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Featured New Releases:

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

It’s no secret that Nicki Minaj is a little eccentric. From her performances to her fashion choices, she continues to keep her fans and critics alike on their toes. So, in a surprise to no one, her 2nd album is in fact a concept record, from the perspective of her alter-ego “Roman,” who was introduced at this year’s GRAMMY™ awards in a typically Nicki, over-the-top performance.  The first few tracks are pretty off the wall with character voices, but deeper into the album, she re-focuses and shows the serious emcee chops that made her famous.

 If You Like:   Drake, Keri Hilson, Beyonce
Recommended Track: “Beez in the Trap”


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The Academy of Country Music Awards air TONIGHT at 8:00PM EST on CBS! Who do you think deserves to take home Entertainer of the Year?

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This Sunday, the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas at 8:00PM EST on CBS. To celebrate, check out the nominees in the Top 10 categories and let us know who you think will take home most of the awards! Which performers you’re excited to see?

Entertainer of the Year

Male Vocalist of the Year

Female Vocalist of the Year

Vocal Duo of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year

New Artist of the Year

Album of the Year

Single Record of the Year

Song of the Year:

Video of the Year (Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s))

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Featured New Releases:

Madonna – MNDA 

Trying to nail down the “if you like” recommendations for an artist like Madonna is nearly impossible because no matter how hard you try and rack your brain, Madonna truly lives on a playing field all her own. Her history is complex and varied, a mult-threat punch that has now released her 12th studio album, following 2008’s Hard Candy. A seasoned collaborator, she invited Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A. to join her, the latter of which inspired the album’s title, MNDA. She will be full speed ahead this summer, hitting a personal-record 90 dates across the world, a direct effect of her partnership with Live Nation that thankful fans are clamoring to be a part of.

If You Like:  Lady Gaga, Prince, Michael Jackson
Recommended Track: “Beautiful Killer”

The Mars Volta – Noqtourniquet

This is a big year for the splinter projects of  El Paso, TX’s most recognized musical exports, At the Drive-In. Not only has ATDI announced a performance at Coachella 2012 (with more in the works) Sparta (the brainchild of Jim Ward) reunited for an album and tour. But, not to be outdone, we already have the latest from The Mars Volta Noqtourniquet. In a surprise to no one,  this is a concept album from a band well-known for weaving an intricate story into complex musical structures, some lasting over 12 minutes on previous albums. They seem to have reigned in it for this album though, complicating very little and feeling more focused than ever – perhaps due to the lack of RHCP’s John Frusciante after several years.

If You Like:  At the Drive-In, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails
Recommended Track:  “The Malkin Jewel”

Civil Twilight – Holy Weather 

These South African natives have set up camp for several years in Nashville, steadily chipping away in the alternative rock scene after the release of 2010’s self-titled effort. They gained momentum with licensing home-runs, “Anybody Out There,” and “Letters from the Sky” and are set to do the same with smash tracks like, “Fire Escape” and “Every Walk I’ve Ever Taken Has Been in Your Direction.” ( . . . laaadies. Cue the “aww’s”) Their name comes from the description of “the brightest phase of twilight,” which seems wholly appropriate for a band with one of the brightest lights towards breaking through in 2012.

If You Like:  Snow Patrol, Keane, Augustana
Recommended Track: “It’s Over”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week (3/27/12):

Lionel Richie  – Tuskegee
Iron Maiden - En Vivo!
Sidewalk Prophets – Live Like That 
Dev – The Night the Sun Came Up
All-American Rejects  – Kids In The Street 
Shinedown – Amaryllis 
Miike Snow  – Happy To You 
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (The Complete Confection) 
Civil Twilight – Holy Weather
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – KoleXXXion 
Meshuggah – Koloss
THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE 
Poor Moon – Illusion EP
3 Inches of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal
Races – Year of the Witch
Various Artists – Late Night Tales: Belle and Sebastian Vol. 2 
Anberlin – Dancing Between the Fibers of Time 

Coming Up Next Week (4/3/12):

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded
Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal
Marvin Sapp – I Win
Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere
Lenny Santos – Lenny Santos . . . Aventurero
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Prodigy  – Complex presents Prodigy: HNIC 3 Mixtape
Pennywise – Let Us Hear Your Voice
Quantic and Alice Russell – Look Around the Corner
Bear in Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool
Denison Witmer -The Ones Who Wait
High on Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis
MXPX - Plans with Plans
First Aid Kit – The Big Black and the Blue

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Are you listening to tunes on the go with the Music Unlimited application on your Android smartphone? If so, good news! We just launched an update to the app that adds compatibility with Android’s latest ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ OS v4.0 update. You can download the update at the Google Play store now.

