Amazon Music launches “The U2 Experience” available to U2 fans from U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria

  • Amazon to Launch an Exclusive Broadcast of New and Archived Interviews from U2, Including Live Recordings of Songs from the Band’s Upcoming Album “Songs of Experience”
  • Available to Amazon Music Account Holders in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria via Amazon Music on Web, Mobile, and Amazon Echo Devices Where Available For a Limited Time; Launching Simultaneously Across Multiple Time Zones on November 29 at 6pm EST
  • Prime Members and Amazon Music Unlimited Subscribers Just Ask, “Alexa, Play the U2 Experience”

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Music today (Nov. 28, 2017) announces “The U2 Experience”: a first-of-its-kind broadcast for Amazon Music designed with the voice experience in mind. Launching simultaneously across multiple time zones on November 29 at 6 pm EST, “The U2 Experience” is a new type of radio, filled with historical and new exclusive content produced by Amazon Music and available to U2 fans who tune in from the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, ending just before the release of the band’s upcoming album, Songs of Experience, on December 1. Only available during its one-time broadcast and exclusively on Amazon Music, “The U2 Experience” will be available at www.amazon.com/theu2experience and on the Amazon Music mobile app and Web Player for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. In a new way of listening, the broadcast will also be available to all Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK through Alexa, on Amazon Echo devices, simply by asking, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience.”

“I hope you don’t need to know anything about U2, or anything about the context, to enjoy [Songs of Experience],” says U2 guitarist, The Edge. “I think it’s an album of just classic songs, great melodies great hooks, great lyrics. I think there’s very few bands in the history of rock and roll that have been around and made as many albums as we have with the same lineup…that perspective is unique, you know? On the last record [Songs of Innocence] we wrote about where we came from. How this band came together, Dublin of the late 70s early 80s, and this new record is the companion album. But it’s from this current perspective now… So many years later, what have we learned?”

For a limited time, fans will be able to drop into the broadcast and begin listening wherever the unique audio is currently in progress. “The U2 Experience” features a chronology of the band’s career, including commentary surrounding the significance behind iconic songs and legendary stories from the road, as told through live broadcast interviews with the band spanning nearly 40 years. Also included are some of the legendary rock group’s biggest hits, and live recordings of songs from The Joshua Tree and Songs of Experience, recorded during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. The immersive audio show also includes a new and exclusive interview with U2 and Amazon Music’s global head of programming, Alex Luke, which took place during a stop in Sao Paolo, Brazil on tour this Fall.

“Few bands have as storied a career as U2, and we saw an incredible opportunity to build a broadcast for their fans,” said Luke. “This all goes back to voice innovation, and what we’ve built is an immersive, ephemeral listening experience for our customers, with a wealth of interviews and content going back nearly 40 years.”

In a brand-new format for Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK can simply ask, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience,” and will immediately be dropped into the broadcast, wherever the unique audio session is currently in progress. “The U2 Experience” is available to listen on the mobile app and Web Player in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, to all customers with an Amazon Music account, with or without an Amazon Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, available only before the launch of U2’s new album, Songs of Experience, on December 1. Immediately following the show, the band’s new album, Songs of Experience, will be available to purchase on Amazon Music and stream for Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers.

“The U2 Experience” is the latest feature to launch within Amazon Music’s personalized natural language voice controls powered by Alexa, which has reimagined how customers experience music. When paired with Alexa, customers can ask for music by lyrics, mood, genre, era, and activities, simply by voice. Learn more about Amazon Music by visiting: www.amazon.com/music.

