¡Bienvenidos a Spotify, Brasil!

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Estamos emocionados de poder anunciar que, a partir de hoy, Spotify está disponible para todos en Brasil. Ahora, nuestros amigos brasileños pueden unirse a los 40 millones de personas de todo el mundo que disfrutan de una forma nueva de escuchar música.

Con esto, Spotify ya está disponible en 57 mercados de todo el planeta. Eso significa que es más fácil que nunca compartir música con tus amigos de otros países y descubrir más música a nivel global.

¿Conoces a alguien en Brasil? ¡Pues mándale una canción hoy mismo!

10 Millones de Suscriptores

Hoy estamos felices de anunciar un logro muy especial – ¡Ahora tenemos 10 millones de suscriptores de paga y más de 40 millones de usuarios activos en 56 países! Wow – estamos infinitamente agradecidos con los miles de artistas y los millones de fans de la música de todo el mundo que nos han ayudado a llegar hasta aquí. Para celebrarlo hemos creado esta divertida infografía para todos ustedes. ¡Gracias por todo!10 MILLION

No más límites de tiempo en Spotify – #freeyourmusic

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Por si no escuchaste las noticias, ahora puedes usar Spotify en tu móvil o tablet totalmente gratis. Encuentra la música perfecta y escúchala en “shuffle” en tu dispositivo iOS o Android.

Pero, ¿qué hay de escucharla en tu ordenador  – sin límite de tiempo?

En el pasado, tuvimos que restringir las horas que podías disfrutar de Spotify después de que tu cuenta tenía más de 6 meses de haberse creado. Pero ahora, por si no lo has notado, no hay más límites de tiempo si estás escuchando Spotify gratis. ¡Hemos quitado los límites por completo! Ahora puedes escuchar tus canciones favoritas cuando quieras,  las veces que quieras, todo el  tiempo que quieras.

Así es, no más límites de tiempo.

La música da felicidad – no la limites. #FreeYourMusic

¡Un gran saludo a nuestros nuevos amigos de América Latina!

¡Un gran saludo a nuestros nuevos amigos de América Latina! 

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Tenemos el placer de anunciar que ahora Spotify está disponible en Chile,
Colombia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Paraguay, Honduras, Panamá, Nicaragua,
Perú, Ecuador, República Dominicana, Guatemala, Costa Rica y Bolivia. 

¿Conoces a alguien de cualquiera de estos países a quien le encantaría tener la mejor música para cada momento? 

¡Pues envíale una playlist hoy mismo! #ComparteMúsica

 

Una noche…de miedo

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La “Noche de los Difuntos”o “Halloween” ha llegado.  Y no es ningún secreto que si utilizas la iluminación adecuada (mientras menos, mejor) y ciertas piezas musicales, puedes recrear un ambiente aterrador, pero ¿por qué tenemos miedo a la oscuridad y a ciertas piezas musicales?

El miedo a la oscuridad (o nictofobia) es una reacción irracional causada por la distorsión en la percepción que tiene nuestro cerebro de lo que puede pasar en la oscuridad. No es un miedo a la oscuridad en sí, sino a los riesgos que imaginamos pueden estar latentes cuando estamos en penumbra.

Para averiguar el por qué del miedo a cierta música, hemos realizado un estudio con la Universidad de California. Y parece ser que es nuestro instinto animal el causante de esto. En efecto, ciertas piezas musicales llaman nuestra atención porque imitan los sonidos de los depredadores o de sus presas en situaciones difíciles. Y, aunque algunos afirman que el miedo está en nuestra mente y no en la música, la investigación demuestra que, biológicamente, es posible sentir miedo sin ser consciente de ello. Básicamente, es una manera natural que tenemos para estar alerta ante situaciones de peligro.

De ahí que muchos compositores utilicen cierto tipos de sonidos no melódicos; para desestabilizar al oyente y provocar esta sensación de temor. Es el miedo a lo desconocido lo que puede llevarnos a situaciones de pánico y verdadero pavor.

