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Faithless use music recognition on TV advert to sell tracks and tickets

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Ageing dance legends Faithless may be a bit passé with the kids, but they are certainly at the forefront of marketing their new album and tour, turning to music recognition service Shazam to turn a TV ad into a downloadable track and ticket booking service.

Starting this week, Faithless television adverts featuring the Shazam logo, will be aired on prime time television slots on channels including Sky1, Fiver and Five USA. Faithless fans with the Shazam music recognition App on their mobile will be able to tag the Faithless track, ‘Feelin Good’ that is playing during the advert. Shazam will then match the music from its database of over eight million tracks and deliver the Faithless track and album cover, offering ‘Shazamers’ links to buy the music instantaneously and tickets to the gig, directly from their mobile.

“Partnering with Shazam to promote the new album and tour taps into our fans’ use of new technology and gives them a quick and simple way to discover more about the band,” says Brian Message, from ATC Management.

“We think Faithless fans will leap at the chance to ‘Shazam’ the track playing in the new advert and link directly to our new music and UK tour info. Millions of Shazamers out there are tagging tracks every day, now, for the first time in the UK, they can Shazam a TV ad.”

“Shazam is quickly becoming an integral part of the marketing mix for bands and brands. We’re offering an interactive and engaging experience that makes the leap from watching an ad on TV to buying a track or booking a gig ticket simple and seamless on the mobile,” adds Andrew Fisher, CEO of Shazam. “Faithless’ fans know the band for being cutting-edge in their music, and this is also reflected in their marketing.”

The Faithless advert will play during the ad breaks in between shows such as Ghost Rider, House, CSI Miami and the feature film Layer Cake. The Shazam logo will be embedded into the advert so that users can tag at any point during the broadcast to get their Faithless tag result to the new album. Additional features including Faithless tour information and YouTube videos will also be available through the Shazam App.

This UK-initiative comes on the back of ‘Shazamble’ advertising and programming in the US. Shazam worked with Levis brand, ‘Dockers’ to promote their ‘Wear the Pants’ campaign shown in the famous Super Bowl ad breaks and with NBC Universal network, Syfy to add Shazam to programmes Warehouse 13 and Eureka. Viewers who ‘Shazamed’ the programmes had special content delivered to their mobiles and were entered into a sweepstakes to win prizes.

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