Win a trip to Ibiza with Defected Records

If you’ve ever been to a club, bar or house party where the DJ was playing House music, the likelihood is that at least one of the records you heard was from Defected. For the last 10 years they’ve been releasing tunes that have defined the scene and are now unquestionably a global authority in House music.

As well-known for their global dancefloor trotting as for the records they release, their ‘In the House’ events bringing the unique Defected sound to hundreds of thousands of partygoers every year. With longstanding residencies in every continent including Zook, Singapore, Alumbra, Melbourne, Pacha, Ibiza and Ministry of Sound, London, they reach out further to the global house community than any other label in the business.

Defected have now partnered up with Spotify to bring you some of the best in House Music – and to celebrate, we’re offering the chance for 1 Lucky Spotify User to win a Trip of a lifetime to Ibiza!

The winner & a friend will be flown to Ibiza to join Defected for their closing party @ Pacha on 29th September featuring Bob Sinclair, Junior Jack – and the legendary Inner City – live!

Prize includes Flights & Accommodation, Club Entry & a Table at the Cafe Mambo Pre-party.

To enter simply create your Ultimate Summer Dance Playlist and share it on sharemyplaylists.com. here.

The user with the most playlist subscribers on 1st Sept 2012 wins this amazing prize – and dance the night away at the legendary Ibiza closing party!

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Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers!

Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers! Legendary composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals, we’re celebrating his 110th birthday with this playlist of some of his magicial creations!

A little trivia courtesy of Rodgers & Hammerstein: In 1962 Rodgers became the first person to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, now known as an EGOT thanks to 30 Rock. Besides Marvin Hamlisch, Rodgers is the only other person to also win a Pulitzer Prize, or a “PEGOT”.

Introducing Music Notifications on Spotify

Good news for all of you who like to know what your friends are listening to. This week will be rolling out a new update of our desktop application. You can now receive notifications when someone adds a song to a playlist you’re subscribed to, and when someone subscribes to one of your own playlists.

Some other new features coming out with this version include:

- You can see how many new tracks were added to a playlist you are subscribed to

- You can now do iPod backups while syncing

- You can share your radio plays to Facebook

We’ll be rolling out this update to some users this week. But if you can’t wait, download the latest Spotify version here.

June Beats presented by @thursplay

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Our friends at @thursplay have compiled this playlist for June.

To open this June Beats playlist, “Reptile” by Citizens! who come up with an album full of goodies, called “Here we are” and yes: here they are! Start with this track and make sure to not miss on their whole album.

It’s been a month full of new releases: Grizzly Bear with their single “Sleeping Ute”, Cat Power with her amazing new song “Ruin”, Fiona Apple with her new album called “Every Single Night” and the single by same name. What did you think?

Swedish indie folk band called Cryind Day Care Choir granted a spot in the playlist with their great “Where did John Lennon go?” song, that makes you wanna sit around a bonfire with your friends on a warm Summer night. Just a raw chill/feel good experience.

A favorite from Keane’s latest album “Strangeland”, “Run with me”, bringing back the memory of why everybody got stuck on Keane’s songs in the first place: the right mix of sweet vocal and soft melody.

Now beware; play-on-repeat alert:

Norwegian singer Mr. Little Jeans with her very catchy “Runaway”; Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, who’s been touring in US playing songs of her amazing self-entitled album “Yuna”, will get you lost on her beautiful voice with her “Fading Flower” song.

Find your indie dose with songs by Forestears, Frankie Rose, Nelson Can, Palpitation, Faye, Beach House, Andrew Bird and Urban Cone.

What did you listen to on repeat this June? Share with us today on #thursplay.

Enjoy it!

Introducing Artist Apps

Today we are excited to unveil four new music apps from Quincy Jones, Tiësto, Disturbed, and Rancid that will give you a curated experience like none other!

These apps are the first in a new series of “Artist Apps” created especially for the Spotify platform that enable music fans to have a deeper connection to their favorite artists and music. A number of other artists and music experts will be launching apps in the coming weeks and months, including Steve Aoki as well as artists from the worlds of rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B.

