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

Detailed update on our recent downtime

On Saturday 7th of June 2014, from 4pm GMT, we experienced downtime for several hours due to a DDoS-attack. We want to let you know what happened and how we handled the issue. Be assured that your personal information was, and will remain, completely secure. The DDoS attack did not target any user information and only affected availability of the service.

The attack affected Deezer on all platforms and was the result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), which is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users due to server overload. The first small attack was detected on Friday morning, but did not impact the service. On Saturday 7th June, at 4pm GMT a large-scale attack via a botnet (a group of compromised computers controlled by the attacker) resulted in a downtime of several hours.

As soon as we became aware of the issue we launched an investigation. We assigned 10 staff members to the incident and worked to get the service back up, fuelled by a winning mix of adrenalin and pizza. The method of attack was quickly identified and actions were taken to minimise the impact on the service. We regularly adapted solutions to the changing methods of attack. New protective measures (filters to distinguish between normal incoming traffic and flooding traffic from the attack) were set up by our team, and the attacks finally stopped around 12:22am GMT.

Deezer has been up and running ever since, despite further DDoS attempts on Saturday night, and during the day on Sunday.

We apologise for any inconvenience. We’re continuing to investigate and are working hard on countering this type of attack in the future, by strengthening our security systems and servers.

Finally, we would like to thank you for your kind messages and tweets of encouragement!

Daniel Marhely
Deezer Founder

Shortcut Series – World Cup Special: France

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The World Cup might not even exist had it not been for a Frenchman. As the third President of FIFA, Jules Rimet introduced the competition in 1930 – kicking off what would quickly become one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. Add this to the list of iconic (and often controversial) players that France has given the world - Platini, Zidane, Cantona… the list goes on – and it’s pretty obvious why France is such an important footballing nation.

It has also produced some moments of musical brilliance. From Gainsbourg and Piaf through to the likes of Justice and Daft Punk, the Gallic sound has evolved considerably over the last few decades, but it’s never lost that certain je ne sais quoi that has always set it apart. Get acquainted with some of the most essential releases below…

1958

The sixth World Cup was France’s most successful since the competition began in 1930. They finished in third place with striker Just Fontaine picking up the Golden Boot with an incredible thirteen goals – seven more than Pelé scored that year and still the highest number ever to be scored in a single World Cup campaign.

It was around this time that chanson français really started to accrue global recognition. The Sixties saw the likes of Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg becoming hugely popular outside of their native country alongside Edith Piaf, whose single ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’, was released in 1960. It spent seven weeks atop the French singles chart upon its release, and its allure hasn’t faded over time – it’s still a well-loved classic today.

1986

Following more than a decade of disappointing results in both the World Cup and the European Championships, the 1980s finally saw the fortunes of the French national team turning in their favour. Captained by the now-legendary Michel Platini, they reached the semi finals in 1982, won Euro ’84 in France and came third in Mexico ’86.

French music wasn’t doing quite so well on the world stage, however. During the Sixties it had been in rude health, but by the mid-Eighties there was a noticeable absence of French artists doing well outside of mainland Europe. But then along came Desireless with the synth pop mega-hit ‘Voyage Voyage’ which, despite being sung entirely in her native tongue, topped charts around the world and remains a new wave classic.

1998

’98 was a golden year for France. It saw them emerging from a period of underachievement after Platini’s retirement and re-establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in both the sporting and musical worlds. Following their failure to qualify for either Italia ’90 or the 1994 tournament in the USA, Les Bleus returned in 1998 under manager Aimé Jacquet to deliver their finest performance ever on the world stage. They won the trophy on home soil and a new national hero was born in the form of Zinedine Zidane, who scored twice in the first half of the final against Brazil to secure a memorable victory in Paris.

That year also saw the release of Moon Safari, the debut album from Air, which marked the beginning of a renaissance for French music. Not only was it to become a seminal album in its own right, it also opened the door for the new wave of ‘French touch’ artists such as Daft Punk, M83, Busy P, Justice and many, many more. Although heavily influenced by the sounds of the Sixties and Seventies, Moon Safari lay down the blueprint for today’s French music in a way that very few other albums have.

