Listen for the first time to Johnny Cash’s long lost album – ‘Out Among The Stars’

Out Among The Stars

Throughout his five decades in music, Johnny Cash was very strict in his dedication to both sound and style. He always knew exactly what he wanted to do and exactly how it should appear – that dedication meant all the music he created was definitively Johnny Cash music.

However, by 1980, Cash felt that country music had evolved and incorporated sounds that ran against his personal signature. Put simply, his blend of folk and that rolling, “boom-chicka-boom” beat was out of vogue amongst the growing wave of “country-politan” musicians that were becoming increasingly popular. So, in an effort to grow his technique, Cash started recording sessions with people who were enjoying major success with this new country sound. First up, he employed an expanded band, featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and fiddle, as well as long-time duet partners June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings, but much of what was recorded on those sessions was locked away. Over the years almost everything was lost, destined never to be heard again.

Until today.

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Discovered in 2012, Out Among The Stars is truly a lost, previously unreleased Johnny Cash album. These aren’t alternate takes or different versions of songs that you’ve heard. These are brand new songs to the Cash canon.

Completed in 2013 by Johnny’s only son John Carter Cash, this is a pivotal Johnny Cash album and only now is it ready to be enjoyed by everyone – because The Man in Black is back.

 

 

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We’ve created 5 different playlists that fit 5 different types of relationship status. Take this test to find out the playlist that suits yours.


 

Meet Peter – one of our community’s Rock Stars

Peter+Daniel(1)Have you ever wished you could reach out to an expert with questions about Spotify? The Spotify Community has your man.

A few months ago, we were incredibly happy to have our top community Super User, Peter Doggart from the UK, visit our headquarters in Stockholm. Peter alone is responsible for answering almost 30,000 questions for customers in our community! Peter received a tour of HQ, a day trip around Stockholm, and one-on-one time with Daniel, Martin and several top members of our organization. He was thrilled to be there and so appreciative of the opportunity to really get to know the Spotify team!

When asked why he helps out in the community so much here’s what he said:

What was the first time you came to the community like?

“I am almost certain I came to the community like the majority of current Spotify customers, looking for some help. Even now as a Super User, we need help with new features on occasion, but we are the lucky ones who can bug the staff team directly for answers! Whilst I was on the community myself, I noticed a topic from another community member which I could answer, so I did! The rest is history.”

Why did you keep participating in the community?

“I know music is an important part of peoples’ daily lives, knowing that I have helped someone overcome an issue which means they can enjoy their music, or anyone who says thank you for helping, those are the people who make me smile and make what I do worthwhile.”

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What was the best part of your journey to Stockholm?

“The best part of my trip was definitely meeting the people who live and breath Spotify. I have never been in an organization where I have seen so much passion and energy from the people before. It was really a dream come true to meet the founders of the company, as well as the product teams and of course to finally meet the wonderful community team I interact with daily. I feel like I am even more part of the Spotify family now!”

To find out more about how to contribute to the community and earn rewards, check out our new Spotify Rock Star Program.

 

No more time limits on Spotify – #freeyourmusic

Please note: This news only affects markets where time caps for free users existed. This does not affect the US, where free users have had, and continue to have no caps on listening time.

No More Limits

In case you missed the news, you can now get Spotify on your mobile or tablet, absolutely free. Find the right music and shuffle play it on any iOS or Android device.

But what about listening to music on your computer – with no time restrictions?

There have never been any time limits in place in the U.S., but in some other markets, users were restricted to some hours a month once a 6-month unlimited grace period had passed. But now, if you haven’t noticed, there’s no more time limit if you are using Spotify for free. We have removed these caps completely across all platforms – you can listen to your favourite songs as many times as you like, for as long as you want.

That’s right, no more time limits.

Music makes you happy – why limit your happiness? #FreeYourMusic

Hello to our new friends in Europe and Latin America!

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We’re delighted to announce that Spotify is available in 20 new markets starting today:

Europe:

Hungary, Czech Republic, Malta, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Cyprus

Latin America:

Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Paraguay, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Bolivia.

Do you know anyone in any of these countries that would love to have the best music for every moment?

Send them a playlist today!

 

New tools for artists on Spotify

We believe that giving artists more access to data gives them more power over their careers. So today we’re presenting a new set of tools to be as transparent as possible with the artist community.

Spotify Artists

Presenting spotifyartists.com

This new site offers guidelines for artists and managers on how to get the most out of Spotify. We also explain our business model in detail – with specific numbers and equations used to calculate monthly payments to rights holders. We are disclosing an average per stream rate as well as a detailed equation on how artists are paid.

Introducing Artists Dashboards

Verified artists and managers will able to access a dashboard we’re launching in partnership with Next Big Sound. The free dashboard gives real time access to loads of Spotify streaming data relating to their music.

Pre-registration begins this week and we will begin rolling out access to authorized artists in the coming weeks.

Buy Concert Tickets and Merchandise on Spotify

We will enable artists to start selling concert tickets and merchandise within Spotify. We are rolling out concert listings on the Discover and artist pages where you can already buy tickets immediately through Songkick. Over the next few months we will be rolling out merchandise listings.

@SpotifyArtists on Twitter

Our Artists Services team is available to speak directly to artists and managers who may have more questions. They can be reached on our new Twitter handle @spotifyartists or on spotifyartists.com

 

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.

June Beats presented by @thursplay

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

Closing the month of June with 15 awesome hand picked songs on June Beats by @thursplay [2013]: listen to Kisses with their very catchy “Funny Heartbeat”, Husky Rescue has new music out, check out “Treehouse”! Also with new music is Swedish group Club 8, listen to “Into Air” from their latest album “Above the City”.

What else? Oh yeah, listen to brand new music from American indie rock band The National with “Don’t Swallow the Cap”, Rhye with their ever so smooth sound with the song “Last Dance”, British singer Sivu with “Better Man than He” and Vampire Weekend with “Unbelievers”.

Still on this playlist: When Saints Go Machine, She & Him, Laura Marling and a beautiful song by David Lynch & Lykke Li.

What were your favorite releases during June?

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

Listen to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ – remixed by Daft Punk. Only on Spotify!

There’s no doubt that 2013 belongs to two French DJs in masks. When electronic music pioneers Daft Punk released ‘Get Lucky’ earlier this year, it broke the Spotify record for most streams on a track’s release day. It’s already become the soundtrack to the summer, so we’re very excited to bring you a special surprise…

‘Get Lucky’ has been remixed by Daft Punk themselves – and from today you can listen to it on Spotify! These guys rarely do remixes of their own songs, so check it out now and lose yourself to dance!

The Eagles have landed!

They’re one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with seven number one singles and six chart-topping albums over 30 years.

So we’re thrilled to announce that the Eagles’ albums are now yours to stream on Spotify – from debut classic ‘Take it Easy’ to their signature hit ‘Hotel California’. Listen now!