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MU_July2013OnTheRisePrettyLights_US_FB-WallEach month, we are bringing you the best of what’s next with our On the Rise Premium Channel, which was recently updated with new and exciting artists for June! In June, we introduced you to the likes of French Montana, The 1975, Austin Mahone, Disclosure and more. Now we have another new class of musicians who have been pounding the pavement with much-buzzed about songs and live performances.

Below are some highlights, including the first studio album from Pretty Lights, Eminem prodigy Skylar Grey, OFWGKTA’s Earl Sweatshirt, singer/songwriter James Bay, girl-group Fifth Harmony and more. Listen now the Music Unlimited service!

  1. Pretty Lights
    If You Like: DJ Shadow, Diplo, Skrillex
  2. Skylar Grey
    If You Like: Rihanna, P!Nk, Christina Perri
  3. Wallpaper.
    If You Like: 3OH!3, Ke$ha, Far East Movement
  4. Earl Sweatshirt
    If You Like: Tyler, The Creator, Death Grips, Atmosphere
  5. VV Brown
    If You Like: Duffy, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse
  6. James Bay
    If You Like: Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Allen Stone
  7. Mikky Ekko
    If You Like: The Neighbourhood, The XX, Frank Ocean
  8. Azealia Banks
    If You Like: Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum
  9. Weekend
    If You Like: The Cure, Surfer Blood, Echo & the Bunnymen
  10. Fifth Harmony
    If You Like: Pussycat Dolls, The Saturdays, Little Mix

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OTRJuneFBEach month, we are bringing you the best of what’s next with our On the Rise Premium Channel, which was recently updated with new and exciting artists for June!  In May, we introduced you to the likes of Jake Bugg, Youngblood Hawke, Ivan & Alyosha, Daughter and more and now we have another new class of musicians who have been pounding the pavement with much-buzzed about songs and live performances.

Below are some highlights, including Moroccan prodigy French Montana, The Voice Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope, Bieber competitor Austin Mahone and more. Listen to the channel now on the Music Unlimited service!

1. French Montana
If You Like: Ja Rule, Nas, DMX

2. Disclosure
If You Like: Major Lazer, Rhye, James Blake

3. The 1975
If You Like: Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, Young the Giant

4. Lorde
If You Like: Oh Land, Santigold, Icona Pop

5. Quadron
If You Like: Janelle Monae, Solange, Robyn

6. Austin Mahone
If You Like: Justin Bieber, Conor Maynard, Cody Simpson

7. Surfer Blood
If You Like: Best Coast, Wavves, Local Natives

8. Cassadee Pope
If You Like: Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum

9. Smallpools
If You Like: Grouplove, Youngblood Hawke, Walk the Moon

10. Ugly Heroes
If You Like: Bad Meets Evil, Lil Wayne, Eminem

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Each month, we’ve been bringing you picks from artists that are on the verge of something big, from Cher Lloyd to Kendrick Lamar, Local Natives to Atlas Genius and more. There is so much great talent bursting at the seams, especially leading into summer, so we’ve decided to change the game a bit.

Introducing the new On the Rise Channel, featuring a larger list of our staff picks of up-and-coming hits, updated each month. Love that song from the Gatorade commercial? That’s Jake Bugg’s “Lightning Bolt.” Game of Thrones fan? That’s MS MR “Bones” in the Season 3 trailer. Impress your friends with your “before it was cool” discoveries.

Check in throughout the month as we introduce you to the artists in May’s channel, including A$AP Ferg, Daughter, Youngblood Hawke, and more. Enjoy!

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Australian outfit Atlas Genius are our next On the Rise artists, highlighting the next-big-things in music. Listen to their On the Rise: Atlas Genius Artist Picks Channel now on the Music Unlimited service, featuring their broad taste in music, including Death Cab For Cutie, HAIM, Japandroids and more.

Atlas Genius have gained quick notoriety, getting together just a few years back in Adelaide and releasing the song “Trojans,” soon after. Their pop-rock sensibilities (think Walk the Moon) coupled with equal parts booming, epic moments (think Imagine Dragons) creates a big sound that has been rippling across radio and converting those who see them on tour. Their debut album, When it Was Now, dropped last month.

Speaking of which, you can catch the guys across North America all the way through July, sharing the stage with Imagine Dragons and Civil Twilight and headliningSee the full list of dates below.

We’ll be talking more about Atlas Genius this week! For now, listen to their On the Rise Channel Channel and the new album!

