Spotify sponser Spellemann 2011 og retter oppmerksomheten mot Årets Innovatør

Spotify og Spellemann deler ut utmerkelsen “Årets Innovatør” for andre år på rad. Utmerkelsen setter fokus på en norsk artist/gruppe som i løpet av fjoråret benyttet den nye teknologien for å kommunisere med sine fans på en kreativ og nytenkende måte. I tillegg til utmerkelsen, mottar vinneren en markedsføringskampanje på Spotify til en verdi av 200 000 NOK.

Spellemannprisen er den årlige gallaen som arrangeres av Spelleman AS for å hylle, inspirere og motivere alle norske artister. Spellemannprisen startet i 1973, og årets galla holdes den 14.januar 2012 på Folketeateret i Oslo.

De nominerte til Årets Innovatør 2011

Gabrielle
2011 var et fantastisk år for Gabrielle. Hennes første singel “Ring Meg” ble sommerens største hit og toppet både Spotify og VGs lister. Med en morsom og personlig videodagbok, har Gabrielle oppnådd en stor og lojal fanbase.

Trym Bjønnes
Gjennom kombinasjonen hardt arbeid, kreative idéer og sosiale medier kan man komme langt. Trym Bjønnes fikk mye oppmerksomhet både online og i tradisjonelle medier da han en dag lanserte “Twitterturnéen”. Det hele resulterte i 28 spillejobber på 24 timer; alle gratis og på ulike plasser i Norge.

LidoLido
Gjennom stadig å laste opp nytt materiale på sin blogg og Facebook-side har Peder Losnegård, bedre kjent som LidoLido, skapt seg et navn i løpet av 2011. Med konkurranser engasjerer han sine fans som gjerne kommenterer og bidrar til engasjement begge veier.

Bare Egil Band
Har brukt de digitale kanalene på en personlig og humoristisk måte – og kommuniserer med både nye og gamle fans. Med en populær blogg og egen TV-serie har Bare Egil Band markedsført seg selv og sine to nye album på en kreativ måte.

Shining
Shining har i løpet av 2011 bygget opp et sterkt nærvær på alle de sosiale plattformene. Fra Flickr til Facebook kommuniserer og involverer bandet sine fans med kreative konkurranser. Gjennom å trykke opp en fysisk QR-kode og auksjonere den bort på E-bay fikk bandet oppmerksomhet også i de tradisjonelle mediene. De ansatte dessuten turné-arbeiderne sine via sin Facebook-side.

Say hello to Spotify Apps

We’re introducing a new world inside Spotify. It’s a world where there’s even more music for you to discover and a ton of new experiences to be enjoyed. Spotify Apps are here!

Spotify Apps are a bunch of cool, exciting and integrated apps inside Spotify, created by some of the best and brightest in the world. Each app brings you a new music experience tailored to you.

The joy of apps

Thanks to Spotify Apps, the best music reviewers can help you discover great music to listen to. Help yourself to recommendations through Last.fm and We Are Hunted, and expert tips from Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Pitchfork.

But that’s not all…

Let’s say you’re listening to a new track and you’d like to know the lyrics. Just click over to the TuneWiki app and see all the words of the song perfectly synced as you’re listening.

Maybe you want to see a gig this weekend? Check out the Songkick app to find out if any of the artists in your library are performing near you. Then get your hands on tickets with a few clicks.

The apps you’ll discover over the next few days are only the beginning. We’ll surprise you, and probably be surprised ourselves, with many more new and wonderful experiences that will make Spotify even better.

How do you add apps?

In the left sidebar of Spotify, you’ll find a section called Apps. Click on this to bring up the App Finder. Go forth and find the apps for you.

For more about Spotify Apps, come this way . As always, we’d love to hear what you think about our new apps.

Happy Apping!

Note: You need the Spotify Apps Preview version to link to these apps directly. Get it here!

Spotify introduces music to your social life

Today, September the 22nd, is a big day for everyone who loves music.

Music is one of the most social things there is. That’s why for the past couple of years, we’ve been obsessed with what the next generation music service should look like.

We knew that the service had to be free to draw people away from piracy. Helping them to listen to even more music. To do that, we also knew that the service would have to be inherently social. There couldn’t be a better place to do this than Facebook.

