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.


  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.



Backstage med Florence + The Machine

På scenen er Florence Welch en naturkraft som kaster seg med hjertet først inn i musikken og publikumshavet. Men hva skjer backstage før og etter den enorme konserteksplosjonen? Florence forteller oss om et turnéliv fylt med tatoveringer, tresko og gjørme.


På starten av sommeren slapp Florence + The Machine det storslagne albumet How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, og nå snur de konsertarenaer på hodet med den fengende musikken. Spesielt virker den nyeste singelen Queen of Peace å ha truffet en nerve hos mange.

– Det er en så triumferende låt, men jeg var ikke akkurat på et triumferende sted i livet da vi skrev den. Låten handler om kampen som utspilles i oss selv når det føles som om kjærligheten er en krig som ikke kan vinnes. Hver gang man slutter fred gir man bort en liten del av seg selv.

Det er fascinerende hvordan en så absurd situasjon som det å opptre foran tusenvis av mennesker kommer så naturlig for noen artister. Florence Welch virker som om hun er født til å stå på scenen.

– Jeg føler meg fri, som om jeg er knyttet til et eller annet som jeg ikke vet hva er. Jeg er bare på rett sted. I hverdagen føler jeg meg ofte splittet, men når jeg er på scenen faller alle bitene på plass.

Når du er ute på turné slik som nå, hva er det du ikke kan reise uten?

– Menn med tatoveringer, haha! Eller bandet, da. Også pakker jeg alt for mye klær, mye mer enn jeg trenger. Klær med fargerike mønstre og tresko. Jeg elsker tresko og det er litt bekymringsverdig med tanke på hvor tunge de er. Gucci har laget noen skikkelig kule som er dekket av pels. Jeg har mange «fuzzye» klær. Mamma blir ganske forvirret av dem.

Hva er det siste du gjør før du går på scenen?

– Samles i en klynge med bandet. Vi har fortsatt ikke funnet ut helt hva vi skal si til hverandre når vi gjør det, så det blir som regel til at vi synger en Beatles-låt eller noe. Vi samles og skriker ting. Jeg hører på andres musikk også. Den musikken jeg elsker akkurat da, som for eksempel Django Django som jeg liker skikkelig godt nå. Det gjør alltid at jeg får lyst til å opptre.

Hva er det første som skjer når du går av scenen?

– Noen legger en kappe eller et teppe over meg. Jeg har som regel glemt at jeg har mistet toppen eller at føttene mine er dekket av gjørme. Noen ganger blir jeg også båret av scenen.

Fortell oss om din aller første festival!

– Pappaen min tok meg med til Womad World Music Festival. Jeg ville ha en gjøglerhatt fordi jeg mente man ikke hadde vært ordentlig på festival før man hadde det. Å ha en morsom hatt var det aller viktigste for meg. Kanskje det fortsatt er sånn, haha!


Lytt til How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful her:

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.


Frisk opp i gode sommerminner med Ingvar Olsen

Ingvar Olsen

Det er ingenting som får fram sommerminnene som en spilleliste fullspekket med musikk som tar deg tilbake i tid og vekker gode følelser. Vi deler historier fra noen av våre norske artisters fineste sommerminner. Ingvar Olsens beste sommerminne er fra en roadtrip med en kompis i 2008.
– Jeg hadde akkurat fått lappen og tok en helt sinnsyk roadtrip med en kompis fra Tromsø til Stockholm. Det oppstod en del diskusjoner om hva vi skulle høre på i bilen, siden jeg har en ganske god årgang på musikksmaken. Uansett – her er noe av det kompisen min og jeg måtte stå ut med!

Sjekk ut Ingvars spilleliste under og finn dine egne sommerminner med spillelister fra helt tilbake til 1965 og hør gratis på Sommerminner.

Frisk opp i gode sommerminner med Bjarne Brøndbo

Bjarne Brøndbo

Vi fortsetter å dele historier fra noen av våre norske artisters fineste sommerminner. Denne gang er det Bjarne Brøndbo som mimrer tilbake til sin beste sommer, med den aller første kjærlighetsferien i 1986 med hans nåværende kone Lise. Spillelisten han har laget fra den sommeren består av musikk som har satt dype spor.

Bjarne forteller dette om bakgrunnen for valg av år og låter til listen:
11. januar 1986 møtte jeg Lise på en fest i Namsos. Vi ble rimelig fort skikkelig forelsket, og vinteren og våren 1986 var styrt av timene sammen med Lise. Det jeg ikke var klar over var at Lise hadde tenkt seg på Interrail sommeren 1986, noe jeg syntes var helt forferdelig. Tror jeg var både sjalu og redd for miste henne da hun dro for å være borte i 2 måneder. Jeg fikk imidlertid ordnet det slik at jeg skulle reise på chartertur til Kos i Hellas, så skulle vi møtes der. Oppholdet på Kos ble vår magiske kjærlighetsferie, og starten på noe som nå har vart i snart 30 år. Musikken som for alltid har satt spor i sjela ønsker jeg her å dele med dere. Håper den faller i smak.

Sjekk ut Bjarnes spilleliste under og finn dine egne sommerminner med spillelister fra helt tilbake til 1965 og hør gratis på Sommerminner.

Frisk opp i gode sommerminner med Silje Nergaard

Silje Nergaard


Silje Nergaard mimrer tilbake til sommeren 1986 da hun var på rundtur i Europa og hørte på artister som Stevie Wonder og Michael Jackson. Hun forteller dette om sine sommerminner og lista hun har satt sammen:

Jeg svinsa rundt med et jazzband i Europa, og var rusa på kjærligheten og livet. Jeg hadde med meg min Sony Walkman, og disse låtene ble et soundtrack til eventyret og sommeren 1986.

Sjekk ut Siljes spilleliste under og finn dine egne sommerminner med spillelister fra helt tilbake til 1965 og hør gratis på Sommerminner.

Frisk opp i gode sommerminner med Bo Kasper

Vi beveger oss videre inn i sommeren med flere gode Sommerminner fra kjente og kjære artister. Denne gangen er det Bo Kasper som har satt sammen en spilleliste fra sommeren han husker aller best. Sommeren 1977 var året Bo virkelig oppdaget musikken. Les mer om bakgrunnen for spillelisten hans under, og frisk opp i egne sommerminner med spillelister helt tilbake til 1965 på  Sommerminner.

Bo Kasper
Sommaren 1977 hände mycket. Jag lärde mig dricka, röka, dansa och hångla. Ett sakta uppvaknade för musik skedde också. Jag var på språkferie i England och diskoteket blandade Donna Summer, Sex Pistols och Commodores. En mix som jag misstänker följt med. Här är en liten lista på vad jag kommer i håg spelades den tiden.