Backstage with Florence + The Machine

On stage Florence Welch is a force of nature, dancing and swirling and throwing herself heart first into the music. But what happens backstage before and after these explosions? Florence tells us about a tour life filled with tattoos, clogs and mud.


In the beginning of the summer, Florence + The Machine released the breathtaking album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and are right now turning festivals upside down with it. We are absolutely in love with the latest suggestive single  “Queen of Peace”.

– It such a triumph peace of music, but I wasn’t in a very triumph place when we wrote it. It’s about battles in ourselves, when it feels like love is just a war that you can’t win. Everytime you make peace you’re giving away a part of yourself.

It’s fascinating how a bizarre situation like performing in front of thousands of people can seem so natural to some artists. Florence Welch was born to conquer a stage.

– I feel free when I’m up there. Like I’m connected to something I don’t know what it its. I’m just in the right place. On a day to day basis I feel a bit scattered, when I’m on stage every piece comes together.

What do you always bring on tour?

– Tour guys with tattoos, haha! That would be the band. I pack lots of clothes, more than necessary. Clothes with colourful patterns and clogs. I love clogs and it’s worrying, because they’re heavy. Gucci are doing some really cool ones covered in fur. I got a lot of fuzzy clothes, my mum is really confused by them.

What’s the last thing you do before you go on stage?

– Huddle together with my band. We still haven’t figured out quite what to say to each other when we do it, so we sing a Beatles song or something. Get together and yell stuff. Also, I listen to other people’s music. Whatever I’m obsessed with right now, like Django Django. That always makes me want to perform.

What is the first thing that happens when you get off stage?

– Someone puts a cape on me. I usually have lost my top or gotten my feet covered in mud. Sometimes I even get carried off stage.

Tell us about your very first festival!

– My dad took me to Womad World Music Festival. I wanted a jester’s hat, otherwise you hadn’t been to a real festival in my opinion. To have a joke hat was the most important thing for me. Maybe it still is, haha!


Listen to How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful here:

Avicii’s 200m Stream Bombshell

Wake Me Up is the Spotify’s Most Streamed Track ever…

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Avicii’s Wake Me Up is now the most-played song of all time on Spotify having – just today – gone north of the 200 million streams barrier. Avicii’s monster hit was the fastest song ever to reach the 100 million streams landmark back in September of last year and Wake Me Up reached number one in 19 countries across the world.

“I’m so excited to be the first artist to reach 200 million streams on Spotify,” Avicii said. “I’ve had an amazing year, so a massive thanks to all of my fans!”

In case you’re wondering, the 10 cities the track has been most streamed in are: Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg, London, New York, Madrid, Malmö, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, currently at Number Two in the Most Streamed Ever Chart are Imagine Dragons with 182m plays of Radioactive.


According to Anders Fridén: How It All Began


Post by: Anders Fridén, lead singer of In Flames.

So where do I begin? When I was just 5 years of age, sitting next to my parents stereo with enormous headphones going through all of their vinyls? When I was 10, begging my mom I could stay up late to watch a live broadcast from Dortmund Westfalenhallen with artist such as Judas priest, Iron maiden, Scorpions, Ozzy and Quiet riot to name a few (this show had a giant impact on little Anders)?

When I was 16 and joined the band that was to become Dark tranquility? When I was 20 and begged the owner of Studio Fredman to give me an internship? When I was 22 and joined In flames? 3 years ago when I decided to start a record company or just a year ago when I joined forces with Razzia records and we started Razzia notes?

All I can say is that I love music, I’m married to music and that is something I will try show you through this playlist the coming months (or however long they want me to roam the net). This first one, I just try to show you where I come from and some songs that inspired me. Also I threw in some stuff from my label, Razzia notes. Artists that I’m extremely proud of.

For the love of music, take a moment…


Presenting “According to Anders Fridén” – lead singer of In Flames

Spotify proudly announces a new collaboration with Anders Fridén, lead singer of the world renowned metal band In Flames. On October 30th, Anders will launch his own playlist, “According To,” exclusively on Spotify and also start writing columns for our blog. We asked him to explain a bit more about the project.


