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The world’s biggest brand in pop music, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, has launched its first-ever U.S. streaming initiative with today’s debut of a dynamic NOW Spotify playlist app. The new Spotify app allows music fans across the U.S. to stream and share NOW-curated and user-customized playlists featuring major hits spanning the past three decades.
NOW That’s What I Call Music!’s new Spotify app encourages users to enjoy NOW-created playlists including the weekly Top 20, recent NOW series album track lists, and special Spotify-only thematic playlists such as Saturday Night Party and Lazy Sunday. NOW will post new playlists every week, and users can also create their own custom themed playlists, drawing from any tracks available on Spotify, including NOW’s broad selection of top hits spanning pop, country, party, hip-hop, and more from the 1980s through today. The app’s NOW Playlist wheel also allows users to mix and match their favorite eras and genres to generate custom playlists.
The app’s social features allow sharing of all playlists on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Fans can also login to the NOW app with Facebook for a deeper user experience that allows sharing of playlists for friends’ birthdays and other special occasions. In addition, NOW’s U.S. Facebook fans (www.facebook.com/Nowthatsmusic) can submit their own favorite playlists to NOW for possible inclusion in the app’s official Fan Playlist of the Week.
Today’s U.S. Spotify app debut follows last year’s hugely successful launch of NOW’s UK Spotify playlist app, which debuted at No. 1 on Spotify’s app chart and has since remained among Spotify’s top three apps.
ABOUT NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!
NOW That’s What I Call Music! is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. NOW and NOW That’s What I Call Music! are registered trademarks of Universal Music Group and its affiliates.
Following 15 years of multi-platinum international success, the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series debuted in the U.S. in 1998. The series has generated sales exceeding 200 million albums worldwide, including more than 88 million copies in the U.S. Every album in NOW’s numeric U.S. series has reached Billboard’s Top 10, and 16 of its numbered editions have reached #1, second only to The Beatles in chart history.
Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 20 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.
Spotify is available in 28 markets: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland and Mexico, with more than 24 million active users, and over 6 million paying subscribers.
Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than half a billion US dollars to rights holders, and aims to drive another half a billion US dollars to rights holders during 2013. Spotify is already the second biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, 2011) and the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally.
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