Get the KIDZ BOP Boombox – the first-ever kids and family music app!

We’re thrilled to join forces with KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids aged 5-12, to bring you the brand new KIDZ BOP Boombox app!

The first-ever Spotify app created specifically for kids and families, the Boombox offers up curated playlists targeted for three different age groups: “Preschool” (ages 2-4), “Kidz” (ages 5-9) and “The Boom” (ages 10 & up).

The KIDZ BOP Boombox Spotify app features a variety of fun and age-appropriate playlists for kids and families, including preschool favorites, Holiday classics, KIDZ BOP albums, and today’s current pop hits suitable for kids ages 10 and; up. The app also features “Celebrity Mixtape” playlists, kicking off with pop sensation Debby Ryan.

There’s no better home for families on Spotify — get the KIDZ BOP Boombox now!

App of the Week: Emerge

We can’t get enough of the new Spotify app, Emerge. Putting the spotlight on rising artists, Emerge helps you to discover the music that is trending right now.

The app visualizes the competition between ten up-and-coming acts based on your listens, stars and social media shout outs. Each week, Emerge pares the field down based on your listening behavior, until only one act emerges as the best of the latest trending music.

Discover. Listen. Decide…. here!

Our Interview with Wretch 32

“I hate it when people are trying to make a hit…”, Wretch 32

Last week, North London rapper Wretch 32 (three, two, not thirty-two) dropped into the Spotify office to DJ in our Soundrop room. Over an hour or so he played Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, 50 Cent, Take That and Coldplay all while chuckling at the fan questions he was getting asked and fiddling with any one of his three phones. Who was it that said men couldn’t multi-task? After leaving us Wretch was straight back to the studio to work on an album that’s nearly – nearly – finished. “This is work-time,” he smiles. “But then it’s always work-time.”

How did you plan your playlist?
I didn’t! I was still undecided when I got here. I don’t mind flying blind.

Do you use Spotify?
Yeah, my engineer uses it a lot – he got me into it. You can find almost anything on there. I like to browse, see who’s on there and what they’re up to.

What are you listening to at the moment?
I’m trying to get into this new Kendrick Lamar album, but I’m not quite there yet. I have this new mixtape by Big Sean too. The door has been opened for people like me and Tinie and Chipmunk. Now we’re able to completely be ourselves and that’s when you get the best music. We just want to make sick songs in the way we want to make them. I hate it when people are trying to write a hit.

What have been your favourite albums of the year?
I’m loving the Emeli Sande, Labrinth and Maverick Sabre albums. But I have to say Drake’s Take Care too – that was a big one for me this year.

What five albums made you the person you are?
Jay-Z’s Black Album. Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Nas’ Stillmatic. Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Probably Kanye’s first or second album too. He’s passionate and that shows. He throws tantrums, but he spends so many hours on making his records, he gets angry, because he cares so much.

Does the perfect song exist?
Definitely. Lauryn Hill Ex-Factor is perfect. Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry is perfect. Coldplay’s Yellow is up there too. They all have a certain feeling about them, they’re very honest and real. None of them sound like someone’s trying to make a hit record. They’re from the heart.

How do you write?

It’s changed used to write a lot more in my house, preparing for people to ask me to freestyle. Now it’s all scheduled, so I write for sessions. Might be seven sessions a week. Might be two. But I like to write at least five songs a week. I’ve never had writer’s block, I just know when something isn’t blowing me away. Sometimes you hit a groove and when you’re in that mode you can’t write a wrong word. It’s like Usain Bolt – he might always win, but he doesn’t always break the record. Some days the wind’s with him. He woke up on the right side of bed. He had the right food yesterday, but there’s a little more magic. I’ll always give you a good song, but sometimes I’ll get you with something magical…

Discover the 1D Music app from One Direction!

Cue the screaming fans — The new One Direction App, 1D Music, is launching on Spotify today!

Giving you a close-up of the band, 1D Music features playlists from both the boys and their fans, as well as personal audio messages from Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn! The app centers around an interactive world map which displays exclusive playlists put together by the band based around key highlights of their career to date, moods and occasions.

One Direction fans can also create Spotify playlists of their own and submit them to the band, who will choose their favorites to feature in the fan ‘Hall of Fame’.

In the Music Player, you can listen to the band’s entire back catalogue of albums and singles, including the newly-released album

Get the app now!

Our Interview with The Lumineers

“Great music is like a fungus, once it grows on you it’s hard to get it off.”

