Velkommen, Rammstein!

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I dag ønsker vi Berlins store sønner, Rammstein, velkommen til Spotify med sine seks fantastiske studioalbum. For å komme i stemning, her er 14 fakta om bandet du kanskje ikke har hørt før..!

  1. Rammstein oppstod i Øst-Tysklands punkmiljø.
  2. De er oppkalt etter det tyske ordet for rambukk – og en by uheldigvis kjent for en flyshow ulykke i 1988 der 70 personer ble drept.
  3. Bandet har proklamert: ”Alt vi ønsker er å underholde. Med flammekastere”.
  4. Under live-fremførelser av ”Bück Dich” pleide vokalist Till Lindemann å dra av seg buksene for å så avsløre en stor dildo mellom bena, som igjen sprutet en hvit væske over publikum på første rad.
  5. Rammsteins debut singel, ”Du Riechst So Gut” (”Du lukter så godt”) dukket først opp i en parfymert CD-utgave.
  6. Billettene  til Rammsteins legendariske opptreden i Madison Square Garden i New York ble utsolgt på under 30 minutter.
  7. Lindemanns  andre mest kjente rekvisitt på scenen er hans 63 kilo tunge metallfrakk som blir smurt inn med brennbart stoff for å så bli satt fyr på.
  8. Den verdenskjente filmregissøren David Lynch brukte to Rammstein-sanger i sin film ”Lost Highway”.
  9. De er det eneste tyskspråklige bandet til å virkelig knekke det amerikanske markedet.
  10. Sangen ”Mein Teil” (”Min del”) er inspirert av saken om en tysk kannibal som trykket en annonse som søkte etter en frivillig til å bli drept og spist.
  11. Rammstein ble Grammy-nominert for beste metal-opptreden i både 1999 og 2006.
  12. Den tidligere sjefen for plateselskapet deres beskrev dem som ”teater for millenniumsgenerasjonen: metall-techno poserende med bisarre sadomasokistiske elementer…”
  13. Passende nok er bandets eget motto ”Gjør din egen greie, og overdriv det!”
  14. Keyboardisten ”Flake” uttalte en gang at ”vi ønsker at publikum virkelig skal ta til seg musikken vår, så hva venter dere på?”

Spotify Landmark: Led Zeppelin’s IV

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To round out the month of Rocktober, Spotify Landmark – our series documenting music’s greatest moments in the words of those who made them – sets its sights on one of rock’s defining albums, Led Zeppelin’s “IV.” We bring you the “aural history” of the album in newly recorded interviews with the legendary band’s surviving members: guitarist and producer Jimmy Page; bassist, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones; and singer/lyricist Robert Plant.

Led Zeppelin recounts the story behind “IV,” and sheds light on their on-going re-issue campaign, which features each of their original studio releases re-mastered and packed full with never-before-heard companion audio.

It’s all here, only on Spotify Landmark.

 

 

Live from ADE 2014 #SoundOfADE

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Sharing music. Sharing thoughts on music. Sharing love for music…and celebrating it all in one place at one time. That’s what ADE is all about.

Ever since it’s beginnings in the mid-90s, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has been about a love of music. It started out with a small, pioneering group of music-industry people, DJs and connoisseurs from all over the world sharing their passion for electronic dance music and it’s many subgenres. Now it’s worldwide.

In 2014, ADE hosts almost 100 stages, welcomes 300,000 visitors, 2000 DJ artists and producers, and 5000 music industry professionals. By day it’s all talking, but by night it’s all partying in the small but famously cosmopolitan place called Amsterdam. And let’s not forget: the announcement on who will be the new number 1 DJ in the world, will be held here as well.

Sadly, not all of us can jump on a bike, bus, train or plane to get there. Spotify wants to help to share a part of the ADE-experience with everyone. So – for the duration of the event – we will be bringing you a special category named LIVE FROM ADE 2014. LIVE FROM will offer a full selection of the very best in today’s electronic dance music. Discover the new or relish the legends, find your heroes or your new favourite DJ and get a taste of the endlessly shifting musical styles, straight from the event.

