Win tickets to see newcomer Alan Pownall

On 5th July, Alan Pownall releases his second single, the stunning ‘Colourful Day’. Taken from the upcoming album True Love Stories, Alan is set to be our soundtrack to the summer with his laid back vibe.

He has already toured with Noah and the Whale and Marina and the Diamonds and is about to head out on a co-headline tour with another hot up-and-comer – Lissie. Also be sure to check out the exclusive Alan Pownall Spotify Album, available now on Spotify.

For your chance to win tickets to see him perform live exclusively with Spotify click here . True Love Stories is out 12th July and you can pre-order your copy now by clicking here and be sure to check out www.alanpownall.com.

Five weeks, five parties, five cities – Subject60 is coming to your city!

On May 27th Subject60 kicks off with a lavish party in Berlin, followed by 4 more nights of naughtiness in London (June 2nd), Milan, Paris (June 16th) and Madrid (June 24th). The parties will be hosted by renowned artist and fashion icon Lykke Li and photographer, blogger, providing “eye candy for the style hungry” – Face Hunter. Together with their celebrity DJ pals, they’ve been kicking up a storm across Europe and they’re bringing their naughty antics to your city very soon.

We got them to create their own special Naughty playslists which you can subscribe to via the Volvo Subject60 profile page.

And as if that wasn’t good enough we also have some free tickets to give away to the coveted parties in Paris, London and Madrid.

To win, all you need to do is create a naughty playlist of your own and post it here on the blog. The one who creates the naughtiest playlist will win tickets to the exclusive Subject60 party in their city.

Just one thing – keep it clean! If you couldn’t say it in front of your grandmother, you probably shouldn’t put in on your playlist. Good luck, now get creating:)

Spotify for Android updated to include social and local files features

Today we’re releasing an update to our Android app – version 0.4.04 is now available.

This update brings a number of the great social and local file features we’ve recently launched to your mobile phone so that you can take the full Spotify experience with you on the road.

The additions include:

  • Support for playing and wirelessly synchronizing local files to your phone
  • The Library feature has been added
  • The Inbox, Feed and Starred features have been added
  • You can now view the Top tracks list
  • We’ve added the ability to filter for tracks in playlists
  • And finally – Last.fm scrobbling!

We hope you enjoy the new features.

Create the most popular Christina Aguilera playlist and win tickets to see her live

To celebrate the forthcoming arrival of Christina Aguilera’s brand new album ‘Bionic’ on 7th June, Christina is calling on all fans to enter her playlist competition. Create a playlist of 10 of Christina’s tracks and share it with as many people as you can via Spotify’s new sharing features. The playlist with the most subscribers wins.

Christina is offering an incredible prize of 2 tickets to see her in concert and an exclusive opportunity to ask her 5 questions! The answers will be posted right here on our blog. Additionally, her new album will be available a week early, on May 31st, here on Spotify for premium subscribers and you’re more than free to add tracks from the new album to your lists.

The competition closes on Monday 14th June and to ensure that your playlist is included please post the link here on the blog so we can track it.

A selection of playlists for May

ShareMyPlaylists.com provides us with another in their series of excellent playlist posts. You can check out thousands of playlists at ShareMyPlaylists.com – they’ve got a little something for everyone.

Courtney Love’s Playlist
First up we have we have a very special playlist from a female rock legend, Courtney Love. The lead singer of Hole told us, “I’ve been listening to a lot of female vocalists singing about men lately; A lot of old jazz/blues standards.” This ‘list features classic tracks from some of the greatest, and most troubled, female vocalists of all time such as Etta James, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and more comtempary artists, PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star and Cat Power. A fantastic insight into the songwriter’s current musical musings.

The Soundtrack to April
One of the tracks of the year so far from Kelis and new audio goodness from LCD Soundsystem are just 2 of the reasons why it’s worth listening to the Soundtrack to April. Comprised of new releases from near and far, this series of playlists is one of our most popular.

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New Kelis album, Flesh Tone

Kelis’ first album in almost four years, Flesh Tone, is now out and the hit single, Acapella, has been burning up the charts. Along with the new album we’ve got some great videos were filmed at Kelis’ G-A-Y performance at Heaven in London Sat May 8t. Enjoy!

Spotify Premium, the ladies are back!

On May 27th Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda return to take another bite out of The Big Apple. Along with their new movie comes the follow up to the first, hugely successful, Sex and the City soundtrack. The new album, Sex and the City 2, contains 17 tracks from award winning artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Liza Minnelli and many more.

The album also has Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, performing the Helen Reddy classic, I Am Woman.

The album is available starting today for all Spotify Premium users a week before its release next week.

Hallo Nederland

Today we’re delighted to introduce Spotify to The Netherlands. The Netherlands will be the seventh country that Spotify is available in and we’re very excited to bring you all a new way to listen to music.

For those of you who are hearing about Spotify for the first time and are curious for more information, have a look around our website where you can read all about us, check out our new social and local music files features and work out which of the products we offer is best for you.

And for those of you who have been dying to use Spotify in The Netherlands then the wait is over.

Go and sign up now!

Also, as part of our launch we’ve got a brand new track recorded by the duo Guus Meeuwis and Marco Borsato. The new track, Schouder aan Schouder, is the first time these close friends have worked together and is available exclusively on Spotify before it’s release..

Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you more information about what Spotify is all about and some of the news about what we’ve got going on in The Netherlands, so stay tuned…..