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Shazam announces user statistics for the US Sound of 2009

Press Release   •   Jan 19, 2009 09:54 EST

London, 19th January 2009 - Shazam, the world's leading mobile music discovery provider, today announced its prediction for acts to watch in 2009. Unlike a multitude of other subjective opinions on acts to watch in 2009, Shazam's millions of users have already spoken via the acts they have been tagging as the ones most likely to do well in 2009.

Kid Cudi currently sits atop Shazam's sound of 2009 with the runaway success of his 'Day & Night' track and his guest spot on Kanye West's album. Lady Gaga also gets in high at number two with 'Just Dance' resonating with the public.

Additionally, Shazam users see acts like Australian psychedelic rock/electronica outfit Empire Of The Sun and Australian R&B singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather all doing well in 2009. The Airborne Toxic Event also looks to be one to watch in 2009, although they are further down Shazam's list at number five.

Shazam's Head of Music, Will Mills, says; "With music discovery services like Shazam, music fans are making their voices heard and are as important as the critics in deciding which acts will do the business in 2009. Indeed Shazam's users do validate some of the critic's choices but they also show much more diversity in the acts they're tipping for success."

Shazam's US Sound of 2009:

1Kid Cudi
2Lady Gaga
3Empire of the Sun
4Daniel Merriweather
5The Airborne Toxic Event

Shazam's user statistics on the Sound of 2008 picked out The Ting Tings and Duffy as the two top acts to watch.

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