Vilken var förra årets bästa låt?

Nu är det inte lång betänketid kvar! Söndag den 11 januari stänger röstningen för “Årets låt” på Grammis 2015. Har du bestämt dig?

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Grammis är Sveriges äldsta musikpris, och i år delas det ut i 18 kategorier plus ett hederspris på galan den 25 februari. I alla kategorier utom “Årets låt” är det en jury som utser vinnarna och Lisa Cronstedt på Ifpi, musikorganisationen som anordnar Grammisgalan, gillar att vinnaren av “Årets låt” röstas fram av fansen. Om Lisa la en avgörande röst skulle Sveriges senaste Billlboard-drottning kamma hem priset. 

- Jag har lyssnat på alla låtar ganska mycket eftersom det är de mest spelade låtarna under året. Min favorit är “Habits” med Tove Lo. Den svänger.

Håller du med eller har du en annan theme song från 2014? Rösta här på din favorit innan den 11 januari. Och de nominerade är…

ACE WILDER BUSY DOIN’ NOTHIN’

ALBIN FEAT. KRISTIN AMPARO DIN SOLDAT

ARONCHUPA I’M AN ALBATRAOZ

AVICII THE DAYS

FIRST AID KIT MY SILVER LINING

SANNA NIELSEN UNDO

SEINABO SEY YOUNGER

THOMAS STENSTRÖM SLÅ MIG HÅRT I ANSIKTET

TOVE LO HABITS (STAY HIGH)

ZARA LARSSON CARRY YOU HOME

 

Introducing Top Tracks in Your Network

Overview

One out of every five Spotify streams comes from a user listening to another user’s music. Every day, millions of listeners find, discover and share music on Spotify – but a great recommendation from someone you trust is something special.

What if you could tap into all these moments of discovery and see what your friends have been listening to?

Today we’re launching new discovery features that make it easier than ever to tap into your friends’ latest music picks.

Top Tracks in Your Network is a new chart showing the most played songs among the people you follow. The more popular a song is with your friends, the higher it is up the chart. Refreshed daily, the new chart can be found in the Browse section under Top Lists. A drop down list of the people listening to the song can be found next to the track details.

Now, when you go to an artist or album you’ll see who’s been listening – a great way to discover which of your friends share your taste in music.

Top Tracks in Your Network begins rolling out today on iOS and Android platforms, and to desktop soon. 

 

 

2014 – A Year in Music

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It’s time to reflect on another amazing year in music with our Year in Music — our annual round up of what our 50 million users have listened to this year.

Join us at spotify.com/2014 as we look back at the key musical milestones of the year and reveal the most streamed artists, tracks, albums, bands, as well as a host of interesting musical facts from 2014.

Not only will you be able to find out more about the biggest global and national music trends of 2014, but you can also create your very own personal Year in Music. We invite you to answer that age old question; “What Kind of Music Are you Into” by exploring your top genres, your favourite artist by season, most musical day of the week, and more.

What soundtracked your year? Discover the 2014 Year in Music here!

 

 

 

Your Ride. Your Music.

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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 (with a limited feature set), starts rolling out on Friday, Nov. 21 in our 10 launch cities. The integration will continue to roll out globally over the coming weeks.

To kick off our exciting new partnership, Spotify and Uber are giving fans a chance to connect with some of their favourite artists in 10 global launch cities:

- Participating artists include: Andrew W.K., The Sam Willows, Ximena Sariñana, Ansiktet, Professor Green, Diplo, Matt and Kim, Ricki Lee, Kevin Drew and Jake Owen. 

- 10 global launch cities include: London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto.

These special events for Uber and Spotify users – including artist ride-alongs and exclusive live sessions in five of the 10 cities – will take place on Friday, November 21. Stay tuned for additional details.

