Celebrate 45 years of Woodstock and win!

Today marks an incredible milestone — 45 years since the Woodstock Music & Art Fair was held on a dairy farm in Bethel, NY.

Over half a million people came to the 600-acre farm to hear 32 acts play over the course of four days. Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Janis Joplin and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were among the epic line-up of leading and emerging performers of the time.

Woodstock is known as one of the greatest happenings of all time  — so much so Rolling Stone hailed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

To commemorate this legendary event in history, we are giving away a copy of the Woodstock 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited Blu-ray box set. The box set includes Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, the four-hour Director’s Cut of the 1970 Oscar®-winning documentary about the landmark music event that features some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performers in history. This Blu-ray box set release contains the complete 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition plus brand new concert footage from Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Santana, The Who and more. There are also new premiums – a reproduction of Woodstock Festival tickets and articles from Life Magazine and The New York Times.

Want to get in on the action? Re-tweet this tweet for your chance to win!

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Our TV app is now on VIZIO Internet Apps Plus® Smart TVs!

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VIZIO, America’s #1 Smart TV company has just launched Spotify on their Smart TVs with VIZIO Internet Apps Plus.

“With Spotify now available on VIZIO Internet Apps Plus, users can play millions of tracks, hear new releases and listen to favorite playlists – right in the comfort of their own homes,” said Pascal de Mul, our Global Head of Hardware Partnerships.

“This cooperation with VIZIO is another great step towards our goal of making all the world’s music instantly available on every platform.”

Our friends at VIZIO are equally thrilled. “We’re excited to launch Spotify on VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and its huge library of music to our customers.” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO.  “As America’s #1 Smart TV company, we know that streaming music is one of the top services used on our television, which makes Spotify a significant addition to our platform.”

The app is now available on VIZIO’s new 2014 E-series and M-series Smart TV’s with VIZIO Internet Apps Plus®, under the “Featured” or “All Apps” tab. Click here to see the availability of Spotify by VIZIO device.

You’ll need Spotify Premium to use the TV app. If you don’t have it, you can log in to the app and enjoy 48 hours absolutely free.

 

Win a Samsung Smart TV!

 

Call yourself a TV fan? Well, you are in for a treat – we have a Spotify-enabled Samsung Smart TV  up for grabs! To make this competition even more epic, the lucky winner will also receive two years of Spotify Premium.

Want to get in on the action? Simply head on over to our Facebook page, share your favorite TV theme with a Spotify link in the comments and you’re in the running!

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Need some TV soundtrack inspiration? Tune in here:

Emotional Music

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We know that there’s always that song that makes us smile, take us back to an exact moment, or bring us to tears… Music can have powerful effects on our emotions and with this in mind, we worked alongside Jacob Jolij, Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Groningen, to reveal some of the songs that trigger the clearest emotional responses.

  1. Happiness – Katy Perry, Birthday

Happy songs are up-tempo, have strong rhythm, positive lyrics, and are typically in a major key. The up-tempo rhythm of Katy Perry’s Birthday will encourage active movement and dopamine release, which is good for your mood.

Furthermore some research suggests that the major key unconsciously reminds you of a falling pitch – a feature which in both human and animal vocalisations asserts dominance and confidence.

  1. Sadness – OneRepublic, I Need

Sad songs have the opposing features of happy songs: they are slower and in a minor key – with the lyrics generally more negative.

The minor key present in OneRepublic’s I Need unconsciously reminds the human mind of a rising pitch, which is associated with defeat and uncertainty.

  1. Optimism – American Authors, Best Day of My Life

Optimism is what psychologists call a complex emotion – it is not ‘built in’ our system by nature, but it is an emotion we learn to experience over time.

Optimistic feelings require happiness, so optimistic songs will share many features with happy songs: major key, upbeat. However lyrics – such as those in American Authors’ Best Day of My Life – are more important here as they provide the additional context to build optimism rather than purely improving mood.

  1. Anger – David Guetta, Bad

Anger is a basic emotion. It is negative, and as such associated with songs in a minor key. However, as opposed to sadness, anger is what we call an approach-emotion: it involves movement, a dimension anger shares with happiness.

Combine these two and you’ve got a recipe for songs that may help in channelling our angry feelings: up-tempo songs with a strong rhythm, in a minor key, such as David Guetta’s Bad.

  1. Overcoming fear – Coldplay, Magic

Fear is a negative emotion, characterised by a stress response that prepares you for a ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction.

In the modern age, we often experience the same stress responses in situations where the ‘fight or flight’ response isn’t beneficial – such as an interview or presentation. In order to overcome fear, the very first thing you need to do is to minimise your stress response, followed by managing your internal thoughts. Music that can help you to overcome fear therefore needs to be slow, relaxing, but have major chords to evoke positive feelings, and lyrics that deal with your negative thoughts, such as Coldplay’s Magic.

  1. Excitement – Avicii, Wake Me Up

The hormones present in the body when we are described as being ‘excited’ – such as adrenalin and endorphins – mean that excited people crave music that is positive, usually in a major key, yet more up-tempo and with a stronger beat than your typical ‘happy’ song.

And when you’re dancing with excitement to Avicii’s Wake Me Up, the lyrics in excited songs aren’t as important as they are to other moods such as anger or nostalgia.

  1. Nostalgia – John Legend, All of Me

John Legend’s All of Me is an example of a song destined to be a nostalgic hit.

For many the sentimental lyrics will remind them of somebody special, improving the probability of linking the song to other senses – such as sights or smells – meaning the iconic 2014 hit All of Me is a reliable track to provoke nostalgia in listeners for years to come.

Take a listen to the top seven emotion-inducing tracks here and check out more of our mood-focused playlists by surfing the ‘Genres and Moods’ section in the Browse feature.