Start Times for “The U2 Experience”:

  • UK: Wednesday, 29 November 23:00
  • U.S.: Wednesday, 29 November 18:00 EST / 15:00 PST
  • Germany/Austria: Thursday, 30 November, 12:00am

From “The U2 Experience”:

Interview with Bono, 2017:

“Songs of Experience is kind of a rhyme. Your world view when you’re 17 or 18, contrasted with where you are now. I was very strict, very black and white, with the way I saw the world, whereas now I’m not. I see it in very different terms. When I was a kid – I saw the world as us and them. I think Edge was the same. But now I realize that the biggest obstacles you come up against in your life are probably not what you thought they were. It’s probably you.” – Bono

Interview with The Edge, 1987:

“‘Bullet the Blue Sky’ is a great example of why I love being in a band, as opposed to trying to be a solo artist. And it’s because, when Adam [Clayton] started playing that bass part… it is something I never, ever would have come up with in a million years. I think it is his greatest-ever bass part. He changed that piece of music, utterly, and made it what it is. The bass is of something totally different and unique.” – The Edge

Interview with Adam Clayton, 1981:

“I suspect we’ve always had this sound. We’ve always been U2. And you know, U2 is a thing that evolves constantly. And maybe a year from now, the sound will be slightly different from the sound on Boy. It’s impossible to tell because it’s a natural evolvement, all the time.”- Adam Clayton

About Amazon Music

Amazon Music is the destination for customers to have the most choice in how to access and listen to all their favorite music. In addition to streaming with Amazon Music Unlimited (standalone, on-demand music streaming service) and Amazon Prime Music (included in Prime memberships), where available, Amazon Music offers a wide selection of CD and Vinyl, including AutoRip on more than a hundred thousand albums, and tens of millions of MP3 songs to purchase and own. For more information on Amazon Music visit  and follow @AmazonMusic.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon announces all-new Alexa feature that lets you synchronize music on multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home

  • New multi-room music feature lets you group multiple Amazon Echo devices for synchronized music streaming in every room
  • New Alexa developer tools extend multi-room audio to other connected speakers and audio systems

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Aug. 29, 2017) announced an all-new Alexa feature that lets you control and synchronize music across multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home. Starting today, you can target music to a specific Echo device or a group of devices—just ask. Soon, this ability will be extended to control multi-room music on other connected speakers using simply your voice.

“In just the last few months, we’ve added dozens of new features to Alexa that enhance your entertainment experience—control of Amazon Fire TV and your home entertainment systems via Echo; music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers on Echo Show; and activity-based music searches—and we’re just getting started,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Today, we’re making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home.”

Multi-Room Music on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show

You can now synchronize your music playback across Echo devices to play songs from Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as “downstairs.” Once you’ve created the group, simply say “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.”

Customers in the US, UK, and Germany can start using multi-room music today on their Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show devices.

New Tools Let Device Makers Create Additional Voice-Controlled Music Experiences with Alexa

Amazon also announced two new sets of tools for developers to bring multi-room music control to their speakers.

Alexa Voice Service (AVS) Multi-Room Music SDK

Amazon is introducing new tools that enable AVS device makers to integrate with Amazon Alexa Multi-Room Music. Doing so will allow customers to play their music across supported Echo and AVS devices—for example, a customer with three Echo devices and two standalone AVS speakers can play synchronized music across all five devices. These tools will be available early next year.

Connected Speaker APIs

These new tools enable device makers with connected audio systems to control music playback using Alexa. A customer can then use any Alexa-enabled device – for example an Echo Dot – to play music throughout their home on their connected audio systems. Amazon is excited to be working with leading brands on this offering, including Sonos, Bose, Sound United, and Samsung.

“Alexa set the standard for voice in smart homes, so working with Amazon to bring voice control to Sonos for the first time was an obvious choice,” said Antoine Leblond, VP of Software, Sonos. “This has been a close collaboration from the beginning as we’ve worked together to combine the magic of Alexa with the seamless multi-room audio capabilities that Sonos pioneered. We’re proud of the work we’ve done together as Amazon’s first multi-room partner – all you’ll need is an Alexa-enabled device and playing music out loud on Sonos will be as easy as saying ‘Alexa, play music in the living room.’”

“Sound United is constantly striving to provide consumers with the best possible user experience. With AI voice services simplifying how we control our home environments and products, we’re excited Denon, Marantz, and HEOS customers will be some of the first to experience Alexa multi-room audio compatibility and the power of voice control,” said Kevin Duffy, CEO and president, Sound United. “Soon, users will be able to play their favorite song, alter the volume, or change an input in any room where our connected products are placed, simply by asking Alexa to do so.”