We’re very excited to have been asked by Mark Zuckerberg to showcase this new experience at the f8 conference in San Francisco today. Take a look at these amazing new features in our video.

You’ll now start seeing new music posts and play buttons all over your newsfeeds. Hit a play button and the music starts. Right there. Spotify fires up to give you a new soundtrack to your social life. Check out your new Music Dashboard and your real-time ticker to discover the music that’s trending with your friends.

This integration with Facebook will help everyone to discover more free music than ever before. Thanks to our unrivalled, truly free service, users can just hit play to enjoy the music, no hassle, no gimmicks; month after month after month.

We hope many more people can enjoy the musical journeys that this integration will bring. Like the thrill of looking through a friend’s music collection and finding a track that blows your mind. Or sending birthday playlists across the planet.

Having free access to music on Facebook also gives us an opportunity to express ourselves in a new way. We’re proud to share pictures of our lives. Now we can say something about ourselves through music. “Hi I’m Daniel – here’s some Daft Punk.”

We know that Spotify’s users who connect to Facebook listen to more music on a weekly basis. They listen to a wider variety of music – in fact we have more than 400 million playlists created in Spotify now. Because these users are more social, they’re more engaged. Because they’re more engaged, they’re more than twice as likely to pay for music.

Social discovery on Facebook means that we’re bringing people back to paying for music again. And that‘s how the brilliant artists who create this music can continue creating it for us to enjoy.

Enjoy the soundtrack to your social life!

Win a VIP trip to meet David Guetta in Ibiza

Who wants to meet the hottest DJ and producer in the world?

Superstar DJ, David Guetta, released his latest album, Nothing But The Beat, yesterday. This fantastic album includes the smash hit, Little Bad Girl.

To celebrate, we’re offering you and a friend the chance to win a VIP trip to meet David as he performs his final Ibiza show on September 15th. Like the sound of that? We’ll pick up the tab for your flights, accommodation and tickets.

Spotify listeners are also be treated to an exclusive version of the new album with track-by-track audio commentary from David.

To enter the competition, just click over to David’s personal Spotify page. There’s also exclusive video footage to enjoy, as well as his impressive discography. Good luck!

The sounds of August courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

New Releases – August 2011

Each and every month we’re creating a playlist dedicated to the very latest Spotify releases. Updated weekly – or any other time we discover tracks we think you’ll like – this is the best place to check out the best new music around. Currently ready and waiting for you on this month’s edition are tracks from Blink 182, Ed Sheeran, Among Brothers, Yuck; a killer Serban Ghenea remix of Björk’s Cosmogony and the new, incredible Balearic-indebted release from Paul Weller.

The Soundtrack to July 2011

The beginning of the month is always a particularly exciting time here at SMP Towers, as our favourite monthly mixtapes make their way from your brains to our hompage. The granddaddy of all of our regular playlists is The Soundtrack to…, by Phil Wilce. The best of a brilliant collection of new music, as far as we’re concerned, comes in the shape of Maverick Sabre, The Horrors, The Chemical Brothers, Toddla T, Sbtrkt and Tom Vek.

August 2011 – Acid Jazz Hispano

The Acid Jazz Hispano series seems to get better and better each month, turning in the coolest cuts of funky, jazzy, soulful, housey, hip-hop beats. This month is no exception. Featured here: Mark Ronson feat. Kasabian, Los Amigos Invisibles, Prince, Roy Ayers… need we go on? We will anyway: Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, Alabama 3, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Joe Smooth, Amy Winehouse and tons more. If you only listen to one playlist today – don’t, listen to loads! – make it this one.

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Vinn billetter til Hoffmaestro, Joddski og Timbuktu & Damn!

Timbuktu & Damn, Joddski & Hoffmaestro spiller på Operataket 20.august i i Oslo. Disse fantastiske artistene slår seg sammen for å gi deg en herlig sensommerfest! Vi har fått åtte billetter fra våre venner i JS Artist – disse fordeler vi på fire heldige vinnere!

For å delta i konkurransen, svar på følgende spørsmål:

- Hva heter Timbuktus nye album?
– Hva heter Joddskis nye album?

Fem heldige vinnere vil også motta ett headset fra Wesc, limited edtition.

Alt du må gjøre er å logge inn øverst til høyre med ditt Spotify brukernavn og passord – og legge inn ditt svar i kommentarboken under.