Take a peek at these brand new Apps on offer:

QUINCY JONES – THE STORIES BEHIND THE MUSIC — Exclusive audio by Quincy is combined with tailored playlists and incredible artwork to tell the stories behind his amazing career in music. Quincy will talk about his personal heroes and mentors, the art of hit-making, and how music is used in movies; all to a soundtrack brings these amazing stories to life.

Get the Quincy Jones app

TIЁSTO’S CLUB LIFE – Superstar DJ and producer Tiësto curates the best of dance music across Spotify. The app will include a single of the week, album of the month, festival of the month, and a chart of the hottest dance music.

Get the Tiësto app

DISTURBED – The band Disturbed curate the past, present and future of rock and metal music with playlists from each of the band members, special playlists and a journey through the last few decades of Rock and Metal.

Coming soon!

RANCID – Punk veterans Rancid curate the world of punk and the music it continues to heavily influence. Every week the band and their vast network of friends will add to a playlist of picks that will include information on the tracks and bios of the pickers. Rancid’s Tim Armstrong will also take fans on a trip to his personal record room to take a deep dive into the music that inspires him.

Get the Rancid app

Artist Apps are available globally on the desktop client of Spotify on the left hand navigation bar. Just use the App Finder to add these new apps to your list of favorites. Happy Apping!

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

Monday and as always I have prepared a new #MusicMonday playlist for you!

We start this week’s playlist with an American indie rock band; “Modest Mouse”. I picked the song “Dashboard” from their fifth studio album called “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” released back in 2007.

We continue with “The Shins” and their song “No Way Down” from their latest album “Port Of Morrow”. This album contains a lot of really good songs and I think it will probably be seen as one of the best albums released in whole 2012.

Next band in our playlist is an electro pop group from Los Angeles, California: “Capital Cities” and their catchy song “Kangaroo Court”. We continue with another American: “Langhorne Slim and The War Eagles” with “Spinning Compass”.

Last song in our playlist this week’s is “Hot Knife” from “Fiona Apple’s” brand new album called: “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

The sounds of June courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

Strictly BASS… 34

First up this month is the latest edition of Strictly BASS… Not exactly sure how I’ve managed to cram 34 editions into the last two years,” syknyk says, “but I have.” And what a two years it’s been. He’s given us over 3,000 of the finest, bassiest music around. This edition features tracks and mixes by Rita Ora, KOAN Sound, Adam F, Roni Size, Deadmau5 and more. Cross faders to 7-9s for the full syknyk effect.

Eurovision 2012 in order of appearance

So, who watched Eurovision? Our favourite was the scantily-clad scarecrow that sounded like a buzz saw having an argument with an abattoir. You know, from that country. Anyway, you can relive the magic of the whole night by listening to chrisgoodm’s playlist.

Debussy, Music & The Arts: 100 tracks

Our reliably brilliant playlist partner the Orchard have gone all highbrow with their latest creation. This mixtape celebrates the life and work of French classical composer Claude Debussy, one of the most prominent figures for impressionist music. Get on it, culture vultures.

Australasia

To celebrate the launch of Spotify in Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) we’ve put together a playlist of 100 songs from some of the greatest Australasian artists of all-time ñ everyone from INXS, Jet and Silverchair, to the Temper Trap, Cut Copy and Empire of the Sun. Welcome aboard, Australasians.

Electro Swing – The Samples

Ever wondered where electro swing producers get their samples from? Wonder no more ñ Steven Marshall has the answers. Check out the original hooks pilfered by Mr. Scruff, Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup, Gramophonedzie and many, many more. Great playlist, this one.

Kieron’s Electro Vol.11

Another must-hear mixtape this month is the latest edition in Kieron’s Electro series. Volume 11 takes in future disco, electro, funky house and pretty much everything in between, by artists such as Riva Starr, Jesse Rose, Crazy P, Tensnake and more. Check out volumes 1-10 by clicking here.

The ultimate Johnny Marr playlist

Big reaction for this playlist on the old SMP Facebook page. And it’s not hard to see why. Stef Galley’s mixtape is a brilliant, career-spanning tribute to Johnny Marr ñ covering the Smiths, Electronic, Modest Mouse, the Cribs and many, many more besides. Ace.

