Introducing Mona & Listen To Your Love

This is the first in a series of features introducing Nashville’s very own rock n roll revivalists – Mona. Check back on our blog in the coming weeks for more info, music and exclusive videos.

Mona are Sun Studio’s Million Dollar Quartet rebooted. As lead singer Nick Brown puts it, they draw on “the golden age of the United States – the James Dean, Marilyn Monroe type stuff.” Arriving in the UK for the first time in late 2010 they were quickly embraced by many of the music industry’s tastemakers – without having released a song they were included in the NME’s top 50 bands of 2010 , appeared on Later With… Jools Holland and found themselves tipped in a whole host of music magazines.

Ahead of the release of the album, Mona will be releasing a new single – Listen To Your Love. You can listen to this plus a playlist compiled by the band or watch the brand new Bob Dylan inspired video.

Give Spotify Premium a spin for seven days

We’ve always been big believers that if you try Spotify on your mobile phone you’ll fall in love with having millions of tracks at your fingertips everywhere you go, online and offline.

So to give everyone the chance to find out for themselves how great Spotify Premium really is we’ve got a seven-day free trial that you can sign up for.

If you haven’t tried Spotify Premium yet, then the free trial will allow you to listen to Spotify on your mobile phone (iPhone, Android, Symbian, etc) and on supported home stereo devices such as Sonos, Onkyo and Squeezebox. You’ll also get to use our great ‘Offline mode’ feature and boost the sound quality of your listening.

You’ll have to enter a credit card number or Paypal account info to take advantage of the offer but if you’re not totally happy you can cancel at any time and you won’t be charged. If you do decide to continue you’ll automatically become a regular Spotify Premium user after the seven days is over and you’ll be charged on a monthly basis.

So now, there’s no reason not to try Spotify Premium, give it a spin today!

Spotify and Onkyo – a match made in HiFi

We’re pleased to announce that Spotify will be available, for the first time, on home cinema receivers with our new partnership with Onkyo.

Spotify will be available on many of Onkyo’s 2011 network models, including the brand new TX-NR609, an updated version of the best-selling TX-SR608.

Spotify can be operated from any television screen connected to Onkyo’s home cinema receivers. With a few simple clicks on your remote you’re given onscreen access to your own playlists as well as your “What’s new” and “Starred” lists. You’ll also be able to explore further to browse artists, albums and tracks.

All you need to enjoy Spotify on Onkyo is an internet connection and a Spotify Premium subscription and you’re set to go!

Spotify Premium – Young Knives’ Ornaments From The Silver Arcade

Having made their mark with Mercury nominated debut ‘Voices Of Animals And Men’ and follow up ‘Superabundance’, Young Knives were already in possession of critical and commercial success and a well deserved reputation for jaw dropping live shows. With ‘Ornaments From The Silver Arcade’, the third studio album from the trio, their desire to move beyond the familiar became a driving force of the writing and recording process.

Ornaments From The Silver Arcade’ is released via Gadzöök/PIAS on 4th April but Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK can listen to the exclusive 6-track sampler before release.

Win tickets to see Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at The Royal Albert Hall

To mark the centenary of Gustav Mahler’s death, five choirs including the Vivace Chorus and the London Symphony Chorus, are combining with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform one of the greatest and most ambitious choral works, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony – the Symphony of a Thousand.

This highlight of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s London concert season will involve a full symphony orchestra, eight soloists, two huge choruses and a children’s choir. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to Spotify Premium subscribers for this wonderful event courtesy of our friends at The Royal Albert Hall.

To enter simply post a link to your favourite Mahler piece as well as answer the question – Which symphony is Mahlers longest piece of work?

We’ll pick and notify winners later this month, good luck!

Jonathan Jeremiah’s A Solitary Man – win a weekend at Malmaison or Hotel Du Vin

Jonathan Jeremiah, whose timeless songs and soulful voice have marked him out as a songwriter with a rare talent, introduces himself with the release of his debut album “A Solitary Man”.

Jonathan Jeremiah’s music comes from a world far away from the quick fix, pre packaged production line. The North Londoner has spent the best part of a decade defining a sound rooted in a rich legacy of bespoke English folk and confessional soul. Jonathan recently appeared on Later With Jools a full five months ahead of the album release giving a stunning solo acoustic performance of one of the album’s many standouts “How Half-Heartedly We Behave”. He is also supporting Katie Melua on her tour in April.

The result is a beautiful, soulful record that would not look out of place if was recorded at any time in the last fifty years. Spotify listeners can hear the whole record in all it’s glory now. Listeners can also be in with a chance of winning a weekend for two at a Malmaison or Hotel Du Vin of your choice. All you need to do is if you like the album, tell people about it with the #asolitaryman on Twitter to enter the competition. Terms & Conditions

Debut album from The Naked and Famous

Listen to The Naked and Famous’ hotly-tipped debut album “Passive Me Aggressive You”, featuring the hit singles “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream”. As an exclusive – Spotify Premium users will be the first to hear the remix of Young Blood by Magic Johnson. For your chance to win a premium account head over to their contest site.

Formed in New Zealand, in various Auckland bedrooms The Naked & Famous took the DIY approach, writing and recording the majority of their music in those very same suburban houses. Their single ‘Young Blood’ became the first #1 debut in the New Zealand singles chart for three years as well as the first kiwi song to do so since the early 1990s. Their album soon followed, shooting to the top of the charts in September 2010.

Nissan Juke – Behind The Hit – Tickets to see Delphic, La Roux, The Naked And Famous and Pony Pony Run Run

We’re delighted to be supporting Nissan in their Behind The Hit campaign this Spring, leading up to a great gig at Koko in London on April 5th.

Performing at the show will be Pony Pony Run Run, La Roux (DJ set), The Naked and Famous and headliners Delphic.

Tickets are free – so just head over to www.behindthehit.com before March 25th for your chance to see these great bands live.

Spotify Premium – Exclusive Cage The Elephant sampler

Raucous Kentucky rockers, Cage The Elephant, return to the fray with the eagerly-awaited release of their second album ‘Thank You Happy Birthday’ on Monday 21st March.

Produced by Jay Joyce, the album is the band’s follow up to their 2009 self-titled debut, which has now sold over 500,000 copies worldwide. ‘Thank You Happy Birthday’ entered the US Billboard Charts at #2 back in January and the first single to be taken from the album ‘Shake Me Down’ has been at #1 for over 5 weeks in the US Alternative Radio Billboard charts. Currently A list on Radio 1, the single has also been going down a storm over here in the UK. The album has so far received 4 stars from the likes of Uncut and Q and was Album of the Week last week with Huw Stephens filling in for Zane Lowe on Radio 1.

Make sure you check out our exclusive video content including an interview with the band and live tracks from their last London show right here.

Spotify Premium subscriber can listen now to the exclusive album sampler.

Win Spotify Premium with Lucozade Energy

We’re delighted to be working with Lucozade Energy to offer users a chance to win one of the thousands of Spotify Premium codes.

Head to the shops now and pick up a Spotify-branded Lucozade Energy drink, flip the cap and then enter the code on the contest page to see if you’ve won six glorious months of Spotify Premium.

But that’s not all. Lucozade Energy is giving music lovers the chance to access exclusive content from big-name artists, kicking off with Tinchy Stryder this week. Behind the scenes videos and exclusive tracks are all there for the taking, as well as opportunities to win signed merchandise.

Check out the website for more details and watch out for their next exclusive on Monday 11th April.

Tinchy Stryder’s Lucozade exclusives including new track ‘Oh No’ and Roll Deep remix of ‘In My System’.