Shazam Just Got A Whole Lot Better

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Music, welcome home.

The introduction of Shazam forever changed the way people discovered music. Now we continue down this journey by unveiling new music content, discovery and an all new in-app listening experience.

We’ve also retooled Shazam.com from the ground up to let you go deeper than ever before to the music and artists you love – and maybe even ones you don’t  know you love yet. Shazam.com has always been music to your ears. Now it will literally be music to your eyes, too.

It’s loaded with customized artist-specific news so now the amount of information you can find on your favorite acts is mind-blowing, and now you can search for songs and lyrics. Plus, we’re unveiling the number of Shazams a track has for the first time. If it’s happening in music, it’s happening on the new Shazam.com.

Highlights in your app:

Hall of Fame

Discover the most Shazamed songs of all time, EVER. See which tracks made the cut for Platinum, Gold, and Silver. Now on Shazam.com, the Hall of Fame celebrates artists who have had outstanding success on Shazam, with 4 artists whose tracks have already gone Platinum with over 15 million Shazams

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Get the latest

Song releases, video premieres, exclusive Shazam sessions and interviews, plus breaking news from artists you have previously Shazamed – all front and center, the second you open the app.

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A new way to play

Take a spin through charts, trending songs, and your recent Shazams with our new music player. Loving it? Swipe right to add it to My Shazam. Not your jam? Swipe left to skip it.

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Discover. Then listen.

iOS users can now connect to Spotify and stream full songs without leaving Shazam. Find new music, and relive it whenever you want. Add your Shazams to any playlist, and find them saved to a “My Shazam Tracks” playlist, right in Spotify. Coming soon to Android, and don’t forget, we’ve got you covered with Rdio too on both iOS and Android.

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Shazam at the Movies for a Chance to Win the Ultimate Concert Experience

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Hey moviegoers! Next time you head to the theaters, you’ll have a chance to see more than the next box office hit – you could win the ultimate concert experience!

You can already tap to Shazam NCM’s FirstLook cinema pre-show in thousands of theaters nationwide to discover exclusive extras, like behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, inside info on artists and celebs, special offers and more. But starting today through January 1, Shazam, NCM and AEG are teaming up to give you the rock star treatment!

Maria Menounos of E! Entertainment TV and AfterBuzz will host FirstLook all month long and will give you the signal to Shazam for a chance to win a grand prize of a trip for two to one of three AEG concert events of your choice including Taylor Swift, The Who or Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull. You and a friend will be flown to the show, where you’ll catch the performance from premium seating and enjoy back stage passes and concert swag. 150 second prize winners will score iTunes gift cards.

You can rock out knowing you’re Shazaming for a good cause. For every entry, a donation will be made to Youth on Record, a Colorado-based nonprofit committed to empowering youth through music education. 

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2014 Look Back / 2015 Predictions

Looking Back at the Sounds of 2014 and Predicting the Hit Makers of the New Year

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Before the ball drops and the resolutions begin for 2015, we’re taking a look back at the artists and tracks you’ve Shazamed all year long. Was the world “All About That Bass”? Did Pharrell make listeners “Happy” enough to Shazam him to the top of the charts?  Check out our Top Ten Most Shazamed Artists and Tracks of 2014 below and see if your favorite hit made it to our lists.

We’re also giving you an inside look into our predictions for Shazam’s Hit Makers of 2015. Take a look at our picks spanning pop, rock, country, dance and more – if you haven’t heard of them yet, we guarantee you will soon. Be the first to tune into these breakout artists and watch as they wow the world in the New Year.

Top Ten Most Shazamed Artists of 2014 in the US:   

  1. John Legend
  2. Katy Perry
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Iggy Azalea
  5. Lorde
  6. OneRepublic
  7. Disclosure
  8. Magic!
  9. Jason Derulo
  10. Nico & Vinz

Top Ten Most Shazamed Artists of 2014 Worldwide:       

  1. Avicii
  2. David Guetta
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Jason Derulo
  6. Clean Bandit
  7. OneRepublic
  8. John Legend
  9. Calvin Harris
  10. Pharrell Williams

Top Ten Most Shazamed Songs of 2014 in the US            

  1. John Legend “All of Me”
  2. Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith “Latch”
  3. Magic! “Rude”
  4. Nico & Vinz “Am I Wrong”
  5. Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne “Rather Be”
  6. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” 
  7. Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J “Dark Horse”
  8. Sam Smith “Stay With Me”
  9. Jeremih Feat. YG “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
  10. Pharrell Williams “Happy (Gru’s Theme from Despicable Me 2)”

Top Ten Most Shazamed Songs of 2014 Worldwide

  1. Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne “Rather Be”
  2. John Legend “All Of Me”
  3. Lilly Wood & The Prick & Robin Schulz “Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)”
  4. Mr. Probz “Waves”
  5. Nico & Vinz “Am I Wrong”
  6. Magic! “Rude”
  7. Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J “Dark Horse”
  8. Pharrell Williams “Happy (Gru’s Theme from Despicable Me 2)”
  9. Milky Chance “Stolen Dance”
  10. Kiesza “Hideaway”                 

Shazam’s 2015 Hit Makers Predictions

Young Thug: Every track Young Thug has touched in 2014 has been massive. The next 12 months look bright for this 22 year old rapper.

Echosmith: This teenage band has slowly built over the last 16 months to become one of the most Shazamed acts in the US. Echomsith enters 2015 on a crest of a wave with “Cool Kids” having caught on and a successful summer headlining the Warped Tour.

Rae Sremmurd: Rae Sremmurd have had two of the biggest rap singles of the past six months. They’ve worked with Nicki Minaj and are currently being mentored by the in demand producer, Mike Will Made It.

