SXSW, here we come!

For a third, fantastic year, we will be painting Austin green. From March 10th through the 14th, the Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind and discover the best in new music.

This year, we’re moving to a brand new venue with more room to check out bands and catch up with friends.

Our 2014 lineup boasts 30+ must-see acts – including emerging stars G-Eazy and MØ, along with Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Jungle and Betty Who, to electro rockers Phantogram, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and many more – we’ve got something for everyone! In years past, Spotify has hosted a number of break-out artists during SXSW such as Kimbra, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Odell and St. Lucia and this year will be no different. Get the full line-up day by day here.

The CW Network, partner of The Spotify House and home of shows including The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural, will have stars from the upcoming sci-fi drama The 100 and other hit series stopping by to hang with some of the coolest new bands.

For even more awesomeness on the ground, we’ll be introducing a music-themed mosaic photo booth created by The Brigade, an interactive playlist generator as well as music trivia installation created by Beak Labs.

RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news and giveaways! You can also subscribe to our text line [Text YES to 61235] to get up-to-the-minute updates from all the activity on the ground.  With so much on the go, be sure to follow us on Vine and Instagram for more information about our SXSW plans this year.

See you at SXSW!

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Get CAZZETTE’s “eject.” exclusively on Spotify

We are thrilled to team up with acclaimed Swedish DJ duo, CAZZETTE, to present the group’s debut album “eject.” exclusively on Spotify!

The talented dub house pair, consisting of Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björklund, is set to release “eject.” in three parts, via a unique Spotify app.
Get the app here and stay tuned to these dates for each new release:

  • Part I – November 13th
  • Part II – December 11th
  • Part III – January 22nd, 2013

As well as housing all three parts of “eject.,” the app will feature all things CAZZETTE, including the twosome’s favorite club music and remixes, their latest videos, contests, tour dates and social chatter.

Managed by At Night, the folks behind Avicii’s meteoric career, CAZZETTE started to make waves with official remixes of Avicii and Swedish House Mafia tracks. They quickly scored main stage appearances at festivals such as Ultra, Tomorrowland, Creamfields and Beyond Wonderland. And now, with the first-of-its-kind exclusive release of “eject.” on Spotify, CAZZETTE is primed to be the next big thing in contemporary dance music.

Introduce your ears to CAZZETTE now!

Win tickets, travel and accommodation to see Muse live in London

One of the world’s greatest rock bands are playing at one the world’s greatest venues this September. And you could be there with them!

Muse are currently mid-way through their first worldwide stadium tour ever! And after playing incredible shows all over Europe, Japan, Korea and USA the band are back on home soil for three nights to play their final UK gig dates of the year.

Spotify, alongside Warner Music are giving you and a friend the chance to win tickets to the Muse gig at Wembley, London on 11th September. All you have to do is click here to register your details and you will automatically be placed in a draw to win tickets, travel, accommodation, as well as other Muse goodies. Not only that, the winner as well as nine other lucky runners up will receive a month’s access to Spotify Premium.

Good luck!

Spotify introduces Believe Digital

We’re always looking to add more music to our catalogue from a diverse range of sources. Today we’re happy to let you know about a new partnership with Believe Digital, the leading digital distributor for independent artists and labels in Europe.

This means a huge number of new indies coming to Spotify, among them a lot of french artists which is particularly great as we’ve recently opened up for a wider audience in France. For all of those who wonder what Nouvelle Vague means, you may find a delightful musical answer. And for music lovers in general, here is a selection of what Believe has in store for you: Sélection_Believe (a lot more to come…).

French Summary:
Spotify signe un partenariat avec Believe Digital

Nous ajoutons en permanence de la musique disponible de nombreux labels indépendants européens, mais nous souhaitons mettre particulièrement en avant notre partenariat récent avec Believe Digital, le 1er label numérique européen.

Believe c’est plus de 600 000 titres en cours d’encodage et un grand pas en avant pour la France grâce à son catalogue très riche en artistes français.

