#FeaturedByShazam: Hozier

Introducing Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known now to the world as Hozier, as this month’s #FeaturedByShazam artist. His haunting single ‘Take Me to Church’ is the defining moment of his self-titled debut and has launched him into the stratosphere. Here’s an iconic reworking of the Irishman’s first classic, with his gospel-bluesy voice front and center:

…And discover the inspiration behind his old-soul lyrics with our intimate interview:

#FeaturedByShazam delivers access to the hottest bands, happening right now. It’s an exclusive showcase of the acts that have been climbing their way up the Shazam charts across the globe and are getting ready to break, big time. These are the artists you need to know, brought to you by your favorite app @Shazam.

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15. Billion. Shazams.

The first Shazam happened in August 2002, long before smart phones hit the market. In the early days, users dialed 2580 on their phones, held their phones up to speakers and then got a text with the song title and artist.

A decade later, Shazam has taken that concept and evolved into a magical way to connect to the world around you. In seconds, Shazam can identify tens of millions of tracks, 160 TV channels and hundreds of TV ads, with retail and cinema environments coming soon. Shazam now also connects you to an endless amount of additional content including lyrics, videos, concert information, coupons and more. Today we’re happy to announce you’ve Shazamed to discover, explore and share the music and TV you love more than 15 billion times.

Shazam has been downloaded more than 500 million times and has more than 100 million monthly active mobile users. We’re humbled by the growing size of our community, and our team of 120 scientists and engineers are constantly finding new ways for you to connect to the world around you. In the past year alone we’ve introduced Auto Shazam so you can discover hands free and on the go, and we’ve updated our newsfeed so we can introduce you to new content we know you’ll love. We’ve also partnered with Google Play, iTunes, Beats, Spotify, Rdio and Deezer so you can listen to songs in their entirety, and we’ve launched Shazam for Mac, Shazam’s first experience beyond mobile.  And we aren’t done yet – soon Shazam will part of the experience in your favorite stores and movie theaters, with more announcements to come later in the year.

We’ve got special messages from some of our most Shazamed artists helping us to celebrate this milestone:

As we celebrate, we’d also like to hear from you and find out what your favorite #ShazamMoment is – whether it’s the first time you Shazamed a song after your best friend told you about the app, when Shazam helped you discover a new favorite artist to add to your morning run mix or when the track you love made it to the top of the Shazam charts. A #ShazamMoment is simply anytime Shazam has magically connected you to the world around you. Tell us about your best #ShazamMoment on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and be sure to use the hashtag!

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Lovatics Wanted: Help Demi Lovato Choose Her European Set List & Win Tickets #ShazamDemiEuro

After helping Demi Lovato plan out her European Tour and giving Lovatics the chance to win tickets on each US tour stop, it’s time for European Lovatics to pick a song for Demi to sing at select tour stops, and be there LIVE when she dedicates it to the lucky winners.

“We recently launched this promotion with Shazam to kick off my U.S. tour and the results have been so amazing that we are bringing it to Europe! Integrating Shazam technology with my tour dates and latest single, “Really Don’t Care,” we are able to provide a very unique experience. I am so excited to be doing something new with Shazam for my Lovatics in Europe.” – Demi Lovato

Demi had her Lovatics help plan out her European tour thanks to the number of Shazams of ‘Neon Lights’ and is set to visit locations she otherwise may have skipped. So now as she sets out kick off the tour in Europe, fans near the tour stops below will win two tickets to the show… and that’s just the beginning. Take your pick of Demi’s entire song catalogue, and she’ll sing it on stage and dedicate it YOU. Take a peek at a recent selection by Denver, Colorodo winner Olivia Estrada – this could be you!

To be automatically entered to win for the show nearest you, just Shazam Demi’s hit single “Really Don’t Care” five times.

The promotion ends October 13, so #ShazamDemiEuro today. Find the complete rules and regulations here and see the applicable tour dates below.

  • 11/18 – Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome
  • 11/21 – Paris, FR Bercy 
  • 11/23 – Dublin, IE O2 Arena 
  • 11/25 – Glasgow, UK Hydro Arena 
  • 11/27 – Birmingham, UK NIA Arena 
  • 11/28 – London, UK O2 Arena 
  • 11/29 – Manchester, UK Phones 4U Arena

#FeaturedbyShazam: Jessie J

With her smash hit ‘Bang Bang’ with Ariana Grande AND Nicki Minaj, Jessie J has come out swinging.  We sat down with the lady of the moment and captured a stripped back version unlike anything you’ve ever heard.  Her stunning vocals showcase just why she’s #FeaturedbyShazam. #FeaturedByShazam delivers access to the hottest bands, happening right now. It’s an exclusive showcase of the acts that have been climbing their way up the Shazam charts across the globe and are getting ready to break, big time. These are the artists you need to know, brought to you by your favorite app @Shazam.

