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Shazam Achieves Major Milestone – People Around the World Have Used the App TEN BILLION TIMES to Discover and Experience Music, TV Shows and Ads

Press Release   •   Sep 05, 2013 08:00 EDT

New York and London – September 5, 2013 - Shazam®, the world’s leading media engagement company, today announced it has crossed a major new user threshold – people around the world have used the app over 10 billion times to identify and discover songs, TV shows and ads.  The 10 billionth song was Lady Gaga’s new single, “Applause”, which was Shazamed in the U.S. in the city of East Brunswick, New Jersey, via an iOS device. 

The exploration of music through technology is an important element of ARTPOP, so for 'Applause' to be the 10 billionth song Shazamed is very exciting!  said Lady Gaga from London where she opened the iTunes Festival.

Almost 100 songs were identified in 17 countries in the same second as “Applause”, narrowly missing by milliseconds the distinction of being the 10 billionth.  The songs were from a wide range of artists spanning decades, genres and nationalities, including: 

“Intentalo (Me Prende)” - 3Ball MTY (US)

“Wake Me Up” – Avicii (Canada)

“I Could be the One” - Avicii Vs. Nicky Romero (UK)

“Rock N Roll” - Avril Lavigne (Germany)

“Utopia” - Bang La Decks (France)

“Saturn in the Summertime” - Barry Adamson (Germany)

“Thuggish Ruggish Bone” - Bone Thugs N Harmony (US)

“Trumpsta (DJuro Remix) - Contiez Feat. Treyy G (Norway)

“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” - Daft Punk (Germany)

“Bass Down Low” - Dev Feat. The Cataracs (Germany)

“Burn” - Ellie Goulding (Germany)

“Smoke a Little Smoke” - Eric Church (US)

“Be Faithful” - Fatman Scoop Feat. Crooklyn Clan & Faith Evans (US)

“Mittens” - Here Is Why (Germany)

“Holy Grail” - JAY Z Feat. Justin Timberlake (US)

“Sexy Lady” - Jessie J (UK)

“Eu Quero Tchu Eu Quero Tcha” - Joao Lucas E Marcelo (Germany)

“Got A Feeling (Bontan Remix, Pleasurekraft Edit)” - Josh Butler (UK)

“So Long” - Katie Armiger (US)

“This is the Last Time” – Keane (Spain)

“Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine Version)” - Klangkarussell Feat. Will Heard (UK)

“Beneath Your Beautiful” - Labrinth Feat Emeli Sandé (Portugal)

“Applause” - Lady Gaga (US)

“Summertime Sadness” - Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais (US)

“Party Rock Anthem” - LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (Japan)

“Crash My Party” - Luke Bryan (US)

“Love Somebody” - Maroon 5 (US)

“Mindgames” - Martin Patino (Switzerland)

“Bad Kingdom” – Moderat (Germany)

“Hey Porsche” – Nelly (Paraguay)

“Counting Stars” – OneRepublic (France)

“True Love” - P!nk Feat. Lily Allen (US)

“Wicked Games” - Parra For Cuva Feat. Anna Nakl (Estonia)

“Baby Come Back” – Player (US)

“1999” – Prince (US)

“Missin Ya (Kriss Raize Extended Mix)” R.J. Feat. Wiz Khalifa & Diddy & Dorrough (Switzerland)

“You’re My Mate” - Right Said Fred (Austria)

“Give it 2 U” - Robin Thicke Feat. Kendrick Lamar (France)

“Down the Line (It Takes a Number) – Romare (France)

“Hjem” - Sanne Salomonsen (Denmark)

“Still Loving You” – Scorpions (US)

“Higher” - Scott & Brendo Feat. Peter Hollens (US)

“Yeni BaÅŸtan” - Sedat YeÄŸin (Turkey)

“Fields of Gold” – Sting (Italy)

“Formidable” – Stromae (France)

“You Are the Love of My Life” - The Hit Co. (US)

“Ho Hey” - The Lumineers (Brazil)

“Up in the Air” - Thirty Seconds To Mars (France)

“Waterfalls” – TLC (US)

“Ready for You” – Vandenberg (US)

People throughout the world love the fun, magical experience of Shazam, which is why we have continued to see explosive growth, both in the number of people who love our app and how often they use it,” said Shazam CEO Rich Riley.  “It took ten years for the company to reach its first billion, ten months to reach its second billion and now, the company has seen user activity accelerate so rapidly that it only took two months to go from nine to ten billion Shazams.”

Shazam now processes well over 100 million tags a week, a 150% increase on the year and 312% increase since 2011, driven by more than 350 million people who use the service in 200 countries.  Additionally, the app helps generate more than $300 million in digital music sales each year, roughly 10% of the entire digital music industry.  All versions of the app for iOS, Android and Microsoft devices come with unlimited usage, giving fans more opportunities to engage with music and television content.  The Shazam App makes it fast and easy for music fans to buy the songs they love on iTunes and Amazon.

People can also share their discoveries with their friends on Facebook using the Shazam Friends feature, as well as on Twitter and Google+.  For people who don't yet have the Shazam application on their smartphone, it is available for FREE on every major platform and can be found on iTunes App StoreGoogle playAmazon App Store, AT&T’s AppCenterVerizon VCast app storeNokia StoreWindows Phone MarketplaceBlackBerry App World, and GetJar.

About Shazam

Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, used by hundreds of millions of people globally to connect to the world around them. Building on its pioneering leadership in music identification, Shazam now helps people discover, interact with, and share video, audio, or printed content on TV, radio, movie screens, magazines, newspapers, packaged goods, and retail stores -- and now Shazam lets music fans follow their favorite artists to see their Shazams and share in the thrill of discovery. The app has exceeded 20 billion total Shazams since its launch, and users Shazam over 20 million times each day. For more information on how Shazam has created new technology tools for brands to utilize data visit