$2 Billion and Counting

- A blog post written by Daniel Ek (@eldsjal)

Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it. We started Spotify because we love music and piracy was killing it. So all the talk swirling around lately about how Spotify is making money on the backs of artists upsets me big time. Our whole reason for existence is to help fans find music and help artists connect with fans through a platform that protects them from piracy and pays them for their amazing work. Quincy Jones posted on Facebook that “Spotify is not the enemy; piracy is the enemy”. You know why? Two numbers: Zero and Two Billion. Piracy doesn’t pay artists a penny – nothing, zilch, zero. Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars to labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists. A billion dollars from the time we started Spotify in 2008 to last year and another billion dollars since then. And that’s two billion dollars’ worth of listening that would have happened with zero or little compensation to artists and songwriters through piracy or practically equivalent services if there was no Spotify – we’re working day and night to recover money for artists and the music business that piracy was stealing away.

When I hear stories about artists and songwriters who say they’ve seen little or no money from streaming and are naturally angry and frustrated, I’m really frustrated too. The music industry is changing – and we’re proud of our part in that change – but lots of problems that have plagued the industry since its inception continue to exist. As I said, we’ve already paid more than $2 billion in royalties to the music industry and if that money is not flowing to the creative community in a timely and transparent way, that’s a big problem. We will do anything we can to work with the industry to increase transparency, improve speed of payments, and give artists the opportunity to promote themselves and connect with fans – that’s our responsibility as a leader in this industry; and it’s the right thing to do.

We’re trying to build a new music economy that works for artists in a way the music industry never has before. And it is working – Spotify is the single biggest driver of growth in the music industry, the number one source of increasing revenue, and the first or second biggest source of overall music revenue in many places. Those are facts. But there are at least three big misconceptions out there about how we work, how much we pay, and what we mean for the future of music and the artists who create it. Let’s take a look at them.

Myth number one: free music for fans means artists don’t get paid. On Spotify, nothing could be further from the truth. Not all free music is created equal – on Spotify, free music is supported by ads, and we pay for every play. Until we launched Spotify, there were two economic models for streaming services: all free or all paid, never together, and both models had a fatal flaw. The paid-only services never took off (despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing), because users were being asked to pay for something that they were already getting for free on piracy sites. The free services, which scaled massively, paid next to nothing back to artists and labels, and were often just a step away from piracy, implemented without regard to licensing, and they offered no path to convert all their free users into paying customers. Paid provided monetization without scale, free reached scale without monetization, and neither produced anywhere near enough money to replace the ongoing decline in music industry revenue.

We had a different idea. We believed that a blended option – or ‘freemium’ model – would build scale and monetization together, ultimately creating a new music economy that gives fans access to the music they love and pays artists fairly for their amazing work. Why link free and paid? Because the hardest thing about selling a music subscription is that most of our competition comes from the tons of free music available just about everywhere. Today, people listen to music in a wide variety of ways, but by far the three most popular ways are radio, YouTube, and piracy – all free. Here’s the overwhelming, undeniable, inescapable bottom line: the vast majority of music listening is unpaid. If we want to drive people to pay for music, we have to compete with free to get their attention in the first place.

So our theory was simple – offer a terrific free tier, supported by advertising, as a starting point to attract fans and get them in the door. And unlike other free music options – from piracy to YouTube to SoundCloud – we pay artists and rights holders every time a song is played on our free service. But it’s not as flexible or uninterrupted as Premium. If you’ve ever used Spotify’s free service on mobile, you know what I mean – just like radio, you can pick the kind of music you want to hear but can’t control the specific song that’s being played, or what gets played next, and you have to listen to ads. We believed that as fans invested in Spotify with time, listening to their favorite music, discovering new music and sharing it with their friends, they would eventually want the full freedom offered by our premium tier, and they’d be willing to pay for it.

We were right. Our free service drives our paid service. Today we have more than 50 million active users of whom 12.5 million are subscribers each paying $120 per year. That’s three times more than the average paying music consumer spent in the past. What’s more, the majority of these paying users are under the age of 27, fans who grew up with piracy and never expected to pay for music. But here’s the key fact: more than 80% of our subscribers started as free users. If you take away only one thing, it should be this: No free, no paid, no two billion dollars.

