Spotify Predicts the Winners of the MTV Video Music Awards

Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” predicted to win Video of the Year; The Weeknd’s “Earned It” to take home the moonman for Best Male Video; Sia’s “Elastic Heart” to win Best Female Video according to Spotify streams

>Listen to the playlist

In anticipation of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 30t, Spotify has predicted the winners for the top music categories including Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Female Video, Best Hip Hop Video, Best Pop Video, Best Rock Video, Best Collaboration and Artist to Watch.

The VMA winner predictions are based on which artists and songs have been most listened to by Spotify’s 75 million music fans.

The competition for Video of the Year is male-heavy, with some of today’s hottest artists in the running including Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar – with Sheeran (also Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2014) coming out on top among Spotify listeners for Thinking Out Loud. The Weeknd beats out Sheeran and Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson for Best Male Video as the predicted winner for Earned It, with Spotify users predicting Sia to take home the moonman for Elastic Heart over Beyonce’s 7/11 and Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda for Best Female Video.

Newcomer Fetty Wap is predicted to sweep Best Hip Hop Video with his uber-catchy summer hit Trap Queen, which also nets out as Spotify’s most streamed song from all the VMA nominees combined in 2015 so far, making him the night’s prediction for Artist to Watch.

Spotify’s full list of predicted winners follows.


  1. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  3. Beyoncé – 7/11
  4. Nicki Minaj – Feeling Myself (If it were nominated)
  5. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  6. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood*


  1. The Weeknd – Earned It
  2. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  3. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  4. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  5. Nick Jonas – Chains


  1. Sia – Elastic Heart
  2. Beyoncé – 7/11
  3. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
  4. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
  5. Taylor Swift – Blank Space*


  1. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
  2. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again
  3. Sia – Elastic Heart
  4. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  5. Big Sean ft. E-40 – IDFWU
  6. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda


  1. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  3. Beyoncé – 7/11
  4. Maroon 5 – Sugar
  5. Taylor Swift – Blank Space*


  1. Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  2. Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman
  3. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
  4. Hozier – Take Me To Church
  5. Florence + the Machine – Ship To Wreck


  1. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again
  2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  3. Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
  4. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
  5. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood*

ARTIST TO WATCH ( ranked by total number of artist streams)

  1. Fetty Wap
  2. James Bay
  3. Vance Joy
  4. George Ezra
  5. FKA twigs

Spotify also ranked the most streamed songs from all the categories combined, creating a comprehensive VMA nominee playlist below to help viewers celebrate before Sunday.

MTV Video Music Awards Nominees – 2015:

    1. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
    2. Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth – See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)
    3. WALK THE MOON – Shut Up and Dance
    4. The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – From The “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Soundtrack”
    5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
    6. Mark Ronson,Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
    7. Sia – Elastic Heart
    8. Beyonce – 7/11       
    9. Nicki Minaj,Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
    10. Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
    11. Ariana Grande,The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
    12. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
    13. Big Sean,Kanye West,John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
    14. Nick Jonas – Chains
    15. Big Sean, E-40 – IDFWU
    16. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
    17. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
    18. Colbie Caillat – Try
    19. Wale – The White Shoes
    20. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do – From “Fifty Shades Of Grey”
    21. Hozier – Take Me To Church
    22. Maroon 5 – Sugar
    23. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
    24. Rihanna – American Oxygen
    25. Jennifer Hudson – I Still Love You
    26. Florence + The Machine – Ship To Wreck


A blog post by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek

We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they’ve caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it. We apologize for that. We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will – and will not – be used.

We understand people’s concerns about their personal information and are 100 percent committed to protecting our users’ privacy and ensuring that you have control over the information you share.

So let me try and clear things up.

In our new privacy policy, we indicated that we may ask your permission to access new types of information, including photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and your contacts. Let me be crystal clear here: If you don’t want to share this kind of information, you don’t have to. We will ask for your express permission before accessing any of this data – and we will only use it for specific purposes that will allow you to customize your Spotify experience.

Photos: We will never access your photos without explicit permission and we will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll. If you give us permission to access photos, we will only use or access images that you specifically choose to share. Those photos would only be used in ways you choose and control – to create personalized cover art for a playlist or to change your profile image, for example.

Location: We will never gather or use the location of your mobile device without your explicit permission. We would use it to help personalize recommendations or to keep you up to date about music trending in your area. And if you choose to share location information but later change your mind, you will always have the ability to stop sharing.

