Song-tagging and recognition platform Shazam is opening its artists verification program to all artists today, after a two-month pilot phase.
The London-headquartered company is best known for its mobile app that lets users identify songs playing in the background, simply by holding their phone to the audio — it has more than 100 million users globally. But funded to the tune of $125 million, Shazam has long branched out into other media realms, including TV.
In its quest to become a more holistic app for music fans, the company introduced its verified artists initiative with 30 artists back in June, kicking off with big names such as One Direction, David Guetta, Sam Smith, and Alicia Keys. The feature lets fans follow their favorite artists to see what they themselves are “Shazaming,” letting anyone get a glimpse into what music they are listenting to.
Now, with 1.4 billion followers in total across the initial arsenal of artists, anyone can become a verified artist. But wait — this doesn’t meant that anyone with a record for sale can apply.The basic entry requirements insist that they must have a Verified Twitter account.