Hillary Clinton Launches Campaign With Help From Spotify, Echosmith
Hillary Clinton kicked her 2016 presidential campaign into gear on Saturday with a grand formal launch on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Hours before the event, her campaign released the Democratic candidate’s official playlist on Spotify, showcasing a range of uplifting anthems, including a handful by female artists like Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles and Jennifer Lopez.
Illustrated with a silhouette of the candidate wearing Beats-style headphones emblazoned with her H logo, the playlist kicks off with two home-state selections, the rousing “Believer” by Brooklyn four-piece American Authors (featured twice on the list), and “The Fighter” by Geneva, New York’s Gym Class Heroes. It then moves into more ubiquitous hits including Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” and Pharrell’s “Happy,” before closing on a triumphant Latin beat with Marc Antony’s “Vivir Mi Vida.”
Although they didn’t make the playlist, Los Angeles rockers Echosmith were on hand to support Clinton during Saturday’s rally, as NY1 reports. Performing before Clinton’s speech, the band played “Cool Kids,” off their 2013 debut album Talking Kids.
After taking the stage to the sound of Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” (which was featured on the playlist), Clinton threw in a Beatles’ reference during a jab at the Republicans. “Now there may be some new voices in the presidential Republican choir,” she said. “But they’re all singing the same song. It’s called ‘Yesterday.’ You know the one—’All our troubles look as though they’re here to stay and they need a place to hide away. They believe in yesterday and you’re lucky I didn’t try singing that too, I’ll tell you.”
Clinton then turned to an appeal for unity: “We are at our best when we pick each other up, when we have each other’s back. Like any family, our American family is strongest when we cherish what we have in common and fight back against those who would drive us apart,” Clinton said. According to ABC, she also emphasized her policy priorities including voting rights, equal pay for women, climate change, LGBT equality and affordable higher education.