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Bloomsbury and Spotify announce audio storytelling partnership

08 May 2018

- 33 1/3 audio stories to be available exclusively on Spotify -

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc today announces an important content partnership with Spotify, the world's largest music streaming service. Spotify will offer titles from Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series in a variety of formats exclusively through their streaming service.

Once described as "one of the coolest publishing imprints on the planet", 33 1/3 is a series of short books about popular music, focusing on a single album per book, with over 130 titles published. Occupying a unique place in the world of music writing, 33 1/3 has inspired a cult following through its singular coverage of artists ranging from Björk to J Dilla to Merle Haggard. This partnership with Spotify is a natural fit between the books and the music they cover, and will help bring the series to a new, wider audience of listeners.

Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for our authors to reach a whole new audience. For 15 years the series has produced an amazing range of personal, experimental, and innovative music writing. I'm delighted that our partnership with Spotify will break new ground for the 33 1/3 series. It is one of a number of partnerships which Bloomsbury is successfully seeking out with the world's most ground-breaking companies to expand our digital offering."

Courtney Holt, Vice President and Head of Spotify Studios and Video, added: "As a die-hard music fan, I discovered the 33 1/3 series many years ago. When I first joined Spotify to think about spoken word and audio content, I knew this would be a perfect partner for Spotify. We look forward to bringing this amazing series to our global music-loving audience."


For further information, please contact:

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc +44 (0) 20 7631 5630
Nigel Newton, Chief Executive
Wendy Pallot, Group Finance Director
FTI Consulting +44 (0) 203 727 1000
Charles Palmer / Dwight Burden / Emma Hall / Leah Dudley [email protected]


Notes to Editors

About Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school and higher education markets. Its Academic division has grown rapidly since its inception in 2008, and specialises in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It leads the field in innovative publishing, with a fast growing portfolio of digital resources. Output of titles and services is c.1200 per year and the division includes the imprints Bloomsbury Academic, The Arden Shakespeare, Methuen Drama, T & T Clark, Bloomsbury Visual Arts and Fairchild Books. Bloomsbury is the largest academic Visual Arts publisher globally and Europe's leading Performing Arts publisher.

About Spotify: Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music.

Discover, manage, and share over 35 million tracks for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features including offline mode, improved sound quality, Spotify Connect and ad-free listening.

Today, we are the world's largest global music streaming subscription service with a community of over 170 million users, including over 75 million Spotify Premium subscribers, across 65 markets. For more information, images, or to contact the press team, please head over to our press page at



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