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A cool, often cold, sound created in the 1970s (thanks Kraftwerk, Bowie, Devo, Moroder, Vangelis, Jarre, and Roxy), synth pop ended up defining the ‘80s with a mix of percolating bloops, sublimated emotions and robotic dance moves. A few US groups got into the act but it was a UK-dominated field and ended up working its way into various genres, from new wave, neuro and post-punk to electro-funk, rap and today’s electro-pop. In our MU Synth Pop playlist, we collect the genre’s defining songs by artists like New Order, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys and more.

Listen to the MU Synth Pop Playlist.



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Make your headphones happy with these new releases hitting Music Unlimited this week. Listen now.


Tim McGraw, Sundown Heaven Town (Deluxe Edition)
Train, Bulletproof Picasso
The Madden Brothers, Greetings From California
Allah-Las, Worship The Sun
Chris Brown, X
Capital Cities, One Minute More (Remix)
Seekae, The Worry
Shintaro Sakamoto, Let’s Dance Raw
Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away
Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Dying to Live
Barbra Streisand, Partners
The Juan Maclean, In A Dream
Billy Childs, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Paolo Nutini, Caustic Love
Magnolia Memoir, Pale Fire
Wayne Kramer, LLMF
Le Butcherettes, Cry Is for the Flies
She Keeps Bees, Eight Houses


“Stand For  [Explicit] ,” Ty Dolla $ign
“Surrender,” Cash Cash
“Body Language,” Kid Ink
“In Your Arms,” Nico & Vinz
“Nuthin,” Lecrae
“Title,” Meghan Trainor
“Neu Law,” Theophilus London
“Fuck Me I’m Famous  [Explicit] ,” CeeLo Green
“The Big Revival,” Kenny Chesney
“Happy Mistakes,” Heffron Drive
“Can’t Rely on You,” Paloma Faith
“Switch Lanes,” Rittz feat. Mike Posner
“Make Me So,” Yellowcard
“Out to Sea,” Lera Lynn
“Shut Up and Dance,” Walk The Moon
“Muted,” Ulterior Motive
“Feels Like Vegas,” Tinashé
“Starshine,” Stevie Nicks
“Runaways,” Betty Who
“Kingdom,” Common feat Vince Staples
“Bend Ova,” Lil Jon feat. Tyga
“Go Crazy,” C.I.G.
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“30 Years To Life,” Slash feat Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators
“Giving Up,” Haerts

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Madden 15: Friday Night Gamers

With the beginning of the NFL season and the new Madden 15 game released last Friday, it’s all about football this week. Check out this week’s Friday Night Gamers playlist full of tunes to get you pumped for the big game.

Intro to…House

With roots in both the deepest, funkiest disco cuts as well as the coldest machine-driven electronic sounds, house music has emerged as one of the driving musical sounds on the planet. Indoctrinate yourself in the healing way of house music with this selection of classics and new dance-floor killers.

Remembering Gerald Wilson

Composer, arranger, bandleader and musician Gerald Wilson enriched the swing, bop, soul-jazz and fusion eras and collaborated with everyone from Ray Charles and Sarah Vaughan to Duke Ellington and the biggest jazz musicians on the West Coast. Wilson composed everything to classical works and Hollywood scores but his greatest love was jazz, which he devoted his artistic life to from the 1930s until his passing in 2014.

1959 Rewind

Popular music was wide open in 1959 with radio stations finding equal space for Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Dave Brubeck. R&B and doo-wop were now mainstream pop (even Bo Diddley’s pre-rap jam “Say Man” became his biggest hit) while the likes of Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Jimmy Smith were creating the sound of the ‘60s.

New Releases, September 2014

Holy cow! What a huge week for new music – tracks from Robert Plant, Weezer, Ryan Adams, Interpol and so many more. Don’t miss the EP of doo-wop-inspired pop from chart sensation Meghan Trainor.

Emo Deep Dive

Originally an offshoot of hardcore punk in the ’80s, emo has developed into a hugely popular genre with plenty of mainstream success. Bands Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday fuse aggressive indie rock and raw feelings and have ended up in the Billboard charts. Not bad for a genre whose roots lay in the music of Black Flag and Minor Threat.

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Bob Marley’s musical life started in the soulful grooves of ska and rocksteady, finding his voice in early cuts with The Wailers. That voice developed into something more commanding and genre-defining as he found the right mixture of political outrage and soul-searching spirituality. He became the de facto reggae ambassador, blessed with an amazing backing band, timeless songs and a spellbinding live presence. Decades after his death, his legend as the ultimate dreadlocked rasta has only grown.

Listen to the Bob Marley MU Icon Playlist.

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Music Unlimited on PlayStation®3 PS3(™) has been given a massive update that includes a new user interface and greatly improved performance.