Voice: We will never access your microphone without your permission. Many people like to use Spotify in a hands-free way, and we may build voice controls into future versions of the product that will allow you to skip tracks, or pause, or otherwise navigate the app. You will always have the ability to disable voice controls.

Contacts: We will never scan or import your contacts without your permission. Spotify is a social platform and many people like to share playlists and music they discover with their friends. In the future, we may want to give you the ability to find your friends on Spotify by searching for Spotify users in your contacts if you choose to do that.

Sharing: The Privacy Policy also mentions advertisers, rights holders and mobile networks. This is not new. With regard to mobile networks, some Spotify subscribers sign up through their mobile provider, which means some information is shared with them by necessity. We also share some data with our partners who help us with marketing and advertising efforts, but this information is de-identified – your personal information is not shared with them.

Again, we have heard your concerns loud and clear. We are also going to update the new Privacy Policy in the coming weeks to better reflect what we have explained above. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at We’re listening to you and we take your concerns very seriously.



Updated Terms

>An update on this privacy policy here.

Over the next few weeks we will be rolling out an updated Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy to customers so they can better understand our service. We want to be as open and transparent as possible when it comes to how we describe our business, how we work with advertisers, what information we collect, and what we do with it. We also want to make sure our terms are up-to-date with all the latest features we are offering.

We are constantly innovating and evolving our service to deliver the best possible experience for our users. This means delivering the perfect recommendations for every moment, and helping you to enjoy, discover and share more music than ever before. The data we access simply helps us to tailor improved experiences to our users, and build new and personalized products for the future. Recent new features include Spotify Running, which matches the BPM of your music to the pace of your run, or the new Discover Weekly feature, which curates a weekly playlist based on your tastes.

Here is an overview of what we have updated in the Terms and Conditions of Use:

  • Additional clarity around promotional offers and trials.
  • Clearer rules governing user-generated content.
  • Clearer guidance on how brands may interact with the Spotify service.
  • New section on the external Support Community.
  • Greater detail around the arbitration process for dispute resolution.
  • Streamlining policies into as few as possible.

Here is an overview of some of the new points in our Privacy Policy:

  • The Information We Collect section has been expanded to include new technical data such as additional cookies, device information, and network information.
  • We also note that we may ask for customer permission to collect information from new sources, such as address book, location, and sensor data from the mobile device to improve the customer experience and inform product decisions.
  • We provide more clarity on how we share data with partners who help us with our marketing and advertising efforts for both Spotify and our brand partners.

The new Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy will be rolling out incrementally across all Spotify markets over the next few weeks. When the update is released in your market it will be available here and here.

The privacy and security of our customers’ data is – and will remain – Spotify’s highest priority. We will always ask for individual permission or clearly inform you of the ability to opt out from sharing location, photos, voice and contacts.



Backstagella Florence + The Machinen kanssa

Lavalla tanssiva ja pyörivä, sydän edellä musiikkiin heittäytyvä Florence Welch on luonnonvoima. Mutta mitä tapahtuu ennen näitä räjähdyksiä sekä niiden jälkeen? Florence kertoo meille tatuointien-, puukenkien- ja mudantäyteisestä kiertue-elämästä.


Kesän alussa Florence + The Machine julkaisi henkeäsalpaavan How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful -albumin ja kiertävät nyt sen kanssa lukemattoman määrän festivaaleja. Olemme aivan rakastuneita uusimpaan ”Queen of Peace” -singleen.

– Se on sellainen musiikillinen riemuvoitto, mutta en ollut kovin riemuvoittoisessa paikassa, kun kirjoitin sen. Se kertoo taisteluista sisimmässämme, kun tuntuu siltä, että rakkaus on vain sota, jota ei voi voittaa. Joka kerta, kun teet sovinnon, annat pois palan itsestäsi.

On kiehtovaa, kuinka joku omituinen tilanne kuten tuhansien ihmisten edessä esiintyminen, voi vaikuttaa niin luonnolliselta joillekin artisteille. Florence Welch syntyi valloittamaan lavan.

– Tunnen itseni vapaaksi, kun olen siellä [lavalla]. On kuin olisin liitettynä johonkin, josta en tiedä, mitä se on. Olen vain oikeassa paikassa. Päivittäisellä tasolla tunnen olevani hieman hajallaan, mutta kun olen lavalla, kaikki palat asettuvat kohdilleen.

Mitä otat aina mukaan kiertueelle?

– Kiertuejätkät tatuoineen, haha! Se on siis bändi. Pakkaan paljon vaatteita, enemmän kuin olisi tarpeen. Värikäskuvioisia vaatteita ja puukengät. Rakastan puukenkiä ja se on huolestuttavaa, koska ne ovat painavia. Gucci tekee todella siistejä turkiksella päällystettyjä puukenkiä. Minulla on paljon pörröisiä vaatteita, joista äitini on todella hämillään.

Mikä on viimeinen asia, jonka teet ennen lavalle menoa?

– Teemme kasan bändin kanssa. Emme ole vielä keksineet, mitä sanoisimme toisillemme, kun teemme sen, joten laulamme jonkun Beatlesin kappaleen tai jotain. Kokoonnumme yhteen ja huudamme juttuja. Lisäksi kuuntelen myös muiden musiikkia. Mitä tahansa, mistä olen tällä hetkellä innoissani kuten Django Django. Se saa minut aina haluamaan esiintyä.

Mikä on ensimmäinen asia, joka tapahtuu, kun poistut lavalta?

– Joku laittaa huovan ylleni. Yleensä olen kadottanut paitani tai jalkani ovat yltä päältä mudassa. Joskus minut jopa kannetaan pois lavalta. Kerro meille ihan ensimmäisistä festareistasi! – Isäni vei minut Womad World Music Festivalille. Halusin narrihatun, muuten se ei mielestäni olisi ollut oikea festari. Se, että oli pilailuhattu, oli minulle kaikista tärkeintä. Ehkä se yhä on, haha!

Kuuntele How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful -albumi täällä:



Welcome to Spotify, Mr President

Today we are very excited to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama and The White House to Spotify. The White House will be regularly curating playlists based on what the members of the West Wing are listening to. Follow them below to stay connected!

More from the White House below

Today, the White House launched an official channel on Spotify, a music streaming service, with two playlists hand-created by President Obama. The President will announce his playlists with a tweet from @POTUS today. You will be able to listen to his daytime and evening playlist here.

Over the years, the White House has continued to grow its social media presences and find new ways to connect with people all over the country through a range of platforms. On Spotify, you can expect to see the White House share playlists created by administration officials, as well as playlists curated around events and issues to engage the public and acquaint them with the people working in the administration.

Full blog post from WhiteHouse.Gov

Nike Running delivers new ways to motivate runners through Music

Spotify is pleased to partner with Nike+ Running on its newest app update, designed to help runners enhance their running experience.

More details from Nike here.

Below is the full blog post, originally published by Nike

When it comes to running, music is motivation – just ask the earbud-wearing athletes pounding sidewalks, tracks, treadmills and tree-lined trails. Likewise, an ever-growing body of research has confirmed music’s performance-enhancing effects: it can reduce a runner’s perception of exertion and fatigue as well as increase happiness and excitement.

Nike+ Running’s newest app update, developed in partnership with Spotify, integrates these findings and builds upon the success of the Nike+ Run Club playlists already on Spotify by enhancing runners’ overall in-run music experience. Notably, the update introduces Nike exclusive Pace Stations, which invite users to input their pace goal and musical preference. This data then informs a target BPM (beats per minute), which in turn creates a personalized 100-song playlist designed to push the runner’s pace. The first-of-its-kind instructive experience then guides runners to their goals when they step in-beat to the prescribed songs.

“Since our launch as the original running app in 2006, music has always been core to the Nike+ Running experience” said Adam Roth, Nike VP, Global Running Brand Marketing. “Our partnership with Spotify takes that experience to a new level, leveraging personalized music as motivational fuel every run, for every runner.”

The update, which debuts July 20, allows users to stream Spotify’s 30-million-song catalog directly from the Nike+ Running app.

Spotify music is also an integral part of the Nike “Find Your Fast”challenge this summer. An eight-week program developed by expert Nike+ Run Club coaches, the challenge includes workouts, tunes and expert tips to help all runners, whether they are completing their first mile or realizing a personal best.

Nike and Spotify are combining forces to create the ultimate motivating experience for runners,” said Erin Clift, VP Consumer and Partner Marketing, Spotify. “Nike+ runners now have access to millions of tracks through Spotify to help them achieve their personal goals and find their fast this summer.”

To celebrate the IOS only premium Spotify experience of Nike+ Running Pace Station integration, Spotify is offering Nike+ users a seven-day free premium trial with no credit card. Individuals who choose to enter a credit card can receive an additional 60-day trial.


