Win a trip to Ibiza with Defected Records

If you’ve ever been to a club, bar or house party where the DJ was playing House music, the likelihood is that at least one of the records you heard was from Defected. For the last 10 years they’ve been releasing tunes that have defined the scene and are now unquestionably a global authority in House music.

As well-known for their global dancefloor trotting as for the records they release, their ‘In the House’ events bringing the unique Defected sound to hundreds of thousands of partygoers every year. With longstanding residencies in every continent including Zook, Singapore, Alumbra, Melbourne, Pacha, Ibiza and Ministry of Sound, London, they reach out further to the global house community than any other label in the business.

Defected have now partnered up with Spotify to bring you some of the best in House Music – and to celebrate, we’re offering the chance for 1 Lucky Spotify User to win a Trip of a lifetime to Ibiza!

The winner & a friend will be flown to Ibiza to join Defected for their closing party @ Pacha on 29th September featuring Bob Sinclair, Junior Jack – and the legendary Inner City – live!

Prize includes Flights & Accommodation, Club Entry & a Table at the Cafe Mambo Pre-party.

To enter simply create your Ultimate Summer Dance Playlist and share it on sharemyplaylists.com. here.

The user with the most playlist subscribers on 1st Sept 2012 wins this amazing prize – and dance the night away at the legendary Ibiza closing party!

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Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers!

Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers! Legendary composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals, we’re celebrating his 110th birthday with this playlist of some of his magicial creations!

A little trivia courtesy of Rodgers & Hammerstein: In 1962 Rodgers became the first person to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, now known as an EGOT thanks to 30 Rock. Besides Marvin Hamlisch, Rodgers is the only other person to also win a Pulitzer Prize, or a “PEGOT”.

Introducing Music Notifications on Spotify

Good news for all of you who like to know what your friends are listening to. This week will be rolling out a new update of our desktop application. You can now receive notifications when someone adds a song to a playlist you’re subscribed to, and when someone subscribes to one of your own playlists.

Some other new features coming out with this version include:

- You can see how many new tracks were added to a playlist you are subscribed to

- You can now do iPod backups while syncing

- You can share your radio plays to Facebook

We’ll be rolling out this update to some users this week. But if you can’t wait, download the latest Spotify version here.

June Beats presented by @thursplay

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

To open this June Beats playlist, “Reptile” by Citizens! who come up with an album full of goodies, called “Here we are” and yes: here they are! Start with this track and make sure to not miss on their whole album.

It’s been a month full of new releases: Grizzly Bear with their single “Sleeping Ute”, Cat Power with her amazing new song “Ruin”, Fiona Apple with her new album called “Every Single Night” and the single by same name. What did you think?

Swedish indie folk band called Cryind Day Care Choir granted a spot in the playlist with their great “Where did John Lennon go?” song, that makes you wanna sit around a bonfire with your friends on a warm Summer night. Just a raw chill/feel good experience.

A favorite from Keane’s latest album “Strangeland”, “Run with me”, bringing back the memory of why everybody got stuck on Keane’s songs in the first place: the right mix of sweet vocal and soft melody.

Now beware; play-on-repeat alert:

Norwegian singer Mr. Little Jeans with her very catchy “Runaway”; Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, who’s been touring in US playing songs of her amazing self-entitled album “Yuna”, will get you lost on her beautiful voice with her “Fading Flower” song.

Find your indie dose with songs by Forestears, Frankie Rose, Nelson Can, Palpitation, Faye, Beach House, Andrew Bird and Urban Cone.

What did you listen to on repeat this June? Share with us today on #thursplay.

Enjoy it!

Cr2 & Spotify Bring Ibiza To Your Door step!

Cr2 Records are the UK independent dance label responsible for releasing massive club hits over the last 7 years including Fedde Le Grand ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’, The Egg ‘Walking Away’ and Chuckie & LMFAO ‘Let The Bass Kick In Miami Girl’.

Each summer they work with some of the biggest brands in Ibiza to showcase the best the magical isle has to offer. Whatever your mood, be it the laid-back summer chillout vibes of Blue Marlin and Cafe Mambo, underground house and techno from the worlds number 1 voted club – Space Ibiza, or the mainroom Club Anthems featured on Cr2′s own Live & Direct series, they’ve got it covered.

Check out below for your whistle stop tour of all things dance!

Introducing Artist Apps

Today we are excited to unveil four new music apps from Quincy Jones, Tiësto, Disturbed, and Rancid that will give you a curated experience like none other!

These apps are the first in a new series of “Artist Apps” created especially for the Spotify platform that enable music fans to have a deeper connection to their favorite artists and music. A number of other artists and music experts will be launching apps in the coming weeks and months, including Steve Aoki as well as artists from the worlds of rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B.

Take a peek at these brand new Apps on offer:

QUINCY JONES – THE STORIES BEHIND THE MUSIC — Exclusive audio by Quincy is combined with tailored playlists and incredible artwork to tell the stories behind his amazing career in music. Quincy will talk about his personal heroes and mentors, the art of hit-making, and how music is used in movies; all to a soundtrack brings these amazing stories to life.

