roll out gradually to our iPhone, desktop and web users from today, and will soon be available across all platforms. Welcome to the dark side.

 

Cut Copy Announce Australian Tour – Proudly presented by Spotify

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Since releasing their ‘Free Your Mind’ album in late 2013, Cut Copy have criss-crossed the world playing headline shows to thousands of punters from Chile to Chicago, with stops in Peru and Siberia along the way.

The four piece have also found themselves taking the stage at prestigious festivals around the globe including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound, Osheaga, Rock en Siene, Sasquatch, Ultra and Vive Latino. Back at home, their appearance at Golden Plains just a few weeks back was hailed as one of the festival’s highlights.

Now, Cut Copy are thrilled to announce their first series of headline dates since taking home two ARIA Awards in 2011. The band’s front man Dan Whitford says “The call of overseas touring has made our time at home less frequent than we may have liked over recent years. We’re really looking forward to this opportunity to perform our new show and songs from our new record to home audiences.”

Cut Copy will perform shows in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane this May. Their good friends Touch Sensitive and Nile Delta will support the band at all three shows. Tickets go on sale 9am Friday April 4.

Dates are as follows:

Thursday May 8 - Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au and www.metrotheatre.com.au

Friday May 9 - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Tickets available from www.170russell.com 

Saturday May 10th - Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au 

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Violent Soho announce Australian Tour – proudly presented by Spotify!

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“We sit around on couches, buying what we think makes us who we are, like a hungry ghost”, it was these words from Kalle Lasn’s book ‘Culture Jam’ that resonated with Violent Soho’s Luke Boerdam and acted as a major influence on him while penning the Mansfield (4122) band’s highly acclaimed third record, Hungry Ghost, which has subsequently lead to ‘Soho’ (as their loyal fans refer to them as) enjoying a whirlwind of success over the last nine months. Today we’re very psyched to announce that rather than slowing down, Violent Soho will be heading out on their biggest national tour to date this July and taking Melbourne’s ‘The Smith Street Band’ with them as special guest supports – a tour that promises to wow crowds all over the country and have kids jumping from everything in sight.

Violent Soho Headline Tour
w/ The Smith Street Band

JULY 2014

General public on sale from 9am local time, Friday 4th of April. All tickets available from www.violentsoho.com

Thu 3 July The Bakery| Perth (18+ only)

Fri 4 July The Gov | Adelaide (Lic AA)

Sat 5 July The Hi-Fi | Melbourne (18+ only)

Fri 11 July Manning Bar | Sydney (18+ only)

Sat 12 July The Hi-Fi | Brisbane (18+ only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen for the first time to Johnny Cash’s long lost album – ‘Out Among The Stars’

Out Among The Stars

Throughout his five decades in music, Johnny Cash was very strict in his dedication to both sound and style. He always knew exactly what he wanted to do and exactly how it should appear – that dedication meant all the music he created was definitively Johnny Cash music.

However, by 1980, Cash felt that country music had evolved and incorporated sounds that ran against his personal signature. Put simply, his blend of folk and that rolling, “boom-chicka-boom” beat was out of vogue amongst the growing wave of “country-politan” musicians that were becoming increasingly popular. So, in an effort to grow his technique, Cash started recording sessions with people who were enjoying major success with this new country sound. First up, he employed an expanded band, featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and fiddle, as well as long-time duet partners June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings, but much of what was recorded on those sessions was locked away. Over the years almost everything was lost, destined never to be heard again.

Until today.

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Discovered in 2012, Out Among The Stars is truly a lost, previously unreleased Johnny Cash album. These aren’t alternate takes or different versions of songs that you’ve heard. These are brand new songs to the Cash canon.

Completed in 2013 by Johnny’s only son John Carter Cash, this is a pivotal Johnny Cash album and only now is it ready to be enjoyed by everyone – because The Man in Black is back.

 

 

James Vincent McMorrow Australian Tour – Proudly presented by Spotify

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His recent Falls/Southbound stopover afforded the first live utterings of sophomore album Post Tropical and now, James Vincent McMorrow’s Aussie affinity continues, with the Irish troubadour announcing a return visit in May, alongside a special performance at the Sydney Opera House for this year’s Vivid LIVE.

After wrapping up his current US tour, which includes a string of sold out shows and a spot on Coachella in April, McMorrow will hit Australian shores once again. Dates are as follows and all tickets can be purchased through: http://secret-sounds.com.au.

Wednesday 21st May
Astor Theatre
Perth

Friday 23rd May
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Brisbane

Tuesday 27th May
The Forum

Thursday 29th May
Sydney Opera House
Sydney

 

Lorde Australian Tour – Proudly Presented by Spotify

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The already legendary Lorde has just announced her Australian tour, this time hitting bigger venues with a bigger show to match. If you missed her last October or didn’t see her at Laneway, this April is your chance to catch Lorde playing the songs off Pure Heroine before she continues on her way to world domination.

Keep your eyes on Spotify’s social media for a chance to win tickets to one of the shows!
All the shows are all ages and tickets are available through http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/

April 24 - Melbourne, Festival Hall

April 27 - Adelaide, AEC Theatre

April 29 - Perth, Challenge Stadium

May 2 - Sydney, Hordern Pavillion

May 4 - Newcastle, Entertainment Centre

May 6 - Brisbane, Riverstage

Happy International Women’s Day

Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day by crowning Bajan beauty Rihanna as the most streamed female artist across the globe for the second year running.

Chart topping hits including Cheers! Drink to That and her 2013 hit Stay ft. Mikky Ekko, have helped superstar Rihanna claim the top spot. ROAR superstar Katy Perry comes in as the second most streamed female globally and Lana Del Rey, whose next release is from the Maleficent movie, a close third.

Let’s hear it for the ladies! Tune in to this special playlist featuring the most streamed females from across the globe!