Spotify announced today that it is ending its direct-upload program. The feature, which was still in its beta, allowed artists to upload their music directly to Spotify without needing to use a traditional distributor or third-party company to upload their music on the streaming service.
Spotify said today in its announcement, “The best way for us to serve artists and labels is to focus our resources on developing tools in areas where Spotify can uniquely benefit them—like Spotify for Artists… and our playlist submission tool.” In addition, the blog post stated, “We’re working with our distribution partners to help make this transition as simple as possible for the artists who uploaded music through the beta.”
The company will stop accepting new uploads at the end of this month.
Bon Iver played a show on Sunday night at London’s All Points East festival where Justin Vernon and the band closed out the set with recordings of new music, NME reports. Watch clips of the songs fans speculate are titled “Hey Ma” and “U” below. The band performed “Hey Ma” live at Bonnaroo.
Bon Iver also displayed a cryptic link to a new website called “icommai” on the screen. The site’s most recent post features a lengthy list of collaborators, including Moses Sumney, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Brad Cook, Psymun, Bruce Hornsby, and others. Check out the full list on icommai.com.
Vampire Weekend performed on last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where they performed “Sunflower” from their new album Father of the Bride, which was released today. Watch it below.
Father OfThe Bride is Vampire Weekend’s first album in six years, and features contributions fromRostam, Danielle Haim, Steve Lacy, Ariel Rechtshaid, and more.
SASAMI has shared the music video for “Morning Comes,” which features her halmoni (grandmother) showing the watcher how to make kimchi in the style of Korean television. The singer-songwriter co-directed the clip with Eric Notarnicola; watch it below. The track is SASAMI’s self-titled debut album, which came out earlier this year through Domino.
Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear and the Walkmen’s Paul Maroon have collaborated on a new 7″ single that was recently released called “I Don’t Need a Crowd.” Maroon has now made the song available online. Listen to it below.
Bibio has announced a new studio album titled Ribbons. It is Stephen Wilkinson’ first full-length since Phantom Brickworks. Ribbons will show a similar writing style to his 2016 album A Mineral Love. It will arrive on April 12th via Warp. Listen to the first single, “Curls,” below.