Disfruta, o no, con la siguiente lista que hemos preparado y que contiene algunos de los temas que han sido utilizados a la hora de realizar el estudio: Psycho, Jaws, Victims of Hiroshima, Lacrimosa, The dream of Jacob, The Shining, The Exorcist…

 

June Beats presented by @thursplay

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

Closing the month of June with 15 awesome hand picked songs on June Beats by @thursplay [2013]: listen to Kisses with their very catchy “Funny Heartbeat”, Husky Rescue has new music out, check out “Treehouse”! Also with new music is Swedish group Club 8, listen to “Into Air” from their latest album “Above the City”.

What else? Oh yeah, listen to brand new music from American indie rock band The National with “Don’t Swallow the Cap”, Rhye with their ever so smooth sound with the song “Last Dance”, British singer Sivu with “Better Man than He” and Vampire Weekend with “Unbelievers”.

Still on this playlist: When Saints Go Machine, She & Him, Laura Marling and a beautiful song by David Lynch & Lykke Li.

What were your favorite releases during June?

Share them with us today on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #thursplay.

Disfruta a Eagles en Spotify

Son una de las bandas más importantes de todos los tiempos, con seis álbumes que han estado en las listas de éxitos durante treinta años.

Es por eso que estamos muy emocionados de anunciar que ya puedes escuchar álbumes de Eagles en Spotify. ¡Disfruta!

Our Interview with LTJ Bukem

“It doesn’t matter where music comes from; if it hits you, that’s it…”

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When the lists of Great Drum and Bass Pioneers is drawn up – and can that day be far off? – the name of Danny Williamson will be on it, only he won’t be called Danny Williamson, he’ll be called LTJ Bukem, for LTJ Bukem is as legendary, as forward-looking and as groundbreaking as they come. In concentrated bursts over the last 22 years, Bukem has been recording, releasing, and DJing a uniquely melodic and textured stream of breakbeat fuelled drum and bass. Now, as he prepares his Good Looking label for a relaunch, Bukem is bringing his entire back catalogue to Spotify.

“We’re embracing the digital world,” he laughs. “We know there are thousands of fans who, over the years, have been asking, ‘what’s Bukem doing?’ It’s been three or four years since I last released something new, so now it’s time to reach out. It’s time to really do this…”

There is something curiously timeless about your music.

LTJ Bukem: That’s been my ethos since the beginning. If I pick up a piece of music to play in a club or to release I want it for life. I want to be able to pick up that piece of music in 20 years’ time, and still enjoy it for what it is.

Tell me a bit about the first music you ever really loved.

Blimey, well, this sounds really weird, but one of the first records I actually bought and got into, was by Bert Weedon! I’ve still got the record somewhere; he was doing Shadows cover versions. I also really liked Scott Joplin and a lot of that ragtime stuff. Then I began listening to The Police and The Jam – Paul Weller heavily influenced me. I think he’s an amazing guy, if you listen to those 70s Jam albums now they’re still amazing.

What was the first gig you went to see?

I would have been 9 or 10 and my piano teacher took me to see Chick Corea, that got me into the whole jazz scene, which became a massive influence and opened up the door to a lot of reggae too. When I started collecting music there was no genres, not for me, I just wanted to hear things that were great, so I got into all sorts of different styles of music. Still now, it doesn’t matter what it is or where it comes from: if it hits you, that’s it.

As a teenager you ran your own Sunshine Sound System – what would we have heard you playing?

Frankie Paul’s Pass The Tu Sheng Peng, Sylvia Striplin’s You Can’t Turn Me Away, Archie Bell and the Drells, Don’t Let Love Get You Down…

Just thinking about those songs is making you smile!

Yeah! Then there’s Loose Ends’ Gonna Make You Mine. We played a lot of that mid-80s funk and soul, but a lot of James Brown too. In fact, I’d play any James Brown I could get my hands on. I played a lot of early hip-hop like Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane too. I used to love those times – that’s why I’m smiling – because in those days you literally could just go to a dance and play for seven hours straight from any style of music that you loved.

People like Kindness, Rhye and Jessie Ware are revisiting that time, that pre-acid house era.

I think there’s a lot of people revisiting that music because there were some ground breaking sounds in there, musicians will always be going to go back to those elements.

Where should people begin with your own music?

