Songs for the Conclave

Very soon the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church from around the world will gather in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to choose the next Pope and spiritual leader of over 1 billion Catholics.

Before the results are broadcast to the world via smoke signal, we wanted to present a special conclave themed playlist to celebrate this rare, historic occasion. We’ve partnered with Tim O’Malley, Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and Concurrent Professor, Department of Theology; and Carolyn Pirtle, Assistant Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy to create a playlist of hymns and choral music from the Spotify catalog.

Dr. O’Malley gave us his interpretation of the music selection:

“The playlist consists of motifs central to the Catholic imagination relative to the election of a Pope. It focuses upon certain themes, including the Church’s asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit during this time of transition; the Church’s crying out to God for mercy that we might be found worthy to receive a successor of Peter, who unites the Church in love; and praise for the God, who guides the Church through the twists and turns of history. The playlist is intended to give the listener a disposition of wonder, of contemplation, of prayer to the God who first loved us.”

Listen in now!

See Danko Jones Live!

Rockers Danko Jones will be appearing with Danish hard-rock sensation Volbeat on their upcoming North American tour. To celebrate, Spotify, Skullcandy and Danko Jones are flying out one lucky person and a friend to see the sold-out show in New York on April 9th, and meet the band!

Up for grabs:

  • First prize: Two round-trip plane tickets to New York (*from contiguous United States), two tickets to the show and meet and greet with Danko Jones, hotel for one night along with custom Danko Skullcandy headphones and 6 months of Spotify Premium.
  • Runner-up prizesTwo tickets to any Volbeat/Danko show in the US (between March 6th – April 11th, 2013), a meet and greet with the band along with custom Danko Skullcandy headphones and 6 months Spotify Premium.

What are you waiting for? Click HERE to enter!

New update for iOS devices – 0.6.0

We’re happy to announce we have updated our App for iOS 5 devices. This update includes:

  • New: Shiny new interface. You can navigate around the app with a new sidebar. Check it out by swiping left-to-right, or by pressing the ≣ button in the top left of the app.
  • New: Now Playing bar. You’ll always see what you’re listening to along the bottom of Spotify. To switch tracks, just swipe along it. Tap or drag to see more information about the current track. Tap the cover art in the extended view to use AirPlay, and disable/enable shuffle and repeat.
  • New: Track menu. Tap the … button on any track to see a redesigned context menu.
  • Fixed: “Track only available online” issues. This would sometimes appear after start-up, or when you’d been offline for a little while. Not any more.
  • Fixed: Lock screen will now always display the correct track.
  • Fixed: Shuffle now switches off after you’ve used “Shuffle Play” on an album or playlist.

If you have any feedback, come and tell us at the Spotify Community.

Spotify is Heading to SXSW!

For a second year, the Spotify House is opening its doors to celebrate SXSW! From March 11th through the 15th, our Big Green House will be your go-to venue to unwind, discover new music and see buzz-worthy up and coming bands.

Every day we’ll have two live performances from some of our favorite new artists, as well as a DJ to finish the day and start your night!

We’ve got everything from food truck flavors, ping pong, a photo booth and more – so you won’t have a reason to leave the House all day! Spotify Premium users get priority access to the House and free food and merchandise all week. If you haven’t got Premium already, sign up now!

We’ll also be hosting an extra special Spotify Live show on Wednesday, March 13th. More details to come – but trust us, you won’t want to miss this lineup!

To get on the guest-list for the Big Green House, just RSVP here. You’ll also be entered to win an exclusive swag bag filled with SXSpotify goodies!

For the latest updates, keep checking back and follow us on Twitter @SXSpotify.

See you in Austin!

Coming Soon: Control Spotify in your Ford vehicle using SYNC AppLink

We have been working directly with Ford to deliver a safe, convenient, voice-activated in-car music solution for your car. And soon you’ll be able to access our huge catalogue on the move by voice control, while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Available on select Ford vehicles, SYNC AppLink uses voice-activated technology to build a hands-free bridge between you and your smartphone applications.