Here Comes Hipster Summer

Two hipsters walk into a bar on a summer’s day. One did it first. The other did it ironically. BOOM BOOM! And playing in that bar was this playlist from Jokke Samen: “There’s this lazy, penetrating feeling of summer I get when I listen to indie and alternative music,” he says. And that’s what this playlist is all about.

New Releases 2012

Next up, we’re giving you a gentle reminder that this playlist, created by some clowns calling themselves SMP Playlists, is updated each and every month with the best new music released on Spotify. If you haven’t subscribed yet ñ YOU HAVEN’T SUBSCRIBED YET?! ñ do it now. You know it makes sense.

Happy Birthday, Prince!

He did not come to funk around. ‘Tll he gets your daughter, he won’t leave this town. Prince is also celebrating his 54th birthday this month. Geek Thug has compiled 54 tracks from the Artist himself to commemorate the occasion. “Mostly album tracks,” he says. Because, “As any real Prince fans know, his best songs are NOT hits”.

Spotify now available on BlackBerry’s App World.

Happy news for BlackBerry users! You can now find our app on BlackBerry’s App World. Just head over to the App World and download it to your BlackBerry device.

Compatible phones include Bold 9780, Bold 9700, Curve 9300, Bold 9000 and Curve 8520. Currently the app only supports phones running on GSM networks. CDMA-network phones and the Torch 9800 are not compatible.

As with all of our mobile apps, you’ll need a Spotify Premium subscription to stream from our catalogue. If you’re not a Premium user, you can take advantage of our 48-hour free trial directly from the mobile app, or sign up to our 30-day free trial to give it a spin.

Enjoy!

Our Interview with Emily Eavis

“Everything that happens here is emotional because this is our home”

Emily Eavis, daughter of Michael and the inheritor of the Glastonbury Festival that he began in 1970, knows what her favourite moment of each summer is.

“When the gates open,” she laughs. “That’s the best moment, really. Just seeing all the people, the determination, knowing all this fun is about to happen…”

This summer, of course, the gates aren’t opening at all – Worthy Farm is having one of its fallow years to give the grounds a break, but the site itself is still buzzing with activity. A film crew from Chinese State TV is on site documenting this most iconic of British traditions, while Danny Boyle’s vision for the Olympic opening ceremony includes a reimagined Glasto “mosh pit” under the watchful gaze of the nearby Glastonbury Tor.

And now, everywhere, teams of people drill, knock, nail, heave and secure various things to various other things in an attempt to get a head start on June 2013. Just across the field from where Spotify and Emily sit down to speak, the skeleton of the Pyramid Stage sits silently, ready for when the gates open again 12 months from now.

This year off doesn’t look much like a year off.
No! Right now agents are trying to reserve the bigger slots – there’ll probably be secured quite soon. Yesterday, someone big who we’ve really wanted for ages got in contact and so now we’re trying to negotiate the deal, to explain why we can’t offer millions of pounds, but we really want it to happen. I think this year we’ll be finished a bit earlier, but there’s only 3 days, and after a year off you’ve got twice as much stuff to choose from!

Now you’re getting this love from the Olympics too.
That’s very flattering. I mean, it really, really is. The fact that he’s decided to make the festival part of this huge ceremony representing Britain? I suppose Glastonbury is a very typically British thing now.

It also would suggest the country itself has changed, for you to be such a part of the nation’s self-image?
Yeah, hopefully people are more open-minded. There’s something very British about the spirit people have here. They’ve had to cope with some really, really hard years – when it’s hard, it’s really hard. A lot of people just leave, and you’re left with these people who are just so committed and determined to have a good time, and that is amazing when you see it. That is very British. I’m not sure how well that would work in other parts of the world!

Do you visit other festivals looking for inspiration?
I do and I’m hoping this year to go to a few. I definitely want to go to Camp Bestival and Port Eliot and I’d really like to make it to Sziget in Budapest. I took 12 of my nieces and nephews to Reading a couple of years ago, that was serious Aunt duty, but it was great. But the truth is, I don’t usually get a chance to visit many, because by the time we’ve cleared up here, it’s September – and then you’re really enjoying the peace! The closest thing to what we have here, I think, is the Notting Hill Carnival. It’s slightly wild, but really diverse, and there are sounds and life and music coming from everywhere. We have that carnival flavour because we go all night and we camp within the fence and I don’t know how many festivals do that now. At Glastonbury we’re all enclosed together and that gives everything a very special energy.