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Looking for music that’s a little left of the dial? Check out the current Top 10 Alternative tracks on The Music Unlimited service!

  1. Gotye ft. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know
  2. Gym Class Heroes – “Stereo Hearts
  3. Evanescence – “Bring Me to Life
  4. The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy
  5. Owl City – “Fireflies
  6. Kings of Leon – “Sex on Fire
  7. Hot Chelle Rae ft. New Boyz – “I Like it Like That
  8. Nickelback – “When We Stand Together
  9. Seether – “Country Song
  10. Five Finger Death Punch – “Bad Company

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The Hunger Games – Songs from District 12 and Beyond

For one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, a crucial component is the soundtrack. It is abundantly clear that The Hunger Games team was keenly aware of this, compiling an outstanding line-up of original songs. We will all find out on Friday how the beloved book translates to film, but there is a clear tone set by the tracks here. The songs weigh heavily on country/folk, which is just adds another interesting juxtaposition to the film itself being a “sci-fi” story set mostly in the woods. Stand out tacks include: The Secret Sisters, “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder,” a subdued Maroon 5 (ft. Rozzie Crane) “Come Away to the Water,” and the marquee single, Taylor Swift (ft. The Civil Wars) “Safe and Sound.”
If You Like: Taylor Swift, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire
Recommended Track: The Decemberists “One Engine”

The Shins – Port of Morrow

After five years and a dramatic line-up change, The Shins prove with their latest, Port of Morrow, what we’ve all known to be true – James Mercer is the anchor and tone-setter of this band. Fans will be pleased that this feels like it picks up where we left off from Wincing the Night Away, despite such a long absence. However, while know we can count on Mercer and co. for consistency, this truly feels like a deliberate step forward, a polished triumph without losing the integrity of what made them the band that, “will change your life.” (a la Garden State) “Simple Song” has been making waves on the radio the past few months, but other smash hits like “It’s Only Life” and “No Way Down” are sure to keep the band buzzing through the summer festival season and beyond.
If You Like: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Rogue Wave
Recommended Track: “It’s Only Life”

Melanie Fiona – The MF Life

Melanie Fiona has all of the makings of a successful break-out artists: managed by JayZ’s RocNation, collaborations with the likes of J. Cole, T. Pain, B.o.B and Nas and her recent GRAMMY win for her part in Cee Lo Green’s, “Fool For You” She has also toured with Kanye West and fellow Canadian Robin Thicke and served co-writing duties with Rihanna and Kardinal Offishall. The groundswell is happening and it will be interesting to see in the next few months what will drive Fiona from opener to headliner in the R&B world.
If You Like: Lauryn Hill, Keri Hilson, Fantasia
Recommended Track: “4AM”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week (3/20/12)

Odd Future – The OF Tape Vol. 2
Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
Diggy – Unexpected Arrival
Lucius – Lucius EP
The Parson Red Heads – Murmurations
Anti-Flag – The General Strike
Lost in the Trees – A Church that Fits Our Needs
Fun. – We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) [Alvin Risk Remix]

Coming Up Next Week (3/26/12 & 3/27/12)

Madonna – MDNA
The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
Lionel Richie – Tuskegee
Iron Maiden – En Vivo!
Sidewalk Prophets – Live Like That
Dev – The Night the Sun Came Up
All-American Rejects – Kids In The Street
Shinedown – Amaryllis
Miike Snow – Happy To Yo
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (Deluxe)
Civil Twilight – Holy Weather
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – KoleXXXion
Meshuggah – Koloss
THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE
Poor Moon – Illusion EP
3 Inches of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal
Races – Year of the Witch
Various Artists – Late Nigth Tales: Belle and Sebastian – Vol. 2
Anberlin – Dancing Between the Fibers

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Coldplay holds their place at the top as Drake slides down the list to make room for Flo Rida and LMFAO. Check out the rest of the Top 10 played songs last week on the Music Unlimited service [US only]!

