12:38 PM EDT 07/11/2014
Originally posted 07/04/2014 07:00AM
What's Independence Day without music? Whether it's a Sousa march, or simply a repeated, tone-deaf "U-S-A!" chant, Americans love adding music to a holiday, and the 4th is no exception.
Originally posted 06/04/2014 12:00PM
Spotify on Wednesday revealed its first-ever ranking of the most influential artists under the age of 25.
The streaming service factored chart hits, volume and growth of streams and shares to compile its ranking, and the results may surprise you. Below is the complete list, with commentary from Spotify Trends Expert Shanon Cook and a playlist of all the artists. Enjoy!
Originally posted 10/31/2013 10:20AM
As one half of Sugarland, Georgia native Jennifer Nettles never shied away from mixing it up musically, blending classic country with pop and rock into the country duo's sound – and even daring to drop a reggae rap in their platinum-selling "Stuck Like Glue." Now with a solo debut on the horizon (her That Girl CD is due in January, while the single of the same name is currently top 40 on the country charts), the Grammy-winning singer continues to test new musical ground.
So it's no surprise that Nettles, who is hosting the Spotify CMA party Nov. 3 with PEOPLE Country, has eclectic tastes when it comes to music listening as well. But, she says, with the birth of son Magnus last December, her quiet time for discovering new music and appreciating the luxury of listening are at a premium.
Originally posted 09/01/2013 09:10AM
From Deadmau5 to Katy Perry, now-household names got their start performing as the "house artist" in between performances at the MTV Video Music Awards.
And this year's honor went to DJ Cassidy, the go-to celebrity DJ who just finished touring with Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. The New York native has also helmed the decks at President Obama's Inaugural Ball as well as a slew of celebrity weddings, from Beyoncé and Jay-Z's nuptials to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries's doomed affair. (Hey, you can't blame that on the DJ!)
Now DJ Cassidy (real name: Cassidy Durango Milton Willy Podell), whose debut album is due from Columbia Records later this year, has put his skills to use creating the ultimate hit-filled Labor Day weekend playlist for you. Check it out below!
Originally posted 04/07/2013 06:30AM
Vegas is going country.
The ACM Awards have arrived – and Nashville's biggest stars are kicking up their cowboy boots in Sin City for Sunday night's big show.
Helming the event are hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, but country vets like Garth Brooks and George Strait (taking the stage together for the first time) will rub elbows with newer stars, like The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line.
Whether you're going to be hitting the strip in Vegas or watching from the comfort of your couch (starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS), here are the essential songs to make sure you're in the loop.
Originally posted 02/14/2013 11:00AM
It's Valentine's Day – and you know what that means.
Your coworkers are all wearing red. (You're in black.)
Your "couple friends" are making Facebook positively nauseating today with multiple "I love you, schmoopie" posts. (You posted a link to a news article on rising divorce rates.)
Cut-outs of a certain flying, fat baby line store windows. (You think it's no coincidence that Cupid rhymes with stupid.)
Originally posted 02/06/2013 04:30PM
"All Hail the Chief" isn't the only thing blasting out of White House stereos!
Michelle Obama – who is nominated for a Grammy Award for her spoken-word reading of American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America – is sharing the songs that are in heavy rotation on her iPod. (Psst: she's a fan of Willow Smith.)
Just don't expect her to sing along: As the First Lady tells PEOPLE, "Let's just say my husband is the real singer in the family."
Originally posted 09/01/2012 12:00PM
Labor Day brings barbecues, major sales – and the official end of summer. But what will you listen to when you're wearing your white shoes for the last time and scarfing down some treats fresh off the grill?
Don't worry, we've got you covered with our Spotify playlist of the summer's hottest songs.
Originally posted 08/13/2012 11:30AM
The closing ceremonies are over, the Olympic flame is extinguished and all's quiet over London. Sunday night, however, was a different story, with pop stars from the Spice Girls to George Michael to Oasis paying tribute to the games in a star-studded closing ceremony. It was a Who's Who (featuring The Who) of British pop stars!
Need a little U.K. this a.m.? Spice up your life this Monday morning with our Spotify playlist of the best songs of the Olympics closing ceremonies. And we're leaving out Russell Brand singing The Beatles. You're welcome.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 05:00PM
Suffering from Olympics letdown now that swimming is over and gymnastics is winding down? Don't worry – we have just the solution.
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