Win a chance to meet Taylor Swift live in NYC

Finally, the best selling digital artist and multi Grammy award winning songbird Taylor Swift is back! Her third studio album is called “Speak Now” and will be released on Spotify on October 25th. All 14 tracks are written by Taylor herself, and the first single is the amazing song Mine.

All of you Premium listeners that just can’t get enough of Taylor, head over to our competition site today and enter for the chance to win a trip to New York and an exclusive meet-n-greet with the fantastic Miss Swift herself! All you have to do is create a poem using her song titles. Good luck!

Spotify is now available on your Sonos wireless music system

This morning our friends at Sonos, the wireless music system experts, released an update to their software which includes the much-anticipated Spotify integration that we announced earlier this month. This means that the entire Spotify catalogue, including all your playlists, can now be heard through any Sonos system!

If you’re an existing Sonos user all you need to do is to get Spotify Premium to access our entire catalogue in any room of your home. If you’re an existing Spotify Premium user and considering fixing up your pad with a superb wireless multi-room audio solution, Sonos has a variety of superb music players to choose from. You can check out their web store for more information.

Also be sure to check out the video below to see how seamlessly Spotify works with the Sonos wireless music system.

Note: Spotify is temporarily unavailable from the Sonos iPhone Controller until an update is published on the App store. The Sonos App is currently pending approval.

Drowned in September


Another month, another fine selection of playlists from the UK’s original music blog and social network, DrownedinSound…

Drowned in September 2010

September saw the sun set on a summer of festivals (all of our coverage is compiled here) and the twilight of 2k10 begin. Over at http://drownedinsound.com we’ve been getting dewy-eyed, looking back at the 10 years since our website tumbled onto the internet. This has included a week dedicated to dubstep (one of the most inventive and pioneering underground music movements of the past decade), we’ve encouraged 50 of our favourite people to reveal one of their favourite records in our Favourite 50 (available as a playlist here), plus we’ve had days dedicated to acts we’ve loved and lost like Arab Strap and Grammatics.

All the while Sept bought with it the rain of literally hundreds of great records, including new albums from DiS-favourites Weezer, Interpol and Blonde Redhead. That’s not to mention the launch of Ping (thoughts?), The Mercury Music prize and DrownedinSound’s alternative Mercury prize: The Neptune Music Prize. Busy doesn’t come close but hopefully this playlist provides a digestible short-cut into what a fantastic month September has been in our world.
- click here to play the DrownedinSeptember playlist

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Mark Ronson’s new album and interactive app

Mark Ronson is back and this time more than ever, he means business – the Business Intl, in fact.

Record Collection‘ is the third album headed up by the mid-Atlantic muso mastermind and, as usual, he’s bought a host of famous friends and former collaborators along for the ride. The follow up to 2007’s triple platinum ‘Version’ – which sold one million copies in the UK and saw Ronson score the Best Male Solo Artist gong at the Brit Awards – is every bit as impressive as it’s predecessor.

Starting today Spotify Premium listeners can enjoy a special five-track preview of ‘Record Collection‘ before its wide release on September 27th.

Along with the album today we have a super cool interactive app built by the good people over at MXP4. The app lets fans to play with three Ronson tracks – Bang Bang Bang, The Bike Song, and Somebody To Love Me, in a game-like fashion. The individual elements of each song can be turned on and off as each track plays, allowing you to create your own unique versions of the songs. Enjoy!

Dancefloor Hits – Listen to Axwell’s playlist

Since the launch of Spotify social, users have been able to see how many subscribers each playlist has. One of the most popular playlist of them all – Dancefloor Hits with almost 70 000 subscribers just got even better.

This week Axwell, superstar DJ of Swedish House Mafia fame has created his very own playlist for us. Click here to check it out!

Axwell just released his brand new single “Nothing But Love”. The very cool video for the track was recorded in Stockholm – check it out here.

If you are a Spotify Premium user – you can win exclusive tickets for Axwell’s gig at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm on October 2nd. Click here to take part in the competition.

