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