We teamed up with Bonnaroo for the second year in a row to bring the the hottest artists from the festival circuit to the ears of Spotify users worldwide. Check out live performances from Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Cloud Nothings and others from this year’s spectacular event with our exclusive “Spotify Sessions – Live from Bonnaroo 2014″ collection.”
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!
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!
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.
Are you ready for Electric Zoo this weekend? Since 2009, music lovers have descended upon New York City to experience electronic music in all its glory at the festival. Its inaugural year boasted some of the most influential names in electronic music including Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, David Guetta and Ferry Corsten. Now, 5 years later, E-Zoo is showcasing talent both of major names in the dance scene like Laidback Luke, A-Trak, Bingo Players, and some very cool up-and-comers along the lines of What So Not.
To get you into gear for this weekend’s festivities, we got a bunch of amazing playlists from some of the performers, featuring tracks from the 15 artists they’re most looking forward to seeing this weekend. Stay tuned for complete set-list playlists from them after the festival!
What So Not
We know that there’s always that song that makes us smile, take us back to an exact moment, or bring us to tears… Music can have powerful effects on our emotions and with this in mind, we worked alongside Jacob Jolij, Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Groningen, to reveal some of the songs that trigger the clearest emotional responses.
- Happiness – Katy Perry, Birthday
Happy songs are up-tempo, have strong rhythm, positive lyrics, and are typically in a major key. The up-tempo rhythm of Katy Perry’s Birthday will encourage active movement and dopamine release, which is good for your mood.
Furthermore some research suggests that the major key unconsciously reminds you of a falling pitch – a feature which in both human and animal vocalisations asserts dominance and confidence.
- Sadness – OneRepublic, I Need
Sad songs have the opposing features of happy songs: they are slower and in a minor key – with the lyrics generally more negative.
The minor key present in OneRepublic’s I Need unconsciously reminds the human mind of a rising pitch, which is associated with defeat and uncertainty.
- Optimism – American Authors, Best Day of My Life
Optimism is what psychologists call a complex emotion – it is not ‘built in’ our system by nature, but it is an emotion we learn to experience over time.
Optimistic feelings require happiness, so optimistic songs will share many features with happy songs: major key, upbeat. However lyrics – such as those in American Authors’ Best Day of My Life – are more important here as they provide the additional context to build optimism rather than purely improving mood.
- Anger – David Guetta, Bad
Anger is a basic emotion. It is negative, and as such associated with songs in a minor key. However, as opposed to sadness, anger is what we call an approach-emotion: it involves movement, a dimension anger shares with happiness.
Combine these two and you’ve got a recipe for songs that may help in channelling our angry feelings: up-tempo songs with a strong rhythm, in a minor key, such as David Guetta’s Bad.
- Overcoming fear – Coldplay, Magic
Fear is a negative emotion, characterised by a stress response that prepares you for a ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction.
In the modern age, we often experience the same stress responses in situations where the ‘fight or flight’ response isn’t beneficial – such as an interview or presentation. In order to overcome fear, the very first thing you need to do is to minimise your stress response, followed by managing your internal thoughts. Music that can help you to overcome fear therefore needs to be slow, relaxing, but have major chords to evoke positive feelings, and lyrics that deal with your negative thoughts, such as Coldplay’s Magic.
- Excitement – Avicii, Wake Me Up
The hormones present in the body when we are described as being ‘excited’ – such as adrenalin and endorphins – mean that excited people crave music that is positive, usually in a major key, yet more up-tempo and with a stronger beat than your typical ‘happy’ song.
And when you’re dancing with excitement to Avicii’s Wake Me Up, the lyrics in excited songs aren’t as important as they are to other moods such as anger or nostalgia.
- Nostalgia – John Legend, All of Me
John Legend’s All of Me is an example of a song destined to be a nostalgic hit.
For many the sentimental lyrics will remind them of somebody special, improving the probability of linking the song to other senses – such as sights or smells – meaning the iconic 2014 hit All of Me is a reliable track to provoke nostalgia in listeners for years to come.
Take a listen to the top seven emotion-inducing tracks here and check out more of our mood-focused playlists by surfing the ‘Genres and Moods’ section in the Browse feature.
We’ve been working hard on curating music for the moments that matter the most in your life. And the evening is one of those moments that is important and special to a lot of us. It’s the time of the day when we can unwind and spend time with the ones we care about the most. So today we’re launching two totally new categories – one dedicated to dinner time and another one to help you fall asleep.
For all those different, wonderful, noisy, life-changing nights.
Dinner can mean a lot of different things: it’s a three course meal with sparkling champagne, hot pancakes with ice cream or cold pizza on the couch in front of the TV. But food is not the whole experience – it is what you build around it that counts. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, dinner is certainly the least predictable. We want you to have the best possible dinnertime, whether you’re home alone with a sandwich, or out and about surrounded by all of your best friends.
As of today, you can find playlists for all kinds of dinners in Browse. You can host a Picnic in the Park, celebrate Taco Tuesday, or cook up The Perfect Italian Dinner. We have even Flaming Hot BBQ Classics, Breakbeat BBQ and Reggae BBQ playlists to choose from.
Everybody has to eat. So, why not invite your mom, your neighbour, or that hot new fling over to chew through the issues of the day while listening to music curated exactly for that moment? Even if you burn the sauce or overcook the potatoes, everything will taste a little bit better with great music.
The eight hours to save your life
We can fight it, crave it, miss it, or skip it, but, eventually, sleep can be the most rewarding gift in our daily lives. Such is its importance – and impact on us – that some scientists now argue that, since we are asleep for between a quarter and a third of our entire lives, our dreams themselves should be considered a very potent alternate reality.
With that in mind, we’re launching Sleep as a whole new category in Browse. Sleep is your new home for synapse-stroking, non-invasive, care-banishing, pillow-smoothing, muscle-relaxing playlists – the dream-ticket for those times when you need to turn it all off, relax, and float downstream. Sleep is the ultimate release from pressure, the ultimate retreat from the cares of the day. You’ve got eight hours to save your life – why not get started right now?
Head over to Browse on Spotify to find these two new categories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed creating them for you.
This year has already seen a lot of Spotify’s favorite Artists to Watch enter our charts and make the festival rounds. Here’s a round-up of exclusive, live sets from some of our sure bets — many of whom performed at SXSW for us this year as well as Coachella and Bonnaroo. Check out our Artists to Watch exclusive playlist here!
Scroll down to see exclusive photo sets of our Artists To Watch below.
Passenger recently visited Australian shores and, during that trip, hosted a pop up gig for fans on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The performance was recorded, and we’ve turned that into an exclusive Spotify Session.