How We Listen: Paul Lamere Explains at SXSW 2015

If you want to see Spotify Insights contributor Paul Lamere at SXSW, get there early. Otherwise, you won’t get in, because people really enjoy his appearances. One guy even says Lamere’s talk last year inspired the headphones he’s launching at this year’s SXSW. On Tuesday, Lamere took another rapt SXSW audience on a guided tour through […]

Sweet Spot Web App Connects Valentines Through Beloved Artists

Some say we should look for romantic partners who share our taste in music and other matters. Others claim that opposites attract, and that dissimilar pairings make for a better bond. Whichever philosophy appeals to you, you might get a kick out of Spotify Sweet Spot, a web app launched just in time for Valentine’s Day, which generates […]

Fight Music Taste Freeze with Genre-A-Day

Conventional wisdom has it that our music taste tends to freeze before the end of our 20s. It doesn’t have to be that way. Even those of us juggling jobs, commutes, school, kids, cooking, snow shoveling, hobbies, exercise, repairs, social networking, television, and/or sleep might not have the time or inclination to research genres of […]

Black History Month: How 4 Icons Influenced Your Favorite Band

In celebration of Black History Month, and in support of the numerous, invaluable, and myriad contributions of the African American community to our favorite subject, music, we built four web apps that let you enter any artist on Spotify to see and hear the chain of musical influence leading from each of four iconic black […]

The King Lives On: Elvis’s Biggest Influences

You might not see Elvis Presley atop the charts these days, but “The King” played an undeniably crucial role in the history of music — and his influence continues, whether you listen to him every day or not. Elvis was arguably the first mainstream radio and television rock star, and he still makes his way […]

The Million Tracks of Christmas: Deep Data Dive

Spotify has nearly 180,660 Christmas songs from 63,711 artists — “everybody from Aaron Neville to Zuma the King,” according to Paul Lamere, director of developer platform for The Echo Nest at Spotify, who analyzed all of that Christmas music — nearly one million tracks in total — to discover: Top 20 artists with the most Christmas tracks on Spotify, Top 25 most recorded Christmas […]

Three Ways To Listen Like A Canadian

‘Canadify’ any artist with our online translator. Check out 100 songs Canadians disproportionately prefer. Listen to four playlists of Canadian music. Note: This post was published on October 9, 2014 at 9am ET; it’s dateline is a few days earlier in order to preserve the URL. If you’re a journalist who wants early access to articles when available, please get in touch. […]

Music Doppler: Watch Each State’s Favorite Artist Change Over Time

People try to understand the weather by watching precipitation, cloud cover, and storm systems move across a doppler radar map like this one from the National Weather Service: People also decide what to listen to every day. What if we were to view the biggest recording artists like weather systems? Could we observe “Hurricane Lorde” […]

Hear The Most ‘Dramatic’ Part of Any Song on Spotify

Music’s emotional power stems from a mix of factors, only some of which we understand. Much about music resists full explanation. One thing we do know: Some of the magic has to do with dynamics: changes from soft to loud, or from loud to soft. The most dramatic part of a song often coincides with […]

Top 40 Musical Universities in America: How Students Listen

(interactive map) This fall, millions of students are settling in at the universities where they’ll study, socialize, and prepare for their futures — and that includes discovering music they’ll listen to for the rest of their lives. Maybe it’s all the fresh sounds encountered just as they’re learning new things and working out who they […]

The Most Distinctive ‘Fourth of July’ Songs in 50 U.S. States

(This post originally appeared here.) The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day in the United States, is nearly here. Folks across the country are gearing up for annual barbecues, parties, picnics, firework displays, and, of course, the “American” songs that get queued up more on that day than on any other — although […]

Music Fans’ Most Distinctive Artists by State

(The original version of this post appeared here.) Paul Lamere, director of developer platform of The Echo Nest at Spotify, has determined the recording artist that is most “distinctive” to music fans in any state — that is to say, their favorite artists, relative to the people in other states — and presented his findings in […]

This Generational Difference Boils Down To Roy Orbison vs. Skrillex

(This post originally appeared here.) One person’s favorite music is another one’s racket; it’s just the way of the world. In analyzing the listening data, director of developer platform Paul Lamere found that 13-year olds and 64-year olds showed an interesting divergence of taste. But how?