Spotify Premium, Switch Me On

This year’s Swedish tryouts for the Eurovision Song Contest – Melodifestivalen – saw the rise of many new stars and one of those winning a lot of new hearts was the group Lovestoned. Starting out in 2007 the band consists of Pär, Emelie and Robert from Sweden and Elena from Berlin and they are now ready to release their debut album Rising Love. Starting today Spotify Premium users in Sweden can listen to the album exclusively for one week! And if that’s not enough; the album contains the bonus track Lonely World – available nowhere else but here on Spotify!

Ever since Boom Boom Pow was released one year ago The Black Eyed Peas presence on the charts has been uninterrupted and the current single Meet Me Halfway is no exception; still riding high on the Spotify chart! For those eager to hear new material Spotify Premium users in Sweden can listen to the remix package Invasion of Imma Be Rocking That Body through out this week.

Spotify Premium, Usher iPod competition

With over 27 million albums sold worldwide, Usher is back with his 7th album, Raymond v Raymond. Following the success of his 2008 release, Here I Stand, the new album takes you on a journey through the dichotomy of a man. With the help of some of the biggest producers in music including Polow Da Don, Jim Jonsin (Lollipop), Danja (Sober) and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Raymond v Raymond is sure to paint a vivid portrait of growth, triumph, defeat and happiness.

Spotify Premium users in Sweden can take part in our Usher playlist competition. Simply create your very own Usher playlist with your favourite Usher tracks and submit it at the competition site. The best playlist will be awarded with an iPod Touch filled with exclusive Usher content courtesy of Sony Music.

Music Hack Day: Good bye Stockholm, hello Amsterdam

Remember the Music Hack Day in Stockholm back in February? We sure do, and that’s why we’re happy to announce that we’re going to Amsterdam to participate at the upcoming Music Hack Day during April 24th & 25th.

If everything goes according to plans, we’ll announce some updates to our libspotify library during the event. We won’t reveal more updates just yet, but we think that you’re going to like them.

What else then? Since we’re always impressed by nifty services and applications that are using our APIs, we’re going to hand out some prizes to cool hacks that are built upon our stuff. What a shame that someone just revealed a really cool hack the other day – it won’t be eligible for the prizes.

Last but not least – we know how much hard work it takes to make this kind of event to happen, why we’ll team up with the organizers to make sure that there’s breakfast readily available for those who need a pause from the intensive 24 hour coding marathon. You’ll need some energy if you’re building stuff as cool as this.

Hope to see you in Amsterdam!

Spotify Premium, Devil’s Music

Devil’s Music is the first new material from Teddybears since 2006’s “Soft Machine”, and features an impressive list of guest artists including Eve, Cee-Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley), B-52’s, The Flaming Lips, Mapei, Andreas Kleerup and Rodrigo “Rigo” Pencheff.

The band will be touring Sweden this summer and Spotify Premium users in Sweden have the chance to win tickets for their gig at Gröna Lund in Stockholm on June 11th a long with some cool Teddybears Vinyls. To take part in the competition, click here!

Besides the concert at Gröna Lund you can also catch the Teddybears at the following stops:

  • July 8 – Skellefteå Stadsfestival
  • July 10 – Gatufesten, Sundsvall
  • July 17 – Arvikafestivalen
  • 29 – Putte i Parken, Karlskoga
  • July 31 – Storsjöyran, Östersund

Spotify Premium, Mikael Wiehe in concert

Mikael Wiehe latest album, Ta det Tillbaka, has to be considered his most political album yet. Both Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter agree that we all have a lot to learn from Wiehes razor-sharp lyrics. However, Wiehe doesn’t stop there, Ta det Tillbaka also proves the poetic skills Wiehe posesses in love songs such as Strö all min kärlek.

So don’t miss out on the great opportunity to win tickets to go see Mikael Wiehe live this summer. Enter and here to win.

Johnossi release party tickets

After successes with their first two albums and hit singles such as Man Must Dance and 18 Karat Gold it’s time for Johnossi’s anticipated third album, Mavericks, out on April 28th. The album is preceeded by the single, What’s the Point, and one week before release Spotify Premium users in Sweden and Norway will have the chance to listen to the album exclusively on Spotify!

If you can’t wait until then head over to the competition site where 20 of you will have the chance to win two tickets each to their release party in Stockholm on Monday April 12th. This will be the first chance to see and hear the band perform the entire album live!

Spotify Premium, Rufus Wainwright in concert

In a week’s time everyone’s favourite crooner Rufus Wainwright releases his sixth studio album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, across Europe. With his latest album Rufus sits down with just his piano and takes on some of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets.

This Friday Spotify Premium users in Sweden will be able to listen to his album in full, but before that, head over to official concert page where five lucky fans have the chance to win two tickets each to his Stockholm concert at Filadelfiakyrkan May 27th. Good luck!

Spotify community award winners announced

Back in February we mentioned the Spotify community awards initiative being run by Afront over at the The Pansentient League blog.

After a month of voting the results are in and the winners have been announced. Big congrats to Spotibot for taking ‘Best Overall’ category and to all the other winners as well. It’s really incredible to see all the work that has gone into these sites and we look forward to more in the coming months.

Spotify for iPhone v0.4.1 now available

Spotify for iPhone v0.4.1, which addresses a number of critical issues that some users experienced with the previous update, is now available in the App store. This update should help users who experienced problems connecting over certain Wi-Fi networks and allow users to turn off iPod integration which was causing Spotify to crash in certain cases.

If you were experiencing crashes with the previous update please navigate to the ‘More’ screen and turn off iPod integration.