Connect to some good vibrations.

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We can’t get enough of Libratone’s quirky Scandinavian design and innovative approach to sound.

Their network speakers use acoustic-filtering organic wool to fill any room with good vibrations. And they now feature Spotify Connect. Which, of course, is music to our ears.

Feast your eyes on the Libratone Loop and Libratone Zipp. Look out for the update on Libratone’s iOS/Android app to upgrade the firmware and get one of these beauties playing all your favourite Spotify tunes.

 

Emotional Music

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We know that there’s always that song that makes us smile, take us back to an exact moment, or bring us to tears… Music can have powerful effects on our emotions and with this in mind, we worked alongside Jacob Jolij, Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Groningen, to reveal some of the songs that trigger the clearest emotional responses.

  1. Happiness – Katy Perry, Birthday

Happy songs are up-tempo, have strong rhythm, positive lyrics, and are typically in a major key. The up-tempo rhythm of Katy Perry’s Birthday will encourage active movement and dopamine release, which is good for your mood.

Furthermore some research suggests that the major key unconsciously reminds you of a falling pitch – a feature which in both human and animal vocalisations asserts dominance and confidence.

  1. Sadness – OneRepublic, I Need

Sad songs have the opposing features of happy songs: they are slower and in a minor key – with the lyrics generally more negative.

The minor key present in OneRepublic’s I Need unconsciously reminds the human mind of a rising pitch, which is associated with defeat and uncertainty.

  1. Optimism – American Authors, Best Day of My Life

Optimism is what psychologists call a complex emotion – it is not ‘built in’ our system by nature, but it is an emotion we learn to experience over time.

Optimistic feelings require happiness, so optimistic songs will share many features with happy songs: major key, upbeat. However lyrics – such as those in American Authors’ Best Day of My Life – are more important here as they provide the additional context to build optimism rather than purely improving mood.

  1. Anger – David Guetta, Bad

Anger is a basic emotion. It is negative, and as such associated with songs in a minor key. However, as opposed to sadness, anger is what we call an approach-emotion: it involves movement, a dimension anger shares with happiness.

Combine these two and you’ve got a recipe for songs that may help in channelling our angry feelings: up-tempo songs with a strong rhythm, in a minor key, such as David Guetta’s Bad.

  1. Overcoming fear – Coldplay, Magic

Fear is a negative emotion, characterised by a stress response that prepares you for a ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction.

In the modern age, we often experience the same stress responses in situations where the ‘fight or flight’ response isn’t beneficial – such as an interview or presentation. In order to overcome fear, the very first thing you need to do is to minimise your stress response, followed by managing your internal thoughts. Music that can help you to overcome fear therefore needs to be slow, relaxing, but have major chords to evoke positive feelings, and lyrics that deal with your negative thoughts, such as Coldplay’s Magic.

  1. Excitement – Avicii, Wake Me Up

The hormones present in the body when we are described as being ‘excited’ – such as adrenalin and endorphins – mean that excited people crave music that is positive, usually in a major key, yet more up-tempo and with a stronger beat than your typical ‘happy’ song.

And when you’re dancing with excitement to Avicii’s Wake Me Up, the lyrics in excited songs aren’t as important as they are to other moods such as anger or nostalgia.

  1. Nostalgia – John Legend, All of Me

John Legend’s All of Me is an example of a song destined to be a nostalgic hit.

For many the sentimental lyrics will remind them of somebody special, improving the probability of linking the song to other senses – such as sights or smells – meaning the iconic 2014 hit All of Me is a reliable track to provoke nostalgia in listeners for years to come.

Take a listen to the top seven emotion-inducing tracks here and check out more of our mood-focused playlists by surfing the ‘Genres and Moods’ section in the Browse feature.

 

For German Music Fans, World Cup Victory Was Cause for Celebration

Yesterday, Germany stunned World Cup host Brazil with a 7-1 victory, breaking records and Brazilian hearts. But for fans of the German side, which will now advance to the World Cup final, the result was cause for major celebration.

