4.20 inspirations

4.20 is almost here and we were curious… what tracks light up our fans?

We discovered more than 40,000 4:20 themed playlists on Spotify globally, with Cypress Hill’s Hits From the Bong surfacing as the most streamed track. Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Sun Is ShiningSnoop Dogg’s Gin And JuiceSublime’s Smoke Two JointsThe Notorious B.I.G.’s JuicyAfroman’s sing-a-long style track Because I Got High, are all popular tracks with an unexpected addition: UB40’s Red Red Wine.

Tune in here for most streamed songs from all your smoke-heavy playlists:

 

Artists Willie Nelson, Peter Tosh and Method Man have curated special playlists filled with their favorite 4:20 inspired tracks, including Willie’s new single It’s All Going to Pot that will be released on 4/20. Check ’em out here!

Willie Nelson Playlist- It’s All Going to Pot: Willie’s 4/20 Reserve

 

Method Man Playlist- “Smoking With Method Man

 

Peter Tosh Playlist- “International Peter Tosh Day – 20 April – Legalize It

 

 

Spotify on PlayStation™Music is now available!

Today, Spotify and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) will launch an exclusive music experience, making it easier than ever for gamers to enjoy their favourite tracks whilst playing their favourite games. That’s right, the best in music is playing co-op with the best in gaming. So whether you’re diving off Parisian rooftops, battling the evil of Crota or playing Barcelona at the Camp Nou, you’re in charge of the soundtrack.

Soundtrack your game

  • With background listening on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system, you can soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favourite tracks. You might die a few times at the hands (or claws) of memorably terrifying monsters in the critically-acclaimed action RPG Bloodborne™, so why not do it to the music of your choice? Upbeat pop, thumping hip-hop, soothing classical…with over 30 million tracks, we’ve got you covered either way.

On-demand music for everyone

  • Enjoy all of your favourite tunes on-demand. Pick one of your favourites from Your Music or Browse to find the perfect playlist for every mood and moment. We’ve even got a set of new gaming playlists for you.

No need to pause

  • Spotify Connect lets you skip tracks or turn up the music using your mobile device or tablet, without ever having to interrupt your gaming experience.

1_How-to-playWe know music has always been a big part of gaming and are excited to take the experience to a whole new level. With today’s launch, we’re bringing back that magic of gaming with music – all in a beautifully designed and smooth experience that looks great on your big screen. We have worked closely with PlayStation® to build an entirely new music experience which doesn’t just sound awesome, but also looks great on your TV and handles smoothly using the DualShock controller.

Spotify on PlayStation Music will roll out to PS3™ and PS4™ today and will also be available on Xperia™ smartphones and tablets.

Ready to play? Get started at www.spotify.com/playstation.

We’re updating Spotify for desktop – with fully integrated lyrics

Today we’re launching a desktop update with new features and improvements. First of all, we’re making lyrics a seamless part of the Spotify experience on desktop. Powered by Musixmatch, the world’s largest lyrics catalogue, the ability to sing along to your favourite tunes is just a click away.

Simply fire up any song on our desktop app and hit the new Lyrics button. You can also search and browse popular lyrics from Spotify’s top songs using the Explore feature.

We’re not just making your next sing-along better though. Here are a couple of other new features we’ve been working on:

– New and improved Friend Feed: now it’s easier than ever to discover what the people you care about are listening to. Simply scroll down the sidebar to see what playlists, songs and artists your friends are enjoying.
– Introducing daily viral charts: serving you the most shared tracks around the world and in your region. Additionally, all charts now feature indicators to highlight new music and how tracks are performing day by day.

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These updates will roll out gradually to all desktop users over the coming weeks.

Spotify Premium now available at Paypoint

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Now you’ll be able to purchase Spotify Premium at over 28,000 PayPoint outlets across the UK. You can purchase either one, three, six or twelve months of Spotify Premium directly from the store counter, just like you would top-up a mobile or buy a train ticket.