The Lumineers believe in keeping things simple – their set-up at the Spotify office consists of one bass drum, one acoustic guitar and one cello. Singer and guitarist Wesley and drummer Jeremiah began writing songs together in 2005 and recruited cellist and mandolin player Neyla (pronounced Neeler) soon after. Much of the past few years have been spent travelling and playing to as many people as possible while waiting tables and walking dogs on the side. “We had the benefit of failure for about seven years,” Wesley said recently. However, when hit US comedy Hart of Dixie featured the band’s song Ho Hey things began to change. Fast. TV appearances, bigger shows and now a European tour that’s only been slightly ruined by headline act Civil Wars deciding to pack it in and cancel the shows blaming their, “internal discord”. Not that we knew that when we sat the band down and began firing questions at them.

What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?
Neyla: My dad loved the Stones and Dylan, but I listened to Barbershop Quartet stuff and Ella Fitzgerald. Later I studied Opera and Jazz, but then I got more into indie things like Bright Eyes.
Jeremiah: For me it was Beethoven and Guns N’ Roses! I was always into a lot of different things. I went through a Metallica phase and a prog-rock phase and a classical phase, but then I’d get sick of it all and move on.
Wesley: My dad had four things that he played over and over again in the car. Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen’s Born the USA, Leonard Cohen’s The Future and The Cars Greatest Hits.

Did you ever beg him to just turn it off? Or play something else?
No! Never. We used to tease him about this weird music, but eventually it grew on us. Great music is like a fungus; once it grows on you it’s hard to get it off.

What was the first record you bought?
W: Naughty By Nature was my first tape.
J: I had a Beethoven CD. He was the 2Pac of classical!
N: I bought Hanson. On tape!
W: The first CDs I bought were Live’s Throwing Copper and Green Day’s Dookie. I would go out riding my bike and listening to them on my Discman.

What made you think, ‘Actually, I could be in a band…’?
J: It didn’t take a lot of thought for me – we could start a band right now. In high school I gravitated to music, especially drums. I failed my first year and had an intervention. I was only interested in music and artistry. I had no other end in sight. I hope music continues to burn for me like that. It’s what I’m meant to do.
W: I was manic about a lot of things, but I had a knack for music. I feel very comfortable doing this – and it’s really fun to do. My brother’s a lawyer – that’s a structured life. But there’s no ladder to this life. In music nothing can happen for a while then a lot of things happen very quickly. We have this album that is doing really well in the States now, but we also have this built in fear that we won’t keep up with it. So we constantly write, to keep that pace up.

What five records would you elbow your way to the decks to play at a drunken party?
J: LCD Soundsystem Dance Yourself Clean. Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child o’ Mine. Talking Heads Naive Melody or Burning Down The House. And you’ve got to have some Tom Petty. And don’t forget Rolling Stones’ Sweet Virginia! We’ve covered that and it’s a great song.

Does the perfect song exist?
W: The Strokes’ You Only Live Once is the perfect pop song. It expands and contracts and it’s beautiful and elegant. Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker is a perfect record.
N: Bright Eyes Wide Awake It’s Morning is perfect, it’s so full and alive.

Are you Spotify users?
N: We use it on tour a lot and it’s a great tool for finding new bands. Everyone I know uses it.
W: When we were asked if we wanted to be part of it we said yes straight away. We want people to hear us and come to see us in concert, so it was no-brainer for us to be on Spotify. We’re aware of the changing landscape of the music business, but we’re not about the almighty dollar, we have a long-term goal. If people want to support a band, they will. The exposure factor is what we’ve always really sought out.
J: Spotify’s a verb now, like Google. That’s an intriguing concept.

Recently you were the most streamed band in the whole of Manhattan.
J: Really? Wow. That’s amazing.
W: That is so crazy. I wouldn’t give that up just to sell a few more CDs will sell. It all leads to good things.

Some here said your songs had a sense of joy about them – does that feel right to you?
W: Bruce Springsteen once said he wasn’t writing about who he was he was writing about who he wanted to be, who he dreamt of being. That’s partly true for us. Some of our songs have hope in them even if they weren’t written in hopeful times. Ho Hey is not loving and easy and beautiful, but people still find the hope within it.
J: A good chord progression can make you feel hopeful.
W: The Rolling Stones’ Angie; “With no loving in our souls and no money in our coats, you can’t say we’re satisfied…” That’s rock and roll, that sentiment. Tough and ragged.

What is the greatest record ever made?
J: Probably Dark Side of the Moon. It’s insane how iconic and different it is. It’s timeless.
W: That’s such a horrible question! I can tell you some good records. Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is one. And Blonde On Blonde is another.

Finally, crucially, what’s your favourite noise?
J: Oh wow, well, some pianos have a middle bar that really sustains all the harmonics and overtones. That smokes me pretty good…
W: I like when someone laughs so hard they barely make any noise. That makes me so happy.
N: Yeah, I agree with Wesley! That’s an amazing noise…

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start a new week with an indie rock band from Adelaide, South Australia called “Atlas Genius”. The first song in our playlist is “Symptoms” from their debut EP “Through The Glass”, released back in June 2012. We continue with an indie pop quartet known for their electrifying live performances: “The Jungle Giants” and their catchy song “All The Wrong Places”.

