Apple Music’s First Major Exclusive: Pharrell Williams Track ‘Freedom’ [VIDEO]
Pharrell Williams took to Twitter and Facebook to announce his new single “Freedom” will debut on Apple Music when the service launches in six days. A 15-second teaser of the song was posted to Twitter and his Facebook page:
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 23, 2015
If the track sounds familiar, it was used within Apple’s ‘Worldwide’ promo trailer for Apple Music, which debuted at WWDC earlier this month. We all knew it was Pharrell at the time, but now we know what the song is. Take another listen:
Pharrell worked with Apple before when he showed off his custom gold Apple Watch with pink sport band on Instagram, which was also seen widely on TV on The Voice, which Williams stars in.
Earlier today, it was reported Apple Music hand signed nearly 20,000 indie labels as Beggars Group and Merlin signed onto the streaming service.
Apple Music has dominated headlines lately prior to its debut. Grammy award winner Taylor Swift criticized Apple in an open letter for not paying artists during the upcoming three-month free trial. Apple iTunes chief Eddy Cue responded swiftly afterwards, announcing Apple would reverse course and pay musicians during the trial.
Apple Music sponsored ads have been widely seen on Facebook in Canada, while iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 beta users have also seen the service’s landing pages appear ahead of the launch. Pricing for Apple Music is set at $9.99 USD per month and $14.99 USD respectively for individual and family plans. Canadian pricing has not been announced yet, but Apple Music showing up in iOS betas list the same prices.