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NewReleases527Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Browse new albums below.

  • The long anticipated 14th studio album from Mariah Carey, featuring appearances by Wale, Nas, Miguel and more.
  • A second EP from teen sensation Austin Mahone, who stands to take the throne from Bieber.
  • Cher Lloyd’s sophomore album, a true test to see if The X Factor winner can stand on her own after the success of 2011’s Sticks & Stones.
  • Forty of KISS’ greatest tracks, including live and unreleased cuts, to celebrate the 40th anniversary and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of the iconic rock band.

 

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New Orleans baRoyalTeethBlognd Royal Teeth is riding high with the hit single, “Wild,” off its debut album, Glow. The song is  featured in the FIFA 13 game and the group recently performed it on American Idol.

It’s also the first song on the band’s Artist Picks Playlist, alongside other tunes from New Orleans’ eclectic musical history, from Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Mutemath and more. Check it out now on Music Unlimited.

Royal Teeth Artist Playlist

Royal Teeth – “Wild”
The Revivalists – “Criminal”
Big History – “Every Bone”
Trombone Shorty – “Do To Me”
Rebirth Brass Band – “The Dilemma”
Mutemath – “Blood Pressure”
Anders Osborne – “Send Me A Friend”
Sweet Crude – “Super Vilaine”
Generationals – “Ten Twenty Ten”
Dr. John – “Locked Down”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “That’s It!”
Andrew Duhon –  “Evelyn”
Harry Connick Jr. – “One Fine Thing”

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Highlights:NewReleases520

  • Dutch house star Afrojack finally drops his debut album, Forget The World, which features guests like Snoop Dogg, Sting and Wiz Khalifa.
  • The Tonight Show house band The Roots deliver their latest concept album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.
  • American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips‘ second album, Behind The Light, includes the hit, “Raging Fire.”
  • Green Day‘s Demolicious features a bounty of demo recordings from the making of the band’s ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRÉ! album trilogy, plus the previously unreleased track, “State of Shock.”

Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Browse new albums below.

New Albums Available This Week [5/20/14]:

AfrojackForget The World
The RootsAnd Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Phillip PhillipsBehind The Light
Green DayDemolicious
Various ArtistsThe Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture
Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain
Cradle of FilthTotal Fucking Darkness
The Flaming Lips7 Skies H3
The DoorsWeird Scenes Inside The Goldmine
OasisDefinitely Maybe (Re-Issue)
Roy OrbisonMystery Girl
R. KellyThe Essential R. Kelly
LCD Soundsystem the long goodbye (lcd soundsystem live at madison square garden)
The Brian Jonestown MassacreRevelation
American FootballAmerican Football (Deluxe)
BluGood To Be Home

New Singles Available This Week [5/20/14]:

Jason MrazLove Someone
Kimbra90′s Music
Lupe FiascoMission
Meek MillI Don’t Know
Deadmau5Avaritia
50 CentBig Rich Town
Robin ThickeGet Her Back

Coming Up Next Week [5/27/14]:

Adam LambertPlaylist: The Very Best Of Adam Lambert
Mayday ParadeMonsters In the Closet
The Ready SetThe Bad & The Better
Trash Talk No Peace
Neil YoungA Letter Home
Roll The TanksBroke Til Midnight
Mariah CareyMe. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
Nat King Cole – The Extraordinary
CrowderNeon Steeple
KissKISS 40
Austin MahoneThe Secret
Moe.No Guts, No Glory
NewsboysRestart
PhishThe Line
Powerman 5000Builders Of The Future
SoundtrackMaleficent
SoundtrackAladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording
Shaliek Blood, Sweat, Tears
Hundred WatersThe Moon Rang Like a Bell
Sam SmithIn The Lonely Hour
Cher LloydSorry I’m Late

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Demi_BlogDemi Lovato has reached a lot of milestones in her career. From her breakout role in Disney’s Camp Rock to debuting as a pop star and judging The X Factor, she’s accomplished a lot in 21 years. This week, she’s finding even more cause for celebration as her album Demi, hits its one year anniversary – or rather, #Demiversary. She recently premiered a lyric video for “Really Don’t Care (ft. Cher Lloyd)” featuring her fans (the “Lovatics”) and announced a Facebook Q&A on Friday.

We’re joining in on the fun with her hand-picked #Demiversary playlist, which features her hit, “Neon Lights,’ the new single and other favorite tracks. Listen to it now on Music Unlimited.

Demi Lovato #Demiversary Playlist

  1. Demi Lovato  – “Really Don’t Care”
  2. The Civil Wars  – “Poison & Wine”
  3. Aretha Franklin  – “I Say a Little Prayer For You”
  4. Sam Cooke  – “A Change is Gonna Come”
  5. Ben E. King  – “Stand By Me”
  6. The Fugees –  “Killing Me Softly“
  7. Brandy –  “Have You Ever”
  8. Usher –  “Nice & Slow”
  9. Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”
  10. Whitney Houston –  “I Have Nothing”
  11. Destiny’s Child  – “Say My Name”
  12. Kelly Clarkson  – “Since U Been Gone”
  13. Maxwell  – “Pretty Wings”
  14. Nirvana  – “Smells Like Teenage Spirit”
  15. Taylor Swift –  “I Almost Do”
  16. Miranda Lambert  – “The House

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NewRelease513Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE is here! Producers combed through four decades of the King of Pop’s archives, breathing new life into these previously unreleased songs.
  • The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album, featuring tracks from Ricky Martin, Shakira, Santana & more.
  • The 9th album from country superstars Rascal Flatts, who kick off a summer long North American tour tonight in Los Angeles.
  • New singles from Morrissey, Austin Mahone & Tiësto as well as newcomers G-Eazy and The Bots.

New Albums Available This Week [5/13/14]:

Michael JacksonXSCAPE
Rascal FlattsRewind  
Various Artists – One Love, One RhythmThe Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album
ChromeoWhite Women
Tori AmosUnrepentant Geraldines
Dolly PartonBlue Smoke
DownDown IV Part II
Little DragonNabuma Rubberband
Jake BuggMessed Up Kids EP
The Civil WarsLive At Eddie’s Attic
CrobotCrobot
MirahChanging Light
Blondie Blondie 4(0)
Kishi Bashi Lighght
The Pains of Being Pure at HeartDays of Abandon
Mimicking BirdsEons
Iamsu!Sincerely Yours
Joseph ArthurLou
Bane Don’t Wait Up
SwansTo Be Kind 
TobaccoUltima II Massage

New Singles Available This Week [5/13/14]:

Morrissey“World Peace Is None Of Your Business”
Austin Mahone “All I Ever Need”
Tiësto – “Let’s Go (ft. Icona Pop)”
G-Eazy“Let’s Get Lost (ft. Devon)”
The Bots“No One Knows”

Coming Up Next Week [5/20/14]:

The RootsAnd Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Phillip Phillips Behind The Light
AfrojackForget The World
Green DayDemolicious
Various ArtistsThe Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture
Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain
Cradle of FilthTotal Fucking Darkness
The DoorsWeird Scenes Inside The Goldmine
OasisDefinitely Maybe (Re-Issue)
Roy OrbisonMystery Girl
Billy JoelA Matter of Trust – The Bridge to Russia: The Music (Live)
R. KellyThe Essential R. Kelly
R.E.M.Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions
Joe SatrianiThe Complete Studio Albums Collection
LCD Soundsystemthe long goodbye (lcd soundsystem live at madison square garden)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Revelation
American FootballAmerican Football
BluGood To Be Home

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KONGOSThis week, we’ve been all about Michael Jackson and our exclusive tracks. After a string of solo success, Jackson signed with Epic Records in the late 70’s and released all of his music through the label, including Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. Current Epic President L.A. Reid is responsible for unearthing and finishing the songs for XSCAPE from Jackson’s archives.

While Jackson is a major part of the history of Epic Records, we’re also excited to talk about the future of the label, including the recently-signed Kongos. The band skyrocketed to success with its No. 1 alternative radio hit, “Come With Me Now,”  (the fastest rise to No. 1 ever.) The group has performed on late night TV and just today was named a VH1 You Oughta Know artist. Kongos have already embarked on an extensive summer tour that includes several festival stops, then heads into fall sharing a bill with Kings of Leon.

The Kongos brothers (yes, they’re actually related) are from Arizona by way of South Africa, where they have been hugely successful for years, thanks in large part to the legacy of their father, John Kongos. They include his hit in their artist playlist, which includes artists from around the globe, jokingly titled “You’ll Feel Worldly ‘n Sh*t.” Check it out now on Music Unlimited.

Artist Playlist – Kongos

  1. Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining
  2. Amadou & Mariam – Djama
  3. Bob Dylan – When The Deal Goes Down
  4. Dion & The Belmonts – The Wanderer
  5. Bach – (St. Matthews Passion) Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
  6. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elswhere
  7. The Everly Brothers – Sleepless Nights
  8. John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You Again
  9. Mariza – O Gente Da Minha Terra
  10. Outkast – Return of the “G”
  11. Paul Simon – Under African Skies
  12. Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
  13. Jimmy Guiffre – Brief Hesitation
  14. JJ Cale – Crazy Mama

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NewRelease56Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • Three new songs from Michael Jackson from the upcoming release, XSCAPE. We have three more coming – one each day until Friday, only on Music Unlimited.
  • Atmosphere’s 8th album, featuring the song “Kanye West” and five bonus songs from the Minneapolis duo.
  • The latest in the Tech N9Ne Collabos series, with the Strange Music founder enlisting his roster including MURS, Jay Rock, Stevie Stone & more.
  • Lily Allen’s first album since 2009, includes her familiar style of social commentary laced between infectious hooks.

New Albums Available This Week [5/6/14]:

AtmosphereSouthsiders
Tech N9ne CollabosStrangeulation
Lily AllenSheezus
Hunter HayesStoryline
SantanaCorazón
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Lykke LiI Never Learn
Nashville CastThe Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack, Season 2, Volume 2
Ben Harper/Ellen HarperChildhood Home
Sarah McLachlanShine On
KIDZ BOP KidsKIDZ BOP Party Pop
Black Stone CherryMagic Mountain
Gregg AllmanAll My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman
The HorrorsLuminous
William OnyeaborWhat?!
PacifikaAmor Planeta
People Under the Stairs12 Step Program
Morning ParadePure Adulterated Joy
Leah Turner – Leah TurnerEP
Brooke CandyOpulence EP
EpicaThe Quantum Enigma
Kina GrannisElements
Andrew Jackson JihadChristmas Island

New Singles Available This Week [5/6/14]:

Michael Jackson“Love Never Felt So Good”
Michael Jackson“Chicago”
Michael Jackson“Loving You”
Usher“Good Kisser”
The-Dream“Black”
DJ Khaled“They Don’t Love You No More (ft. French Montana, JAY Z, Meek Mill & Rick Ross)”

Coming Up Next Week [5/13/14]:

Michael JacksonXSCAPE
Rascal FlattsRewind
Tori AmosUnrepentant Geraldines
The RootsAnd Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Demi LovatoLive In London
Dolly PartonBlue Smoke
DownDown IV Part II
Little Dragon Nabuma Rubberband
Jake BuggMessed Up Kids EP
The Civil WarsLive At Eddie’s Attic
CrobotCrobot
MirahChanging Light
Various ArtistsI Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson
Blondie  – Blondie 4(0)
Guided by Voices –  Cool Planet
Kishi BashiLighght
The Pains of Being Pure at HeartDays of Abandon
Blake LewisPortrait of a Chameleon
Killer Be KilledKiller Be Killed
Iamsu!Sincerely Yours
Joseph Arthur Lou
BaneDon’t Wait Up
SwansTo Be Kind
TobaccoUltima II Massage

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NickCannonEarlier this month, Nick Cannon released his second solo album, White People Party Music, which arrived over 10 years after his self-titled debut. However he hasn’t been cooling his heels since 2003. In fact, he’s one of the busiest men in the entertainment industry, wearing multiple hats, including rapper, actor, comedian and entrepreneur, not to mention husband to Mariah Carey and father to their twins.

He included one of his wife’s iconic tracks in his artist playlist below, alongside other songs sure to inspire epic sing-alongs between friends at parties. Listen to it now on Music Unlimited.

Nick Cannon: Artist Picks

  1. Nick Cannon – “Dance Floor (Dirty)”
  2. Queen – “We Are The Champions”
  3. Wonder Broz – “Drop It”
  4. Guns N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
  5. Mariah Carey – “Fantasy”
  6. Rob Blasé, DJ E-Z Rock – “It Takes Two”
  7. Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline”
  8. Queen – “We Will Rock You”
  9. Andre 3000 – “Hey Ya!”
  10. Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back”
  11. 4Count – “Epic”

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NewReleases429Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • Folk singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne’s 5th album, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
  • The 4th album from Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, a more rock sounding offering from the guitar-focused virtuosos.
  • The sophomore release from former America’s Got Talent contestant and self-released star Lindsey Stirling, known as the “Hip-Hop violinist.”
  • The first official solo album from English songwriter & producer Damon Albarn, the man behind (& the front of) Blur, Gorillaz, The Good The Bad & The Queen.

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Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on Music Unlimited on the web, mobile & now PlayStation®4 & PlayStation®Vita. Check out the latest below!

2014 Stagecoach Country Music FestivalStagecoach

Stagecoach, California’s biggest country music festival, runs April 25-27 this year. Besides such massive hitmakers as Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, Stagecoach also includes beloved legends John Prine, Lynard Skynard and Don McLean as well as Americana outsiders such as Shelby Lynne and Hurray For The Riff Raff.

 

RayCharlesRay Charles: MU Icon

A towering figure in American music, Ray Charles melded the proto-rock jazz of Louis Jordan and the sophisticated supper club vibe of Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra with the earthy howl of the black church. This is a complete portrait of The Genius at work, from his groundbreaking R&B hits to his big band and orchestral sessions and his detours into hard-bop instrumentals, country and the blues.

 

ClassicalNRClassical New Releases

We inaugurate this Classical spotlight with new releases from young titans like Julia Fischer, Laurent Korcia and Simone Dinnerstein as well as generation-spawning giants Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. The Bad Plus were already infamous for turning indie rock tunes into jazz instrumentals. Now, they put their own stamp on Stravinsky’s The Rites of Spring.

 

DaveFridmannDave Fridmann: Behind the Music

In the ‘90s, Dave Fridmann helped bands like The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev (with whom he was once the bassist) achieve a broad and shimmering neo-psychedelic sound. He has since become one of the most sought-after producers in the game, adding magic to albums from MGMT and Tame Impala and numerous others.

 

JamaicanSkaJamaican Ska & Rocksteady

The pre-rock ‘n’ roll explosion of R&B and jazz wasn’t solely an influence on the USA. The advent of transistor radios meant that places like Jamaica were also able to hear the sound of young Black America. The result, when combined with the surrounding sounds, was ska and gave a voice to artists like Desmond Dekker and Bob Marley. Highly energetic and locally produced, it became the sound of Jamaica in the early to mid ‘60s before it slowed down a bit, added more harmony and called itself rocksteady.

FutureFuture: Artist Picks

With Future’s new album out, take the time to explore the deep funk and hip-hop sounds of the Dungeon Family, including Outkast, Killer Mike & more, hand-picked by the man himself.

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