More Apps for you to play with

Today we’re excited to present the latest, greatest batch of hot new apps. A total of 12 fantastic apps, brought to you from music labels including Universal, Sony, Warner, LEGACY, Def Jam, Domino, Matador, PIAS and X5.

Want to check out complete album booklets? Personalise playlists based on your Facebook likes? Delve more deeply into the history of legendary artists? Listen to the most popular songs being talked about on Twitter? All this and much, much more is coming to Spotify…

New apps include:

The Complete Collection: Browse rich images, lyrics, and liner notes to learn about iconic artists while listening to their music. Always wanted to know who wrote that Eminem song? Looking for the producer of your favourite beat? Curious who took those amazing Lady Gaga photos? Use The Complete Collection to immerse yourself in the music history while listening to legends you love!

Tweetvine: TweetVine is a perfectly formed little app that listens to all the tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #NowPlaying and creates charts from the results!

Classify: Classify opens the doors to the world of classical music. Browse by composers, eras, moods, instruments or genres. Our vast library of classical music is now intelligently organised for your listening pleasure.

The Legacy Of: A visual feast. Dig deeper into some of the world’s most acclaimed artists with hi-res photos, curated playlists, handpicked albums, biographies and more.

Filtr: Filtr is a playlist app, which allows you to build playlists based on the music tastes of your Facebook friends, people who’ve accepted invitations to Facebook events, music genres, your Spotify playlists and favourite artists. On top of generating awesome playlists, Filtr also recommends existing and live updated editorial playlists based on what you like.

Def Jam: For over 26 years, Def Jam Recordings has shaped culture and lifestyles by creating the very best in hip-hop, rap, R&B, and pop music. Def Jam’s new app enables an entirely new way to make your lives better through new experiences in music discovery and curation.

Domino: The Domino app is a discovery and listening destination for fans of Domino artists, the Domino label and the larger independent music community.

the warner sound: the warner sound features songs, albums, and playlists from Warner Music Group’s outstanding roster of artists including Green Day, Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, and Cee Lo Green, hot and emerging artists like Wiz Khalifa, Ed Sheeran, Kimbra, Birdy, and Fun., as well as legendary acts like The Doors, Grateful Dead, and Aretha Franklin. The app also spotlights genre-specific playlists such as Just Can’t Get Enough – The ’80s, Have A Nice Day – The ’70s, and Youth Gone Wild – Classic Heavy Metal, among many others. Additional features include Album Of The Day, Family Tree (where current artists are traced back to the classic roots), and artist-curated playlists from today’s hottest acts.

Hot or not: Hot or not? You decide. Vote for your favourite songs, either based on what you think is popular or what you wish to make popular. You’ll be rewarded with points and you can earn badges as well as see your scores compared to all your Facebook friends!

Digster: Digster has fresh playlists updated weekly. You can browse playlists by category, find playlists made by artists and match Digster playlists to your listening history and Facebook likes.

[PIAS]: The [PIAS] app helps music lovers discover the very best new albums and expertly curated playlists. Updated weekly, users can now rely on trusted voices to introduce and recommend great music to them, both past and present.

Matador: Matador’s app gives you the ultimate experience in new releases, tour dates, playlists and more. As well as keeping you clued up on Matador’s latest releases and tour dates, you can browse through the history of releases from Matador since 1992 – an interactive guide to music from the New York indie label.

The apps will be rolled out today – you can find them, along with the rest of our apps, in the App Finder.

Spotify Apps

Nursing the SXSW Hangover?

We’re winding down from a week-long party presented by MSN at this year’s SXSW. What a whirlwind experience it was – from A$AP Rocky, Of Monsters and Men, Kimbra and more – Austin was green with all things Spotify.

Over the course of a week we set up shop in a Heritage house from the 1900’s, located just outside of the hussle and bussle of downtown, on E. Cesar Chavez. At the Spotify House presented by MSN, we invited music-lovers to join us in discovering some of today’s hottest emerging acts in an intimate setting; from a porch-side performance by Yellow Ostrich to a camp-fire style set with Delta Spirit on the lawn, each day we hosted a series of Spotify Sessions, giving an up-close-and-personal look at the talented performers behind all the buzz at this year’s SXSW.

