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: 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Mila Kunis explores Jupiter and Beyond

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Jupiter Ascending is set to make a splash this weekend during its opening debut. This film is the latest Sci-Fi epic from the Wachowskis, starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Mila was kind enough to step away for a few minutes and give us a snapshot of all things revolving around the movie and her character, Jupiter Jones. This short chat about the film was the perfect jumping off point for a deeper talk with Mila that spanned the movie’s design, music, and beyond.

Mila Kunis has played a variety of roles, from That 70s Show to voice acting for Meg Griffin in the hit television series Family Guy and a stellar performance in the critically-acclaimed film, Black Swan… all this success helped to land her this latest role as heir to the throne, Jupiter Jones. Though it may seem challenging to jump from role to role, Mila explained “Every character has something that is going to be relatable. And so you always play each character independent of the other. There’s never really any comparison between forms. But this movie required so much more physical acting then anything I’ve ever done which made for the most appealing/exhausting piece of it all.” As Mila went on to explain how this physical acting manifested onto the vast sets that were combined with cutting-edge computer graphics, the conversation began to steer more towards how everything started to come together into this living world on the big screen.

The amazing level of design that encapsulates the universe of Jupiter Ascending required a creative head that could live up to the hype. Kym Barrett provided “brilliant” work and fostered “collaborative design tailored just for each character.” Jupiter’s elaborate wedding dress, shown in the numerous trailers and coverage leading up to the release, reveals the attention to detail that truly brings this story to life. Even Channing Tatum’s unique dog-like ears became part of the discussion. When almost calling them elf ears, Mila laughed and made sure to remind us there are only dogs in this world but it still didn’t distract her while shooting.“It’s not so bad. It blended in well enough where it doesn’t stand out. Some of the things that Channing tried on provided some more distracting, exaggerated versions than the one we ended up with though. I actually ended up, kind of, getting used to those pointy ears.” As Mila began opening up and describing the amazing world being created on screen, dog ears and all, we had to bring up the epic soundtrack scored by Michael Giacchino.

“I just saw it complete this week and it was so seamless and so beautiful,” she said. Giacchino is responsible for some of the greatest scores in recent years. Films like Star Trek, Mission Impossible: III, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the legendary television series Lost, Alias and Fringe. She had the highest praise for the moments created with this “symphonic” underlying music. But what about a moment in Mila’s life that is forever attached to a certain song? Hint: It’s by none other than Kanye West.

…There’s one song will always stand out to me when I was shooting Oz The Great and Powerful where I played it every, single day. I murdered that album to no end! And then I went to the concert in Detroit and saw him play live… but that one song will always forever mean Detroit to me. That song’s on my playlist!

Find out what Kanye song soundtracked Mila’s Detroit adventures in her own Jupiter’s Jams playlist; exclusively on Spotify. As our talk winded down, Mila revealed that she’ll be “focus[ing] on being a mommy for a little while longer.” She added, “and then go from there to figure out my next job. But I have no desire at this very moment to go into work. I own a production company that I love doing which requires me to stay home which is amazing so I’d like to focus on that for a bit as well.”

Click the play button here to enjoy some of Mila’s favorites that were inspired by her role and be sure to check out the blockbuster movie, Jupiter Ascending, opening today!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Your GRAMMY predictions

One of music’s biggest nights, the 57th annual Grammy Awards, will take place this Sunday February 8th. To celebrate, we’ve looked at streams as a way to predict who will take home a GRAMMY in four of the night’s top categories: Album Of The Year, Record of The Year, Song of The Year and Best New Artist.

To predict the winners, we compiled global data on the top streamed songs, albums and artists in each of the categories. Additionally, we analyzed the listening habits of our 60 million users across the world to look at the most viral songs, albums, and artists in those categories to predict the possible “dark horses.”

Sia’s Chandelier was the most streamed song globally in the Record and Song Of The Year categories, additionally ranking most viral in the Record Of The Year category. Hozier’s Take Me To Church is the most viral song in the Song Of The Year category. For Album Of The Year, Ed Sheeran’s X was the most streamed album, with Pharrell Williams’ G I R L being the most viral.  In the Best New Artist category, Ed Sheeran was the most streamed artist and Bastille was the most viral* artist.

 Most Streamed Record of the Year

  1. Chandelier – Sia
  2. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
  3. Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
  4. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
  5. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift**

 Most Streamed Album of the Year

  1. Ed Sheeran – X
  2. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
  3. Pharrell Williams – G I R L
  4. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  5. Beck – Morning Phase

Most Streamed Song of the Year

  1. Chandelier – Sia
  2. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
  3. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
  4. Take Me To Church – Hozier
  5. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift**

Best New Artist

  1. Sam Smith
  2. Iggy Azalea
  3. Bastille
  4. HAIM
  5. Brandy Clark

 

Dark Horse Winner Predictions, Based on Virality*

 

Record of the Year

Sia – Chandelier

Album of the Year

Pharrell Williams – G I R L

Song of the Year

Hozier – Take Me to Church

Best New Artist

Bastille

Who do you think will win? Tune in this weekend for the Award Show and listen to nominated GRAMMYs artists here!

 

* Viral = number of streams divided by the number of shares