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 on-demand music streaming on Last.fm with Spotify

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We’ve teamed up with music recommendation experts, Last.fm, to bring on-demand playback to their popular site. Yes, you read that right — you can now play our entire catalogue on Last.fm using your Spotify account. 

Starting today. Last.fm ‘s users, spanning over 50 countries, will now be able to listen to the entire Spotify music catalog  on-demand, including individual tracks, full albums, playlists and Spotify recommendations.  It’s never been easier to get access to both the music that you know and love, and all of the music we know you’ll love. 

To use the new integration, Last.fm users can either sign-up for a Spotify membership or sync their Last.fm profile with their existing free or premium Spotify account. They’ll then be able to:

  • Browse Last.fm’s database of 60M+ artists and 700M tracks with streamable tracks from Spotify highlighted with a play button
  • Simply press play to launch the Spotify player
  • Load all tracks  on a Last.fm page as a Spotify playlist with play control through Last.fm 
Try it out now! 

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Want to know more? Get the lowdown on this exciting partnership here!

 

Artists can now list their merchandise on Spotify

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We’re excited to announce that, from today, any artist can now list their merchandise within Spotify, for free!

In partnership with Topspin, artists will be able to display t-shirts, vinyl, posters, bundles and other merchandise to all of you.

There are zero fees or commissions from Spotify or Topspin and artists don’t need to change how they sell merchandise.

We’re really excited that all our music-loving users can now see merchandise and concerts whilse listening to your favorite artists, and that we, in turn, can provide additional revenue opportunities for artists of all sizes.

If you are an artist and want to sell your merchandise on Spotify click here to see the information on how to get started.

 

2013 – årskavalkade

Vi kan ikke tro at det allerede er den tiden av året. Det er på tide å se tilbake på tolv fantastiske måneder med musikk.

Spol tilbake med årskavalkaden vår, og bli med på et interaktivt eventyr i tid og rom. Fra hele det store Spotify-universet til deg og ditt personlige musikkår.

Vi feirer at vanvittige 4,5 milliarder timer med musikk har blitt streamet på Spotify i år. Og vi avslører artistene og låtene som tok verden med storm. Vi deler noen morsomme Spotifacts fra rundt om i verden. Til slutt viser vi deg musikken som utgjorde ditt 2013, i din egen personlige årskavalkade.

Takk for at du var en del av året vårt. Vi håper vi får dele mange flere musikkøyeblikk med deg i 2014!

 

The Winners of Your Music Moments!

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Today, we’re excited to reveal the tracks music fans voted for as the ultimate tunes to get a party started, survive a hangover, get through a Monday, endure a long journey and mend a broken heart, along with the guiltiest pleasure and favourite one hit wonder.

Our inaugural Your Music Moments poll was voted for by more than 30,000 Spotify users across the globe, revealing the tunes that provide the soundtrack to music fans’ lives.

hangOur Guilty Pleasure floor-filler crown goes to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. Journey’s classic received more than double the votes than Britney or The Backstreet Boys tracks got, making it Spotify’s ultimate ‘Guilty Pleasure’.

partyIn the hotly contended category of top ‘Party Starter’, Avicii and Robin Thicke, who received more votes than classic tracks from the Bee Gees and Chic, were neck and neck throughout the voting with Avicii’s Levels sneaking in at the last minute win to be named the top ‘Party Starter’.

guiltyTo help with the morning after the night before, music lovers voted to ease their sore heads by listening to The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars, which was voted ‘Best Hangover’ track, beating Avicii’s Wake Me Up and Stronger by Kanye West.

exFor broken hearts, music fans opted to drown their sorrows to Adele’s Someone Like You, rather than the blatant We Are Never Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift. Adele’s Grammy-winning track was voted the best song to ‘Get Over An Ex’.

workoutThe music-loving, gym go-ers chose the motivational eighties classic Eye Of The Tiger, to feel the burn to, over recent floor-fillers such as LMFAO’s Sexy And I Know It or Snoop Dogg’s aptly named track Sweat.

It’s so great to see the mix of cult classics and current chart-toppers that made the cut for our very first Your Music Moments – explore all this year’s winners here!

  • Best Driving Song: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • Hangover Cure: The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
  • Guilty Pleasure: Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  • Get Over An Ex: Someone Like You – Adele
  • Party Starter: Levels – Avicii
  • Workout Song: Eye Of The Tiger – Rocky OST
  • One Hit Wonder: Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  • Best Monday Song: Manic Monday – The Bangles

 

Your Music Moments

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We know you love music and that a song can brighten a day, kick-start a party or get you through 5 extra reps in the gym — that’s exactly why we’re bringing Your Music Moments – a new Spotify experience where you can vote on the music that makes your moments.

Each of the eight categories soundtrack unique moments in life – be it the song that gets you through a Monday, a hangover or even a breakup. Spotify user listening data helped us to select 5 songs for each category… and we need your vote to pick the top track!

guiltyBest Hangover Cure
Ouch. What happened? Need… tunes.
The nominations are regularly featured in ‘hangover’ playlists, and  power your Sunday listening between 11am – 2pm.

Guilty PleasureBest Guilty Pleasure
It’s okay. We won’t tell anyone.
Here are the tracks most often played in “Guilty Pleasures” playlists.

exBest Song to Get Over An Ex
Music heals all wounds.
The songs you listen to over and over in playlists named ‘Break-up’ or ‘Broken Heart’.

DrivingBest Driving Song
What’s on your speakers when you’re on the road?
The songs that most often start playlists called ‘Driving’ or ‘Road Trip’

partyBest Party Starter
The one that begins it all.
Songs that most often start playlists called ‘Party’.

One Hit WonderBest One Hit Wonder
Still stuck in your head all these years
The songs that keep appearing in playlists called ‘One Hit Wonder’.

workoutBest Workout Song
The tune that somehow always adds 10 reps to your routine.
Songs that are regularly featured in playlists called ‘Workout’.

mondayBest Monday Song
The music that gets you through the day-after-the-weekend.
Songs that most often start playlists called ‘Monday’, and that get you off your chair between 9am and 5pm Mondays.

The ultimate song to get you through each moment – the good, the bad and the ugly – will be announced in November so watch this space and be sure to vote for Your Music Moments today!

 

Spotify 0.3.23 – Related Artists

We’re in the process of releasing an update to Spotify, version 0.3.23. We’ve made some minor bug fixes and added password protection to download purchases which you can modify in the preferences menu.

The other main change with this release is the addition of a ‘Related artists’ tab to the artist view.

This feature is pretty exciting for us as it’s the first time we’ve used our own data to power recommendations. Previously we’ve used genre and artist tagging from AllMusic for related artists which worked well, but did not cover a large portion of our catalogue. What we’ve done now is to go through months and months of listening data and look closely at what people listen to.

This allows us to see that users who listen to a lot of The Rolling Stones, for example, are also big fans of Iggy Pop or The Byrds. The new feature pulls some of this information together to show you a range of related artists in one tab.

The ‘Related artist’ tab is the first of many uses for this data and we hope you’ll be able to find some great new bands you might not have otherwise heard of.

Win a Spotify Premium subscription courtesy of Fiat

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We wanted to let you know about a little promotion that our good friends over at Fiat are running for the next four weeks in the UK. Fiat has put together the 500C feelgood playlist to collect the best summer tunes out there and they need your help extending the list.

Head over the the Fiat’s 500C site and submit your favorite feel good track and be entered to win a Spotify Premium account of your own. Once you’ve added to the list sit back and listen to it grow.