Angus and Julia Stone announce Australia and New Zealand tour – Proudly presented by Spotify

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Angus & Julia Stone are set to bring their critically acclaimed live show to New Zealand this September. The forthcoming tour will see the band perform many of their most recognized and well-loved tracks, along with exciting new material from the soon to be released third album produced by Rick Rubin.

Angus & Julia have had very successful careers both as a duo and more recently, independently as solo artists.

It was the legendary US producer Rick Rubin (Jay Z, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash etc) who being a fan and familiar with their musical history, suggested they get together once more as a band. Angus and Julia spent time writing and recording at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu and the result is their brilliant, forthcoming album “Angus & Julia Stone”.

Joining them on tour will be the blogosphere’s most talked about act of 2013, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, aka 18 year old Brisbanite Tim Bettinson, who released his debut EP earlier this year to rave reviews.

Fri 12 Sep – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Sat 13 Sep – Llewllyn Hall, Canberra

Sun 14 Sep – Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Mon 15 Sep – Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Wed 17 Sep – Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Thu 18 Sep – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Fri 19 Sep – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Sun 21 Sep – Arts Theatre, Gold Coast

Tue 23 Sep – Perth Concert Hall, Perth

 Fri 26 Sep – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Sun 28 Sep – Powerstation – Auckland, New Zealand

Buy tickets here

 
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Artists to Watch

This year has already seen a lot of Spotify’s favorite Artists to Watch enter our charts and make the festival rounds. Here’s a round-up of exclusive, live sets from some of our sure bets — many of whom performed at SXSW for us this year as well as Coachella and Bonnaroo. Check out our Artists to Watch exclusive playlist here!

Scroll down to see exclusive photo sets of our Artists To Watch below.

 

Passenger’s Exclusive #SpotifySession + Video

Passenger recently visited Australian shores and, during that trip, hosted a pop up gig for fans on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The performance was recorded, and we’ve turned that into an exclusive Spotify Session.

DON’T BE ALARMED by the pretty colours and great music brightening up Australia this winter

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Though the Swedes may laugh at our winter temperatures, down under we need our winter brightened up too.
 
Combining some slap-you-in-the-face bright colours and international (Daft PunkJustin Timberlake), local (The PresetsRÜfÜS), new (5 Seconds Of SummerIggy Azalea) and much-loved (Michael JacksonBob Dylan) artists (to name just a few), this winter in Australia is going to be a hot bed of musical listening.
 
We understand the importance of a great soundtrack to get you to work, from uni, and all those public transport trips in between, so you’ll spot these bright posters in and around your shopping centres, bus stops, train stations – pretty much everywhere your trip could be made better by music.
 
Now that we’re free on mobile devices (yep, free) it’s easier to listen to your favourite tracks, and discover new nuggets of musical excellence.
 
To make it even simpler all you need to do is text us the name of the artist on the poster and we’ll send you a link to the music (via the app store if you don’t have the app yet).
 
The posters are up for a month but the music lasts forever.
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Live It Up Festival

LIVE IT UP came out swinging in 2013 as an emerging music festival with it’s sights set firmly on the kids. LIVE IT UP is an under 18’s only music festival based in Brisbane announcing one of the most exciting line ups imaginable for music loving teenagers this Saturday the 21st of June

PARKWAY DRIVE are headlining the mainstage this coming June at the RNA showgrounds bringing their arena selling metalcore from Byron Bay via the globe especially for LIVE IT UP. VIOLENT SOHO’S achievements in the last 12 months have been astonishing and they have confirmed their place as one of the most exciting guitar bands ever to come out of Australia.

Closing proceedings on our outdoor stage are much loved indie rock quartet THE JUNGLE GIANTS. These guys have honed their festival skills touring their hugely successful debut album “Learn To Exist”. Adding to the diversity of the line up is Melbourne based hip hop star ALLDAY kicking it with his mates on the outdoor stage.

IN HEARTS WAKE join their mates from Byron Bay, PARKWAY DRIVE on the mainstage bringing their post hardcore to celebrate the release of their new album. Both stages will be kicked off by two of the most exciting bands of rock n roll upstarts going around with LUNATICS ON POGOSTICKS and THE CREASES firing things up on their separate stages.

