The Power of KISS Comes To the iOS Smartphone on November 24, 2014 with iPad and Android Versions in 2015
Miami, November 24, 2014 -- Fans of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends KISS now have an exciting new way to party every day with their favorite band. A new app called KISS Official Photo App turns your smartphone into a photo tool that puts you alongside and even inside the band, with official KISS makeup, costumes, instruments and iconography, among other official, KISS-worthy features. The KISS Official Photo app for iOS smartphones will debut on the Apple App Store on November 24th. Versions for Android smartphones and the Apple iPad will follow in early 2015.
The KISS Official Photo app, featuring official, unique KISS imagery licensed by KISS’ global brand management agency, Epic Rights, lets fans experience the spirit of KISS and deepen their bond with the band in a fun, interactive way. Through easy photo customizations, the app lets them put themselves and their friends together with the band through pictures, messages, emoticons, photo frames and other visual elements that are 100% pure KISS, with exact renditions of the official KISS gear, costumes and makeup. Users can even take a selfie with themselves and the band!
Which self-respecting KISS fan -- millions strong for more than 40 years -- hasn't ever imagined flashing Gene Simmons' iconic demon tongue or strutting in Paul Stanley’s Starchild boots? Or sporting their own cat whiskers, or spiked shoulder blades? Or hammering on a Flying V while wearing armored boots? With the KISS Official Photo app, all of these interactions become a fun new way for KISS fans to share their enthusiasm with friends and other members of the KISS Empire through social media.
KISS and Be KISSED
With the KISS Official Photo app. you can easily customize any picture of you and your friends --even your pets! Simple swipe and pinch gestures do the editing, and KISS fans can choose from a pitch-perfect selection of KISS visuals, including:
- Photos of KISS band members Gene, Paul, Tommy & Eric
- Makeup, costumes and accessories from the band
- The exact instruments the band uses
- Unique KISS-styled animated emoticons
- Legendary KISS album art
- KISS-styled photo frames
- Editable, instantly recognizable KISS body imagery, such as Gene's demon tongue, Paul’s Starchild bootsand the band's inimitable face-paint styles.
No KISS fan will be able to resist the immersive and shareable experience the KISS Official Photo app brings to their favorite rockers. The app also includes a texting feature that sends KISS-styled emoji and animated GIFs to friends and other KISS fans. The app has direct social links to all of the KISS social pages, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
And The Contests: Who Gives The Best KISS?
The KISS Official Photo app will also be the focal point of periodic KISS ME! contests, where fans dressed up using the KISS Official Photo app will be able to submit their own KISSified photos. The best entries for these contests will have a chance to win great KISS prizes, including unique KISS memorabilia, apparel, and even trips to see the band live and meet them back stage. Contest information can be found on the web at www.IWANTTOBEKISSED.COM.
The free KISS Official Photo app will also be enhanced over time through additional in-line packs that will add new visuals, features, and styles to the KISS ME! experience.
Among the first of these is an amazing new feature called KISS YOURSELF!, coming in Mid-December. This killer add-on to the KISS Official Photo app offers unique video capabilities that can put you and your friends’ right in the middle of a KISS concert video, complete with the real audio and instruments! It's the ultimate KISS musical fantasy -- you can now share a guitar solo with Gene Simmons or a microphone with Paul Stanley in your own personal music video. Nobody rocks harder than KISS, and with the KISS Official Photo app, fans can rock right along with them!
Celebrating 40 years of global success this year, KISS is enjoying one of the most prolific periods of their career, invigorated by the band’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The iconic rockers will also participate in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which features a special performance by KISS to be led by more than 600 cheerleaders from around the country, paying tribute to the band with a rocking KISS medley. The band also wraps up the North American leg of its 40th Anniversary tour, culminating with nine nights of KISS Rocks Vegas at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas (November 5 – November 23, 2014), and then setting off in 2015 on the international leg of the tour.
About the B&D Group
With almost 30 years of toy, gift and product development experience ranging from OEM/ODM projects to distribution around the world, The B&D Group, based in Miami, FL, strives for the most fun and enjoyment a family can have. The company is led by Shane Samole, a former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the state of Florida in manufacturing and distribution, and a Time Magazine Inventor of the year for outdoor products. Mr. Samole has also received of a USA Today Product of the Year award for the battery-free "Forever" flashlight, and has been the recipient of a Radio Shack Manufacturer of the Year award. He has carried licenses for sales programs with such names as the NFL, NASCAR, The World Series of Poker, The Weather Channel, The New York Times and The Wine Enthusiast.
About Epic Rights:
Epic Rights is a full service global branding, licensing and rights management company dedicated to building celebrities and entertainment brands via its broad global network of retailers, licensees and agents. Working with a roster of top clients and brands, Epic Rights’ services includes licensing/branding, music merchandising, social media management, VIP ticketing and fan clubs. Epic Rights also oversees sponsorships and endorsements, digital archiving of all creative/photos/media assets and manages worldwide e-commerce for its clients in addition to providing in-house legal resources for trademark registration and audit management. Epic Rights is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit: www.epicrights.com.
Media Contact for Epic Rights:
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