#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start a new week and a new playlist with the sound of “Someplace Beautiful” by the Norwegian pop duo “Alfred Hall”. Someplace Beautiful is taken from their debut album “Wilderness” released in the beginning of March.

Next we have an amazing female vocal: American Laura Pergolizzi aka “LP” and her beautiful song “Into the Wild”. We continue with yet another American. This time a electronic music duo; “MNDR” and their song “Stay”.

“Yukon Blonde” is a Canadian indie rock band. “Six Dead Tigers” is a single off their latest album Tiger Talk (with a b-side “Love Is Gonna Change You”).

Then time for a band describing themselves as a Rock n’ Roll band with Southern California soul. Los Angeles based “The Mowgli’s” and their “The Great Divide”

Last song in our playlist this week is “Where The Kids Are” by the brother-and-sister duo Bruce and Erica Driscoll also known as “Blondfire”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Upptäck Kim Cesarion

Ryktet om den svenske musiktalangen Kim Cesarion har de senaste veckorna börjat ta fart och denna vecka släpps äntligen debutsingeln ”Undressed”.

Vi fick tre snabba med Kim Cesarion:

Vem är Kim Cesarion?

Jag är en sångare och låtskrivare uppfostrad på många olika genres.

Lärde mig tidigt att om man vill bli en musiker kan man inte rata någon typ av musikstil!

Vad har du för inspirationskällor?

Jag kan verkligen få inspiration av allt möjligt. Mycket av människor nära mig och mina egna

livserfarenheter vilket flera av låtarna är baserade på.

Berätta om din debutsingel ”Undressed”.

Låten blev snabbt ledstjärnan för det här projektet i och med den massiva blandning av stilar

vi lyckats få in i låten och vi känner att det är en självklar första singel för mig!

Följ Kim på Spotify.

World Water Day 2013

Every year March 22 is the United Nation’s World Water Day – 24 hours that help to focus attention on the importance of freshwater for all. The idea is simple, cooperation for peace, prosperity and sustainable development and to that end there are over 750 different events and happenings taking place all over the world. You can get involved here – and while you’re at it, here’s our Clean Water For All playlist…

Vinn biljetter till Olle Ljungström

Olle Ljungström står just i färd att ge sig ut på turné och det säljs biljetter som smör i solen. Efter att Olle medverkade i höstens omgång av Så mycket bättre blev han ett välkänt ansikte för hela svenska folket och både Darin och Uggla har därefter haft stora framgångar med sina tolkningar av Olles låtar. Nya albumet Släng in en clown släpps 25 mars, och lovar ytterst trevliga konserkvällar med Olle och hans band under vår och sommar.

Nu har du och en vän chans att vinna biljetter till någon av Olles spelningar. Svara rätt på frågan nedan, och berätta vilken stad du vill se Olle i (turnéplan på Olles hemsida eller på Olles facebook) så kanske du blir den lyckliga vinnaren!

Fråga:

På Olles nya platta “Släng in en clown” så sjunger han om en mycket speciell dam, som han byggt alldeles själv utav lego. Vad heter hon?

1: Anna Lena

2: Anna Karina

3: Karina Ström

Start following now!

We’ve been busy rolling out some of the exciting new features we announced in December. From today, we’re able to bring artists and fans closer than ever before. It’s time to start following!

Now on Spotify, you can follow all the people who turn you on to the music you care about. Find out what friends and artists are listening to in real time, and check out the music that matters to the trendsetters in your life.

Want to hear Obama’s playlist as he prepares for a big speech? Or check out what David Guetta is listening to this week? Now you can.

Build your following

Share your soundtrack with the world, and people will follow you too. Post your playlists on your social networks and be part of the discovery revolution.

What’s changed?

• Followers instead of subscribers: We’ve moved from “subscribers” to “followers.” Follow people you find musically interesting, playlists you love, and artists who suggest great music for you.

• A more curated Activity Feed: You’ll only see activity from the people you follow on Spotify, as well as recommended people you may like to follow.

• A more useful Follow page: We’re actively finding some of the most interesting people using Spotify–from the A-list producer to the hometown hip hop hero–and introducing them to users across the community. To make this easier to understand, we’ve changed the “People” page to a “Follow” page.

• A more personal Profile page: See recent listening, new playlists, and sharing activity, as well as all of your own followers.

• Better Artist pages: See all your favourite artists’ activity on Spotify–songs they share, playlists they create, and their catalogue.

• Notifications for new releases: You’ll receive a notification every time an artist you follow releases new music. Never miss the latest release from your favourites.

You’ll get notified automatically when an update is ready for you. Otherwise head over to our Download page to get the latest version now.

Happy following!

Want to try our new web player?

Here’s a treat for you! Now you can try our brand new web player at spotify.com

The web player will be a real bonus if you can’t – or don’t want to – download our app. So whether you’re at the office, or round at a friend’s house, simply log in to your account and hit play.

Spotify on your browser

You can play the entire Spotify catalogue directly from any supported web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer are all included.

Our web player includes many of the great features from our desktop app, including:

• Search for artists, albums, tracks and playlists.

• Radio – sit back and let us bring you the music.

• Access and edit all your playlists and create new ones.

• Browse our ‘What’s new’ section to find all the latest releases.

The web player is available to all users, whether you’re Free, Unlimited or Premium.

Just point your browser to spotify.com to get started.