Get the Quincy Jones app

TIЁSTO’S CLUB LIFE – Superstar DJ and producer Tiësto curates the best of dance music across Spotify. The app will include a single of the week, album of the month, festival of the month, and a chart of the hottest dance music.

Get the Tiësto app

DISTURBED – The band Disturbed curate the past, present and future of rock and metal music with playlists from each of the band members, special playlists and a journey through the last few decades of Rock and Metal.

Coming soon!

RANCID – Punk veterans Rancid curate the world of punk and the music it continues to heavily influence. Every week the band and their vast network of friends will add to a playlist of picks that will include information on the tracks and bios of the pickers. Rancid’s Tim Armstrong will also take fans on a trip to his personal record room to take a deep dive into the music that inspires him.

Get the Rancid app

Artist Apps are available globally on the desktop client of Spotify on the left hand navigation bar. Just use the App Finder to add these new apps to your list of favorites. Happy Apping!

Get tickets to Conor Maynard’s exclusive acoustic gig

Chart sensation Conor Maynard is set to perform an exclusive acoustic gig for Spotify and he’d like some of his fans there! The gig will take place at 5pm on 2nd July in Central London.

For your chance to be at this exclusive gig click here!

Conor releases ‘Vegas Girl’, the follow up to his smash-hit debut single Can’t Say No’, on 23rd July. This is followed by his debut album, ‘Contrast’, on 30th July.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

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

Monday and as always I have prepared a new #MusicMonday playlist for you!

We start this week’s playlist with an American indie rock band; “Modest Mouse”. I picked the song “Dashboard” from their fifth studio album called “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” released back in 2007.

We continue with “The Shins” and their song “No Way Down” from their latest album “Port Of Morrow”. This album contains a lot of really good songs and I think it will probably be seen as one of the best albums released in whole 2012.

Next band in our playlist is an electro pop group from Los Angeles, California: “Capital Cities” and their catchy song “Kangaroo Court”. We continue with another American: “Langhorne Slim and The War Eagles” with “Spinning Compass”.

Last song in our playlist this week’s is “Hot Knife” from “Fiona Apple’s” brand new album called: “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”.

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

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

The sounds of June courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

Strictly BASS… 34

First up this month is the latest edition of Strictly BASS… Not exactly sure how I’ve managed to cram 34 editions into the last two years,” syknyk says, “but I have.” And what a two years it’s been. He’s given us over 3,000 of the finest, bassiest music around. This edition features tracks and mixes by Rita Ora, KOAN Sound, Adam F, Roni Size, Deadmau5 and more. Cross faders to 7-9s for the full syknyk effect.

Eurovision 2012 in order of appearance

So, who watched Eurovision? Our favourite was the scantily-clad scarecrow that sounded like a buzz saw having an argument with an abattoir. You know, from that country. Anyway, you can relive the magic of the whole night by listening to chrisgoodm’s playlist.

Debussy, Music & The Arts: 100 tracks

Our reliably brilliant playlist partner the Orchard have gone all highbrow with their latest creation. This mixtape celebrates the life and work of French classical composer Claude Debussy, one of the most prominent figures for impressionist music. Get on it, culture vultures.

Australasia

To celebrate the launch of Spotify in Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) we’ve put together a playlist of 100 songs from some of the greatest Australasian artists of all-time ñ everyone from INXS, Jet and Silverchair, to the Temper Trap, Cut Copy and Empire of the Sun. Welcome aboard, Australasians.

Electro Swing – The Samples

Ever wondered where electro swing producers get their samples from? Wonder no more ñ Steven Marshall has the answers. Check out the original hooks pilfered by Mr. Scruff, Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup, Gramophonedzie and many, many more. Great playlist, this one.

Kieron’s Electro Vol.11

Another must-hear mixtape this month is the latest edition in Kieron’s Electro series. Volume 11 takes in future disco, electro, funky house and pretty much everything in between, by artists such as Riva Starr, Jesse Rose, Crazy P, Tensnake and more. Check out volumes 1-10 by clicking here.

The ultimate Johnny Marr playlist

Big reaction for this playlist on the old SMP Facebook page. And it’s not hard to see why. Stef Galley’s mixtape is a brilliant, career-spanning tribute to Johnny Marr ñ covering the Smiths, Electronic, Modest Mouse, the Cribs and many, many more besides. Ace.

Here Comes Hipster Summer

Two hipsters walk into a bar on a summer’s day. One did it first. The other did it ironically. BOOM BOOM! And playing in that bar was this playlist from Jokke Samen: “There’s this lazy, penetrating feeling of summer I get when I listen to indie and alternative music,” he says. And that’s what this playlist is all about.

New Releases 2012

Next up, we’re giving you a gentle reminder that this playlist, created by some clowns calling themselves SMP Playlists, is updated each and every month with the best new music released on Spotify. If you haven’t subscribed yet ñ YOU HAVEN’T SUBSCRIBED YET?! ñ do it now. You know it makes sense.

Happy Birthday, Prince!

He did not come to funk around. ‘Tll he gets your daughter, he won’t leave this town. Prince is also celebrating his 54th birthday this month. Geek Thug has compiled 54 tracks from the Artist himself to commemorate the occasion. “Mostly album tracks,” he says. Because, “As any real Prince fans know, his best songs are NOT hits”.