This coming update of SYNC AppLink will enable you to control Spotify songs and playlists using voice commands including: “shuffle”, “repeat”, “star/unstar track”, “choose playlist”, “play music”, “recently played”, and “now playing”.

Ford SYNC AppLink is already available in over one million vehicles in the USA, and on which Spotify will roll out in the coming weeks. In Europe it will be featured in selected Ford vehicles by the end of this year.

For more information about Ford SYNC AppLink, click here.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start a new week with the dreamy sound of Neil and Sumul Shah, also known as the American band “Wildlife Control”. First song in our playlist is their latest single “Different” released back in January. We follow up a new favorite band; a Dallas indie folk-pop quintet called “Air Review” and their song “Young”.

Next band in our playlist is an alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia: “Buchanan” and their song “Mr Keeperman”.

We continue with two bands from Los Angeles: Frist; a song called “Time To Run” by an indie folk group: “Lord Huron” and then time for “Baby Monster” and their song “The Fear of Charlie Sunrise”.

Last song in our playlist this week is “Skeleton Key” by a favorite trio from Austin, Texas: “Love Inks”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

What Do Oscar Winners Listen To? We Have The Playlist.

When it comes to all things Oscar, Vanity Fair has the scoop – their post-Oscars Party is the crème da la crème of Hollywood elite. So what do the stars rock out to after they’ve won a gold statuette?

Vanity Fair shares the soundtrack to their exclusive party as selected by DJ Mateo, with classic songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Motown favorites, disco hits, and current chart-toppers. So turn it up, pose, prepare your acceptance speech, and imagine yourself partying with the stars this Oscar Sunday.

February Beats presented by @thursplay

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

A lot of new music released during this month! On this February Beats by @thursplay [2013] you can listen to the new single by The Postal Service “A Tattered Line of String”, James Blake’s latest release “Retrograde”, American duo The Peach Kings with “Fisherman” and English rock band Foals with “My Number” from their latest album “Holy Fire”.

Still on this playlist: Swedish The Deer Tracks with “Ram Ram” and YAST with “Robin”, Indians beautiful song “La Femme”, new single by Canadian indie pop/dream Young Galaxy “Pretty Boy” from their album of same name, the amazing Alabama Shakes with “Heartbreaker”. Songs by Gossling, Jake Bugg, Hot Chip, Mesita, Gossip and Ducktails complete all handpicked indie tracks for you to enjoy this month.

What were your favorite releases during February?

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

Check out Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ live stream performance from the Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles.

This exclusive sold out show marks the release of the new album ‘Push The Sky Away’ worldwide, bringing the experience direct to fans across the globe as it happens.

And you will be able to watch the show in real time on Spotify!

You will be able to access the show on the next link: http://spoti.fi/Nick-Cave-Live

In the meantime, listen to ‘Push The Sky Away’ here on Spotify :

Nick Cave Live Stream Timing:

Thursday 21st February 2013

8:55pm (PST)

Friday 22nd February 2013

4:55am (GMT) – UK

5:55am (GMT) – Nordics

5:55am (CET) – Germany

3:55 PM (Australian time).

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start with the song “Skyscraper” from a new favorite London-based dream-pop duo called “Elephant” (also know as Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck). We continue with yet another London-based band. A quartet called “Post War Years” and their song “Glass House”. I’m looking forward to check out their new album “Galapagos” set to be released next Monday.

We have an American indie rock duo next, “Generationals”, consisting of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer. The song “Trust” is from an EP they released back in 2010. Then time for a slice of indie-pop from the Australian duo “High Highs”. (Jack Milas and Oli Chang) “Open Season” is from their debut LP released in 2011.

“The Dig” is an indie rock band based in New York City. “All Tied” is from the band’s most recent album, Midnight Flowers, released in 2012.

Last song in our playlist this week is “Bellio” by the English “Dutch Uncles”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.