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Ideas Review

Ideas Review

Hey Folks!

Sorry for the silence over the past couple with the Ideas Review -- we’ve had a busy few months having our annual Rock Star Jam where we flew out our top Community Rock Stars to check out the office in New York. 

Interested in what it takes to be a Rock Star? Just click here.

Now let’s check out the latest updates…

1. Android Widget

We’re excited to let you know the Android Widget is back. To get listening, make sure you’re on the latest version of the app and Spotify will show in the widget menu on your device.

The widget is now resizable and some stability issues have been fixed. 

2. Screen always on Option when driving

3. Compatibility with Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music

4. Folders for playlists in the Web Player

5. Share Spotify on Snapchat

6 . Adding indivdual Podcasts to Playlists

7. Friendship Playlists

Thanks for adding your vote to this idea. We’re marking this as a ‘Good Idea’!

As a heads up, Family Mix is available to users on the Premium Family. It’s a playlist that combines the music you and other members on your plan listen to. 

8. Voice Control

9. Bring Back Mobile Playlist Sorting/Searching

10. Music Videos

11. Remove specific Artists from Discover Page

Whilst it’s not possible to remove an artist directly from your Home page, there are several ways to give feedback to the app that you don’t like certain Songs or Artists. 

-- In your Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Mix playlists you can click the ‘Hide’ button and select either ‘Don’t play this song’ or ‘Don’t play this artist’.

-- You can head direct to an Artist Page, click the three dots and select ‘Don’t Play This’.

12. Music sharing with people nearby

13. Alphabet scroll bar

The A-Z scroll bar is back on iOS, under the Artist tab on Your Library. 

We can see that there are users requesting this feature on Android too. We’ll keep the status as ‘Not Right Now’, so you can keep adding your votes. 

14. Show own Cover Art of shared Playlist

15. View & Shuffle all Tracks in Playlist Folders

16. Remove individual track from saved album

17. Songs changes in OSX Notifications

18. Spotify for KaiOS

19. Support Crossfade on Spotify Connect

20. Personal Song Counter

21. Ability to search within all playlists

22. TV Shows & Movies

 

We’re actively bringing your comments and feedback to the teams here so they know which features are important to you. If you’ve got a good idea, you can submit it here.

 

Want to help manage the Ideas Exchange as an Ideas Guardian? Read more about the Rock Star Program here

 

If you’d also like to see some changes before other users, as well as talk directly with developers, you can sign-up to join our thousands of Beta testers here.

 

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Tipped Off 2018

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Hey fellow listeners,

Here we’ve summarized all the Tip-Offs we wrote during 2018. The Tip-Off is a blog where we pick an artist or a band with a smaller amount of monthly listeners on Spotify, and present them to you each month. Have a look 🙂

January

Cosmic synths x FKA twigs -- Aquaphobia = WWWater

@Sarah_Rose discovered WWWater (real name Charlotte Adigéry) while listening to Spotify Radio, and describes the sound of a dreamy underwater universe. And she has a point: it does give the impression of a distant, behind-a-waterfall kind of sound. Check it out:

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Check out the complete blog here

February

Boom bap x gritty lyricism + northern hip-hop = Black Josh

@simonew presents Black Josh who provided him with a perfect soundtrack for unwinding at the end of a long week. “The combination of his Mancunian accent and his versatile delivery over boom bap style beats makes for an interesting lesson”. It’s tight, it’s gritty, and it comes in a bag of hard honesty:

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Check out the complete blog here

March

King Crimson-esque Acid Jazz + Grizzly Female Vocals + Angelic Lullabies = Rolo Tomassi

@Lee found Rolo Tomassi in an interesting way. He picked two completely different musicians, and tried to get from one to the other using only related artists on Spotify (he usually does that apparently -- try it out ^^). He summarizes Rolo Tomassi’s music as “getting slapped around the face with one hand while being gently caressed on the cheek by the other, in the most enjoyable sense”.

Sounds like tough love to me, but you can hear why with this multi-layered track:

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Check out the complete blog here

April

Ntjam Rosie + Jesse Boykins III + Miles Bonny = Joya Mooi 

@Melody had trouble categorizing Joya Mooi, and you start to understand why the more you listen to her music. She’s able to offer Jazz music that’s solely instrumental on the one hand, and an electronic vocal experience on the other. It’s undoubtedly difficult to choose one song to represent her musical scope, so make sure to check out her other stuff:

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Check out the complete blog here

May

South London x Moses Boyd + A sprinkle of spiritualism -- Coffee shop jazz = Ruby Rushton

@Sarah_Rose had a little something in mind when choosing Ruby Rushton. “Seamlessly weaving jazz, soul, afro-beat and electronic music, Ruby Rushton’s musical knot is tied by Ed Cawthorne’s (Tenderlonious) electrifying freestyled flute solos”. Their music harmoniously incorporates the flute, saxophone, piano, bass and percussions to produce a very filling sound where all the pieces colorfully fall into place: 

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Check out the complete blog here

June

Saint Raymond x Tom Grennan + dash of falsetto = Julius Cowdrey

@Chris had stumbled upon Julius Cowdrey back in 2017, but the airy backing vocals and strong lyrics were so impressive that he just had to include him in the Tip-Off for June, 2018. Have a listen: 

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Check out the complete blog here

July

The Moldy Peaches + First Aid Kit + a little dose of vulnerability = Olive James

@Natalie presents Olive James  (Jake Etheridge and Olivia Rudeen), a folk-pop duo who individually can warm you up in a chilly autumn evening, and put together can take you away to another place and time:

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Check out the complete blog here.

August

Papier-mâché head + comic covers roster + a posthumous motion picture = Frank Sidebottom

If you want to find a combination of mock music covers, unusual outer appearance, and parodies overall, @Jack‘s got you covered. With Frank Sidebottom, it’s obvious that even the most open mind judges a book by its cover (or in this case album cover, which is comprised of a little fella with a papier-mâché head). If you don’t like it, it’s probably because you’ve not prepared for it properly. Let’s see if that’s the case with this Christmas cover:

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Check out the complete blog here.

While we didn’t publish any Tip-Offs from September onward, we do have a few more artists who we think deserve to be tipped off. Here are a few that @Katerina and I came up with.

Romance in Coachella + Imagine Dragons vibe = LUNDØN

@Katerina really enjoyed LUNDØN’s dynamic single You & Me. A romantic story for those lonely days. Check it out:

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Monthly listeners: 507

Klezmer magnified + hard riffs -- Kippahs = Subterranean Masquerade

A band I’ve followed for a while, but are less known in the Metal scene. Based in Israel, Subterranean Masquerade fuse progressive metal with sounds from the East, and incorporate a Gothic singing style. Some say overwhelming, I say lasagna pizza soup (yum yum):

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Monthly listeners: 1,061

Finnish solitude + Amorphis dramatised + a soar throat = Barren Earth

Another Progressive Metal band (surprise), Barren Earth is comprised of members from other bands, each drawing influence from their respective groups to produce folky, fast-paced metal. Every track is seemingly climbing somewhere: up, down, diagonally, sideways, and finally underground. Have a look:

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Monthly listeners: 9,470

That wraps up 2018. We believe it’s great that music comes in different, even obscure forms, and that there’s an audience for each category made up of people with different backgrounds and ways of perceiving the world. There’s always so much more to explore, and we hope the Tip-Offs gave you some new musical insights as they did for us. 

Seeya around! 🙂 

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Post of the Week: Family member and student discount question

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Hey there,

Another Thursday, another great post!

For this week’s Post of the Week, the spotlight goes to @Bethany_Dawn for helping a user find the answers to their question. She was helpful and provided the right answers, even when the user reached back with follow-up questions.

