It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year: “Spotify Wrapped” is officially here.
The fan favorite feature rounds up Spotify users’ top songs, artists, and genres of the year based on their listening habits. In addition, Wrapped introduces a few fun bonus features each year, and 2023 is no exception.
One new feature in this year’s Wrapped is called “Sound Town.” It tells users what city in the world they share the most listening habits with — and queer users started to notice a pattern. Towns including Berkeley, California; Burlington, Vermont; and Cambridge, Massachusetts are apparently epicenters for queer (and particularly sapphic) Spotify users. Time to plan your next getaway.
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It does raise the question: are these cities already gay, or is Spotify trying to manufacture new gay meccas? Investigation is needed.
In other Wrapped news, Taylor Swift topped this year’s Spotify charts (surprising exactly no one). But Spotify went the extra mile for Swifties, baking some special new features into the app when streaming Swift’s songs.
When you play a Taylor Swift song in the app, the progress bar will change colors to reflect that song’s Era — blue for 1989, pink for Lover, and red for … well, Red, for example — and the progress marker becomes a sparkle.
Swift responded to being the world’s top artist on social media with a special surprise for her fans.
“Um ok this is unreal?? I just wanted to say to anyone who listened to my music this year, anywhere in the world, thank you. Getting named Spotify’s Global Top Artist in 2023 is truly the best birthday/holiday gift you could’ve given me. We’ve seriously had THE MOST fun this year out there on tour and now this,” Swift wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
“I was trying to think of a way to thank you, and a lot of you have been asking me to put “You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” on streaming… so here you go!” she continued. “You can finally listen EVERYWHERE now.”
And indeed, the exclusive track, previously only released on a limited edition physical CD at one of Swift’s stops on the Eras Tour, is now available on streaming.
Swift also recorded a special message for her top fans, as did basically every verified artist on Spotify. You can view messages from your own top artists through the Wrapped page in the Spotify app.
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