2010

A year that will be looked upon less fondly by French football fans is 2010. The wounds inflicted by the previous tournament were still raw; not just the loss to Italy on penalties in the final, but also Zidane’s infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi, which ended Zizou’s international career on a bizarrely sour note. However, had the nation known what lay ahead, they might have welcomed their position as runners-up with a little more enthusiasm. France’s 2010 campaign in South Africa can only be described as a complete meltdown. Nicolas Anelka was sent home following his verbal assault on coach Raymond Domenech and in response the squad went on strike, refusing to train. Unsurprisingly, they finished last in their group with a single point and a single goal to their name, and returned home to widespread disgust from the public and the media.

But it wasn’t all bad news for France. Just as the football team was very publicly imploding, French house music was exploding across the globe in a way never seen before. David Guetta was enjoying massive worldwide success following his 2009 album One Love, leading the newly-titled EDM movement to world domination and clearing the path for the next generation of French producers, including electro-house wunderkind Madeon.

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Want to dig a little deeper? Check out the playlist below:

Deezer’s Shortcut Series – World Cup Special: Germany

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Introducing Deezer’s Shortcut Series: World Cup Special. As part of our efforts to explore and present ‘essential guides’ to musical themes, we’re taking some of the more competitive World Cup countries and exploring their key music through the tournament’s rich history. Our guide to albums, playlists and stand-out tracks should help you prepare for one of the biggest parties on the planet, kicking off in Sao Paulo on June 12.

We start with Germany, one of the most successful World Cup participants – winners of three World Cup tournaments and finalists four other times. 

In contemporary music terms, their global dominance is perhaps less assured than their footballing dominance since the World Cup began in 1930. However, it is the world’s third largest music market, behind only the United States and Japan, and it prides itself on a strong domestic output. But how many of these artists, classic albums and tracks have you got in your collection?

1966

Not the best year for them in the World Cup. Memorably, a disputed goal from England’s Geoff Hurst put the then West Germany team out of the running for the Jules Rimet trophy. But, on the other side of the Atlantic, a young Cologne-born model was establishing herself in music, acting and modelling. Nico was a force of nature, and her debut effort ‘Chelsea Girl’ came out in ’67, the same year her now famed collaboration with The Velvet Underground was released. ‘Chelsea Girl’ sets the scene for a solo career that would last for another five albums before her death in 1988, each of which chart the expansion of an enormously influential art-rock creator.

1974

Eight years on from the pain of Wembley, the West German team had their own home victory to crow about (East Germany could even boast of participating for the first time ever, making it to the second round). Killing the hopes of the Johan Cruyff-led Netherlands team, feted during the tournament for their ’Total Football’ style, West Germany showcased their tenacity with a now legendary team featuring Berti Vogts, Franz Beckenbauer and man of the match Gerd Muller. Their last group game was in Dusseldorf, where later that same year something extraordinary happened in Germany’s musical history’ – Autobahn’ from Kraftwerk was released. Although it was their fourth studio album, it was the one which saw them pioneer a type of electronic music not heard before, and, after shaving 18 minutes out of the title track, broke out of Germany, eventually charting at number 25 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Widely considered the most influential electronic act of all time, we recommend you revisit this road-trip par excellence to trace the roots of so much music that has happened since.

1982

If Argentina ’78 was a transitional year for the West German squad, going home at the second round stage after a defeat to Austria,  Espana ’82 was something of return to form. They made it to the final in Madrid, coming a cropper to an Italian team which featured the oldest player to win a World Cup in goalkeeper Dino Zoff, the tournament’s top goalscorer in Paolo Rossi and one of the world’s finest midfielders in Marco Tardelli.

Elsewhere, German dominance was strong in ’82 – the Nueu Deutsche Welle, or New German Wave was hitting its peak in the music world, with post-punk /new wave acts from Germany making waves locally and internationally. In 1983 Nena released ’99 Luftbaloons’, a song where a bag of helium balloons are released and mistakenly identified by an East German Early Warning System as a NATO attack, resulting in nuclear war. It couldn’t have preyed on more topical Cold War-era fears if it tried, so the song’s re-versioning in English and release ex-Germany the following year resulted in a huge hit – a number 1 in the UK, with the original version charting at 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100. To this day, it remains one of the widest-known German pop songs around the world.

