Yesterday, country music heartthrob Jake Owen released his 4th studio album, Days of Gold, another set of playful romps alongside heartfelt ballads. This time around, Owen took a different approach to piecing together the tracklist, gathering all of the songs from other songwriters. In a recent Billboard article, he said, “The first two records I made, I wrote everything. On Barefoot Blue Jean Night, I wrote “The One That Got Away.” But, the songs that started changing my world were the ones I just sat back and picked as a fan. I would hear a song, and think ‘I love this song. I’d love to hear that on the radio.’ ”
He is very much a fan of music, not only when it comes to what he wants to record but what he chooses to listen to in his spare time. That said, he sent us a list of some of his current and all-time favorite songs, an eclectic collection that includes the lively title track from his new album. Enjoy!
- Jake Owen – “Days of Gold”
- Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance
- Thomas Rhett – It Goes Like This
- Ghostland Observatory – Sad Sad City
- Jack Penate – Pull My Heart Away
- Mike Posner – Bow Chicka Wow Wow
- Alabama – Tennessee River
- The Wallflowers – 6th Ave Heartache
- Empire of The Sun – Walking on a Dream
- Dire Straits – Romeo & Juliet
- Atlanta Rhythm Section – So Into You
- Christopher Cross – Sailing
- David Banner – Play
- Steel Panther - Death To All But Metal
- Conway - Twitty Slow Hand
- Van Halen – Summer Nights
- The Black Crowes – Twice As Hard
- Mac Miller – Live Free
- LA Guns - The Ballad of Jayne
- Skid Row - 18 and Life
- Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
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Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.
- The 8th studio album from the reigning Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, her most personal album yet, featuring “Perfume” & more.
- Jake Owen’s 4th album, the first written entirely by other songwriters which Owen hand-chose as a fan to explore new musical styles.
- The Original Soundtrack from the upcoming live TV performance of The Sound of Music on NBC, starring Carrie Underwood.
- The audio version of Muse’s Live At Rome Olympic Stadium performance, featuring “Hysteria,” “Madness,” “Uprising,” and more.
New Albums Available This Week [12/3/13]:
Britney Spears – Britney Jean
Jake Owen – Days of Gold
Muse – Live At Rome Olympic Stadium
Leona Lewis – Christmas, With Love
Original TV Soundtrack featuring Carrie Underwood – The Sound of Music (Music from the NBC Television Event)
Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 4
Elton John & Various Artists - Duets
Jenni Rivera - 1969-Siempre En Vivo Desde Monterrey Parte 1
Black Flag - What The . . .
Boston – Life, Love & Hope
Xiu Xiu – Nina
Hank Williams – Long Gone Lonesome Blues (August 1949-December 1950), Volume V
Glen Hansard – Drive All Night
Simple Plan - Get Your Heart On – The Second Coming!
Hedley – Anything
Sevyn Streeter - Call Me Crazy, But…
New Singles Available This Week [12/3/13]:
Timbaland (ft. Drake, James Fauntleroy and Jay Z) – “Know Bout Me”
B.o.B – “John Doe (feat. Priscilla)”
Morrissey – “Satellite Of Love”
Jose Gonzalez – “Stay Alive [From The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty]”
Benny Benassi vs. Public Enemy – “Back To The Pump”
Coming Up Next Week [12/10/13]:
R. Kelly - Black Panties
Childish Gambino – because the internet
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Art of War III
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door
Various Artists - American Hustle Soundtrack
Various Artists - Saving Mr. Banks Soundtrack
Nashville Cast – THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK SEASON 2, VOLUME 1
Mastodon – Live at Brixton
Jesse McCartney – In Technicolor Part 1
Bridget Kelly – Cut To…Bridget Kelly
Shelby Lynne - Thanks
Badfinger - Timeless – The Musical Legacy Of Badfinger Best Of
Good Old War – Live from the City of Brotherly Love
Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime
Juvenile – The Fundamentals
August Burns Red - August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album
You’ve already trick or treated and gorged on turkey, so now you should no longer feel guilty about drinking that peppermint latte. It’s officially December which means it’s time to turn the holiday tunes up to 11.
This year, the Music Unlimited service is thrilled to bring you not one, not two, but three brand new Holiday channels, available now in the premium channels section. We feel these three categories give you a wide range of ways to celebrate, from classics to contemporaries. We’ll talk more in depth about each of them later on in the month, but for now, get to know these festive options:
The greatest modern holiday releases, featuring Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, She & Him, Rod Stewart and more.
Jingle Bell Rock
Where Holiday cheer meets loud guitars, featuring Blink 182, Twisted Sister, The Killers, Bruce Springsteen and more.
Holiday classics for the most wonderful time of the year, featuring Bing Crosby, Etta James, BB King, Nat King Cole and more.
It’s been over 15 years since hip-hop duo Latyrx released The Album, conceived mainly by Lateef the Truth Speaker alongside charter members DJ Shadow and Chief Xcel, who later went on join Blackalicious. Since then they’ve each been working on their own projects and releasing other EPs, live albums and mixtapes before coming back together on the new studio album, The Second Album, which came out earlier this month. It’s a great reflection of their growth over the last few years, drawing influence from current musical trends and their old school sound.
The guys sent us over a list of their favorite songs, including former co-horts DJ Shadow & Blackalicious, but first kicking off with their collaboration with Zion I, “It’s Time” and ending with a classic cut from their 1997 album. Enjoy!