 

Artists to Watch

This year has already seen a lot of Spotify’s favorite Artists to Watch enter our charts and make the festival rounds. Here’s a round-up of exclusive, live sets from some of our sure bets — many of whom performed at SXSW for us this year as well as Coachella and Bonnaroo. Check out our Artists to Watch exclusive playlist here!

Scroll down to see exclusive photo sets of our Artists To Watch below.

 

The Music of Cannes Lions

It all starts with a song. Music inspires and ignites creativity in us all.  This year, Spotify will be at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity celebrating the best creative work of the year in advertising.  While we are there, we will be conducting a Social Music Experiment to discover the songs that inspire and connect the world’s greatest storytellers. We will be asking the good people at Cannes one simple question, “what song inspires you?”  And we’ll be sharing the results with the entire community.

Many of Cannes’ highest profile speakers have already shared their most inspiring tracks, which include:

If you are attending Cannes Lions, and want to contribute, visit us on your mobile phone at spotify.com/cannes. After you share the track that inspires you, we’ll also give you a personalized playlist based on your shared track with the help of our good friends at The Echo Nest – and then allow you to find your Cannes’ musical connections.

We’ll also bring your musical connections to life. Each evening at Le Palais, we will be visualizing the “music network of Cannes” in a nightly “digital fireworks” display. If you’re attending, you should stop by as it’ll be quite a show!

If  you are not attending and want to follow the Cannes’ music conversation, check out spotify.com/cannes. You can also follow @Spotifyads on Twitter to stay connected.
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10 million subscribers!

Today we are thrilled to announce a special milestone – we now have 10 million paying subscribers and more than 40 million active users across 56 markets! Wow — we’re incredibly grateful to the thousands of artists and millions of music fans around the world who have helped us reach this point. To celebrate, we thought we’d put together a fun infographic for you!

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What a trip! Thank you for building, growing, and listening with us.

 

 

 

Spotify Session featuring BEAT Rhymers

Some of our favorite bands have performed on the Spotify Sessions stage, including A Great Big World, Lykke Li, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  Last week, 10 students from The East Side Community School in NYC took the same stage to perform their own original works.

These students are a part of a local program called BEAT Rhymers, which helps schools provide students with opportunities to explore creative writing, beatboxing and making music.  And while students learn skills to make them better artists, they also build confidence through performances and by developing a support system within the program.  Our Spotify office was pumped to be their audience for the afternoon.

“What an amazing and rare opportunity our students from the BEAT Rhymers program had to perform at the NYC Spotify office for staff and friends.  Each student blessed the stage with his/her own raps, rhymes, poems and beats displaying the skills learned in the program.  Conversely, the wonderful staff at Spotify blessed the students with a panel and Q&A discussion outlining the music industry and the individual hustle it takes to make it in the business.  It was an incredible afternoon full of music, fellowship and creative bonding,” said James Kim, founder of the BEAT program.

Learn more about BEAT program and the East Side Community School, and tell us what you think below.

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About BEAT

Our mission at Bridging Education & Art Together (B.E.A.T.) is to make a transformative difference in the lives of NYC’s under-served youth through exciting and culturally relevant music, dance and writing programs which include beatboxing, B-boying/B-girling (breakdance), music production/composition, and creative writing.

By engaging, retaining, challenging and teaching life-skills to the students in our programs through music, writing and dance, B.E.A.T. aims to help mold a new generation of leaders and creative thinkers who themselves will inspire and impact the generations to follow.

Presently B.E.A.T. provides four free programs servicing middle and high school students in NYC.

Beat Rockers, a beatboxing program for blind and visually impaired students at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx with Head Instructor, Taylor McFerrin and Instructors Chesney Snow and Beatsmyth

Beat Breakers, an after-school Bboy/Bgirl (breakdance) program currently offered at the Taylor Wythe Homes (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) with Director Ken Swift and Bboy WaAak1

Beat Makers, an after-school music production, career development and song composition program offered at the Eastside Community High School in Manhattan with Head Instructor DJ Dhundee

Beat Rhymers, an after-school creative writing, poetry, spoken-word, self-expression and music composition class taught by world-class MC and producer, Why.

 

About The East Side Community School

The East Side Community School is small 6-12th grade college preparatory school located on the Lower East Side.  We set high standards for each of our students and help them meet these standards by providing personal attention, a safe and respectful environment, a strong sense of community, and curricula that is both challenging and engaging.  Students, staff, families and community members all see themselves as part of a team whose main goal is the success of every individual student. The goal of the school is to create a community of highly skilled students, lifetime learners and critical thinkers who, upon graduation, will be prepared to go to college and enter the work world.   Through programs like BEAT, we strive to help every student find their passion and develop their talents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pixies – like you’ve never seen them before!

During the height of 2013’s blizzard season, the Pixies treated us to a rare, in-studio acoustic performance at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ. Their gig for the night cancelled, they delved into a selection of new tracks and classics. Here’s “Silver Snail,” one of the highlight’s of their just-released new album “Indie Cindy”.

Stream the full album here and Follow the band to be the first to hear their acoustic Spotify Session, coming soon.

Follow the Moon

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This summer, Spotify is teaming with Blue Moon Brewing Company to present the Follow the Moon Tour – a five-city event series that will bring together fans and artists across music, food, and visual art for artfully crafted evenings under full moon skies.

The tour hits Phoenix on May 15 with Dr. Dog, Charleston on June 2 with Typhoon, Chicago on June 12 with Moon Taxi, Brooklyn on July 12 with Delta Spirit, and wraps with a Super Moon finale in Denver on August 8 with the Temper Trap. At each stop, we’ll feature food from local vendors and live art from local visual artists.

For more information and details on how 21+ users can attend, check out spotify.com/followthemoon