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 favorite artist by season, most musical day of the week, and more.

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

 

Rammstein, now on Spotify

The world’s biggest industrial metal band has landed!

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Today we welcome Berlin’s mighty Rammstein to Spotify with six exclusive and brilliant albums. So, to get us all in the mood, here are 15 facts you really ought to know about this outrageous rock band.

  1. Rammstein emerged from East Germany’s renegade D.I.Y. punk scene.
  2. They’re named after the German word for “battering ram” and a town infamous as the location for a 1988 air-show tragedy where 80 people were killed.
  3. They once proclaimed, “All we want to do is entertain. With flamethrowers.”
  4. During live versions of “Bück Dich” (“Bend down”) singer Till Lindemann would drop his trousers to reveal a huge dildo through which he would then spray white liquid over the front rows.
  5. They are as brilliantly, uniquely German as Kraftwerk, Neu! and Einstürzende Neubauten.
  6. Rammstein’s debut CD single, “Du Riechst So Gut” (“You smell so good”) first appeared in as a perfumed digipak.
  7. Tickets sold out in only thirty minutes for Rammstein’s legendary performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  8. Lindemann’s other most famous on-stage prop was his 140 pound metal coat that was covered in flammable paste and set on fire.
  9. World-renowned director David Lynch put two Rammstein songs in his film Lost Highway.
  10. They are the only German-speaking band to ever crack the US market.
  11. The song “Mein Teil” (“My Part”) was inspired by the case of a German cannibal who posted an ad asking for a volunteer to be killed and eaten.
  12. Rammstein was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards in 1999 and 2006.
  13. The former head of their record label described them as, “theatre for the millennium generation: metallic-techno posing with bizarre sado-masochistic elements…”
  14. Fittingly, the band’s motto is, “Do your own thing – and overdo it!”
  15. Keyboardist “Flake” once said, “We like audiences to grapple with our music”, so what are you waiting for?

 Start with the very best of Rammstein here.

 

10 cities. 10 artists. Take a ride or see an exclusive live session.

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On Monday we revealed how you can now choose your music when you ride with Uber.

Tomorrow, fans in 10 global cities can help us celebrate with either an artist ride-along or exclusive live session.

So how do you take part?

  1. Connect your Spotify account from the Uber Profile screen or sign up.
  2. Open up the Uber app at the time listed below for your city on Friday November 21st.
  3. Request the special car.
  4. If you’re in a ride-along city and your ride is confirmed you’ll be one of the first to experience the new Spotify-enabled Uber cars. And if you’re really lucky, get ready for the ride of your life with!
  5. If you’re in a live session city you’ll be picked up and taken to a secret location. Shh.

New to Uber? Get your first ride free (up to $30) at uber.com/spotify

Which cities and artists are included?

Exclusive live sessions will be happening in:

  • New York City – Andrew W.K. (open the Uber app at 6:00pm)
  • Singapore – The Sam Willows (open the Uber app at 6:00pm)
  • Mexico City – Ximena Sariñana (open the Uber app at 7:00pm)
  • Stockholm – Ansiktet (open the Uber app at 7:30pm)
  • London – Professor Green (open the Uber app at 6:00pm)

Artist ride-alongs will take place in:

  • Los  Angeles – Diplo (open the Uber app at 2:30pm)
  • San Francisco – Matt and Kim (open the Uber app at 2:30pm)
  • Sydney – Ricki Lee (open the Uber app at 2:30pm)
  • Toronto – Kevin Drew (open the Uber app at 2:00pm)
  • Nashville – Jake Owen (open the Uber app at 2:00pm)

Want to get a jump on the action? Connect your Spotify account to Uber right now

 

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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.

 

 

Live from ADE 2014 #SoundOfADE

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Sharing music. Sharing thoughts on music. Sharing love for music…and celebrating it all in one place at one time. That’s what ADE is all about.

Ever since it’s beginnings in the mid-90s, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has been about a love of music. It started out with a small, pioneering group of music-industry people, DJs and connoisseurs from all over the world sharing their passion for electronic dance music and it’s many subgenres. Now it’s worldwide.

In 2014, ADE hosts almost 100 stages, welcomes 300,000 visitors, 2000 DJ artists and producers, and 5000 music industry professionals. By day it’s all talking, but by night it’s all partying in the small but famously cosmopolitan place called Amsterdam. And let’s not forget: the announcement on who will be the new number 1 DJ in the world, will be held here as well.

Sadly, not all of us can jump on a bike, bus, train or plane to get there. Spotify wants to help to share a part of the ADE-experience with everyone. So – for the duration of the event – we will be bringing you a special category named LIVE FROM ADE 2014. LIVE FROM will offer a full selection of the very best in today’s electronic dance music. Discover the new or relish the legends, find your heroes or your new favourite DJ and get a taste of the endlessly shifting musical styles, straight from the event.