Hi Anders! What’s this about?

Simply a way for me to share damn good music. I’m a big consumer of all sorts of music, and I myself love to get tips on something new or something that I’ve I missed.

What kind of songs will end up on your playlist?

I think I will focus on rock/metal, but I may also slip in other genres when I get the feeling. That happens a lot.

You will also write columns on the Spotify blog, what will those be about?

I do not know yet, haha! I shoot from the hip. They will obviously revolve around music: how I got where I am today and what life was like when I was naive and didn’t have to think about what was right and wrong. I probably can’t keep myself from writing about beer, whiskey, food and all that other stuff that makes life feel a little easier sometimes.

What’s happening with In Flames in the near future?

Right now we are writing new hit songs, and we will soon enter the studio to make album number eleven…. Number eleven! Holy shit!

What is your favorite song right now and why?

My label Razzia Notes released the debut album from a band called Dead Soul. There are a lot of amazing songs, but one that stands out for me right now is the song Dead Soul – Kill the Past. As a lyricist, I love when the lyrics marry well with the music, and in this case, such great lyrics! Dark and beautiful.

OK Spotifiers…. October 30th, save the date!

We’ll be launching this feature, “According To,” with Anders Fridén! You will find Anders’ playlist and column on our blog.


Benjamin from MGMT – The Spotify Interview

The psychedelic rock duo MGMT are back with new music, and we talked to band member Benjamin Goldwasser about first impressions in college, music that changes your life, and the theme from ‘Ghostbusters’.


We met Benjamin Goldwasser from MGMT when him and his band mate Andrew VanWyngarden played in Stockholm. Right now they are touring intensively in support of  their latest album, MGMT. Benjamin describesMGMT as pretty different musically in comparison with their previous records. “We’ve been trying some different ways of writing songs. We’ve been more patient with ourselves, and worked on something for a longer period of time until we got this feeling of something happening, instead of forcing it. It’s getting back to the spirit of how the band was when we first started making music together” he says.

Q: You and Andrew met during your freshman year of college. What was your first impression of eachother?

A: We hit it off right away. We were hanging out with the same group of friends and we had both come to college as musicians who were looking for other people to play with. We played in lots of different bands, separate from each other, and started writing music together just for fun. We didn’t really think of it as a band at that point, we were just kind of hanging out and gradually we realized that we were actually in a band. We were pretty close friends from the beginning and went on a lot of road trips together, driving around the United States, going to visit friends from college out in the mid-west somewhere. It was the first time I ever really saw the country. The first tour we did was just the two of us in his pick-up truck, just driving to all of these crazy places. It was cool.

Q: When your debut album came out, it was an instant hit. What was it like to have that major success with your best friend?

A: We didn’t really expect anything like that. For a while, we didn’t even believe that it was happening. We thought it was just a dream and that we would wake up from it. After a while, a lot of the fame and that side of things started to wear on us, we’re not really the kind of people who care about things like that. It’s great to be recognized for what you do and have people like it, but for people to expect us to be rock starts all the time… It’s not who we are and I think we care more about making good music and giving people something meaningful to listen to. That’s the main priority for us, so we were kind of relieved when a lot of the hype died down and we could just go back to making music.

Q: Tell us about your first gig!

A: It was a talent show in our dorm, we performed the theme from Ghostbusters for twenty minutes. It ended with Andrew laying down, rolling around on the floor telling everyone to leave. That was history.

Q: Oh wow. Had you prepared that or was it just in the moment?

– We had prepared a little bit. We had a loop with the chords forGhostbusters, but that was about it! I think some people liked it and some people really hated it, which hasn’t really changed for us. Except that there are more people listening now. I think we’ve always gotten mixed reactions, but people react strongly to what we do, and to me that is the best compliment.

Q: Have you ever gone back to your college and played?

