Live Soundrop chat with Amy Lee of Evanescence

Join Amy Lee, the lead singer of Grammy-award winning band Evanescence, for an exclusive live chat tomorrow, July 18th, at 3PM Eastern on Soundrop!

Visitors to the band’s official Soundrop room will be able to listen to the entire Evanescence catalog, as well as vote up their favorite tracks — in essence providing a soundtrack to the entire chat!

Don’t miss out – enter the Soundrop room here.

The Wanted hälsar till alla sina Spotify-fans

UK:s hetaste pojkband The Wanted är aktuella med singeln ”Chasing The Sun”. Killarna har redan tagit USA med storm och har nu siktet inställt på Sverige.

Säg hej till Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George och Tom Parker.

A brand new way to discover music with Sonarflow’s App for iOS

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can now explore our universe of millions of songs in a captivating new way with Sonarflow.

Sonarflow is a free App that offers a visual and intuitive way to browse and discover music from our catalogue by highlighting artists and tracks in different coloured “Bubbles”.

How it Works
After opening the App, three bubbles, “Starred”, “Your Spotify Tracks” and “Top Tracks”, appear. Pinching any of these bubbles with two fingers will lead you to a deeper level of browsing.

By activating the discovery mode, similar artists will be suggested in further bubbles. By touching one of those bubbles, you will get information regarding the artist, cover art, videos and “Top Spotify Tracks” which can be played directly by the app.

You can download Sonarflow’s iOS app on the App Store.

You need to be a Premium subscriber to use Sonarflow. Not a subscriber? Get a 30 day trial here.

Check out the Club Essentials 2012 Playlist

Creating great moments on the big European festivals, at the wildest club parties and on the most intimate beach sessions, is what the tunes gathered on the ‘Club Essentials 2012’ playlist do. These are the tracks that make a night come alive, brighten the day and simply rock our senses.

With 40 club hits in the mix, included are the tunes of Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Moguai and many more.

Enjoy!

The sounds of July courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

18 Best Tracks Of 2012 So far

We begin with one of our favourite playlists of the month so far: NME‘s 18 best tracks of 2012. It’s been a good year for new music, as this mixtape proves. Featured here: Grimes, Death Grips, alt-J, Django Django, Plan B and more. What tracks are missing from this list? Why not create your very own best-of 2012 playlist and let us know.

Hipster’s Guide to America!

SMP user Victoria Locke celebrated Fourth of July in her own inimitable way: “Of course, being a Hipster’s Guide to America, everything is tinged with a bit of irony, because being overtly patriotic just isn’t us.” This playlist is brimming with tracks from all the US hipster capitals: Brooklyn, Portland and San Francisco. Check it out.

The 52 Most Depressing Songs Ever

Summer’s here. The weather is nice. Spirits are high. Not for long. Not if Rich has got anything to do with it. He’s put together this playlist, based on the book I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard, by Tom Reynolds. What do you think: is this playlist really as glum as it appears?

Afront’s Minimal Wave

Afront‘s got another outre genre for you to check out: “Minimal Wave (or Coldwave) is minimal synth music from the early 1980s.” We can’t get enough of this collection of “stripped-down, icy synthpop”. We urge you to check it out immediately. More playlists like this available here.

A Soundtrack for Coding: the 2am session

Hot on the heels of her first, smash hit coding playlist ñ well, almost a year later, actually ñ Joanna Butler unleashes her latest creation into cyberspace, A Soundtrack for Coding: the 2am session. “This second edition,” she says, “aims to make your tech skills shine in the small hours.” She infuses “soothing sounds” with “electro beats” to ensue coders make their deadlines. Four Tet, Burial, Infected Mushroom, Popof, Fredrik and more ñ 50 tracks altogether, which is just over seven hours of cody beats.

From the Cotton Fields to the White House

J. Paul DiMaggio is SMP’s main man for blues playlists right now. From the Cotton Fields to the White House explores the many variations the blues has evolved into ñ Black gospel, juke joint, boogie-woogie … ” A must-hear mixtape but blues fans and newcomers alike.

NOW Running

We’ve recently received some ace new playlists from our friends over at Now-Music. One of favourites is this beauty, based on new compilation NOW That’s What I Call Running!, which features 52 tracks ñ that’s over five hours ñ of the best music to keep those legs pumping. Now, where did we put our our trainers?

