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birdy - instagramJasmine Vaan den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name Birdy, is a young rising star recently nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist alongside artists such as Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.

Birdy’s 2011 folk-infused cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” launched her music career into the international scene after it was featured on Vampire Diaries and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The hit single is included on her self-titled debut album alongside other covers such as “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” originally performed by the Postal Service.

No stranger to the world of movies, Birdy wrote and performed “Just A Game” for The Hunger Games soundtrack in March 2013, and contributed to “Learn Me Right” by Mumford & Sons, which was featured on the soundtrack for Pixar’s Brave in June 2012.

While performing songs from other artists has attracted a storm of media attention, Birdy has been composing music since the age of seven. At the age of twelve she won Open Mic UK 2008, a talent competition with over 10,000 participants, by performing a self-written song “So Be Free.” Watch out! Her next album Fire Within will contain a mix of original tracks and covers and is planned for a 2014 launch in the United States.

Listen to Birdy on Music Unlimited to see why she has been topping charts worldwide here.

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Cloud-Based Digital Music Subscription Service to Power Music Streaming for Leading Concert Discovery Application

Bandsintown and Sony Network Entertainment International today announced a partnership that will deliver fans better music and artist discovery. Through the partnership, the Music Unlimited service will be integrated directly into the Bandsintown application, enabling users of Bandsintown, the world’s largest concert discovery application with nine million application installs, to access millions of streaming songs within posts promoted by Bandsintown artists and shared by fans, email announcements, weekly updates, friend RSVP notifications, and more via Facebook, iOS and Android devices in 19 countries.

“Music Unlimited not only provides ad-free access to the latest hits but also enhances music discovery by elevating every genre, exposing Bandsintown music fans to new artists,” said Michael Aragon, vice president and general manager of global digital video and music services at Sony Network Entertainment International. “Our fast-growing global library of more than 25 million songs will complement Bandsintown’s expansive concert catalog, giving fans immediate access to local concert information and music they love.”

Bandsintown connects fans to their favorite music and delivers real-time notifications alerting them anytime their favorite artist’s tour or announce new shows nearby. Alternatively, Bandsintown users can glance at the entire list of artists playing in their area, select a track and sample new music through Music Unlimited and see a show of an artist they’ve never heard before.

“Bandsintown is all about making it easier for music lovers to not just be the first to find out when artists they love are coming near them, but to help them discover new music,” said Julien Mitelberg, CEO of Bandsintown. “Bandsintown already sends 25 percent of its fan base to concerts they had never heard about before. We want to boost that number even further by improving artist and music discovery right from the core of the application.”
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Award season for the film world’s elite is well under way as Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth took to the stage early this morning to announce the anticipated list of nominations for the 86th Academy Awards. Unsurprisingly, both American Hustle and Gravity led the nominations with ten each, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress. They were followed closely by 12 Years a Slave, with nine total nominations. All three films have already set a good pace for this season by taking home major awards during the last Sunday’s Golden Globes.

This year will definitely be an exciting one as there are many possible history making moments that could align. Such as Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for best supporting actress for her work in American Hustle), who if she goes on to win will make history as the youngest woman ever to have two Academy Awards, and the first actress to win back-to-back Oscars since the legendary Katharine Hepburn in the late 1960s. June Squibb is also nominated for best supporting actress for her work in Nebraska, and if she wins she’ll make Academy Awards history to be the oldest performer to take home Oscar gold.

You can check out the full list of nominees across all categories here and make sure to tune in to The Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on ABC.

86th Oscar Nominations

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Last night was a big night in Hollywood as the 71st Golden Globe Awards took over the town. All of Hollywood’s finest came out to celebrate the best in film and television for the past year.

Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to host the Globes for their second year, kicking things off with an old fashion stand-up style roast of some of Hollywood’s elite. The pair took jabs at Tom Hanks, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Matt Damon, George Clooney and just about everyone else in the room for a laughter filled introduction.

The evening was full of winners both expected and shocking. It was likely a surprise to no one that movies like Dallas Buyer’s Club, Gravity and Wolf of Wall Street took home major awards. But it *was* a bit of a shock when 12 Years a Slave took home Best Motion Picture-Drama. Lots of people were taken aback when Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Andy Samberg-starring freshman TV show won Best Television Series-Comedy over popular shows like Girls, The Big Bang Theory and others.