  1. Coldplay – “Paradise
  2. LMFAO – “Sexy And I Know It
  3. Drake – “Headlines
  4. JAY Z and Kanye West – “Ni**as In Paris
  5. Flo Rida – “Good Feeling
  6. Bruno Mars – “It Will Rain
  7. Drake – “Make Me Proud (ft. Nicki Minaj)
  8. Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain
  9. Maroon 5 – “Moves Like Jagger
  10. Lil Wayne – “How To Love

Have you browsed the top songs, albums, by genre yet? Check out all the charts here.

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The Music Unlimited service continues its march around the world as we announce expansion into Canada! That means users there will have access to the millions of songs available for streaming online, via Android handsets, PCs, PlayStation 3, PS Vita and other devices.

Canada is the 14th country to enjoy the Music Unlimited service, joining Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, which were added earlier this year. The Music Unlimited service is now available in more countries than any other streaming music service.

New users can try 30 days of the Music Unlimited Premium plan for free — click here for further details.

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Featured New Releases

One Direction – Up All Night

It doesn’t seem that long ago that boy bands dominated the airwaves, but after the Backstreet Boys of the world faded and solo pop stars took over, it seems One Direction is poised to be the catalyst behind a serious resurgence. Each of the members entered The X Factor competition solo, but were encouraged to band together and enter as a group, a move which ultimately catapulted them to third runner up. You’d never know they didn’t take the prize, though, as the 2011 UK release of Up All Night was the fastest-selling debut album of the year. By the looks of things, they’ll be making just as big a splash in the US in 2012.
If You Like: Big Time Rush, N*SYNC, Justin Bieber
Recommended Track: “Gotta Be You”

The Ting Tings – Sounds from Nowheresville

An album that has taken a few iterations from inception, these Sounds from Nowheresville are songs that made it through a serious cut after the band scrapped a good number from the original 2010 track listing due to too much Euro-pop influence. The result is a more focused, straight- forward pop that made them a household name through a bevy of television/movie synchs. If you’re looking to dance, though, the deluxe version features several remixes of the tracks from the album and, from the original album, the infectious smash hit “Hands.”
If You Like: Goldfrapp, Sleigh Bells, M.I.A.
Recommended Track: “Give it Back”

Lee Fields and the Expressions – Faithful Man

Lee Field’s history in soul and R&B is nothing short of staggering. Having cut his teeth on the genre with groups like Kool and the Gang since the late 60s, he has steadily been digging deep on his own, including music through Brooklyn’s iconic Daptone Records (where Sharon Jones was discovered as his backup singer) With this latest release on Truth & Soul Records, there is no doubt cast that he is an expert. Need more proof? If you’re in Austin for SXSW 2012 this week, Lee Fields and the Expressions are playing the Music Unlimited Official Showcase, curated and hosted by Last Call with Carson Daly. More info here!
If You Like: Raphael Saadiq, Mayer Hawthorne, Musiq Soulchild
Recommended Track: “I Still Got It”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week (3/13/12)

Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit
Electric Touch – Never Look Back
Dave Barnes – Stories To Tell
Say Anything – Anarchy, My Dear
Gossip – “Picture Perfect World (single)
Soulfly – Enslaved
k-os – MuchMusic Presents: k-os Live
Jeremy Camp – I Still Believe: #1’s
I’m From Barcelona – Battleship
Royce da 5’9″ – “Hood Love (single)
Datsik & Infected Mushroom – Evilution
The Decemberists – We All Raise Our Voices to the Air
Lucero – Women & Work

Coming Up Next Week (3/20/12)

Various Artists – The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond
The Shins – Port Of Morrow
Melanie Fiona – The MF Life
Lil Twist – Don’t Get It Twisted
Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
Adam Lambert – Trespassing
Odd Future – The OF Tape Vol. 2
Diggy – Unexpected Arrival
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This (The Collection)
Lucius – Lucius EP
The Parson Red Heads – Murmurations
Anti-Flag – The General Strike
Lost in the Trees – A Church that Fits Our Needs
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Rot Gut, Domestic

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