Then time for an electronic music duo from New York: “MNDR”. “#1 In Heaven” was the first track on MNDR’s debut album released back in August.

We continue with yet another American band, an alternative rock duo from Beaverton called “The Helio Sequence”. “Downward Spiral” is from their fifth full-length album “Negotiations” released back in september.

The last band in our playlist this week is a cool melodic folk-rock favorite. A band from Cleveland, Ohio called “The Lighthouse and the Whaler”. The last song this week is called “The Adriatic” and is from their second full-length album, “This is an Adventure”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Get CAZZETTE’s “eject.” exclusively on Spotify

We are thrilled to team up with acclaimed Swedish DJ duo, CAZZETTE, to present the group’s debut album “eject.” exclusively on Spotify!

The talented dub house pair, consisting of Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björklund, is set to release “eject.” in three parts, via a unique Spotify app.
Get the app here and stay tuned to these dates for each new release:

  • Part I – November 13th
  • Part II – December 11th
  • Part III – January 22nd, 2013

As well as housing all three parts of “eject.,” the app will feature all things CAZZETTE, including the twosome’s favorite club music and remixes, their latest videos, contests, tour dates and social chatter.

Managed by At Night, the folks behind Avicii’s meteoric career, CAZZETTE started to make waves with official remixes of Avicii and Swedish House Mafia tracks. They quickly scored main stage appearances at festivals such as Ultra, Tomorrowland, Creamfields and Beyond Wonderland. And now, with the first-of-its-kind exclusive release of “eject.” on Spotify, CAZZETTE is primed to be the next big thing in contemporary dance music.

Introduce your ears to CAZZETTE now!

Our Interview with Flight Facilities

What do you think of Sweden ?
We’ve never been to Sweden for long enough to pass proper judgment, but everyone seems to be super polite and kind. Visiting Sweden is like being a guest at a posh dinner party.

Your debut hit Flight Facilities – Crave You was huge around the world. What was the most rewarding thing to come from that?
A career! It set us up for a second single that people would listen to. It’s very hard to make people listen to your first song if you have so little material to draw their attention. We’re forever thankful to Giselle for her amazing input on the song and giving us something to live up to with every release that followed.

If you could remix for 3 artists, who would it be?
Daft Punk, Metronomy and The Chemical Brothers. It’s mostly about the kudos of being asked. Knowing that they appreciate your work enough to adjust their own.

What can we expect from Flight Facilities in the future?
A little bit of the old and a bit more of the new. Our new single ‘Clair De Lune’ should show a little of our diversity (we hope). We’ve got another original up our sleeve for early 2013 which is similar to our track Flight Foreign Language feat. Jess – Flight Facilities Extended Mix. Then we have other tracks that are incomparable to our recent stuff, which to us, is a good sign we are exploring new ideas and experimenting.

Who Is your favourite remixer?
We’ve been hopeless at keeping track of music and remixes as of late. But favourite remixers of our own songs have been ones like AN-2, Will Saul and David August. Everyone seems to be so experimental right now that it’s hard to pick one person because of the sheer diversity.

Win an Ed Sheeran signed tote

This year, Spotify on Tour with the Big Green Bus has been making stops all across the USA, hanging out with many of our artist friends.

Beginning today, you can take a piece of the Tour home with you! Stay tuned here for weekly competitions to get your hands on exclusive memorabilia and gadgets.

This week, we’re kicking things off with an Ed Sheeran signed Spotify tote bag from our stop in Los Angeles for one lucky winner to take home.

Simply re-tweet our tweet to get in on the action.

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#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

I will start with thanking all of You who sent me music in my Spotify inbox this past week! Highly appreciated!

What better way to kick-off our playlist then with one of the great songs suggestions you sent me?! A French band, named after a German city, singing in English that is. “Baden Baden” became an instant new favorite and I fell in love with their music at first listen. First song is “You’ll See” from their latest album “Coline”.

Next song in our playlist is from an old American favorite:”Portugal. The Man” and their catchy song “Got It All [This Can’t Be Living Now]”. We continue an indie pop quartet from Kent, England: “It Hugs Back” and their dreamy song “Work day”.

Next song is “Bayonne” by a trio from Newcastle, England: “Little Comets”. The album “Life Is Elsewhere” is the follow-up album to the band’s widely regarded debut album “In Search of Elusive Little Comets”, released back in 2011.

Last song in our playlist this week is by the Danish “The Raveonettes”. What better way to end this week’s playlist then with the song “Last Dance” from their album “In And Out Of Control” released back in 2009.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.