Spotify Landmark: Nas’ Illmatic

Spotify Landmark - our series documenting music’s greatest moments in the words of those who made them – is back. This time around, we bring you the ‘aural history’ of Nas’ Illmatic - considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. On the occasion of the album’s 20th anniversary reissue, Queens, NY native Nas, his producers and his A&R executive recount the making of this timeless gem.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocking 9 to 5

Love to listen to music at work? You’re not alone! Recent research reveals that two in three people (61%) listen to music in the workplace and best yet,  that listening to music at work leads to happier employees and boosts office morale and creativity. 

This month, we partnered with Dr Anneli Haake, an expert on music in the workplace, to conduct research on office listening habits. Here’s some of our fascinating findings:

  • Over a third (36%) of workers find that music helps to get them through the day
  • 20% of workers find that listening to music is a welcome distraction from their “boring” jobs.
  • 16% admitted that they listen to music to drown out colleagues.
  • One in ten (10%) revealed that they have judged a colleague based on their choice of music.

The songs that topped the workplace charts? Our research showed that the most popular genre of music in the workplace is pop/chart music, with over a third (34%) choosing it as their preferred genre, closely followed by rock (29%).

Tell us, what music gets you through the work day? And, if you’re looking for something new, power through your 9 -5 with our ultimate work day playlist.

 

 

Coachella, here we come!

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Spring is in the air and with that, the first signs of Festival season - kicking off  with Coachella Music and Arts Festival this weekend. This year, we’re thrilled to be the Official Digital Music Partner for the Festival and we’ll be turning up the volume in Indio!

We’ll be on the ground with a Spotify tent as well as a unique interactive website to to deepen your Coachella experience both during the festival weekend and long after the stage lights have turned off.

Our Spotify tent, located in the Terrace section between the Sahara Tent and the Mojave Tent, will be the perfect oasis for festival goers.  Inside the Spotify Social tent, you can escape the sun with air conditioning, get off your feet and recharge in relaxation pods, chill with friends, charge up your devices, and keep listening to all of the great music.  You can also rock out in Spotify listening stations hooked up with Coachella playlists featuring Red Bull artists, stop by the Mosaic Photobooth that transforms photos into compositions of album covers from Coachella artists, and check out special artwork commissioned by San Francisco-based artist, Apex. Our tent will also host an RFID check-in which will allow you to capture your time at the festival and relive it after each day with #WeWereThere.

This new digital extension offers Coachella-goers an interactive festival experience. Here’s how #WeWereThere works:

  • Connect: Sync your Coachella RFID wristband to track your every step and dance move
  • Collect: Check-in all over the Coachella grounds – concert stages, campgrounds, VIP section, art installations – to collect custom Coachella playlists and Follow your favorite acts on the fly in the #WeWereThere site
  • Share: At the end of the festival, #WeWereThere creates an all-encompassing review of your Coachella experience – distance traveled in footsteps, number of artists seen, playlists collected, and more – to relive the weekend and share your digital snapshot, “My Coachella Story”

As Official Music Partner, we are also integrated into the Coachooser experience on the Coachella website.  As guests register and choose their favorite artists, they are able to create a custom playlist on Spotify – also open to music fans unable to make it to Indio.

Our tent and #WeWereThere will be live for both Weekend One, April 11-13 and Weekend Two, April 18-20 at Coachella.

Counting down till the weekend? Check out this year’s line-up here:

 

 

The Student Discount is here.

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The list of “great buys under $5” just grew. We are pleased to announce that college students in the United States can now purchase Spotify Premium for $4.99. This new plan goes into effect immediately and can be redeemed here.

Now, for only $4.99 per month, students can enjoy the benefits of Spotify Premium:

    • Play over 20 million songs with no ads
    • Access Spotify online, via mobile, on a tablet, or through a home entertainment system
    • Download favorite playlists and listen offline
    • Get better sound quality

We know, pretty great! That’s $5 more per month to spend on… other things. Here’s a playlist to help you celebrate:

 

We’re partnering with SheerID, a proven leader in authentication software, to help administer the program. For more info, check out this link: http://spoti.fi/Student

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy International Women’s Day

Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day by crowning Bajan beauty Rihanna as the most streamed female artist across the globe for the second year running.

Chart topping hits including Cheers! Drink to That and her 2013 hit Stay ft. Mikky Ekko, have helped superstar Rihanna claim the top spot. ROAR superstar Katy Perry comes in as the second most streamed female globally and Lana Del Rey, whose next release is from the Maleficent movie, a close third.

Let’s hear it for the ladies! Tune in to this special playlist featuring the most streamed females from across the globe!

 

Historic Venue: The Ryman Auditorium

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 4.27.49 PMWith the release of a brand new live album from Band of Horses, we look back at what has made this Nashville venue the hallowed ground it is now considered to be.

