FANetwork and Milyoni Launch Two Global Live Concert Series on Facebook
Top Musicians Bring Live Events and Exclusive Content to Facebook Fans in 196 Countries
PLEASANTON, CA, Apr 18, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
FANetwork, the premier live event broadcast network and distributor of music and film on social media and Milyoni, the leader in social entertainment, and , today announced a partnership to launch two global concert series on Facebook: Global Sounds and Will Power. The series will feature month-long exclusive content from top artists, culminating in live concerts to be beamed live to Facebook's 850 million plus users in 196 countries around the world. The broadcasts will provide musicians with a way to engage and reward loyal fans, while attracting a whole new fan base from across the globe.
Will Power, a series celebrating women empowerment and focusing on artists that personify strength, compassion and social awareness, will kick off on Earth Day, April 22 featuring GRAMMY-winning English singer Imogen Heap. Imogen, who has more than 700,000 Facebook fans and more than 1.6 million Twitter followers, will debut a new single performed live from her garden in London with her signature Musical Gloves. The performance will be followed by the premiere of her film Love the Earth. The entire production and broadcast is being powered by clean energy and more than 20 manpowered bicycles. Fans can RSVP to the live event and also receive a 90-day all access pass at https://apps.facebook.com/imogenheaplive .
Global Sounds will feature some of the most popular and inspirational Christian acts today. The series will begin with GRAMMY Award nominated singer Jeremy Camp with a live concert broadcast from his home in Tennessee on May 9. Fans can RSVP to the live event and receive a 60-day all access pass at https://apps.facebook.com/jeremycampconcert .
"As digital and social forces change the landscape of entertainment, Milyoni's Social Live provides artists with the ability to monetize their creative content by engaging fans from around the world in a unique, high-quality video experience," said John Corpus, founder and CEO, Milyoni. "We're excited to partner with FANetwork to help artists and entertainers engage and reward their fan base with socially interactive concerts and exclusive content."
The FANetwork Digital Media Alliance combined FANetwork's USA and UK music executives and media investment bankers with award-winning, innovative digital producers to create customized events and program fan experience using Milyoni's Social Live and Social Cinema. This brings a shared, social experience to Facebook's over 850 million users, allowing fans to comment, chat and share the live concert with friends and family across the world. The concerts will feature exclusive content, contests and additional interaction with fellow fans and the musicians themselves. Using the social platform, fans can share content and the high quality video viewing experience with each other, extending the artists' music reach.
"With the launch of these two unique series, every fan is immediately granted all-access to their favorite artists," said Charlie Stuart Gay, president of FANetwork. "We are all fans and our goal is to enable others to connect with fellow music enthusiasts. We are excited to have such extraordinary performers to kick-off the series -- providing their millions of fans worldwide a chance to interact and share the live music on Facebook."
While fans across the globe can access each of the live concert series for free for 24 hours, they are encouraged to make a pledge of at least $5, which allows viewing for an extended period, access to additional content and conversations between artists and fans. A portion of the pledges will be donated by artists to their chosen causes. Additional artists for both series will be announced in the coming months.
For more information on the Will Power series and to view Imogen Heap's live concert, visit: https://apps.facebook.com/imogenheaplive .
For more information on the Global Sounds series and to view the Jeremy Camp live broadcast, visit Global Sounds on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GlobalSoundsFAN .
About FANetwork FANetwork, is both a broadcaster of live events and a distributor of music and film within the delivery ecosystem of Facebook and beyond. This growing media group, with offices in London and Los Angeles, is managed by media investors and entertainment producers, providing immediate investment, innovative delivery-platforms and distribution to major artists and entertainment properties. In the past its President, Charlie Stuart Gay, has produced large Christian assemblies, including being Arrangements Chair for the final Billy Graham Crusade at the Rose Bowl.
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PRESS RELEASE: MICHAEL FOREVER: SEPTEMBER 29th 2011
The projected audience for this concert just went through the Millennium Stadium’s roof...
MICHAEL FOREVER TRIBUTE TO BE LIVE ON FACEBOOK
Now Social Networking means Social Concert-Going too
MICHAEL FOREVER, the massive Michael Jackson tribute concert taking place at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on October 8th, will be the first ever, live GLOBAL, Pay-Per-View concert in the history of entertainment.
Behind the project, along with the concert’s promoter GLOBAL LIVE EVENTS (GLE), are the British company FANETWORK, and, from California, MILYONI (“Million Eye”) the leading exponent of “f-commerce”, connecting and engaging with Facebook fans, and turning them into customers.
Potentially all 800 million Facebook subscribers worldwide will have the ability to watch the incredible line-up of international talent performing as it happens, thanks to the latest real-time technology. Michael Jackson fans on Facebook around the world will be able to experience the concert while interacting with friends and family, all within the world famous website. Milyoni’s technology provides a unique level of social interaction by allowing participants to “like”, comment, chat and share the experience with fellow fans online, as if they were actually there, in the magnificent Millennium Stadium, together.
The show is being hosted by Oscar-winner star of “Ray”, Jamie Foxx and Britain’s Fearne Cotton. Members of Michael Jackson’s immediate family will be playing key roles, including his mother Katherine, along with world megastars including Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis and many more.
“The ability to broadcast concerts into every corner of the globe and connect directly with fans through Facebook is the most significant opportunity that can happen within the entertainment industry today,” said Charlie Stuart Gay, President of fanetwork. “We are fortunate that technology can complement the producers and artists to pay tribute in a manner that is as utterly unique as the legend that will forever remain ‘The King of Pop.’”
It being 2011, all the performers naturally have their own registered fanbases documented, as well knowing their precise Twitter following, which is enough to give some idea of how many people might end up watching all or part of the programme. The Black Eyed Peas boast a fanbase of over 24 million, with over 3 million people following them on Twitter. Beyoncé trumps that, with figures of 28 million and 4 million respectively. By contrast, the maximum capacity at the Millennium Stadium is around 75,000.
“This really takes this concert into a new dimension: somewhere we haven’t been before, even with Live Aid and Live8” commented Chris Hunt, CEO of GLE, who has been putting together the show with the support and encouragement of the Jackson family. “Without Facebook’s involvement it was still set to be a huge and unforgettable event, but with the potential global audience now running into the hundreds of millions, I think we’re quite justified in using the word “phenomenon”. It’s beyond words, and it’s happening here, for us and for Michael, first. It’s a fittingly ground-breaking tribute to a man who changed the face of pop music forever.”
Fans around the world will be able watch the star-studded Michael Forever Tribute Concert by using one of two global currencies, Facebook Credits or PayPal and its credit card facility. Viewers can RSVP to the concert or purchase access to the live broadcast in advance of October 8th for $3.99 or 40 Facebook Credits , or on the day of the event for $4.99 or 50 Facebook Credits at
MICHAEL FOREVER is an amazing show which has been created to reflect a uniquely multi-talented artist. It brings together Michael Jackson’s friends, his family, including his mother and his children, in one incredible evening.
Other acts confirmed for the night include Cee Lo Green, Alexandra Burke , JLS and Diversity. Ne-Yo, Pixie Lott, Alien Ant Farm and Craig David have also signed up, as well as the next generation of Jacksons, International multi-platinum recording artists, 3T. ..and it’s a list growing by the day.
Fanetwork, is a broadcast network and content provider combining Facebook Artists Network (F.A.N). This London-based company, managed by media investors and entertainment producers, provides investment and distribution to artists and entertainment properties as well as technology partners. This combination, which changes based on needs, is powered by fanetwork to engage fans through an integrated social media platform driven by artist and brand Facebook fan pages, and supplemented by television and mobile partners across the world.