Funky Brass Covers :: DJ Tricksta

A really fun playlist next. Ricky Knight has created this amazing collection of, “Quirky pop, soul and funk covers with a New Orleans infused brass band twist.” Everyone from A Guy Called Gerald to Kings of Leon, and from Blackstreet to Marvin Gaye, get parped to within an inch of their lives.

Rap Samples Jazz

Next up, we’ve have a playlist from our man with the samples, agent3613. The latest instalment of his now legendary series ñ check out all of his playlists here ñ is full of hip-hop tracks which use classic jazz as their hooks; 42 songs, that’s over six hours of jazz imbued tunes. Nice.

Around “On The Road”

We absolutely love this final playlist, created by TheOrchard. They’ve put together a collection of tunes to soundtrack the misadventures of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, the central characters in Jack Kerouac’s seminal book On the Road: Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Slim Gaillard, Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis and more.

EMI, Spotify, & Luger present a music hackathon like no other

Combined with one of Europe’s best music festivals, Way Out West, hackers will try to create the next greatest music app. The theme of this hack battle is music discovery.

Spots are limited and early RSVPs will also receive VIP access to the Way Out West festival!

Event Schedule:
Monday August 6th: Pre-meeting, team-building, and drinks.
Tuesday August 7th: API presentations and hacking begins.
Wednesday August 8th: Hacks due. Presentations and exclusive Hackers Ball.
Thursday August 9th – Saturday August 11th: Way Out West festival. Hackers will be provided with access to the festival

Location:
The event will take place on the grounds of the Way Out West festival, at Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County. Hacking will occur in the Press Centre at Bel Park. Yes, we have wifi, but it never hurts to bring hard cables!

If you are travelling from outside Sweden, we highly recommend Norwegian and RyanAir, who provide super cheap flights to the two airports serving Gothenburg (City & Landvetter).

Teams, Submissions, Hashtag & Wiki
As always, teamwork and collaboration are highly encouraged! Sign up to Hacker League and register your teams at the event wiki at http://spoti.fi/hack-battle. You will be required to submit your hack to this site before demo-ing. This Hacker League wiki site will also be updated live throughout the event, so bookmark it now!

Live tweet the event using the #wowhack hashtag.

For more details on the event location, RSVP here.

And finally – listen to the festival lineup playlist

Check out the festival lineup below!

Vinn ett grymt festivalpaket till Way Out West

Augusti närmar sig med stormsteg och så även Göteborgs egen musikfest – Way Out West. Så sent som förra veckan spikade festivalen ännu en tung bokning i form av tyska gruppen Kraftverk som nu alltså tar sin 3D-show till Slottsskogen. Årets lineup består av Florence + The Machine, ASAP Rocky, First Aid Kit, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean och många fler.

Lagom till det här beskedet har Telia i sammarbete med oss på Spotify och Sony Mobile kickat igång tävlingen “Way Out West-peppen” där du kan vinna ett grymt prispaket innehållande biljetter till festivalen, en Sony Xperia och Spotify Premium i 1 år. Klicka på länken nedan och skapa din egen spellista med artister klara för årets festival. Genom att få flest unika användare att lyssna på spellistan är du med och tävlar.

Skicka in din spellista här!

Send your current top tracks and win 3 months of Spotify Premium with Team Sky

To celebrate this year’s Tour de France, Spotify and Team Sky are offering fans the chance to win 3 months of Spotify Premium.

To be in with a chance of winning, send your current top 3 tracks to Team Sky. They will then put a selection into a Team Sky Tour De France Fan Playlist and pick the 3 lucky winners from all the entries!

You can send your tracks to Team Sky’s Spotify Inbox or use the twitter hashtag #TourTracks and cc @TeamSky.

Good luck!

Search songs by their lyrics, then play and sing to them with musiXmatch

Forget a song’s name and only remember few words? No worries, the musiXmatch Spotify App helps you find songs using a powerful lyrics search engine. musiXmatch’s database has more than 6 million lyrics, currently the world’s largest one.

Once you have found the song you are looking for, listen to it directly on Spotify and sing along (or read in silence if you are shy).

And you can also build great playlists based on lyrics. Simply search for any word. By searching for “sir” you can get a playlist with all tracks having “sir” in their lyrics. Here’s an example:

The musiXmatch app can be accessed directly from Spotify App Finder here.