Introducing our new Facebook Timeline – an ongoing history of music.

Our friends over at Facebook recently released their Timeline feature to fan pages like ours. It’s a great new way to tell stories and share and highlight memorable posts.

We’ve decided to take our page one step further and turn it into a destination where you can discover and listen to the history of music. If you’re looking to learn when Frank Sinatra released his first album, what year Monteverdi was born, when Britney released …Baby One More Time, what were the biggest music stories in 1969, or just how old you were when L’il Wayne put out Tha Carter III then we’ve got you covered.

Of course, all this is just the beginning. We’ll be adding more and more huge historical landmarks in the coming weeks as well as keeping you up to date with the freshest and most important music moments of today.

And feel free to let us know what dates in music we’re missing. Who should we be celebrating? What incredible records have we forgotten about? Who’s been left out of the party? Drop us a line in the comments and we’ll add them in. Enjoy!

This week’s music news and competitions

This week, we have some exclusive playlists, new music and exciting competition prizes for you!

The new album by Air “Le Voyage Dans La Lune” is the extended soundtrack of their recent score to the Georges Méliès film of the same name. Listen to Nico and JB from discussing the songs in their bonus commentary exclusively for Spotify: ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ Track By Track

Ben Tovey, lead guitarist for Rise To Remain and an addict for heavy rock riffs, has selected some of his all time favourites, just for Spotify. Listen here: Ben’s Guide to Killer Riffs. You can also listen to the band’s debut album City of Vultures, featuring the singles Talking In Whispers, Nothing Left, The Serpent and Power Through Fear.

Nick Cave’s band Grinderman have released a remix album of their successful record from 2010, Grinderman 2. You can listen here: Grinderman – Grinderman 2 RMX

Fans of Grizzly Bear have been eagerly awaiting the new solo EP from singer Daniel Rossen. It undoubtedly lives up, and is available now on Spotify: Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour / Golden Mile

Labrinth‘s debut album Electronic Earth is released on April 2nd. To celebrate, Spotify are bringing you the opportunity to win dinner for two at Labrinth’s restaurant Mosaica in London and an exclusive meet & greet at his London studio to see where he makes his infectious tunes! We also have giveaways for three runners-up to receive a signed album and a poster each. Enter the competition here.

And we have one more competition for you. Sign up here for your chance to win 2 tickets to see Kanye West and Jay-Z perform live at the London O2 Arena on Monday 21st May, as part of the Watch The Throne UK Tour.

March Beats presented by @thursplay

thursplay

Our friends at @thursplay have compiled this playlist for March.

March has been a great month for music with a lot of well anticipated releases. One of them was the new album by Miike Snow, “Paddling out”, which tops this month playlist with the addicting song of same tittle.

Keeping on the indie side, you might wanna get to know these unknown voices: Let’s Say We Did, a Swedish indie rock band, who will get your ears stuck on their “Galaxies” track. You’ve been warned! Tobias Isaksson is the voice behind Azure Blue, another Swedish ear candy, now with a pop touch to his indie beats.

Keep calm, we got a British sound! And that would be represented on this playlist by the adorable supposedly Irish corkiness of Vertigo Smyth‘s music. Yes, “Comfort me” had to be included. Don’t you agree?

Lucy Rose, a singer songwriter from Warwickshire, won her deserved spot among these 24 tracks with her beautiful single “Red Face”. What’s not to love about this song… just beautiful.

Fanfarlo and Andrew Bird have also released new albums. You can listen on this playlist to which of their new tracks we’ve completely surrendered to. Good stuff!

So, among new releases and new voices, March has not only brought a fresh breath of Spring but also, great new music. We wave March goodbye with this playlist and look forward to see your favorite March beats: share with us today on #thursplay?

Enjoy it!

Seven Days in Music History brought to you by This Day in Music

This Day In Music

Our friends at This Day in Music are bringing us some of the most relevant events that happened this week, along with a playlist for each day. Read along and enjoy these musical flashbacks.

29th March, 1973, Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, ‘The Cover of Rolling Stone’ reached No. 6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.

In the news

30th March, 2000, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts centre that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.

My Old School

31st March, 2001, Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room. Hotel workers said a TV was smashed, two doors were ripped of their hinges and the walls and carpets were stained by alcohol. It was reported that Whitney called in her lawyers to plead with the hotel management not to call the police. The suite was so badly damaged it had to be shut for five days for repairs.

Smash it up

1st April 1970, John Lennon & Yoko Ono released a statement that they were going to be undergoing side by side sex change operations so that Lennon would become a woman and Ono a man. This of course turned out to be an April Fools Joke.

April Fools

2nd April, 2006, Gnarls Barkley started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Crazy.’ The American duo made chart history by becoming the first act ever to reach No.1 through computer downloads only. The single was not available to buy in shops until the following week.

Crazy

3rd April, 2007, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father during a drugs binge. Jane Rose, Richards’ manager, told MTV News the remarks were made ‘in jest’, and she could not believe they had been taken seriously. Richards had said in an interview with the NME: ‘He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.’ But NMEinterviewer Mark Beaumont was convinced that Richards was not joking when speaking to him about the alleged incident. ‘He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up,’ he later told BBC news.

The Drugs Don’t Work

4th April, 2008, Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker won back full royalty rights to the band’s worldwide hit, ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, at London’s Court of Appeal. The decision overturned a 2006 ruling that organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to a 40% portion of royalties on the 1967 hit after he argued he had written the song’s organ melody. The court ruled there was an “excessive delay” in the claim being made – nearly 40 years after the song was recorded.