Between the Sessions, festival-goers were invited to soak up some sun, enjoy a cocktail or some local food truck bites, and challenge their buddies to a friendly game of ping pong. Our photobooth captured many of the smiles and laughs. It was great to see people return day after day to hang out with Spotify and the MSN team.

The party didn’t stop there, as we hosted Spotify Live presented by MSN – a rooftop concert in the heart of downtown Austin, featuring some of SXSW’s most talked-about acts – Grimes, SBTRKT and A$AP Rocky.

Onlookers below and surrounding the rooftop were treated to a video stream of the show, which was projected onto buildings surrounding our 6th Street location, transforming the intimate engagement into a larger-than-life event that, according to Billboard.com, “no one in downtown Austin could overlook.”

Special thanks to MSN for making this all possible! Thanks to all of our friends at Rolling Stone, Dig For Fire, Bacardi, Honest Tea, KIND, Miller Lite, Mutewatch, Pop Chips, SOL Republic, and Sonos who helped in creating such a fantastic event.

Hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing y’all again soon.

Didn’t make it down to this year’s SXSW? Be sure to check out all the action at the Spotify House right here!

Saturday sets at the Spotify House

Saturday was the final day of the Spotify House and we made sure to close up our Austin festivities with a bang. Three super acts dropped by while we soaked up our last day in the sun.

Of Monsters and Men
We caught some rays with Icelandic indie sextet Of Monsters and Men. Check out their stellar Spotify Session below.

St. Lucia
Electronic pop band, St. Lucia enchanted us with some sweet tunes.

Fanfarlo
Fanfarlo‘s indie-pop sound warmed up the Spotify House living room. Watch them deconstruct their track “Deconstruction” in their Spotify Session below.

Thanks so much to all those who stopped by the Spotify House this SXSW week! Hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing y’all again soon.

Kickstarting the weekend at the Spotify House

Friday at the Spotify House was the ultimate way to kickstart the weekend with three stellar acts stopping by.

Devin

Brooklyn’s Devin added some rock and some roll to our morning. Check out their Spotify Session below.

Vacationer

Usually electronic-based, Vacationer treated us to a stripped-down version of “Be With You” on the lawn. Their Spotify Session will transport you to a dreamy place so be sure to check it out here.

Patrick Watson

Singer-songwriter Patrick Watson packed the house with a moving set that got us all singing along.

Stay tuned to Rolling Stone each day for video recaps of all the incredible performances at the Spotify House presented by MSN.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday‘s music recommendations.

First song out this week is “We Are The Tide” with one of my favorite indie folk bands trough all time; “Blind Pilot”. They have a long list of amazing songs and I have added a few of them before in Music Monday. If you like what you hear you should also check out: “One Red Thread”, “Oviedo” and their latest album´s title track “3 Rounds And A Sound”. I continue the playlist with a norwegian favorite. A indiepop quartet from Oslo: “Monzano”. I really love their song “New Astronomy” from their first album, “High Horses & One Trick Ponies” (2007)

The Jezabels are a four-piece musical group who formed after meeting at the University of Sydney. They have been described as a blend of alternative rock, indie rock, and disco pop and they just came out with a new album called “Prisoner”. I chose to add one of their old songs this Monday; “Mace Spray”. You should also check out “Endless Summer” from their newest album.

“The Maccabees” are an indie rock band from Brighton, England. They have released three albums so far, “Colour It In” in 2007, with a follow-up, “Wall of Arms”, released in 2009. Their most recent album “Given to the Wild” just came out now in 2012. I love their song “Feel to Follow”.

I finish this weeks playlist with a new favorite singer and songwriter. “Alex Winston”. She is an American indie pop/rock singer and multi-instrumentalist. Classically trained in opera, Winston was encouraged by her parents to pursue music. She has a very interesting sound I like her song “Guts” from her latest album “King Con”. Strange and beautiful.

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox.

Here you can find the playlist: http://spoti.fi/music-mondays – Subscribe and you will get a mix of twenty new feel-good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

More fun at the Spotify House

Day Four at the Spotify House was stacked with amazing performances. Two remarkable acts dropped by to treat us to some musical magic.