Artists like Afrojack, Oliver Koletzki, Nicky Romero, Detroit Swindle, Eelke Kleijn, Armin van Buuren, Claptone, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Oliver Weiter, Hardwell, Nause, Paul Oakenfold, Cazzette and many more will be picking their top 20 tracks for ADE, while record labels such as Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Big Beat, Ninja Tune and Dirty Bird will serve up their top new choices alongside Spotify’s best genre playlists.

Enjoy these five days of sharing and celebrating this unbridled passion for music.

If you don’t know where to start, just go to our special Spotify ADE Lounge playlist, it’s the perfect introduction to the musical experience!

Hello Canada. Spotify here!

We’re excited to say hello to our new friends in Canada! Starting today, from Vancouver to Montreal to St. John’s and everywhere in between, fans have immediate access to:

  • An unbeatable music experience: listen to whatever music you want, whenever you want, on any device for free. Discover, organise and share. Offering amazing audio quality of up to 320kbps and with a sleek design, playing your favourite music never looked and felt this good.
  • Unrivalled music access: over 20 million songs at your fingertips and updated daily, mixing global hits with one of the most extensive Canadian music catalogues available including a comprehensive Quebecois library. Check out music from your friends and favourite celebrities. Add in our unbeatable music discovery and organisation tools and Spotify has all your music needs covered.
  • Play your way: Download the Spotify app and listen to any song, album or artist, on any device on our fully licensed free tier. Shuffle play on mobile or play any song on tablet or desktop. Alternatively, upgrade to Spotify Premium for $10 CAD per month and enjoy the ultimate music experience: download and listen to you music offline, fully on-demand, without ads, in highest quality audio.

Today sees Canada become the fifty-eighth member of the Spotify family. A special occasion deserves a special playlist, O Canada!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danko Jones: “Alt vi trenger backstage er vann og håndklær”

Spotify er veldig stolte av å kunne presentere Danko Jones’ første livealbum noensinne. Det er spilt inn i sommer, i Stockholms største fornøyelsespark. Vi tok kontakt med Danko Jones for å snakke om konserten, livet på turné og det kommende studioalbumet.

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Hvordan var konserten på Gröna Lund i Stockholm?
Det var en super konsert. Vi kjenner historien bak Gröna Lund, og føler oss heldige som blir bedt om å komme tilbake hit og spille. Vi kommer gjerne tilbake en tredje gang, hvis de vil ha oss.

Hvilken liveplate liker du best, og hvorfor?
Jeg må nok si “Soul Alive”med Solomon Burke, og B-siden av ZZ Top-albumet “Tejas”. De er begge eksempler på fantastiske, virtuose framføringer.

Hva står alltid på rideren deres, og hvorfor?
Vann og håndklær. Det dekker grunnleggende behov, og gjør at vi spiller rå konserter. Hvis man har mer luksus, blir det for behagelig, og showet blir slapt. Noen ganger står det andre ting på rideren vår, men det er som oftest til andre.

Hvordan var deres aller første konsert?
Vår første offisielle konsert var i Montreal, på et sted som heter “Looneys”. Det var oss, Sit N’Spin fra New Jersey og det legendariske bandet The Spaceshits som spilte den kvelden. The Spaceshits var startgropen for band som King Khan, Les Sexareenos og Mark Sultan. Det var ikke den beste konserten vi har spilt som band, men det var absolutt minneverdig.

Hva er det neste på plakaten for Danko Jones?
Vi er nettopp ferdige med innspillingen av det neste studioalbumet vårt. Tittelen er klar, men den er ennå så ny at den er hemmelig.

Hør albumet her, eksklusivt i Spotify!

 

Emotional Music

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We know that there’s always that song that makes us smile, take us back to an exact moment, or bring us to tears… Music can have powerful effects on our emotions and with this in mind, we worked alongside Jacob Jolij, Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Groningen, to reveal some of the songs that trigger the clearest emotional responses.

