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EW's Fourth of July 2013 playlist: Stream our Spotify playlist here

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Beers! Burgers! Boats! Babes! Bros! Blurred Lines!

That’s right, it’s Fourth of July eve, which means it’s time to get yo’ jubilee on. And to help celebrate the U.S. of A.’s 237th HBD, we’ve put together the ultimate Independence Day playlist to blast at your backyard/rooftop/beach party.

After combing through this year’s choicest summer jams, we’ve recruited a select team of songs from the likes of Kanye, Disclosure, Vampire Weekend, Joey Bada$$ and more — plus a few evergreen oldie-but-goodies. (And before you look askance at foreigners like Disclosure and Daft Punk making our list, remember that America is all about inclusion! Except for “Blurred Lines”; we actually left that one off.)

So, with the power vested in us by Spotify, we hereby present you with our official Fourth of July 2013 playlist. Stream responsibly!

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Pink Floyd fans unlock full catalog on Spotify

After the legendary rockers promised they would release their music on Spotify– but only if  the one single available on the streaming service was played 1 million times — fans flocked to comply.

Earlier this morning, the 1 million goal was met and Spotify held up their end of the deal. Listeners can now enjoy all of Pink Floyd’s recordings online, including seminal releases The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and Division Bell.

Spotify is currently the only free streaming music service to host Pink Floyd’s full catalog.

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Pink Floyd and Spotify: Let's make a deal

Pink Floyd are not digging the digital age of music, but they have begrudgingly agreed to share their entire catalog on Spotify – for a price.

The rockers tweeted Thursday that once their 1975 hit “Wish You Were Here” reaches 1 million streams, they will release the remainder of their music on the streaming service. Check out their tweet below:
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Daft Punk breaks Spotify record, beat previous Mumford record

The robot uprising has begun: The streaming service Spotify has announced that Daft Punk’s latest album Random Access Memories has set a new record in first-week streams in the U.S.

The record for most album plays in a debut week was previously held by Mumford & Son’s October 2012 effort Babel, which snagged 8 million streams. Spotify has yet to release the figures for Daft Punk’s fourth LP, but Spotify says that it’s the biggest debut since the company began in 2008.

The French duo also holds the record for the most first-day streams for a single, which it earned upon the release of the Pharrell Williams-assisted “Get Lucky” last month. That song has since racked up more than 27 million streams.

In other words, they’re basically unstoppable — but we, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

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The ultimate Phil Ramone playlist: Hear definitive tracks from Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Dusty Springfield, and Paul McCartney

Over five-plus decades, album producer, engineering whiz, and recording innovator Phil Ramone won 14 Grammys and collaborated with some of the biggest lights in pop and rock: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, Tony Bennett, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, just to name some of the bigger stars.

One of his most notable partnerships was with Billy Joel, whose sound Ramone helped hone on his mainstream pop crossover hit with 1977’s The Stranger. Over the course of Joel’s career, he became one of his most trusted collaborators. “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band,” Joel said in a statement on Ramone’s passing. “He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw on stage. He was with me as long as any of the musicians I ever played with—longer than most. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”

Ramone passed away at age 79 on Saturday, but his epic recorded legacy will live on. Check out our definitive Spotify playlist below, which includes hits from all points of his resume.  READ FULL STORY

Spotify uses streaming data to predict Grammy winners

If award season is all about seeing who can predict the winners, then Spotify is just trying to keep up with the times.

This year, Spotify is using its biggest resource, its streaming data, to predict which artists will take home the coveted golden gramophones. According to Spotify, the gramophones for both Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are going to Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and Album of the Year will be taken home by Mumford & Sons for Babel.

The Lumineers are favored to win Best New Artist, Carly Rae Jepsen is expected to take away Best Pop Solo Performance, and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” is in the top spot for Best Country Song.

