Arcade Fire comes to Spotify

Today we’re excited to announce that one of our favorite bands, Arcade Fire, is now on Spotify. The entire catalogue from these Grammy-award winning Indie rockers is available to enjoy right here.

To celebrate, we’ve compiled our top Arcade Fire tracks. Take a listen here and be sure to add these talented Canadians to your playlists today!

The sounds of December courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack To November 2011

Phil Wilce‘s monthly tastemaker is now here! If you want a round-up of the best new indie and electro from the past 30 days, this is the playlist for you: Scroobius Pip, Roots Manuva, DJ Shadow feat. Little Dragon, This Is The Kit and more.

Hitmakers: Benny Blanco

SMP user Clabbe is something of an expert at uncovering these lesser-known songsmiths. His Hitamker series features stacks of producers behind some of the biggest hits of the past few years. Like this chap, Benny Blanco. The American gained recognition for his work with Spank Rock, which led to jobs behind the desk for superstars like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Mike Posner and Taio Cruz. Check them all out here.

Please Please Somebody Else

Our patience has worn thin. Time is up. We can wait no longer. With the help of SMP user The Mammal, we’ve taken the Beatles’ conspicuous absence from Spotify into our own hands. Check out their debut album, Please Please Me, reconstructed entirely from cover versions by the likes of Chaka Demus & Pliers, Estereotypo, Flamin’ Groovies and Maggie Bell tackle Fab Four classics. You can find more Beatles’ albums like this one here.

100+ indie & alternative Christmas songs

Admittedly, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the old classics on the radio, blaring from the shops and, well, just everywhere. But if you’re looking for some new twists on classic compositions, as well as some brand spanking new festive tunes, this is the mixtape for you: Pete Philly, The Decemberists, The Specials, The Flaming Lips, Frightened Rabbit, Mogwai, Smith & Burrows, Richard Hawley, Fleet Foxes and stacks more.

Unsigned Finds: The Next New Thing

We have not stopped listening to the new Unsigned Finds series of playlists, created by hoxsd1. They’re veritable feasts of the best new music on Spotify, and must-hear mixtapes for music geeks like us. It’s essential that we champion undiscovered acts like the ones featured here, of course it is. But it is also very important we play a little game of: who’s got the coolest band name? We’re going for Fearless Vampire Killers. Ace. Check out more Unsigned Finds playlists here.

Studio Soul Men: Cropper and Dunn

This little gem has been going down a storm on the old SMP Facebook page. It’s not hard to see why it’s so popular, it’s one of the most consummate collections of soul music we’ve ever received. All tracks featured have one thing in common: Steve Cropper on guitar and Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass. Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MG’s, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and more. A real top-class playlist.

PASTE: The 50 Best Songs of 2011

Playlists made of our users’ favourite tracks from 2011 are coming in thick and fast now. Here’s our early contenders for single of the year: Yuck – Georgia; Lykke Li – Love Out Of Lust; Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues; Tom Waits – Bad As Me; M83 – Midnight City. All of which – conveniently – feature on this mixtape. Upload a mixtape full of your favourite tunes from 2011. We’d be ever so grateful.

Turkish Psychedelic Folk

We love – LOVE – absurdly obscure mixtapes like this one here at SMP – and you clearly do too, as you went Like crazy for it on the SMP Facebook page. There’s nothing we can write here that will make you want to listen to this playlist more than you will after simply reading the title: Turkish Psychedelic Folk. Brilliant.

Cool Yule

One more Chrismas mixtape before we go? Why not. You certainly won’t mind when you hear the quality on this one. You see, as festive mixtapes go, this is pretty much as cool as it gets: “Keep the Yule cool with a mix of holiday jazz classics from John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Donald Byrd, and more,” says its creator EMI Music US. Magic.

Resident Advisor Top 50 November 2011

We end, as always, with a spectacular, mind-bending, dancefloor-destroying collection of house and techno. If you’re dusting off your dancing shoes over the festive season, we’ve got your pre-party music all sewn up: Resident Advisor Top 50 November 2011. In particular, check out bangers from Mendo, Mendo, Yakine, Carl Craig, Robert Dietz, Anja Schneider and Terrence Parker.

Discover the new Spotify Radio

Get ready for an amazing radio experience. Unlimited stations, unlimited skips – that’s the new Spotify Radio.

You can be the DJ and skip between stations and tracks, or choose a station and just go with the flow. If you like what you hear, you can save the song to a playlist or play it again on demand.

To get started
Starting a radio station is easy. Click “Start Artist Radio” at the top of any artist page or just drag a track to “Radio” in the left sidebar. Spotify will make a radio station of similar music.

Then sit back. Or dance about. Your station will keep playing music based on your initial choice, it’s endless. And there’s no limit to the number of stations you can create.

A unique radio experience
Thanks to our all-new intelligent recommendation engine and multi-million track library, Spotify Radio is a music discovery experience without equal.

Unlimited skips
Don’t like a track? Skip it. You can skip as many times as you like. It’s your radio station.

We’ll be starting to roll out this brand new radio along with Spotify Apps in the next few days. Can’t wait? Then we have a preview version available for you here.

Spotify launches a brand new radio feature

Enjoy tuning into the new Spotify Radio.