1990

Italia ’90 was best remembered for the underdog; Cameroon emerged as everyone’s favourite newbies on the world stage and Ireland reached the last 16 in their first tournament, but nobody could stop West Germany from claiming their third World Cup title. Klinsmann, Rudi Voller and Lothar Matthaus helped the team towards a historic victory in an ill-tempered final in their last appearance in the World Cup before German reunification.

If any one song is synonymous with the era which saw fall of the Berlin wall and the subsequent reunification of Germany, it’s this German mega-hit from Scorpions. Released on their 1990 album ‘Crazy World’, it didn’t spread around the globe until the 1991 coup which collapsed the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, but it remains one of the best-selling singles by a German artist, shifting 14 million copies. It’s also one of the best ever pop songs to contain whistling, and that’s an indisputable fact.

Want to dig a little deeper? Check out the playlist below for even more fantastic German artists!

Bang and Olufsen Smart TVs

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We are proud to announce that Deezer is now available on Bang and Olufsen smart televisions, including the incredibly stylish BeoVision 11, BeoVision 12 New Generation, BeoSystem 4 and BeoPlay V1.

Bang and Olufsen customers all over the world will now be able to enjoy 30 million tracks in jaw-dropping audio quality at the click of a remote control. Head over to Bang and Olufsen to learn more.

Deezer is also available on smart tvs from Sony, Samsung, LG, Toshiba, Western Digital, Panasonic, Philips, and NetRange. Find out more on our Device page.

 

Deezer’s Alternative Eurovision

Love it or hate it, the biggest international song competition is coming to a television near you this weekend. If you’re hoping to escape the kitsch-fest, we have the perfect antidote. Our European Editors have assembled some of the best music coming out of Hungary, Austria, Greece and beyond in our own Alternative Eurovision playlist.

The playlist of 23 tracks highlights some of the most exciting artists in our Editors’ libraries, from the infectious beat of Hungary’s anthemic track ‘Together’, by Ivan & The Parazol, to the sultry tones of ‘Circus’, a quiet mix of post-rock, synth pop and electro, courtesy of German sibling duo Hundreds. In addition, Austria’s Left Boy delivers a surprisingly fresh approach to a well-defined genre, fusing his rap, vocal and production skills in ‘Time And Again’, while The Voice semi-finalist Yuri Melkov will steal your heart in his duet with fellow Cypriot Helena Paparizou, ‘Kenourgia Agapi’. Over in the UK our Editors chose to highlight emerging artist Javeon, cut from the same cloth as his label-mate Jessie Ware, with his song “Intoxicated”. He would certainly take home douze points from us.

Here’s what some of our Editors had to say about their selections:

Calm After The Storm – The Common Linnets (Netherlands)

“Well-known Dutch artists Ilse DeLange and Waylon combine powers with their new project ‘The Common Linnets’ to re-discover the basics of true country music. Shortly after premiering their single ‘Calm After The Storm’ on national television, they stormed the iTunes charts. Now it’s just a matter of time before they take over the rest of Europe” – Steijn, Deezer Editor Netherlands.

Blue – We Cut Corners (Ireland) 

“We Cut Corners’ blustering indie-rock with pop sensibilities come in short, sharp shocks and definitely pack a punch, making them our pick. We think Europe, and the rest of the world, will fall in love with them too” – James, Deezer Editor Ireland.

Agua Que No Has De Beber – Maria Rodes (Spain) 

“María Rodés set out to create a compilation album of movie songs. She recorded a highly personal tribute to Spanish music, and at the same time managed to create a new musical genre: twenty-first century ‘copla’. From her new album María Canta Copla we have chosen the song ’Agua que no has de beber’, popularised by Sara Montiel in the film ‘La Violetera’” – Fran, Deezer Editor Spain.

Secrets – Royal Bravada (Italy) 

“Strongly influenced by Brit-pop and indie rock, this 5-piece was born in 2012 and has since grown steadily, with a strong fanbase. After a year of intense work they released their first album, with an aim to be the soundtrack of a young generation that loves to dance, sing, laugh and cry through life’s everyday trials” – Paola, Deezer Editor Italy. 

 

Enjoy the entire playlist below (drinking games optional)!