The historic Ryman Auditorium, now 124 years old and going strong, is one of the most iconic venues in the world. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Ryman was once home to the Grand Ole Opry, the radio show that many credit with bringing Country music to mainstream audiences. The show remained at the Ryman for more than 30 years, cementing it into music history forever; this momentous time at the venue earned it an impressive nickname: the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Since, the venue has undergone some changes, but it remains one of the biggest stops in the bustling Nashville music scene.

Over its storied history, the Ryman has hosted some of the biggest names in Country music. In it’s beginnings though, the Ryman was known for producing amazing speeches and non-musical performances by the likes of Teddy Rooseveldt, William Howard Taft, Charlie Chaplin, and even Helen Keller.  Up until 1943, the venue rarely hosted musical performances, but this changed in a big way with the arrival of the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1943, the Ryman took on the name the Grand Ole Opry House. From then until 1974, artists such as Elvis Presley, Hank WilliamsEarl Scruggs, Johnny Cash (who met his future wife, June Carter, backstage), Louis Armstrong, and Patsy Cline all performed at the historic venue. The Grand Ole Opry then moved to Opryland USA, which marked an end of an era for the Ryman.

After a period of considerably slowed activity, the Ryman was renovated and by 1992 the auditorium came back into public attention when Emmylou Harris recorded her classic album, ‘Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers at the Ryman‘. Since, the Ryman has been very active, hosting musicians like Dolly Parton, Weezer, and many more. A good deal of whom recorded amazing live albums, including Levon Helm, Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen, Jonny Lang, and, most recently, Band of Horses.

Check out our playlist, Historic Venue: Ryman Auditorium, for some of the biggest music moments in the Ryman’s illustrious saga. Enjoy!

 

‘Add to Spotify’ with SoundHound

Love SoundHound? So do we! Today, there’s even more to love with the launch of a rich ‘Add to Spotify’ integration for iOS enabling users to convert SoundHound music discoveries seamlessly into Spotify playlists. Now you can add newly discovered and previously searched tracks to a playlist within Spotify without ever leaving the SoundHound App! It’s simple to set up – just link your SoundHound and Spotify accounts. Once linked, you can opt to have discovered songs added to your playlist either automatically or manually by tapping the Spotify icon. You can then listen to the full track, add it to other playlists or share directly with friends using your favorite social networks. The SoundHound app is available for free for iOS, AndroidWindows Phone and BlackBerry 10 devices.

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SXSW, here we come!

For a third, fantastic year, we will be painting Austin green. From March 10th through the 14th, the Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind and discover the best in new music.

This year, we’re moving to a brand new venue with more room to check out bands and catch up with friends.

Our 2014 lineup boasts 30+ must-see acts – including emerging stars G-Eazy and MØ, along with Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Jungle and Betty Who, to electro rockers Phantogram, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and many more – we’ve got something for everyone! In years past, Spotify has hosted a number of break-out artists during SXSW such as Kimbra, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Odell and St. Lucia and this year will be no different. Get the full line-up day by day here.

The CW Network, partner of The Spotify House and home of shows including The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural, will have stars from the upcoming sci-fi drama The 100 and other hit series stopping by to hang with some of the coolest new bands.

For even more awesomeness on the ground, we’ll be introducing a music-themed mosaic photo booth created by The Brigade, an interactive playlist generator as well as music trivia installation created by Beak Labs.

RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news and giveaways! You can also subscribe to our text line [Text YES to 61235] to get up-to-the-minute updates from all the activity on the ground.  With so much on the go, be sure to follow us on Vine and Instagram for more information about our SXSW plans this year.

See you at SXSW!

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Repeat One

You asked and we listened! Today we rolled out a highly requested feature from our users, repeat one . That’s right — you can now listen to that favorite song over and over and over again.

Clicking on repeat now toggles between “no-repeat”, “repeat-all” and “repeat-one.”

We’ve rolled it to 100% users, available right now on Desktop 0.9.7+.  Android and iOS will be supported in upcoming releases – watch this space!

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Fashionable Tunes

Fashion week is upon us and globally acclaimed fashion designer Zac Posen just launched his latest ZAC Zac Posen (his high contemporary line) collection images via Spotify with the music that inspired him in the creative process.

It is the first time that a designer decided to link their creations to music in such a viral fashion!

Each look from the ZAC Zac Posen Autumn-Winter 2014 collection will be displayed as the playlist image, and said playlist will be linked to his Instagram where you can get a larger image and engage in social conversations with the designer.

The tunes range from Ke$ha to Lisa Minelli, from Madonna to the Majors. His playlists showcase decades of music and an eclectic array of genres that have inspired the creations, the look, and the images.

Click here to be transported into his world of fashionable tunes.