WHO: Green Day, Verizon Wireless and Reprise Records
WHAT: A video featuring a live performance of six new songs from Green Day’s upcoming album, 21st Century Breakdown, captured specifically for Verizon customers during an exclusive recording session on April 24, 2009, at Studio 880 in Oakland, Calif. The full-length set of new music includes “21st Century Breakdown,” “Know Your Enemy,” East Jesus Nowhere,” “Last of the American Girls,” “Murder City” and “21 Guns.” The continuous V CAST Video stream gives fans an exclusive 24-hour window to watch the premiere of these songs from beginning to end on their wireless phones.
WHEN: Available all day on May 7 – a full eight days before the official release of Green Day’s new album – and again in its entirety on May 15, the day the album is released.
WHERE: The continuous video stream can be found on V CAST-capable phones at V CAST Video/Music/Green Day Special. The video will start at its beginning whenever fans click “play”.
BACKGROUND: 21st Century Breakdown is the trio’s first studio album since 2004’s two-time GRAMMY Award-winning punk-rock opera American Idiot, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. The new single “Know Your Enemy” launched worldwide on April 16 and just reached the biggest leap to the No. 1 spot on the Modern Rock Chart since January of 1994 when Nirvana’s “All Apologies” went from No. 9 to No. 1. “Know Your Enemy” is Green Day’s ninth No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart. Green Day was there when Verizon Wireless launched ringback tones and text2screen, and now they are partnering with Verizon Wireless to deliver the first full-length music performances on V CAST Video. 21st Century Breakdown is Green Day’s eighth studio album.
Customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for $3.00 for 24-hour use or by signing up for the $15.00 V CAST VPak monthly subscription. Customers get unlimited basic video, but application download fees may apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime or megabyte charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content with any V CAST subscription.
For more information on mobile music from Verizon Wireless, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit www.verizonwireless.com/music.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Green Day Green Day – vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool – were three kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley, California. Even though they had released two records prior (1039 / Smooth Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994’s Dookie, a blast of punk-pop that spoke to bored teenagers everywhere. The album eventually sold 15 million copies worldwide, earned the band their first GRAMMY Award and inspired a raft of imitators. Over the years, Green Day continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. But it was their landmark 2004 album American Idiot that launched Green Day into the stratosphere. An artistic leap forward, American Idiot is a punk rock opera and sarcastic middle-finger salute to the Administration that captured the cultural and political landscape at that time. “Jesus of Suburbia” set the tone by telling a tale of choosing between self-destruction and redemption that resonated with listeners of all ages, nationalities, and political persuasions. American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and went on to sell more than five million copies in the U.S. and 12 million worldwide. It spawned five hit singles, earned seven GRAMMY nominations (winning two including Rock Album of the Year) and raised the bar for modern rock and roll. On Friday, May 15, 2009, Green Day will release 21st Century Breakdown and launch a world tour soon after.