Spotify Landmark: Nas’ Illmatic

Spotify Landmark - our series documenting music’s greatest moments in the words of those who made them – is back. This time around, we bring you the ‘aural history’ of Nas’ Illmatic - considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. On the occasion of the album’s 20th anniversary reissue, Queens, NY native Nas, his producers and his A&R executive recount the making of this timeless gem.

Uncover the story behind this iconic album with Spotify Landmark here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocking 9 to 5

Love to listen to music at work? You’re not alone! Recent research reveals that two in three people (61%) listen to music in the workplace and best yet,  that listening to music at work leads to happier employees and boosts office morale and creativity. 

This month, we partnered with Dr Anneli Haake, an expert on music in the workplace, to conduct research on office listening habits. Here’s some of our fascinating findings:

  • Over a third (36%) of workers find that music helps to get them through the day
  • 20% of workers find that listening to music is a welcome distraction from their “boring” jobs.
  • 16% admitted that they listen to music to drown out colleagues.
  • One in ten (10%) revealed that they have judged a colleague based on their choice of music.

The songs that topped the workplace charts? Our research showed that the most popular genre of music in the workplace is pop/chart music, with over a third (34%) choosing it as their preferred genre, closely followed by rock (29%).

Tell us, what music gets you through the work day? And, if you’re looking for something new, power through your 9 -5 with our ultimate work day playlist.

 

 

What type of music listener are you?

 

Mabuhay Philippines! Spotify here.

Mabuhay, everyone!

We are thrilled to announce that we’re bringing a new world of music to the Philippines today.

There are millions of songs on Spotify – from your favourite international tracks to your OPM hits, you can now create your own playlists, discover new tracks and share your music with friends.

Spotify works on your computer, laptop, mobile and tablet. So whether you’re working out, on a road trip or relaxing at home, the right music is always at your fingertips.

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We’ve also struck an exclusive deal with one of the biggest telco companies in the Philippines, Globe Telecom to offer their users a more convenient way to subscribe to Spotify as part of Globe’s new Go Surf bundle, also launching today.

Check out Spotify Philippines’ profile page to listen to some cool playlists we have made especially for you!

 

Join us on Facebook at and on Twitter to get more exciting music updates!

Don’t forget to sign up for your free Spotify account here. Happy listening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotify paints it black with new look

New Spotify Look

Today we’re launching the best-looking Spotify ever. Introducing a new darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography, playing your favourite music has never looked so good. We’re not only improving our looks though. We know how much you love playlists, but that you’ve been looking for more ways of managing your music. So today we’re introducing Your Music: helping you save, organise and browse your favourite music the way you want to. All in one place, and across all platforms. Building your personal music collection just got a lot easier.

  • Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.
  • It’s Your Music collection. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.
  • We know you’ll love it. We’ve listened to all your great feedback to ensure that everything looks and feels just right. You told us you preferred a darker interface – so here it is.

We’re also improving our Browse feature, delivering even more relevant and localised content. So regardless of whether you’re looking for something to fall asleep to, or the perfect playlist to get you geared up for your big night out, finding the right music for every moment is easier than ever. Our new design, Your Music and the updated Browse will roll out gradually to our iPhone, desktop and web users from today, and will soon be available across all platforms. Welcome to the dark side.

 

Vacation planning? Check out the British Airways Music Travel Guides.

 Do you want to visit Barcelona, Edinburgh, Malta, Naples, or Amsterdam with British Airways?  Choose from a list of B.A destinations, tell us your favourite music genre and the British Airways Music Travel Guide with Spotify will provide you with a personalised musical guide for each destination.  Features include a bespoke playlist for your chosen destination,  personalised recommendations of music events in the month you’d like to go, with an option to book tickets, and a snappy musical audio guide to the city of your choice.

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To check out the Music Travel Guides on your desktop computer, click below.

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Coldplay… Back!

The new single – Magic – is live on Spotify now.

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Coldplay, arguably the biggest band in the world right now, are debuting their new single on Spotify. Magic, taken from their new – sixth – studio album Ghost Stories, to be released May 19, is the first new music they’ve revealed since Atlas from the soundtrack to last summer’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

A stripped-back track that builds with a subtle power, Magic features a warm, strummed bassline, some crisp, synthetic drums and a tumbling, soaring Chris Martin vocal.

Add a ringing guitar part and a classic Coldplay whoop and you have a piece that is touched by modern RnB and outright radio-melting super-rock all at the same time. Magic points towards a whole new era for the band – where there’ll go next is impossible to say – a fact that only makes it all even more intriguing.

