Let your home sing with Deezer and Whaale!

whaaleWe are proud to announce that Deezer is now integrated in the Whaale App. The new version of Whaale lets you enjoy your music on up to six speakers around your home. Listen to the same song carried seamlessly throughout your home, or choose different songs for each room. All you need is WiFi or AirPlay connected speakers and you’re set! Simply control your music from the Whaale app on your phone or tablet.

Enjoy artist-based radio channels for free, or sign up to Deezer Premium+ to listen on demand to the music you love.

For more information about Deezer and Whaale go to deezer.whaale.com.

If you want to find out how to easily set up your own home audio system with Whaale, go here. Download Whaale from the App Store.

Enjoy Deezer on your connected audio device 

Blog_post_visuel_AudioV2In our effort to make the music you love as accessible as possible, we’re pleased to announce new partnerships with audio manufacturers Cabasse, Onkyo and Bluesound. These integrations mean that you can enjoy your favourite tracks in outstanding audio quality, for a music experience that will satisfy all the audiophiles out there.

You can also enjoy Deezer on the following devices: Sonos Audio Systems, the High Resolution Audio Range by Sony, Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom, Simple Audio Music Streamers, Philips Audio Systems, BIG JAMBOX by Jawbone, NuVo Wireless Audio Systems, and Squeezebox by Logitech.

Find out more on our device page.

Deezer rated as best streaming service in Sweden

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Shortly after launching in Sweden, partnering with mobile operator Tre, we’ve come out on top in a recent comparative review of streaming services conducted by respected Swedish tech blog, Lajka.se. We’re thrilled to have beat market leaders Wimp and Sweden’s own Spotify to the coveted top spot, proving that having a home advantage isn’t everything.The article championed our sophisticated design, wide availability on different platforms and devices, and our extensive range of in-apps. Thanks for the thumbs-up Lajka!

Here’s what our Partnership Manager for Sweden, Alex Esser, had to say: “Spotify has done a fantastic job introducing streaming to the masses, especially in its home country. However, it’s exciting for us to see that Deezer is now rated as a better service in Sweden and, as a result, we’re welcoming more and more Swedish users to Deezer everyday.”

“We’re committed to offering a streaming service that gives people something extra. For example, we understand that in Sweden we have to focus a little more on electronic music, indie acts and female artists as this is what our users want. Through our extensive team of editors, we’re focussed on taking the time to understand what Swedish music lovers want and it’s good to see it’s paying off here.”

In the Lajka.se review Deezer proudly topped the podium with nine out of ten points. Natives Spotify took second place while Norwegian Wimp came in third position. Read the full comparison here (in Swedish).

 

 

Redesigned edjing app with Deezer integration

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve taken our collaboration with edjing, the world’s first DJ app, one step further with the launch of edjing’s brand new app. Now you can play with the entire Deezer catalogue and mix to your heart’s content on the more social, more intelligent, and more intuitive edjing app. A range of new features radically improve your overall experience:

  • ‘‘edjing World’’: the social network for edjers, connecting you with other aspiring DJs all over the world and helping you to share and discover new mixes.
  • ‘‘Global Search’’: this feature gives you instant access to more than 50 million tracks in one click – browsing everything Deezer, iTunes and SoundCloud have to offer.
  • Redesigned interface: the attractive new design means seamless navigation through all the latest features.

What’s more, the new app grants improved access to more social sharing features, unlimited Cloud storage space, and a ‘‘current playlist’’.

Daniel Marhely, founder and CTO of Deezer, said: ‘‘When we first partnered with edjing over two years ago, we had the common goal of giving new opportunities to aspiring DJs and refreshing tired old mixing techniques. Today, we want to take this even further providing music fans with increasingly innovative features, while helping them to discover more of the music they love.’’

Jean-Baptiste Hironde, CEO of edjing, added: ‘‘In 2012, edjing and Deezer had the ambition to innovate in the music track-mixing field. That’s what we’ve done since then. As from today, with the new edjing, users will enjoy an even richer DJing experience. With these evolutions and the optimised Deezer integration, edjing remains the most powerful DJ app currently on the market.’’

The app is available for iOS, Android, Amazon and Windows 8 devices. For more information, go to the edjing site.

Exclusive Kyary Pamyu Pamyu app

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Today sees the release of “Pika Pika Fatajin”, the third album from J-Pop sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ). An idol in her native Japan, the “Harajuku Pop Princess” started out as a fashion blogger and model and has spent the past 3 years rising to the top of the charts in Asia and beyond.