Do you agree with Spotify’s predictions? You can also make your own predictions on Spotify’s Facebook page. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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15 Artists to Watch: Listen to the Spotify playlist here

An A-to-Z (literally!) of the most exciting new artists releasing albums this year — in every genre from rap and indie rock to country and K-pop. And give all these rising acts a listen with our Spotify playlist at the end.

ALUNAGEORGE The U.K. boy-girl duo’s electro beats and stuttering slinky-sweet vocals feel like a ’90s flashback and the future at the same time, in the best way. Key track: “Your Drums Your Love”

ATLAS GENIUS The Australian brothers deliver dance rock with smart melodic swagger. February’s When It Was Now brims with Phoenix-y hooks. Key track: “Trojans”

BEACH FOSSILS These lo-fi Brooklyn darlings create the hazy, reverb-soaked pop that used to come out on obscure cassette tapes. Clash the Truth, out Feb. 19, should find them upping the ante (and the fidelity). Key track: “Careless”

BECKY G When pop Svengali Dr. Luke saw a video of L.A. native Rebecca Gomez, now 15, freestyling over Jay and Kanye’s “Otis,” he immediately signed her to his new label. Key track: “Problem”

FAMILY OF THE YEAR The coed fivesome make the kind of prettily cinematic indie folk that prime-time TV-drama montage dreams are made of. Key track: “Hero”

FRENCH MONTANA This Bronx hustler’s street-approved mixtapes made him a rap-blog favorite; now he’s ready to take it wide on his major-label debut, Excuse My French, due in March. Key track: “Pop That”

GIRLS’ GENERATION Sugar-rush pop from a nine-girl group already huge in Asia. Their I Got a Boy, out now, makes putting up with months of “Gangnam Style” seem worth it. Key track: “I Got a Boy”

HAIM Three SoCal sisters mash up their middle-school dance playlists on the Forever EP, infusing sunbaked keys-and-guitar buzz with R&B strut. Key track: “Go Slow”

ANGEL HAZE You might’ve heard about her Twitter beef with Azealia Banks or her feminist twist on Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” but you’ll remember her for her beatboxed samples and spitfire storytelling. Key track: “New York”

LOCAL NATIVES After opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and earning comparisons to Grizzly Bear, these Angelenos are indie rock’s next great hope. Key track: “Breakers”

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Frank Ocean and 12 other great Radiohead covers

At last week’s Spotify press conference – the one where Lars Ulrich revealed that Metallica’s full discography would be made available on the streaming service — Frank Ocean took the stage for a brief performance.

In the introduction to his own track, “Voodoo,” Ocean covered Radiohead’s 1995 classic “Fake Plastic Trees” —  watch the video (courtesy of Oh No They Didn’t) after the jump.

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Phoenix to release new album in April

Phoenix fans who are still stuck in “1901” can set their sights on a new date: April 2013.

The French indie rockers have finished recording their new album in Paris, Rolling Stone reports. Daniel Glass, head of the band’s label Glassnote, announced the news yesterday at a Spotify event. The record will be their first since 2009’s breakout hit Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which won a Grammy and charted the singles “Lisztomania” and “1901.”
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Metallica added to Spotify

… And Spotify for all.

Metal gods Metallica have ended their lockout of the streaming music service, adding classic albums like Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, and yes, …Justice for All to the site.

The announcement was made yesterday when drummer Lars Ulrich appeared at a Spotify event in New York City (the day also featured a performance by Frank Ocean and an appearance by Napster cofounder Sean Parker).

There are of course still several significant holdouts on the site, including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, and Radiohead (many of which, famously, have held out or are still holding out on iTunes availability as well).

At yesterday’s event, the company also announced several new features set to go live in January, including a “Follow” function that allows listeners to see what their favorite artists or other celebrities are listening to, and a “Discover” tab that suggests new music recommendations and notifies listeners about new releases from artists they already follow.

More on EW.com:
EW’s Grammy nominee Spotify playlist: Listen here
What songs did you listen to the most this year? EW’s music staff weighs in
Grammy snubs and surprises: Pink, Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Frank Ocean

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