Spotify Marks Black History Month With Tributes To Aretha, Hendrix, Diana And James Brown
February 2, 2015 at 12:08 PM (PT)
SPOTIFY will celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH with week-long tribute to ARETHA FRANKLIN, JIMI HENDRIX, DIANA ROSS and JAMES BROWN, starting today with the Queen of Soul.
The month will also highlight HENDRIX (starting FEBRUARY 9th), DIANA ROSS (FEBRUARY 16th) and JAMES BROWN (FEBRUARY 23rd). For each artist, SPOTIFY will release a playlist featuring their Top 20 streamed tracks in the U.S. as well as a new "Influence" tool which helps connect their impact on modern artists.
The "Influence" tool allows fans to plug in any popular artists to view the musical connections with SPOTIFY's BLACK HISTORY MONTH artists of the week in a way that mirrors six degrees of separation. Each "Influence" page links to a short playlist containing songs by the chosen musician and the spotlighted artist.
ARETHA FRANKLIN's top three streamed songs include "Respect," "Think" and "I Say a Little Prayer." HENDRIX's list is topped by "All Along the Watchtower," "Purple Haze" and "Hey Joe." ROSS' most streamed solo hits are "I'm Coming Out," "UpsIde Down" and "Endless Love," her duet with LIONEL RICHIE. The Godfather of Soul's biggest streams include "Get Up Off That Thing," "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" and "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine."