Linkin Park Exclusive Live Experience

Listen up Linkin Park fans!

By now you’re anxiously anticipating Linkin Park’s newest album Living Things – hitting stores June 25. Co-produced by Rick Ruben and Mike Shinoda himself, the album is poised to rock just as hard as their megahit 2000 debut.

In the meantime, Spotify and Linkin Park have whipped you up a little something to keep you happy.

Starting today – and each Tuesday leading up to release date – Linkin Park will be releasing live versions of their past studio albums – compiled from performances from various tours since 2007! Exclusively for Spotify fans.

Click here to get in on ALL the action – including tour info, videos, and more!

This week’s music news

As always we have a great variety of music for you this week.

The glam queens of pop, the Scissor Sisters, have just released their latest album ‘Magic Hour’. Filled with great tunes and wonderful vocals, this album is sure to conjure the party animal in you.

‘Copper Blue’ Sugar’s debut album has been lovingly re-mastered from the original tape and it is now presented in an expanded edition together with b-sides, a BBC radio session and a full-length 1992 live concert; all now available on Spotify.

We’ve created a playlist of these two albums. Just click the play button below to have a listen!

Kaiser Chiefs turned their talents to Radio, and put together a radio show for us. Talking us through the tracks that they love and sharing anecdotes, they prove to be just as entertaining as they are on a stage!

We’ve also got some incredible artist playlists from the front man of Sugar and Riz MC, as well as the lead singer of Rise To Remain.

Bob Mould decided to celebrate the re-issue of Sugar’s album by creating a playlists of tracks that inspired the album ‘Copper Blue’.

Riz MC even made a video introduction to his playlist you can check out here. Listen to the playlist below.

Rise To Remain’s frontman has put together a special treat for all festival goers and other rockers. The playlist is his ultimate guide to this year’s download festival, check it out below!

New update for iOS devices

We’re happy to announce we have updated our App for iOS 5 devices. This update includes:

  • New: Music notifications. Find out who’s listening to your music, when subscribed playlists get updated, and lots more. Control your notifications in Settings.
  • New: Interactive Guide. Helpful stuff for new users.
  • Fixed: We welcome the missing retina graphics on the iPad login screen.
  • Fixed: Retina album art will stay in sync when you offline sync your playlists.
  • Fixed: No more unresponsive tantrums when you scroll and navigate at the same time.
  • Improved: Facebook login, screen locking when offline syncing, performance and stability.

If you haven’t tried our app yet, you can download it to your iOS device from the App Store.

Enjoy!

Win your tickets for the Hellfest Festival in France !

Hellfest Festival is coming soon ! Don’t have your tickets yet ? We offer you a chance to win your passes.

The Hellfest, the first festival dedicated to extreme music in France, will bring together 160 groups, including Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, Refused, Dropkick Murphys, Machine Head, Within Temptation, Trivium, Lamb of God, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dimmu Borgir… and tens of thousands of festival from Friday 15th to Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Clisson (near Nantes).

We offer five 3-day passes for 2, and 6 1-day passes for 2.
To enter the competition, create your ideal metal playlist and post it below in comments (specifying the type of pass for which you are playing) and then share it : the playlists with the most subscribers will win the passes ! You can play until next Tuesday (June 6) – winners will be contacted the next day (watch your spam!).

Check out and get inspired by the official Hellfest playlists in Spotify. For any question, please contact us at concours@spotify.com. Good luck !

Suggest tracks for our Diamond Jubilee playlist

With the Diamond Jubilee fast approaching we are putting together the ultimate playlist of the best British tracks out there and we want your suggestions!

The bank holiday is almost upon us and whether you are celebrating from the comfort of your living room or throwing a massive street party for all the neighbours it’s time to get patriotic with your playlists. Maybe you’re a traditionalist choosing to belt out the National Anthem and Rule Britannia, or perhaps you prefer the alternative sounds of the Sex Pistols controversial 1977 track, God Save the Queen?

Let us know in the comments the Best of British from your Spotify favourites and we’ll include the top tracks in our Diamond Jubilee playlist.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We kick off a new week with a new indie electronic band from Canada: “Purity Ring”. I really like their first single “Obedear” from their debut album “Shrines” which is to be released in July.

We continue with a song called “Holy Moses” by Megan Washington. Megan is an Australian musician and songwriter who records and performs under the single moniker “Washington”. “Holy Moses” is from her first studio album “I Believe You Liar” that came out in 2010. You should also check out some of her previous EPs like “How To Tame Lions” from 2009.

Next one out this week is a playful pop duo from Los Angeles: “Pepper Rabbit” with their song “Older Brother” from their album “Beauregard”.

Last band in this week’s playlist is the rare and beautiful “Exitmusic” and their song “The Night”. The New York based duo just came out with a nice debut LP called “Passage” now in May.

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Enjoy!

May Beats presented by @thursplay

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May comes to an end. A lot of artists have released new albums and most of them will soon be touring in many music festivals during Summer. Check out this May Beats playlist by our friends at @thursplay to get a sneak peek of what’s just around the corner for this Summer.

Artists with new releases: Metric with their single “Youth Without Youth”, The Temper Trap with the very addicting track “Need Your Love” from their latest album with same title. The track “Genesis” by Grimes that will get you on your feet rehearsing your best dancing moves.

Even more? Digits came out with the amazing album “Death and Desire” and “Because it’s Wrong” is the track you should listen to. New single by “Mr. Little Jeans” called “Runway” has just the perfect balance between beautiful vocals and electronic beats. Another goodie: “Animals” by Creep featuring Holly Miranda is a must!

There’s some of the good old corkiness by the forever hippies Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros with “That’s What’s Up”. The Maccabees album keeps delivering great surprises, this time, the song to fall in love with and listen to on repeat is “Unknown”, just beautiful.

There’s also new Cranberries for you to check out – what did you think of their new album? A shorter playlist this time.

What are you listening to these days? Share with every Thursday on twitter with the hastag #thursplay.

This week’s music news

This week there are some great little gems on offer.

Cold Specks recently released their latest album ‘I Predict A Graceful Expulsion’ and were also kind enough to put together a playlist for us. You can click below to listen to the album and you’ll find the playlist a little further down.

Fun. have put together a track by track commentary of their album so you can really find out if they are really all fun and games!

Jayz/Kanye – Watch The throne – Digster

The kind people at Digster have replicated the incredible set list from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne in a playlist. So wherever you are, whether you were able to attend or not, you’ll always be able to experience the fruits of one of hip-hop’s greatest collaborations for yourself.

Cold Specks Playlist

G’day Australia. Spotify here.

Spotify is available in Australia from today. We’re very happy to be here.

Simply search for any artist, song or album and start playing. Create playlists, share music with friends and check out what others are listening to. Spotify’s seamless Facebook integration takes enjoying music with friends to a whole new level. Music has never been this social.

Our new Australian friends can choose from three great Spotify services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions.

Spotify Free – the unsurpassed, totally free music service. Enjoy free, on-demand, access to more than 16 million songs on your computer. No gimmicks. Just listen and love it, month after month after month. All Spotify users enjoy unlimited free, ad-supported music.

Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $6.99 a month.

Spotify Premium – the all-singing, all-dancing, top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your mobile phone, tablet and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $11.99 a month.

A special occasion deserves a special playlist. Here’s one we’ve put together just for you.

Spotify is available right now. Simply visit our homepage to sign up, or click on any of the play links you see in Facebook to get started for free.

Happy listening!