Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shazam is handy app when watching the 2012 ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’

Despite my concerns that this year’s “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” would be a continuation of last year’s decision to focus more on the guest music acts, the 2012 special struck a nice balance.
I could have used a little less of Justin Bieber leering at the sexy lingerie models, but his performance was actually quite good. The other musical acts, Bruno Mars and Rihanna, were excellent. Overall, they were a marked improvement over 2011’s rougher-edged music acts, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj.
One of the things I love most about the annual “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” besides the lovely women, is the selection of music played while the models are strutting their stuff.
This year I used the Shazam app on my iPhone 4 to identify some of the music played during the show. I was pleased to see that Shazam identified the show I was watching and provided a special section that featured music, in order, from the broadcast.
It showcased about 50 songs used during the show. Some of my favorites (excluding the live performances) were “Midnight City” by M83, “Young Blood” by the Naked and Famous, “Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj, “State Trooper” by Drop the Lime, “Advice of Tomorrow” by Ciuju Nelabai and “Brokenhearted” by Karmin.
The feature called Shazam For TV works like a second screen app for TV viewing. It not only displays music in the show, but offers trivia, celebrity gossip and tweets about the show and cast.
The 2012 “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” aired Tuesday night on CBS, but will be rebroadcast on Wed. Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. EST on the CW.

Photo: Erin Heatherton walks on the runway at the 2012 “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” See photos at UPI. Screenshot of Shazam app below.

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