Disturbed’s new album, Asylum

Grammy-nominated hard rock band Disturbed’s new studio album Asylum is the follow-up to their 2008 platinum selling Indestructible, which spawned the smash hit single “Inside the Fire”.

Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed have sold 11 million albums and six million digital tracks worldwide. Indestructible debuted at Number One on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in June 2008 and remained in the Top 10 for five weeks. It was the band’s third consecutive Number One album, following their platinum-sellers Believe (2002) and Ten Thousand Fists (2005), making Disturbed one of only six rock bands in history to score three consecutive Number One debuts with studio albums.

As of today listeners can check out the new album, Asylum, and Spotify Premium listeners can hear an exclusive album with live tracks from their recent tour.

Interactive audio novel from Hurts

Hurts and Manchester novelist Joe Stretch have created a wonderfully unique experience on Spotify in which you get to play the protagonist.

Narrated by actress Anna Friel, ‘Don’t Let Go’ is an interactive audio novel which utilises Spotify in a completely new and unexpected way. Each chapter of the novel has been published as a track on Spotify, and can be located by typing a unique code into the search field.

After listening to each chapter of the story you’ll be offered a choice of what to do next, along with the unique code for each action. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to stop arch villain Guy Lockhart from distributing his heartbreak cocktail and condemning humankind forever to a loveless, empty existence.

Along the way you’ll also hear extracts of music from Hurts’ brand new album “Happiness”. If you manage to get to one of the story’s eleven possible endings without dying, you’ll be rewarded with an exclusive preview of an album track. So choose wisely…

Win Katy Perry goodies and Topshop vouchers ….

Katy Perry’s hotly awaited new album ‘Teenage Dream‘ is being released on Monday 30th August, with her dazzling new single of the same name, out the day before on Sunday 29th. Sign up to Spotify Premium and listen to an exclusive pre-release sampler today.

Katy has teamed up exclusively with Spotify to offer subscribers one hell of a nice prize. To celebrate the release of Katy’s new single and album, you could win £500 worth of Topshop vouchers to help update your wardrobe, alongside a whole host of signed Katy Perry goodies.

To be included simply register on the contest page by 6th September when the competition closes – good luck!

Play These Playlists: The Year So Far, Reading Festival and more curated by DrownedinSound.com

Rather than an annotated playlist for the month that was, this month Drowned in Sound has compiled a selection of playlists to soundtrack your wet summer mornings and the turning of grey afternoon into indian summer evenings…

Drowned in August 2010

August was a strange month for releases. Festivals and the Arcade Fire (strangely absent from Spotify), the fantastic Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack (click to read our interview with the film’s star Michael Cera and director Edgar Wright) and Klaxons kind of overshadowed a lot of really interesting smaller releases but then again, there weren’t a great deal of album of the year contenders. Meanwhile, there were lots of great singles from the likes of Everything Everything and Gonzales. Click here to play and explore this month’s playlist.

Also, if you missed them, click for Drowned in July 2010 and Drowned in June 2010.

Drowned in Sound 2010 – Q2

Earlier this year, we compiled a playlist featuring the best bits of the first quarter of the year (you’ll find that one here) and due to the overwhelming response, we’ve compiled a playlist for Q2, which explores the swirled electronics of Ikonika, LCD Soundsystem and Emeralds before exploring the big guitars and broken hearts of The National and DiS’ one-to-watch tip for 2010/Mercury Music Prize nominee, Villagers.
Click to play this playlist

Reading & Leeds Festival 2010

If you’re heading to Reading & Leeds festival this week or plan to watch the coverage on TV/via the web, here’s a playlist with our picks from the line-up get you in the mood. Or if you have a premium account, to stick on your iPod in the car instead of listening to The Get Up Kids’ back catalogue. Click to play this playlist

The Neptune Music Prize 2010

DiS has announced the nominees for the The Neptune Music prize, our alternative to the Mercury Music Prize. You can vote for your favourite of our picks. If you’re not au fait with all of the nominees, we made this handy Spotify playlist to sample a little bit of each.

Lastly, if you have enjoyed this and/or any of our previous playlists, please take a second to vote for DrownedinSound.com in the BT Digital Music Awards. Thank you.

You’ll find plenty more Spotify playlists by DrownedinSound.com here.

Spotify – now with folders!

