Interactive audio novel from Hurts

Hurts and Manchester novelist Joe Stretch have created a wonderfully unique experience on Spotify in which you get to play the protagonist.

Narrated by actress Anna Friel, ‘Don’t Let Go’ is an interactive audio novel which utilises Spotify in a completely new and unexpected way. Each chapter of the novel has been published as a track on Spotify, and can be located by typing a unique code into the search field.

After listening to each chapter of the story you’ll be offered a choice of what to do next, along with the unique code for each action. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to stop arch villain Guy Lockhart from distributing his heartbreak cocktail and condemning humankind forever to a loveless, empty existence.

Along the way you’ll also hear extracts of music from Hurts’ brand new album “Happiness”. If you manage to get to one of the story’s eleven possible endings without dying, you’ll be rewarded with an exclusive preview of an album track. So choose wisely…

Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment

Adam Lambert is the newborn star that has conquered the world after his big breakthrough in the eight season of American Idol. His debut single “Whataya Want From Me“, written by P!nk and Max Martin has dominated the European charts and with his follow-up hit “If I Had You” just released there’s no doubt that Adam has a bright future ahead.

Adam’s debut album “For Your Entertainment” feature tracks written by some of the world’s biggest names like Lady Gaga, Max Martin, Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Linda Perry and Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic).

Adam will bring his Glam Nation Tour to the Nordic region in November. Spotify Premium users can now win tickets to one of his shows or some sweet bling bling and iPhone cases, enter the contest here.

First she kissed a girl, now she’s a Teenage Dream

After scoring four smash singles off her five-million-selling 2008 debut album “One of the Boys“, two-time Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Katy Perry returns to set airwaves ablaze with a scorching new album “Teenage Dream”. With singles like “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” this album is filled with hits to follow-up to her back-to-back-to-back No. 1 chart-toppers “I Kissed A Girl”, “Hot N Cold”, and “Waking Up In Vegas” from One of the Boys.

Teenage Dream” is in stores August 27th but now ALL Spotify listeners in Sweden can hear the new album two days before everyone else! Enjoy.

Play These Playlists: The Year So Far, Reading Festival and more curated by DrownedinSound.com

Rather than an annotated playlist for the month that was, this month Drowned in Sound has compiled a selection of playlists to soundtrack your wet summer mornings and the turning of grey afternoon into indian summer evenings…

Drowned in August 2010

August was a strange month for releases. Festivals and the Arcade Fire (strangely absent from Spotify), the fantastic Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack (click to read our interview with the film’s star Michael Cera and director Edgar Wright) and Klaxons kind of overshadowed a lot of really interesting smaller releases but then again, there weren’t a great deal of album of the year contenders. Meanwhile, there were lots of great singles from the likes of Everything Everything and Gonzales. Click here to play and explore this month’s playlist.

Also, if you missed them, click for Drowned in July 2010 and Drowned in June 2010.

Drowned in Sound 2010 – Q2

Earlier this year, we compiled a playlist featuring the best bits of the first quarter of the year (you’ll find that one here) and due to the overwhelming response, we’ve compiled a playlist for Q2, which explores the swirled electronics of Ikonika, LCD Soundsystem and Emeralds before exploring the big guitars and broken hearts of The National and DiS’ one-to-watch tip for 2010/Mercury Music Prize nominee, Villagers.
Click to play this playlist

Reading & Leeds Festival 2010

If you’re heading to Reading & Leeds festival this week or plan to watch the coverage on TV/via the web, here’s a playlist with our picks from the line-up get you in the mood. Or if you have a premium account, to stick on your iPod in the car instead of listening to The Get Up Kids’ back catalogue. Click to play this playlist

The Neptune Music Prize 2010

DiS has announced the nominees for the The Neptune Music prize, our alternative to the Mercury Music Prize. You can vote for your favourite of our picks. If you’re not au fait with all of the nominees, we made this handy Spotify playlist to sample a little bit of each.

Lastly, if you have enjoyed this and/or any of our previous playlists, please take a second to vote for DrownedinSound.com in the BT Digital Music Awards. Thank you.

You’ll find plenty more Spotify playlists by DrownedinSound.com here.

Spotify – now with folders!

Playlists have always been central to the Spotify service and with the recent introduction of Spotify social we’ve seen millions of playlists be shared between friends and family. With millions of great playlists being created and shared we’ve looked to make it even easier for Spotify users to manage them with today’s introduction of playlist folders in this Spotify update.

To create a playlist folder, simply go to the File -> New playlist folder or click the “+” symbol near the top left side of your screen. Once you’ve created a folder you can just drag and drop existing playlists into it and even create folders within folders to better organise your music.

