App of the Day: Billboard Top Charts

We’re psyched to have all the hottest tunes on tap with the Billboard Top Charts app. Now you can see what’s sizzling each week by exploring Billboard’s popular music charts directly in Spotify.

Billboard captures the most popular songs ranked by radio airplay and streaming, so you can feel the pulse of what’s hot in music today.

Come this way to plug into all the top tunes!

Introducing the Spotify Community

We’re excited to announce the launch of the new Spotify Community. On this new forum we’re offering all our users a new and easy way to interact and have conversations about Spotify and music.

You can use our Community portal to ask for support, help other users like you, provide us with feedback, share new ideas, playlists and musical opinions. This forum is yours!

You can login and participate on the following link: http://community.spotify.com

Spotify Community

We hope you will enjoy being part of our Spotify Community.

Seven Days in Music History brought to you by This Day in Music

This Day In Music

Our friends at This Day in Music are bringing us some of the most relevant events that happened this week, along with a playlist for each day. Read along and enjoy these musical flashbacks.

15th February 1941, Born on this day in 1941, Brian Holland producer and songwriter, (from Holland/Dozier/Holland), who wrote many hits for Motown artists and was responsible for the “Motown Sound.”
Between 1963 and the end of 1967 H/D/H wrote the majority of Motown’s hit singles, including “Heat Wave,” “Quicksand,” and “Nowhere To Run” for Martha and The Vandellas, “Can I Get a Witness,” “Your a Wonderful One,” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) for Marvin Gaye. Eddie Holland later collaborated with Norman Whitfield on “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,” and “(I Know) I’m Losing You”, which were all hits for The Temptations.

Soul man

16th February 1991, The Simpsons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Do The Bartman”. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Bryan Lorenand, The Simpsons became the first cartoon characters to make No.1 since the Archies hit “Sugar Sugar” in 1969. Jackson was a massive fan of The Simpsons and had called the producers one night offering to write Bart a number one single and do a guest spot on the show. Jackson eventually guest-starred in the episode “Stark Raving Dad”, under the pseudonym John Jay Smith. He also wrote a song for that episode called “Happy Birthday Lisa”.

Comic book hits

17th February 2005, A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London, England. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the Monterey Festival which went for £10,000 and the first Jimi Hendrix Experience’s single “Hey Joe”, signed by all the band sold for £2,000.

Guitar songs

18th February 1954, Born on this day, John Travolta, actor, singer, who had the 1978 UK & US No.1 single with Olivia Newton John, “You’re The One That I Want”. The track topped the UK Singles chart for nine weeks in the summer of 1978 and as of 2008, is still the sixth best-selling single ever in the UK where it has sold over 2,015,000 copies.

His mother and his sister Ann appeared as extras in Saturday Night Fever and his sister Ellen appeared as a waitress in Grease. Travolta is a certified private pilot and owns five aircraft, including an ex-Qantas Boeing 707–138 airliner.

Songs about film stars Actors

19th February The Johnny Cash estate blocks an attempt by advertisers to use ‘Ring Of Fire’ to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash. Cash’s daughter Rosanne said the family would never allow the song to be demeaned like that.

Songs used for TV ads

20th February. The US salon where pop star Britney Spears shaved her head sets up a website to auction her hair off for more than $1m (£512,500). The winning bidder will also get the clippers Spears used, a blue lighter she left at the salon and the can of Red Bull she was drinking at the time.

Songs about Hair

21st February 1943, Born on this day, David Geffen, Geffen record label boss. Founder of Asylum records who signed The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell.

Geffen is also noted for creating Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC Records in 1990. Geffen was also one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG in 1994. Geffen has an estimated net worth of $4.6 billion, making him one of the richest people in the entertainment industry.

Asylum artists

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s February 14th and you know what that means… Whether you’re in the mood for love or would rather curse the thought of another Valentine’s Day, there’s a Spotify playlist for you!

