Summer’s here and we’ve made our predictions for the songs you’ll be listening to at the beach, by the pool and in the clubs! We’re anticipating huge airplay for Gotye, Usher and Maroon 5, as well as rising artists Alabama Shakes, Rudamental and Gusttavo Lima.
Our top 10 includes songs currently at the top of the Shazam Tag Charts, national pop charts, as well as new releases.
Usher “Scream” is the most-tagged song from Usher’s forthcoming album, “Looking 4 Myself” and is likely to be one of the biggest releases of the summer.
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa “Payphone.” The track was number one in the Shazam New Release Tag Chart and is the follow-up to “Moves Like Jagger” which received more than two million tags in the last year.
Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo “Let’s Go.” Calvin’s tracks and productions for other artists have been huge at Shazam. Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” produced by Harris, scored more than 3.5 million tags in the last year. “Let’s Go” looks to continue the producer’s run of hits.
Rick Ross featuring Usher, “Touch ‘N You.” Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin’” has been the most-tagged track from a hip-hop mix tape in the past year.
Gusttavo Lima “Balada Boa.” This Brazilian artist has been a hit in 21 countries.
Rudamental featuring John Newman “Feel the Love” has been number one in the Shazam New Release Chart UK for several weeks.
DJ Fresh featuring Dizzee Rascal “The Power.” DJ Fresh holds the title for longest time spent at the top of the Shazam New Release Chart UK with ‘Louder’, which spent eight weeks at number one in 2011.
Nicki Minaj “Pound the Alarm”. Minaj has been one of Shazam’s most popular artists in the last year with more than five million tags in the last 12 months
Alabama Shakes “Hold On” has been one of the most-tagged indie/alt tracks in the UK this year. It’s now starting to make movement in our US Tag Chart and could be the single that breaks this hotly tipped band into a mainstream audience.
So come the autumn, see how many of these tracks have made your sounds of summer!
Filmgoers – pull up a seat for the MTV Movie Awards and have your Shazam App at the ready. You can tag ANYTIME to
Get instant access to the nominee lists
Follow the chatter from MTV insiders and other celebs
Check out the fashion hits and misses on the Red Carpet
Keep track of the artists performing live and buy their music
And if you have an iPhone or iPad, download the MTV “Watch This” App to browse and view tons of video clips, photos and play triva contents from your favorite MTV shows!
The MTV Movie Awards brings together the biggest names in entertainment for what’s sure to be an irreverent night. Russell Brand is hosting, and Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone and Chris Hemsworth are among the stars who will be on hand to present Golden Popcorn statuettes.
Surprisingly Lawson don’t take inspiration for their moniker from former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel or his imaginatively named TV chef daughter Nigella. Instead the honour belongs to Dr Alan Lawson, the neurosurgeon who successfully operated on lead singer Andy Brown’s life-threatening brain tumour a few years ago. It’s certainly a singular tribute.
Continuing the medical theme, Lawson’s official website lists the hospital at which each member was born alongside more traditional info like favourite bands and foods. For Lawson, no information is off limits. It all paints a picture of a band looking to make a deep and lasting emotional connection with its fans. ‘When She Was Mine’ certainly fits into this pattern. It’s a big, glossy power-ballad with a chorus as bombastic as it is catchy. It’s probably going to be huge.
Having already supported acts like The Wanted, Avril Lavigne and Will Young, Lawson are no strangers to playing big shows. They’ve also taken the opportunity to learn just what it takes to be successful.
“We’ve learnt professionalism more than anything,” bassist Ryan Fletcher told Nerve. “In a really boring way, on our first tour we were going out and drinking and staying up late. Then you realise we weren’t on top of our game. We really learnt to be professional and make sure you’re sleeping. I know it doesn’t sound rock and roll. When you’re doing big shows and in our case, still trying to prove ourselves. If we were just going out and getting pissed every night then we wouldn’t reflect well on stage.”