March Beats presented by @thursplay

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Here’s what you’ll listen to on this March Beats by our friends at @thursplay :

Exciting new music releases this month! On this March Beats by @thursplay you can listen to alternative folk band The Trouble With Templeton’s song “Six Months in a Cast”, new single by Cayucas “High School Lover”, Devendra Banhart’s song “Won’t You Come Over” from his just released new album “Mala”, Dallas based band Air Review with “Young” and “Safe and Sound” from Alfred Hall’s album “Wilderness”.

Still on this playlist: American duo The Peach Kings with “Do for Me”, Swedish band Shout Out Louds with “14th of July” from their latest album “Optica”, legendary singer David Bowie with the song “(You Will) Set The World on Fire”, new single by Phoenix called “Entertainment” and more.

What were your favorite releases during March?

Share them with us today on Twitter using the hashtag #thursplay.

Music For Change

As President Obama begins his trip to the Middle East we decided to partner with Heartbeat.fm to create a collaborative playlist from a Palestinian music expert and an Israeli music expert to show the world how music can bring people together.

The result was “Heartbeat: Set For Change” a playlist featuring some of the best music from Israeli, Palestinian, Eastern, African and Western artists.

“Set For Change” was curated by Guy Gefen, a 21 year-old Israeli singer-songwriter, DJ, music producer and concert promoter based in Rehovot, Israel; and Tamer Omari, a 28-year-old Palestinian musician and dialogue facilitator who performs as a bassist, percussionist and oud player with many leading ensembles in the Palestinian music scene.

Guy and Tamer gave us their description of the collaboration:

“We invite you to step inside…and listen. We are Palestinian and Israeli musicians. We come together through Heartbeat, an organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build trust and transform conflict through the power of music

These are songs that we like. Some of them we perform together. Like a DJ set or a collection of stories, we recombined the songs to present a full message. This playlist is about what happens when we join things together. Yes, many of these songs are from the Arab and Jewish cultures, but our love for these songs forms a shared Israeli-Palestinian culture. These are songs to get us to ask more questions and to help us understand basic truths: that we are equal and we seek the same essential freedoms. From here we can build.

This music has taught us so much. At first some of the sounds seemed so different. At times they even made us feel uncomfortable, but when we really listened, we saw beauty.”

See the full “Heartbeat: Set For Change” playlist here!

App of the week: Nick Cave

At last an app to make sense of the stylistic mayhem of my back catalogue. My sensational all-new “mood” app.” – Nick Cave

With 20 albums and a career spanning four decades, Nick Cave is a true artist and a prolific songwriter. In the brand new Nick Cave Spotify app, explore the vast collection of his music via different “moods” representative of his songs. Carefully selected by Nick himself, these moods range from Sex, Comic, Heart Break, Blasphemy, Confessional, Murder to Mayhem, Classic, Love, Spiritual and Super Dark.

If you’re just discovering Nick Cave for the first time you have a guided tour of Nick’s musical career, whilst avid fans can get a brand new insight into the music. The app also features a selection of playlists hand-picked by artists or famous fans that have worked with, or been inspired by the music of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, The Birthday Party and more.

Check out the Nick Cave app here.

Vår intervju med Tove Lo

Kan du berätta lite om Tove Lo?

Tove Lo är jag, smutsig rå pop med känslorna utanpå och in your face. Skriva musik är det bästa jag vet och det värsta jag vet. Jag älskar det och kan inte tänka mig göra något annat. Jag har lallat runt ganska mycket och jobbat med allt möjligt som haft med musik att göra, men senaste året har jag skrivit skrivit skriiiviiiiit och fan vad stolt jag är! Just nu är jag galet peppad på att släppa nästa singel efter Love Ballad; Habits. Kommer även den med en egen producerad video som jag gjort ihop med världens bästa team Motellet Film. Jag älskar att göra ”hela paketet” själv, vara inblandad i alla delar som visar och framhäver låten, känslan… Det är en stor del av Tove Lo… Eller MIG alltså, vill inte snacka om mig själv i tredje person haha!

Hur känns det att gå från låtskrivare till andra artister till att själva ställa sig på scenen?

Det känns hur bra som helst! Många frågar mig om det är ett problem men jag älskar att göra båda. Jag skulle kunna klaga på att tiden inte räcker till och man måste ju fokusera bla bla, men nej! Jag gör precis som jag vill från dag till dag och det går (oftast) hur bra som helst. Jag blir framförallt väldigt inspirerad av dem jag skriver med.

Vad handlar nya singeln om?

Man skulle kunna säga att ”my true sacrifice” inte räckte till och att jag nu är nere i den mörkaste, mest destruktiva perioden efter att ha fått mitt hjärta krossat. Jag försöker sluta känna något jag egentligen inte vill sluta känna men vet att jag måste… som en klok man sa.

Vilka tre album skulle Tove Lo inte existera utan?

Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM Vet inte riktigt varför faktiskt men det var det som fick mig att börja skriva egna låtar

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours Alla känslor finns här, hur länge har den här följt med egentligen, men yeeees

Icona Pop – Icona Pop Peppen och inspirationen jag fått och får av dem både som vänner och skrivkompanjoner är ovärdelig. Har jag det tungt vänder det direkt när jag lyssnar på den!!

Vad lyssnar du på just nu?

Här är min upp och ner lista, som det alltid är.

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