Les derniers artistes ayant signé avec Believe Digital seront donc disponibles dans l’application : Wayne Beckford, nominé pour les derniers MIDEM Talents (sortie de l’album Alpha Omega le 19 avril prochain), Jil Is Lucky dont le titre ‘The Wanderer’ a été utilisé dans la dernière pub Kenzo Flower diffusé à la télévision et au cinéma ou encore The Amplifetes, groupe suédois d’électro pop, dont le premier album est attendu pour avril.

Community Awards

I just wanted to take a minute and let everyone know about a little initiative being run by Afront over at the The Pansentient League blog. Afront has put together a competition to find the best Spotify Community site and we’ve pitched in with some premium subscriptions for the winners. We think this is a great initiative and really appreciate all the hard work people put into building these sites.

Head over and vote for you favourite Spotify community site, also check out our Resources page that Afront kindly helps keep updated.

January music playlist – courtesy of Drowned in Sound

We’ve got a new monthly playlist feature for you, put together by our good friends over at Drowned in Sound. If you’re not aware of DiS, it’s a music community which has been doing an amazing job in providing opinions and recommending records since 2000. Each month, the site’s founder will compile a link-laden playlist for you featuring 20 of the previous month’s finest releases, primarily from the ‘alternative’/indie-rock/electronic sphere.

So, here’s the first playlist in this series Drowned in January 2010 playlist and the commentary from Sean Adams:

1) Owen Pallett ‘Lewis’ Dream’

Plink, plink. Kicking off this playlist is something slight. This gentle and genteel track is from the violin-wielding former Arcade Fire and Last of the Shadow Puppets collaborating man formerly known as Final Fantasy, whose new album Heartland was released via Domino Records this month, read DiS’ 8/10 review of the album here.

2) Frightened Rabbit ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’

Fans of indie-rock royalty The Shins and The National who haven’t got The Winter Of Mixed Drinks (Fat Cat) scribbled in their diary on March 1st, do so now because if this song and a few others I heard live are anything to go by, these Grey’s Anatomy-soundtracking Scots have a real treat in store. Read our interview with the band about the album.

3) Paul Simon ‘Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard’

Brooklyn’s angular indie-popsters Vampire Weekend released their second album this month but try as they might, they still haven’t bettered this classic track from the legendary Paul Simon. However, they did write a a great director’s commentary-like guide to Contra for DrownedinSound.

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Spotify Premium Spain, ¿Quieres ir al concierto exclusivo de Amy Macdonald?

La conociste con ‘This Is The Life‘ y ahora te ofrecemos la posibilidad de ver a Amy Macdonald en directo el próximo lunes 8 de febrero presentando su segundo trabajo, ‘A Curious Thing’.

Sorteamos 2 entradas para el concierto exclusivo en Madrid. Si te haces una cuenta Premium ahora, o ya la tienes y te gustaría ir a ver Amy actuando por favor déjanos un comentario y entra en el sorteo. Si eres ganador, te informaremos el próximo viernes por e-mail.

Spotify Premium, TiK ToK

A slew of pre-release today to let you know about. First off for Spotify Premium users in France we have the latest album from Luke. Their new album, D’autre Part, is available exclusively on Spotify for the next two weeks and users can also enter a contest to meet the band in person.

For subscribers in the UK we have the debut release from Ke$ha who has been lighting up the charts with her single, TiK ToK. Her album, Animal, is being released in the UK next week but premium subscribers can listen to it here first.

In Sweden, Norway and Finland we have the latest release from Swedish pop group Freda’. Their new album, Ett mysterium, is now available for subscribers.

Also available today for premium subscribers in Sweden, this one from British electropop band Hot Chip. Their new album, One Life Stand, is the follow up to the hugely successful 2008 album, Made in the Dark.

Our final pre-release today comes from Finnish group, Husky Rescue, who will be releasing their new album, Ship Of Light, shortly and are making it available to all users before it’s release.