Playlists have always been central to the Spotify service and with the recent introduction of Spotify social we’ve seen millions of playlists be shared between friends and family. With millions of great playlists being created and shared we’ve looked to make it even easier for Spotify users to manage them with today’s introduction of playlist folders in this Spotify update.

To create a playlist folder, simply go to the File -> New playlist folder or click the “+” symbol near the top left side of your screen. Once you’ve created a folder you can just drag and drop existing playlists into it and even create folders within folders to better organise your music.

Alongside playlist folders – which up till now has been one of our users’ most requested features – we’re also introducing a number of other cool new features in this latest update, including:

  • Official Spotify Twitter updates will appear for all users in the Feed to keep you up-to-date on all the latest Spotify and music news
  • A new look and feel for the Search view. Artist and album images are shown to make the search view more visually arresting
  • Newly-added picture of playlist subscribers to the header of each playlist, so users can see at a glance who’s subscribed.
  • Support for Windows 7 Snap, Jump list and Taskbar features
  • Added “Send to Windows Live” option

We’ll begin rolling out the new version to users today, you’ll be automatically updated once we are able to update more users. We really hope you love the new features as much as we do!

Discover Rumer with her exclusive debut EP

The hotly-tipped Rumer has released her first single, ‘Slow’, as an exclusive to Spotify our listeners can discover this great new artist starting today.

Driven by a stop-what-you’re-doing voice, ‘Slow’ is a smouldering, unrequited love song, and a tantalising taste of her self-penned debut album (due in the autumn). Rumer’s debut album is a beautiful, autobiographical yet brilliantly universal record. ‘Slow’ is just a glimpse into an array
of timeless, quality pop songs,

A selection of playlists for August

The summer is winding down but our friends over at ShareMyPlaylists.com provide us with yet another in their series of excellent playlist posts to get your week started. You can check out thousands of playlists at ShareMyPlaylists.com – they’ve got a little something for everyone.

Mark Webster’s The Soul Of The Beatles
Eve wondered what the Beatles would have been listening to from the early days in Liverpool to the hazy days towards the end of their career? Well this playlist by playdio gives us a small snippet of what would have been ringing in the ears of the Fab Four. From Isaac Hayes theme tune to Shaft to a live version of Slippin’ Into Darkness by War, it may surprise you. Fascinating playlist.

Soundtrack To July 2010
The first of the month saw iamnottheenemy take a look back to all the tracks that were making it big in July. All the big guns were out in force during the sweltering summer month including Mark Ronson & Business Intl, We Are Scientists, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Faithless, Danger Mouse and many many more. Finding all the good songs so you don’t have to, this playlist is hit after hit.

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Win tickets, travel and accommodation to see Muse live in London

One of the world’s greatest rock bands are playing at one the world’s greatest venues this September. And you could be there with them!

Muse are currently mid-way through their first worldwide stadium tour ever! And after playing incredible shows all over Europe, Japan, Korea and USA the band are back on home soil for three nights to play their final UK gig dates of the year.

Spotify, alongside Warner Music are giving you and a friend the chance to win tickets to the Muse gig at Wembley, London on 11th September. All you have to do is click here to register your details and you will automatically be placed in a draw to win tickets, travel, accommodation, as well as other Muse goodies. Not only that, the winner as well as nine other lucky runners up will receive a month’s access to Spotify Premium.

Good luck!

Spotify Premium UK – exclusive new Klaxons album

Klaxons new album ‘Surfing The Void’ is released on 23rd August and the band have hooked up with Spotify to offer Premium subscribers a global-exclusive first listen from this Friday, 20th August.

Most ‘long awaited’ second albums tend to be doused in tribulation and tragedy – drug addictions, breakdowns, in-fighting, reclusiveness or just plain old writer’s block. Not Klaxons’ ‘Surfing The Void’. The wild and winding road that led them from 2007’s ‘Myths Of The Near Future’ to a comeback so spectacular it makes Avatar look like The One Show takes in UFO sightings, shamanic rituals, two scrapped albums and a rotten apple-cum-svengali named Mr Tabernacle. It’s one of rock’s most incredible stories and it elevates Klaxons from one-time scene pioneers to bona fide rock’n’roll legends.

Upgrade to Spotify Premium now to hear the groundbreaking new album and check out their great live video below.

Sky Ferreira debut single

Newcomer Sky Ferreira has already been a sensation on the internet and now she’s set to break into the mainstream. Her first single, One, is now available on Spotify and be sure to check out the exclusive behind the scenes footage of the making of the single below.