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

Spotify, China’s Tencent Music Unit Agree to Invest in Each Other

Music streamer Spotify — ahead of an expected initial public offering in 2018 — has agreed to buy a stake in China’s Tencent Music Entertainment, which in turn will purchase an equity stake in Spotify, the companies announced Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Last week, the Wall Street Journal

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

Spotify and Tencent are taking stakes in each other

Music streaming company Spotify and the music arm of China’s Tencent Holdings will buy minority stakes in each other ahead of the Swedish firm’s expected stock market listing next year, the companies said on Friday. The deal will help Spotify, a music streaming leader in Europe and North America,

SZA, 21 Savage, Metro Boomin Named RapCaviar’s Pantheon Artists: See Video of Statues Being Created (EXCLUSIVE)

As the 2018 Grammy nominations show, hip-hop’s dominance was greater than ever over the past year, and Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist has played no small role in consolidating the genre’s strength. To celebrate the three breakthrough hip-hop artists of the year, the company is launching the inaugural RapCaviar Pantheon, which will pay tribute every year

Spotify investor wants company to go public next spring

Venture Capital firm Northzone, one of the largest stakeholders in Spotify, would like to see the music streaming company’s flotation in the spring, depending on market sentiment, one of its partners said on Thursday. Par-Jorgen Parson, who is also a former board member at Spotify, said he did not

Spotify investor wants company to go public next spring

Venture Capital firm Northzone, one of the largest stakeholders in Spotify, would like to see the music streaming company’s flotation in the spring, depending on market sentiment, one of its partners said on Thursday. Par-Jorgen Parson, who is also a former board member at Spotify, said he did not

Apple Music now has 30 million subscribers

Apple Music still isn’t topping the charts — but now it’s half as big as Spotify when it comes to official subscribers. Jimmy Iovine, the boss of Apple’s music-streaming service, revealed to Billboard magazine Thursday that it now has 30 million paid subscribers. That’s a 3 million increase since it reported

This Ed Sheeran song is now Spotify’s most-streamed

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” on Friday became the most streamed song on Spotify, with 1.318 billion plays since its Jan. 6 release. “Shape of You” bumped Drake’s “One Dance” from the top position on the streaming service. Powered by the hit single, Sheeran, a 26-year-old British singer, also saw his total

Spotify and Hulu launch $5 bundle for college students

Spotify is teaming up with Hulu as it aims to keep its edge over Apple’s rival music-streaming service. The Swedish music streamer said Thursday it will give college kids access to its ad-free music streaming service, as well as Hulu’s limited-ad subscription TV service, for a single rate of $4.99 a

DACA: Spotify Playlist in Support of Immigrants

Feeling outraged by Trump’s motion to end DACA? There’s a Spotify playlist for that. On Tuesday, the Trump administration formally announced the end of the Obama-era program, thus ending protection for the 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to America as children by their parents (“Dreamers”). These immigrants will now lose

Spotify: Ex VH1 Exec Tom Calderone Out as Service Refocuses Video

Spotify’s global head of content partnerships Tom Calerdone is out, and the music streaming service is getting ready to refocus its video ambitions around its most popular playlists. Calderone, who previously served as VH1’s president, was in charge of building out the company’s video strategy. A Spotify spokesperson confirmed Calderone’s

‘Despacito’ Tops Spotify’s Songs of the Summer Charts

The day before the start of the Labor Day holiday seems like a reasonable time to stick the first fork into summer, and Spotify has seized the moment by releasing an “end of summer coming soon” chart. And with more than 786 million streams since the first day

David Bowie Reaches a Billion Streams on Spotify

On Thursday, August 24, the music of David Bowie reached its billionth stream on Spotify, according to a post on the late artist’s official Facebook page. The top-streamed song, not surprisingly, is his legendary 1977 track “Heroes,” which was originally recorded in English, French and German. The post was

YouTube, Spotify Share Their MTV Video Music Awards Predictions

UPDATED: As the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards — taking place live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 27 — draw closer, YouTube, Spotify and Amazon’s Alexa have announced their predictions for winners. Interestingly, YouTube and Spotify’s predictions were identical except for three categories: hip-hop, visual effects, and the