  1. Happiness – Katy Perry, Birthday

Happy songs are up-tempo, have strong rhythm, positive lyrics, and are typically in a major key. The up-tempo rhythm of Katy Perry’s Birthday will encourage active movement and dopamine release, which is good for your mood.

Furthermore some research suggests that the major key unconsciously reminds you of a falling pitch – a feature which in both human and animal vocalisations asserts dominance and confidence.

  1. Sadness – OneRepublic, I Need

Sad songs have the opposing features of happy songs: they are slower and in a minor key – with the lyrics generally more negative.

The minor key present in OneRepublic’s I Need unconsciously reminds the human mind of a rising pitch, which is associated with defeat and uncertainty.

  1. Optimism – American Authors, Best Day of My Life

Optimism is what psychologists call a complex emotion – it is not ‘built in’ our system by nature, but it is an emotion we learn to experience over time.

Optimistic feelings require happiness, so optimistic songs will share many features with happy songs: major key, upbeat. However lyrics – such as those in American Authors’ Best Day of My Life – are more important here as they provide the additional context to build optimism rather than purely improving mood.

  1. Anger – David Guetta, Bad

Anger is a basic emotion. It is negative, and as such associated with songs in a minor key. However, as opposed to sadness, anger is what we call an approach-emotion: it involves movement, a dimension anger shares with happiness.

Combine these two and you’ve got a recipe for songs that may help in channelling our angry feelings: up-tempo songs with a strong rhythm, in a minor key, such as David Guetta’s Bad.

  1. Overcoming fear – Coldplay, Magic

Fear is a negative emotion, characterised by a stress response that prepares you for a ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction.

In the modern age, we often experience the same stress responses in situations where the ‘fight or flight’ response isn’t beneficial – such as an interview or presentation. In order to overcome fear, the very first thing you need to do is to minimise your stress response, followed by managing your internal thoughts. Music that can help you to overcome fear therefore needs to be slow, relaxing, but have major chords to evoke positive feelings, and lyrics that deal with your negative thoughts, such as Coldplay’s Magic.

  1. Excitement – Avicii, Wake Me Up

The hormones present in the body when we are described as being ‘excited’ – such as adrenalin and endorphins – mean that excited people crave music that is positive, usually in a major key, yet more up-tempo and with a stronger beat than your typical ‘happy’ song.

And when you’re dancing with excitement to Avicii’s Wake Me Up, the lyrics in excited songs aren’t as important as they are to other moods such as anger or nostalgia.

  1. Nostalgia – John Legend, All of Me

John Legend’s All of Me is an example of a song destined to be a nostalgic hit.

For many the sentimental lyrics will remind them of somebody special, improving the probability of linking the song to other senses – such as sights or smells – meaning the iconic 2014 hit All of Me is a reliable track to provoke nostalgia in listeners for years to come.

Take a listen to the top seven emotion-inducing tracks here and check out more of our mood-focused playlists by surfing the ‘Genres and Moods’ section in the Browse feature.

 

Fill your evenings with music – Introducing Dinner and Sleep categories to Browse

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We’ve been working hard on curating music for the moments that matter the most in your life. And the evening is one of those moments that is important and special to a lot of us. It’s the time of the day when we can unwind and spend time with the ones we care about the most. So today we’re launching two totally new categories – one dedicated to dinner time and another one to help you fall asleep.

For all those different, wonderful, noisy, life-changing nights.

Dinner can mean a lot of different things: it’s a three course meal with sparkling champagne, hot pancakes with ice cream or cold pizza on the couch in front of the TV. But food is not the whole experience – it is what you build around it that counts. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, dinner is certainly the least predictable. We want you to have the best possible dinnertime, whether you’re home alone with a sandwich, or out and about surrounded by all of your best friends.

As of today, you can find playlists for all kinds of dinners in Browse. You can host a Picnic in the Park, celebrate Taco Tuesday, or cook up The Perfect Italian Dinner. We have even Flaming Hot BBQ Classics, Breakbeat BBQ and Reggae BBQ playlists to choose from.