Oliver Heldens: This Dutch 19 year old is already a massive DJ and a huge draw at festivals but 2015 could see him go to the next level of dance music stardom. His new track, ‘Koala’, is currently one of the most reactive dance records on Shazam.

DeJ Loaf: This Detroit rapper has had one of the breakthrough songs of the year with ‘Try Me’. She’s now been signed to Columbia and Drake’s a noted fan. Her new mixtape is already receiving a great reaction on Shazam.

Sam Hunt: Sam Hunt is set up to be one of the next big country music stars. His song ‘Leave The Night On’ was the second most Shazamed Country song of 2014 and his album is already receiving a massive reaction with Shazam users.

James Bay: This British singer songwriter is already being talked about as the next Ed Sheeran. His songs have been hugely reactive from minimal radio play- most notable from a few early spins on Radio One in the UK.

Maddie & Tae: This act has been number one in Shazam’s Country charts for over 8 weeks. The Texan duo may be headed for cross-over success when their album drops sometime next year.

Years & Years: This English act could be the next big pop act. They were featured on ‘Sunlight’ by The Magician, a big radio hit in Europe. Their debut album is expected sometime in 2015.

Tchami: This French producer is one of the few acts that have broken into the Shazam charts with only specialist radio and club playing his music. His song, ‘Promesses’, is going to be a big cross over hit early next year.

Honorable Mention:

Raury: This 18 year old Atlanta born singer has a sound influenced by Andre 3000, Bon Iver and Frank Ocean. He’s drawn comparisons to Lorde and is featured on the new Huger Games soundtrack – incidentally curated by Lorde herself.

 

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#FeaturedByShazam: Charli XCX

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Known for drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Kate Bush and Quentin Tarantino, Charli XCX has written huge hits for Iggy Azalea and toured with Katy Perry. Her catchy lyrics and creative synth pop fusion are precisely what makes her one of the biggest pop artist names in 2014. Watch the brilliant reworking of her solo smash hit ‘Boom Clap’ performed exclusively for #FeaturedByShazam:

From starting out playing at illegal raves in East London to writing the biggest pop hits of 2014, Charli XCX has had quite a year. Here’s everything you need to know about this future global star in our exclusive 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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Shazam and go ‘Into the Woods’

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Shazam the brand new special look of Into the Woods and tap into magic. You’ll see an exclusive peek behind the scenes with Cinderella herself, Anna Kendrick. Hear how she got used to feeling like a princess, her favorite sets, and losing it on the last day of filming.

Plus, pre-order the surefire smash soundtrack, get tickets, and meet all the characters – because after all, the woods can be a dangerous place. Into the Woods hits theaters on Christmas Day.


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Get Shazam Fired Up for the AMAs

The American Music Awards are LIVE this Sunday at 8/7c on ABC, hosted by Mr Worldwide himself, the one and only Pitbull. For this awards show, YOU decide the winners – which will be chosen based on your votes! The stellar lineup of performers include: 5 Seconds of Summer. Ariana Grande, Charli XCX. Fergie, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Mary J Blige, One Direction, Pitbull, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Jennifer Lopez and many more.

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Tap into the AMAs with all the music from the show, essential tracks, and videos from the performers. Follow the show with a live timeline of awards, live music and exclusives. Get Shazam fired up because we’re unlocking never before seen content from some of your favorite artists. Shazam the show anytime to:

  • Enter for a chance to see One Direction on a stage near you

  • Win a customized, signed album display from Lorde

  • Be the first to hear NEW tracks from Pitbull and Selena Gomez

  • Take home a piece of Fergie’s ‘L.A. Love’ video

  • Find out the inspiration behind Taylor Swift’s smash ’1989′ album

  • Win a piece of Imagine Dragons history with one of five signed posters

  • Go behind the scenes with 5 Seconds of Summer with a never before seen video from their tour

Tune in Sunday at 8/7c on ABC! Follow @Shazam for live updates, we’ll see you there.

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Lights, Camera, Shazam: Enter to Win Movies for Life When You Shazam in Theaters!

Next time you head to the movies, grab your popcorn and get to your seat early because you can Shazam for a chance to win movies for life!

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Starting today, as you kick back and wait for the trailers to roll and the movie to begin, you can Shazam NCM’s  FirstLook cinema pre-show, which runs in thousands of theaters nationwide. With one tap, you’ll be able to discover exclusive extras, like behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, inside info on artists and celebs, special offers and more!

To celebrate, now through December 4, Shazam and NCM are giving you the chance to win movies for life! Maria Menounos of AfterBuzz TV is making a special appearance on FirstLook all this month, and will clue you in on when to Shazam for a chance to win a grand prize of one ticket per month for 50 years, or a second prize of a pair of movie tickets. And you can feel good when you Shazam to win because for each entry, Shazam and NCM will make a donation to the Young Storytellers Foundation, which develops literacy through the art of storytelling.

Expect to see more from Shazam in theaters soon, and enjoy the show! #ShazamAtTheMovies

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Shazam to Experience More of the 48th Annual CMA Awards

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Are you ready for Country Music’s biggest night?!

Hosted for the seventh year in a row by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the 48th Annual CMA Awards are on Wednesday, November 5 at 8|7c on ABC. Shazam during the show for more music, videos and an exclusive look behind the scenes from your favorite country stars. Watch Little Big Town talk about the makings of ‘Girl Crush’, get the story behind Keith Urban’s album FUSE, fly away to see Florida Georgia Line, and learn about Dierks Bentley newest single ‘Say You Do’. Plus, make sure to catch a glimpse of Luke Bryan on tour and George Strait’s upcoming album ‘the Cowboy Rides Away’.

Tune-in to see performances by Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Meghan Trainor, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, and Kacey Musgraves. With Shazam in hand, you won’t miss a moment.

See you there!

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#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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