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

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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.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  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*

BEST MALE VIDEO

  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

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

  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*

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

  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

BEST POP VIDEO

  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*

BEST ROCK VIDEO

  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

BEST COLLABORATION

  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

SORRY.

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 privacycomments@spotify.com We’re listening to you and we take your concerns very seriously.

Daniel

 

Starbucks and Spotify Redefine Retail Experience By Connecting Spotify Streaming Music Service with World-Class Store and Digital Platform

Music and coffee, the perfect combination. We are very excited to announce that we will be the lead music partner for Starbucks. This new partnership will link its seven thousand company-operated stores in the U.S. and 10 Million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members with Spotify’s more than 60 Million global users to offer a first-of-its-kind music ecosystem.

Read our full press release here:

Spotify viert vijfde verjaardag in Nederland

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Vandaag viert Spotify haar vijfde verjaardag in Nederland. Wereldwijd heeft de muziekstreaming service al verspreid over 58 landen 60 miljoen gebruikers waarvan 15 miljoen betalende abonnees. In Nederland gebruikt inmiddels één op de zes in de markt muziek via Spotify.* Voor de Nederlandse markt betekent het dat van elke vier Euro die door de Nederlandse labels verdiend worden, er één van Spotify komt. **

Om de Nederlandse verjaardag te vieren blikt Spotify met diverse artiesten terug op de belangrijke feiten van de afgelopen jaren en maakt Spotify gebruik van data om te zien hoe ons luistergedrag is.

De meest populaire internationale artiesten in Nederland van de afgelopen jaren zijn Ed Sheeran, Coldplay en Avicii. In de lijst van alle internationale sterren is de Nederlandse band Racoon de eerste naam die opduikt, namelijk op de 18e plaats.

De meest populaire Nederlandse mannelijke artiest Marco Borsato zien we op de 24ste plek terug, Mr. Probz staat op de 25ste plaats. Opvallend, André Hazes volgt hen op de voet (27e plaats) in de meest gestreamde lijst vanaf 18 mei 2010. Na Marco Borsato volgt Guus Meeuwis op de derde plaats in de categorie Nederlandstalig. Anouk is de populairste vrouwelijke artiest en verovert een plekje te veroveren in de top 10 van meest populaire Nederlandse acts. Maaike Ouboter staat op de 11de plaats van de meest gestreamde Nederlandse vrouwen van de afgelopen jaren.

De meest populaire tracks in de historie van Spotify in Nederland zijn John Legend All of Me en vanuit Nederland zelf Waves van Mr. Probz met de remix van Robin Schulz. Niet alleen in Nederland had Mr. Probz succes maar ook zeker over de grens. Mr Probz: “Spotify heeft er zonder twijfel aan bijgedragen dat mijn muziek de wereld rond is gegaan voordat het gedraaid werd op de radio in de meeste landen.” Kenny B. die op de tiende plaats in de lijst staat, brak eerder dit jaar een Nederlands record met meer dan één miljoen streams in één week.

Eén van Nederlands grootste exportproducten dancemuziek laat ook op streamingdienst zijn sporen na. DJ en producer Armin van Buuren: “De afgelopen jaren heb ik een fantastische fanbase opgebouwd. Ik ben enorm trots op mijn 1,3 miljoen volgers die mij tot de meest gevolgde Nederlandse artiest op Spotify maken. Ik vind Spotify echt de toekomst voor muziek.” De meeste streams in Nederland waren voor Yellow Claw daarna Martin Garrix en Afrojack. Armin van Buuren volgt zijn collega’s op de voet met zijn vierde plaats.

* volgens Spotify en Zenith Optimedia data
** volgens de NVPI

Let’s Make Music Change

Editor’s Note: This blog was written by Kerry Steib, Director, Social Impact, Spotify.

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We love music and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy and power that it brings to the world. Music is how we tell our stories, it reflects our culture, rallies us to action, and connects us to each other.

Around the world, we support organizations that use music to create social change.  They open up access to economic systems, foster confidence, and empower new voices to be heard.

But, we can do more.

Spotify’s strength comes from our community — the people who listen on our service, the employees who build it, the partnerships we develop, and the artists we work with.  We all share this belief that music is a powerful force.

Starting today, each initiative we take on can be made stronger by our collective action at Spotify.com/change.  Share a song to show support. Stream a playlist from young artists. Send a girl to rock camp.

Do more with us

Our first initiative is with Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that works with local and international teams to provide hearing care to hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Through volunteering last year, we met Jessa Mae, Isagani, and Eugene, who shared their stories with us.

 

Share the film to support the work of Starkey Hearing Foundation. Want to do more? You can help them reach their goal of giving 100 more people hearing care.

This is just the beginning.  Get involved at Spotify.com/change.

 

 

Introducing Touch Preview. A better way to preview any song, album, artist or playlist.

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Ever find yourself endlessly browsing through playlist after playlist, looking for the perfect music? “Teen Party” or “Party Hits”… how do you decide without listening?

Well, good news. Now, with Touch Preview, you can quickly get a sneak peek of any playlist, song, album or artist before you hit play. Just hold down your finger to the screen – you’ll instantly hear the music start.