To celebrate this release we’ve created a very special app that lets you explore the world of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Besides showcasing her brand new album, the app includes an interview with the artist and an exclusive playlist of songs that inspire her. Want to know why Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is known as Japan’s Lady Gaga? Check out her biography, latest photos and video clips to see for yourself!

 

Deezer is now integrated with Google’s Chromecast

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Today we’re pleased to announce our integration with Google’s Chromecast, seamlessly uniting music, mobile, and TV for the ultimate home entertainment experience. Using the latest version of the Deezer app, as a Premium+ subscriber you will now be able to access all the features you love on your TV using Chromecast.

The integration includes the introduction of a new feature which allows multiple Deezer users to interact with the app on one TV at the same time. You can combine your own favourite tracks with those of your friends, along with recommendations from the Deezer Editors. No more fighting over what to play next – simply use your mobile like a remote control to navigate the Deezer app and find your favourite artists. In addition, a new optimised design puts cover art firmly in the spotlight, meaning your music has never sounded, or looked, better!

Daniel Marhely, founder, Deezer said: “We want music fans to enjoy music discovery without limits. We are already available on more devices than anyone else and believe that by integrating with Chromecast we can break down musical barriers even further.“

Download the Deezer app for iPhone and Android, plug in your Chromecast to the HDMI port on your TV, and start casting your favourite music!

Deezer for Chromecast is available from 25th June to Premium+ subscribers in the following countries: Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, England, Spain, and Portugal.

New Deezer app sounds better than ever

 

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Upcoming versions of our iPhone and Android apps will feature enhanced audio quality (up to 320kbps) for Premium+ subscribers, meaning incredible audio no matter where you are, along with other exciting new features.

Our updated iPhone app also introduces crossfading and an equaliser, giving you ultimate control over how your music sounds. With the equaliser you can pick from a range of audio presets that best suit the type of music you’re listening to, from rock to classical. Audiophiles everywhere rejoice!

IMPORTANT: This update will clear your synced music, so in order to listen offline you’ll have to resync your favourite albums and playlists once the update is complete. Trust us, it’ll be worth it!

Deezer Young Guns 2014 Results

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And the results are in! Deezer Young Guns is an international competition to highlight brilliant emerging artists from around the world. Our Editors selected 27 local artists they thought deserved recognition, and from those, 4 finalists were chosen by a Deezer panel to be featured on the Young Guns app. It was then up to you, lovely Deezer users, to decide the winner by listening, favouriting, and adding to your library, all of which gave the artist points.

With the final scores counted last weekend, we are proud to announce that Middlemist Red, a psych rock band from Budapest, Hungary, have won Deezer Young Guns 2014! They received thousands of plays across the globe, gaining new fans from New Zealand to Peru. We see exciting times ahead for this band, and we’re glad to be there right at the start, giving them a helping hand by promoting their new EP and forthcoming album on Deezer.

For all our finalists it was the first time that they were able to reach a global audience on a streaming service, so it was exciting to see such a great reaction from new fans. Congratulations to all who took part, especially our 3 other finalists:

- The Ransom Collective, from Manilla, Philippines

- The Posterz, from Montreal, Canada

- Monte, from San Jose, Costa Rica

And lastly, big thanks to you for supporting these wonderfully talented emerging artists!

Angry Birds Exclusive Pre-release

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Angry Birds have taken their classic slingshot game to a whole new level with the release of a free role-playing game, Angry Birds Epic. Released worldwide on 12th June 2014, the game involves turn-based combat and an object crafting system. To celebrate, we’ve got an exclusive pre-release of the Angry Birds Epic soundtrack, featuring fast-paced brass-heavy tunes and catchy melodies with the occasional epic rock guitar solo thrown in for good measure. If the game itself is anything like the soundtrack, expect a hearty dose of fun and adventure.

Head of Audio at Rovio, Ilmari Hakkola said: “Music has always been an essential part of gaming. Even more so now that games and music have both gone mobile. We wanted to share the great soundtrack of Angry Birds Epic with the world and Deezer was a perfect platform for this.”

Games and music go hand in hand, with music significantly adding to the atmosphere of a game. The right notes at a crucial time can put you on the edge of your seat, your heart racing as you defeat the baddies. And some game tunes have become classics, even outside of the gaming community.

With a huge catalogue of game music available on Deezer, you don’t have to be in play to enjoy classic tunes from the games of your childhood or the latest game soundtracks. Get your gamer geek on with our playlists below!

