Spotify to List Shares on New York Stock Exchange the Week of April 2

Spotify will list shares on the New York Stock Exchange during the week of April 2, a source close to the situation confirmed to Variety, offering registered shareholders the opportunity to sell shares in the company. Bloomberg first reported the news late Sunday; a rep for the company declined Variety’s

Spotify Enlists Its Users to Add Music Metadata (EXCLUSIVE)

Spotify has found a new way to beef up its knowledge about music: The company has begun to solicit music metadata suggestions from its users, asking them to describe genres of albums or moods of songs. “Listeners describe music in different ways, and understanding that information will help improve, extend, and

Demi Lovato drops Spanish Tell Me You Love Me on Women's Day

As part of Spotify’s new Amplify hub, Demi Lovato has shared a Spanish-language version of her recent hit single “Tell Me You Love Me,” off her 2017 album of the same name. Below, EW is excited to premiere the new iteration of Lovato’s song, along with exclusive footage of the

Independent Music Collective Calls on Majors to Share Spotify Equity Money

UPDATED: In the wake of Monday’s news that Universal has joined Sony and Warner in sharing with its artists any profit generated by the sales of the company’s equity in Spotify when the streaming service launches its direct listing on the stock exchange later this month, the Worldwide Independent Network

Spotify Hints at Hardware Plans in New Job Listings

Spotify is getting ready to branch out into consumer hardware: The music startup is looking to fill multiple roles on its hardware team, including a project manager who is supposed to have “experience within hardware production and engineering.” “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting

Will Smith Parodies His Son Jaden’s ‘Icon’ Music Video

Will Smith may have only joined Instagram in December, but his latest post proves he’s already mastered the platform. His son, Jaden Smith, released his debut hip-hop album, “Syre,” which recently reached 100 million streams on Spotify. To celebrate his son’s accomplishment, Will Smith did what any proud father would — he

Apple Music could dethrone Spotify by summer

Spotify could be dethroned as the king of streaming music as early as the summer. Arch-nemesis Apple Music has the Swedish company in its cross-hairs, according to, and could overtake it sooner than most observers thought possible. Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming music service, last month hit the

Spotify (Finally) Adds Songwriter and Producer Credits

Spotify has addressed a long-standing complaint about its service by adding songwriter, producer and musician credits for tracks on its desktop platform, effective today. Users can right-click on a track and select “Show Credits” from the menu of options to view information on performers, songwriters and producers. In a blog post

Dave Rocco Promoted, Rob Harvey Out as Spotify Combines Departments

Spotify is merging its artist marketing and artist & label services departments into a single artist & label marketing department led by Dave Rocco, formerly the company’s global head of artist marketing, a company source confirms to Variety. He will continue to report to Troy Carter, global head of creator services.

Spotify Tests Free Stations App for Leanback Listening

Music streaming service Spotify released a new Android app that’s all about free music Tuesday. The app, dubbed Stations, lets users stream curated music stations without much manual intervention — and without having to pay for a Spotify Premium subscription. “Stations is the easiest way to listen to the music you

Copyright board boosts songwriters’ streaming fees

Songwriters and music publishers will receive a 44 percent increase in royalty payments from music streaming companies over the next five years, according to US copyright authorities. The Copyright Royalty Board of the US Library of Congress issued its decision over the weekend to alter formulas for how much

Rita Ora has gushed about her romance with rocker Andrew Watt

Rita Ora has gushed about her romance with rocker Andrew Watt, saying: “We are having a great time.” The pair, who started dating last summer, were inseparable all night at new US megastar Cardi B’s Warner Music party. Rita, 27, told the Sunday People: “We are having a great time.

Spotify’s pre-Grammy party a bust when speakers give out

Spotify wasn’t quite ready for prime-time on Thursday night. As the music industry geared up for tonight’s Grammy Awards — with a raft of parties and jams — the world’s largest streamer played its part by hosting a mini-concert for some of the nominated best new artists. Alessia Cara, Khalid,

Spotify Retools Content Strategy With a Pivot Away From Video

With 70 million subscribers and a broader base of active users at least twice that amount, Spotify has always had a big opportunity to expand its massive music menu to other kinds of content. But the streaming service has notched a mixed track record on that front in recent years

Spotify Launches Visual-Podcast Strategy in Bid to Expand Beyond Music

Spotify is jumping deeper into the world of podcasting: The company has unveiled Spotlight, a new initiative to bring visually-enhanced audio programming about news, politics, sports and entertainment to the service. Spotify has pacts for the audio content with partners including BuzzFeed News, Cheddar, Crooked Media, Lenny Letter, Gimlet Media, Genius, The

You Can Listen to Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech on Spotify

Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award at Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards is available for streaming on Spotify. Clocking in at over eight minutes long, the speech lands on the popular platform’s weekly New Music Friday playlist as the last track. Topping NMF is Camila Cabello’s latest single, “In the Dark.” Winfrey

Spotify faces $1.6 billion lawsuit over Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks songs

Spotify has been hit with a massive copyright infringement lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, which represents songwriters such as Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Zach De La Rocha, and Rivers Cuomo and alleges that the streaming service is using tens of thousands of Wixen’s artists’ songs without proper license and compensation. As

Spotify Reaches 70 Million Subscribers

As if on cue, the day after news broke that Spotify has filed for its long-expected public offering, the company announced that it has passed 70 million paying subscribers. The message was short and sweet, delivered via a Tweet on Thursday afternoon saying simply “Hello, 70 million subscribers.” The company announced

Spotify Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom Exits

Stefan Blom, Spotify’s chief content officer, is leaving the company after a little more than three years — and just as the music-streaming provider is about to launch an initial public offering. In a statement, a company rep said, “We are grateful for Stefan’s many contributions to the company over the

Spotify makes ‘confidential’ filing for an IPO this spring

Spotify has filed confidentially for an initial public offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and is moving ahead with a direct listing in the first half of the year, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday. If the music streaming service, which was valued at as

Spotify Files Confidentially for IPO on New York Stock Exchange (Report)

Spotify is gearing up to launch an initial public offering, expected as soon as first quarter of 2018, after filing confidential documents with the SEC last month, according to reports. The company’s confidential F-1 filing was first reported by Axios, which said “all indications” point to Spotify launching in the first

Legal battle could block Spotify’s plan for IPO

Spotify may need to put its hopes of going public on ice. Despite confidentially filing for an initial public offering, the music-streaming service is facing a heap of legal troubles that could block its efforts to launch an IPO, one New York lawyer said Wednesday. Wixen Music Publishing slapped Spotify,

Spotify makes “confidential’ filing for an IPO this spring

Spotify has filed confidentially for an initial public offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and is moving ahead with a direct listing in the first half of the year, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. If the music-streaming service, with was valued at as

Spotify hit with $1.6B copyright lawsuit

Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher. Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as “Free Fallin” by

Your Tinder matches will know even more about you now

Tinder is testing a new feature that will make it easier to find out more about the people you match with. Introduced in a blogpost, Feed will not only let you know when you make new matches, but also show you updates of any of your matches’ activity on

YouTube plans to launch a paid music-streaming service

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Record label Warner Music Group has already signed on while Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, are in talks