New Alicia Keys album to debut exclusively on Spotify

12x Grammy Award winner, Alicia Keys, is releasing her highly anticipated fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, later this month. We’re excited to announce that starting Monday, December 7th, Spotify users will be able to stream the album in full, a week before the release.

For a taste of what to expect from the album, check out the great new single, Doesn’t Mean Anything.

Alicia has also put together a playlist of her Top 10 favourite songs and a second playlist with her full collection of songs.

Along with the pre-release we have some great ticket giveaways for Spotify Premium users in each of our launch countries.

  • In the UK we have three pairs of tickets to the exclusive launch party on 9th December in London at secret location.
  • In France we have two tickets for a concert in May or June of 2010.
  • In Spain we have two tickets for a showcase in January.
  • In both Sweden & Norway we have two tickets for gig in London at O2 arena May 26, 2010. Flights and hotel will be paid for courtesy of Sony.
  • In Finland we have two tickets to a concert performance in Finland or Europe in 2010. Flights and hotel will be paid for by Sony if the concert is outside of Finland.

To win tickets, leave a comment here on the blog with the country you’re in and a explanation why we should pick you to see Alicia live and we’ll choose winners next week. And remember, you need to have a premium subscription in order to win – sign up here and you can enter the competition.

French summary: Le quatrième album d’Alicia Keys, The Element of Freedom, sortira le 11 décembre, mais vous pourrez l’écouter en intégralité sur Spotify cinq jours avant sa sortie – à partir du lundi 7 décembre !

Alicia a également créé une liste de lecture avec quelques uns de ses titres préférés et une autre avec toute sa discographie.

Ce n’est pas tout ! Nous avons quelques places de concert à faire gagner aux utilisateurs Spotify Premium. En ce qui concerne la France, deux places sont à gagner pour le prochain concert d’Alicia Keys prévu en mai ou juin 2010. Pour gagner, laissez-nous un commentaire ici même sur le blog nous disant pourquoi vous devriez être choisi et nous désignerons le ou la gagnant(e) la semaine prochaine. N’oubliez pas que vous devez être membre Premium pour gagner – abonnez-vous à Spotify Premium et participez au concours.

Update: All the winners of the concert tickets have been picked and notified, congrats Otto. ;)

Spotify Premium e-cards, just in time for the holidays


We’re rolling out e-cards today so that you can purchase and send the gift of Spotify Premium to your family or friends for the holidays.

You’ll be able to purchase either one, three or six month premium subscriptions and send your loved ones a tastefully designed email or print out the gift to place under the Christmas tree this holiday season.

Gift codes can then be redeemed on our site so you and your friends can enjoy classic holidays music ad free and on the go.

French Summary:
Voici venues les cartes cadeau Spotify Premium que vous pouvez acheter pour offrir un abonnement Premium à vos amis ou à votre famille pour les fêtes.

Vous avez la possibilité d’offrir un abonnement Premium de 1, 3 ou 6 mois et de l’envoyer à qui vous le voulez, accompagné d’un email personnalisé ou d’imprimer votre carte pour la déposer sous le sapin.

Les codes figurant sur les cartes cadeau doivent ensuite être échangés sur notre site. Ainsi vos amis pourront profiter de leur musique préférée sans publicité et où qu’ils soient.

Say hello to Oskar, our new CTO.

I wanted to take a moment to introduce Oskar Stål who recently joined Spotify as our new CTO.

Oskar is coming to us from the successful mobile transaction company mBlox, where he was a key part of the technical leadership for the last eight years. As the Director of Development he helped mBlox go from a five-person start-up to a global 100M dollar business. Being part of that amazing journey gives Oskar significant experience in the art of building high performing technology teams and producing scalable, robust services in a fast growing environment.

On joining Spotify he says, “The Spotify team and their accomplishments to date are amazing. Being able to join this group with the vision of bringing music to everyone is just such an extraordinarily great way to dedicate ones energy and passion”.

Oskar has always been passionate about software and technology since he first laid eyes on the Commodore 64 way back in 1986. As a teenager Oskar toured with the C64 to various competitions and gatherings for computer geeks. Even though the long hair has been cut, the C64 still comes out every now and then…

Spotify Premium Sweden, mini-festival in Gothenburg

On the 25th of August Swedish indie label Wonderland Records will have a mini festival at Trädgårn in Gothenburg. Exciting acts Emmon, Thermostatic, Arvid and Hearts of Black Science will play live.