Let’s dive right in, with the post that started this thread:

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Our Rock Star had the answer to this, so she came to the rescue of the user with the following reply right away:

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Her reply was clear and included both the link to a Support Site page and a quote of the right answer to help other users with similar questions. 

After that explanation, the user came back with a follow-up question on this: 

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But never worry, @Bethany_Dawn had it under control:

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Her reply helped the user while remaining friendly, so little wonder her answers were picked as the solution!

Our Rock Stars are very knowledgeable Community users, passionate about Spotify. If you’d also like to join the Rock Star Program and help users here in the Community, make sure to head here.

spotify:track:7cU0vhA2rPGrLrapL5blOg @Bethany_Dawn on this one! As recognition of your help, we hope you enjoy the month of Premium heading your way 🎉

We’ll see you all in next week’s edition!

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January 25, 2019 : new albums worth a listen

Our Community Rock Stars can submit blog posts to be published on the Spotify Community Blog

January 2019 -- New Album Releases

New Music Friday : January 25, 2019

RAT BOY BLOOD RED SHOES
INTERNATIONALLY UNKNOWN Get Tragic
Origin : Chelmsford, England Origin : Brighton, England
Genre : Indie Rock, Alternative Dance Genre : Alternative Rock

==> Second brilliant studio album by British musician Jordan Cardy, known by his stage name RAT BOY.

==> Fifth studio album, released via their own label Jazz Life, by the British duo consisting of Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell.
   
BALTHAZAR THE DANDY WARHOLS
Fever Why You So Crazy
Origin : Kortrijk and Ghent, Belgium Origin : Portland, Oregon, USA
Genre : Indie Pop / Rock Genre : Psychedelic Pop / Rock

==> Fourth studio album by the creative Belgian band formed in 2004 and led by singer-songwriter and producer, Maarten Devoldere.

==> Tenth stufio album by the American band formed in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström.
   
RIVAL SONS FIDLAR
Feral Roots Almost Free
Origin : Long Beach, California, USA Origin : Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre : Blues Rock, Roots Genre : Punk Rock

==> Sixth studio album by the American band formed in 2009. The band is known for extensive touring.

==> Third studio album by the energetic American band formed in 2009.This LP has been recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood.
   
TIM PRESLEY, WHITE FENCE MIKE KROL
I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk Power Chords
Origin : California, USA Origin : Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre : Psychedelic Rock Genre : Garage Rock

==> Seventh studio album under the Name White Fence by American musician, singer, songwriter, Tim Presley. It’s the first White Fence’s release since 2014.

==> Fourth studio album, released via Merge Records, by the American musician and art designer, active since 2011.
   
STEVE HACKETT ROYAL CANOE
At The Edge Of Light Waver
Origin : London, England Origin : Winnipeg, Canada
Genre : Progressive Rock Genre : Indie Pop/Rock

==>Twenty-fifth solo studio album by the British guitarist , singer-songwriter and producer, known as the guitarist of the progressive rock band Genesis from 1971 to 1977.

==> Third full-length release by the Canadian band formed in 2010 from the bands The Waking Eyes, The Liptonians and TELE.
   
Worth also to mention
 
Toy -- Happy in the Hollow

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Keuning -- Prismism

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Swindle -- No More Normal

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Judiciary -- Surface Noise

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Pavo Pavo -- Mystery Hour

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If you have not enough, search also these artists having new albums
 
Swervedriver / Say Anything / Eerie Wanda / RYD / Rosie Carney / Puppy / Swallow The Sun / King 810 / Montevideo / Keke Okereke
 

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Backstage Intro: Meet José

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To find out more about the Rock Star Program click here. 

 

angelboi.PNGHey everyone. We’re here to introduce one of our amazing Stars to you again. This time it’s going to be José!

Hi José, tell us something about yourself.

My name is José, I live in Spain and I’m 16 years old. I love listening to music, hanging out with friends and I also practice watersports in the summer. I’m currently a student but in the future I’d love to become a doctor. One of my hobbies is also helping users out in the Community too.


Do you have any favorite TV shows or movies?

I really enjoy watching movies on Saturdays with my family. Some of my favorite movies are The Avengers. When I have free time, I also watch series like “13 Reasons Why” or “Élite”, a Spanish series.

So you’ve been using Spotify since 2015. What’s your favorite feature?

My favorite feature in the app is definitely the Made for You playlists. I listen to them a lot, especially Release Radar. That way, I can discover new music that’s similar to my taste.

Speaking of your taste, what’s your favorite playlist on Spotify?

Most of the time, I listen to my custom playlist “Hits”. In that playlist, I include my favorite songs at the moment. Therefore, it’s constantly being updated.

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Nice! What’s your all-time most listened to song?

At the moment, this song is stuck in my head and I keep listening to it all the time: 
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On another note, I am also very keen on this remix of the song:

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If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could only have one item, what would it be? 

That’s a good one! I would take a lot of seeds with me. That way, I would be able to grow food on the island. Also, one of my favorite hobbies is taking care of plants so I would be entertained there 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Before we go, what joke always makes you laugh?

This is a silly joke but I find it quite funny: Two windmills are standing in a field. One asks the other: “What kind of music do you like?” The other one says, “I’m a big metal fan.” 

You can also find @Jose_M on InstagramTwitter and Spotify.

Thanks for sticking around! Stay tuned for the next Backstage Intro coming soon.

In the meanwhile, if you’re a Star wanting an introduction, feel free to reach out to one of the Mods to let us know. We’d love to find out a bit more about you 🙂

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Post of the Week: All songs and playlists gone

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Happy Thursday guys,

It’s time for a new Post of the Week, this week we would like to congratulate @Brunelicia

Not being able to find their playlists and saved songs anywhere, a user reached out to the Community.

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Our Star @Brunelicia knew exactly how to handle this, and replied the following:

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What a great answer with an amazing tone of voice. Make sure to check out your Spotify account, a month of Premium will be waiting for you 🙂 

Have a great day and see you next week!

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February 1, 2019 : new albums worth a listen

BEIRUT GUIDED BY VOICES Gallipoli Zeppelin Over China Origin : Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Origin : Dayton, Ohio, USA Genre : Indie Folk/World Genre : Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

==> Fifth studio album by the American band led by musician, singer-songwriter, Zack Condon. The album is named after the Italian town where the title track was written.

==> Twenty-sixth studio album by the prolific Almerican band led by singer-songwriter musician and band founder, Robert Pollard.     GIRLPOOL DEER TICK What Chaos Is Imaginery Mayonnaise Origin : Los Angeles, California, USA Origin : Providence, Rhode Island, USA Genre : Indie Rock, Folk Punk Genre : Indie Rock, Americana

==> Third studio album by the American band founded in 2013 by Cleo Tucker (guitar, vocals) and Harmony Tividad (bass, vocals).

==> This new compilation album is an 11 songs companion piece to last year’s full-length albums Deer Tick Vol. 1 and ‘eer Tick Vol. 2.     LOU DOILLON CHERRY GLAZERR Soliloquy Stuffed & Ready Origin : Paris, France Origin : Los Angeles, California, USA Genre : Indie Pop/Rock Genre : Indie Rock

==> Third studio album by the French model, actress and singer-songwtiter, daughter of film maker Jacques Doillon and actress, singer Jane Birkin. She is half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg.

==> Third studio album, via the label Secretly Canadian, by the American band led by singer and guitarist Clementine Creevy. It’s the first release after the departure of former synth player Sasami Ashworth.     BROODS CALVA LOUISE Don’t Feed The Pop Monster Rhinoceros Origin : Nelson, New Zealand Origin : Manchester, England Genre : Indie Pop Genre : Indie Rock, Grunge Pop

==>Third studio album by New Zealand duo formed in 2013 and consisting of Georgia Josiena Nott on lead vocals, with older brother and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Allan Joseph Nott on production and backing vocals.

