RIP Nelson Mandela

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995.

Nelson Mandela, thank you for inspiring us with your courage and compassion.

A tribute playlist by our South African Editor, Tecla.

Web & Music event at Deezer HQ

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On Tuesday we were delighted to open the doors of Deezer HQ to Web & Music, an event by Simplib which brought together music tech innovators, labels, startup entrepreneurs, and media for a night of lively discussion about the future of music technology. When you put a bunch of talented and innovative people in a room together and add live music and delicious food and cocktails to the mix, exciting things can happen.

“Our goal is to bring the virtual to the real, in order to make connections. This is exactly what happened yesterday at Deezer with tech and music enthusiasts gathered together. Magic!” Lucie Pousson – OCC Simplib.

“With startups, musicians, enthusiasts, major players, and influencers all in one place, the Web & Music event managed to reproduce the kind of alchemy that music is all about. A special evening.” Youri Jedlinski – CEO Simplib.

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“Joy, connection, sharing, new ideas, exchanges – that pretty much sums up events by Simplib and Web & Co!” Maeva Cussonneau – Assistant Head of project communication.

“Uniting the best music startups is a great way to create partnerships and synergies in the music eco-system.” Alexandre Chapoutot – CFO de Simplib.

Our guests forged new connections, exchanged ideas, and took music tech a step in the right direction. We were happy to be a part of it!

See a list of participating startups here.

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Photos by Ombeline Le Gendre.

Deezer Gift Card for Christmas

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A pair of socks OR a gift that rocks?

It’s that time of year when we scurry about in packed shops, in varying degrees of panic, trying find that perfect present. This year, do things differently. Give yourself a break with the Deezer Gift Card and give someone the spectacular gift of unlimited music. Whatever their taste, they’ll find all the music they love on Deezer, and you’ll prove serious competition to Santa as the no.1 present giver.

With our huge music catalogue, there are 30 million reasons to give a Deezer Gift Card this year. You can give either 3, 6, or 12 months of unlimited music, with 2 months for free if you go for the 12 month option!

So go and check out the Deezer Gift Card, and give a music fan the ultimate gift.

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We’re counting down the days with this classic Christmas playlist on repeat at Deezer HQ.

Be merry!

 

Exclusive release from Mono Town on Deezer

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Today we’re announcing a pioneering collaboration with acclaimed Icelandic newcomers, Mono Town, with an exclusive release of their debut tracks on Deezer.

The Reykjavik three piece are set to be huge in 2014, with their captivating tracks ‘Jackie O’ and ‘Peacemaker’ setting the tone for what’s to come. Following this period of exclusivity on Deezer, the tracks will be available to download from iTunes and will be released as a limited edition vinyl.

Sally-Anne McKeown from Mono Town’s label, Key Music Management said: “Streaming has an important role to play in the future of the music industry. As managers, we are constantly looking for new and exciting partners to create opportunities to launch artists and new music. Deezer has allowed us the freedom to create an innovative launch platform and reach a global audience of millions for Mono Town.”

Pierre Niboyet, Head of Artist Marketing at Deezer, said: “We love this band and we’re pleased to support them. But more than that, this collaboration between Deezer, KMM and Mono Town is transformative. Through a shared love of music, we’ve come together to give Mono Town a deserved launch platform – their story is just the start of what we hope to be a music industry revolution. We’re really excited to see whether we can in some way be part of  Mono Town’s future success – we’re big fans and they deserve to be heard.”

Mono Town’s self produced debut, `In The Eye of The Storm’, was mixed by Grammy Award Winner Michael Brauer and their live shows are already receiving international acclaim. The trio most recently played alongside Nick Cave at the inaugural All Tomorrow’s Parties in Iceland, followed up by a performance at the internationally prestigious Iceland Airwaves Festival. They are now supporting The Pixies as special guests on their European tour.

Mono Town said: “All new artists want to get their music out there, just as there are loads of people with an appetite to discover something new. The problem is matching one with the other. The approach we’ve taken here to release our debut material directly through Deezer is a new way of doing things which will get our music heard.”

Look out for a Deezer Session with the band coming soon, and the premiere of Mono Town’s debut album ‘In the Eye of the Storm’, from January 27th 2014.

Listen to ‘Jackie O’ and ‘Peacemaker’ below.

Get closer to your favourite artists with Deezer and Soundrop

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We’re excited to tell you about our new partnership with Soundrop, the app that lets you chat with your friends and other fans while enjoying music together. You can even hang out with your favourite artists and ask them your burning questions while listening to their exclusive mixes.

It’s easy to access Soundrop’s social listening rooms through the Deezer App Studio. In addition to dedicated artist rooms, there are also rooms for moods, genres and activities. So the next time you want a soundtrack to waking up, working out, or getting ready for a night out, check out the relevant room and enjoy the perfect playlist curated by music fans around the world. You can suggest tracks you want to hear and vote up your favourites.

To celebrate, this week we’re giving you the chance to hang with top artists from around the world in our special Deezer Room, available exclusively to all Deezer users. Don’t miss out on your chance to chat with Danish music phenomenon Trentemøller, Italian beatmaker Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo a.k.a The Bloody Beetroots, and French producer and PartyFine label founder Yuksek. Access the Deezer Room here.

Daniel Marhely, founder of Deezer, said “Joining a thriving Soundrop room is one of the most unique ways to enjoy music, which is why we’re excited to welcome Soundrop to our growing list of app partners. Our goal is to help cutting-edge music services instantly tap into a global audience of music fans – ultimately helping artists reach potential fans everywhere. By allowing artists to join these rooms, Soundrop creates music experiences you’ll never forget – which is exactly the kind of thing we want for our users.”

French producer Yuksek said “Music’s all about bringing people closer together – not just with each other, but with artists too – without borders or limits. These listening rooms are unique in that people from all over the world can come together and share their experiences of the music they love, and it’s pretty cool that the artists get invited too.”

Dan Ghosh-Roy, SVP of Digital Strategy, Development & Operations for Ultra Music (The Bloody Beetroot’s label) said “We are always looking for new ways to enhance music discovery for our artists and their releases. The partnership between Deezer and Soundrop creates another online destination for music fans to interact and listen to music together, which is the perfect solution in this era of sharing and curation.”

Join a Soundrop room now, or create your own and invite your friends! 

Deezer Partners with mobile billing company Boku

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Imagine being able to pay for your Deezer subscription swiftly and securely with nothing more than your mobile phone number. We’ve partnered with Boku, the leading mobile payments company, to allow you to do just that!

Currently limited to users in Germany, subscribers will be charged monthly through their mobile phone bill. We plan to expand this partnership to more countries in the near future.

Jimmy Heritier, Deezer’s Head of Payment, commented: “We want every user to easily access a world of unlimited music. We are always looking for the best payment solutions for our members. Boku’s direct operator billing will help us to reach more people and will allow seamless transactions on mobile phones.”

James Patmore, Managing Director EMEA for Boku, said: “Boku will enable more music lovers to discover the music they love with Deezer. Boku is very excited to partner with Deezer, showing once again that direct operator billing is a crucial payment option for premium content.”

For more information go to www.boku.com