Check out some of these inspired mixes to enhance your V-Day plans:

XOXO,
The Spotify Team

Be the first to see and hear who’s playing at Bonnaroo 2012

Today’s a big day for music lovers and festival go-ers everywhere. Why? Because today Bonnaroo is exclusively revealing the official line-up for 2012 on Spotify!

The Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee has a history of getting the biggest bands and the hottest emerging acts – and this year is no different.

So here’s your chance to see and hear what’s in store for the June 7 -10 festivities.

Click here to discover the 2012 line-up.

App of the Day: Top10

We’re totally addicted to the Top10 app! Thanks to this Spotify App, listening to and sharing music is even more fun!

Top10 makes it easy for you to share your own Top10s with friends that are into the same music.

All you need to do is pick a topic, add the tracks you love and invite your friends to make their version. Everyone’s contribution builds the Top10 so you can compare!

‘Top10 Tracks to Work Out To’, ‘Top10 One Hit Wonders’, ‘Top10 Air Guitar Songs’ – you can create and share Top10 playlists about anything you like! Plus there’s a full browse interface to discover and subscribe to thousands of awesome Top10s, from your friends and the rest of the world.

With Valentine’s Day just ahead, there’s no better time to get started with Top10. There are tons of inspired Top10’s already on the go — from Top10 Love Songs to Top 10 Single Girl Anthems, Top10 Sexy Songs, Top10 Songs for the Broken-hearted and more — there’s a Top10 for everyone.

Plus, the Top10 team are running a competition to compile the ultimate Top10 Love Songs. Share the songs that warm your heart, get you in the mood or just simply bring out the old romantic in you and stand in line to win a year of Spotify Premium for you and a loved one. Read all about it here!

Get the low-down on the Bonnaroo 2012 line-up with Spotify

Guess who is the official announcement partner for this year’s Bonnaroo festival line-up? Yes, we are!

Our friends at Bonnaroo have chosen us to reveal the highly-anticipated 2012 line-up. So watch this space tomorrow as we unveil the artists exclusively on Spotify!

Want in on the action? We’ve got two VIP tickets to the festival. Click here for your chance to tweet and win!

App of the Day: Songkick Concerts

Songkick Concerts

The Songkick Concerts app has blown our minds. In this Spotify App, you get to see all the future concerts in your area. And, since you are using Spotify, you can get special notifications when artists that you listen to are about to perform near you.

You can choose to let Songkick Concerts scan your library and to create your list of tracked artists based on artists in your Spotify Library that you have starred or added to a playlist, or songs in your local files. You can also create a personalized concert calendar of upcoming events based on your artists and location.

That’s not all! You can get tickets to those gigs directly on the app! What are you waiting for? Try this Spotify App today.

Come this way.

Songkick Concerts

Music Loves Art

Last December, Spotify headed to Miami Beach to join in on the Art Basel festivities. Among the incredible talent and unique experiences, we presented a showcase to explore the intersection of two art forms coming together under one roof: Music Loves Art.

Over the course of four nights at Miami’s new hotspot, Ricochet Lounge, the events offered a special line-up for art and music lovers alike. Our friends at VICE captured all the action in an exclusive series titled VICE Meets Spotify: Music Loves Art.

Pairing the music and art, the series offered a behind-the-scenes look at the sizzling performances and intimate interviews, including the likes of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings alongside notable visual artist Mickalene Thomas.

Check out the fourth and final episode where we connect with performance artist Kalup Linzy and legendary band TV on the Radio. In this, they discuss the importance of performance in both music and art and the way they incorporate it into their craft.

In case you missed any of the episodes of “Vice Meets Spotify Live”, catch up on all the action at right here!

Eight Days in Music History brought to you by This Day in Music

This Day In Music

Our friends at This Day in Music are bringing us some of the most relevant events that happened this week, along with a playlist for each day. Read along and enjoy these musical flashbacks.

7th February 1970, one hit wonders Shocking Blue went to No.1 on the US singles chart with “Venus”, making them the first Dutch act to top the US charts. The track was first released in 1969 where it was a big hit in the Netherlands, reaching No.3 in the charts. It subsequently sold 350,000 copies in Germany, reached the top 10 in the UK and topped the US chart for three weeks.