You can read all about what’s new right here on PlayStation.Blog.

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Calvin Harris recruits British crooner John Newman to provide the vocals on his latest single, “Blame.” Newman was last seen topping the UK charts with Rudimental last year on the hit “Feel The Love.” He brings the same deft touch to this track produced by Harris, who was recently named the highest paid DJ in the world and who’s last release, “Summer,” was one of the most streamed songs of the – what else? — summer. We also have new releases by Jhené Aiko, Interpol, Banks, 5 Seconds of Summer and more. Listen now.

Listen to these new releases and more on Music Unlimited:


  • Jhené Aiko, Souled Out (Deluxe)
  • Banks, Goddess (Deluxe)
  • Interpol, El Pintor
  • Robert Plant, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  • Death From Above 1979, The Physical World
  • Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
  • Queen, Live 1974
  • Kenny Chesney, The Big Revival
  • The Kooks, Listen
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Against The Wind
  • Delta Spirit, Into the Wide
  • Paloma Faith, A Perfect Contradiction
  • Hiss Golden Messenger, Lateness of Dancera
  • Karen O, Crush Songs
  • Tennis, Ritual in Repeat
  • Shovels & Rope, Swimmin’ Time
  • American Hi-Fi, Blood & Lemonade
  • Avi Buffalo, At Best Cuckold
  • Groove Armada, Love Lights the Underground
  • Justin Townes Earle, Single Mothers


  • “Blame,” Calvin Harris feat. John Newman
  • “Amnesia,” 5 Seconds Of Summer
  • “This Could Be Us,” Prince
  • “Bump & Grind 2014 (Radio Edit) ,” Waze & Odyssey vs. R. Kelly
  • “Just Like That,” Colbie Caillat
  • “Dumb For You,” Hoodie Allen
  • “Remember (Part 2) ,” Keyshia Cole
  • “Always Into Something (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) ,” Stalley
  • “Jealous,” Nick Jonas
  • “About the Money,” T.I. feat. Young Thug
  • “Change On Me,” Deezy
  • “Remission (feat. Jennifer Hudson & Common) ,” Lupe Fiasco
  • “Blue Suede,” Vince Staples
  • “Another Love,” Prince & 3rd Eye Girl
  • “Dare (La La La) (Chuckie Remix) ,” Shakira
  • “Exit Wounds,” Luke James
  • “Tribe (feat. Jesse Boykins III) ,” Theophilus London
  • “Neon Light,” Blake Shelton
  • “Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) ,” Mr. Probz
  • “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
  • “Ten Feet Tall (David Guetta Remix) ,” Afrojack feat Wrabel
  • “Maps,” Maroon 5
  • “Errrbody,” Yo Gotti
  • “No Flex Zone,” Rae Sremmurd
  • “Habits (Stay High) (The Chainsmokers Extended Mix),” Tove Lo
  • “BO$$,” Fifth Harmony

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inFAMOUS First Light: Friday Night Gamers

It’s Friday Night Gamers time, and this week we’re celebrating the release of inFAMOUS First Light, the stand alone DLC for inFAMOUS Second Son! Now with the ability to control the neon-powered character of Fetch, it’s time to get some revenge, so we thought it was time to give you a brand new playlist of angry females to get you in the mood!

Motown Begins

Smokey Robinson scored Motown its first million seller with “Shop Around” and the label only got stronger from there. Motown helped define the 1960s and had so many hits during that storied pop decade that these beloved hits by the likes of The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and others only tell a small part of the Motown story. We end at the start of 1965.

Jazz New Releases

Strong new sets from Dr. John, The Bad Plus, Sean Jones, Orrin Evans and superb duo reissues from Milt Jackson/Cannonball Adderley and Chet Baker/Enrico Pieranunzi. The French Django-inspired Gypsy Swing guitar revival can be heard on releases by Andreas Varady, Romero Lubambo and Cyrille Aimée.

Pop/R&B New Releases, Sept. 2014

There’s common ground covered in this week’s Pop/R&B New Release mix – namely from Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor, who address . . . well, just take a listen. If you like your sounds more cerebral don’t miss new music from FKA Twigs and The Weeknd. Also: PRINCE!.

Royal Blood: Artist Picks

Don’t miss the self-titled album from the UK duo, Royal Blood. Their invigorating take on 21st century blues-rock is further illuminated with this mix of influences and favorite tracks.

Intro to . . . Funk

The explosive sound of funk – those popping bass lines, drum breaks and deep grooves – is captured here in this introduction to the genre that changed pop music, fueled hip-hop and still rules the dance floor.