“We’re thrilled to integrate Alexa multi-room audio with Samsung speakers,” said Jun Young Kim, Vice President of AV Business Team,Samsung. “With Alexa multi-room audio and Samsung, customers will simply be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite music in any room of the house – using only their voice. Listening to great music on Samsung speakers has never been easier.”

The Connected Speaker APIs are available in developer preview starting today.

Device makers can learn more about the new AVS developer tools here.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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MANGO House space at Primavera Sound: Innovation, music and fashion converge in an experience-themed space

Barcelona, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO proposes experiencing the musical event of the year in a different way.Yesterday (May 31,2017), the brand opened its MANGO House space at Primavera Sound with an event attended by collaborators and friends, including Alma Jodorowsky, Daria Malygina, Steffy Argelich, Sophie Auster, Blanca Miró and Miguel Carrizo, among others.They all enjoyed a Californian-style BBQ accompanied by a session by the DJ Miqui Puig.

MANGO House is combining fashion and musical history in the same space.Its modern architecture and the use of wood give the installation a relaxed atmosphere, in the style of a recording studio.To recreate this cosy atmosphere, selected items of furniture and simple lines were used.

The house brings together a series of experience-themed actions and will be open to the public at Primavera Sound.Those attending will be able to enjoy a trip to deserted beaches thanks to virtual reality, select the music for the space, play Arcade machines,pinball or table tennis and photograph themselves in a photo booth.If they wish, they can share these moments on social media via free Wi-Fi access throughout the installation.In MANGO House there will also be a place to relax, either in the different areas of the house or in the hammocks in the garden zone.What is more, Nikki Lane, Weyes Blood and Núria Graham will offer acoustic concerts during the three days of the festival.

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BLINGBY ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH BRITISH POP DUO OMYO

BLINGBY TURNS BAND’S MUSIC VIDEOS INTO UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCES;
OMYO THE FIRST BAND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ‘BLINGBY LIVE’

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blingby has today announced a cutting-edge partnership with emerging British pop act OMYO, which sees its patented advertising technology turn the band’s music videos, concerts and more into unique shopping experiences for consumers around the world.

As part of the deal, the innovative advertising and marketing omnichannel platform will curate a series of unique videos that lets viewers shop the stars’ styles as they see them with its ‘bbstream technology’ – a portable scrolling selection of fashion, products and destinations as seen in the videos. Viewers can watch and purchase the styles or book a flight or hotel inspired by the video with the click or tap of a button.

Oxfordshire-born urban pop act OMYO found fame last year when they provided the soundtrack to New Look’s Autumn/Winter fashion campaign with critically acclaimed single ‘Lady’. They have since gone on to become BBC Introducing favourites and receive plays from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Charlie Sloth.

OMYO’s close links to fashion retailers – ranging from New Look to Ellesse – made the band a natural fit for Blingby’s advertising capabilities. As fans watch their music videos, live performances and more, they can simultaneously watch and shop interactively through the bbstream.

At a recent headline show in New York, OMYO also became the first band to use Blingby’s Live technology – the world’s first real-time consumer shopping experience designed for concerts, fashion shows and more.

OMYO and Blingby will also be collaborating on the duo’s next music video for their upcoming single, ‘Days With You’. The video will be bbTagged by Blingby and will feature items of clothing from fashion retailer River Island.

Founder and CEO of Blingby, Marcia Favale, commented on the partnership: “OMYO is right there fusing the boundaries of music and fashion. They have worked with some absolutely aspirational fashion brands – ASOS, Adidas, Ellesse, Blood Brother and more. They know exactly what their fans want to wear and OMYO is inspiring new trends. Through Blingby, OMYO can promote labels whilst maintaining creative integrity. Blingby is the platform designed to bridge that gap and make a connection between music fans and what the stars are wearing.”