==> Energetic and brilliant debut album by the British band. One part Venezuelan, one part Māori and another part English, the trio is made up of Jess Allanic on guitar and vocals, Alizon Taho on bass and vocals, and Ben Parker on drums and vocals.     TINY RUINS ASTRONOID Olympic Girls Astronoid Origin : Auckland, New Zealand Origin : Lowell, Massachusetts, USA Genre : Indie Folk Genre : Post Metal, Blackgaze

==> Third stduio album by Tiny Ruins, originally conceived in 2009 to describe the solo work of England born singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook.

==> Second studio album by the American band formed in 2012 as a studio project between vocalist Brett Boland and bassist Daniel Schwartz.     Worth also to mention   White Lies -- FIVE

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Spielbergs -- This is Not the End

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Le Butcherettes -- bi/MENTAL

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Pale Lips -- After Dark

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Blank Range -- In Unison

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  If you want more, search also these artists having new albums   American Authors / Soen / Small Talks / Lost Cousins / Boy Harsher / Rustin Man / Set Mo / Mandolin Orange / Busted / Big Wild / Unloved / Emily King / Balms / Deep State / The Telescopes /  

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What The Stars Are Listening To 2019 : #02

Our Community Rock Stars can submit blog posts to be published on the Spotify Community Blog

Time flies so fast. With February comes the return of our famous blog: What The Stars Are Listening Too.

We asked Rock Stars to send us 2 or 3 tracks of their choice with some words for each one.

It’s time now to listen (and read) their second offering for 2019.

What The Stars Are Listening To 2019 : #02

@Keanu_C (Rockstar)

● Zac Brown Band -- Someone I use to know

“Zac Brown Band is known for creating a cross genre mix of music between Country, Bluegrass, and Rock. If you are looking for a good song look no further!! The Zac Brown Band wrote Someone I Used To Know which tells you a story about a story of optimism and healing and how critical it is to ask for help during times of need.”

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● Ryan Hurd -- To A T

“Ryan Hurd, a Country music artist from Michigan, married a fellow artist Maren Morris. Together, they collaborated to write the song, To a Ti>. The song tells a story about romance that shows true love from couples.”

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● Three Dog Night -- Joy To The World

“Who ever had that moment when they wanted to go down memory lane and listen to songs that their parents introduced them to? Well from my childhood my parents played the song Joy to the World by the Three Dot Night. A little interesting info about the music sensation is that this song was intentionally made for a TV special but it never aired. That was ok for Hoyt because he never finished writing it until he gained help from the Three Dot Night to create this music sensation.”

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@LeoRager (Rockstar)

● M. Smuv -- Goa

“What I love most about this song is how it manages to keep the relaxing vibe of lo-fi beats, but giving it a spin by making it more exciting. It’s a very short song, but nonetheless it deserves to be on my Top 3 songs of the month. Good job Made In M!”

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@Jpgchief (Rockstar)

● Mark Deutrom -- Futurist Manifesto

“I love to listen to this song in the morning before I start my day. In some way, It gives me all the vibes that I need to keep my motor running the whole day.”

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● Married Man -- Nowhere

“This track is pretty sad, but I love also listening to this kind of songs (I’m not sure why; because it’s not the way I’m, but I really enjoy it).”

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@Sebasty (Rockstar)

● The Widdler -- Outlaws

“This is a tune with a scent so Western that you gotta be careful not to inhale too much sand dust and cigarette smoke. What makes it different from other similarly themed songs is that well-crafted bass and rhythm. (The Widdler creates dubstep and bass music since the age of 10.)”

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● Ital Tek -- Sanctum

“Taken through the gate of floating bits of debris, the listener will find a garden, empty and beautiful, perfect for an introspective journey. (Low-pace sub-bass journey with ethereal elements.)”

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● Ascent -- Kin

“Monolithic and truly intimidating sound! Appropriate soundtrack for approaching a huge strange alien landscape -- skin crawls, legs become tensed up, but you want to see more of it.”

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@ItsPugle (Rockstar)

● dodie -- Monster

“To me, Monster by dodie is one of the best songs from her new EP, Human. The harmonic tone of it and layering of voices in the second half provide a breath of fresh air and compounding emotion.”

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● Alessia Cara -- 7 Days

7 Days by Alessia Cara not only is a great song to bop to while helping out on AskRockStars, but as someone who is studying theology, I find the questions the song poses quite interesting and refreshing instead of your stereotypical love pop song.”

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@Soundofus (Rockstar)

● King Crimson -- 21st Century Schizoid Man

“One of the most played record of my collection of vinyl albums is the 1969 cult album : In The Court of the Crimson King, debut LP by the English Progressive Rock band King Crimson. Until 3 weeks ago, none of the original tracks were available on Spotify. Here is now, in a single edit version, the opening song of this unforgettable release.”

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● King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard -- Crumbling Castle

“Known for their prolific recording output, as well as for their energetic live performances, the Australian band is a short cut of everything I like in Music : talented musicians playing real instruments — creative and eclectic composers — modern without disavow the past — close to fans artists.”

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Listen to the Playlist

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Monthly Ideas Review – January 2019

January 2019 Ideas Review

 

We’re actively bringing your comments and feedback to the teams here so they know which features are important to you. 

 

Want to help manage the Ideas Exchange as an Ideas Guardian? Read more about the Rock Star Program here

 

If you’d also like to see some changes before other users, as well as talk directly with developers, you can sign-up to join our thousands of Beta testers here.

 

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#MusicMonday Review – January 2019

As I mentioned in My Year In Music, #MusicMonday is where I gather my music recommendations from up and coming artists throughout the year.

Let’s take a trip around the world for some highlights from January 2019:

Morning Wars -- Breathing Underwater

First stop is Syracuse, NY, comes this rock track about unconditional friendship.

In their own words:

“The song was written about a friend of mine that had been going through a rough period in his life — as we all do from time to time. The general underlying theme of the song is about friendship and how no matter the highs in someones life, if you’re best friends, you’re best friends forever and you’ll always be there for them.”

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She Makes War -- London Bites

Next stop, the UK. for a track about a big city with an appetite, in which “living, loving and losing in London…” is described cryptically.
 

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Yinno-C -- U&I

Here’s a jam with a seductive flare, telling a story all of us can relate…

“It is a story about me meeting this girl at a club. I’ve been partying and had a few drinks but then I notice the girl who is very beautiful and she catches my attention. She’s a little shy and laid back but her and I start talking and I get to know her. We end up really liking each other.”

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Sôra -- Number Won

From France, another love hymn, where Sora tells us:

“I wanted to be playful and fun, not so cheesy. I was inspired by my relationship with my boyfriend. He often says he <won> my heart. I guess that’s why I thought about the winning number.”

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Skyler Stonestreet -- It Kinda Hurts

Finally, arriving in beautiful L.A., an honest song about the pain of watching your ex with someone else. Yeah, it kinda hurts (a lot).

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See you next month!

Listen to them and much more on the Playlist

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Post of the Week: How to make collaborative playlists public?

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Hey everyone,

Hope you’re all ready for this weeks Post of the Week!

This week we’d like to congratulate @PigeonXtreme on two tidy posts that prove that a question doesn’t need to be answered perfectly in the first post.

We had a user contacting us because he’d like to have his collaborative playlist set to public, something that sounds possible at first.

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We especially enjoyed the users quirky reply!

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We couldn’t have said it better. Have a month of Premium on us and this song that we believe fits the context:

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See you all next week!