App of the Day: We are Hunted

As huge advocates of new music, we can’t get enough of We are Hunted. As one of the world’s leading music discovery services, we are so excited to see the app inside Spotify. It’s never been easier to enjoy the hottest new music trending across the world.

What is We are Hunted?

We are Hunted is an online music chart that’s on the pulse of what people are saying about artists and their music. They scout blogs, social media and message boards to chart the top 99 songs online right now.

You can trust We are Hunted to discover the most popular emerging and mainstream artists, as well as genre charts for your every musical whim.

Discover your next favourite artist right here!

Until the full update rolls out, please remember that you need the Preview Beta version of Spotify to be able to use the Apps. Get it here.

App of the Day: TuneWiki

TuneWiki

We’re delighted with the TuneWiki Spotify App. Just play any song, go to the app and the lyrics will appear in sync with the music. Perfect for singing along with your favourite artists, or for those karaoke parties at home.

TuneWiki Nyancat

What is TuneWiki?

TuneWiki is changing the way people experience music, engaging in fun ways to interact with lyrics and music. TuneWiki’s social music player provides timed, subtitled lyrics in more than 40 languages.

You can check the TuneWiki Spotify App today. Come this way.

Remember that you need the Preview Beta version of Spotify to be able to use the apps. Get it here.

App of the Day: Last.fm

We’ve been big fans of Last.fm for years, so we couldn’t be happier to see the fantastic Last.fm app inside Spotify. Now it’s easier than ever to explore and expand your music library with some great personalized recommendations.

What is Last.fm?

It’s a music recommendation service that effortlessly keeps a record of what you listen to (a term the Last.fm team calls scrobbling) and suggests more music based on your tastes.

So, by simply listening to your favourite tunes on Spotify, Last.fm will help you discover more great music. Plus highlight the tracks and albums you just can’t get enough of.

Enjoying new music just got a whole lot easier. Take a look!

Remember that you need the Preview Beta version of Spotify to be able to use the apps. Get it here.

Music Loves Art

Art Basel wrapped up yesterday – what an incredible, inspirational week. We’re so excited that so many Spotify users were able to attend and be astounded by the amazing performances and mash-ups at our Music Loves Art event.

If you’re still feeling a little tender from a weekend of loud music and dancing, be sure to nurse away the hangover with this playlist from our friends at Ricochet Lounge Miami.

For all those who couldn’t make it down to Art Basel this year, stay tuned later this week for the first installment of “Vice Meets Spotify Live” – a unique series capturing all the action from Ricochet Lounge including performances and exclusive interviews from all the artists.

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App of the Day: Rolling Stone Recommends

Rolling Stone Reccomends

We’re loving the Rolling Stone Recommends app. This is just the sort of music discovery experience we’ve been dreaming about. Now it’s integrated beautifully inside Spotify. Happy days!

What is Rolling Stone Recommends?

Just add this app to your sidebar for Rolling Stone’s legendary music reviews. The best new albums and tracks reviewed for you – nothing below 3 stars here!

Read a review. Listen to the music. Star it, share it or add it as a playlist – all inside Spotify.

You can also enjoy ready-made playlists curated by the good people at Rolling Stone. Add a playlist to your collection with a click.

To take a look at the brilliant Rolling Stone Recommends app, come this way.

And now for the pretty screenshots.

Rolling Stone Reccomends

Rolling Stone Reccomends Review

Remember that you need the Preview Beta version of Spotify to be able to use the apps. Get it here.

Brilliant new features in Spotify

We’ve gone and made Spotify even better. Along with our brand new App Finder you’ll find all these new goodies waiting for you with your next Spotify update.

Updated ‘What’s New’ page

What’s new? Well, the ‘What’s New’ page for a start! We’ve re-designed the page to be more intuitive and a whole lot prettier! You’ll also find trending playlists and top tracks amongst your friends and in your area.

Predictive search results

Start typing in the search bar and Spotify will suggest possible tracks, artists, albums, playlists and even people. How very helpful!

Playlist search

Yes, you read that right! Search results now include public playlists from all Spotify users.

New “Buddy List”

Get the low-down on what your friends are listening to right now with the new Buddy List. Talk about staying on top of trending music! You’ll be able to see and hear your friends’ starred tracks, as well as the music they’re adding to their playlists.

Now when they say ‘have you heard…?’, the answer is YES. Your Buddy List is the lovely ticker running down the right hand side of Spotify.

Add to Favourites

Now you can add your best friends to your People List for easy access. It’s good to keep your friends close!

Full-screen support

Mac OS X Lion users can now enjoy full-screen support.

The full update will be rolling out to all users soon. In the meantime, you can your hands on all these exciting new features in our Preview version. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas from Michael Bublé

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — especially with this advent calendar from Michael Bublé!

Count down to Christmas and get a festive surprise every day. With exclusive video content, playlists and even a chance to win some fantastic prizes, you’re in for a Holly, Jolly Christmas.

To get you into the Jingle Bell spirit, Michael’s new album, Christmas, features all your favorite festive tracks including the hits ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, and the Christmas original ‘Cold December Night’.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas from all of us here at team Michael Bublé & Spotify