Adam Lambert: “Levy on osin keittiöpsykologiaa, mutta sellainen minä olen” 

Adam Lambertin halu shokeerata itseään ja muita on vienyt hänet American Idolin kautta huikeille keikoille, kiertueelle Queenin kanssa ja lopulta Tukholman pimeiden katujen kautta uuteen “The Original High” -levyyn. Tapasimme Adamin ja juttelimme hänen kanssaan jatkuvasta jahtaamisesta, vaikeasta deittailusta ja hiljaisuuden kapinallisuudesta.

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert vierailee Spotifyn Tukholman-toimistolla aurinkoisena päivänä. Lämmin sää on hänelle uutta Tukholmassa, vaikka hänellä onkin nykyään kotoisa olo Tukholman kaduilla.

– Kun ryhdyimme tekemään “The Original High” -levyä, vietin täällä kaksi kuukautta. Mutta silloin oli talvi ja niin pimeää. Nyt on paljon mukavaa – ja valoisampaa.
Ainoat asiat, jotka saavat artistin vaihtamaan Los Angelesin heinäkuiseen Tukholmaan ovat tuottaja-säveltäjät Shellback, Max Martin ja Wolfin serkukset. Tämä joukko on valloittanut maailman listat pohjoisesta studiostaan käsin, ja Adam Lambert saapui kaupunkiin vuoden 2014 tekemään levyä joka on nyt vihdoin julkaistu. Myös ruotsalaislaulajatar Tove Lo kuuluu lahjakkaisiin Wolfin serkuksiin, ja Adam pääsi säveltämään Toven kanssa The Original High -levylle “Rumors”-nimisen biisin.

– Hän oli juuri julkaissut “Habits”-singlen ja me ryhdyimme juttelemaan artistina olosta ja deittailusta, ja siitä miten hankalaa näitä kahta on sovittaa yhteen. Hän kysyi miten minä olen onnistunut siinä, ja sanoin ettei se ole helppoa, koska ihmiset juoruavat ja muodostavat sinusta kuvan juorujen perusteella. Mutta jos löydät oikean ihmisen, pystyt selvittämään tuon ongelman. En malta odottaa että ihmiset pääsevät kuulemaan tuon biisin. Se on tavallaan sekoitus poppia ja trappia.
Levyn nimi The Original High summaa Adamin viimeiset kymmenen vuotta Los Angelesissa. Mies on tarkkaillut sitä, miten ihmiset hänen ympärillään saapuvat suureen kaupunkiin mukanaan suuria unelmia, mutta vain pieni osa saavuttaa sen mitä on tullut tekemään. Loput joutuvat toteamaan, että unelmat eivät toteudu. Mitä sen jälkeen tapahtuu?

– Ennen kuin ryhdyin tekemään levyä, otin hiukan vapaata ja juttelin ihmisten kanssa. Mitä sinä etsit?, kysyin minä. Ihmiset katsoivat minua ja sanoivat etteivät he tiedä. Me jahtaamme täyttymyksen tunnetta. Joskus saavutat sen, joskus tunnet sekunnin ajan tyytyväisyyttä, joskus rakastut ja voit tuntea sen ikuisesti. Mutta se on kinkkinen juttu. Kaikki biisit tällä levyllä kertovat jahtaamisesta, kaipaamisesta ja haluamisesta. Se kuulostaa osin keittiöpsykologialta, mutta sellainen minä olen. Ajattelen asioita paljon.
Mitä sinä jahtaat?

– Vaikea sanoa. Sitä luulee tietävänsä, mutta sitten kun on saavuttanut sen et ole kuitenkaan tyytyväinen. Minulle ura oli pitkään tärkein päämäärä, mutta sitten kun saavutin tietyn määrän asioita, halusinkin rakkautta ja parisuhteen. Sitten kun sain ne, olinkin että “äh, haluan keskittyä enemmän uraani”. Joten en oikein tiedä mitä jahtaan! Tässä kohtaa uraani on hienoa julkaista levy joka on erilainen kuin aiemmat. Se osoittaa että olen kasvanut.

Kun Adam Lambert tuli julkisuuteen American Idol -kisan kakkosena vuonna 2009, hänet tunnettiin isosta äänestä, dramaattisista esiintymisistä ja androgyynistä ulkonäöstä. Glitter-saappaat ja sulilla koristellut takit olivat hänelle tyypillisiä vaatteita. Tänään Adamilla on päällään tavallinen t-paita ja musta nahkatakki.

