Community Awards

I just wanted to take a minute and let everyone know about a little initiative being run by Afront over at the The Pansentient League blog. Afront has put together a competition to find the best Spotify Community site and we’ve pitched in with some premium subscriptions for the winners. We think this is a great initiative and really appreciate all the hard work people put into building these sites.

Head over and vote for you favourite Spotify community site, also check out our Resources page that Afront kindly helps keep updated.

January music playlist – courtesy of Drowned in Sound

We’ve got a new monthly playlist feature for you, put together by our good friends over at Drowned in Sound. If you’re not aware of DiS, it’s a music community which has been doing an amazing job in providing opinions and recommending records since 2000. Each month, the site’s founder will compile a link-laden playlist for you featuring 20 of the previous month’s finest releases, primarily from the ‘alternative’/indie-rock/electronic sphere.

So, here’s the first playlist in this series Drowned in January 2010 playlist and the commentary from Sean Adams:

1) Owen Pallett ‘Lewis’ Dream’

Plink, plink. Kicking off this playlist is something slight. This gentle and genteel track is from the violin-wielding former Arcade Fire and Last of the Shadow Puppets collaborating man formerly known as Final Fantasy, whose new album Heartland was released via Domino Records this month, read DiS’ 8/10 review of the album here.

2) Frightened Rabbit ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’

Fans of indie-rock royalty The Shins and The National who haven’t got The Winter Of Mixed Drinks (Fat Cat) scribbled in their diary on March 1st, do so now because if this song and a few others I heard live are anything to go by, these Grey’s Anatomy-soundtracking Scots have a real treat in store. Read our interview with the band about the album.

3) Paul Simon ‘Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard’

Brooklyn’s angular indie-popsters Vampire Weekend released their second album this month but try as they might, they still haven’t bettered this classic track from the legendary Paul Simon. However, they did write a a great director’s commentary-like guide to Contra for DrownedinSound.

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Spotify Premium Spain, ¿Quieres ir al concierto exclusivo de Amy Macdonald?

La conociste con ‘This Is The Life‘ y ahora te ofrecemos la posibilidad de ver a Amy Macdonald en directo el próximo lunes 8 de febrero presentando su segundo trabajo, ‘A Curious Thing’.

Sorteamos 2 entradas para el concierto exclusivo en Madrid. Si te haces una cuenta Premium ahora, o ya la tienes y te gustaría ir a ver Amy actuando por favor déjanos un comentario y entra en el sorteo. Si eres ganador, te informaremos el próximo viernes por e-mail.

Spotify Premium, TiK ToK

A slew of pre-release today to let you know about. First off for Spotify Premium users in France we have the latest album from Luke. Their new album, D’autre Part, is available exclusively on Spotify for the next two weeks and users can also enter a contest to meet the band in person.

For subscribers in the UK we have the debut release from Ke$ha who has been lighting up the charts with her single, TiK ToK. Her album, Animal, is being released in the UK next week but premium subscribers can listen to it here first.

In Sweden, Norway and Finland we have the latest release from Swedish pop group Freda’. Their new album, Ett mysterium, is now available for subscribers.

Also available today for premium subscribers in Sweden, this one from British electropop band Hot Chip. Their new album, One Life Stand, is the follow up to the hugely successful 2008 album, Made in the Dark.

Our final pre-release today comes from Finnish group, Husky Rescue, who will be releasing their new album, Ship Of Light, shortly and are making it available to all users before it’s release.

The BRITs hits 30

On February 16th the BRITs turn 30! The preeminent UK music awards show is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and the nominees for the awards have now been announced. You can check out tracks from the nominees with our BRIT Awards 2010 playlist.

As part of this year’s showcase the BRITs will also be looking back on some of the best albums and performances of the the past 30 years as part of a special retrospective. To be a part of the show you can also vote for:

The Best British Album of 30 Years
The Best British Single of 2009
The Best British Breakthrough Act of 2009
The Best International Breakthrough Act of 2009

Visit http://brits.co.uk/voting for more information

Spotify Premium France, Luke en avant-première

A partir du 25 janvier, les utilisateurs Spotify Premium français pourront écouter en avant première le nouvel album de Luke, D’autre part, 2 semaines avant sa sortie.

Le groupe a également créé une liste de lecture avec leurs morceaux favoris. Pour l’écouter, cliquez ici : La sélection de LUKE

Enfin, nous vous offrons 4 places (2 x 2) pour voir le groupe sur scène et les rencontrer lors d’un meet & greet au Bataclan (Paris) le 26 mai prochain.