Myth number two: Spotify pays, but it pays so little per play nobody could ever earn a living from it. First of all, let’s be clear about what a single stream – or listen – is: it’s one person playing one song one time. So people throw around a lot of stream counts that seem big and then tell you they’re associated with payouts that sound small. But let’s look at what those counts really represent. If a song has been listened to 500 thousand times on Spotify, that’s the same as it having been played one time on a U.S. radio station with a moderate sized audience of 500 thousand people. Which would pay the recording artist precisely … nothing at all. But the equivalent of that one play and its 500 thousand listens on Spotify would pay out between three and four thousand dollars. The Spotify equivalent of ten plays on that radio station – once a day for a week and a half – would be worth thirty to forty thousand dollars.

Now, let’s look at a hit single, say Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’. In the months since that song was released, it’s been listened to enough times to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for his label and publisher. At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalog) are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that’s only growing – we expect that number to double again in a year. Any way you cut it, one thing is clear – we’re paying an enormous amount of money to labels and publishers for distribution to artists and songwriters, and significantly more than any other streaming service.

Myth number three: Spotify hurts sales, both download and physical. This is classic correlation without causation – people see that downloads are down and streaming is up, so they assume the latter is causing the former. Except the whole correlation falls apart when you realize a simple fact: downloads are dropping just as quickly in markets where Spotify doesn’t exist. Canada is a great example, because it has a mature music market very similar to the US. Spotify launched in Canada a few weeks ago. In the first half of 2014, downloads declined just as dramatically in Canada – without Spotify – as they did everywhere else. If Spotify is cannibalising downloads, who’s cannibalising Canada?

By the same token, we’ve got a great list of artists who promoted their new releases on Spotify and had terrific sales and lots of streaming too – like Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey and alt-J. Artists from Daft Punk to Calvin Harris to Eminem had number ones and were on Spotify at the same time too.

Which brings us back to Taylor Swift. She sold more than 1.2 million copies of 1989 in the US in its first week, and that’s awesome. We hope she sells a lot more because she’s an exceptional artist producing great music. In the old days, multiple artists sold multiple millions every year. That just doesn’t happen any more; people’s listening habits have changed – and they’re not going to change back. You can’t look at Spotify in isolation – even though Taylor can pull her music off Spotify (where we license and pay for every song we’ve ever played), her songs are all over services and sites like YouTube and Soundcloud, where people can listen all they want for free. To say nothing of the fans who will just turn back to pirate services like Grooveshark. And sure enough, if you looked at the top spot on The Pirate Bay last week, there was 1989

Here’s the thing I really want artists to understand: Our interests are totally aligned with yours. Even if you don’t believe that’s our goal, look at our business. Our whole business is to maximize the value of your music. We don’t use music to drive sales of hardware or software. We use music to get people to pay for music. The more we grow, the more we’ll pay you. We’re going to be transparent about it all the way through. And we have a big team of your fellow artists here because if you think we haven’t done well enough, we want to know, and we want to do better. None of that is ever going to change.

We’re getting fans to pay for music again. We’re connecting artists to fans they would never have otherwise found, and we’re paying them for every single listen. We’re not just streaming, we’re mainstreaming now, and that’s good for music makers and music lovers around the world.  

Avicii prisas av Spotify och Musikförläggarna

Alla låtskrivare därute, tack för att ni finns! För att uppmärksamma upphovsmän och upphovskvinnor bakom de populäraste låtarna på Spotify delade vi idag tillsammans med branschorganisationen Musikförläggarna ut ett pris till skaparna av årets mest spelade låt.

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På Berns Salonger i Stockholm hölls i fredags galan för Musikförläggarnas Pris, ett årligt musikpris som delas ut till svenska låtskrivare, kompositörer och textförfattare. Sedan förra året är Spotify med och delar ut priset “Årets mest spelade låt”, där vinnaren blir den eller de svenska låtskrivare som står bakom den låt som spelats flest gånger på Spotify i Sverige under perioden mellan 1 juli 2013 och 30 juni 2014.