Artists like Afrojack, Oliver Koletzki, Nicky Romero, Detroit Swindle, Eelke Kleijn, Armin van Buuren, Claptone, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Oliver Weiter, Hardwell, Nause, Paul Oakenfold, Cazzette and many more will be picking their top 20 tracks for ADE, while record labels such as Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Big Beat, Ninja Tune and Dirty Bird will serve up their top new choices alongside Spotify’s best genre playlists.

Enjoy these five days of sharing and celebrating this unbridled passion for music.

If you don’t know where to start, just go to our special Spotify ADE Lounge playlist, it’s the perfect introduction to the musical experience!

Hello Canada. Spotify here!


We’re excited to say hello to our new friends in Canada! Starting today, from Vancouver to Montreal to St. John’s and everywhere in between, fans have immediate access to:

  • An unbeatable music experience: listen to whatever music you want, whenever you want, on any device for free. Discover, organize and share. Offering amazing audio quality of up to 320kbps and with a sleek design, playing your favorite music never looked and felt this good.
  • Unrivalled music access: over 20 million songs at your fingertips and updated daily, mixing global hits with one of the most extensive Canadian music catalogues available including a comprehensive Quebecois library. Check out music from your friends and favorite celebrities. Add in our unbeatable music discovery and organization tools and Spotify has all your music needs covered.
  • Play your way: Download the Spotify app and listen to any song, album or artist, on any device on our fully licensed free tier. Shuffle play on mobile or play any song on tablet or desktop. Alternatively, upgrade to Spotify Premium for $10 CAD per month and enjoy the ultimate music experience: download and listen to you music offline, fully on-demand, without ads, in highest quality audio.

Today sees Canada become the fifty-eighth member of the Spotify family. A special occasion deserves a special playlist, O Canada!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Browse category: Folk & Americana

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If you’re like us, you’ve got a long list of fall activities lined up. Hayrides and apple picking with friends and family, getting lost in a massive cornfield maze, making it all the way through that horrific haunted house, carving creepy jack-o-lanterns, and drinking copious amounts of pumpkin-spice flavored beverages.

OK – so we might not actually do any of those, but if we did, we’d have the perfect soundtrack thanks to the newest addition to Browse: Folk & Americana. We’d let the satisfying crunch of leaves beneath our feet mix with Autumn Acoustics as we got Lost In The Woods, or we’d take in the season’s fiery foliage as the sweet sounds of Bluegrass played on in the background.

So, this fall, with the back to school bells still ringing in our ears, let’s enroll at Folk U(niversity) and make our way from the Roots to the Pulse of Americana. Dig into The Southern Highway Chronicles or some deep, dark Southern Gothic. Trace the genealogies of traditional folk songs still being performed today by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Damien Rice, and Marcus Mumford in playlists like Word of Mouth and Fare Thee Well. Or, venture out into the vast expanse of Indie Folk and the rising Roots Revival.

Have you mastered Essential Folk? Why not dive into a new micro-genre like Stomp & Holler? (Just be sure to mind your “Hey’s” and “Ho’s.”) Intrigued by the combination of washboards and wah-wah peddles? Check out the Ben Miller Band and the other edgy, innovative artists of modern Blues & Roots Rock.

From the current pop hits of Folk Pop and The Nu-Modern to the pivotal historical moments featured in collections like Folk Music At The Gaslight Café, there’s something sure to please everyone from the folk newbie to seasoned listener alike. So, go ahead and get folked up!

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Enjoy millions of songs on your Amazon Fire TV with Spotify Connect

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From today, music lovers in the US can enjoy Spotify on their Amazon Fire TV using their mobile or tablet as a remote.

Using Spotify Connect on your Amazon Fire TV allows you to control your music using the Spotify app on your mobile or tablet. You can seamlessly switch your favorite music from your mobile to the TV and continue to make calls, use other smartphone apps and go out of wifi range, all without interrupting the music.

You’ll need a Spotify Premium subscription to use Spotify Connect – try it for free here.

Enjoy the music together.

 

 

 

Boomer, Sooner!

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Football season is here and Spotify is partnering with The University of Oklahoma to power the music behind the Sooners 2014 season. It’s called #soonersounds and it’s about to get real loud. 
 
All season long, Sooner athletics will be creating and releasing playlists on their official Spotify profile to get fans ready for the all day tailgates and pumped up for each game. Sooner fans can even listen to what the coaches are jamming to when they’re getting in the zone. Coach Stoops is up first up with a playlist that’s heavy on Toby Keith and Eddie Money.
 
This Saturday the Sooners play Tennessee at home and they’ve got the perfect pre-game playlist that will get Oklahoma fans psyched up before kickoff.  
 
And if you are lucky enough to attend an Oklahoma home game this year, make sure you stop by the Spotify tent at the tailgate for some sweet giveaways.