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!

 

Coldplay… Back!

The new single – Magic – is live on Spotify now.

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Coldplay, arguably the biggest band in the world right now, are debuting their new single on Spotify. Magic, taken from their new – sixth – studio album Ghost Stories, to be released May 19, is the first new music they’ve revealed since Atlas from the soundtrack to last summer’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

A stripped-back track that builds with a subtle power, Magic features a warm, strummed bassline, some crisp, synthetic drums and a tumbling, soaring Chris Martin vocal.

Add a ringing guitar part and a classic Coldplay whoop and you have a piece that is touched by modern RnB and outright radio-melting super-rock all at the same time. Magic points towards a whole new era for the band – where there’ll go next is impossible to say – a fact that only makes it all even more intriguing.

Welcome to our new friends from The Echo Nest

The Echo NestExciting news everyone! Today, we’re joining forces with pioneering music company, The Echo Nest.

The incredible team at The Echo Nest has been on a mission, just like us, to make music listening better for everyone. Together, we’ll be able to improve music discovery by bringing you amazing people to follow, better radio stations, and great playlists from friends and music experts.

Over time, The Echo Nest technology will enhance every aspect of the Spotify music experience.

So here’s to new friends!

For more info, read here

 

 

Avicii’s 200m Stream Bombshell

Wake Me Up is the Spotify’s Most Streamed Track ever…

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Avicii’s Wake Me Up is now the most-played song of all time on Spotify having – just today - gone north of the 200 million streams barrier. Avicii’s monster hit was the fastest song ever to reach the 100 million streams landmark back in September of last year and Wake Me Up reached number one in 19 countries across the world.

“I’m so excited to be the first artist to reach 200 million streams on Spotify,” Avicii said. “I’ve had an amazing year, so a massive thanks to all of my fans!”

In case you’re wondering, the 10 cities the track has been most streamed in are: Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg, London, New York, Madrid, Malmö, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, currently at Number Two in the Most Streamed Ever Chart are Imagine Dragons with 182m plays of Radioactive.

 

February Beats presented by @thursplay

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

On this February Beats by @thursplay [2014] you can listen to: “If I Could Change Your Mind” by L.A. based HAIM, “Don’t Wanna Dance” by Danish singer and songwriter MØ; latest single by BANKS called “Brain”, “A Wonderful World” by Conor Patrick & The Shooting Tsar Orchestra, “Klapp Klapp” by Swedish trip hop band Little Dragon.

Still on this playlist: Kidnap Kid with “So Close”, St. Vincent with the single “Prince Johnny”, Swedish musician Elliphant with “Shoot me Down” and another 7 handpicked indie tracks for you to enjoy this month.

What were your favorite releases during February?

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

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!

 

We’re updating our Windows Phone app!

We’re happy to announce that two new updates are coming to Windows Phone 8 users this spring. The first Spotify update brings the much-anticipated Radio, Browse and Discover features. This means that you will be able to listen to personalized radio stations, browse for what’s hot and what’s new, or discover more music.

The update also brings significant improvements and a brand new design and will be available to users later this spring.

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This new update will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers at the beginning. But the recently announced Spotify Free for mobile will also be arriving on Windows Phone – follow us on twitter to keep yourself up to date.

In the meantime, you can also sign up for a free trial of Spotify Premium.

 

‘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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Spotify Picks – David Whiting

David WhitingWe’re back with this year’s first #FavoriteFollow, David Whiting, from our Stockholm office. Listen to some of his favourite tunes and learn stuff about David you never knew you didn’t know!

Where are you from and how did you end up at Spotify?

I grew up in the UK, moving around various parts of the west country playing in all kinds of bands, studying Mathematics in Bath and eventually ending up in London doing Data Engineering for Last.fm. In early 2013 when the pace of London life all got a bit much for my rural roots, I crossed the North Sea to join Spotify in Stockholm.

What is your role at Spotify?

I work on the Data Infrastructure team, which supplies the technology necessary to process the huge amounts of data that Spotify produces every day. A lot of the time this means trying to solve tough programming problems with headphones on and the volume up to 11.

What is your most memorable concert?

As an attendee, probably the time I saw Crystal CastlesFriendly Fires and White Lies all on the same bill for around £10 in early 2008. It was at this really cool venue called Thekla in Bristol, which is a boat permanently moored near the city centre with space for about 300 people. All three of the bands went on to be massive, so It’s amazing that I saw them all in one go.

As a performer, it’s almost certainly playing to a 500-strong entirely captive audience while opening for VNV Nation at the O2 Academy in Islington, London last month with my band Heretics.

What has been one of your coolest moments while working at Spotify?

In September I got the chance to go to NYC for a couple of weeks to work with colleagues in the office there and to give a talk at the local Hadoop User Group, which was a really great trip.


Which album would you say defined your adolescence and why?

When I was 17 years old, my music taste was limited mostly to old 80s electronic bands and brit-pop from the 90s. A friend lent me a copy of Brand New’s “Deja Entendu” and it opened me up to a whole world of music and concerts and friends. In the end, it’s probably the only album from that alternative emo rock scene which still sounds great today; there was a load more albums from various bands that I used to listen to at the time, but this is the only one I still come back to.

If you had to describe yourself in one song, what song would it be?

Demoscene Time Machine – The Greatest Adventure

It’s a bit of a cheat because I wrote it, but I think it sums up my attitude to life pretty well.

What song do you have on repeat right now?

Light Asylum – Shallow Tears - such power and intensity, I can’t get enough of it; or if I’m in more of a party mood, the Shiny Mob remix of Gangsterlove by Alice Francis.

What is the best band name ever?

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

If you could choose to be in any band throughout history, which would it be?

I think being in Kraftwerk in the 70s and helping to shape the whole future of popular music by the pioneering use of synthesisers would be amazing.

Tell me about your picks.

My music taste is really varied, so I’ve tried to include a representative sample from lots of different styles, compiled from a combination of my Spotify playlists, my jams on This Is My Jam and my Last.fm listening data. You’ll hear synthpop, indie, nu-disco, electro-swing, chiptune, acoustic, folk and dark electronics in the playlist, so if you don’t like what you’re hearing, then you might well find something you like if you skip a few.

Check out David’s picks here and be sure to Follow him on Spotify!

 

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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