Spoek Mathambo

South Africa’s Spoek Mathambo hotwired our morning with his unique electro-pop sound. Don’t miss the band’s Spotify Session in the video below.

Howler

Minneapolis indie-rockers, Howler kicked back on the front porch with a stripped-down set that perfectly blended with the sunny Austin vibe.

Stay tuned to Rolling Stone each day for video recaps of all the incredible performances at the Spotify House presented by MSN.

If you’re in Austin, be sure to swing by for a daily dose of exclusive music, giveaways and more! We’ve set up shop at 1010 E. Cesar Chavez. Click here for a map.

Rocking at the Spotify House

Day Three at the Spotify House was one to remember! Three talented acts stopped by and got us moving and shaking.

Widowspeak

Brooklyn quartet Widowspeak performed an intimate set that included a dreamy rendition of their song “Burnout”. We were hooked and you will be too when you see this awesome video of their Spotify Session.

Kimbra

New Zealand native, Kimbra stole our hearts with a stellar set that got us all singing along. Check out her Spotify Session right here.

Dry The River
U.K. folk five-piece Dry the River stopped by to perform a barebones version of their orchestral tune “Bible Belt,” using acoustic instruments and a Casio keyboard. The song is from the band’s debut LP due in April, but you can check it out in their Spotify Session right here.

Stay tuned to Rolling Stone each day for video recaps of all the incredible performances at the Spotify House presented by MSN.

If you’re in Austin, be sure to swing by for a daily dose of exclusive music, giveaways and more! We’ve set up shop at 1010 E. Cesar Chavez. Click here for a map.

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 March, 2000, Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 (£3,235) a month to $10,000 (£5,888). Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million (£3.8 million) settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 (£2,065) for a nanny; $2,500£3,000 (£1,670£1,765) for food and $3,350 (£1,970) to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.

Money

16th March 1977, After being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made £75,000 ($127,500) from the deal.

The Blank Generation

17th March, 1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the king moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.

Elvis Is Everwhere

18th March 2008, Heather Mills’ evidence in her divorce case with Sir Paul McCartney was “inconsistent, inaccurate” and “less than candid”, according to judge Mr Justice Bennett’s. His High Court ruling was revealed in full after Ms Mills was told she could not appeal against its publication. The full ruling was published a day after she was awarded £24.3m at the High Court in London. Mills was awarded £3.2m per year for herself and the couple’s daughter Beatrice, £8m for a home in London and £3m to purchase a home in New York. The judge found the total value of Sir Paul’s assets was about £400m. Ms Mills had sought £125m and been offered £15.8m.

Grounds For Divorce

19th March 1965, The Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.”

Clothes

20th March, 2002, The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Robbie Williams had become a priest. He was ordained via the Internet by the non-denominational Universal Ministries and officiated the wedding of Billy Morrison from rock band The Cult and Jennifer Holliday.

Have A Talk With God

21st March 2004, Ozzy Osbourne was named the nation’s favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. The 55-year-old singer came top of a poll as the face people want to represent them to alien life. The poll of internet users was carried out following the discovery of signs of water on Mars. Ozzy won 26 per cent of the vote, Simon Cowell, came last on the list, with just three per cent of the vote, A spokesman for Yahoo! News said: “As the world waits desperately for signs of alien life, we decided to ask our users who they thought was best suited for this most auspicious of roles. Ozzy is a great choice but I’m not sure what the Martians would make of his individual approach to the English language.”

Loving The Alien

Rocking at the Spotify House

Day Two at the Spotify House was action-packed with three incredible acts stopping by.

Yellow Ostrich
New York City indie-rockers,Yellow Ostrich, kicked off the day with a rousing performance on the porch. Check out their Spotify Session featuring an animated version of their track, “The Shakedown” below.

The Sheepdogs
We caught some afternoon shade with The Sheepdogs and got treated to a laid-back set. Get an up-close and personal look of their Spotify Session with this video from our friends at Rolling Stone.

Pond
The gang at Pond stopped by for a fun session in the sun.

Stay tuned to Rolling Stone each day for video recaps of all the incredible performances at the Spotify House presented by MSN.

If you’re in Austin, be sure to swing by for a daily dose of exclusive music, giveaways and more! We’ve set up shop at 1010 E. Cesar Chavez. Click here for a map.