You’ll receive a receipt that contains a PIN. Go to spotify.com/redeem and log into the your account and enter that PIN and your account will be immediately upgraded so that you can start enjoying the benefits of a premium subscription.

Find your closest Paypoint outlet at paypoint.com

 

 

SXSW ’15 – here we come!

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We are so excited to be returning to Austin for our 4th year to celebrate SXSW! From March 15 – 20, The Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind, discover the best new artists and take part in unique experiences.

Our 2015 line-up boasts 30+ must-see-acts including breakout talent Marian Hill, Conrad, Cam and many more. Everyday, we’ll have live performances on two stages, so come ready to rock. You can check out the full daily line-up here. We’ll also be serving up the best local Austin eats, curated by our friends at SUPPER.

To kick start each day, The Spotify House will be hosting a unique SoulCycle pop-up experience. Each morning, live DJ sets and the best fitness instructors in the world will take Spotify fans on the ride of their lives, set to a once in a lifetime musical experience. SoulCycle fans will be riding to some of the world’s best DJ’s, including Ryan Hemsworth and Hudson Mohawke throughout the week. Check out the daily schedule here to sign up for a ride.

We’ve also teamed up with Bose, Squarespace and truth to bring to life one-of-a-kind experiences for guests.

  • Bose: Spotify is excited to launch Unveiled in partnership with Bose at this year’s SXSW. Unveiled provides music fans with a once in a lifetime experience of seeing their favorite artists perform their newest or soon-to-be-released album live, for the first time. Inaugural artists include James Bay, MisterWives and other special guests. Music fans visiting The Spotify House will also experience the power of Spotify through Bose® SoundTouch™ Wi-Fi® music systems.
  • Squarespace: Each day at The Spotify House, Austin-based Squarespace visual artists explore the intersection between music and art, creating new pieces inspired by the music of the day.
  • truth Truck is making its way to Austin to inspire people to #FinishIt. truth Tour Riders will keep visitors entertained with special guest DJs scratching from the iconic orange truck and with #LeftSwipeDat themed listening booths.

For additional information about The Spotify House, RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news! And, be sure to follow us on Vine, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat for more information about our SXSW plans this year.

See you at SXSW!

Father John Misty On Love and New Music

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Father John Misty is an intense musician. Or, at least, very complicated. The project of ex-Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman, the second LP, I Love You, Honeybear, was just released this past Tuesday. The album takes a broad, although at times unsettling close, look at love; all in Tillman’s cynical, mostly tongue-in-cheek tone.

Josh on his new album versus his debut, Fear Fun

This album was definitely harder because I had to overcome my intense fear of being sentimental. This one is a lot more intense, a lot more vulnerable.

The album cover really articulates what the new album is. It’s an encounter with intimacy and what comes from that… what qualities manifest. Here it was a lot of jealousy and neediness. I kind of turned this woman into a sacred object instead of letting her be a human.

On “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.”…

You have these two pretentious, misguided people. One of which is me. Obviously. It’s really important to me that this song isn’t a figurative kind of thing. No, this is about a thing that happened. What am I doing there? What did I want? Really I just wanted my narcissism and vanity fed. I wanted to be around people who didn’t demand any intimacy out of me.

On “Bored In The USA”…

If nothing else it’s a way for polite, white liberal people to point at a straw man version of the grotesque American. If you can’t see yourself in any part of that song then it’s not a good song.

On love and his wife, Emma…

Intimacy and love is not a passive, consumer experience. You have to make it for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Streams of Love: Your Top Valentine’s Day music

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we were curious — how do our 60 million users use playlists to prepare for the big day of love?

With nearly 700k ‘Valentine’s’ playlists, 28 million ‘love’ playlists and nearly 2.5 million ‘sex’ playlists, we uncovered that Donna Lewis’ I Love You Always Forever is the top Valentine’s Day song in the world.

