Spotify and EMI launch Blur Spotify app to celebrate 21st anniversary of debut album, Leisure
To celebrate 21 years since the release of Blur’s debut album, Leisure, Spotify and EMI have launched the Blur Spotify app available worldwide in the Spotify app finder, giving fans the opportunity to discover Blur’s music and hear new and exclusive Blur content. Band bio’s for Alex James, Damon Albarn, Dave Rowntree and Graham Coxon are available, as well as the bands full discography, playlists and set lists from live gigs. Over the next four weeks a series of radio shows hosted by Gary Crowley will also be added to the app taking a look at the key milestones in the band’s career. Will Hope, head of label relations at Spotify, commented: “We are thrilled to be able to give Blur fans the chance to celebrate one of the most iconic bands in British history, and relive their remarkable career. Older fans will rediscover and enjoy their favourite Blur music and moments, while a new generation of fans will see the full extent of their influence on modern British music and culture.” As part of the celebrations Spotify and EMI are also running the Spotify Presents Blur 21: The Exhibition at Londonewcastle in East London running until Tuesday 14 August. The free exhibition sees a collection of over 70 images of Blur from music photographers, designers and artists including Pennie Smith, Kevin Cummins, Tom Sheehan and Paul Postle on display. The Exhibition documents the band’s story through the 1990s and the height of Britpop up to 2012 a year that has seen Blur awarded the BRIT for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the release of two new songs - Under The Westway and The Puritan - ahead of a sold out show at London’s Hyde Park on 12 August.