OMYO added: “We are always looking for brand new ways of engaging with our fans and followers and Blingby adds a whole new dimension to our videos. Incorporating the Blingby videos into our Facebook page and posts is especially helpful as it is so difficult to stand out on social media these days, but having a video that doubles as an interactive browsing experience provides exactly that.”

Watch ‘Lady’ by OMYO on Blingby here:
https://blingby.com/music-video/omyo-lady

Watch Blingby Live in action at OMYO’s New York show here:
https://blingby.com/video/daydreamers

Watch OMYO Visual Bio on Facebook with Blingby Technology
https://www.facebook.com/omyofficial/app/106171216118819/

For more information:

www.blingby.com

http://omyomusic.com

Notes to Editors

About Blingby

Blingby is a revolutionary advertising and marketing platform. Through Blingby’s website and app, users can watch their favourite music videos, movie trailers and more, while Blingby’s innovative ‘BBStream’ technology provides a synchronised on-screen feed of clothing, accessories, motors, homeware as well as luxury venues and locations. While watching the videos, users can click to purchase the items, rent venues and book holidays that appear on screen there and then, allowing them to truly live the experience.

Blingby is currently available on the web at www.blingby.com and as an Android or iOSmobile app through Google Play and iTunes. Launched in August 2015, Blingby has reached millions of users worldwide and currently spans 135 countries.

About OMYO

London-based pop duo OMYO (pronounced Ohm-Yo, an acronym for ‘Our Music Your Opinion’) is made up of Oxfordshire-born Tom McCorkell (24, vocals) and William Edward (27, music and backing vocals) who have been making music together since they took on a bet to write a song one New Year’s Eve. After finding their sound in a mix of infectious acoustic and synth-inspired urban-pop, the band has gone on to play the UK festival circuit including a set at Wireless Festival, and have been featured on by Charlie Sloth on BBC Radio 1 Xtra. William has simultaneously kept alive a successful career in modelling with brands such as Nike and Schott NYC.

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Britney Spears Sparkles in Campaign for Fantasy Twist

US singing sensation Britney Spears has always had incredibly success with her various commercial ventures, most notably her line of perfumes, released in conjunction with Elizabeth Arden. Over one billion Britney Spears perfumes have been sold around the world, and her popularity in the fragrance market shows no signs of slowing down with the launch of a promotional campaign for her latest perfume, Fantasy Twist.

In the 50-second television commercial that was launched online over the weekend, Britney is seen in four equally glamorous guises, gliding along these four eras to the soundtrack of Beautiful by Goldfrapp. The clip opens with a quote from author Anais Nin: “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”

Having launched her first perfume, Curious back in 2004, Fantasty Twist is the 11th product to be added to Britney’s perfume collection, and combines two of her most popular scents, Fantasy and Midnight Fantasy, in one innovative split-sphere bottle. Britney herself commented that the split nature of Fantasy Twist gives her fans “the power to choose the scent they desire at any given moment.”

In the pink half of the bottle is the Fantasy perfume, which is designed to be the lighter, daytime scent. Described as a provocative and sensual perfume, Fantasy opens with fruity top notes of kiwi, litchi and golden quince, which then blends with a sweet heart of white chocolate, cupcake accord, jasmine and orchid, finished off with a smooth base of musks, orris root and woody notes.

Meanwhile, in the purple half of the bottle is the Midnight Fantasy perfume. This exotic and mysterious scent opens with fruity top notes of black cherry, plum and framboise, which then flows into a floral heart of iris, orchid and freesia, and finally the scent is rounded off with a rich base of amber, vanilla and musks.

The Britney Spears Fantasy Twist eau de parfum sprays are now available to order from online perfume retailer Fragrance Direct. The Fantasy Twist product comes in two different sizes; a 2x15ml bottle (£21.99) and a 2x25ml bottle (£26.99). There is also a selection of Britney’s other popular perfumes, including Curious and Believe.