Check out these Top 10 Love Songs from “Valentine’s” playlists:

When it comes to songs that speak the universal language of love, John Legend’s All of Me comes in as the globe’s top love song. Explore this playlist of the top 10 Songs from “Love” playlists:

As for setting the mood, “sex” playlists are created by 56% male vs. 44% females and Intro by The xx ranks in as the top sex song. Hit play here to discover the top 10 songs from “Sex” playlists:

Fun fact: Most Valentine’s Day playlists on Spotify were created by men – 63% in fact!

Looking for some musical inspiration this V-Day? Look no further than our “Sweet Spot” playlist generator, which will take you and your lover on a journey of discovery between your favorite musical artists. Simply choose your favorite artist and select the favorite artist of your special someone to reveal how many degrees of musical separation exist between the two of you. Sweet Spot will then generate a playlist for you to share. Find it at Spotify-Valentines.com.

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NERVO Drop Exclusive Single on Spotify

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It feels like NERVO is on top of the world. Or maybe that’s just the effect of their huge, new House anthem (aptly called “It Feels”). The Australian duo, made up of sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, just released the track for an exclusive two week pre-stream on Spotify.

We asked the endlessly busy group to sit down and respond to our pressing questions about their life, such as, “What’s it like DJing next to your sister every night for the past decade?” They were kind enough to give us some answers…

Liv: Mostly it’s nothing but positivity and having good time. Though sometimes, it can get a bit sticky. We have slight arguments about what to play next, but we pretty much love it… We usually plan the beginning and the end of every set, then in the middle we just play whatever the crowd is vibing to the most!

What differences do the two of you have, in terms of musical taste?

Liv: We both generally like and can see the beauty in most music, from a range of genres. Though Mim might bring me something from the deep house world, that I love and have never heard, or vice versa. Mim tends to lean towards the deep house world, while I like more of the tech house grooves.

Check out NERVO’s brand new single, exclusively here on Spotify: 

 

Grammy Winners of 2015

 

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The night was surely unpredictable but also, unforgettable. From Beck’s huge win, performances that ranged from Hozier to Paul McCartney and everything that makes Music’s Biggest Night always a must watch.

Beck came home with Album of the Year and is already at 18 million streams and counting… The list of winners includes the best of the best with another well-known star showing up numerous times: Sam Smith. Whether it was Pharrell’s symphonic rendition of ‘Happy’ or Katy Perry’s emotional performance, the evening surely lived up to the hype.

Record of the Year: Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Song of the Year: Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Album of the Year: Beck – “Morning Phase”

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “Cheek To Cheek”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith – “In The Lonely Hour 22 Things We Learned Hanging Out With Sam Smith”

Best Rock Performance: Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album: Beck – “Morning Phase”

Best Rock Song: Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”

Best Alternative Rock Album: St. Vincent – “St. Vincent”

Best Metal Performance: Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap Album: Eminem – “The Marshall Mathers LP2″

Best R&B Performance: Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Jesus Children” – Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song: Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams – “Girl”

Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce”

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – “Bass & Mandolin”

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Aphex Twin – “Syro

Best Dance Recording: Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “Frozen” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Let It Go” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert

Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters

Best Bluegrass Album: “The Earls Of Leicester” – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance: Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song: Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash – “The River & The Thread”

Best Folk AlbumOld Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Music Film: “20 Feet From Stardom”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin

Best Instrumental Composition: John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals: Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”

(Official list provided by Rolling Stone)

Spotify’s own Sessions playlist including many nominees available right here.

 

 

 

 

 

Save all your best music moments!

Spotify <3 Shazam

Want to record your best moments of 2015? Now when you Shazam the tunes you love, we’ll automatically put them in a playlist for you (Spotify Premium subscribers only).

Get set up with these steps:

  • Get the latest Shazam app
  • Go to My Shazam and open Settings (top right)
  • Select “Connect to Spotify” and follow the instructions

We’ll create a “My Shazam Tracks” playlist in your Spotify account, and all your current and future Shazams will appear there automatically.