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Seen It All seems like an awfully prescient title following Jeezy’s recent legal troubles, which brought his “Under The Influence” tour with Wiz Khalifa to an abrupt halt last week. The Atlanta rapper’s fifth studio album was recorded long before the latest round of drama but isn’t lacking in riveting tales, as evidenced by the singles “Me OK” and the title track, which features Jay Z. It also include guest spots by Rick Ross, Akon, The Game, Boosie and Future. Listen now.

Listen now.

Listen to these new releases and more on Music Unlimited:


Jeezy, Seen It All: The Autobiography (Deluxe)
Maroon 5, V
Counting Crows, Somewhere Under Wonderland (Deluxe)
Death From Above 1979, The Physical World
Sinkane, Mean Love
Cris Cab, Where I Belong
Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away
The Kooks, Listen
Shovels & Rope, Swimmin’ Time
Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department
Coves, Soft Friday
Blonde Redhead, Barragain
Game Theory, Blaze Of Glory
Mutual Benefit, The Cowboy’s Prayer
Homeboy Sandman, Hallways
Mndsgn, Yawn Zen
Rustie, Green Language
Ariana Grande, My Everything (Deluxe)
Brad Paisley, Moonshine in the Trunk


“U Know,” Prince
“Spotless Mind,” Jhené Aiko
“La La Latch,” Pentatonix
“So What,” Avi Buffalo
“Giving Up,” Haerts
“Dear Jane,” The Madden Brothers
“Rage the Night Away,” Steve Aoki feat. Waka Flocka Flame
“The Last Day (feat. Skylar Grey),” Moby
“Lay Your Love Down,” Wolf Gang
“Don’t (Rick Ross Remix) ,” Ed Sheeran
“Superheroes,” The Script
“Movie,” Hoodie Allen
“Lady,” Stevie Nicks
“Stoned Soul Picnic,” Ledisi;Billy Childs
“Secrets,” Mary Lambert feat B.o.B
“Hookah,” Tyga feat Young Thug
“Shell Shocked (feat. Kill The Noise & Madsonik),” Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Best Mistake,” Ariana Grande feat Big Sean
“Delirious (Boneless) ,” Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo feat. Kid Ink
“WHITECAPS,” Prince & 3EyedGirl
“Don’t Say Goodbye (feat. John Legend),” Sergio Mendes
“Give It All,” Train
“So High (feat. Ghost Loft) ,” Wiz Khalifa
“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj

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We’ve updated the Music Unlimited iOS app for iPhone and iPod touch today with a substantial design makeover and improved performance.

Music Unlimited iOS version 2.0 delivers a new, beautiful user interface that looks like the latest PlayStation®4 and Xperia® Walkman applications and improves your ability to view artist discography, top songs, related artists, and more.

You can now sort your library by newly added songs and recently modified playlists, and edit song order in your playlists.

Listening to your feedback, we’ve also dramatically improved song loading and queue view and increased the app’s stability.

Download the app from the Apple App Storesm and let us know what you think. Make sure to keep an eye open for future Music Unlimited updates!

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Diablo III: Friday Night Gamers
It’s time for a brand new Friday Night Gamers playlist and this week it’s all about Diablo III! With the game now available this week for your PS4, we thought it was time to bring you the ultimate list of songs to help with your fight against the Lord of Terror, Diablo. God speed, friends.

Intro to . . . Funk
Revisit the golden age of hip-hop where sonic innovation and giant pants reigned supreme. The explosive sound of funk – those popping bass lines, drum breaks and deep grooves – is captured here in this introduction to the genre that changed pop music, fueled hip-hop and still rules the dance floor.

Impulse Records Begins
Impulse Records was the premier jazz label of the 1960s. Headlined by the bestselling John Coltrane, Impulse proved that the avant-garde could be mainstream while showing how ahead of the sound curve such giants as Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins still were. Here are the label’s first releases, including masterpieces by Oliver Nelson, Charles Mingus and Gil Evans.

New Releases: Late Aug. 2014
If you haven’t tuned into FKA Twigs’ take on R&B yet, take a listen to the airy “Lights On”. Building on that futuristic R&B sound, be sure to check out the remix of Haim’s “My Song 5” with a guest verse from A$AP Ferg. Plenty of other great tracks below including the return of Blonde Redhead and original country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver getting cozy with friend Willie Nelson.

2014 VMAs
Still feeling the love for Beyoncé? Our VMA playlist may not have a video of Blue Ivy looking adorable, but it does have music from all of the winners and nominees.

Indie Love Songs
Forget about ironic distance, these are romantic songs where indie artists wear their hearts firmly pinned to Pendleton sleeves. It doesn’t matter if it’s chillwave, post-punk, indie-pop or new wave these tunes are about being crazy in love, insanely brokenhearted or mad with lust.

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