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The Tip-Off: DyE

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Chill music + liquid sound + electronic + unconventional thinking = DyE

Hey everyone, how’ve you all been doing? 

I’m glad to announce it’s that time of the month again… Yep! You guessed right if you were thinking The Tip-Off!

Introducing (with a great deal of excitement)…

DyE or, as his real name is, Juan de Guillebon. Juan used to play in a Tropical Disco Band at 14 and later on chose to study Sound Engineering, Cello and Electric Bass. I mean, how cool is that?! Do you know anyone who did something similar? I don’t but it sure sounds inspiring 🙂

I discovered him back in 2014 while checking the Facebook profile of a friend. Someone posted a song of DyE on my friend’s wall and the post got me curious. The song was She’s Bad (feat. The Egyptian Lover). This became my anthem several hours before my first ever job interview. Be it because of the mood and enthusiasm this song gave me or because I was just well prepared and lucky, I totally nailed it. Thanks, DyE!

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Anyway, years later (five to be precise -- where did the time go?) I discovered more of what DyE had to offer, namely, Turquoise Days. I was looking for a fresh new sound but got much more than that --  beats (played at just the right time) accompanied by unintrusive lyrics. It was just what I needed. It has a fast-paced tempo, it has this upbeat rhythm that makes me feel energized and ready to own the day.

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Lately, I’ve been listening to SathorN. With more intensity in beat and no lyrics, this is my choice when I need to finish a mental task and focus is key. Not only does it keep me going but it also helps me to get things done. 

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DyE’s musical creations give out the right mix of chill vibes and upbeatness seen through (but are not limited to) the lens of the electronic genre. Other genres that are linked to DyE are alternative rock and eclectic.

Which DyE piece do you like best? Feel free to comment on the blog.

  • Monthly Listeners in Spotify: 48,609
  • Hometown: Paris, France
  • Would fit best in a playlist called: Energizing Sound Wave
  • Three related artists: Pastel Ghost, Harley Dyse, College
  • Spotify artist profile: spotify:artist:1zUARwQOZCs4MEzDt65eG6
  • Featured tracks: She’s Bad, Turquoise Days, SathorN 

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In Our Headphones: July/August 2019

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Hey folks,

Happy September! In Our Headphones was away on a short summer break, but rest assured that we kept our headphones firmly on throughout July and August. We’re as eager as ever to share what’s been in them with our beloved Community, so let’s get right into it 🙂

First off, @Daisy‘s picks contain a mixture of the new and the nostalgic. Regarding the former, she says: “I’m a pretty big fan of Lady Antebellum and somehow I only found out about this song a few weeks ago. Kinda weird, since I know almost all of their songs. I’ve been listening to this on repeat because I like it so much.” As for the latter, it’s “an oldie that I used to listen to, kinda forgot about it but somehow it found its way back into my headphones.”

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Meanwhile, largely unfazed by the seismic shockwaves that the (pre-)release of Taylor Swift’s new album has caused throughout the summer, @Peter has been quietly jamming to a few (relatively speaking) lower-key pop acts. Worth a special mention in his eyes(/ears) are catchy new singles from Charlie Puth, Lauv (feat. Anne-Marie) and Sam Smith, who finds a whole new level of confidence in his self-expression through dance in the music video. The song on its own is well worth a listen, not least for the drop at 1:20:

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@Shanta, who along with @Katerina was at this year’s Rock Star Jam, grew up listening to all kinds of rock and indie, but has been a hip-hop junkie for a solid few years. “My music taste is flowing into a weird mix of it all nowadays; alternative RnB has become food for my soul.” She’s also a sucker for a good beat and, in her words, “MAMI by Cherrie is the finest RnB straight outta Stockholm -- check it out, you won’t regret it”:

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And finally, @Katerina wants to give a shout-out to @Jemi for this track from June’s edition of In Our Headphones, which she says is “stuck on repeat in my head” and which, with its “moody orchestral tune”, is a truly excellent pick -- if she does say so herself:

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And that’s a wrap! You can check out the playlist in its entirety below:

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See you in the Autumn! In the meantime, stay awesome 😉

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Backstage Intro: Meet Luan

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Our Community Rock Stars can submit blog posts to be published on the Spotify Community Blog. To find out more about the Rock Star Program click here. 

 

IMG-20190724-WA0022.jpgLuan aka @hezorgThis month, we’re happy to introduce Luan aka @hezorg who recently ranked up to Rock Star 1!

Hi Luan, tell us more about yourself.

My name is Luan, I’m 17 (18 on a few days) and I’m from Salvador, Brazil. I do like playing videogames, listening to songs and series like House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Dark ♥ I’m currently trying to be approved on the national education selection process to start my medicine graduation and one of my favorite hobbies is swimming and cooking.


How did you choose your Community username?

My Community username is the same that I use in most accounts that I’ve got. It’s like an anagram for “Herzog” that was a journalist who was died on the Brazillian military dictatorship because he was fighting for a free press and the democracy restoration.


You’ve mentioned before that you started using Spotify since 2015. What’s your favorite in-app feature?

Tough to choose! I really enjoy Podcasts, Autoplay and “Made for You ” playlists.

What’s your favorite playlist on Spotify?

Well, I’ve got a playlist called “Special Selection” made on my own that I’ve selected my favourites songs.

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Nice! What’s your all-time most listened to song?

I think my most listened song ever was “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran.

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It sounds like you enjoy Ed Sheeran’s songs, if so, tell us your favorite collaborations of his.

I’m an Ed Sheeran fan, yes! I like so much the “Perfect Duet” with Beyoncé.

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I also really like another one from his latest album. It’s “Beautiful People” with Khalid.

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I think it is the melody and rhythm I like on these songs 🙂

If you had one hour to chat with someone, who would you pick?

If I could meet a scientist to talk for just one hour, I think I’d pick Stephen Hawking because of his genius and knowledge about the Universe and black holes. I’d really love to hear about his “theories about everything”. But now, unfortunately, he is a new star in the Universe, at all.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Before we go, what joke always makes you laugh?

Uh-oh, I confess that I think I don’t know any English joke, so I asked for Google Assistant help lol.

“What do you get when you put a vest on an Alligator? An investigator”.

You can also find @hezorg on Instagram and Twitter.

Thanks for sticking around! Stay tuned for the next Backstage Intro coming soon.

In the meanwhile, if you’re a Star wanting an introduction, feel free to reach out to one of the Mods to let us know. We’d love to find out a bit more about you 🙂

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February 8, 2019 : new albums worth a listen

MERCURY REV PANDA BEAR Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited Buyos Origin : Buffalo, New York, USA Origin : Baltimore, Maryland, USA Genre : Psychedelic Pop, Art Rock Genre : Experimental Pop

==> The American band is revisiting the 50 years old album of Bobbie Gentry with the collaboration of several talented singers as Hope Sandowal, Beth Orthon and Lucinda Williams, to name just a few.

==> Sixth solo studio album by Noah Lennox, known by his moniker Panda Bear and co-founding member of the band Animal Collective.     LCD SOUNDSYSTEM CROCODILES Electric Lady Sessions Love Is Here Origin : Brooklyn, New York, USA Origin : San Diego, California, USA Genre : Electronic Rock, Dance Punk Genre : Punk, Garage, Indie Rock

==> New album by the American band, recorded during live sessions at Electric Lady Studios (built in 1970 by Jimi Hendrix and designed by John Stotyk) in Greenwich Village.