For mer informasjon om konserten, klikk her.

Introducing Bikini – free download of their EP for all Spotify users

Bikini is an electronic collective from British Columbia, now dispersed across North America. In the wake of their 2010 EP RIPJDS, band members converged from four points of the continent to write and direct their first music video, prep their live show and tour it in select cities. The year culminated with an unforgettable night at the Austin Museum of Art at SXSW, which ended a year of logistical pangs with a old fashioned band brawl. With renewed focus, Bikini’s Aaron Aujla and Kieran Magzul are working on a new LP to be released later this year. To date, the tracks have been built between Aujla’s New York City studio and the forests of northern British Columbia where Magzul treeplants. The yet to be titled LP is set to be finalized later this summer and should be released for the end of 2011.

Make sure to head over here where Spotify users can download Bikini’s RIPJDS EP (6 original tracks) + 5 remixes, as well as a bonus remixes from Grimes, and a exclusive, unreleased track, called “End of Mars.” Naturally, you can also stream the EP through Spotify here.

The sounds of July courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack to June 2011

How was June for you? Yeah, ours wasn’t too bad at all, thanks for asking. Partly because it’s been another ace month for new music. What better way to summarise all of the brilliant tunes June brought us than with a rummage through playlist institution, The Soundtrack to… The latest edition features bangers from Toddla T, Tom Vek, Foster The People, Booka Shade, Art Brut and more.

Americana

The Spotify revolution is currently sweeping the US, which is why we created this mixtape featuring all of our favourite American artists – and a few guilty pleasures thrown in for good measure: John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, Gil Scott-Heron, James Brown, Miles Davis, Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and far to many more to mention.

Funky USA – Welcome!

Our friends over at Acid Jazz Hispano make the best playlists, packed full of the coolest funk, soul, house, hip-hop and pretty much everything else in between. They’re also welcoming the US to Spotify with this little beauty; featuring Curtis Mayfield, The Salsoul Orchestra, Naughty By Nature, The Roots, Zhané and more. An amazing mixtape.

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Win tickets to Piteå Dansar och Ler festival!

Piteå Dansar och Ler festival is taking place in Piteå on the 27-31 of July with great acts such as The Ark, Veronica Maggio, Bo Kaspers Orkester, Thin Lizzy and many many more.

To win tickets send us an email with a link to your favourite band performing at Piteå Dansar och Ler. Winners will be notified later this week.

If your are an unsigned band or artist why not enter the Piteå Dansar och Ler competition on Facebook where you can win the chance to perform live at the Spotify stage during the festival.

Eight of the best performances will then be included on the album live@pdol and available on Spotify later on. Find out more at the live@pdol Facebook page.

Hello America. Spotify here.

We’re excited to let you know that today we’re bringing Spotify to the US.

This is a great day for anyone who loves music in the US and, of course, a real milestone for us at Spotify. I’m proud of the fantastic team who have been working tirelessly to bring what we think is the best possible music service to our friends in the US.

The Land of the Free, the Unlimited and the Premium

During our invite-only beta phase, we’ll be offering three great services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions. The services we’re launching today are:

  • Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to million songs on your computer and great social features. Manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your cellphone or iPod. Features occasional advertising.
  • Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $4.99 a month.
  • Spotify Premium – the top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your cellphone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $9.99 a month. (That’s the equivalent of a couple of fancy coffees.)

We’re launching in partnership with some of the biggest and most pioneering brands in the world, who all want to help us spread the good word of Spotify. Our exclusive launch partners are Coca-Cola and Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok, Sonos and The Daily. These brands will be launching innovative campaigns in partnership with Spotify in the coming weeks and months.

We believe that music is the most social thing there is and that’s why we’ve built the best social features into Spotify for easy sharing and the ultimate in music discovery. Even if you aren’t a total music freak, chances are you have a friend who is and whose taste you admire. I’m looking forward to connecting with some of you guys in the US through Spotify and discovering some cool new tracks.

If you’re in the US and you haven’t already signed up for an invite, feel free to do so now – we’ll send one to you as soon as we can. Of course, if you just can’t wait, you can jump the queue by signing up directly for Spotify Premium or Unlimited starting at just $4.99 a month.

Here’s to our American adventure!