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Nokia Music, Nokia's new free music streaming service, held its exclusive launch event last Friday, October 19th, in Nashville, TN in the rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The event hosted by Billboard's Ray Waddell, benefitted Musicians On Call.
To start the day, members of the Eli Young Band stopped by the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System's Nashville campus to visit with Veteran patients and their families and play a couple songs. Immediately following, the band made its way to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and brought the house down with an intimate acoustic set for an audience packed with various members of the Nashville music industry and media.
"We are grateful for the Eli Young Band, Billboard, Musicians On Call, and the Music City's music community for making our Nokia Music launch event a success," said Anthony Montenegro, Head of Americas, Nokia Music at Nokia. "It's truly inspiring to have so many people come together in support of such a great cause."
"We want to give a special thanks to the Eli Young Band for their altruism and express our gratitude to everyone in the music community that attended the launch of Nokia Music at the Country Music Hall of Fame," said Scott Welch, Chairman of the Board at Musicians On Call. "We are very appreciative of Nokia Music's benevolence, and look forward to future collaborations with them."
Nokia Music is a mobile experience exclusive to Nokia Lumia handsets currently available at all AT&T stores. AT&T is the nation's largest 4G network. Consumers can stream unlimited music from a suite of over 150 exclusive playlists that are curated and kept up to date by an expert team of US based musicologists. The playlists span a wide spectrum of musical genres from underground Detroit house tracks to New York Philharmonic favorites.
Nokia Music also offers playlists created by global artists such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Completely advertisement-free, and requiring no registration or subscription, Nokia Music lets consumers immerse themselves in the sounds of their favorite artists without being disrupted.
To enhance their music experience further, consumers can use Nokia Music's "GIG FINDER", which locates a consumer's position and pinpoints live concerts, gigs and shows taking place in Nashville, taking their level of interaction with their favorite artists beyond the playlist and Nokia Music's mp3 store.
Eli Young Band has charted two consecutive #1 hits at Country Radio with "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." "Crazy Girl," has been certified Platinum, was named Billboard's #1 Country Song of The Year, won the 2012 ACM for Song Of The Year, and has been viewed over 12 million times on YouTube. While "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" has been certified GOLD and is nominated for CMA Song Of The Year. EYB has sold over 250,000 copies of their current album Life At Best. The album made its debut at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. It came in at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and #3 on the iTunes All Genre Chart just behind Jay Z / Kanye West and Adele. The band has earned praise in The New York Times, People, Associated Press, American Songwriter, The New Yorker, USA Today, New York Post, Billboard and Country Weekly.
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia
About Nokia Music:
Nokia Music features playlists that are curated by an expert team of global and regional musicologists, spanning a wide spectrum of genres from underground Detroit house tracks to New York Philharmonic favorites. Completely advertisement-free, and requiring no registration or subscription, Nokia Music allows consumers to enjoy the songs of their favorite artists without any disruption. Nokia Music can also be enjoyed offline so consumers can listen to their favorite playlists anytime, anywhere.
Consumers who already own a Nokia Lumia 900 or Nokia Lumia 710 can download the Nokia Music app from Marketplace.
About Musicians On Call:
Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. To date, its volunteers have played for over 300,000 people nationwide. Musicians On Call continues its mission through room-to-room hospital performances by local musicians and national celebrities as well as the CD Pharmacy Program. For more information, please visit: www.musiciansoncall.org
(Photo: L-R: James Young/Eli Young Band, Jon Jones/Eli Young Band, Chris Thompson/Eli Young Band, Mike Eli/Eli Young Band)