Årets vinnare är Tim ”Avicii” Bergling, som tillsammans med Aloe Blacc och Michael Einziger står bakom monsterhiten “Wake Me Up”, som fortfarande är den mest streamade låten på Spotify med snart 300 miljoner (!) spelningar. Avicii kniper även andra- och tredjeplatsen bland årets mest spelade låtar med ”Hey Brother” och ”You Make Me” där vi även ser Vincent Pontare, Salem Al Fakir, Ash Pournouri och Veronica Maggio som låtskrivare.

Lyssna på de tio mest spelade låtarna från året i spellistan nedan och se de vinnande låtskrivarna här:

1. “Wake Me Up” – Avicii

Låtskrivare: Tim Bergling, Aloe Blacc & Michael Einziger

2. “Hey Brother” – Avicii

Låtskrivare: Tim Bergling, Vincent Pontare, Veronica Maggio, Salem Al Fakir & Ash Pournouri

3. “You Make Me” – Avicii

Låtskrivare: Tim Bergling, Vincent Pontare, Salem Al Fakir & Ash Pournouri

4. “Miss Decibel” – Medina

Låtskrivare: Joakim Sandström, Sami Rekik, Ali Jammali & Kawar Yousef

5. “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” – Ace Wilder

Låtskrivare: Alice “Ace Wilder” Gernandt, Linnéa Deb & Joy Deb

6. “Hela huset” – Veronica Maggio & Håkan Hellström

Låtskrivare: Veronica Maggio, Magnus Lidehäll, Vincent Pontare & Salem Al Fakir

7. “Legenden – feat. Phantomen” – Niello

Låtskrivare: Niklas “Niello” Gahn, Tom Liljegren & Alexander Ryberg

8. “Addicted To You” – Avicii

Låtskrivare: Tim Bergling, Joshua Krajcik, Mac Davis & Ash Pournouri

9. “Sergels Torg” – Veronica Maggio

Låtskrivare: Veronica Maggio, Magnus Lidehäll, Vincent Pontare & Salem Al Fakir

10. “Det kommer aldrig vara över för mig” – Håkan Hellström

Låtskrivare: Håkan Hellström & Björn Olsson

 

Spotify introducerar ny design till iPad

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Vi vet att surfplattor snabbt blivit den nya enheten för att lyssna på musik i hemmet. Därför är vi glada över att kunna lansera vår nya design på iPad, med ett helt nytt grafiskt tema, uppdaterad typografi och ett rundare gränssnitt. Din favoritmusik har aldrig sett bättre ut.

Men vi förbättrar mer än bara designen. Vår data visar tydligt att surfplattor är en av de mest populära enheterna när det kommer till att upptäcka, kurera och spara musik. Som svar på våra användares efterfrågan om fler sätt att organisera er musik, lanserar vi idag även Din Musik till iPad. Din Musik hjälper dig att organisera och utforska din favoritmusik på ditt sätt.

Allt på en plats, på alla plattformar. Att skapa din personliga musikkollektion blev precis mycket enklare. 

  • Musiken står I centrum. Vår nya design ser både bättre ut på en större skärm och gör det enklare än någonsin att hitta din favoritmusik. Det nya temat och förbättrade gränssnittet framhäver innehållet och låter det stå i centrum.
  • Det är Din Musik. Spara album och utforska deras fantastiska omslag, samla dina favoritartister och skapa spellistor. Hittat en ny favorit? Tryck bara på ”spara” och lägg till den i din kollektion. Enklare blir det inte.
  • Olika format. Samma snygga design. Oavsett om du organiserar dina spellistor hemma i soffan, lyssnar på bussen eller försöker få arbetsdagen att gå snabbare, så kan du nu njuta av din favoritmusik med samma snygga design. 

Det nya Spotify för iPad börjar rullas ut idag och kan laddas ner via App Store.

