Fresh Faces on Spotify

My weekend programming project this week was to explore a new feature of the Spotify Web API that allows you to find albums that have been released in the last two weeks. The result is a web app called Fresh Faces.  This app goes through all of the recent releases and finds those that are the very first release for the artist. If you are looking for new music, there’s no fresher place to start than this app – it finds the newest music by the freshest artists – artists that are barely two weeks into their recording career.

2015-04-26 at 11.40 AM Fresh Faces lets you sort the results based on artist popularity, album popularity, artist followers or release date. You can click on an album to hear a sample, find more info about the album or open it on Spotify.

How many new releases are there?

I was curious about how many releases there are in a two week period, and when releases tend to happen, so I added a chart at the bottom of the Fresh Faces app that shows the distribution of fresh and recurring releases and the dates when releases happen.  You can see that the shift of releasing music from Tuesday to Friday is ongoing.

2015-04-26 at 11.45 AM

In the past two weeks about 32,000 albums have been released – about 5,200 of these are the first release for the artist. That’s a whole lot of fresh music.

Give Fresh Faces a try and let me know what you think.

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  1. #1 by megaboylv on April 26, 2015 - 1:29 pm

    like it!…..another filter suggestion would be by genre

  2. #2 by Spotify New Music (@spotifynewmusic) on April 26, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    I think you’re mistaken about the shift to Friday releases, I ‘m not yet seeing any profound change to friday availability. Albums are still mainly only available in those countries that have always had official album releases on a Friday.

    I think what you’re seeing is those albums that are available on Friday in countries like Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Belgium then get added to more countries on Monday and Tuesday within the same spotify album url, depending on that countries release day. Spotify still shows the Friday as the album date even when they get added to say UK on the Monday.

  3. #3 by Michelle Monette on June 13, 2015 - 6:42 pm

    I would also very like it to be by genre :-)

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