Alongside playlist folders – which up till now has been one of our users’ most requested features – we’re also introducing a number of other cool new features in this latest update, including:

  • Official Spotify Twitter updates will appear for all users in the Feed to keep you up-to-date on all the latest Spotify and music news
  • A new look and feel for the Search view. Artist and album images are shown to make the search view more visually arresting
  • Newly-added picture of playlist subscribers to the header of each playlist, so users can see at a glance who’s subscribed.
  • Support for Windows 7 Snap, Jump list and Taskbar features
  • Added “Send to Windows Live” option

We’ll begin rolling out the new version to users today, you’ll be automatically updated once we are able to update more users. We really hope you love the new features as much as we do!

A selection of playlists for August

The summer is winding down but our friends over at ShareMyPlaylists.com provide us with yet another in their series of excellent playlist posts to get your week started. You can check out thousands of playlists at ShareMyPlaylists.com – they’ve got a little something for everyone.

Mark Webster’s The Soul Of The Beatles
Eve wondered what the Beatles would have been listening to from the early days in Liverpool to the hazy days towards the end of their career? Well this playlist by playdio gives us a small snippet of what would have been ringing in the ears of the Fab Four. From Isaac Hayes theme tune to Shaft to a live version of Slippin’ Into Darkness by War, it may surprise you. Fascinating playlist.

Soundtrack To July 2010
The first of the month saw iamnottheenemy take a look back to all the tracks that were making it big in July. All the big guns were out in force during the sweltering summer month including Mark Ronson & Business Intl, We Are Scientists, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Faithless, Danger Mouse and many many more. Finding all the good songs so you don’t have to, this playlist is hit after hit.

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Mike Posner – cooler than you?

Mike Posner is not the regular student. While studying at Duke University he produced, recorded and released two mixtapes (”The Matter Of Time” and ”One Foot Out The Door”) out of his dorm room. The mixtapes featured artists like Kid Cudi & Wale. While still in university Mike signed a major record deal and did a massive club tour all over US.
This spring Mike Posner graduated, and now he is ready to take over the world with his debut album “31 Minutes To Takeoff” which features the current smash hit single “Cooler Than Me”.

Ten lucky Spotify Premium listeners can win tickets to see Mike Posner at an exlusive showcase as he visits Sweden for the first time in November – we also have some limited edition mixtapes to throw in as bonus prizes.

Head on over to the competition site and tell em’ why you think you’re cooler than the others.

Linkin Park, Travie McCoy or Plan B – your pick

Are you having a hard time finding your way back to reality after the summer? Maybe even suffering from a tough case of the “after vacation blahs”? Say no more, Spotify Premium has the answer. This fall offers some great opportunities for you and a friend to go see several truly awesome artists and bands across Europe.

How does Linkin Park live in Berlin sound? The LA band just released their first single “The Catalyst” off their upcoming September album release “10 Thousand Suns” and will be touring the world promoting it. We guarantee you will be surprised when you listen to this album, which definitely marks a new beginning for the world-famous rock band.

Not that in to rock? No worries, Spotify has plenty of other opportunities. If you by some off chance managed to miss Travie McCoy’s huge summer hit ”Billionaire” here is your chance to redeem yourself. Go see (and meet!) Travie and Bruno Mars as they take the stage in Stockholm this fall.

Looking for something new and edgy? Don’t miss Plan B as he rocks Berlin. Think Marvin Gaye meets The Streets. Imagine a brilliant musical combination of Motown soul, British rap and pop-hooks that stick so well that you’ll be singing the chorus by the end of each song. This is Plan B!

Carolina Wallin Pérez – “Pärlor och svin”

28 year old singer Carolina Wallin Pérez´s solo debut is the critically acclaimed album “Pärlor och svin” that exclusively contains new versions of the timeless songs of Swedish band and phenomena KENT.

The album was recorded in KENT´s own studio in Stockholm and Carolina is now halfway through her long summer tour. Be sure not to miss out on these fantastic concerts!

Spotify Premium listeners can win two tickets to her show on the ship Blidösundsbåten that cruises Stockholm´s archipelago on the 31st of August. Visit the contest page to take part in the competition!

Iron Maiden’s Final Frontier

August 16 marks the arrival of metal superstars Iron Maiden’s 15th studio album, The Final Frontier. 2010 is also the 30th Anniversary of Iron Maiden, their self-titled debut album which was released in 1980. Over the 30 years that have passed Iron Maiden has sold an astounding 80 million albums! For “The Final Frontier”, the band returned to Compass Point Studios in Nassau, where classics like “Piece Of Mind” and “Powerslave” were recorded. Earlier this summer, Iron Maiden kicked off “The Final Frontier World Tour”, which will take them all over the world in 2010 and 2011.

Spotify Premium listeners can enter a competition to win a flight and concert tickets to see Iron Maiden play live! Click here to join the competition and watch the video of “The Final Frontier”.