Atlas Genius Tour Dates

Tue 03/12/13 Austin, TX The Main
Wed 03/13/13 Austin, TX Haven Austin
Thu 03/14/13 Austin,TX The Belmont
Fri 03/15/13 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Sat 03/16/13 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
Mon 03/18/13 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Tue 03/19/13 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Wed 03/20/13 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Fri 03/22/13 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Sat 03/23/13 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
Sun 03/24/13 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center
Thu 04/25/13 Austin, TX Emo’s
Fri 04/26/13 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s – Downstairs
Sat 04/27/13 Frisco, TX FC Dallas Stadium
Mon 05/20/13 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Tue 05/21/13 Bakersfield, CA B. Ryders
Wed 05/22/13 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s Night Club
Fri 05/24/13 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Wed 05/29/13 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Fri 05/31/13 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Tue 06/04/13 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
Thu 06/06/13 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
Fri 06/07/13 Columbus, OH The Basement
Sun 06/09/13 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Tue 06/11/13 Norfolk, VA NorVa
Wed 06/12/13 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Fri 06/14/13 Albany, NY Bayou Cafe
Sat 06/15/13 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
Mon 06/17/13 Providence, RI Met Cafe
Tues 06/18/13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Wed 06/19/13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu 06/20/13 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den
Fri 06/21/13 Dover, DE Firefly Music Festival
Sun 06/23/13 Toronto, ON Opera House Concert Venue
Mon 06/24/13 Detroit, MI Shelter
Wed 07/10/13 Ottawa, ON Lebreton Flats Park
Sat 07/13/13 Cincinnati, OH Sawyer Point

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We are kicking off our next On the Rise artist for January, the indie buzz boys, Local Natives! Listen to their Local Natives: Artist Picks Premium Channel (or, “The Most Beautiful Songs I’ve Ever Heard” as curated by guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Kelcey Ayer) now on the Music Unlimited service.

Local Natives exploded onto the indie scene in 2009 with the release of their debut album, Gorilla Manor on Frenchkiss Records. Riding the wave of heavy harmonies and tempered, swirling instrumentals, the band stuck out through incredible melodies and a non-stop touring schedule and a critically acclaimed live show.

After several years of writing and recording, they released their sophomore album, Hummingbird in January. They will be supporting the new release with an extensive worldwide tour through May, including a stop at both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Check the dates below to see if they’re coming through your city. Keep an eye on the blog for more about Local Natives and listen to their Artist Picks Channel to hear why they’re “On the Rise!”

Tue, 02/12/13 Liverpool, United Kingdom The Kazimier
Wed, 02/13/13 Portsmouth, United Kingdom Wedgewood Rooms
Thu, 02/14/13 London, United Kingdom Scala
Sat, 02/16/13 Cologne, Germany Studio 672
Tue, 02/19/13 Copenhagen, Denmark VEGA House Of Music
Wed, 02/20/13 Goteborg, Sweden Pusterviksbaren
Thu, 02/21/13 Oslo, Norway John Dee
Sat, 02/23/13 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis
Mon, 02/25/13 Berlin, Germany Comet Club
Tue, 02/26/13 Munich, Germany Atomic Café
Thu, 02/28/13 Milan, Italy Tunnel
Fri, 03/01/13 Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik
Sat, 03/02/13 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
Mon, 03/04/13 Feyzin, France L’Epicerie Moderne
Tue, 03/05/13 Paris, France Le Trabendo
Thu, 03/07/13 Tourcoing, France Le Grand Mix
Fri, 03/08/13 Antwerp, Belgium Trix
Fri, 03/15/13 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Sat, 03/16/13 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall
Mon, 03/18/13 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Tue, 03/19/13 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Thu, 03/21/13 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
Fri, 03/22/13 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
Sat, 03/23/13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Mon, 03/25/13 Covington, KY Madison Theater
Tue, 03/26/13 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Thu, 03/28/13 Toronto, ON Opera House Concert Venue
Fri, 03/29/13 Montreal, QC Le National
Sat, 03/30/13 Boston, MA House Of Blues Boston Presented By Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mon, 04/01/13 Providence, RI Fete
Thu, 04/04/13 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Fri, 04/05/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sat, 04/06/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Tue, 04/09/13 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Thu, 04/11/13 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Fri, 04/12/13 Indio, CA Empire Polo Club
Sat, 04/13/13 Stateline, NV Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Mon, 04/15/13 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Fri, 04/19/13 Indio, CA Empire Polo Club
Tue, 04/23/13 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
Thu, 04/25/13 Portland, OR McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Fri, 04/26/13 Seattle, WA The Neptune
Sat, 04/27/13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Mon, 04/29/13 Seattle, WA The Neptune
Wed, 05/15/13 Sydney, Australia The Metro Theatre
Sat, 05/18/13 Melbourne, Australia Forum Theatre
Sun, 05/19/13 Brisbane, Australia The Zoo

