SAP and the One4 Project today announced a partnership with the band Imagine Dragons and Apple that aims to provide support to the UN Refugee Agency as it addresses the refugee displacement crises occurring in Europe (via Forbes). The new single by the band, called „I Was Me,“ is out now on iTunes for $1.29, and both Imagine Dragons and Apple have confirmed that all proceeds from its sales will go toward relief efforts.
SAP, the corporation supporting One4, has also announced it will donate 10 cents for each of the first five million purchases of the new single. Each member of the project hopes the funds not only aid in providing relief for the refugee crises, but bring the international issue into the public eye.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons)
Apple has already been supporting the relief efforts, opening up iTunes Store donations to the American Red Cross last month to help those displaced from their homes due to violence and forced to migrate across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe. Those interested in supporting the cause can purchase „I Was Me“ on iTunes right now.
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Apple announced today that it is expanding its iTunes Festival to the US for the first time. Five shows will be held from March 11-15 during the Austin City Limits Live event at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. The shows will serve as a part of the film and music-focused South by Southwest (SXSW) festivals which will be held in Austin from March 7-16, 2014.
The live event will feature major recording artists like Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD and more. Performances will be available as a live or on demand stream via iTunes, the Apple TV or the iTunes Festival app for iOS devices.
„The iTunes Festival in London has become an incredible way for Apple to share its love of music with our customers,“ said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. „We’re excited about the incredible lineup of artists performing and SXSW is the perfect place to debut the first iTunes Festival in the US.“
The iTunes Festival is held each year in London, where more than 400 artists have performed for over 430,000 fans since it started in 2007.
Apple has launched a Back to School music sale in iTunes for U.S. customers dropping the price on a several popular albums to $6.99 (via iMore). The sale works alongside the iTunes „Complete My Album“ feature, allowing already purchased tracks to count towards the price of the full album.
Here’s the full list of songs on sale:
– Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
– Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
– Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
– The Lumineers – The Lumineers
– Pink – The Truth About Love
– OneRepublic – Native
– Blake Shelton – Based On a True Story…
– Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
– Various Artists – Pitch Perfect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
– Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Apple also has more than 60 other albums available for $7.99, featuring artists like Taylor Swift, Fun., Eminem, and more. The $6.99 sale will last from September 2 to September 5.