– Minulla on edelleen dramaattiset hetkeni, eivätkä ne katoa persoonastani mihinkään, mutta artistina olen kulkenut överin camp-pukeutumisen polulla jo tosi pitkälle. Tällä kertaa halusin keskittyä sisäisiin ristiriitoihin. Ihmiset ovat tottuneet että vedän kovaa ja korkealta, nyt halusin esitellä uuden puolen itsestäni. Levyllä tämä kuuluu lauluäänessäni. Max Martin ja Shellback rohkaisivat minua kokeilemaan laulamista matalammalta ja hiljempaa.
Tuntuiko se sinusta pelottavalta?

– Ei. On pelottavampaa jäädä jumiin johonkin mikä ei tunnu enää oikealta. Kun aloitin, halusin olla elämää suurempi, hassu, räiskyvä ja leikkiä ihmisten käsityksellä miehekkyydestä ja naisellisuudesta. Nyttemmin olen kasvanut näistä ajatuksista ulos. Rakastan noita ajatuksia edelleen, mutta olen jo toteuttanut ne. On pelottavampaa jäädä jumiin persoonaan jota ei enää ole kuin antaa taiteen heijastella sitä kuka juuri nyt olet. Osa minusta tulee aina olemaan kapinallinen, tulen aina tekemään päinvastoin kuin ihmiset odottavat.
Vielä lopuksi: Mitä on “alkuperäinen huuma” – eli mitä levyn nimi tarkoittaa?

– En minä osaa sanoa. On olemassa monia erilaisia huumaantumisen kokemuksia. Ensisuudelma on alkuperäinen huuma. Ensimmäinen kerta kun kokeilet tai koet jotain on aina se paras. Sitten kun sinusta tuntuu että olet kokeillut kaikkea yrität taas tuntea niin kuin sillä ensimmäisellä kerralla. Monet levyn biiseistä tuovat minulle mieleen 1990-luvun ja sen kun kuulin dance-musiikkia ensimmäisen kerran. CeCe Penistonia ja C&C Music Factorya… Levyn nimi tarkoittaa paluuta ensimmäisiin kertoihin.

Kuuntele Adam Lambertin Original High -levyä tästä

Hit the Road with Spotify in Ford Vehicles

  • Spotify Now Compatible with New Ford SYNC 3 Communications and Entertainment System

What’s a drive without Music? Yes, you’ll still get where you’re going, but will you truly enjoy the ride — we think not.   

To give drivers a more complete music experience in the car, Spotify has extended its partnership with Ford, to enable Spotify users (Free and Premium) with SYNC 3-equipped cars to control Spotify from the driver’s seat with several new enhanced features for iOS and Android.

Spotify, one of the first apps to integrate with AppLink, is the only on-demand music service available on the all-new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, first launching on 2016 models of the Ford Escape and Fiesta this summer, and expanding to all Ford vehicles by the end of next year. This makes it easier than ever for Ford drivers to access Spotify and hit the road with a brand new interface designed for the car.

In addition to all the great Spotify AppLink integration found in Ford cars since 2013, this latest and greatest version, SYNC 3, for 2016 Ford Escape and Fiestas this summer, includes the following new features for iOS and Android users:

  • SYNC 3 includes a rich color touchscreen display for large cover art, plus Browse, Your music, Search, your playlists and all the other music and podcasts from your Spotify apps.
  • Drivers can now speak to choose playlists synced across any device, toggle shuffle on and off, save tracks to their music collection, and more, all hands-free.
  • Faster, more responsive, and easier to use via voice and dashboard controls.

For more information, click here.


The best in music and gaming: PlayStation and Spotify partnership reaches 5 million app downloads


Just over a month ago we launched our exclusive music experience on PlayStation, making it easier than ever to soundtrack your gaming sessions with music. And today we’re thrilled to let you know that the partnership has already resulted in more than 5 million downloads since launch – making it the quickest launch adoption rate in PlayStation history.

But when it comes to big numbers, that’s not all. Since launch in March, you’ve streamed over 785 million tracks on your PlayStation 4 consoles. That’s more than 42 million hours of listening to your favourite tunes whilst playing your favourite games.

We’re also excited to let you know that PlayStation Music will be arriving in Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador this summer – and rolling out to even more markets before the end of 2015.

Game on.


Taste Rewind

Ever wonder what you’d be jammin’ out to if you were born during a different decade? Now you can find out!

Go back in time with our ‪‎Taste Rewind and explore the tunes you would have had on repeat throughout the 00s, 90s, 80s, 70s and 60s based on your musical taste. A throwback playlist for each decade will help you discover the sound of a different era, or re-live some questionable hairstyles :)

Fancy some musical time travel? Give it a spin here!