What’s the secret in booking a headliner?
Well, the best ones are the bands that step up to the occasion a bit. When we put on the White Stripes everyone was a bit, like, “What? They’re headlining?” But it was brilliant, because they really filled the place.

Who’s on your radar right now?
Definitely M. Ward – and Bon Iver’s coming back. I really love what he does and he headlined The Park, so we’ll definitely try and get a slot for them. Every couple of months we do a playlist and put together the highlights of what we’ve been listening to. We use Spotify a lot. My husband Nick’s a good example, because he has to listen to so much! It’s a
great way to listen to new and old music. I was probably quite late to it, just because of the sort of person I am, but Nick was really, really early on it. So we just have this account for the house and people send us links to things and it’s great. I’m kind of quite selective about what I keep on my laptop, because I don’t want to get lost in it, but with Spotify, you can venture into territory that you wouldn’t necessarily venture in to, and discover music that is outside your own world.

Recently your father Michael was saying about how he’d love to book Adele for next year. How’s that developing?
Well, she played on the Park Stage at 10 in the morning a few years ago, so that’s not going to happen again! That was a really rainy year, but hopefully that’s not what put her off festivals. I think she’ll do what she wants to do, let’s face it! It would be great if she played, but obviously, but she’ll make that decision. There aren’t that many girls to be honest, so that’s another job of ours, to keep the balance right.

Glastonbury’s arms are open?
Yes. It would be brilliant to see her go all the way to the Pyramid Stage. But who knows? It’s said she doesn’t like playing to large crowds, but if you can perform at the Grammys, she could do it!

Who has never played here that you’d love to book?
The obvious ones are Prince and The Stones, both of which would obviously be great. There was a lot of talk of Prince last year, but I don’t know if that will ever happen, to be honest. The same with the Stones, but it’s hard for us to accommodate people that are used to doing their own thing, but, you know, that was OK for Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! We can make anything work, we just need the band to be up for it. And obviously we just pay a lot less, but we offer other things!

Last weekend the rumour mill went into overdrive about the Stones “bowing out” at next year’s event.
Getting the stones to Glastonbury is something that we’ve always wanted to happen. There really is no more news yet, but surely it’s got to happen soon? I like to think that they’d be up for it.

If they don’t do it next year, they’ll never do it.
That is so true. So they’ve got to do it. I mean, we can only offer our little measly envelope, but I’m sure they’re not bothered about that. We’d look after them.

Perhaps they could stay here in the house?
No! The only person that’s stayed at the house was David Bowie in 1971! It’s all changed so much since then, even since the 80s, which is when I first remember it. As a child it was Van Morrison and Elvis Costello and we didn’t really reach outside of that for quite a long time. I used to really love listening to Hothouse Flowers, for example, here in the sunshine, and that was, to me it was great. Shakespeare’s Sister were a major turning point, because they came here and played this place that people still saw as scary and alternative.

Did people at school understand what happened here?
No! They knew we had these weird acts like Hawkwind, but suddenly there was Shakespeare’s Sister, and that was really bizarre! I was about 10 or 11, and it was like this point where Stay was really big. People did wonder how we’d got this huge band to play at our weird thing that only their hippy parents had ever heard about. Happy Mondays was a big deal too as that was the first time that it was part of my scene. Lou Reed was really, really exciting for me too. And Blind Melon! I remember being desperate to try and get home, from school on the first Friday so I could bolt down to try and catch them. Blind Melon were the beginning for me.

What are you favourite playground rumours about Glastonbury from that time?
Ha! Well, the main one is Glastonbury was a sort of drug den and the further you went in, the harder the drugs got and eventually you got into Babylon, and that’s where you’d get anything you need. There was quite a lot of exaggeration in school!

From the outside it all looks really smooth, but there must have been very difficult years?
Yes! 2008, obviously, when we had Jay-Z. Because 2007 was really difficult. There were a lot of people who came because they wanted to be seen to be coming here, and they didn’t really want to be here. And they were clicking their fingers in front of the Pyramid stage saying, ‘So, where is the magic? This is crap, there’s no magic here, it’s raining, I can’t hear the bands!’

