Spotify Premium UK, Chalk Stars

Animal KingdomNew UK group, Animal Kingdom, could be loosely compared to the likes of The Cure, The Flaming Lips and Grandaddy. They’ve been making quite an impression on those who have heard them on tour with Vampire Weekend and Camera Obscura and their first single, Tin Man, has been receiving rave reviews.

Their debut album, Chalk Stars, is set to be released later this year. Starting today Spotify Premium users in the UK can listen to their new EP Signs And Wonders exclusively. Enjoy!

Spotify Premium UK, Tricks Of The Trade

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It’s been a big year for Danish alternative band Mew. As well as touring alongside Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction they’re also releasing their fifth album, No More Stories…. The record is described as being happier, “dancier” and more upbeat than its predecessor, And the Glass Handed Kites. Starting today, Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK get first dibs at listening to the album in full.

For a taste of what’s on offer, check out their No More Stories EP, then sign up for Spotify Premium for the main course.

Spotify Premium Sweden, mini-festival in Gothenburg

On the 25th of August Swedish indie label Wonderland Records will have a mini festival at Trädgårn in Gothenburg. Exciting acts Emmon, Thermostatic, Arvid and Hearts of Black Science will play live.

We wanted to let you know that all Spotify Premium subscribers together with a friend get free entrance before 22:00. The only thing you need to do is to send an e-mail to info@wonderlandrecords.com saying you want to go and giving them your Spotify username.

You can check out the playlist of the Wonderland-acts and you can download a whole bunch of great free mp3s from the Wonderland website. The evening is co-hosted by Adore Music who’s nice range of pop and rock you should also check out. All the info about the evening can be found on their Facebook page.

7digital downloads now available in Sweden

We previously announced an expanded “Buy From” for users in Spain, France and the UK. Today I wanted to let you know that our download partner 7digital has officially launched their service in Sweden. Along with their launch we’ve expanded our download option to include links for all our Swedish users.

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To purchase albums or tracks right click on the track name (control click in Mac OS) and you’ll see the “Buy From” menu item. If the track or album is available for purchase there will be a link to the 7Digital store where you can download the mp3.

Meet our new Global Head of Business Development

Faisal GalariaThe Spotify family is getting bigger and we’re delighted to welcome Faisal Galaria as our new Global Head of Business Development. Faisal brings nearly 15 years of experience from consumer internet, media, regulatory and professional services to the role and we’re excited to have him join the team.

He joins us from the great travel site Kayak where he was Managing Director, International and responsible for launching the site in nine countries. Previously Faisal was General Manager of Jaman and before that Director for Europe at a little start-up called Skype. At Spotify, he will be helping us with international expansion, building partnerships and distribution. “I am passionate about building disruptive companies,” says Faisal. “Spotify is changing the way we all enjoy music and the old paradigms of music ownership. It’s going to be fun.”

Faisal is an ex-athlete (his words, not mine) and enjoys outdoor sports especially scuba diving. Back indoors he’s an avid film fan and particularly enjoys international and festival award winning films. Welcome aboard!

Oxjam & Cool To Be Kind

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There are a lot of great festivals over the summer but Oxjam is one of the more exciting festivals that we’re proud to be associated with.

Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long nationwide music festival with a difference – it’s about music bringing thousands of ordinary people together to combat poverty all over the world. This year Cool To Be Kind (C2BK) have been given the great privilege of hosting an Oxjam Festival Flagship event on the 16th of October at Matter, London’s premier music venue at the 02 Arena.

They’ll be releasing some specially made C2BK Oxjam Playlists created by the top notch line up, to get you prepared for this explosive end to the festival season.

Also as part of our involvement with this event we’ll be handing out some VIP tickets for a few of our lucky premium subscribers to win- watch this space for competition details.

Tickets go on sale August 21st, listen out for your favourite artists bringing exclusive news about the event in our exclusive audio ads and don’t forget to check out the C2BK website for further event details

Music catalogue updated with 1,080 tracks

Just a small little update to get your week started. We added 119 albums and singles, in total 1,080 new tracks are now available.

A few highlights include:

For the full listing have a look at the Google doc. As with every update not all albums listed may be available in your country and some tracks previously available may no longer be playable due to regional restrictions.

Music catalogue updated with 219,665 tracks

We’ve been a little quiet recently when it comes to adding new music, hopefully today’s update will make up for that. We added 20,430 albums and singles, in total 219,665 new tracks are now available.

There’s so much in here but a few highlights include:

Today’s update was so large it’s split into two sheets which still barely held the whole list. The first one has artists A-K and K-Z. I’ve also attached a full text file in case anyone prefers downloading that. As with every update not all albums listed may be available in your country and some tracks previously available may no longer be playable due to regional restrictions.

Let us know if you find any gems in today’s update.

The Invisible Festival

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I wanted to let you know about another festival taking place this weekend which is a little different than anything we’ve seen in the past. The Invisible Festival is the world’s only 100% mud free, crowd-free, rain-free, tout-free, queue-free, free-free virtual festival. They’ll be providing users with a number of different playlists over the weekend to party with, the only ticket you need is Spotify.

It’s all for a good cause as they are supporting Cancer Research UK so head over to their website for all the details.

Grolsch Block Party in Stockholm

grolschblock.jpgOn August 21st there’s a mini-festival going on in Stockholm that I wanted to let you know about.

The Grolsch Block Party has been set up to support independent artists and alternative music in Sweden. The festival groups together a number of different bars and restaurants on Skånegatan for a night of great music.

There’s a whole bunch of great acts performing such as Montt Mardié and Dmitry Fyodorov, for all the details check out the official website and prepare yourself for a great night of music. See you there!