Lisa Miskovsky returns with the fantastic “Violent Sky”

Besides writing world famous hits like “Shape of My Heart” for Backstreet Boys, Lisa Miskovsky has sold over 200 000 albums of her own since her debut in 2001. “Driving One of Your Cars” was Lisa’s first major hit, which climbed the Swedish charts, and established her as an artist.

Since then, Lisa has released three studio albums and is now releasing her fourth, called “Violent Sky” featuring the debut single “Lover” and new single “Got a Friend”.

For Lisa Miskovsky fans with Spotify Premium, don’t miss out on the chance to win live tickets to an exclusive live session at Teater Ledermann in Stockholm on the 15th of February.

See her play the new songs off the album and get the chance to meet one of Sweden’s most exciting artists in person. Click here to compete!. Good luck!

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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Britney’s new single on Spotify – win cool prizes!

With an astonishing 67 million albums sold in a career spanning less than a decade, pop princess Britney Spears doesn’t need to prove her ability to give hits to the world.

After a string of smash singles like “Oops I Did It Again“, “Baby, One More Time” & “Toxic“, Britney is finally back with her brand new song “Hold It Against Me

The super catchy pop-anthem is written and produced by Max Martin and Dr Luke and has already climbed to the #1 spot in over 20 countries! “Hold It Against Me” is the first single from Britney’s highly anticipated album expected in March 2011. Check out Britney’s Twitter to stay updated with the latest news on the album.

If you can’t get enough of Miss Spears we’ve collected her biggest hits to date in our It’s Britney playlist!

For all Spotify Premium users out there, we have launched a competition where you have the chance to win the limited Deluxe Box with Britney’s hit singles (including videos!) plus your own copy of the brand new Britney album as soon as it’s released. Click here to compete!

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!

Årets innovatör – Iamamiwhoami

IFPI i samarbete med Telia och Spotify instiftade i år ett nytt pris till ”Årets innovatör”. Under gårdagens Grammis 2011 delades för första gången det nya priset ”Årets Innovatör” ut till en artist som under det gångna året på ett kreativt, nyskapande och inspirerande sätt kommunicerat och interagerat med sin publik och utnyttjat de oändliga möjligheter den nya digitala tekniken öppnar för.

Juryns motivering är: De har etablerat en stark relation till sina fans över hela världen, som följer dem minutiöst via sociala medier. Trots det har gåtan förblivit olöst. Det elektroniska musik- och filmprojektet har genom sin virala strategi blivit omtalat i sociala medier. Genom ett innovativt grepp har projektet lyckats väcka nyfikenhet och ge upphov till ständiga spekulationer om vem eller vilka som står bakom musiken.

Jurygruppen bestod av Ludvig Werner (IFPI), Mats Alpberg (Telia), Andreas Dahlqvist (DDB), Elisabeth Widlund (MusikSverige), Per Strömbäck (Netopia), Johan Lothsson (Gaffa) och Andreas Liffgarden (Spotify).

Stort grattis till årets vinnare – Iamamiwhoami

Lyssna i Spotify och se deras videor på YouTube.

White Lies ‘Ritual’ and win tickets to see them live

White Lies are finally back with a follow-up for their acclaimed debut album ‘To Lose My Life…’ – and the new album ‘Ritual’ will not leave you disappointed!

If you have Spotify Premium we have something little extra for you! Three people are going to win a kit with two tickets for the gig at Cirkus in Stockholm on February 28th, a signed copy of the new album ‘Ritual’ and an exclusive box with six 7” vinyl’s and a bonus CD with remixes

For a chance to win, just head over to the competition page.

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.

Check out the new single from Avril Lavigne and win some merchandise

At age 17, singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne was known as a young pop-punk tomboy who shot to global pop stardom with a string of international hit singles like “Complicated“, “Sk8ter Boi” , “My Happy Ending” & “I’m With You“.

Not only a fantastic performer, Avril Lavigne is an excellent songwriter having written hits for artists like Leona Lewis and Kelly Clarkson.

Starting off 2011 with a bang – the gorgeous Avril is back with her comeback single, “What The Hell“. The single was premiered on New Year’s Eve on Ryan Seacrest’s TV-show “New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve 2011″ which was broadcasted live from Time Square, NYC.

If you are a Spotify Premium user you can compete and win some exclusive Avril Lavigne merchandise. Click here to participate in the competition.

Good luck!

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.