And you can now save tunes you like to Your Music with one quick left-swipe. Building your collection of favourite songs has never been easier or faster.

It means less time looking for the perfect music, and more time actually listening to it.

Oh look, here’s a nice video we made.

Both Touch Preview and our new swipe gestures are available to iOS users from today, and will soon be rolled out across other platforms.

Spotify paints it black with new look for Windows Phone

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Today we’re bringing Windows Phone users the best-looking Spotify ever. With a darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography, playing your favourite music has never looked so good. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.

We also know that you’ve been looking for more ways of managing your music. So today we’re bringing Your Music to Windows Phone: helping you save, organise and browse your favourite music the way you want to. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.

We’re also bringing you our updated Browse feature, delivering even more relevant and localised content. So regardless of whether you’re looking for something to fall asleep to, or the perfect playlist to get you geared up for your big night out, finding the right music for every moment is easier than ever.

Our new design, Your Music and the updated Browse will roll out to all Windows Phone 8 users starting today.

 

15 for ’15!

15-Million-Thank-YousWe had an amazing 2014 at Spotify and owe it all to you, the music fans who listen, discover, share and celebrate music and artists with us every day of the year.

And before 2014 turned into 2015, we reached 15 million subscribers and 60 million active users!

So as we set off into the new year, we want to send a giant thank you to all of you. We can’t wait for the year in music ahead!

 

Ontdek 20 jaar Rammstein – Entertainers met dildo’s en vlammenwerpers..nu ook bij Spotify.

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Vandaag verwelkomen wij bij Spotify de almachtige Rammstein uit Berlijn, met maar liefst zes briljante, exclusieve albums. Om geheel in de stemming te komen, bij deze 15 ‘need-to-know-facts’ over deze extravagante band.

  1. Rammstein ontstond uit de Oost Duitse ‘renegade D.I.Y. punk’ scene.
  2. De bandnaam komt van het Duitse woord voor “storm-ram” en een stadje wat bekend staat om een luchtvaart-show uit 1988, waarbij 70 mensen om het leven kwamen.
  3. Ooit was hun lijfspreuk “Wij willen alleen maar ‘entertainen’. Met vlammenwerpers.”
  4. Tijdens de live versie van Bück Dich, liet zanger Till Lindemann zijn broek zakken, om vervolgens een gigantische dildo tevoorschijn te halen en de eerste rijen met witte vloeistof te besproeien.
  5. Ze zijn net zo uniek en Duits als Kraftwerk, Neu! en Einstürzende Neubauten.
  6. Rammstein’s debuut single, Du Riechst So Gut  verscheen eerst in een geparfurmeerde digipak.
  7. De kaartverkoop van de legendarische Rammstein show in Madison Square Garden in New York, verkocht binnen een half uur na aanvang van verkoop volledig uit.
  8. Lindemann’s ander fameuze on-stage decor-stuk was een 70 kilo zware metalen jas, gedrenkt in ontvlambare pasta. Deze werd vervolgens in brand gezet.
  9. De wereldberoemde regisseur David Lynch gebruikte twee Rammstein songs in zijn film Lost Highway.
  10. Ze zijn de enige Duitse band die ooit doorbraken in de US.
  11. De song Mein Teil was geinspireerd op het waar gebeurde verhaal van de Duitse kannibaal die een advertentie plaatste voor een vrijwilliger, die zich door hem zou willen laten vermoorden en op eten.
  12. Rammstein was genomineerd voor ‘Best Metal Performance’ tijdens de Grammy Awards in 1999 en 2006.
  13. Een voormalig platenbaas van hunlabel beschreef ze ooit als volgt: “theater voor de  millennium generatie: metallic-techno in beeld gebracht met bizarre sado-masochistic elementen…”
  14. Tegenwoordig is het motto van de band:  “Doe je eigen ding – volledig over de top!”
  15. Keyboard speler “Flake” zei ooit, “We houden er van als het publiek met onze muziek worstelt ” dus waar wacht je op?!

 

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Big news everyone! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Uber to let you choose the soundtrack for your ride.

When you request a car, you’ll be able to choose the music you want to hear on the journey. When your ride arrives, it’ll be your tunes on the car’s speakers.

So how does it work?

 

  1. Connect your Spotify account from the Uber Profile screen or sign up.
  2. Request a ride in the Uber app. If you get matched with a music-enabled Uber, the music bar will appear at the bottom of the Uber app.
  3. Tap the music bar and select music from our ready-made playlist, your playlists or search for something new.
  4. If you want you can wirelessly control the music from either the Uber or Spotify apps until you arrive at your destination.
  5. Sit back and enjoy the soundtrack to your ride.

The new Uber and Spotify integration, available to all Uber and Spotify Premium users on iOS and Android (in beta), starts rolling out on Friday, Nov. 21 in our 10 launch cities. The integration will continue to roll out globally over the coming weeks.

And finally, to help celebrate we’re giving fans a chance to connect with some of their favourite artists such as Diplo, Andrew W.K. and Jake Owen. Stay tuned for more details!