Pharrell William’s single ‘Freedom’ will be Apple Music’s first major exclusive

Hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams has revealed that his upcoming single titled “Freedom” will be exclusive to Apple Music, which launches June 30 in a hundred countries across iPhones, iPads, iPods and Mac and Windows PCs, with a native Android app and Apple TV support due this fall.

The popular artist has made the announcement that his upcoming single, Freedom, will be launching alongside Apple Music on June 30, and that it will be an exclusive with Apple’s music streaming service. Unfortunately, there’s no word on just how long the track will be available as an Apple Music exclusive, or if that means that Pharrell’s upcoming album will be an exclusive for Apple as well.
Freedom. June 30th @AppleMusic
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 23, 2015
New York Post, along with other outlets, said this spring Apple’s new music service would partner with artists for exclusive releases, mirroring success iTunes has had in the past. Indeed, the iPhone maker has hired world-famous DJs Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden and Julie Adenoma to act as radio hosts for Beats One, which is part of Apple Music.

In another landmark move, Apple Music has signed up 20,000 independent labels and distributors through a licensing agreement with Beggars Group and Merlin Network, and reached a streaming agreement with independent music advocate group Worldwide Independent Network.

[via 9to5Mac; @Pharrell]


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