- Latyrx – “It’s Time”
- The Roots – “Web”
- Lil Wayne – “A Milli”
- Sam Sparro – “Black & Gold”
- James Brown – “Give It Up or Turn It Loose”
- Eric B. & Rakim – “I Know You Got Soul”
- Jurassic 5 – “Quality Control”
- Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie”
- Bob Dylan – “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”
- Curtis Mayfield – “So In Love”
- Daft Punk ft. Pharrell – “Get Lucky”
- Public Enemy – “Rebel Without A Pause”
- Teena Marie – “I Need Your Lovin”
- Buju Banton – “Love Sponge”
- Roger – “More Bounce To The Ounce”
- Little Dragon - “Brush the Heat“
- Blackalicious – “Make You Feel That Way“
- DJ Shadow - “Midnight in a Perfect World“
- Too Short – “Life is Too Short“
- Brand Nubian - “Slow Down“
- Frank Ocean – “Swim Good“
- Eric B & Rakim - “I ain’t no joke.”
- Damien Marley – “Welcome to Jamrock“
- Public Enemy – “Fight The Power“
- Latyrx - “Latyrx”
Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.
- A new album from One Direction, who’s frenzy show no signs of stopping as this is their third album in as many years.
- Pitbull’s latest EP, featuring the hit song featuring Ke$ha, “Timber,” as well as collaborations with Mayer Hawthorne, Ke$ha and more.
- A surprising collaboration between Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Norah Jones as Billie Joe + Norah, covering Songs Our Daddy Taught Us by The Everly Brothers, an album of cover songs itself.
- The original cast recording for the new animated film Frozen, which includes Demi Lovato’s song for the film, “Let it Go,”
This week’s New Release Recap has everything you need to turn a boring evening into a night to remember with must see movies like Despicable Me 2 and Getaway. Also, Matt Damon stars in the epic sci-fi blockbuster, Elysium. Check out these titles and more below!
Super-bad villain turned super-dad Gru is back with his adorable girls and mischievous Minions in the blockbuster sequel Despicable Me 2. This time he’s paired with Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde and is looking to save the world and stop the latest criminal mastermind in their tracks.
Tagged: Despicable Me 2, Dexter, Elysium, Getaway
The American Music Awards, sandwiched between the VMAs and GRAMMYs, provide a nice mid-season review of what’s popular right now. It’s less about legacies and more a celebration of top-played hits and boy, did they celebrate.
Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake were forces to be reckoned with, receiving multiple awards each. Swift brought home Artist of the Year & Favorite Female Artist – Country & more while Timberlake’s remarkable comeback to the musical world awarded him Favorite Male Artist-Pop/Rock, Favorite Male Artist-Soul/R&B and other nods.
Internet memes also had a big night, with Miley Cyrus distracting folks with subdued red carpet outfit, later revealing an over-the-top cat-covered bikini while performing in front of a weeping & singing cat projection (we can’t even make this up.) Lady Gaga also made a big entrance, arriving on a human unicorn, because of course she did. It’s pretty clear this was merely a warm up for these two stunt Queens to push the limits even farther for the GRAMMYs in January.
Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande took home New Artist of the Year while last year’s nominees One Direction won Favorite Album-Pop/Rock for Take Me Home and the band itself won Favorite Band, Duo or Group-Pop/Rock, just in time for their new album, Midnight Memories, out today.
Finally, Rihanna received two statues, one for Favorite Female Artist-Soul/R&B in addition to the first-ever AMA Icon Award, presented by her own mother in the most heartwarming moment of the night.
Check out the full list of winners here and listen to all your favorites on the Music Unlimited service today!
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The “diva” has been a long-standing and coveted title for many female singers. What was once a term of a high- maintenance personality is now more of a declaration of power, poise and influence. Divas are widely revered as some of the fiercest women in entertainment.
We are celebrating these ladies in a brand new Ultimate Divas Playlist, now available on the Music Unlimited service. Our list ranges from legends like Aretha Franklin and TLC, chart-toppers Katy Perry and Lady Gaga and newcomers Lorde and Ariana Grande. Check it out!
Few hip-hop artists have showed total dominance in the field like Eminem. His ascent and the ensuing controversies which followed him in the ‘90s made him one of the more fascinating pop culture personalities of the era. Lyrically decadent and violent, he also possesses jaw-dropping verbal skills that allow him to stretch sentence structure, pronunciation and cadences like an elastic Chicago Manual of Style.
His latest birth-name-titled release, The Marshall Mathers LP2, puts him back on top, juggling aggression and a genuine love of party-rocking hip-hop. With “The Monster” and “Berzerk” burning up playlists, we’re taking a look back at the many tracks in which he has added his singular verses in the new Eminem: Guest Verses and Song-Stealing Rhymes from Slim Shady Playlist, now available on the Music Unlimited service. In true Slim Shady style, he turns a guest spot into a starring role and the tracks here show him in his star-making ascendency as well as a celebrity guest.
Take a listen to his standout verses on “Forgot About Dre” and “What’s the Difference” from Dr. Dre’s 2001 album. He’s still got something to prove here and he’s equal parts menacing and clever. Compare these to the brothers-in-arms style he takes up with 50 Cent on tracks like “Gatman and Robbin” and “Psycho.” His style morphs around the beat, while his lines are rugged and unpredictable.
Tonight in Las Vegas, the biggest stars in Latin music will gather for The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards, airing live on Univision at 8PM ET/7 PM CT. To get you ready, we’ve compiled some of the best in our brand new Featured Playlist dedicated to the big night. The tracks include major superstars like Carlos Vives & Marc Anthony, up and comers like A Band of Bitches and crossover acts like Pitbull. Listen to it here.
Don’t forget to tune-in. Best of luck to the nominees!
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