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Have you heard ‘I Will Be There’ by Odessa Yet?

You will soon. With this striking single, Odessa has been making a splash and rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. First featured on a Subaru commercial earlier this year, this Santa Rosa native was signed to Chop Shop Records – after a representative Shazamed the track. The song’s evocative originality also impressed the one and only Queen Latifah – who Shazamed the same commercial and immediately booked Odessa to perform on her show. As if that wasn’t enough to hit the ground running, “I Will Be There” was featured on the premiere of FOX’s Red Band Society and was one of the most Shazamed tracks on TV last week!

Odessa is now wrapping up her EP and Shazam’s got the inside track on a stripped back version of the hit everyone has been talking about. Shazam “I Will Be There” or tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy premiere at 8/7c on ABC to unlock the free download, exclusive to Shazam.

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Siri, Meet Shazam

It’s finally here! Today Apple officially rolls out iOS 8, and with it comes an even easier way to explore and connect with the world around you.

Ask Siri to Shazam a song by saying phrases such as, “What’s this song,” “Shazam this song” or “Name that tune” and within seconds you can tap through to Shazam to discover the artist, track, album, videos and more. You’ll also be able to purchase the song immediately from the iTunes Store or Siri can add the song to your Wish List so you can grab it later.

Shazam is thrilled to be one of only a handful of apps tapped for Siri integration. This new feature instantly gives iOS 8 users access to tens of millions of songs in seconds by asking Siri.

To take advantage of this new Shazam feature, simply download iOS 8 along with the latest version of Shazam and you are ready to roll. For frequently asked questions, visit our Shazam Support site.

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It’s Play Time.

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Shazam just got sweeter with Google Play. Now when you Shazam a track on your mobile Android device, you can buy it instantly on Google Play with just a tap. Want to go beyond the preview? Stream more than 25 million songs with a Google Play Music All Access subscription. No worries if you don’t have a subscription yet – you can start a free 30-day trial with All Access today. Look for the new Google Play button now at the top of the drop down menu in Shazam for Android, with the iOS update coming soon.

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Fashion Rocks

FashionRocksBlogWe agree, Fashion Rocks. Get ready to Shazam Fashion Rocks LIVE on Tuesday, September 9th at 9/8c on CBS and dive into the collision of fashion, music, and beauty. You’ll get to:

  • Access music from all the performers including Usher, KISS, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, and tons more. See the LIST
  • Go behind the scenes with a backstage live stream
  • Tap into Fashion Rocks with Macy’s and Shazam to shop the fall’s coolest trends
  • See the road to Fashion Rocks with Mazda’s artist spotlight featuring Nico & Vinz, Afrojack, and Duran Duran
  • Find out how to #RockTheLook with Maybelline & Garnier tutorials for 5 iconic fashion looks
  • Shazam Duran Duran’s performance for a special treat


Get Shazam handy when the show starts on Tuesday 9/9, because… #FashionRocks.

 

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Stand Up to Cancer with Shazam

Tonight Shazam is joining music and Hollywood’s finest in the fight to end cancer, and we need your help! 550x430 Tune in at 8/7c to the live broadcast of Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), an event that brings dozens of stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and more together with performing artists including Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Dave Mathews Band to raise awareness and support for SU2C’s groundbreaking research. These efforts can can provide patients with new therapies to save lives now. Be sure to Shazam during the show to donate to the cause with just a tap! Watch the one-hour broadcast tonight on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, AXS TV, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1. The show will also stream live on Hulu and Yahoo. Find out more about the #SU2C live event here: facebook.com/su2c | Instagram:@SU2C | Twitter:@SU2C

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Shazam Your Way to the Sold Out iHeartRadio Music Festival

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We’ve teamed up with iHeartRadio to give away an insane trip to the sold out iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 19th and 20th. Shazam ANY song from the artists below between now and September 12th and enter to win the chance to see them, plus Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and basically anyone else you could dream of. You’ll snag 2 tickets for both days in the main festival stage and the village stage, airfare, hotel, and ground transportation. US only.

Iggy Azalea

Neon Trees

Kacey Musgraves

Childish Gambino

Magic!

The Pretty Reckless

Nico & Vinz

Lil Jon

So get to Shazam ASAP, and when you see this – click it to win it.

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