Spotify Premium – Usher’s “Versus” featuring Jay-Z, will.i.am & Enrique Iglesias

Usher has hit up the charts this summer with the global hit “OMG” and follow-up single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” produced by Max Martin. The new album “Versus” is a hit-medley packed with co-operations featuring artists like Jay-Z, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and many more.

Versus” is released on Monday, but Spotify Premium users in Sweden, Finland and Norway can start the party early and enjoy the album right now.

Let Spotify Premium lighten up your fall

This month Spotify Premium users have the chance to take home 2 sets of tickets to go see Disturbed or Pernilla Andersson live.

Disturbed will frontline this falls biggest rock event “Taste Of Chaos” at Hovet on the 17th of November. Don’t miss out on your chance to win tickets to go see the band perform together with Papa Roach, Halestorm and Buckcherry among others, enter on the contest page.

If you’re more into the singer/songwriter scene Pernilla Andersson is the artists for you. Her critically acclaimed album “Ö” was released last week and as she gets ready to start her Sweden tour we have some great tickets for you. Participate for a chance to win and see her perform at Nalen in Stockholm on the 1st of October. Curious about what music Pernilla listens to? Check out her own playlist here: PlayLST.me – By Pernilla Andersson

Volbeat’s new album and tickets to see them live

Volbeat are happy to release their new album Beyond Hell / Above Heaven, which is their most random album to date. The album is featuring Barney from Napalm Death, Mille from Kreator and Michael Denner from Mercyfull Fate/King Diamond, so you’re in for an old school treatment.

Lyrically they have two songs finishing the Guitar Gangster story from the last album along with some personal songs and some for Volbeat classic tragic lovesongs.

If you are wondering what Beyond Hell / Above Heaven sounds like. Let’s put it very simple: It sounds like VOLBEAT !

If you want to hear some of the bands favourite songs they’ve made a playlist for you.

Sign up to participate in the contest to win tickets to one of five shows in Sweden by creating your own Volbeat playlist.

Become your very own comic book character with Johnossi!

Swedish duo Johnossi have been an ever-present on the Spotify office playlists this past year.

As you can see, the artwork for their latest album ‘Mavericks‘ was designed by the very talented Kim W Andersson.

Kim and the band recently had the wonderful idea of joining forces with fellow cartoonist Fabian Göransson to work on a series of unique comic book series, Johnossi Comics (see right).

The series tells the story of Ana Rosario, a professional surfer who is competing at the annual Mavericks Point competition who runs into her arch enemy – the evil Jessica Ford. Along the way she meets our heroes John and Ossi and a big white German Shepherd called “Maverick”.

Johnossi Comics, published by Fabian, hits shelves in November but Spotify users can follow the first story from today.

We loved this idea so much that we asked the band for a very special favour: that one of our users be featured as a fully-fledged animated character in the next edition of the comic, “Dead End” out later this year. And guess what – they agreed!!

For the chance to become your very own cartoon character in the Johnossi comic, enter our competition by posting a picture of yourself here. Be sure to check back on our What’s New page over the coming weeks as we’ll be using some of you pictures as part of a major homepage takeover!

For further adventures in the life of Ana, John, Ossi and their German Shepherd, click here.

So what are you waiting for? Get snapping!

Spotify Premium – hear Linkin Park’s new album first

World-dominating rockers Linkin Park release their ground breaking fourth album ‘A Thousand Suns’ next week, but we’re giving Premium users a chance to hear the album in advance over the weekend.

A Thousand Suns addresses various issues close to the band’s heart, from the recession to the conflicts in the Middle East, and is produced by legendary producer/guru Rick Rubin in collaboration with Mike Shinoda.

Lead vocalist Chester Bennington explains: “We’re not just making an album. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds, amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.”

He continues: “We wanted to make a record that felt conceptual, a record that felt like as a whole that it told a story, a story that was very powerful and thoughtful. The album has some kind of feeling of that the entire album takes you on a journey and leads you down this path that is very visual and very emotionally charged.”

Click on the image above or here for an exclusive insight into the making of the album.

Enjoy!