We wanted to let you know that all Spotify Premium subscribers together with a friend get free entrance before 22:00. The only thing you need to do is to send an e-mail to info@wonderlandrecords.com saying you want to go and giving them your Spotify username.

You can check out the playlist of the Wonderland-acts and you can download a whole bunch of great free mp3s from the Wonderland website. The evening is co-hosted by Adore Music who’s nice range of pop and rock you should also check out. All the info about the evening can be found on their Facebook page.

Oxjam & Cool To Be Kind

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There are a lot of great festivals over the summer but Oxjam is one of the more exciting festivals that we’re proud to be associated with.

Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long nationwide music festival with a difference – it’s about music bringing thousands of ordinary people together to combat poverty all over the world. This year Cool To Be Kind (C2BK) have been given the great privilege of hosting an Oxjam Festival Flagship event on the 16th of October at Matter, London’s premier music venue at the 02 Arena.

They’ll be releasing some specially made C2BK Oxjam Playlists created by the top notch line up, to get you prepared for this explosive end to the festival season.

Also as part of our involvement with this event we’ll be handing out some VIP tickets for a few of our lucky premium subscribers to win- watch this space for competition details.

Tickets go on sale August 21st, listen out for your favourite artists bringing exclusive news about the event in our exclusive audio ads and don’t forget to check out the C2BK website for further event details

The Invisible Festival

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I wanted to let you know about another festival taking place this weekend which is a little different than anything we’ve seen in the past. The Invisible Festival is the world’s only 100% mud free, crowd-free, rain-free, tout-free, queue-free, free-free virtual festival. They’ll be providing users with a number of different playlists over the weekend to party with, the only ticket you need is Spotify.

It’s all for a good cause as they are supporting Cancer Research UK so head over to their website for all the details.

Grolsch Block Party in Stockholm

grolschblock.jpgOn August 21st there’s a mini-festival going on in Stockholm that I wanted to let you know about.

The Grolsch Block Party has been set up to support independent artists and alternative music in Sweden. The festival groups together a number of different bars and restaurants on Skånegatan for a night of great music.

There’s a whole bunch of great acts performing such as Montt Mardié and Dmitry Fyodorov, for all the details check out the official website and prepare yourself for a great night of music. See you there!

Spotify Premium Spain – “UP”

Our previous movie ticket giveaway in Spain was so popular we thought we’d do it again. We’re inviting 20 of our Spotify Premium users in Spain, along with 4 of their friends, to the sneak preview of critically acclaimed new movie from PIXAR called “UP”, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. The preview takes place on July 27th, in Madrid.

If you’re in Spain and want 5 tickets to the preview then leave a comment here on the blog and we’ll contact the winners via email.

Nuestra última acción de regalar entradas a un pre-estreno ha sido tan popular que hemos pensado en repetirlo. Invitamos a 20 de nuestros usuarios SPOTIFY PREMIUM, junto con 4 de sus amigos, al pre-estreno de la nueva película de PIXAR “UP” (cortesía de Walt Disney Studios), que ha recibido las mejores criticas. El pre-estreno se celebrará el 27 de Julio en Madrid.

Si estás en España y quieres 5 entradas para el pre-estreno, déjanos un comentario aquí en el blog y contactaremos con los ganadores a través de e-mail.

Spotify Spain – The Proposal giveaway

Something a little different today for our users in Spain. We’re inviting 20 of you, along with 4 of your friends, to the sneak preview of Sandra Bullock´s new movie The Proposal, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios / Touchstone Pictures. The preview takes place on July 2nd, in Madrid. If you’re in Spain and want 5 tickets to the preview then leave a comment here on the blog and we’ll contact the winners via email.

Hoy tenemos algo especial para nuestros usuarios de España. Invitamos a 20 de nuestros usuarios, junto con 4 de sus amigos, al pre-estreno de la nueva película de Sandra Bullock LA PROPOSICIÓN, una cortesía de Walt Disney Studios / Touchstone Pictures. El pe-estreno se celebrará el 2 de julio en Madrid. Si estas en España y quieres 5 entradas para el pre-estreno déjanos un comentario aquí en el blog y contactaremos con los ganadores a través de e-mail.