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Metallica Arrives On Spotify

Metallica Arrives On Spotify

December 7, 2012 – Spotify and Metallica today announced that all music spanning the band’s 30-year history is now available on Spotify. Starting right now fans across the globe can stream music from every single Metallica album including Kill ‘Em All, Master of Puppets, Metallica (The Black Album), …And Justice for All and much much more.

“Metallica has always tried to be in control of the way we present our music to our fans, which is why we’ve waited to see the way these online retailers and streaming services operate and gauge the overall fan experience before deciding to include our music” said Lars Ulrich. “We now feel that Spotify not only has a proven track record, but is by far the best music streaming service. We are beyond psyched to unleash our music through their platform.”

“Metallica is one of the most influential and successful bands in history and we are proud to have their music on Spotify,” said Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder, Spotify. “I learned to play electric guitar by listening to ‘Enter Sandman’ and my hope is that a new generation of fans will find the same connection to this amazing music through Spotify.”

The announcement was made today by Lars Ulrich, Daniel Ek and Sean Parker at a Spotify press conference in New York City. Parker joined Ulrich and Ek on stage to discuss his history with Metallica from Napster to today, as well as his involvement in bringing their music to fans on Spotify.

Metallica recently announced that they have taken ownership of all their master recordings including all music and long form videos, a move almost unprecedented for musicians signed to recording contracts. The band also launched their new independent record label, Blackened Recordings, as a home for all of their recordings, both audio and visual, and anything else that suits them. The first release by Blackened Recordings is the Quebec Magnetic DVD that will be released on Monday, December 10, 2012.

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About Metallica

Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica (www.metallica.com) have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored almost a dozen multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan, scanning almost 16 million albums in the United States alone, and nearly 30 million worldwide. In October 2008, their most recent album, Death Magnetic, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and in 27 additional countries around the world. Metallica have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy®Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In December 2011, Metallica celebrated its 30th anniversary, performing four shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco, CA, exclusively for members of their fan club, the Metallica Club. In 2012, they announced the launch of Orion Music+More, an annual two-day festival curated and headlined by the band. This past summer, Metallica unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City. Later that month the band performed four shows on the same stage in Canada, two in Edmonton and two in Vancouver, during which they shot their upcoming Nimród Antal directed 3D Feature Film. On November 30, 2012 Metallica took ownership of their master recordings, both audio and video, and announced the formation of their new independent record label Blackened Recordings.

About Spotify

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 17 countries: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Luxembourg with more than 20 million active users, and over 5 million paying subscribers.

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