While this shocking outbreak of responsibility might horrify Keith Richards, it’s something that will probably stand Lawson in good stead as they navigate the turbulent waters of pop. A debut album should be with us in the not too distant future, so we’ll soon be able to se if Lawson are just what the doctor ordered.
Don’t be fooled by the godly title of Meek Mill’s track. True, the Big Man does get a shout out at the beginning, but he’s receiving thanks for some stuff that he almost certainly wouldn’t approve of.
“Bottle after bottle, I drink until I overdose/Pull up in the Phantom watch them bitches catch the holy ghost/Every time I step up in the dealer I be going broke.”
It’s an impressively sinful list, and that’s before it covers just what Meek gets up to in the sack. These details are sadly unprintable on a respectable site such as this. Any cognitive dissonance aside, ‘Amen’ is nonetheless is a slinky slice of R&B flavoured hip-hop. It’s a celebration of money, booze, cars and all the other good things in life. It may not play well with your average man of the cloth, but it sounds pretty awesome blasting out of some big speakers.
Philly resident Meek Mill is the newest addition to Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group and he’s already punching above his weight. A veteran of countless mixtapes at the young age of 23, he’s also got legitimate claim to real street credentials. He’s already spent a little time inside thanks to his dubiously legal extra-curricular activities, but he’s now focusing fully on the music.
“When I got locked up it made me go harder,” he told Vibe. “I was losing at the drug game, early in the game, if I start off losing I think should change my hustle from that. So when I came home I was like ‘I’ma put my life into this rapping.’ All the stuff people talk about in raps, I’ve done it before, was in, around it. I’m talking about things I’ve experienced. I’m giving it to the young boys so they can know and won’t have to experience it. A lot of times I talk money now because that’s what I’m living now.”
Here’s something for all our moviegoers in the US. Shazam is making it easier than ever to buy tickets to this summer’s hottest films from Sony Pictures.
So if anyone’s going to see Men In Black 3 this Memorial Day Weekend, you can now use Shazam to tag TV commercials for the movie and get a link to buy tickets, unlock exclusive footage and purchase the soundtrack. Look out for the Shazam prompt on-screen.
These promos will continue throughout the summer for films such as The Amazing Spider-Man™ and Total Recall. We’ll keep you posted.
Android fans listen up! Now when you use Shazam to tag a music track, a TV show or an advert – click the new +1 button on the tag result to give it your seal of approval. Then instantly share it, add a comment and send it to your circles on Google +.
To find out more about Google+ sharing in their own words click here.
Calling all JLo fans! We’re giving you the chance to win a VIP trip to see her live in Miami on August 31st with our latest Golden Tag competition.
Entering is easy, and here’s how!
1) Use Shazam to tag ANY JLo song, including her latest hit “Dance Again” featuring Pitbull
2) Activate Shazam Friends (via the Friends Tab in your Shazam App)
It’s just that simple! The competition is running now through July 1, 2012.
The Grand Prize winner and their lucky friend will be flown to Miami to see Jennifer Lopez perform live at the American Airlines Arena on August 31st. Plus, five first prize winners will receive a JLo prize pack, including an official Jennifer Lopez t-shirt.
This week, everyone’s favourite synth geeks Hot Chip returned with their latest single ‘Night & Day’. The track is the first fully fledged single available from forthcoming album ‘In Our Heads’, which begins the bands new relationship with Domino Records. It seems strange to think, despite having some huge pop songs in their arsenal, Hot Chip have spent most of the last few years as a major label act; the versatile indie Domino, home to the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Kills and Animal Collective feels like a far more suitable home for the band.
The video for ‘Night & Day’ sees the band again collaborate with comedian/director Peter Serafinowicz and boasts some impressive cameos from Terence Stamp, Reggie Watts and model Lara Stone.
‘In Our Heads’ is set for release on June 11th and is available for pre-order through Domino’s website. To download the single, head here.