You have to start at the beginning, with Demon’s Theme. I’ve always said that was three or four tunes in one, because at that time in drum and bass that’s how it was. You’d have the reggae start, the techno / house middle section, the soul breakdown and off into a mad rave kind of finish! My stuff was more about strings and bells, long intros and drums and promoters would say to me, ‘you’re not going to last five minutes, son! It’s not rave-y enough, it’s not mad enough!’ I was disheartened until I took it to (drum and bass legend) Fabio and Grooverider at Rage one night. They put it straight on and loved it. I played it on dub plate exclusive for a whole year and then thought, ‘Right, I’m going to start a label.’ And that’s the beginning of Good Looking Records. It was what I wanted to hear, records with some melody.

Your label compilation, Logical Progression, was a very big deal at the time.

There was nothing else like it. Nothing! There were compilations, but not an album where someone had put it together as whole piece that was the real start of the label. That got me in touch with London Records and Pete Tong and suddenly we were happening worldwide. I began to bring artists like PFM and Peshay on board. It began to feel real. At the same time I was getting together with Tony who did everything apart from select the tracks for release and gave the label a direction. He still does that now.

You had Photek recording as Aquarius then too?

Ha! Photek, that’s a funny story. I remember when no one had even heard of Rupert. He was still living in Ipswich and I had to drive down to his house to pick up all the DATs off him so I could go and cut the dub plates. Those were amazing times, the birth of it all really.

What record from history do you think, ‘I wish I’d made that’?

I think it would have to be a soul record. If I was allowed a few I’d say, Lonnie Liston Smith’s Voodoo Woman, Chick Corea’s Lenore, Dave Angel’s 1st Symphony, a track called Yeah (Dope Mix) – by Swing Kids and an old tune on XL called Dub War by Dance Conspiracy. Too many to mention

OK, a simple final question: what’s your favourite noise?

Oh man, my favourite noise is peace and quiet.

Do you get much of it?

I’m being serious! And the answer to your question is: no, I don’t, but when I do, it’s like the most wonderful thing ever, because hearing no music for a while really makes me want to hear music again. Sometimes it’s really nice to just sit and contemplate things, to close your eyes and have some meditation time.

That’s what comes of being a grown-up, Danny.

Exactly!

May Beats presented by @thursplay

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

Starting off on this May Beats by @thursplay [2013] listen to Lana Del Rey’s new single “Young and Beautiful” and let’s all agree: yes, she still got it! Also with new music is Swedish electronic duo The Knife, listen to “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” from their latest album “Shaking the Habitual”. Next, enjoy Dublin-based Irish quartet Kodaline with “High Hopes”, followed by Swedish musician Big Fox with her new single “Girls”.

It gets better: listen to STRFKR groovy song “Malmo”, Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas with “Instant Crush”, new song by Camera Obscura “Do it Again”, This is Head with “Time’s an Ocean”, American group Haim with their new single “Falling” and British singer-songwriter Dan Croll with “Compliment Your Soul”.

Still on this playlist: Lord Huron, Synne Sanden, Walk the Moon, and Still Corners!

What were your favorite releases during May?

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

¿No sabes qué escuchar a continuación? Empieza a Descubrir.

Tenemos la emoción de comunicarte que a partir de hoy ya puedes comenzar a disfrutar de una forma totalmente nueva y personal de descubrir música en Spotify.

Nuestra flamante página de Descubrir

¡Se acabó tener que andar pescando para encontrar la música perfecta! La página de Descubrir de Spotify busca continuamente recomendaciones personales para ti.

• Recomendaciones sin fin basadas en la música que tú escuchas.

• Nuevos singles y álbumes de artistas que sigues.

• Toda la música y playlists que compartan tus amigos y los creadores de tendencias que sigues.

• Entérate de cuándo está de gira cerca de ti un artista que te encanta: la información te llega como en una burbuja de entre los conciertos recomendados por Songkick.

Además de la página de Descubrir, también te presentamos nuestra nueva función de muestra preliminar de audio. Así podrás probar música nueva sin alejarte de la canción que estabas escuchando. Si te gusta lo que oyes, puedes guardarlo para luego o escucharlo ya. Tú eliges.

La página de Descubrir está disponible a partir de hoy en nuestro novísimo reproductor web, ahora disponible para todos los usuarios.

También hemos empezado el despliegue gradual de la página de Descubrir entre los usuarios de nuestras apps para ordenador y móvil. Te llegará una notificación tan pronto como podamos actualizar tu cuenta.

¡Que disfrutes descubriendo!