All Star Code

IMG_1585Did you know African-Americans comprise less than 1% of startup founding teams?  This weekend, Spotify teamed up with All Star Code, a new nonprofit that’s addressing this issue by providing resources to bring more young African-American men into the tech industry. 

 All Star Code’s goal is to attract, prepare, and place high-potential, qualified young black men in the tech-career pipeline and help them achieve full-time employment at tech companies.  And since we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to become a great designer, engineer, or founder of the next big idea in tech, we worked with this amazing organization to bring 20 of these teens into Spotify’s NYC offices for the first-ever All Star Code workshop

The students were challenged to create their own startups…in just one day.  Working in teams, Kane Sarhan, friend of All Star Code and co-founder of The
Entstitute led students through identifying market opportunities, designing a logo, wire-frame exercises, and the development of marketing plans.  At the end
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of it all, each team had to pitch their business to an audience of judges from the tech industry, volunteers, and their parents. 

Spotify employees from all over the company spoke about different careers in tech and provided mentorship to the student teams, helping them address everything from logo design to revenue strategies.  The teens were incredible–smart, interested, and passionate about their projects.  And at the end of the day, the final presentations blew everyone away.  The winning team was L.G.M (Lion Gaming Music), a mobile composition and gaming app for reggae music. 

 Know someone who might benefit from All Star Code’s summer prep program or want to get involved with the organization?  Join their mailing list or email them at: team@allstarcode.org

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Photo credit: Michael Schwartz

 

 

 

 

Introducing Spotlight

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This year alone Spotify has created brilliant, exclusive content in collaboration with artists like Daft Punk, Avicii and Kendrick Lamar, but now we’re ready to go further. Say hello to Spotlight, the new home for a whole host of fantastic music, the freshest discoveries and the hottest recommendations right at the heart of Spotify.

Spotlight will show you what’s hot and who’s next, plus there’ll be the coolest exclusives, pre-releases, b-sides and remixes alongside new artist recommendations, playlists, track-by-track commentaries and video interviews.

We’re launching Spotlight with two of the most exciting artists in the world today, Los Angeles’ own HAIM and New Zealand’s Lorde. There’s never been anything like this on Spotify before, so if you’re ready to meet your next favourite new band and discover a world of amazing music then we’ll meet you there.

For the best freshest recommendations and hottest tracks of the year so far, follow our Spotlight On 2013 playlist:

September Beats presented by @thursplay

6:27 imageHere’s what you’ll listen to on this September Beats by our friends at @thursplay :

Closing the month of September with 15 awesome hand picked songs on September Beats by @thursplay [2013]: listen to Postiljonen with their very cathy and smooth “Supreme” followed by Black Light Dinner Party’s great song “We are Golden”. The amazing canadian pop band Stars has new music out, check out “Wishful” and the very soulful Eliza Doolittle singing “Big When I Was Little” from the Spotify London office!

What else? Oh yeah, listen to brand new music from Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire with “Reflektor”, with her ever so smooth sound in her new single “Shadows” is Swedish singer Big Fox and also Swedish singer Laleh with “Colors”.

Still on this playlist: Colours in the Streets, Andrew Belle, CHVRCHES and more!

What were your favorite releases during September?

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

Meet the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Award nominees!

Latin GRAMMYsThe nominees for the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards have just been announced! The Awards will broadcast live on the Univision Network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 21st (8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST). 
 
Listen now to all of this year’s nominees on the official Nominees playlist!
 
 
 
For more information on the event, be sure to check out www.latingrammy.com
 

 

Hello Argentina, Taiwan, Greece and Turkey – Spotify here!

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We’re delighted to announce that Spotify is available in Argentina, Taiwan, Greece and Turkey starting today. There are millions of songs on Spotify – from old favourites to the latest hits. Just hit play to stream anything you like!

Spotify works on your computer, laptop, mobile and tablet. So whether you’re working out, partying or relaxing, the right music is always at your fingertips.

It’s easy to get started. Just subscribe or listen for free. (Yes, free!)

Spotify Free – Instant music for free on your computer, featuring ads.

Spotify Unlimited – Unlimited, ad-free music on your computer.

Spotify Premium – Listen on mobile and download songs for when you don’t have a connection.

Do you know anyone in Argentina, Taiwan, Greece and Turkey that would love to have the best music for every moment?

Send them a song today!

 

Our Interview With Jimmy Anderson

Jimmy and EduardoLancashire and England cricketer Jimmy Anderson has been called the best bowler of his generation and it was he who, basically, won England the Test Match back in July. Indeed, such is his dedication to the sport that he laughs that his favourite noise is, “the sound a ball makes when it hits a bat’s sweet spot.”

But there’s more to Mr A than that. He is, in his own words, a huge music fan and he’s recently been appointed as Nordoff Robbins’ newest Ambassador. “I’ve got to see first-hand the difference music therapy can make to all kinds of people,” he said recently. “Their work is really unique and I’m proud to support them.”

All of which made us wonder exactly what music does he love? So, being the proactive types we are we phoned him up and asked him.

“OK, so this is what I’m listening to right now,” Jimmy told us. “Which also means it’s what we have on in the dressing room!”

Daft Punk – Get Lucky 
I’ve always loved Daft Punk and this song’s great. This would definitely get played all the way through in the dressing room!

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
I heard this on the radio recently and loved it. The album’s great too.