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We kick off 2013 with our next On the Rise artist for January, NYC’s A$AP Rocky. As ringleader for hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, he is blazing a wide open trail for the rest of his crew while standing on his own as a crowned prince of hip-hop’s new royalty. His debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, hits the Music Unlimited service today, which has everyone from XXL Magazine to USA Today to Pitchfork singing his praises.

Now, you can hear his On the Rise: A$AP Rocky Artist Picks Channel on the Music Unlimited service, featuring his hand-picked influences and tracks from the debut album, including the Drake-laced “F**Kin’ Problems,” and a longtime Music Unlimited chart-topper, “Goldie.” Keep an eye out for more about A$AP Rocky in the coming weeks and hear for yourself why he’s “on the rise!”

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The Music Unlimited service continues our monthly artist spotlight, On the Rise, featuring up-and-comers poised to make huge waves. This month, we shine the spotlight on Paloma Faith, a highly successful British export making her debut in the US with the album, Fall to Grace.  Hear her On the Rise: Paloma Faith Artist Picks Channel in the premium channels section of the Music Unlimited service.

 As both a singer and actress, the music, creative direction, fashion and live performances of Paloma Faith are rich in thematic elements. Enlisting the help of producers Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction) and Nellee Hooper (Madonna, Gwen Stefani,) her jazz influence and bombastic vocals put her on par with soulful singers like Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis. Furthermore, she’s been everywhere: from Jay Leno to Letterman to The Today Show and as a VEVO Lift artist. Finally, it was announced today that she will be performing on VH1 Divas this Sunday (9/8 central), alongside Kelly Clarkson, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks and more.

Paloma’s Artist Picks also showcase her pop and alternative edge, which include hand-selected choices such as Prince, Outkast, Alabama Shakes & Woodkid. Check out her video for “Picking Up the Pieces,” below and keep an eye out for more on this artist over the next month!


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Our monthly series of developing artists, On the Rise, continues with one of music’s most promising new rappers, Kendrick Lamar. His major label debut, good kid, M.A.D.D. city skyrocketed him to the top of the Music Unlimited charts after its release.

This whole month, we will feature his Kendrick Lamar – Artist Picks Channel, which can be found in the premium channel section. Kendrick has chosen songs from his all-time favorite albums, including tracks from Jay-Z to Ice Cube, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G. and more. Of course, the channel also features his own hits, including “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “The Recipe (ft. Dr. Dre)”

Kendrick Lamar follows in a long line of west coast rappers who have carved a line of legendary proportions in the game. That’s quite a bit of pressure for the 25-year-old, but luckily he has a little help from his friends by way of Pharrell and Just Blaze among others on production. His songs are laced with allusions to his upbringing in Los Angeles and reflective of an artist with easily 10 more years of experience than Lamar. Believe the hype – this good kid is going places.

We’ll have more about Kendrick Lamar in the coming days. For now, check out his channel and learn why he’s “On the Rise!”

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The Music Unlimited service is excited to kick off our new monthly spotlight, On the Rise, featuring up-and-coming artists who are making huge waves. Our October pick, Cher Lloyd, is one such artist that has blown us away with her massive summer smash “Want U Back” and her debut album, Sticks & Stones, which hit the service last week. All this month you can enjoy her Cher Lloyd – Aritst Picks Channel which can be found in the premium channels section. Her list includes some awesome tracks, including Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake & Eve.

Cher Lloyd created a stir on the 7th season of the UK version of The X Factor, finishing in 4th place. The experience worked in her favor though, as she was later signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Music label and performed alongside other contestants on the following tour in 2011. Lloyd later tapped Lady Gaga’s producer to work on her debut album, which was released in the UK and has now hit the US through LA Reid’s Epic Records. Her influences are diverse (which you can hear in her Artist Picks Channel) as are the guest performances on the album, including Mike Posner and Carolina Liar. She has sold over a million singles and is only getting started!

We will have a lot more about Cher in the next few days. Discover what all the buzz is about and hear why she’s “on the rise!”

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