October 13th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


Ed Sheeran has become the first musician to generate more than 500m Spotify streams from a single track: Thinking Out Loud. For those of you unconvinced by his angelic demeanour, that's 6.66 streams per...

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October 5th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

Spotify's global head of original content, Matt Baxter, has compared the company to a "rambunctious teenager" as it carves out a place in the online video market, as well as streaming music. "Spotify...

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October 1st, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


Have you heard that filthy new catstep track? What are your views on cutting-edge crustpunk? Are you a deep discofox fan, a lowercase aficionado, or a skwee enthusiast. WHITHER MEDIEVAL ROCK? These...

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September 30th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


News that Spotify is aiming to be nudging 100m active users by the end of 2015 shouldn’t come as a massive surprise. The streaming service reached 50m by early November 2014, then 75m by early June 2015....

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September 24th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


Another week, another flurry of complaints from artists and songwriters about the royalties they are getting from streams of their work. As ever, the complaints need to be taken seriously, but also dug...

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September 23rd, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


Sweden may be the home of streaming music, but there’s a fascinating legal dispute afoot that will be followed closely by artists elsewhere in the world. It concerns “punk icon” Johan Johansson,...

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September 19th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Google is expected to unveil its second-generation Chromecast device later this month, including support for Spotify. The first-generation device plugs into televisions, and enables people to stream video...

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September 18th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


We reported on Spotify’s new ‘About’ tab for artists yesterday, but the screenshot of Hunter Hayes’ profile supplied by the streaming service let slip another new feature. The shot of Spotify’s...

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September 17th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


The Weeknd is currently the most popular musician on Spotify, with nearly 24m monthly listeners. That puts him ahead of Calvin Harris (19.4m) and Ed Sheeran (19m) on the streaming service. How do we...

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