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Southern California MC Kyle was at Coachella earlier this year watching Migos, but he had a hard time enjoying it. “Half of the speakers were busted,” he said. But then he heard the faint sound of Brooklyn indie-pop band the Drums playing their jangly 2017 song “Blood Under My Belt.” The song was a personal […]

On October 3rd, Michele McLaughlin got some exciting news: Her music has been streamed over one billion times. Young artists in popular genres are racking up streams like crazy these days — presumably McLaughlin is an ascendant rapper releasing 90-second battering rams through SoundCloud? Or maybe she’s the guest vocalist on the latest reggaeton posse […]

Rayland Baxter, a smooth-voiced singer-songwriter from Nashville, made a last-minute switch before arriving at Spotify’s Manhattan offices. He’d planned to cover “Terrapin Station” by the Grateful Dead for the Singles Series, but changed course to do “Strangers” by the Kinks instead. Hardly a live-or-die scenario, but a telling detail nonetheless about the way curious way cover […]

Spotify just took a new playlist-related feature out of beta — and while doing so, revealed a few numbers attesting to the might of the playlists themselves. In June, the music-streaming service started allowing artists and labels to submit unreleased music directly to its editorial team for playlist consideration. On Wednesday, announcing that the playlist […]

After the release of Lord Huron’s acclaimed third album Vide Noir, the Los Angeles-based indie rock band took a few steps back during a session at Spotify Studios to cover a formative influence: Neil Young. For singer Ben Schneider, Young was a “perennial presence” growing up since his parents were fans. But when “Harvest Moon” […]

For many of us, 2018 was the Year of the Leppard. The hard rock band headlined and sold out Madison Square Garden for the first time, got nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at long last, made their entire catalog available to stream. Def Leppard marked the occasion at […]

Hip-hop rocker Post Malone got heavy praise from his contemporaries Troye Sivan and 5 Seconds of Summer in two separate episodes of Spotify’s new Under Cover podcast. Both the pop star and Australian rock band spoke about how Malone’s strong melodies and unique vocals inspired them, respectively, to cover “Better Now” and “Stay” for the Spotify Singles […]

A former Spotify sales exec filed a lawsuit against the company Monday, accusing the streaming service of gender discrimination and equal pay violation. In the lawsuit, filed at the Supreme Court of New York, former Spotify employee Hong Perez claimed that the company’s sales team, led by Head of U.S. Sales Brian Berner, discriminated toward […]

Spotify, by several measures the biggest music-streaming service in the world, has teamed up with Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world. The two companies announced a major partnership on Thursday that makes Spotify the official music service provider for all of Samsung’s phones, televisions, tablets, watches and speakers. It means the Spotify app will […]

The latest edition of the Hot 100 is overrun by Drake: Thanks to a bonanza of streaming, the star has 27 different songs on the chart. His streamers are impressively committed, fervent enough in their fandom that Drake single-handedly accounts for more than 50 percent of the Top 40. It’s a display of commercial dominance […]


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