February Beats presented by @thursplay

Here’s what you’ll listen to on this October Beats by our friends at @thursplay :thursplay

On this February Beats by @thursplay [2014] you can listen to: “If I Could Change Your Mind” by L.A. based HAIM, “Don’t Wanna Dance” by Danish singer and songwriter MØ; latest single by BANKS called “Brain”, “A Wonderful World” by Conor Patrick & The Shooting Tsar Orchestra, “Klapp Klapp” by Swedish trip hop band Little Dragon.

Still on this playlist: Kidnap Kid with “So Close”, St. Vincent with the single “Prince Johnny”, Swedish musician Elliphant with “Shoot me Down” and another 7 handpicked indie tracks for you to enjoy this month.

What were your favorite releases during February?

Share tham with us today on Twitter using the hashtag #thursplay.

We’re updating our Windows Phone app!

We’re happy to announce that two new updates are coming to Windows Phone 8 users this spring. The first Spotify update brings the much-anticipated Radio, Browse and Discover features. This means that you will be able to listen to personalized radio stations, browse for what’s hot and what’s new, or discover more music.

The update also brings significant improvements and a brand new design and will be available to users later this spring.

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This new update will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers at the beginning. But the recently announced Spotify Free for mobile will also be arriving on Windows Phone – follow us on twitter to keep yourself up to date.

In the meantime, you can also sign up for a free trial of Spotify Premium.

 

Spotify Picks – David Whiting

David WhitingWe’re back with this year’s first #FavoriteFollow, David Whiting, from our Stockholm office. Listen to some of his favourite tunes and learn stuff about David you never knew you didn’t know!

Where are you from and how did you end up at Spotify?

I grew up in the UK, moving around various parts of the west country playing in all kinds of bands, studying Mathematics in Bath and eventually ending up in London doing Data Engineering for Last.fm. In early 2013 when the pace of London life all got a bit much for my rural roots, I crossed the North Sea to join Spotify in Stockholm.

What is your role at Spotify?

I work on the Data Infrastructure team, which supplies the technology necessary to process the huge amounts of data that Spotify produces every day. A lot of the time this means trying to solve tough programming problems with headphones on and the volume up to 11.

What is your most memorable concert?

As an attendee, probably the time I saw Crystal CastlesFriendly Fires and White Lies all on the same bill for around £10 in early 2008. It was at this really cool venue called Thekla in Bristol, which is a boat permanently moored near the city centre with space for about 300 people. All three of the bands went on to be massive, so It’s amazing that I saw them all in one go.

As a performer, it’s almost certainly playing to a 500-strong entirely captive audience while opening for VNV Nation at the O2 Academy in Islington, London last month with my band Heretics.

What has been one of your coolest moments while working at Spotify?

In September I got the chance to go to NYC for a couple of weeks to work with colleagues in the office there and to give a talk at the local Hadoop User Group, which was a really great trip.


Which album would you say defined your adolescence and why?

When I was 17 years old, my music taste was limited mostly to old 80s electronic bands and brit-pop from the 90s. A friend lent me a copy of Brand New’s “Deja Entendu” and it opened me up to a whole world of music and concerts and friends. In the end, it’s probably the only album from that alternative emo rock scene which still sounds great today; there was a load more albums from various bands that I used to listen to at the time, but this is the only one I still come back to.

If you had to describe yourself in one song, what song would it be?

Demoscene Time Machine – The Greatest Adventure

It’s a bit of a cheat because I wrote it, but I think it sums up my attitude to life pretty well.

What song do you have on repeat right now?

Light Asylum – Shallow Tears - such power and intensity, I can’t get enough of it; or if I’m in more of a party mood, the Shiny Mob remix of Gangsterlove by Alice Francis.

What is the best band name ever?

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

If you could choose to be in any band throughout history, which would it be?

I think being in Kraftwerk in the 70s and helping to shape the whole future of popular music by the pioneering use of synthesisers would be amazing.

Tell me about your picks.

My music taste is really varied, so I’ve tried to include a representative sample from lots of different styles, compiled from a combination of my Spotify playlists, my jams on This Is My Jam and my Last.fm listening data. You’ll hear synthpop, indie, nu-disco, electro-swing, chiptune, acoustic, folk and dark electronics in the playlist, so if you don’t like what you’re hearing, then you might well find something you like if you skip a few.

Check out David’s picks here and be sure to Follow him on Spotify!