And celebrate they did.

As we did for two earlier matches, we looked at how many people were listening to music on Spotify in Brazil and Germany before, during, and after yesterday’s game. The number of listeners in both countries dipped during the action once again, as people tuned in to the big game.

In Germany, we see a big spike in listeners just after the game’s conclusion, representing some late-night celebrating, before listening declined again as the country went to bed.

Even in Brazil, some fans cranked up music on Spotify after the game, as you can see from the rising yellow line after the game ends. However, they listened a lot less than they did the previous night, and several hours passed before Brazilian listening returned to normal.

The following chart depicts hourly listening in both countries, from the day before the match to this morning:

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See the red spike? That’s Germany celebrating its victory.

Keep in mind that, unlike in our last story about World Cup listening behavior, this one concerns countries in much different timezones, which helps explain why listening drops off in Germany faster than it did in the Netherlands or Sweden following their victories. (In Germany, the game ended at nearly midnight on a Tuesday night.)

It’s also worth noting that the chart shows hourly listening. So while it might appear that the Germans started celebrating before the game was even over, the spike actually shows how much they were listening about ten minutes after the game.

But the takeaway is clear: People in the country whose team won at the World Cup were more likely to listen to Spotify following their victory, while people in the losing country listened less than usual.

To celebrate with the Germans, give our post-game party playlist a listen. Or, to commiserate with the great futebol nation of Brazil after its uncharacteristic loss, try this one.

Update: We’ve also created a couple of new German genre playlists, for those looking to celebrate with some German techno or German metal.

Spotify Loves Football

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Music for life. Football for life. Everything you need to soundtrack the beautiful game.

This game is so much more than a sport. Hoping to share our passion for football with our equally-obsessed users, we at Spotify have put together www.spotifylovesfootball.com, a site dedicated to the inseparable relationship between music and the game. We have favorite tracks selected by football superstars like Wayne Rooney, Neymar, Kaká and David Luiz, as well as music superstars like Avicii, Shakira, Jennifer López or the Brazilian legend, Gilberto Gil -among many others. 

We have playlists to help you through moments of anguish, drunken partying, or simply out-of-control, madcap joy. And we have travel tips, music primers, a regularly updated feature section, and playlists for all 32 teams, with songs chosen by you to represent your country in our Spotify Playlist Cup. 

So bring on the national pride, the delirious screaming and the compulsive nail biting. Put on your favorite tracks and follow us all the way to the final. We’ve got a bad case of football fever.

Let the games begin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Det bliver en supersommer med musik! Få Spotify Premium i tre måneder til en måneds pris.

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Sommer. Det er på tide.

Mens vejret er varmest, kommer her et varmt tilbud til nye abonnenter: Spotify Premium i tre måneder til en måneds pris. Tilmeld dig dette begrænsede tilbud på spotify.com/summer. Tilbuddet gælder indtil den 15. juni. 

Det er en hel sæson med musik on demand, uden annoncer, som du kan lytte til online og offline, i gårdhaven eller på stranden. Eller hvor som helst i sommerlandet. Her har du lidt sommerjam til at komme i gang på.

Uanset hvad du ellers skal lave i sommer, kan du slutte dig til ti millioner Spotify-abonnenter i dag med dette eksklusive tilbud på 99 DKK for de næste tre måneder. 

Kom i gang i dag, og nyd din supersommer med musik! (Til nye abonnenter: Tilmeld dig inden den 15. juni for at få del i dette særtilbud.

 

 

Make the music video for Kim Cesarion’s new track!

 

How creative can you be in 15 seconds? Make an Instagram video for Kim Ceasrion’s new track “Trade Ya” taken from his coming debut album Undressed. Listen to the music, film what you feel and post on Instagram, using the hashtag #Xperia_MakeTheVid, before June 13th.