Spotify are proud partners of Live It Up. More info and tickets can be found here

 

 

Soccer Fans Listen Differently in Winning and Losing Countries

Nearly half of the world’s population watched at least a minute of the last World Cup, according to FIFA (.pdf). At this year’s Brazilian extravaganza, we expect even more people to tune in, given that viewership increased 8 percent last time around.

But you don’t need to know that to understand the global impact of the World Cup — especially in the countries whose teams play that day — whose effect on these nations is so deep that it can be measured by how people listen to music in the hours following the victory or defeat of their team.

With over 40 million regular users and over 10 million subscribers in 57 countries, Spotify reaches many of these soccer (ahem, “football”) fans. To find out how their listening behavior differs based on whether their team wins or loses, we first looked at a World Cup qualifying match.

Our hypothesis: People in the winning countries would listen to happy party music, while people supporting the losing team might resort to less energetic music in order to cool off. However, our acoustic analysis of the top songs after both legs of the qualifying match between Sweden and Portugal in both of those countries actually didn’t show much of a difference in terms of the energy level of listening in those countries.

But we did find something else, which we didn’t actually set out to find. People in Portugal (the winning side) returned to Spotify after the match was over, presumably to celebrate with a post-game party.

Meanwhile, people in Sweden (the losing side) were less likely to listen to music after the match.

Sweden vs. Portugal

Sure enough, there it is: The blue line (Spotify listening in Sweden) continues to decline after the game, while Portuguese listening spiked hard in the hours following the game.

“On the usage graph, we can see both countries’ usage rates go down as the game starts,” said Spotify and The Echo Nest data alchemist Glenn McDonald. “After it ends a couple hours later, however, Sweden’s usage continues to go down, and Portugal’s leaps back up. The victors turn the music back on and celebrate, the losers go to bed!”

To see if the same thing happened during the Spain vs. Netherlands in the World Cup Group Stage, McDonald ran the same test on Friday’s match, a stunning 5-1 upset for the Dutch.

“Well, it’s not very dramatic, but there’s definitely a bigger rebound after the game for the Netherlands than for Spain,” said McDonald.

Spain vs. Netherlands

See that red line jumping up way more than the blue line? Although not quite as dramatically as in the Sweden vs. Portugal graph above, we once again see that when the match ended, the winning country’s music fans tended to fire up Spotify more than those in the losing country (although the Spanish, unlike the Swedes, did increase their listening slightly after their loss).

Our conclusion, so far: People are more likely to listen to music on Spotify after their team wins than after their team loses.

(Note: These graphs do not represent absolute numbers; in other words, they show the amount of listening in each country, relative to how much listening happens there.)

Say Hello to Our New Web API

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Developers, start your engines. We’ve launched a new version of the Spotify Web API that lets you put everything from album art to music previews into third-party web apps, with a brand new ability to create real Spotify playlists for your users.

Developers, marketers, ad agencies, music hacking gurus, product managers, design firms, and anyone else who wants to build a Spotify web app to further their goals now have a great new tool at their disposal, with more multimedia and baked-in smarts than ever before.

The new web API gives you the power to create powerful music apps on top of Spotify, except instead of founding the company and growing it for eight years, you get to jump right in and start building stuff on day one using our music and metadata, now with the ability to create playlists.

You also get the deep musical intelligence of The Echo Nest. We’ve been hard at work integrating the two APIs so that you can make awesome stuff like this. Your apps can build real Spotify playlists for your users, leveraging all of that Echo Nest data, and all without leaving the experience you’ve designed.

 New features include:

  • Rich Metadata. The new web API lets you retrieve extensive track, album and artist details from the Spotify catalog, including cover art and 30 second track previews.
  • User Profiles & Playlists. With a user’s permission, developers can now access user profile information including playlists, display name, image, country, email, external URL, and subscriber status. Web apps powered by this new API can also build new playlists for users to enjoy later, in their Spotify apps.
  • The Echo Nest: Integrated. We’ve been hard at work with new family members, The Echo Nest, to bring the two APIs together. The result: You can build your projects atop the world’s best music service and the world’s best discovery data.

For more information, click here

 

 

 

 

 

New Samsung Wireless Audio Multi-Room Speakers: the first multi-room speakers with Spotify Connect!

