Google and T-Mobile teamed up Wednesday night for the official Google Music release party at the Mr. Brainwash studio in Los Angeles.
Busta Rhymes opened for Google, teasing the audience with old-school beats before he announced his official signing with Cash Money Records and his excitement about Google Music’s presence on the Android market.
While Maroon 5 was performing, I listened to Paris Hilton ask at least three different people when Drake was performing. “I &*%#ing love Drake,” she kept repeating. Other celebrities were preparing their mobile video-cameras to tape his performance.
Within 5 minutes of Paris Hilton’s incessant and repetitive questioning, loud screams and shrieks from Drake’s fan-base made it clear he was performing. Meanwhile, Paris was texting her BlackBerry PIN to some guy she had just met. Who knows—maybe she didn’t notice Drake on stage. Maybe she was “on one.”
I was standing in front of thousands of people looking up at him. I looked behind me. I watched girls scream, raise their hands hoping for some acknowledgement—I even saw one girl tearing as she held her “Take Care” album up against her chest, as if she was praying to the beat of “Make Me Proud.”
Google Music will be available to customers in the U.S. for the next few days, but Google hopes to reach 200 million Android users globally.
Some of their music is free—other songs are priced at 69 cents, 99 cents or even $1.29 — the same prices on Apple’s iTunes. Adele and Jay-Z’s music will be available for purchase right away. Dozens of Busta Rhymes, Coldplay, and Rolling Stones tracks, however, will be available for free.
I wonder if Paris Hilton’s one-hit-wonder “Stars Are Blind” will be featured on Google Music. Ironic title for her song, no?