==> Seventh studio album by the American band formed in 2008 by core members Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell after the break-up of their former punk bands Some Girls and The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower.     HEALTH SAID THE WHALE VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR Cascadia Origin : Los Angeles, California, USA Origin : Vancouver, Canada Genre : Noise Rock, Experimental Rock Genre : Indie Folk / Rock

==> Fourth studio album, released via Loma Vista Recordings, by the American band formed in 2005. Health has been described as having “artfully crafted noise and raw synth, haunting monotone vocals, and drum skills that are borderline insane.”

==> Sixth studio album by the Canadian band, Juno Award-winning, started in 2007 by Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft.     CASS McCOMBS MICHAEL CHAPMAN Tip of the Sphere True North Origin : Concord, California, USA Origin : Leeds, England Genre : Indie Folk / Rock Genre : Indie Folk/Rock

==>.Ninth studio album, released through Anti-Records, by the American musician, singer-songwriter, active since 2001.

==> It would be too long to detail the career of the British guitarist, singer-songwriter, active since 1966. Just enjoy the songwriting of this very young 78 years old artist.     YAK JESSICA PRATT Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness Quiet Signs Origin : Wolverhampton, England Origin : San Francisco, California, USA Genre : Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock Genre : Indie Folk/Pop

==> Second studio album by the English band formed in 2014 and consisting of singer-guitarist Oliver Henry Burslem, bassist Vincent Davies and drummer Elliot Rawson.

==> Brilliant third studio album by the American musician, singer-songwriter, recording since the age of 16, before releasing her self-titled debut album in 2012.     Worth also to mention   Mavis Staples -- Live in London

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Bob Mould -- Sunshine Rock

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The Lemonheads -- Varshons 2

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Y La Bamba -- Mujeres

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Lau -- Midnight and Closedown

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  If you want more, search also these artists having new albums   Sticky Fingers / The Dip / Flat Worms / Be Forest / Windswept / Ghost King / On Drugs / Queen Zee / Talos / Xiu Xiu / Machineheart / Hajk /  

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In Our Headphones: January 2019

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Hey folks!

We hope you all had a positive start to the new year 🙂

While January is a month which typically brings with it a chance to reset and set some new intentions for the year ahead, some things just can’t and won’t ever change.

The Moderator team here at Spotify have, as ever, been ferociously listening to anything that comes our way.

Whether it’s a big new release that pops up in our Release Radar on a Friday (such as Billie Eilish’s dark and dope new single, “bury a friend” -- see below) or a throwback to an old personal favourite as we’re listening to a Daily Mix, leaving us feeling nostalgic for the past or transporting us to another place altogether, we’ve always got a tune in our headphones.

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Many of you will have seen questions from users in the Community asking about certain songs that aren’t currently available in the Spotify catalogue. We always get back to our users saying that we add new content to Spotify on a daily basis, and that if they can’t find something they’re looking for right now, it may appear (or reappear) soon.

My faith in these words had been slowly dwindling over time, but just the other day it was suddenly rekindled when I saw that one of my favourite albums, “Thinking In Textures” by Chet Faker, had been added to Spotify. It’s great to see that Spotify are actively working towards making everyone’s favourite music available to listen on the platform, and this is just one example of it (feel free to let us know in the comments section below if you have any others).

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In the spirit of @Jemi‘s particular penchant for Greek folk music and culture which we have come to know and love him for, one of his picks for this month is “Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes. He says that it reminds him of “a visit to a sunny island, a drive down the beach, and great memories”, but that at the same time it “may veil a rather sad truth, where travelling can be seen as an escape from reality, be it lost friendship, work, school, or family”, thus highlighting the ambiguous, bittersweet nature of travelling. Take a listen:

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Meanwhile, @Daisy was in transit herself when she heard Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” for the first time: “I was in the car with my friend when this song came on, 5 seconds in I grabbed my phone and looked it up. I told her ‘yeah this is gonna be one of those songs that I’m going to listen to on repeat for a loooong time’. It’s a beautiful song, [especially] the piano and his voice, and the lyrics are kinda relatable”. See what you think:

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Speaking of love (queue seamless segue), you are all probably (perhaps even painfully) aware that Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Yes, it’s become commercialised, and yes, it generates some negative feelings, but I still believe that it’s a great occasion (and not simply an excuse) to celebrate what brings us together, and to remind each other that we care.

With this in mind, I’ve chosen a beautiful rendition of Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply” which Yoke Lore recorded as a Spotify Single back in 2017. When I listen to it, I really do feel like I’m standing on top of a mountain, and the ethereal harmonies that run throughout it are as stunning as the view from the top. Here it is:

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As I was listening to the playlist, a song started playing which I hadn’t heard in a while, but which I recognised immediately. I then realised that @Daisy had added Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky”.

For me, this song, with the soothing refrain of “My salvation lies in your love”, is an ode to love in all its forms: whether it be love for your siblings, for your soul mate, or for your partner in life, it has a universal quality to it which makes it relatable for everyone, whether or not you’re celebrating Valentine’s day.

So, whoever’s reading, this one’s for you:

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Consider spreading the love and share a song with a loved one which reminds you of them. And if you’re reading this after the event, don’t wait for Valentine’s day to come around again: any day is a good day to show someone how you feel, am I right?

Oh, and, as ever, here’s the entire playlist for you to follow and enjoy in your own time:

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Happy listening! See you next month 🙂

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Rock Stars visit New York City for annual Rock Star Jam

The event of the year is here! 

Last week, the Spotify Community team was thrilled to host five of our top Rock Stars in New York for the annual Rock Star Jam.

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The three day annual event that’s usually hosted in Stockholm, this time took place in the Spotify HQs in New York  adding to the excitement of the Stars joining. 

Rock Star Jam attendee @Marco who flew all the way from Germany, said “Rock Star Jam has been amazing once again. It was great to meet everyone from all over the world and talk about common interests. New York as the location for this year was a great bonus and very impressive to visit.” 

While in New York, the Stars took a tour of the new offices, met with different teams and provided valuable feedback.

IMG_20190814_132642 70%.jpgRock Stars try local restaurantsNot only that – they were able to do a walking tour of Manhattan and taste some great food in local restaurants. They also tried their hand at bowling and listened to local bands. 

As Rock Star Gerard aka @Soundofus  from France said, “Flying, walking, talking, meeting, discussing, sharing, listening, discovering, eating, playing, laughing, dancing, enjoying… that was a great Rock Star Jam in New York…”

And it sounds like Rock Star Oscar aka @osornios would agree– “Getting to tour Spotify’s headquarters in NYC was incredible, and doing so with fellow Rock Stars just made the experience truly amazing,” said Oscar.

With all this praise, it’s no wonder every Rock Star Jam is the most anticipated event of the year.

Here’s the full list of Rock Star Jam attendees:

These Rock Stars were rewarded with this trip for their contributions helping others in both the Spotify Community and on Twitter’s @AskRockStars.IMG_20190815_171550 70%.jpgRock Stars and Community Staff enjoy the High Line

For Rodrigo, “This year’s RSJ in NY was very impressive. The new office is the definition of the perfect place to work. A truly inspiring place!
Being able to meet the RS fellows and the staff, testing new features, and walking around that breathtaking city is something I’m very thankful of.”

Bruna who joined the Rock Star Jam for the first time this year shared, “[it] was the best experience of my life. I’m very grateful for being part of this team and having the opportunity to share my thoughts and listen to what others had to say in order to contribute to Spotify’s development.”

Spotify’s Rock Star Program was founded in November 2013. The program works to reward Spotify users that help one another via the Community and Twitter. By posting and tweeting Stars earn points which can be redeemed for Rock Star Rewards.

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If you’re interested in helping others fellow Spotifiers and possibly earning a trip to the Spotify HQs, you can apply for the Rock Star Program here.