Contemporary games playlist

Classic games playlist, including originals and remixes

Shortcut Series – World Cup Special: Brazil

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Brazil’s footballing prowess is hardly a secret. As the country of birth for such revered players as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Garrincha and a certain Pelé, it’s not particularly surprising that it is also the most successful World Cup nation ever. It has also produced its fair share of musical legends over the years – and we’re taking a look at a handful of these below…

1962

1962 saw the Brazilian national team winning their second World Cup in a row, beating Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the final at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional. It had been a physical – at times ugly - tournament, which led to Pelé picking up an injury in the group stages – but Garrincha and Vavá each produced four goals to lead Brazil to their second World Cup victory.

It was around this time that Brazilian music was beginning to get noticed around the world too. In 1962 Pery Ribeiro recorded the original version of ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, which went on to become an international hit when it was released by João Gilberto and Stan Getz on their 1964 Grammy Award-winning album Getz/Gilberto - still one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed Brazilian albums of all time.

1966

The 1966 World Cup in England saw Brazil crashing out in the group stages amid internal turmoil and the increasingly cynical physicality of the competition, which again caused Pelé to retire from the tournament early. The England team, meanwhile, were in fine form under Alf Ramsey and took full advantage of Brazil’s worst ever World Cup performance, going on to win the competition in front of almost 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on 30th July.

At the same time, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 were releasing their first album on Herb Alpert‘s A&M Records. By the mid-Sixties the música popular brasileira scene was starting to gather momentum, with the likes of Jorge Ben and Chico Buarque looking to traditional Brazilian music more and more for inspiration. On Herb Alpert Presents…, Mendes gave this typically Brazilian sound an international edge. Featuring the vocal talents of the American-born Lani Hall (the only non-Brazilian member of the group) and sung partly in English, it is now best known for its opening track ‘Mas Que Nada’, which has since become something of a World Cup anthem. Although it was originally released a couple of years earlier by Jorge Ben, and has since been covered by the Black Eyed Peas and countless others, it is Mendes’ version that remains the favourite.

1970

Mexico ‘70 saw the Brazilian team at its zenith. Featuring the likes of Pelé, Jairzinho, Rivelino and Tostão, it is widely regarded to be one of the best ever seen, winning not only every game in the tournament, but every one of the qualifying matches as well. It was Brazil’s third World Cup victory, resulting in them keeping the famous Jules Rimet trophy for good.

However, back home the picture wasn’t so rosy. Brazil was becoming an increasingly repressive state under Emílio Médici’s military dictatorship, with torture now fairly commonplace and media censorship tightening. It was around this time that the tropicália movement began making waves, not only in Brazil but throughout South America as well. Mixing traditional Brazilian music with American and European rock ’n’ roll, tropicália’s politically charged undertones were regarded with suspicion by Médici’s government. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil (two of Brazil’s biggest stars and the driving forces behind the movement) were imprisoned, while other key figures were said to have been subjected to torture. It was this rather bleak backdrop that made the vibrant tropicália scene all the more crucial. Its musical manifesto was laid out with Tropicália: ou Panis et Circencis, a 1968 collaboration between Gil, Veloso and many other Brazilian musicians, which is considered by many to be one of the most essential Brazilian albums of all time.

2002

The turn of the millennium saw a return to form for Brazilian football following a relatively disappointing spell on the world stage throughout the previous few decades. With Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho providing the firepower (scoring 15 goals between them) Brazil lifted the World Cup trophy for the fifth time at the 2002 competition in South Korea and Japan.  

Brazilian music was also seeing a resurgence in popularity at this time. Seu Jorge had already released his debut album in Brazil in 2001 but, following his appearance in Fernando Meirelles’ 2002 film City Of God, it was given an international release under the name Carolina. Partly thanks to his acting career (he also appeared in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) he has gone on to become one of the best-known modern Brazilian musicians and a stalwart of the Brazilian samba renaissance.

2006

By 2006 Rivaldo was no longer part of the team, and Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were past their best. Without the Three ‘R’s, Seleção Brasileira was a shadow of what it had been, and was knocked out by the Netherlands in the quarter finals courtesy of two second half Wesley Sneijder strikes.

But by the mid-Noughties Brazilian music was taking its place on the world stage once again, becoming more international-sounding and outward-looking than ever before. One band who encompassed this more than any other were CSS, who mixed baile funk’s sexual energy with a dayglo DIY dance-punk ethos to create a sweaty and outrageously cool sound that could (and still can) be heard in hipster hangouts from Rio to New York, London and beyond.

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Want to discover more brilliant Brazilian music? Check out the playlist below to dig a little deeper…

Of course, there are plenty more great musical nations competing at this year’s World Cup. Read our special World Cup Shortcut Series features on France and Germany too!