Amanda Jenssen: “Jag gjorde låtarna med hela mitt väsen”

I “Så Mycket Bättre” ger hon lika mycket nerv till The Ark-hymner som till 20 år gamla VM-låtar. Vi träffade Amanda Jenssen inför lördagens avsnitt där hon är huvudperson vid det rikskända matbordet på Gotland.

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Förra veckan knockade Amanda Jenssen tv-tittarna med en mörk och kraftfull version av “När vi gräver guld i USA” från 1994. På lördag är det dags för Amanda själv att få sin musik tolkad av den dynamiska gruppen musikkollegor som deltar i årets upplaga av “Så Mycket Bättre”. En grupp som hon har kommit att bli väldigt fäst vid.

- Vi är som en skolklass. Jag har varit på kollo med de här människorna och haft 60 fritidsledare och gjort galna grejer dag och natt. Det blir enormt mäktigt och överväldigande.


Hur gick det till när du fick frågan om att vara med?

- Jag hade blivit tillfrågad en gång förut och då passade det inte, men nu kändes det perfekt tidsmässigt. Jag var i hjärtat redo. Tolkningarna är ett väldigt projekt och jag kände “ska jag göra detta ska jag göra det med hela mitt väsen”. Inget ska få hamna i slumpen med mina tolkningar.


Vilken tolkning var du mest nervös för?

- “Calleth You, Cometh I” på Olas Salos dag. Den låten har stått mig närmast. Det var en sådan sanningslåt i tonåren, och det var viktigt för mig att kunna kanalisera det som Ola gett mig tillbaka till honom i min tolkning. Det var så himla viktigt att han skulle få den rena sanningen och när man bryr sig mycket blir det extra viktigt. Men jag älskar de andra låtarna också.


Vilken artist upptäckte du under veckan på Gotland?

- Johan. Shit alltså. Jag visste att han hade gjort “Det snurrar i min skalle”, men innan programmet kollar man ju upp personerna lite mer och då tänkte jag “det här är en stor poet av vår tid”. På sitt egna rena, ocensurerade, målande, romantiska sätt har han en förmåga att säga precis som det är. Det blev jag väldigt tagen av. Det var häftigt att träffa honom också, han var så himla otillgjord och vet inte ens hur man är på något annat sätt. Det finns en enorm slagkraft i att han är så på riktigt.


Vad händer för dig efter “Så Mycket Bättre”?

- Jag skriver på en skiva. Det är askul. Det är det lättaste och svåraste som finns.


Gav tolkningarna du gjorde i programmet dig någon inspiration till din egen musik?

- Många grejer kändes så självklara, som att jag redan hade gjort dem i någon annan dimension. Mina tolkningar är ganska annorlunda från originalen, men man vet när det är rätt och det kände jag med många av mina versioner. Det är så man vill känna med sina egna låtar också. Jag tror att min inre värld tycker att det här var en härlig övning. Nu ska vi återgå till vår egen djungel och se vad vi kan skörda till nästa äventyr.

 

Följ spellistan “Så Mycket Bättre 2014″ för att lyssna på tolkningarna från programmet:

 

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.

 

 

Introducing Spotify Family – one account for the whole band.

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Are you currently sharing your Spotify account with the entire family? Want to keep your 60s soul classics playlist separate from your kids’ Frozen soundtrack and save money in the process?

Well, great news! With Spotify Family you can now invite up to four family members and share one billing account whilst keeping your listening history, recommendations and playlists completely separate.

The more the merrier.

Having a family can be expensive. But music doesn’t have to be. With Spotify Family, you can add up to four family members to your account, and each additional user gets up to 50% off Spotify Premium.

You each get your own account.

Your own music. Your own playlists and recommendations. But just one simple family bill. It’s great for big families with lots of different devices, as everyone can play at once. No more interruptions when mum logs in. No more fighting over Calvin vs Lionel.

Spotify Family will roll out globally over the upcoming weeks. To learn more about this great new deal, click here