Colours

Check out the new SpotON Radio App for your iPhone

SpotON Radio

It’s been more than two months since the launch of SpotON Radio, the iPhone app that allows you to create personalized radio stations based on Spotify’s music library. And it has an amazing update with great new features for you to find and share new music.

Some of the new features are that you can now share stations on Twitter, access AirPlay and Bluetooth audio device controls, and plenty of bug fixes. One of the best things about this updated version of SpotON Radio, is that all played songs automatically will be saved as playlists in a SpotON folder in your own Spotify library. This way you have easy access to your entire listening history.

If you want to dig deeper into all the things they’ve improved, you can find the entire list of new features here.

You can get this update for your iPhone from the App Store.

Share your memories from the movie Titanic

Jack & Rose are back in 3D! Titanic is coming back to the screens and we have a page in Spotify that is perfect for the occasion.

Cast your mind to 1997, back to when you were in the queue for the cinema. You were about to watch Titanic for the first time. Who were you with? Where were you? What was life like the year you watched Titanic? On this page in Spotify, you will be able to find and share your favourite musical memories from that year.

You can also create your own Titanic trailer. Choose three friends from Facebook and give them starring roles on the credits. Also check and contribute to the Memory Vault to win, tickets, and other prizes!

And also, don’t forget to listen to the Titanic 90′s Playlist!

Chat with the band members of Orbital on Soundrop

Orbital and Soundrop

Orbital are setting up a room on Soundrop next Thursday. You will be able to share all the Orbital music you want in the room and vote to create the ultimate Orbital playlist – voted by the fans, for the fans. And that’s not all: the band will be taking questions from all of you!

Get your chance to ask them about their experiences from the last 25 years at the heart of British dance music, their triumphant return to the studio after an 8 year hiatus or anything that a true Orbital fan would like to know about.

The band will be chatting live on Thursday 29th March at 4pm on the official Orbital Soundrop room.

Here you can RSVP to the event on Facebook.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday‘s music recommendations.

Why not kick off a new week with a dash of dream pop?! First one out this week is Australian “Snakadaktal” with their single “Air”. We continue with an old favorite “Behind the Drapes” with Danish “Mew” and then “Love Inks”, a new favorite trio from Austin, Texas. They have a dreamy indie pop thing going on and I really like their song “Skeleton Key”.

Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister duo from Sydney. I remember back in 2008 when I first heard their song “Just A Boy” and “Paper Aeroplane”. I fell in love! You should also check out others like: , “Bella” and “Big Jet Plane” from 2010.

The Shins just came out with a new album; “Port Of Morrow” and their single “Simple Song” is all over the radio as we speak. Also, I’ve added a great song from a previous album: “New Slang” from their second album “Oh, Inverted World” (2001).

Iron & Wine (also known as Sam Beam) is one of my all time favorite singer and songwriter.
He has released two studio albums and several EPs, including one with “Calexico” who is also in this weeks playlist. We finish today’s playlist with Iron & Wine`s “Boy With a Coin”.

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox.

Here you can find the playlist: http://spoti.fi/music-mondays – Subscribe and you will get a mix of twenty new feel-good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

Listen to Madonna’s new album MDNA for your chance to see her live

Exciting news – Madonna’s new album MDNA is out today! We’ve got an exclusive version of the album, with a remix of Girl Gone Wild by DJ Dave Audé. Only on Spotify.

To celebrate, we’re offering you the chance to win tickets to see Madonna’s incredible live show. To enter, all you have to do is listen to the album before 2nd April 2012.

MDNA

Once you’ve streamed the whole album, you’ll be entered into the draw automatically.

Check out www.Madonna.com for the full worldwide tour schedule.

Enjoy the exclusive album! And good luck!

Seven Days in Music History brought to you by This Day in Music

This Day In Music

Our friends at This Day in Music are bringing us some of the most relevant events that happened this week, along with a playlist for each day. Read along and enjoy these musical flashbacks.

22nd March 2009, Lady Gaga Started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Poker Face”, her second UK chart topper and a No.1 hit in over 20 countries. The second single from her debut album topped the charts in twenty countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many European countries. “Poker Face” is also the most downloaded song in the British chart history.

The Gambler

23rd March, 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his ‘Green Card’ which he was given on 27th July 1976.

The event ended a long battle with the US government, which had tried to deport the singer. The Nixon Administration had targeted him as a trouble maker, a lengthy court battle ensued that ended up lasting more than two years. Finally, after Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal and Gerald Ford moved into the White House, Lennon was granted permanent residence and allowed to remain in the country, where Lennon settled in New York.

New York

24th March 1958, At 6.35am, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there Elvis and twelve other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.

Army Dreamers

25th March 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. Ozzy and his wife were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.

Burning Down The House

26th March 1956, Kay Starr was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock And Roll Waltz.’ The song is told from the point-of-view of a teenager who comes home early from a date, and catches her parents attempting to dance to one of her rock and roll records.

Let’s Dance

27th March 1971, New York radio station WNBC banned the song ‘One Toke Over the Line’ by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.

Banned!

28th March 1981, Elton John’s version of The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing Ther” was released as a tribute to John Lennon.

It almost never happened, but for a bet between Elton and Lennon. The two men had recorded a song – “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” – which would appear on Lennon’s Walls and Bridges record, Elton’s feeling was that it was a No.1 record. Lennon wasn’t so sure.
Elton threw down the gauntlet; if the record went toNo.1, which Elton suspected it would, Lennon would join Elton on stage to perform it with him. Lennon won: “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” did hit No.1. Lennon joined Elton on stage on American Thanksgiving, 1974 where they performed three songs together: “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, and “I Saw Her Standing There.” This became the last major live performance by John Lennon.

Great Beatles covers