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In Our Headphones: June 2019

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Backstage Intro: Meet Billy

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Our Community Rock Stars can submit blog posts to be published on the Spotify Community Blog. To find out more about the Rock Star Program click here. 

 

 

This month it’s exactly a year ago that @Billy-J joined the Rock Star Program. It has been very pleasant having Billy around so we’d like to take this opportunity to put him in the spotlight by introducing him to everybody!

Hi Billy, what do you like to do?

Being a Rock Star is one of my hobbies! I love to go to the beach, and spend time with friends. I also love to sing, and donate to local charities.


Where do you see yourself in 25 years?

I see myself as a Medical doctor. I know this won’t be possible, but I always think that ‘One day, the hospital parking lot will be empty, and that would be my accomplishment’. I also see myself as a computer engineer, since I love Technology.


What keeps you busy the most?

Helping out here on the Community is what keeps me busy most! Also, listening to rap music and doing work helps me keep busy as well.

What’s your all-time most listened to song?

That’s a tough one! There is a lot of songs that I have listened for a while. One of them I would say are the best would be ‘Shinning -- YBS Skola’ -- this is explicit, but I love it!

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You make all important decisions based on a coin toss or every time you make a typo your device shuts down?

Coin Toss! Especially if it’s between me and someone else, and I want to make it fair.

Are you afraid of spiders?

AH! Spiders are one of my most hated creatures. They just creep me out, and when I see them crawl towards me, it makes me get the chills.

What is your favorite desert and what’s your favorite dessert?

The Sahara Desert.:cactus:

It’s really large -- and I just enjoy the view! I would love to go visit one day 🙂

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My Favorite dessert is Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones!

Thanks for sticking around @Billy-J!

If anyone else would like an introduction, feel free to reach out to one of the Mods to let us know. We’d love to find out a bit more about you 🙂

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June Monthly Ideas Review

Monthly Ideas Review

Every month the Community Team reviews our Ideas Board. In this blog we’ll present some of the ones we’ve updated in the past month!

With the recent update to Your Library on mobile, it’s now possible to sort and filter your Playlists, Artists and Albums in more ways. 

To find the filters, just pull down on the tab you’re on, select filters and then choose the one you’d like. The ‘Custom Order’ filter on the Playlist section will mirror the order you have on Desktop -- which means it’s now possible to maintain the way your organise your tunes on Desktop across to Mobile. 

2. Bring Back Albums’ Length

3. Add & Remove Content separately (Artist, Album, Songs)

4. Car View

5. Bring back the old Web Player

6. Spotify in Ukraine

Spotify is launching regularly in countries around the world. Please keep an eye on the Spotify blog or signup here to be first to hear if we reach Ukraine.

7. Add complete Playlists to the Queue

We just wanted to update this to say it’s possible to add all tracks from a playlist to your queue on Desktop. To do so, just head to your playlist > select all tracks using ‘Ctrl/Cmd + A’ > right click and select ‘Add to Queue’. 

There aren’t currently plans to implement this on Mobile,  but if anything changes we’ll update you here. 

8. Bring back Recently Played to Your Library

With the new update you can now find your Recently Played tunes section on the home screen. Additionally, it’s also possible to sort your Albums, Artists and Playlist by Recently Added. To do so, pull down to reveal the search bar, click the ‘filters’ options and then select ‘Recently Played’. You’ll also spot some other filter options too, like ‘Name’ so you can sort your playlists alphabetically.

9. Bring Spotify’s old UI back

10. Option to show Lyrics only

 

We’re actively bringing your comments and feedback to the teams here so they know which features are important to you. If you’ve got a good idea, you can submit it here.

 

Want to help manage the Ideas Exchange as an Ideas Guardian? Read more about the Rock Star Program here

 

If you’d also like to see some changes before other users, as well as talk directly with developers, you can sign-up to join our thousands of Beta testers here.

 

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July Monthly Ideas Review

Monthly Ideas Review

Every month the Community Team reviews our Ideas Board. In this blog we’ll present some of the ones we’ve updated in the past month!

1. Spotify Lite

We just wanted to give you a heads up that a lite version of the Spotify app has been released on Android. 

You can check out more information about the app and its availability here.

2. Adjust Audio Speed of Podcasts

3. Last.fm Support for Playstation

4. Scrobble Tracks played offline

5. Snapchat Spotify Filter

We’re marking this as a ‘Good Idea’.

 

Please know your feedback is reaching the internal teams at Spotify, and they’re aware of the votes around this idea. We’ll continue to check out the comments here too.

6. Adding indivdual Podcasts to Playlists

We also think this is a great idea and we’re looking into it further. We’ve changed this idea to ‘Watch This Space’ and we’ll post here when we get an update.

8. 432 Hz Tuning

As many of you have pointed out below, there are tunes on Spotify already in 432 Hz.

Spotify presents tracks as they are meant to be heard by the Artist. As such, we can’t implement a feature that would change the tuning of a song for them -- as this would go against how they intended their music to be presented.

7. SDK for Video Game Integration

We’re setting this idea to ‘Not Right Now’, as this isn’t something we have any immediate plans to implement. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

As a heads up, you can follow these links to find out how to listen to Spotify while you play on Xbox and Playstation.

8. Traktor Integration (DJ)

9. Remove current Song from Playlist

10. Send a Receipt to Premium Users Each Month

 

We’re actively bringing your comments and feedback to the teams here so they know which features are important to you. If you’ve got a good idea, you can submit it here.

 

Want to help manage the Ideas Exchange as an Ideas Guardian? Read more about the Rock Star Program here

 

If you’d also like to see some changes before other users, as well as talk directly with developers, you can sign-up to join our thousands of Beta testers here.

 

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The Tip-Off: Empath

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  • Distortion + sneaky pop hooks x DIY attitude + all the feels = Empath

To every dullard think piece about the supposedly-unhealthy state of guitar music in 2019, surely the only correct response is, “You’re not looking hard enough!” Indie rock’s days of chart dominance might be in the rearview for the time being, but the underground never stops giving birth to talented new artists, and nowhere is that more true than in America.

Hailing from Philadelphia, four-piece noise pop outfit Empath announced themselves as one of the most exciting new bands around with last year’s Liberating Guilt and Fear EP. Its abrasive, DIY production values (some of the songs were recorded with a USB microphone from the Rock Band video game!) struggle to contain a glut of sticky pop melodies -- the kind that burrow deep inside your head and then apply to get their mail forwarded there. Surrounded by a whirlwind of crashing drums and fidgety synths, singer Catherine Elicson’s passionate vocal hook on standout track ‘The Eye’ glistens like a diamond in the dirt, while ‘Carpet’ is 95 seconds of pure kinetic energy.

Released earlier this year on local queer-run label Get Better Records, Empath’s debut album Active Listening: Night on Earth marks a decisive step-up for the band. While still defiantly punk, these nine tracks show the band stretching their songwriting, pushing the production envelope and learning how to better synthesize the pop-leaning and experimental sides of their sound, in the vein of artists like Deerhoof and Sonic Youth. The pummeling hardcore drums and searing distortion of their earlier material are still present and correct, but songs like lead single ‘Soft Shape’ find them playing with new wave tropes, while ‘Decor’ is the most straightforwardly beautiful piece of music they’ve made to date. ‘Hanging Out of Cars’ starts off like a long-lost Breeders single before dissolving into studio ambience, and Empath’s ability to pivot between moods like this is one of their biggest strengths.

For those of you who appreciate the collision of lo-fi punk energy and gritty, sugar-coated hooks, Empath just might be your new favourite band.

  • Monthly Listeners in Spotify: 20,000
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, USA
  • Would fit best in a playlist called: Sweet and Sour
  • Three related artists: Priests, No Age, Mannequin Pussy
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  • Featured tracks:

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Backstage Intro: Meet Tim

 

 

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Our Community Rock Stars can submit blog posts to be published on the Spotify Community Blog. To find out more about the Rock Star Program click here. 

