Bernhoft’s new album, Solidarity Breaks

Solidarity Breaks is the result of Bernhoft’s rediscovery of himself as a solo performer. The album was recorded in London with producer Fred Ball (Pleasure, Bertine Zetlitz, Brett Anderson) and is mostly a one man orchestra – Bernhoft, but also features some special guest performances..

As the title suggests, this time we are talking about solidarity. Check out Solidarity Breaks or sign up for premium to hear a special version of the album.

Britney Spears is back with smash hit “Hold It Against Me”!

Hold It Against Me” is Britney Spears’ first single in over two years, and is currently shattering records and dominating worldwide charts. The song is produced by hit makers Max Martin (P!nk, Usher) and Dr. Luke (Avril Lavigne, Ke$ha), and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart selling almost half a million digital tracks within its first week of sale – the biggest first week sale for a female artist in Billboard history. The track also debuted on #1 in 19 other countries!

The tremendous success of the first single from Britney Spears’ forthcoming album attests to her broad and loyal fan base, the popularity of the Max Martin/Dr. Luke collaboration and her enduring popularity as one of the world’s premiere trend-setting talents. The new album is set for release in March 2011.

Britney’s new single “Hold It Against Me” is currently featured on “Dancefloor Hits 2011” – the biggest party playlist in Norway!

Spotify Premium users can now take part in a competition to win the brand new iPad + Britney Spears The Singles Collection – a collector’s item with all her singles in one box!

Click here to take part in the competition!

ShareMyPlaylists January collection and brand new badges

Sharemyplaylists.com provides us with their latest installment monthly playlists. Be sure to also check out their recently launched Badges feature, making sharing your playlists more fun than ever!

The Soundtrack to 2010

So, that’s it then. 2010 over and out. How was it for you? Yeah, the World Cup was a little dull, we’ve had apocalyptic weather conditions and global political unrest, but the music was pretty tasty wasn’t it? SMP user Phil Wilce – curator of the brilliant monthly playlist The Soundtrack to… – is the man behind this creation, summing up the year that was 2010 consummately. Big tunes from the likes of Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Janelle Monae, Everything Everything and Plan B are amongst our favourites that made the final cut; find out if yours did by clicking here.

MY BEST OF 2010

Another of our favourite 2010 retrospectives is this little beauty, created by ga8. MY BEST OF 2010, as you may have guessed from the title, is a collection of his top tunes from the past 12 months. This eclectic playlist is your one-stop-shop for everything that made 2010 an ace year for for music, taking in tracks by The Black Keys, Gil Scott-Heron, Trentemøller, Caribou, The Dead Weather, Vampire Weekend and Gorillaz to name but a few – brilliant playlist.

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Spotify on Squeezebox is now available!

A few weeks ago we announced that we were teaming up to bring Spotify to Logitech’s Squeezebox Radio and Touch.

Today, Logitech has released a new software update for the Touch and Radio which officially adds the new Spotify app. All you need is a Spotify Premium subscription, a Radio or Touch and you can start streaming via your Squeezebox to every corner of your house.

To add Spotify go to “App Gallery” and then “Music On-Demand” on your Squeezebox. Scroll down to the end of the list and select Spotify. Enjoy!

White Lies ‘Ritual’ Available On Spotify Premium

In 2009 the White Lies released their much hyped and anticipated debut album To Lose My Life.. and became one of that year’s most successful debut bands. Now they are back with their second album Ritual and the single Bigger Than Us.

White Lies should be a well known band to a lot of Norwegians since they have played several shows and festivals here since their debut, and on February 27th you can see them again when they play Rockefeller in Oslo. Check out the new album here on Spotify, containing an exclusive remix of the single – for Spotify only!

Spotify går inn som sponsor for Spellemann 2010 og stifter et nytt stipend: ”Årets innovatør”

I forbindelse med samarbeidet utdeles stipendet for første gang. Stipendet skal gå til en norsk artist som iløpet av 2010 har utnyttet de uendelige mulighetene den nye teknologien åpner for, til å kommunisere med publikum på en kreativ, nyskapende og inspirerende måte.

Musikkindustrien er for tiden i omveltning fra en fysisk til en digital verden. Konsumet av musikk endres i takt med tilgangen og åpner for nye, kreative måter for artister å kommunisere med publikum samt spre sin musikk på.

Dette stipendet er stiftet for å belønne en norsk artist som har omfavnet distribusjons- og markedsføringskanaler på en innovativ måte, med digitale elementer. Det forhåpentligvis inspirere andre til å bli enda mer kreative i møte med sitt publikum.

Nominasjonene vil bli offentliggjort på et senere tidspunkt. En jury vil oppnevnes, som sammen vil finne en verdig vinner. Vinneren av ”Årets innovatør” tildeles et stipend på 25 000 NOK som skal brukes til å fremme kreativitet.

Spellemann 2010 finner sted i Oslo Spektrum 5. mars 2011 og blir sendt på TV2.

Touch to Shazam. Play on Spotify!

Great news, Spotify is now available for Shazam’s premium Apps on iPhone, iPod touch – including (SHAZAM)RED – and Android. Just tap the new “Play in Spotify” feature to go direct from Shazam to our Spotify Mobile app where you can immediately listen to the full track and explore more music from the tagged artist.

It’s now even easier to get instant satisfaction for those times when you want to know the track that is playing and then learn more about the artist. Just touch to Shazam and then play in Spotify. Click here for more information on downloading Shazam for your phone.

The same feature will be included on Shazam’s free App soon – so watch this space and we’ll keep you posted.

Artists to watch in 2011 playlists

2011 is shaping up to be another great year in music with a number of big acts returning with new albums and new and emerging artists breaking onto the scene. To kick off the year we’ve compiled a few playlists highlighting some of the music you can expect to hear in the coming months.

Enjoy!

Spotify – coming soon to a Squeezebox near you

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve joined forces with Logitech to bring Spotify to your Squeezebox Touch and Squeezebox Radio.

For those unfamiliar with Squeezebox, we highly recommend you check out their great wireless music systems. The Squeezebox Touch and Squeezebox Radio players use your existing wireless home network to stream music throughout your house. Squeezebox is simple to use and easily expandable by adding more Squeezebox players in other rooms – like your kitchen, bedroom or patio.

With our new app you can now access our comprehensive catalogue of more than ten million songs, and all your playlists, anywhere in the home.

The Spotify app will be available through Logitech’s MySqueezebox app site in the very near future for Spotify Premium subscribers. However, if you simply can’t wait to get your hands on the app and demand that Spotify pump music wirelessly throughout your home as of this minute, you can check out the Beta release right now.

Get fit with these workout playlists

If you’re like me then one of your New Year’s resolutions is likely to eat a little better and work out a little more. Thankfully you won’t have to do it in silence as we’ve put together a series of workout playlists to help pump you up all year long.

Load these into Spotify on your mobile and make hitting the gym a little easier, enjoy!