Spotify's Newest Original Content? Weekly 'Singles' Featuring John Legend, Local Natives and More

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With Mondays taken for mixtapes and Fridays all about new album releases, Spotify is tapping Wednesdays for a new series of original, in-house recordings. "Singles" launches today with 20-plus top artists who have recorded an original track (a-side) and a cover song (b-side) at Spotify's own recording studio in NYC.

The first batch features John Legend pairing his song "Love Me Now" with Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Grouplove's "Welcome to Your Life" with Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee," and Local Natives' "Fountain of Youth" with Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam," among others. Each Wednesday, the songs will appear as a playlist (in your Browse section) and individually wrapped (under New Releases).

Spotify also says it is working with artists on a live performance series called "Live." The most fervent fans will be invited to attend the performance, "creating another way for artists to connect with fans," the company says in a statement.

Like "Singles," the "Live" series will have its own section under "Browse."

Spotify plans to add 100-plus "Singles" in the next year. Here's what the playlist has so far:

John Legend: Love Me Now/What's Going OnD.R.A.M.: Cash Machine/SpecialTove Lo: cool girl/What I Want for the NightThe Naked and Famous: Higher/Young BloodGroup love: Welcome to Your Life/One More Cup of CoffeeLEON: Thinking About You/DreamsLocal Natives: Fountain of Youth/Ultralight BeamAoife O'Donovan: Stanley Park/Lakes of PontchartrainCoast Modern: Guru/CuteHamilton Leithauser + Rostam: The Morning Stars/Mr. Tambourine ManJuanes: Fuego/Es Por TrLewis Del Mar: Painting (Masterpiece)/Needed MeMargaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math/Ex-FactorShovels & Rope: I Know/El PasoSpencer Ludwig: Diggy/Frontin'GRiZ: What We've Become/Gotta Push OnAndrew Bird: Roma Fade/Green WineCaitlyn Smith: Before You Called Me Baby/(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural WomanLindsey Stirling: Something Wild/7 YearsKale: Way Down We Go/All the Pretty GirlsEsperanza Spalding: Unconditional Love/If You Can See Me