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.

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



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:

Wednesday 21st May
Astor Theatre

Friday 23rd May
Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday 27th May
The Forum

Thursday 29th May
Sydney Opera House


Lorde Australian Tour – Proudly Presented by Spotify


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

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!


Coldplay… Back!

The new single – Magic – is live on Spotify now.


Coldplay, arguably the biggest band in the world right now, are debuting their new single on Spotify. Magic, taken from their new – sixth – studio album Ghost Stories, to be released May 19, is the first new music they’ve revealed since Atlas from the soundtrack to last summer’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

A stripped-back track that builds with a subtle power, Magic features a warm, strummed bassline, some crisp, synthetic drums and a tumbling, soaring Chris Martin vocal.

Add a ringing guitar part and a classic Coldplay whoop and you have a piece that is touched by modern RnB and outright radio-melting super-rock all at the same time. Magic points towards a whole new era for the band – where there’ll go next is impossible to say – a fact that only makes it all even more intriguing.

Welcome to our new friends from The Echo Nest

The Echo NestExciting news everyone! Today, we’re joining forces with pioneering music company, The Echo Nest.

The incredible team at The Echo Nest has been on a mission, just like us, to make music listening better for everyone. Together, we’ll be able to improve music discovery by bringing you amazing people to follow, better radio stations, and great playlists from friends and music experts.

Over time, The Echo Nest technology will enhance every aspect of the Spotify music experience.

So here’s to new friends!

For more info, read here



Spotify launches Emerge in Australia & New Zealand to surface best new music


Spotify, in collaboration with our mates at HP, has launched its Emerge program in an Australia and New Zealand first, putting the spotlight on upcoming local artists.

Emerge uses technology to offer a unique insight into what could be the next big thing in music, by using Spotify’s vast array of data to pinpoint ten emerging artists from the region, based on their vitality (increase in streams and shares week on week). It is then put in your hands – through listening, liking, voting, and sharing – to determine who should win.

The ten bands vying for Emerge supremacy are The Aston Shuffle (AU), MT (AU), Tom Lark (NZ), Gang of Youths (AU), Max & Bianca (AU), Miracle (AU), Gossling (AU), Chance Waters (AU), The Acid (AU), Smashproof (NZ). They’ll join a prestigious list of past bands to be involved in past Emerge programs overseas, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille, alt-j and Lorde.

Head to to find out more about the bands and VOTE for who you think should be the next Emerge victor.

Follow the official Emerge playlist here.


DZ Deathrays Annouce ‘Black Rat’ album tour – proudly presented by Spotify!


DZ Deathrays have always been known as a live band, first and foremost. It’s he reason why they’ve been caught listing their occupation as “professional face melters” in the past. Now, with the release of their highly anticipated second record ‘Black Rat’ due on 2nd of May, they’ll be entering their element and celebrating the release with a national tour of Australia.


MAY 2014

General public on sale from 9am local time, Friday 7 March

Thu 8 May Elsewhere | Gold Coast, QLD (18+) | 1300 762 545

Fri 9 May The Zoo | Brisbane, QLD (18+) or 1300 762 545

Sat 10 May Spotted Cow | Toowoomba, QLD (18+)

Free Entry

Thu 15 May Karova Lounge | Ballarat, VIC (18+) | 1300 762 545

Fri 16 May Corner Hotel | Melbourne, VIC (18+) | 1300 724 867

Sat 17 May Jive | Adelaide, SA (18+) | 1300 GET TIX

Thu 22 May Prince of Wales | Bunbury, WA (18+) |1300 762 545

Fri 23 May The Indi Bar | Scarborough, WA (18+) | 1300 762 545

Sat 24 May Amplifier | Perth, WA (18+) | 1300 762 545

Sun 25 May Newport | Fremantle, WA (18+) | 1300 762 545

Thu 29 May Transit Bar | Canberra, ACT (18+) | 1300 GET TIX

Fri 30 May Rad | Wollongong, NSW (18+) | 1300 762 545

Sat 31 May Oxford Art Factory | Sydney, NSW (18+) | 1300 GET TIX


Avicii’s 200m Stream Bombshell

Wake Me Up is the Spotify’s Most Streamed Track ever…

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Avicii’s Wake Me Up is now the most-played song of all time on Spotify having – just today - gone north of the 200 million streams barrier. Avicii’s monster hit was the fastest song ever to reach the 100 million streams landmark back in September of last year and Wake Me Up reached number one in 19 countries across the world.

“I’m so excited to be the first artist to reach 200 million streams on Spotify,” Avicii said. “I’ve had an amazing year, so a massive thanks to all of my fans!”

In case you’re wondering, the 10 cities the track has been most streamed in are: Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg, London, New York, Madrid, Malmö, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, currently at Number Two in the Most Streamed Ever Chart are Imagine Dragons with 182m plays of Radioactive.


February Beats presented by @thursplay

Here’s what you’ll listen to on this October Beats by our friends at @thursplay :thursplay

On this February Beats by @thursplay [2014] you can listen to: “If I Could Change Your Mind” by L.A. based HAIM, “Don’t Wanna Dance” by Danish singer and songwriter MØ; latest single by BANKS called “Brain”, “A Wonderful World” by Conor Patrick & The Shooting Tsar Orchestra, “Klapp Klapp” by Swedish trip hop band Little Dragon.

Still on this playlist: Kidnap Kid with “So Close”, St. Vincent with the single “Prince Johnny”, Swedish musician Elliphant with “Shoot me Down” and another 7 handpicked indie tracks for you to enjoy this month.

What were your favorite releases during February?

Share tham with us today on Twitter using the hashtag #thursplay.