Milestone Jazz Event: Marsalis’ First-Ever Online Album Premiere; iLike’s First-Ever Jazz Album Exclusive
Wynton Marsalis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, trumpeter and bandleader, and leading social music discovery service iLike announced that He and She, Wynton’s new album of original music and spoken word, is available to listen to today in its entirety, only on iLike. iLike’s 24-hour world exclusive will culminate with the retail release of He and She on March 24, 2009.
“What appeals to me about working with iLike is the opportunity to take He and She directly to my fans, giving them a chance to hear it in full before the album is available in stores,” said Wynton Marsalis. “It is with this inspiration that I am inviting my fans to engage with me and one another in an online dialogue about the album on my iLike page.”
“This is a significant moment for iLike and jazz fans across the Web,” said Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike. “It is almost surreal to have the honor of collaborating with Wynton Marsalis, the defining jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, to launch our first-ever album exclusive in the jazz genre.”
He and She, Marsalis’ fifth album for Blue Note, combines spoken word with music from his quintet, tempered with flashes of humor and plenty of swing centered on the relationship between a man and a woman and the elusiveness of romance.
Marsalis fans will have an opportunity to post questions and comments about the album on his iLike Artist Page (www.iLike.com/WyntonMarsalis) and Wynton will personally respond to a select group of fans. A few lucky fans who submit a question will receive a special gift.
iLike will syndicate Marsalis’ album stream across iLike.com, iLike’s dominant Facebook” music app, and other leading social networks and online platforms including the iLike Sidebar for iTunes (www.iLike.com/download). To learn more about iLike’s free content syndication tool for artists, go to: www.iLike.com/forartists.
To listen to Wynton Marsalis’ new album and participate in a virtual dialogue, visit his iLike artist page today (March 23, 2009) at www.iLike.com/WyntonMarsalis. And for more information about Wynton Marsalis, sign up for his fan e-newsletter at: www.wyntonmarsalis.org/newsletter
About iLike, inc
iLike is the Web’s leading social music discovery service and the dominant music application on iGoogle, Facebook and other leading platforms. With more than 40 million registered users, iLike helps people share music recommendations, playlists, and personalized concert alerts. iLike offers musicians and labels a convenient Artist Dashboard from which to reach fans, manage their presence across multiple channels, and cultivate the viral spread of their music. iLike, inc also runs indie music site GarageBand.com.