The winner gets the mission of  actualizing their idea and create a music video for the song, with a little help from de award-winning mobile phone – Sony Xperia Z2.  

Follow Kim Cesarion on Spotify get an update when the single is released!

Download this package of parts of the song: 
http://smarturl.it/KimTradeYa
 
Follow Kim on Instagram:
http://instagram.com/kimcesarion

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All entries must be submitted before  June 13th. A jury, consisting of Kim Cesarion and representatives from Nöjesguiden, Sony Mobile and Sony Music, selects the entries that go to the final stage. These videos will be posted at nojesguiden.se, where everyone can vote for their favorite. The video that gets the most votes before the contest has ended (30 June) will receive an Xperia Z2 and a production budget of up to 30 000 sek for producing the music video for Cesarion’s track Trade Ya.

Those who participate in the contest must follow Instagrams Terms of Use: http://instagram.com/legal/terms

Mix millions of tracks with djay 2 and Spotify

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Having more than 20 million songs instantly at your fingertips is a DJ’s dream come true.

Our friends at Algoriddim today announce a major update to djay for iPhone and iPad, the world’s best selling DJ app with over 10 million users on iOS. This new version lets all our Premium subscribers mix millions of tracks using their iPhone and iPad, as well as hook up their professional DJ hardware to a massive library of music – being a DJ has never been easier or more fun!

Not only can Spotify Premium subscribers DJ millions of songs, but they’ll also enjoy real-time, intelligent suggestions on what to play next, powered by The Echo Nest’s analysis of all the music on Spotify

Some of the features include:

  • Your music: Spotify integration in djay 2 includes all of your existing playlists, starred tracks and Inbox (to receive real-time song requests), powerful search capabilities, top lists, browse (by genres, moods, DJs). You can seamlessly switch between Spotify and their existing local library, as well as mix tracks from both of these sources.
  • Match: Finding the next track to mix has always been one of the biggest challenges for DJs, and it doesn’t get easier when you’ve got millions of tracks to choose from. Match, powered by Spotify’s recent acquisition The Echo Nest, provides unprecedented track recommendations based on danceability, BPM, key, music style, and how well the song mixes with the currently playing track.
  • Hardware Integration: djay 2 supports a wide range of professional DJ gear allowing users to mix tracks from the cloud using tactile knobs, buttons and jog wheels. Algoriddim’s djay 2 app is powered by exclusive hardware from Pioneer, Numark, Vestax, Reloop, Philips, Casio, and Griffin.
  • Social Sharing: djay 2 allows users to share their set lists as Spotify playlists via SMS, Email, Facebook, and Twitter, so the rest of the world can listen to the tracks instantly or recreate a great set.

djay 2 for iPhone and iPad with Spotify integration is available now as a free update to all existing users of djay 2. During this launch week, you can get djay 2 for iPhone as a free download and get a 50% discount on djay 2 for iPad.

A Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify music catalog. Not a Premium subscriber yet? A seven day free trial of Spotify Premium is available for all djay 2 users.

 

10 million subscribers!

Today we are thrilled to announce a special milestone – we now have 10 million paying subscribers and more than 40 million active users across 56 markets! Wow — we’re incredibly grateful to the thousands of artists and millions of music fans around the world who have helped us reach this point. To celebrate, we thought we’d put together a fun infographic for you!

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What a trip! Thank you for building, growing, and listening with us.

 

 

 

The best of the Wurst: Eurovision winner Conchita’s daily streams shoot up 400 percent

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Go Conchita!

Conchita Wurst‘s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 has made her an overnight star across Europe – and she has now similar levels of success for her music on Spotify.
 
Since her winning performance at Eurovision, fans have listened to her music more than a million times on Spotify.
 
If you are a Conchita Wurst fan, you can not only find her official profile on Spotify, but also delve into her personal music collection, which includes a number of playlists including La Musica ConchitaDIVA and Disney (a playlist of her favourite Disney tracks).