A: Yeah, we’ve been back a few times. We’ve actually kind of overdue for another visit, it’s been a long time. We still love going back there. It’s a pretty special place and a cool crowd of people. It’s a cool combination of really smart people and creative people who like to have a good time.

Q: Are you a legendary band there?

A: I don’t know what it’s like for them now. When we went to college there, there were a few kind of famous bands or filmmakers who had come out of that school. We heard about them, but we were kind of over it at that point. We wanted to do our own thing. I kind of hope that it will be like that for people there now.  Maybe they’re proud of the fact that we came from there, but at the same time they won’t try to replicate whatever we did.

Q: What would you say is the ultimate goal with your music?

A: Mostly to capture the feeling that we get when we listen to music that we really like. People listen to music because it gives them kind of this visceral feeling that they can’t get from anything else. We just want to make more of that for other people and try to make something different from what is already out there. Maybe expose people to new ideas, new ways of listening to music, or paying attention to the world around them.

Q: Do you remember a song from when you were younger that had that effect on you?

A: One of the first bands that I heard in high school that really got me to start thinking about music differently was King Crimson. I know that for most people it’s not a cool band by any means, but I remember hearing it and at first I couldn’t stand it. It sounded awful to me, I couldn’t understand why anybody would make music like that. Then I decided that I was gonna listen to it until I figured out what was going on, and try to appreciate it because I could tell that whatever they were doing, they meant it. To me, that was an important lesson. If somebody really means something by what they’re doing, it’s worth a try to get into it.

Q: What is next for MGMT?

A: Touring is gonna be one of the big things right now, and we will hopefully be doing some festivals next summer. We really want to come over to Europe and do festivals again, because we kind of missed out on the last tour. We are also talking about how much we want to start working on another album already. Hopefully we will be able to do some work on that while we’re touring. We’re already excited to put more music out.


Seven Truths About Avicii

It’s finally here, Avicii’s long awaited debut album ‘TRUE’! To celebrate this, we asked Avicii to reveal seven truths about himself to Spotify users. Are you ready?

First place I ever DJed at: Club Louie in Miami back in 2010.   

Person that I dream about collaborating with: Adele, her voice is incredible.

This feedback I will never forget: When I heard Pete Tong talking about my first premiere, the track “Man Man”, at his show back in 2009.

First instrument that I learned to play: The guitar.

The artist I envy: I try not to compare myself to others – I’m doing my thing and focusing on that 110%.

The song that changed my life: Byron Stingily – Get Up (Everybody). This song is an old classic, simple but yet amazing!

My best advice to aspiring DJs out there: Don’t give up! It takes a long time to really get a hold of the production part, and the same goes with mastering the decks.

Listen to Avicii’s debut album TRUE now, right here on Spotify!



Celebrate your childhood hero with a song

World Childhood Foundation has made it possible for you to thank someone, who has made ​​a difference in your childhood, with a song. Spotify is a partner in the new campaign, and the launch event took place at our headquarters in Stockholm.

On the 6th of September, the red carpet was rolled out on Spotify’s headquarters in Stockholm when the World Childhood Foundation and Princess Madeleine of Sweden unveiled the new campaign Thank You. With this campaign, you can send a special song to someone who has been important to you in your childhood, with a message to thank them. Princess Madeleine is the project administrator for Childhood, and in an introduction video for Thank You, she sent the song “Walking On A Dream” by Empire of the Sun to her mother Queen Silvia, with the message “for all the times you stayed up and listened.”

The world famous DJ Tiësto also sent a video message that was shown to all guests at the launch event. He wanted to dedicate a song to his mother, who is an important part of his life, and always has been there for him. The song was his own “Love Is the Answer – Tiesto Remix”, and all the proceeds for it go to Childhood.

Spotify is proud to be a partner to the Thank You campaign, and we think this is a fantastic opportunity to combine love of music with caring for humanity. If you want to send a thank you to an important person from your childhood or give a donation to Childhood, visit