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Shazam turns 20 today, and as of this week, it has officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions. A mainstay in popular culture, the platform has changed the way people engage with music by making song identification accessible to everyone. For more than 225 million global monthly users, to “Shazam” is to discover something new.

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To mark the occasion, Shazam invites fans to take a trip down memory lane with a special playlist comprised of the most Shazamed song of each calendar year for the past 20 years. Featuring everything from Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” the playlist is a true reflection of the music fans across the globe actively searched for over the past two decades. Listen now exclusively on Apple Music.

Over the years, Shazam’s global charts have played a crucial role in helping to identify breaking new talent like Masked Wolf, who was one of Shazam’s 5 Artists to Watch in 2021 and ended up having the most Shazamed track globally that year with “Astronaut In The Ocean.”

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“The fact that people all over the world took time out of their day to pull out their phone and Shazam my songs is a huge honor for me as an artist,” said Masked Wolf. “You know you’ve got something special if you see the Shazam stats moving.”

Shazam’s charts have also become a barometer for unexpected pop culture moments. Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” being featured in “Stranger Things” led to an all-time peak in Shazams of the singer, and the track took No. 1 on the Shazam Global Top 200 for 10 days. It ended up reaching the top of 25 national charts — more than any other song in 2022.

Keeping its finger on the pulse of music, Shazam has also played a key role in bringing local artists to a global audience. The longest-running global No. 1 song of 2021 was “Love Nwantiti [Remix]” by Nigerian artist CKay, which became the second song to ever surpass one million Shazams in a week.

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“Shazam has played an impactful role in my career,” said CKay. “It allowed millions of people all over the world to discover me and my unique Nigerian sound. It made me a global sensation even before I started to perform all over the world. The story of CKay cannot be told without Shazam connecting me to the world.”

With its continued commitment to innovation over the past two decades, Shazam is pioneering new ways to bring fans closer to the music and artists they love with new tools like the concert discovery feature, which spotlights concert information and tickets on sale for shows nearby, simply by Shazaming a song, or by searching for it in the Shazam app or website.

While Shazam remains focused on the future of music discovery, today’s anniversary offers an opportunity to look back at the notable moments and milestones that make up its two-decade history.

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Important Dates

  • August 2002: Shazam launches as a text message service based in the UK. At the time, users could identify songs by dialing “2580” on their phone and holding it up as a song played. They were then sent an SMS message telling them the song title and the name of the artist.
  • July 2008: Shazam launches on the brand-new App Store. Shazam later launched its Android version in October 2008.
  • April 2015: Shazam becomes available on the first Apple Watch.
  • September 2018: Shazam joins the Apple family.
  • June 2021: Shazam surpasses 1 billion Shazams per month.
  • May 2022: Shazam surpasses 2 billion lifetime installs.
  • August 2022: Shazam celebrates 20 years of music discovery and hits 70 billion all-time Shazams.

Notable Firsts

  • First-ever Shazamed song: “Jeepster” by T. Rex (April 19, 2002)1
  • First Shazamed song on the iOS app: “How Am I Different” by Aimee Mann (July 10, 2008)
  • First track to reach 1,000 Shazams: “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” by Eminem (September 2002)
  • First track to reach one million Shazams: “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha (February 2010)
  • First track to reach 10 million Shazams: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra (December 2012)
  • First track to reach 20 million Shazams: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz (October 2015)
  • First artist to hit 1 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (February 2009)
  • First artist to hit 10 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (June 2011)
  • First artist to hit 100 million Shazams: David Guetta (May 2015)

Fastest Tracks to Accumulate Shazams

  • Fastest track to reach 1 million Shazams: “Butter” by BTS (nine days)
  • Fastest track to reach 10 million Shazams: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (87 days)
  • Fastest track to reach 20 million Shazams: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I (219 days)

Most Shazamed of All Time

  • Drake is the most Shazamed artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams across songs the artist has led or featured on. “One Dance” is Drake’s most popular track at over 17 million Shazams.
  • “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I is the most Shazamed song ever with over 41 million Shazams.
  • “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley was the most Shazamed song using the “2580” text service.

Top Shazamed Songs by Genre

  • Top Hip-Hop/Rap: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
  • Top Dance: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
  • Top R&B/Soul: “All of Me” by John Legend
  • Top Latin: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William
  • Top Pop: “Let Her Go” by Passenger
  • Top Alternative: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
  • Top Singer/Songwriter: “Take Me to Church” by Hozier
  1. The first Shazamed song used the service’s prelaunch public beta.

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I Don’t Allow People In My Personal Space, It’s The Reason I Am Always Misunderstood Burna Boy

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Grammy award winner, Damini Ogulu better known as Burna Boy, has said he’s grossly misunderstood by people and it’s his fault!
Speaking in a recent interview with a British magazine ‘Dazed’, the 31-year-old singer said a lot of people don’t understand him because he has never given the public a chance to know and understand his personality.

The self-styled ‘African Giant’, who leads a quiet life and majorly shares things about his career and performance on local and global stages, said he tried to use his latest album ‘Love, Damini’ to give people a glimpse into his life.
His words,

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“I tend to be misunderstood and the reason is that I have never really given anyone a chance to know who I am, and that’s what I tried to do.”
“I tried to use this album to allow people to get closer to me.”
“My music will be here long after I’m gone, even after my children’s children. It’s a stamp in time for those who have a reality like mine”
Speaking further, Burna Boy, a global music art, said he dislikes interviews because it tends to be a lose-lose situation for him.
“Whatever I say, even if it’s the truth, you guys will spin it,” he added.

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Why Ghanaians hate Shatta Wale so much? – Ruthy quizzes following Shatta’s absence from Global Citizen Festival

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The ‘dancehall king inna di whole’ was absent on the night when two of Ghana’s finest collections of ‘S’ musicians impressed attendees of the Global Citizen Festival.

When Sarkodie and Stonebwoy performed at Black Star Square on September 24, 2022, Shatta Wale was noticeably absent.

 

Before anybody else took the stage, Stonebwoy wowed the audience with his high-energy performance.

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However, Sarkodie reportedly stole the show with his dynamic and emotional sets, as shared on social media.

Shatta Wale was not present, but other Ghanaian artists such as Kwesi Arthur and Yaw Tog were.

Questions over why Shatta Wale did not attend the event have sparked discussions on social media with Ruth asking a thought-provoking question.

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According to Ruthy, the absence of Shatta Wale at the Global Citizen Festival is a clear sign of sabotage and hatred on the part of the so-called industry gatekeeper and players.

 

Consequently, she feels the hatred for Shatta Wale has become so real that he was not billed to perform at the biggest musical event ever in Ghana for the past decade – Global Citizen Festival.

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