Dive into the World of Powers…

With the Powers first season finale having just been released on PlayStation, you may be wanting to dig deeper into the world of Powers…

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Powers follows two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, as they work cases surrounding people with superhuman abilities. Adapted from the acclaimed comic book, there’s a rich array of ways to explore the world of Powers and it’s dark, dramatic take on the neo-noir cop show (with a superhero slant to boot).

Take a look at these playlists compiled by Powers’ creative team, including showrunner Charlie Huston and his world-class ensemble of actors. These musical portraits follow the storylines of the series’ main characters and express their emotional arcs through music. You’re sure to come away with a deeper understanding of the show that marks PlayStation™Network’s first forray into scripted, original programming. 

Christian Walker, the embattled homicide detective at the center of Powers, used to be a hero – until he lost his powers at the hand of his former mentor, Wolfe.  His choice of Arcade Fire’s “My Body is A Cage” as a lead-off track is no accident. Played by Sharlto Copley of District 9 and Chappie fame, Walker’s internal conflicts echo the show’s overall themes.

Retro Girl is an icon in the Powers world and emblematic of the contradictions in the show’s characters. Portrayed by Michele Forbes (Battlestar Galatica, True Blood, The Killing), she is about justice, true heroism… and endorsement deals. It should come as no surprise that her songs include the anthemic “The Power,” the ironic Abba hit “Money, Money, Money” and Depeche Mode’s brooding “A Pain That I Am Used To.”

Acclaimed comedian, writer, and actor Eddie Izzard inhabits the role of Wolfe. A dangerous man at the dark end of the balance; he keeps the Powers universe in check. His love of both Nat King Cole’s sonorous croon and Queen’s bombastic anthems further clarifies his mindset. 

And that’s just a start. There are also character mixes from Detective Deena Pilgrim (played by Susan Heyward) and Johnny Royale (played by Noah Taylor). These carefully curated mixes are a tantalizing entry into the darkness and mystery that lies at the heart of this acclaimed adaptation. 

Perfect Playlists At Your Fingertips

 

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Hey Android users, finding the perfect Spotify playlists on your phone just got a little easier.  Our new Now cards make it simple to dive back into your favorite playlists, plus they serve up recommendations based on your favorite music and previous listening habits!  

If you use Spotify on Android, you already have it. You’ll start seeing our Now cards soon. Just tap the Google app icon on your Android phone to get started. Learn more here. 

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 favorite tracks whilst playing their favorite 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 your PlayStation®4 (PS4™ system), you can soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favorite tracks (not available on PlayStation™Now or using Remote Play). 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

  • Enjoy all your favorite tunes on-demand. Pick one of your favorites 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.

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We 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 Sony Network Entertainment 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® wireless controller. On your PS4™ system, simply hit the PS button to access Spotify from the main menu, or hold it down to enter the quick menu, letting you pause, skip, and turn up the volume whilst playing select games – without ever missing a beat.

Spotify on PlayStation™ Music will roll out to your PS43™ and PS43™ systems console today and will also be available on Xperia™** smartphones and tablets.

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

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* Spotify Free and Premium users can use Spotify Connect to control the Spotify app on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 using Android devices 2.4.0 and later and iOS devices 2.7.0 and later.

** Download or update the Spotify app using Google Play.

Get Hard’s Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Flex Their Music Muscle

Get Hard Squad Flexes Their Muscle What do you get when Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell team up as one of the most badass duos to date? Well, we’ll let the guys do the talking. After we sat down with Mr. Hart and Mr. Ferrell to help us peer into the mind of these tougher-than-nails characters the comedy Get Hard, slated to hit theaters on March 27th, made perfect sense. We wanted to peel back the layers to see what music soundtracks the moments to James King’s (Ferrell) and Darnell Lewis’ (Hart) lives. A simple question that could help us uncover who James King, “a Harvard Elitist”, really is. Frederic Chopin kicked off the playlist, a classic choice, but the playlist of tracks runs the gamut. Selections that range from “Chopin to Katy Perry. [But] That’s James King for you”. What about Darnell? The “fraud” who needs to pick songs that “promote [his] fraud-ness and make him appear tougher than he is.” His violent, tough choices can all be found here on Darnell’s playlist. The two of these characters teaching James how to survive on the inside helps us understand just how many laughs we’re expected to see. The men behind the frauds? Kevin Hart had a personal pick that made a whole lot of sense.

I pick Eye of The Tiger. I feel like in my life I’ve never had the Eye of The Tiger, you know, by doing this movie there was a fierce look in my Eye of The Tiger. You know what I’m talking about!
When I showed up every morning I got to workin’… there’s a look I give that’s reminiscent of a tiger!
Will quickly substantiated this claim with his own view.
You’d arrive at the set with a gigantic speaker on top of his SUV just blasting Eye of the Tiger. It sent a message to the cast and crew.
That like, look, first of all I’m Kevin Hart, in fact he edited his own name. And where it was just like “Kevin Hart’s” got the Eye of the Tiger… I mean it was just crudely edited but it let everyone know he was ready to come to work!
That wasn’t all though. Music to soundtrack the movie filming is one thing, but what about the first mixtape that you ever made?
[Kevin] Mine was definitely a love mix, I was 8, 8 years old. Salt-N-Pepa ‘Push It’ is what led it off. I wanted this girl bad. It went from Salt-N-Pepa ‘Push it’ to ‘Can you Stand the Rain’. Yeah, weird memory. I remember the tape kept getting messed up so I had to wind it up a little with my finger. True story. I was quite the romantic.

Even though Will couldn’t bring up the exact memory of making a mixtape he did have an absolute blast immersing himself into this role.

Anytime you get to play a fish out of water, which I think is what’s unique about the movie, is that we’re both fish out of water. He’s trying to act like a guy who’s been in prison and then I’m trying to adopt what I think is the way to act tough and indoctrinate myself in.

Though we can’t tell you if Darnell succeeds in training James for prison, we can leave you with one more reason why Get Hard is the comedy to watch this year… T.I. makes a larger-than-life cameo! Make sure to hit the theaters March 27th and see if Darnell succeeds in his journey with James.
Kevin’s Playlist
Will’s Playlist

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.

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: