Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on the Music Unlimited web and mobile apps. Check out the latest below!
New Orleans Lives
New Orleans is celebrated as the cradle of American popular music and it still has one of the world’s most vibrant music scenes. Festival mainstays such as Trombone Shorty, Galactic and The Rebirth Brass Band are just the tip of the Big Easy iceberg as the city has also given us rappers such as Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Mystikal, metal acts like Down and indie outfits like Generationals. City elders such as Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. refuse to slow down.
Featuring: Trombone Shortly, Juvenile, Harry Connick Jr.
In retrospect, 1990 was the year alt culture went completely mainstream. Sure, the success of Depeche Mode and The Cure foretold this, but no one ever expected it to come from a punk rock group from Seattle. While that fabled trio is represented with “Sliver” below, the bulk of this playlist finds noisy guitars working in tandem with the influence of acid house and hazy, summer-of-love psychedelic imagery. The end result: a mixture of danceable indie, noisy bliss, and groundbreaking hip-hop.
Featuring: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, A Tribe Called Quest
The heroic Thor hoisted his mighty hammer in his right hand and this week’s most popular movies on the Video Unlimited service title in the left. Those who are in the know consider this an epic feat since Thor: The Dark World held off a valiant onslaught from this year’s Oscar® nominees Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips and seven-award winner – including Best Picture - Gravity.
In the mood for some action that’s sure to make the hair on your arm stand up? Look no further than Homefront, written by movie legend Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham and James Franco.
Check out the full #VUTop10 below:
- The Counselor (Unrated Extended Cut)
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
- Captain Phillips
- Escape Plan
- Ender’s Game
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Thor: The Dark World
Today, The Hunger Games returns to Video Unlimited! Jennifer Lawrence stole our hearts at this week’s 2014 Oscars® by falling down (again), scarfing down a slice of pizza and reminding us awkwardly charming she really is.
In this week’s Staff Pick, we can’t wait to see her take up the role of Katniss Everdeen once again in the much-anticipated second installment of the Hunger Games series: Catching Fire. Returning with Katniss for another adventure is the rest of the love triangle: Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), her Hunger Games partner in crime.
In this second installment, Katniss and Peeta are forced to return to an aquatic arena and face an all-star tournament of previous winners in the 74th Hunger Games. As time runs out, will they have what it takes to survive?
Before you watch the film, get your blood pumping by listening to the Original Motion Picture soundtrack, featuring tracks by Lorde, Coldplay and The National.
Tagged: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
It’s an exciting week for new releases on PlayStation Store! Available now on PS4 are the new releases South Park: The Stick of Truth, Awesomenauts Assemble and even Dead Apocalypse Edition. See our roundup of what’s new on the PlayStation Store below!
Can you save South Park? New this week on PS3 is South Park: The Stick of Truth. Join Cartman’s Humans or Kyle’s Elves in a magical land as elves and humans are locked in an ongoing war waged on the battlefields of a fourth-grade playground.
Bands like Tegan & Sara, Haim, The Kinks, The Band Perry & Hanson are just a few that feature one or more siblings as players, finding common ground in their upbringing to create together. A new rising sibling collective is Echosmith, featuring not one, not two, but FOUR brothers & sisters that have made a mark in a short amount of time. After hitting the pavement on Warped Tour and opening for Owl City, Neon Trees & more, they released their debut album Talking Dreams last October. After appearances at next week’s SXSW and Popscene in San Francisco, they will be jumping on the Warped Tour bus once again in June through August.
As a common topic of their songs, the band sent 20 love songs to listen to as an ode to ’80s pop, indie rock, and more. Listen to the whole thing here.
Echosmith Loves You Playlist
1. The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
2. Echosmith – “Surround You”
3. Tegan and Sara - “Closer”
4. Lord Huron – “End of the Earth”
5. Coldplay – “Sparks”
6. Jason Reeves – “Back With Me”
7. John Mayer – “Who You Love”
8. Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
9. The Smiths - “There is a Light That Never Goes Out”
10. Brian McKnight – “Back at One”
11. U2 – “Two Hearts Beat As One”
12. Radiohead – “All I Need”
13. Seal – “Kiss From a Rose”
14. The Cure – “Friday I’m in Love”
15. Modern English – “Melt With You”
16. The Zombie – “Time of the Season”
17. The Shins – “Girl Inform Me
18. Jimi Hendrix – “Foxy Lady”
19. Echosmith – “Tell Her You Love Her”
Transformers: Age of Extinction: Mark Wahlberg goes scrap-hunting but accidentally reawakens Optimus Prime, leading to yet another showdown between the Autobots and the Decepticons, this time with some Dinobot action thrown in for good measure.
Watch more big robots here: Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers, Dark of the Moon
Pharrell Williams released his latest solo album, G I R L yesterday, following a spectacular performance during the Oscars® of his nominated song, “Happy (from Despicable Me 2.)” This follows a year where he became one of the most prominent stars of 2013, thanks to his work on huge hits by Daft Punk and Robin Thicke. But Pharrell has been on the scene for years, whether fronting the band N.E.R.D. or creating a new kind of pop hit as one-half of production duo, The Neptunes. He’s one of the most in-demand producers around, taking home seven GRAMMY® Awards over time, but hadn’t released any solo material since 2006.
Journey through some of his biggest accomplishments in our new Pharrell Williams: Productions, Guest Spots and More Playlist, now available on Music
Tagged: Pharrell Williams
Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.
- The new solo album from one of music’s most in-demand producers, Pharrell Williams, featuring the Oscar® nominated song “Happy.”
- Rick Ross’ 6th album that includes an all-star list of guest appearances from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Big Sean & more.
- Glee star Lea Michele’s much anticipated debut solo album, a deeply personal insight into the actress who suffered the loss of her co-star boyfriend, Cory Monteith last summer.
- Coldplay’s brand new single from their upcoming album Ghost Stories, out just in time for summer on May 19th
Action and drama and crime! Oh my! It’s been a busy week for the Video Unlimited service. A newly-released Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hunger Games rental for 99¢ and the crime-thriller The Bag Man. Don’t forget the special Oscars promotion that gives you $5 in wallet cash back for every $20 you spend. See all the details below in today’s New Release Recap!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Releasing this Friday, with a bow in hand, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), returns after winning the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss and her fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of the 12 Districts only to discover that they aren’t yet out of harm’s way.
Face off against a rotating series of hired assassins, all out for the bounty Black Mask has placed on The Dark Knight’s head in Batman: Arkham Origins, one half of the Batman Bundle available now for a limited time at one low price. The third of three Arkham-themed games and featuring a story that takes place before both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, play as a younger Batman who, despite his lack of experience, still has a wonderful array of gadgets. Use the Remote Claw to tie two targets together or the shock Gloves to electrify your attacks when they’re fully charged. Even with these new powers, can the Dark Knight defeat his enemies and save Gotham City?
Hurry, because this Dark Knight doubleheader is only available from February 25th through March 11th!
Tagged: arkham asylum, arkham city, arkham origins, Batman