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Shazam, Music Discovery Platform, Turns 20 

Shazam, a well-known music search engine, marks its 20th anniversary. It has now successfully achieved 70 billion song recognitions as of the week of August 12th, 2022.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

The platform, a cornerstone of popular culture, has had a big influence on how people interact with music by making song identification simpler for its 225 million monthly users worldwide who use the single to discover new music.

With a unique playlist made up of the songs that have been Shazamed the most over the past 20 years, Shazam encourages listeners to travel down memory lane to celebrate. The playlist, which ranges from Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” is an accurate representation of the music that fans throughout the world actively sought out during the previous 20 years. Currently only available on Apple Music.

Shazam’s global charts have been instrumental in identifying emerging new talent over the years, such as Masked Wolf, who was named one of the company’s 5 Artists to Watch in 2021 and had the tune with the most Shazams worldwide that year with “Astronaut In The Ocean.”

“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.”

The Shazam rankings have become a gauge for unforeseen pop culture events. The inclusion of Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” in “Stranger Things” resulted in an all-time high for the singer in Shazams, and the song spent 10 days at the top of the Shazam Global Top 200 chart. More than any other song in 2022, it ultimately made it to the top of 25 national charts.

Shazam, which constantly has its finger on the musical pulse, has also been crucial in introducing regional performers to a wider audience. ‘Love Nwantiti [Remix]’ by Nigerian musician CKay, which became the second song to ever achieve one million Shazams in a week, was the longest-running No. 1 single globally in 2021.

Shazam has dedicated itself to innovation for the past 20 years, and as a result, it has developed new tools like the concert discovery feature, which highlights concert information and tickets for nearby shows that are currently on sale, just by Shazaming a song or searching for it on the Shazam app or website.

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