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Perfect Perfumes for a 21st Birthday Gift from Fragrance Direct

Online perfume retailer Fragrance Direct has highlighted a selection of luxurious scents from big name brands and celebrities that will reflect the fun, rebellious nature of youth, and make the ideal 21st birthday present.

Turning 21 is a big milestone in any young person’s life, as they get the so-called “key to the door” and the rest of their adult life lies before them. Online perfume retailer Fragrance Direct has highlighted a selection of luxurious scents from big name brands and celebrities that will reflect the fun, rebellious nature of youth, and make the ideal 21st birthday present.

MADONNA TRUTH OR DARE

Madonna is one of the most iconic pop stars of her generation, and her move into the world of fragrances with this Truth or Dare scent has been described by the woman herself as a perfume that is “an expression of me”, but also something that “other people can relate to”. Truth or Dare is “an intoxication mixture of feminine and mysterious”, with notes of white flowers, vanilla and musk.

PACO RABANNE LADY MILLION

Following on from the highly successful 1 Million fragrance for men, Lady Million by Paco Rabanne is for the woman who wants to look, and feel, like a million dollars. With its gold diamond shaped bottle and aroma that is infused with notes of raspberry, honey, white flowers and amber, Lady Million will make any young woman radiate with a fiery, sensual character.

RIHANNA REBELLE

This is the second perfume to be released by Barbadian pop sensation Rihanna, who is widely considered to be one of the most eccentric, and sometimes controversial, pop stars around today. Rebelle is, as the name suggests, designed to indulge a woman’s rebellious side, with its fruity-floral aroma, and its luxurious red and gold bottle that is modelled on the shape of a stiletto heel.

MARC JACOBS DOT

Marc Jacobs fragrances have long been recognised for their floral beauty and youthful nature, and this latest edition to his perfume line, Dot, is no different. With its aroma of red berries and dragon fruit, Dot also has a striking bottle design that has become a signature of Marc Jacobs perfumes, most notably its red and black polka dot decoration, and the flower shaped bottle cap that is a standard Marc Jacobs feature.

All of these youthful scents and more can be ordered today from Fragrance Direct, so to find out more about each of these wonderful perfumes that will capture the thrill of turning 21, visit the Fragrance Direct website at http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/.

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Rebelle by Rihanna is Fastest-Selling Celebrity Perfume in the UK

Rihanna is one of the hottest pop stars on the planet right now, and it seems that as she expanded her horizons into other projects, her star power is just as powerful off the stage as it is on it.

The Barbadian singer has rocketed to the top of the UK bestselling fragrance list, having sold two million bottles of her second perfume, Rebelle, since it was launched in February. According to Mail Online, it is expected that the scent will break the four-million barrier by the end of the year.

The celebrity perfume market is notoriously competitive, particularly in the UK, and Rihanna’s rise to the top of the bestseller list has seen her fight off stiff competition from celebrity fragrance heavyweights such as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Victoria Beckham.

The follow-up to Rihanna’s first perfume Reb’l Fleur, Rebelle captures the warmth of the Caribbean sun, not only reflecting her laid-back Barbadian roots, but also the hectic lifestyle of the superstar that she has become. The conical design of the bottle, with its evocative red swirl pattern, is inspired by the shape of a stiletto heel.

Speaking at the launch of her second perfume earlier this year, Rihanna said:“[Rebelle] is about taking control but still being a lady. There’s a feminine, romantic element to the fragrance – but there’s also a defiant quality in it. I love its duality.”

As for the perfume itself, Rebelle is described as a strong, feminine scent that will bring out the rebel in your. The fragrance opens with fruity top notes of plum, strawberry and ginger, which then flows into a rich heart of vanilla orchid and cocoa absolute, all of which is smoothly rounded off with a deep base of musks, coffee, patchouli and amber.

Rihanna Rebelle eau de parfum spray is currently available to order from online perfume retailer Fragrance Direct, with a 100ml bottle selling for £19.99, which represents a saving of over a third off the recommended retail price.

To get your hands on the hottest celebrity perfume in the UK, visit the Fragrance Direct website at http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/.

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