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Exciting news! Samsung’s Wireless Multi-room speakers are the first wireless multi-room speakers to launch with Spotify Connect built in!

The Samsung Wireless Audio Speaker range (M7 and M5) lets you connect your music wirelessly across multiple rooms of your home.

With Spotify Connect built in, you can stream your favourite music and playlists directly from Spotify. Hit play on your mobile or tablet, and the music booms out in any room of your home. You can even play through multiple speakers at the same time.

Easy to position in any room, these fantastic speakers look great and sound even better!

Samsung’s Wireless Audio Multiroom can be used alone or wirelessly with other Samsung devices, including TVs, Soundbars, Home Entertainment Systems and BluRay Players via Wi-Fi to create a multi-room audio system. The speakers are controlled from a downloadable app and facilitated through easy plug-and-play installation. With NFC functionality, pairing has never been easier, allowing customers to simply tap their smartphone to the Wireless Audio Multiroom to instantly play music from their mobile device.

To find out more about the new Samsung Wireless Speakers, click here.

You’ll need Premium to use Spotify Connect – try it free here

 

 

Kilter announces 17-date ‘Shades’ tour – Proudly presented by Spotify

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With his hotly anticipated ‘Shades’ EP landing on July 11th, young Australian electronic producer Kilter will be hitting the road this winter and taking his live show around the country on a 17-date Australia and New Zealand tour. Starting off in his hometown of Sydney on July 11th, Kilter will then hit Melbourne, Bathurst, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle, Brisbane, Townsville, Canberra and Wollongong, before heading across the Tasman to play shows in Ohakune, Dunedin, Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland.

Kilter will also be performing at the sold out Splendour In The Grass festival in Byron Bay. Kilter’s infectious and atmospheric sounds have been driving people to the dance floor, but it is his live show that keeps them dancing and sets the electronic whiz kid apart. With an MPC, synths, microKorg and drum kit in tow, his show is a live manifestation that speaks volumes for Kilter as not just a skilled producer, but also as a talented musician. His percussion-infused pulse is perfectly mirrored by his kinetic energy and enthusiasm, pushing him to the front of the pack of new artists creating and developing the Australian movement.

KILTER SHADES TOUR DATES – more info can be found here.

Friday, July 11th                     Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Saturday, July 12th                Shebeen, Melbourne

Wednesday, July 16th            DK @ Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

Friday, July 18th                     Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide

Saturday, July 19th                Flyrite, Perth

July 25th – July 28th               Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay

Friday, August 1st                  Fitzy’s, Bunbury

Saturday, August 2nd              Toucan Club, Mandurah

Friday, August 9th                  Bowler Bar, Brisbane

Saturday, August 16th            Flinders Social, Townsville

Friday, August 22nd                Thank You MA’AM @ Meche, Canberra

Saturday, August 23rd            The Grand, Wollongong

Tuesday, August 26th             Turoa Lodge, Ohakune

Wednesday, August 27th        TBA, Dunedin

Thursday, August 28th            The Wall, Queenstown

Friday, August 29th                Dux Live, Christchurch

Saturday, August 30th   Platform, Auckland

The Music of Cannes Lions

It all starts with a song. Music inspires and ignites creativity in us all.  This year, Spotify will be at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity celebrating the best creative work of the year in advertising.  While we are there, we will be conducting a Social Music Experiment to discover the songs that inspire and connect the world’s greatest storytellers. We will be asking the good people at Cannes one simple question, “what song inspires you?”  And we’ll be sharing the results with the entire community.

Many of Cannes’ highest profile speakers have already shared their most inspiring tracks, which include:

If you are attending Cannes Lions, and want to contribute, visit us on your mobile phone at spotify.com/cannes. After you share the track that inspires you, we’ll also give you a personalized playlist based on your shared track with the help of our good friends at The Echo Nest – and then allow you to find your Cannes’ musical connections.

We’ll also bring your musical connections to life. Each evening at Le Palais, we will be visualizing the “music network of Cannes” in a nightly “digital fireworks” display. If you’re attending, you should stop by as it’ll be quite a show!

If  you are not attending and want to follow the Cannes’ music conversation, check out spotify.com/cannes. You can also follow @Spotifyads on Twitter to stay connected.
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