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The CMA Awards - Country Music's Biggest Night(TM) - is Shazamable

November 5, 2013

YellowBrix

On Wednesday night, Country Music fans can Shazam the CMA Awards for an exciting experience

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Shazam(R), the world's leading media engagement company, announced today that 'The 47th Annual CMA Awards' will be Shazamable to give music fans a deeper experience of Country Music's Biggest Night(TM). Wednesday at 8pm/7pm CT on the ABC Television Network, viewers will be able to use the Shazam App to follow the Awards ceremony as it happens, keeping track of nominees and the Awards presented, get custom content from Country Music artists, and easily buy their favorite music.

Wednesday at 8pm/7pm CT on the ABC Television Network, viewers will be able to use the Shazam App to follow the Awards ceremony as it happens, keeping track of nominees and the Awards presented, get custom content from Country Music artists, and easily buy their favorite music. (Photo: Business Wire)

Additionally, when viewers Shazam the show, they can also engage with the music to see playlists of the top Shazamed Country Music tracks, as well as the top tracks for hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

"We are thrilled that the CMA Awards is Shazamable," said Rich Riley, Shazam's CEO. "Awards shows like the CMA Awards are the perfect blend of exciting television and great music, making it an ideal fit for Shazam."

Viewers will see a Shazam call to action periodically during the program, but viewers can Shazam at anytime to access all the great content.

"The CMA Awards gives millions of fans and viewers the chance to see the best of what Country Music has to offer. Shazam creates an immediate connection so that fans can stay engaged for a longer period of time with the show. It also allows fans to get great content from their favorite artists and, hopefully, discover some new music in the process," said Ben Bennett, Director of Digital Strategy for CMA.

Shazam for TV is an extension of the much-loved music service that Shazam has offered since 2002, so that now, the popular app also works with television shows. The Shazam app is the easiest way for the more than 105 million U.S. Shazam users to get additional content about any show on 160 channels. For TV shows, people can see show and cast info with photos; dynamic content - updated to the second - that includes music in the broadcast, gossip, tweets and trivia; commerce links to iTunes to buy past episodes or seasons, or to rent or buy movies; and links to the official mobile-optimized site for buying show-related merchandise, the show's website, IMDB and Wikipedia; and sharing and commenting about the show on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

About Shazam

Shazam is the world's leading media engagement company with more than 375 million people in 200 countries and adding another 10 million new users each month. With the industry's unlimited fastest tagging in the Free and premium Encore Apps on iOS and Android devices, Shazam is the best way for people to discover, explore, buy, and share more music, TV shows and branded content they love.

Shazam makes it easy for people to 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 Store, Google play, Amazon App Store, AT&T's AppCenter, Verizon VCast app store, Nokia Store, Windows Phone Marketplace, BlackBerry App World, and GetJar.

For further information about Shazam Entertainment visit www.shazam.com and @ShazamNews. You can also follow us on Facebook or Google+. For daily music updates follow the Shazam Blog and @Shazam.

About the CMA Awards: The first 'CMA Awards Banquet and Show' was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time - making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA's other two television properties, 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock' and 'CMA Country Christmas,' through 2021. For information, visit CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.

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Shazam Media enquiries: Rica Squires +44-208-742-6848 PR@shazamteam.com

Source: Shazam

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