Fey ended the show by admitting to the audience that while the show had had its rough spots, “This is the beautiful mess we’d hoped it would be.”
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During this week’s CES keynote address by Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation, he discussed many great network entertainment innovations coming your way from Sony this year and beyond. One of those in particular, introduced by Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and executive in charge of Sony Network Entertainment, Sony Corporation, we want to highlight here.

Sony Entertainment Network will begin testing a new cloud-based TV service in the US later this year that combines the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience you have come to expect from digital media services. We’re very excited about this initiative and look forward to unveiling more details in the near future. Be sure to check our blog frequently for updates.

If you missed the keynote or press conference and want to catch all the details you can watch them here. And don’t forget to keep checking out the SonyCES hub for photos and other updates straight from the show all week.

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Things are picking up in the Holiday Sale on PlayStation Store. This week you can enjoy films like Man of Steel, games like Lego Marvel Super Heroes and shows like Psych all at great discounted prices. So pick up some of your entertainment titles now until December 31st at discounts of up to 50% off!

See what’s newly discounted this week in the Holiday Sale through 12/23:
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Godzilla: Up from the depths, 30 stories high, it’s GODZILLA!

Want more monster filled films? Pacific Rim, Cloverfield, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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IMG_2235Last month, the Call of Duty series released the latest iteration in what that has become a worldwide phenomenon. The new Call of Duty: Ghostshas been described by IGN as having “sweeping changes that breathe new life into the multiplayer experience,” praising the game for being “lengthy, challenging, and varied.”

A massive gaming experience requires a massive soundtrack, which composer David Buckley brought to life over a staggering 35 tracks, now available on the Music Unlimited service.  Buckley has an extensive background in writing for TV & Film  and contributed music to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots, but this was his first stand-alone video game soundtrack. We caught up with him to ask him about his writing process, challenges and what would be on his Music Unlimited playlist to play while he tackles the game on PS4. Check it out!

Sony Entertainment Network: How did you get involved in this project?

David Buckley: There was originally talk of Harry Gregson-Williams and I scoring the game together. We both wrote the score to The Town, and there were parts from that score that the developers were liking when they were trying out music for the game. In the end, Harry had other commitments and realized he was not going to be able to take on the project, but I was still in the running, and after a few more meetings and discussions, I got the job!

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Peter Parker swings back to the big-screen this May for even more web-slinging adventures in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and you can watch the first trailer for this highly anticipated sequel right now.

What parts look most exciting to you? We see quite a bit of Electro, one of the movie’s main villains, but there are even more quick glimpses of new bad guys for your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man to take on as well.

You can watch watch the first The Amazing Spider-Man now on the Video Unlimited service. And be sure to follow the movie’s Twitter and Facebook pages for updates about what’s new and upcoming between now and May of next year.

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It’s time for UFC 166! With a full card of fights, including Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, Cormier vs. Nelson and more, it all adds up to a big night of big fights and we’re bringing it all to you.

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In addition to the main card fights you also will be able to watch the online-only preliminaries, including Waldberger vs. Amagov, Larsen vs. Fili and other fights beginning at 6:15PM Eastern.

Watch UFC 166 Saturday at 10 PM Eastern/9PM Central through the Live Events Viewer app on your PS3. Here’s how:

  1. Log on to the PlayStation Store on your PlayStation 3.
  2. Scroll down to the Apps section and find Live Events Viewer for download.
  3. Once the Live Events Viewer is downloaded, find it on the XMB under TV/Video Services.
  4. Log on with your PSN or Sony Entertainment Network username and password.
  5. Then, enjoy watching UFC 166 and future live events on the Live Events Viewer.

The Sony Entertainment Network Live Events Viewer app will be your hub for your favorite sports, concerts, and other entertainment events. Delivered straight to your living room on your PS3 system, Live Events Viewer allows you to watch exciting live content or catch up with on-demand viewing such as concerts, races and more all with no subscription and no commitments. Some of the live events will be offered on a pay-per-view basis and other events will be completely free. New events will be added weekly, so be sure to check back each week.

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