Everybody has to eat. So, why not invite your mom, your neighbour, or that hot new fling over to chew through the issues of the day while listening to music curated exactly for that moment? Even if you burn the sauce or overcook the potatoes, everything will taste a little bit better with great music.

The eight hours to save your life

We can fight it, crave it, miss it, or skip it, but, eventually, sleep can be the most rewarding gift in our daily lives. Such is its importance – and impact on us – that some scientists now argue that, since we are asleep for between a quarter and a third of our entire lives, our dreams themselves should be considered a very potent alternate reality.

With that in mind, we’re launching Sleep as a whole new category in Browse. Sleep is your new home for synapse-stroking, non-invasive, care-banishing, pillow-smoothing, muscle-relaxing playlists – the dream-ticket for those times when you need to turn it all off, relax, and float downstream. Sleep is the ultimate release from pressure, the ultimate retreat from the cares of the day. You’ve got eight hours to save your life – why not get started right now?

Head over to Browse on Spotify to find these two new categories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed creating them for you.

 

Artists to Watch

This year has already seen a lot of Spotify’s favorite Artists to Watch enter our charts and make the festival rounds. Here’s a round-up of exclusive, live sets from some of our sure bets — many of whom performed at SXSW for us this year as well as Coachella and Bonnaroo. Check out our Artists to Watch exclusive playlist here!

Scroll down to see exclusive photo sets of our Artists To Watch below.

 

Passenger’s Exclusive #SpotifySession + Video

Passenger recently visited Australian shores and, during that trip, hosted a pop up gig for fans on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The performance was recorded, and we’ve turned that into an exclusive Spotify Session.

Soccer Fans Listen Differently in Winning and Losing Countries

Nearly half of the world’s population watched at least a minute of the last World Cup, according to FIFA (.pdf). At this year’s Brazilian extravaganza, we expect even more people to tune in, given that viewership increased 8 percent last time around.

But you don’t need to know that to understand the global impact of the World Cup — especially in the countries whose teams play that day — whose effect on these nations is so deep that it can be measured by how people listen to music in the hours following the victory or defeat of their team.

With over 40 million regular users and over 10 million subscribers in 57 countries, Spotify reaches many of these soccer (ahem, “football”) fans. To find out how their listening behavior differs based on whether their team wins or loses, we first looked at a World Cup qualifying match.

Our hypothesis: People in the winning countries would listen to happy party music, while people supporting the losing team might resort to less energetic music in order to cool off. However, our acoustic analysis of the top songs after both legs of the qualifying match between Sweden and Portugal in both of those countries actually didn’t show much of a difference in terms of the energy level of listening in those countries.

But we did find something else, which we didn’t actually set out to find. People in Portugal (the winning side) returned to Spotify after the match was over, presumably to celebrate with a post-game party.

Meanwhile, people in Sweden (the losing side) were less likely to listen to music after the match.

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Sure enough, there it is: The blue line (Spotify listening in Sweden) continues to decline after the game, while Portuguese listening spiked hard in the hours following the game.

“On the usage graph, we can see both countries’ usage rates go down as the game starts,” said Spotify and The Echo Nest data alchemist Glenn McDonald. “After it ends a couple hours later, however, Sweden’s usage continues to go down, and Portugal’s leaps back up. The victors turn the music back on and celebrate, the losers go to bed!”

To see if the same thing happened during the Spain vs. Netherlands in the World Cup Group Stage, McDonald ran the same test on Friday’s match, a stunning 5-1 upset for the Dutch.

“Well, it’s not very dramatic, but there’s definitely a bigger rebound after the game for the Netherlands than for Spain,” said McDonald.

Spain vs. Netherlands

See that red line jumping up way more than the blue line? Although not quite as dramatically as in the Sweden vs. Portugal graph above, we once again see that when the match ended, the winning country’s music fans tended to fire up Spotify more than those in the losing country (although the Spanish, unlike the Swedes, did increase their listening slightly after their loss).

Our conclusion, so far: People are more likely to listen to music on Spotify after their team wins than after their team loses.

(Note: These graphs do not represent absolute numbers; in other words, they show the amount of listening in each country, relative to how much listening happens there.)