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David Guetta launches ‘PLAY GUETTA Spotify Artist App

Superstar DJ and producer David Guetta has launched an innovative new Spotify app, PLAY GUETTA. The PLAY GUETTA app, which is available globally from today in the Spotify app finder, invites fans to come and join the permanent party. It is an innovative listening experience like no other enabling them to have a deeper connection with David Guetta, his music and his other fans around the world.

The PLAY GUETTA app provides a real-time global communal listening experience for fans and users can subscribe to a playlist of “Trending” party tracks and share their own snapshot of the World EQ (a graphic showing where fans are listening by country by country) by clicking ‘Like’ or ‘Tweet’. The app also features real-time chat functionality and David Guetta will be able talk to fans within the Spotify app  and using a #PLAYGUETTA hash tag via his official Twitter stream.

Discover all the features here:

David has been one of the most streamed artists on Spotify over the last two years and with over 36 million Facebook ‘Likes’ and close to 7 million Twitter ‘Followers’, he is a true social media superstar.  

Access the app here http://open.spotify.com/app/davidguetta

The Beatles Live! Project Launches

The first stage of the development of The Beatles Live! Project, an
Apple Corps authorized project, has begun! Digging deep into the world’s TV and radio archives and fans’ basements and attics, the hunt is on for never-before-seen media captured during The Beatles’ concert tours dating back to October of 1963.

Were you there? Were your parents there? Your grandparents? Now, fans from all over the world can become a true part of Beatles history by contributing their original footage, photos, or audio recordings of The Beatles in concert. Visit TheBeatlesLiveProject.com to upload your media and stories, and to learn more about the project.

Blue Note’s new iPad app adds hundres of extra tracks, additional features

The stunning new iPad app from Blue Note Records has added a host of new artists, content and features to enhance the discovery and enjoyment of what is one of the greatest collections of music in jazz history.

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The latest enhancement includes hundreds of new tracks from seminal artists including Art Blakey, Big John Patton, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Miles Davis, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins, featured albums from Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Goin’ Up’ feat. Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Paul Chambers and Tina Brooks, new playlists, weekly charts and competitions.

The app is available now in the U.S. and UK. It is free to download with samples of all the music – full length versions of all the tracks in the app plus all future enhancements are avialable for a montly subscription of $1.99/£1.49.

Download it here: http://smarturl.it/BNiPad.

Gabrielle Aplin’s Christmas love

John Lewis in the UK have just unveiled their new blockbuster Christmas ad which features a stunning version of ‘The Power Of Love’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood by Parlophone’s very own Gabrielle Aplin.

The music spot is one of the most sought after in the advertising calendar. Check it out the full ad, ‘The Journey’, here:

Emeli’s Mobo hat trick

Award-winning superstar Emeli Sandé’s amazing year keeps on getting better – last weekend, November 3, she was the big winner at the UK’s Mobo Awards.

Emeli went into the night with more nominations than anyone else – five in total. After getting the whole crowd on their feet with her stunning performance of My Kind Of Love which opened the show, Emeli was the most successful artist of the evening winning the Best Female Act, Best Album and Best R&B/Soul Act categories.

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Soul legend Dionne Warwick was the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and declared herself a firm fan of Emeli saying: “I really, really love her voice. She’s wonderful – she’s a star.”

Well said Dionne!

Design Richard Hawley’s guitar

Richard Hawley has a treat for his fans. The Mercury Prize-nominated artist has launched a competition to design a brand new skin for his favoured Gretsch guitar. The lucky winner will see their design made and presented to Richard as well as winning VIP tickets to one of his gigs and their own Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody guitar as well as other goodies.

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The contest, which is being held in conjunction with creative community Talenthouse and Clash Magazine closes on October 25. To enter visit: http://www.talenthouse.com/design-for-richard-hawley.

Blue Note Records launches beautiful new app for iPad

Blue Note Records has today launched a brand new app for iPad in the US and the UK that is the ultimate digital box-set for both jazz aficionados and newcomers alike.

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The app, which has been developed by Groovebug, offers a rich and immersive way of discovering and enjoying classic jazz recordings from the legendary Blue Note. It features a deep catalogue of seminal tracks to stream and a wealth of interactive content from iconic Blue Note artists such as Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon and Art Blakey.