You had PA problems?
Yes, and some bands who we were really excited about playing, turned up to find it was really, really muddy, and they didn’t enjoy it. These were some of the most hyped bands of that year, and so for them to kind of say publicly, ‘This is awful, this is really bad’, combined with the fact that there were people standing at the Pyramid Stage going, ‘This is really crap,’ and it’s raining, and no one can’t hear the music, and all these things, suddenly it’s like a domino effect. We went from being really good to being really bad. And there was a lot of venom. When you give people a voice to be negative, they’re ready.

Did that effect the next year?
It did. We sold 80,000 tickets on the first day, but then we just couldn’t sell any more and that was really stressful. Michael lost quite a lot of weight, and he wasn’t sleeping, he was really worried about tickets, and we were going, ‘Please can you help us!’ to everyone we knew because we have to sell out in order to break even. And then we booked Jay-Z.

That was your decision?
It was, because I thought Jay-Z was brilliant and I felt like we couldn’t do another indie band. We had the Kings of Leon doing the Friday night, and I really just wanted something just a bit different for Saturday. So we booked Jay-Z.

And everyone thought Glastonbury had lost its mind!
Exactly. That was the final straw, people thought we were absolutely insane and they liked that idea because it meant we were finished.

And now he’s headlining the BBC’s Hackney Weekender.
Yes! It’s amazing to see Jay Z playing events all over the country now without any controversy. It’s testament to what a great performer he is and also what a great ambassador he is for hip-hop. Jay Z has shown that that music can cross over to many different audiences.”

So there actually was a moment when you actually thought, “My god, I’ve killed the festival?”
Yeah. We really did think, maybe it is the last year. We’ve had a really good run, you know! And I knew that it wasn’t Jay-Z, because that had come right at the end of all this other stuff: it wasn’t just moaning bands either, but that had happened at quite a key time. It was a combination of things, and people were really pissed off – they were ready to be annoyed with Glastonbury.

And Noel Gallagher didn’t help…
Well, Noel obviously kind of stoked it up, but actually he really helped, because as soon as he spoke out on it that made it tribal. It was us and them. So when Jay-Z came on, it was absolutely amazing. The whole valley just united and it was like this was part of something new and everything felt fresh and exciting again.

Who has surprised you by asking for a tent?
To be honest, pretty much everyone’s had a tent, I think. There’s not many people who haven’t!

Even Beyoncé?
I think she and Jay-Z had a tent, yeah. I’m not sure: I can’t remember, because I’d just given birth. Maybe not a small dome tent though, more like one with four bedrooms!

What changes are you making for 2013?
There are some small changes going on now, but there are changes every year. Last year was Campo Pequeno and the futuristic tunnels – there will be lots more little things like that going on. A year off’s always a good time to review the situation, but we’ll have the Underground Piano Bar back too, that’s one of those things that everyone always looks for and no one can find!

Finally, what don’t people understand about Glastonbury?
Probably that just because we’re the biggest, and the most established, and we get most coverage that we’re not still the most vulnerable. Glastonbury is run by us – I’m not saying feel sorry for us, because we’re alright – but it’s a misconception that we’re the strongest. Everything that happens here is very emotional because this is our home, it’s not a hired place. This is somewhere with personal history and we really care about it. So if people say they’re having a terrible time, it really matters to us; you want to make it good and for people to be treated well. So security and policing is all at a minimum. When you scratch beneath the surface you see that all the elements that were here when it started are all still there. We’re always trying to make it better, keep it as unique as possible. There are so many events now, which is great, but it means we have to stay really special.

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Send us your questions for Cat Power

Sun is the first album of original material from Cat Power in over six years. Chan Marshall performed and produced Sun herself in various locations including a studio she built in Malibu.

The highly anticipated album will be out on August 31st. But you can listen to Cat Power’s new single now:

We have an exclusive interview lined up with Cat Power and we want you to ask the questions! Ask your question in the comment box below and we’ll pick out our favourites. Be sure to use your Facebook profile when commenting so we can contact you if she chooses your question.