ROLLING STONE AND GOOGLE PLAY ANNOUNCE SPECIAL COLLABORATION CELEBRATING 47 YEARS OF MUSIC, POLITICS AND CULTURE
Rolling Stone to Release Vast Collection of Archives for Free on Google Play Newsstand & Launches Daily Feed of Music and Cultural Content
New York, NY – January 28, 2015 – Rolling Stone and Google Play announced today a collaboration to bring years of iconic stories to the digital world where people can read them freely. For the first time ever, Rolling Stone’s vast archives, including features by notable writers such as Hunter S. Thompson, Cameron Crowe and Matt Taibbi, will be available for free to everyone on Android and iOS phones and tablets exclusively on mobile through Google Play Newsstand, Google’s news reader app optimized for phones and tablets. In addition to articles from the archives, Rolling Stone will also be releasing breaking stories as part of their daily feed of music, culture, lifestyle and political content on Play Newsstand, and all will be available on January 30.
Concurrently, RollingStone.com will launch the CoverWall, RollingStone.com/coverwall, showcasing their rich history on a digital platform. Users will be able to interact with Rolling Stone’s distinguished covers and magazine archives for an immersive experience. Fans can view covers and read articles from the decades bringing notable pop culture history into the future.
“Google’s history of innovation makes them the perfect fit for our brand which is why we wanted to try something totally unique together,” said Gus Wenner, Head of Digital of Wenner Media. “This collaboration is just as much about our history as it is our future.”
“From Fear and Loathing to the financial crisis, John and Yoko to Janet Jackson, Rolling Stone produced some of the most iconic music and political coverage in America for the past five decades. We’re proud to offer this rich history to people for free, where they can explore and interact with every issue on Play Newsstand. It’s like a highway of information, revisited,” said Brian Irving, global head of marketing for Google Play.
With Play Newsstand, readers are able to discover more of the news and magazines they care about all in one app. Play Newsstand offers a rich mobile-first experience, providing access to Rolling Stone’s award winning content alongside other news sources. The Newsstand home screen makes it easy for readers to browse breaking and archive news content, follow topics they’re interested in and share their favorite stories.
Starting Friday at 8 am ET, Rolling Stone’s archives and the new Rolling Stone Now feed will be available on Play Newsstand to people in the United States.
On iOS: Get the Play Newsstand app in the Apple App Store at http://goo.gl/Cv5BzG and add the Rolling Stone News feed in the app.
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About Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone has been the leading voice of music and popular culture for more than 47 years. The multi-media brand features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning investigative journalism across many platforms including magazine, digital, mobile, social and event marketing. Rolling Stone provides “all the news that fits” to 36+ million fans of the brand every month. Wenner Media LLC, a privately held company headquartered in New York City, publishes Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, and Men’s Journal magazines. The company’s three titles attract more than 46 million readers each month in print, and 49 million gross monthly unique visitors to its websites, UsMagazine.com, RollingStone.com and MensJournal.com and digital networks.
About Google Play
Google Play is an online store with millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more. With access to 30 million songs, thousands of new release movies and next day TV shows, millions of apps and games, and thousands of news sources, Google Play is your one stop shop for digital entertainment on any device.