If you’re sick of sending out the same stock Christmas cards every year then you should check out this latest shizzle from Western Union.
To mark the 160th anniversary of the company’s famous Singing Telegram service, Western Union have teamed up with stars including Snoop Dogg and Timbaland to send personalised digital singing messages to your friends and family across the globe.
The Singing Telegram service has been brought bang up to date in another way too, as the browser-based software makes use of facial recognition software to insert the sender’s face in alongside the performing stars.
The stars involved, as well as the songs they sing and the dates they can be sent from are as follows:
·Mega-producer Timbaland performing “This Lady” and “Drummer Boy,” as the first holiday song of his career
·Somali-born musician K’naan singing “Happy Birthday” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane”
·Bollywood’s most famous contemporary singer Sunidhi Chauhan performing “Call Me” and “Valentine” as her first songs in English, available Dec. 5
·13-time Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg performing “Pretty Woman” and “Life of the Party,” available from Dec. 17
The first 200,000 messages sent will be available free of charge for users, but once those initial 200,000 telegrams have been spent, users will have to transfer money along with any future messages, incurring a small fee.
Diane Scott, chief marketing officer, and president of Western Union Ventures, said:
“The Western Union Singing Telegram service creates a new way for people around the world to show their loved ones they care about them when sending the gift of cash this holiday season. The singing telegram is a natural fit for us to help consumers around the world virtually connect with their family and friends, giving them the gift of music, their personal image and voice, to make their day better.”
To check out the service, click here.