Stereophonics – Indian Summer
I’m a proper, long-term fan of the band and I love the new album.

Django Django – Default 
This is a great record – I’d love to see them some time, but we always tend to be playing when the festivals are happening!

Justin Timberlake – Mirrors 
I wasn’t really a fan before this new album, but this is a great song.

Bastille – Laura Palmer 
Bastille are definitely my favourite new band of the moment – love this.

Choir Of Young Believers – Hollow Talk
This was the theme for a TV show called The Bridge that the whole team watched on tour. Boxsets are brilliant, we’ve watched Luther, The Wire and Breaking Bad recently.

Crystal Fighters – You & I 
I’m totally new to this band. I heard this on either Radio One or Absolute Radio – I flick between them all the time – and was hooked straight away.

Jake Bugg – Someone Told Me
I first saw Jake on Later and thought he was great. I really love his album.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Brilliant song and I love the video where there’s whole rooms of people dancing with the band.

James – Tomorrow
This song was a huge part of my childhood – I’d listen to it in my bedroom over and over again. It might just be my favourite song ever!

 

More Behind the Scenes with Emerge

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The competition is heating up in Emerge Cycle 4! Get to know the new contenders here and be sure to vote for your fave in Emerge!

 
What band from history would you most like to have been in?
 
“We’re all pretty obsessed with harmonies so maybe The Eagles would have been a fun band to be in. I just watched the Eagles documentary and the documentary opens with them all singing in harmony backstage and it just sounds incredible. Their songs are just unbelievable and singing them in harmony must be the best feeling when playing live. “
 
Julie: “Led Zeppelin.”
Lindsay: “Led Zeppelin.”
 
“Creedence. Clearwater. Revival.”
 
“I feel like any artist or band I really look up to, I wouldn’t want to have been in the band. Just happy to appreciate it from the outside.”
 
“The Eagles or Skynyrd.”
 
“The Beach Boys.”
 
“The Beatles.”
 
“I mean, I think any band I could mention would have found me to be absolutely useless because they were already perfect the way they were. The Beatles seem like they were having a ton of fun in the early days, and even though I’m not the biggest fan of the Beatles I’ll pick them because even though I’d have been useless, I would have been having fun. ”
 
“Anything Joe Meek produced a la The Sharades. And Queen… just to stand next to Freddie Mercury and hear him sing.”
 
“I would say Portishead. They are one of my greatest inspirations as musicians, and they are a group that knows what they want and how to take the time they need for the things that matter.”
 
Who are you listening to now that we really ought to follow?
 
“A bunch of different stuff – we’ve been listening to this band called All We Are who are fantastic and friends of Joey’s from Liverpool. We’re huge fans of Joe Banfi, Half Moon Run and also Willy Mason’s new album. All of these guys are just fantastic and definitely deserve to be listened to.”
 
 
Julie: “JJUUJJUU, super tasty melodic drone psych. Mmmmmmm.”
Lindsay: “Tame Impala, Kurt Vile, Savages, White Magic, Drenge.”
 
“Check out Jamie N Commons. Alex da Kid turned me on to him a while ago and we’ve done a couple of tunes together; he’s INCREDIBLE. One of the most powerful voices I’ve ever heard, it’s like Johnny Cash meets Muddy Waters.”
 
Sampha, Lil Silva, SOHN, M0, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Drake.”
 
“Just discovered a new artist James Bay, he’s a really talented singer songwriter, and I’m always jammin to the old stuff.”
 
“Foals, The Royal Concept and Haim.”
 
“ Casey Veggies.”
 
“I’ll mention Rhye again. Some other bands I love are Avan Lava, who are really good friends of ours and who make some of the best pop music around. There’s a band called Newtimers, whose EP ‘EGO’ has been on repeat. I’m also a huge fan of Todd Terje, every new thing he puts out just blows my head off and I’m using everything in my power to try and get a remix from him. ”
 
“Mikhael Paskalev.”
 
“Thus:Owls are a new band very much worth following. They’ll be opening for us in Montreal in December, and we are so excited to get to play with them. They are a must-see live act. I put my favourite song on our HMR Listens playlist.”

Introducing Spotify Landmark

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Spotify Landmark is the story behind the greatest musical moments, told by the folks who made them. The show weaves together intimate interviews with artists, producers, industry figures and celebrities to create an “aural history” of legendary albums, concerts and events.

Our premiere episode focuses on Nirvana’s final studio album, In Utero, which is being re-issued this month to mark its 20th anniversary.

Uncover the story behind this iconic album with Spotify Landmark here!

 

Seven Truths About Avicii

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It’s finally here, Avicii’s long awaited debut album ‘TRUE’! To celebrate this, we asked Avicii to reveal seven truths about himself to Spotify users. Are you ready?

First place I ever DJed at: Club Louie in Miami back in 2010.   

Person that I dream about collaborating with: Adele, her voice is incredible.

This feedback I will never forget: When I heard Pete Tong talking about my first premiere, the track “Man Man”, at his show back in 2009.

First instrument that I learned to play: The guitar.

The artist I envy: I try not to compare myself to others – I’m doing my thing and focusing on that 110%.

The song that changed my life: Byron Stingily – Get Up (Everybody). This song is an old classic, simple but yet amazing!

My best advice to aspiring DJs out there: Don’t give up! It takes a long time to really get a hold of the production part, and the same goes with mastering the decks.

Listen to Avicii’s debut album TRUE now, right here on Spotify!