Pour gagner, laissez-nous un commentaire ici même sur le blog en nous disant pourquoi vous devriez être choisi et nous informerons les gagnants par e-mail avant le 15 février. N’oubliez pas que vous devez être membre Premium pour gagner – abonnez-vous à Spotify Premium et participez au concours.

D’autre part est le 5ème album de Luke, plus pop mais fidèle à la tension rock à laquelle le groupe nous a habitué, le public sera surpris et les fans sûrement comblés. Il marque 9 ans de carrière et place Luke comme leader de la scène rock française aujourd’hui.

New releases on Spotify

A number of new releases are available on Spotify this week. A few highlights includes:

We’re not able to publish the full list of new additions to our catalogue at the moment but hopefully we can at least point out some of the newer releases, enjoy!

Top Spotify tracks of 2009

With 2009 now drawing to a close, we wanted to say goodbye to the Noughties with a short round up of the year. We’ve put together a list of the top 100 most listened to tracks on Spotify in 2009. The rankings are based on number of streams over the year by all of our listeners.

We’ve also compiled a playlist with all the tracks so you can listen to them all at once. So head over to the top tracks of 2009 page and find out what was the most listened to in 2009.

This is also likely the last post before the holidays so I wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

New Alicia Keys album to debut exclusively on Spotify

12x Grammy Award winner, Alicia Keys, is releasing her highly anticipated fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, later this month. We’re excited to announce that starting Monday, December 7th, Spotify users will be able to stream the album in full, a week before the release.

For a taste of what to expect from the album, check out the great new single, Doesn’t Mean Anything.

Alicia has also put together a playlist of her Top 10 favourite songs and a second playlist with her full collection of songs.

Along with the pre-release we have some great ticket giveaways for Spotify Premium users in each of our launch countries.

  • In the UK we have three pairs of tickets to the exclusive launch party on 9th December in London at secret location.
  • In France we have two tickets for a concert in May or June of 2010.
  • In Spain we have two tickets for a showcase in January.
  • In both Sweden & Norway we have two tickets for gig in London at O2 arena May 26, 2010. Flights and hotel will be paid for courtesy of Sony.
  • In Finland we have two tickets to a concert performance in Finland or Europe in 2010. Flights and hotel will be paid for by Sony if the concert is outside of Finland.

To win tickets, leave a comment here on the blog with the country you’re in and a explanation why we should pick you to see Alicia live and we’ll choose winners next week. And remember, you need to have a premium subscription in order to win – sign up here and you can enter the competition.

French summary: Le quatrième album d’Alicia Keys, The Element of Freedom, sortira le 11 décembre, mais vous pourrez l’écouter en intégralité sur Spotify cinq jours avant sa sortie – à partir du lundi 7 décembre !

Alicia a également créé une liste de lecture avec quelques uns de ses titres préférés et une autre avec toute sa discographie.

Ce n’est pas tout ! Nous avons quelques places de concert à faire gagner aux utilisateurs Spotify Premium. En ce qui concerne la France, deux places sont à gagner pour le prochain concert d’Alicia Keys prévu en mai ou juin 2010. Pour gagner, laissez-nous un commentaire ici même sur le blog nous disant pourquoi vous devriez être choisi et nous désignerons le ou la gagnant(e) la semaine prochaine. N’oubliez pas que vous devez être membre Premium pour gagner – abonnez-vous à Spotify Premium et participez au concours.

Update: All the winners of the concert tickets have been picked and notified, congrats Otto. ;)

Spotify Premium e-cards, just in time for the holidays


We’re rolling out e-cards today so that you can purchase and send the gift of Spotify Premium to your family or friends for the holidays.

You’ll be able to purchase either one, three or six month premium subscriptions and send your loved ones a tastefully designed email or print out the gift to place under the Christmas tree this holiday season.

Gift codes can then be redeemed on our site so you and your friends can enjoy classic holidays music ad free and on the go.

French Summary:
Voici venues les cartes cadeau Spotify Premium que vous pouvez acheter pour offrir un abonnement Premium à vos amis ou à votre famille pour les fêtes.

Vous avez la possibilité d’offrir un abonnement Premium de 1, 3 ou 6 mois et de l’envoyer à qui vous le voulez, accompagné d’un email personnalisé ou d’imprimer votre carte pour la déposer sous le sapin.

Les codes figurant sur les cartes cadeau doivent ensuite être échangés sur notre site. Ainsi vos amis pourront profiter de leur musique préférée sans publicité et où qu’ils soient.