 

Hey everyone, we have some exciting news for you all! We decided to bring back the good old Backstage Intros. Let’s get right to it!

 

Hey @ItsPugle! Tell us something about yourself.

Hey! My name is Tim, I’m from Brisbane, Australia. I’m a single-child, the only one in my extended family. All my uncles and aunts had more than one child, then my parents were like “Yeah no.” There are some times when I think it’d be nice to have a sibling, but then I remember that they can be annoying hahaha.

Where did your username come from? Is it because pugs are your favorite dogs?

Haha no. It’s a spin-off of the main character in one of my favourite books, “Looking for Alaska”.

So, what kind of music are you into?

A weird mix! It’s a kind of fusion between acoustic, folk, a tiny bit of classical, and a very small bit of pop.

Do you have a Playlist where you have all these genres mixed together?

I actually don’t right now! I mainly just use my Saved Songs, then use playlists for mood tunes: soft acoustic Korean for studying etc.

 

What’s your favourite in-app feature?

Spotify’s new Storyline feature! It’s really great to get the stories behind tunes. I also like Playlist Folders, I started using Spotify in 2015 so I have a lot of Playlists and it’s really good to be able to sort them.

 

Tell us Tim, do you have any hobbies?

Well, being a Spotify Rock Star is one! Other than that, I also develop websites, sing in a choir, and volunteer at a few different charity events. I also like to listen to my favorite playlist at the moment: 
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That’s pretty impressive! You’re only 16, how did you get into website developing?

As part of the compulsory subjects I had to do in school I had to learn to develop websites, and while it was pretty simple, I did more and more outside of class. All of a sudden I realised that I should do it outside of school. 

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Before we go, what joke always makes you laugh?

Wanna hear a joke about Sodium Bromite? NaBrO.

Tim’s twitter: @ItsPugle

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Monthly Ideas Review

Monthly Ideas Review

Every month the Community Team reviews our Ideas Board. In this blog we’ll present some of the ones we’ve updated in the past month!

We’re a tad late this month, but let’s take a look at what’s changed recently..

The Repeat and Queue buttons have returned to the Now Playing View on the mobile app. The repeat button has moved to the left and you Queue can be found just below. 

2. Mark Podcasts as Played

3. Modifiable Hearts/Dislikes

4. Spotify in Serbia

Spotify is launching regularly in countries around the world. Please keep an eye on the Spotify blog or signup here to be first to hear if we reach Serbia.

5. Spotify in Croatia 

6. Landscape mode on iPhone

We’re keeping this idea to ‘Not Right Now’, as this isn’t something we have any immediate plans to implement.

7.  Friends Feed on Mobile

 

We’re actively bringing your comments and feedback to the teams here so they know which features are important to you. If you’ve got a good idea, you can submit it here.

 

Want to help manage the Ideas Exchange as an Ideas Guardian? Read more about the Rock Star Program here

 

If you’d also like to see some changes before other users, as well as talk directly with developers, you can sign-up to join our thousands of Beta testers here.

 

 

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Post of the Week: Premium Upgrade not being recognized on devices

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Hey everybody!

It’s Post of the Week time. This week, the prize goes to a Rising Star who consistently provides very friendly and welcoming replies, and is always willing to contribute to discussions even though there isn’t a clear answer on the topic.

This user had just upgraded to Premium and listed a couple of questions: POTW3_3.PNG

Even though there were some tricky ones there, it was no biggie for @merlijnv2000, who replied with the following, friendly as ever: 

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The message had a very good vibe, and each point gave brief but efficient info/steps to take, not going too far in terms of explanation as the post is split into several questions. The user gave a Like and was very happy:POTW3_Useranswer.PNG

Everyone give a round of applause to @merlijnv2000 for this awesome post. A month of Premium is on its way ^^

Until next week!

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February 15, 2019 : new albums worth a listen

METHYL ETHEL WOMAN’S HOUR Triage Ephyra Origin : Perth, Australia Origin : London, England Genre : Art Rock, Indie Rock Genre : Experimental Pop

==> Third studio album, released through the label 4AD, by the Australian band formed in 2013. Methyl Ethel is the musical project of Jake Webb. As a live band it expands to a five piece and includes Thom Stewart, Chris Wright, Lyndon Blue and Jacob Diamond.

==> Second studio album by the British band formed in 2011 by siblings Fiona and William Burgess, along with Nicolas Graves and Josh Hunnisett. Their music is described as : “a signature sound of synths and subtlety” (Allmusic)     TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND JARED & THE MILL Signs This Story Is No Longer Available Origin : Jacksonville, Floridan USA Origin : Phoenix, Arizona Genre : Americana, Blues Rock Genre : Westeren Indie Rock, Americana

==> Fourth studio album by the American band formed in 2011 and led by married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.

==> Second studio album and real official debut LP by the American band formed in 2011. “The band has a deep love for the desert region, finding solace in wide open views and new life in gulps of fresh petrichor.” (Bandcamp)     STATS LADYTRON Other People’s Lives Ladytron Origin : London, England Origin : LIverpool, England Genre : Elecro Dance Genre : Electro Pop, Synthpop

==> Debut album by the British band, released through Memphis Industries. Recorded at London’s prestigious RAK Studios, band founder and front man Ed Seed, and his full live band spent time tracking the live jams that would form the bones of this LP.

==> Sixth studio album, and first new material in seven years, by the British electronic band formed in 1999.

    GEMMA RAY RY X Psychogeology Unfurl Origin : Basildon, England Origin : Los Angeles, California, USA Genre : Noir Pop, Gothic Folk Genre : Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

==>.Eighth studio album by the British guitarist, singer-songwriter, film composer and producer.”Psychogeology is Ray’s most lush and lavish record to date, calling on influences such as The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac.” (Wikipedia)

==> Second studio album, released via Infectious Music, by Ry Cumming, Australian born musician, singer-songwriter, active since 2010.     INDIA.ARIE YANN TIERSEN Worthy ALL Origin : Denver, Colorado, USA Origin : Brest, France Genre : R&B, Soul Pop Genre : Avant-Garde, Folktronica

==> Sixth studio album by the American singer-songwriter, L.A based. Active since 1999, She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations,

==> Tenth studio album by the French musician and composer. Tiersen is often mistaken for a composer of soundtracks, himself saying “I’m not a composer and I really don’t have a classical background” (Wikipedia)     Worth also to mention   Picture This -- MDRN LV

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sir_babygirl -- Crush on Me

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The Cat Empire -- Stolen Diamonds

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Piroshka -- Brickbat

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Dear Seattle -- Don’t Let Go

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  If you want more, search also these artists having new albums   Hotel Books / Florida Georgia Line / SWMRS / Shook Twins / The Long Ryders / Holiday Ghosts / Anemone / Copeland / Jonny Nash / Savage Mansion /  

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Post of the Week: Reuse username as artist?

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Hello Spotify Community,

It’s time for our Post of the Week again. This week the winner is none other than our Rock Star @Maxim

An artist accidentally created a regular Spotify account, trying to get an artist account. She was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to reuse the username after closing the account. Check out the thread here.

@Maxim replied, telling the user not to worry and also explained to her how to get an artist account on Spotify.

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So very well done -- Have a month of Premium on us 🙂

See you all next week!

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The Tip-Off: GKR

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Smokepurpp + Cooliecut + colours + fire = GKR

I was confused but pleasantly surprised when I first came in contact with GKR’s music. Confirming to me once again that flow and energy is just as important as understanding the lyrics.