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The Blue Note app is the first to be commercially released through the groundbreaking OpenEMI initiative which improves and streamlines the music licensing process for developers and incorporates a unique revenue sharing structure. To find out more visit the OpenEMI section of our website here.

Says Don Was, President of Blue Note Records: “We are excited to be linked with the first app to be created through the OpenEMI initiative. As a label, Blue Note is not only dedicated to pushing boundaries musically, but also to developing new ways of connecting the label’s music with fans around the globe. Groovebug and the OpenEMI team have developed an innovative way to discover and showcase Blue Note music in a way that is consistent with our tradition of uncompromising artistic excellence.”

Check out a demonstration of the app below, and you can download the app here: http://smarturl.it/BNiPad.

Katy Perry is Billboard Woman Of The Year

Congratulations to Katy Perry who has just been confirmed as Woman of the Year by Billboard! The magazine says that the award “honors the achievements of a trailblazing female recording artist over the past 12 months, and acknowledges her overall success in the music business and her leadership in embracing the changing industry.” Katy will accept the award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music Event on November 30 in New York City.

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It’s quite understandable why Billboard wanted to honor Katy in this way given her incredible success. She is the only woman to score five no.1s from one album on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. That album, ‘Teenage Dream’, has spent more than 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 and sold 2.5 million copies in the US. Katy has sold 48 million tracks in the US with four of them – ‘Firework’, ‘California Gurls’, ‘E.T.’ and ‘Hot N Cold’ among the 30 top selling downloads of all time.

“Katy Perry broke into the industry not even five years ago, and has already accomplished more than most artists can hope for in an entire career,” says Bill Werde, Billboard’s editorial director. “We are thrilled to celebrate these incredible achievements and her amazing past 12 months by honoring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award. With what seems like a never-ending supply of record-breaking, chart-topping hits, coupled with her unique and fresh style, Katy Perry is hands-down one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry today.” We couldn’t agree more!

 

Coldplay confirm November release for Live 2012 film and album

Coldplay have announced the November 19 release of ‘Live 2012′, their first concert film/live album for nine years. It documents their acclaimed Mylo Xyloto world tour which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2012. The band will also release their new single ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ on the same day.

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The film was directed by Paul Dugdale, previously responsible for Adele’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall and The Prodigy’s Worlds On Fire concert films. ‘Live 2012′ includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and the band’s triumphant Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury 2011.

Says Coldplay frontman Chris Martin: “The Mylo Xyloto tour has been the most fun we’ve ever had as a band. It’s felt very uplifting right from the start; partly because we are proud of the music, the LED wristbands, the pyrotechnics, the lasers and all of that stuff, but mainly because of the amazing audiences that we’ve been playing for. Over the years, our crowd has become more and more a part of the concert itself. They’re loud, diverse, full of soul, and make the songs sound much better than we can on our own. We wanted to try to bottle the incredible feeling that they give us, and hence our concert film.”

‘Live 2012′ will be released by Parlophone on CD/DVD, DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD and digitally. It is available to pre-order now on www.coldplay.com.

Check out the great trailer for ‘Live 2012′ here:

 

David Bowie to release 40th anniversary 7″ of The Jean Genie

On November 19 EMI will mark the 40th anniversary of ‘The Jean Genie’ with a series of collectable 7″ picture discs that celebrate the anniversary of the original release of David Bowie‘s UK singles.

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Originally issued in the UK via RCA on November 14 1972 ‘The Jean Genie’ was the first single taken from his then still-to-be released album ‘Aladdin Sane’. Bowie was now a superstar, writing on the run while touring. After the best part of a decade looking to achieve stardom Bowie now had it and he wasn’t going to waste one second. ‘The Jean Genie’ is probably the most thrilling encapsulation of this giddy time. It reached number two on the UK singles chart in December 1972.

The B-side of this 40th anniversary version will have the audio from the recently-recovered BBC Top of the Pops performance of ‘The Jean Genie’ from January 1973 which captures the blazing confidence of Bowie and the fabled Spiders from Mars. Both tracks have been remastered by original Trident engineer Ray Staff and superb, in-era shots illustrate both sides of the vinyl. ‘ The Jean Genie’ is available in a strictly limited run.