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 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!

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!