He started releasing tracks via online media back in 2014, selected Artist of the year by The Reykjavík Grapevine Magazine in 2016 and as of today has featured on some of Icelands biggest music festivals. GKR has definitely already made an impact on the Icelandic Hip Hop scene. It shouldn’t stop there though. Despite being told to steer away from rapping in Icelandic if he wants to make it outside of Iceland, GKR has been determined to represent the Land of Fire and Ice in Icelandic with tight hooks, bass-heavy instrumentals and vibrant colours you can hear. GKR really knows how to pack a punch in a charismatic way. This can be heard on the following collaboration with Birnir from GKR’s latest studio album ÚTRÁS.

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The song which started it for me would be “Tala Um” which was released back in 2016 on his self-titled album. Funky foleys, volcano’s erupting pastel-coloured lava and not to forget a downpitched 808 bassdrum to round it all off.

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GKR can be considered a fresh take on contemporary hip hop. And a very welcome one if you ask me.

  • Monthly Listeners in Spotify: 14,494
  • Hometown: Reykjavík 
  • Would fit best in a playlist called: RapCaviar
  • 3 Related Artists: Birnir, Úlfur Úlfur, Gísli Pálmi
  • Spotify Artist Profile:

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February 22, 2019 : new albums worth a listen

DU BLONDE THE CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM Lung Bread For Daddy South of Reality Origin : Newcastle, England Origin : USA / England Genre : Indie Rock Genre : Psychedelic Rock

==> Second stucio album, released via Moshi Moshi, under the name of Du Blonde, by British musician, composer, artist, animator and video director, Beth Jeans Houghton. This album is the first to be produced by Houghton herself.

==> Second studio album by the American/British band formed in 2015 and consisting of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool (Primus), and guitarist/vocalist Sean Lennon.     DESPERATE JOURNALIST HALF JAPANESE In Search of the Miraculous Invincible Origin : London, England Origin : Uniontown, Maryland, USA Genre : Indie Rock, Post Punk Genre : Art Punk Indie Rock

==> Third studio album by the British band formed in 2015 by Jo Bevan (vocals), Rob Hardy (guitar), Simon Drowner (bass) and Caroline Helbert (drums).

==> Eighteenth studio album by the American band formed in 1975 by brothers Jad and David Fair. Jad, known for playing untuned guitar, is now the only member.     DRENGE GARY CLARK JR. Strange Creatures This Land Origin : Castleton, England Origin : Austin, Texas, USA Genre : Indie Rock, Grunge Genre : Blues Rock Soul

==> Third studio album by the British three piece formed in 2010 and consisting of Eoin Loveless, on guitar and vocals, his younger brother Rory, on drums, and Rob Graham on bass.

==> Third studio album by the American guitarist, singer, who started to play guitar at the age of twelve.

    TELEKINESIS JULIA JACKLIN Effluxion Crushing Origin : Seattle, Washington, USA Origin : Sydeney, Australia Genre : Indie Rock, Power Pop Genre : Art Pop, Indie Folk

==> “The fifth full-length album Michael Benjamin Lerner has recorded as Telekinesis is perfect, unfussy power pop—romantic and hopeful and skittish and fresh and familiar, with hooks in all the right places.” (Merge Records)

==> Third studio album by the Australian singer-songwriter, active since 2013. Her music is describe as a “meld of dreamy indie pop and confessional alt-country” (Allmusic)     SLEAFORD MODS SPELLLING Eton Alive Mazy Fly Origin : Nottingham, England Origin : Oakland, California, USA Genre : Post Punk, Electro Punk Genre : Experimental Pop

==> Fifth studio album by the British duo. Formed in 2007 and consisting since 2012 of vocalist Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Fearn. Sleaford Mods are one of the most important, politically charged and thought-provoking duos on the UK music scene.

==> Second full-lenght release by the Californian band. The album “explores the tension between the thrill of exploring the unknown and the terror of imminent destruction.” (from artist Bandcamp)     Worth also to mention   Adia Victoria -- Silences

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And The Kids -- When Thi Life Is Over

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Dream Theater -- Distance Over Time (Bonus track version)

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Bronze Radio Return -- Entertain You

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FEELS -- Post Earth

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  If you want more, search also these artists having new albums   Vandoliers / The Young Gods / Modeselektor / Teeth of the Sea / Bellows / Faux Ferocious / Badflower / Hilltop Hoods / Bayonne / Kehlani / Pom Poko / Candlemass / King Apathy / The Gloaming / John Mayall /  

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March 1, 2019 : new albums worth a listen

LITTLE SIMZ SNAPPED ANKLES GREY Area Stunning Luxury Origin : London, England Origin : London, England Genre : Alternative Hip Hop Genre : Electro Punk, Post Punk

==> Third brilliant studio album by the British rapper, singer and actress, active since 2010.

==> Second studio album, released via the Leaf Label, by the British band formed in East London in 2011.     POND HOZIER Tasmania Wasteland, Baby! Origin : Perth, Australia Origin : Bray, Ireland Genre : Indie Rock, Psychedelic Pop Genre : Indie / Soul / Rock / Folk

==> Eighth studio album by the Australian band, released by Spinning Top Records via Caroline Australia (Interscope Records internationally). It’s produced by former member and Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker.

==> Second studio album by the Irish musician, singer and songwriter, released by Rubyworks Records. It will be promoted by a North American tour, beginning in March 2019, and a European tour in August, September and October of 2019.     THE JAPANESE HOUSE SUNDARA KARMA Good At Falling Ulfilas’ Alphabet Origin : Buckinghamshire, England Origin : Reading, England Genre : Indie Pop, Dream Pop Genre : Indie Pop / Rock

==> Debut album, released via the label Dirty Hit, by British solo artist Amber Bain. The name The Japanese House was inspired by a property in Cornwall, England previously owned by Kate Winslet with furnishings reminiscent of traditional Japanese tea houses.

==> Second studio album by the British band formed in 2011, and consisting of singer/guitarist Oscar “Lulu” Pollock, lead guitarist Ally Baty, bassist Dom Cordell and drummer Haydn Evans.

    SELF ESTEEM HAND HABITS Compliments Please placeholder Origin : Sheffield, England Origin : Los Angeles, California, USA Genre : Indie Experimental Pop Genre : Alternative / Experimental Rock

==> Delicate debut album by British musician, singer-songwriter, Rebecca Taylor, previously singer of the band Slow Club.

==> Second studio album by the American band, project of musician, singer-songwriter, Meg Duffy, “Over the course of 12 tracks, Meg emerges with new confidence as both a bandleader and singer.” (from artist bandcamp)     PKEW PKEW PKEW THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS Optimal Lifestyles Easy Way Origin : Toronto, Canada Origin : Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Genre : Punk Rock Genre : Indie Folk

==> Second studio album, released via independent UK label Big Scary Monsters, by the Canadian band formed in 2013

==> Second studio album by the American duo formed of Jack Torrey and Page Burkum. They have been featured in Twin Peaks season 3 with the song Mississippi from their debut album.     Worth also to mention       Sun Kil Moon -- I Also Want to Die in New Orleans

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While She Sleeps -- SO WHAT?

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Royal Trux -- White Stuff

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Living Hour -- Softer Faces

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FEWS -- Into Red

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  If you want more, search also these artists having new albums   Weezer / Crystal Fighters / Vök / Mansionair / Queensrÿche / Potty Mouth / Criminal Hygiene / Stillhound / In Flames / TEEN / The Stroppies / Shy Girls / Reignwolf / Mom and the Mailman / Marianas Trench / Mary Bragg / Frankie and the Witch Fingers / Delicate Steve / Anteros / Solange / LÉON /  

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