All girl group Bananarama took the song to No.8 on the UK chart in 86. Nirvana covered the Shocking Blue song “Love Buzz” as their debut single in 1988 and it also appeared on the re-release of their 1989 album Bleach. Both The Prodigy and Lil’ Kim have sampled Shocking Blue.

Playlist: Space

8th February 1990, American singer songwriter Del Shannon died of self inflicted gunshot wounds at his home in Santa Clarita, California. The singer who had been taking the anti-depressant drug Prozac had been suffering from depression. Shannon scored the 1961 UK and US No.1 single “Runaway”, as well as 12 other Top 40 singles.

Shortly before his death, he’d been working with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne and was rumored to be replacing Roy Orbison, (who had recently died), in the Traveling Wilburys supergroup. Following his death, The Traveling Wilburys honored him by recording a version of “Runaway”.

Playlist for this day.

9th February, Born on this day in 1960, Holly Johnson, singer, songwriter, artist who was a member of Liverpool based groups Big In Japan and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. FGTH took their name from a poster which had the headline “Frankie Goes to Hollywood” in a reference to singer Frank Sinatra.

With Frankie he scored the 1984 UK No.1 single “Relax” which was banned by the BBC and subsequently topped the UK chart for five consecutive weeks, and ultimately becoming the seventh best-selling UK single of all time. FGTH became only the second act in the history of the charts to reach No.1 with their first three singles; (the first being another Liverpool band – Gerry & the Pacemakers in 1964).

As a solo, artist Johnson scored the 1989 UK No.4 hit “Love Train” and the 1989 UK No.1 album Blast. Since the mid 1990s, Johnson has worked primarily as a painter. His works have been exhibited at the Tate Liverpool, and The Royal Academy.

Playlist: 10 great Liverpool groups.

February 10th, 1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of “A Day in the Life” for their forthcoming album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At the Beatles’ request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown’s nose, while another a fake gorilla’s paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties.

The recording was filmed for a possible Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band television special, which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith (The Monkees) and Donovan were also all present during the session.

Playlist: Killer closing album tracks

February 11th 1963, Born on this day, Sheryl Crow, American singer, songwriter, who had the 1994 US No.2 & UK No.4 single “All I Wanna Do”, from the 1993 album Tuesday Night Music Club.

Crow toured with Michael Jackson as a backup vocalist during his Bad World Tour from 1987–1989, performing with Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” Crow has also recorded background vocals for various artists including Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp and Don Henley.

Click here to listen to this day’s playlist.

February 12th 1967, 15 police officers raided Redlands the West Sussex home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards during a weekend party. The police who were armed with a warrant issued under the dangerous drugs act took away various substances for forensic tests.

George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was said that the police waited for them to leave before they raided the house in order not to bust the holder of an MBE.

Playlist: Cops and robbers

13th Feb, 1961, Frank Sinatra launched his own record label, Reprise Records, in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings. Hence, he garnered the nickname “The Chairman of the Board.”
One of the label’s founding principles under Sinatra’s leadership was that each artist would have full creative freedom, and at some point complete ownership of their work; including publishing rights. Reprise later became the home of many influential US acts such as Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and The Beach Boys.

10 hits from the 60’s on Reprise

14th Feb, Who said romance was dead? On this day in 1984 Elton John married recording engineer Renate Blauer in Sydney, Australia. The couple divorced three years later. Other stars who married on Valentines day include: Lou Reed, Jerry Garcia, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher,

And in 1996, T.A.F.K.A.P. married Mayte Garcia in a Minneapolis church, he also composed a special song for his wife, “Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother, Wife”, which she heard for the first time when they had their first wedding dance. Garcia had appeared on the US television program That’s Incredible! at the age of 8 as the world’s youngest professional belly dancer. She came to the attention of Prince in 1990 when her mother submitted a video cassette of Mayte performing. The couple split in 1998.

Click here to enjoy this playlist.