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Wanna rock and roll all night and party every day? Kiss is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with its first-ever Rolling Stone magazine cover, an epic summer co-headlining tour with Def Leppard and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Frontman Paul Stanley also has a new tell-all memoir, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed.” To get up to speed on all the action, check out our playlist of the pioneering hard rock band’s classic songs.

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NewReleases41Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • Christina Perri’s sophomore effort that follows her breakthrough debut in 2011 thanks to hits like “Jar of Hearts” and the Twilight series anthem, “A Thousand Years.”
  • Chevelle’s 7th full-length, which they will be supporting with a month-long US headlining tour starting Friday.
  • The epic soundtrack to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, composed by Henry Jackman (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass I & II, Captain Phillips)
  • A massive new single from Alicia Keys ft. Kendrick Lamar from The Amazing Spiderman 2 Soundtrack, that will be scored by The Magnificent Six (Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Incubus’ Mike Einzinger, Johnny Marr, Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski & Steve Mazzaro.)

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You already know that Music Unlimited is the best way to listen to the hottest new releases, create custom playlists and check out specially curated mixes. Now you can let your friends and family in on the excitement.

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Music Unlimited is offering three, six and 12-month subscription offers via GameStop.

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and even graduation. Remember: Giving the gift of music always beats socks.

Head on over to GameStop.com and click on the subscription plan that works for you:

The six-month and 12–month offers come with deep discounts, so even if you’re not in the gift-giving mood don’t miss out on some serious savings for yourself.

 

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Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on the Music Unlimited web and mobile apps. Check out the latest below!

ACMsAcademy of Country Music Awards 2014 Nominees

Las Vegas will raise a little more hell than usual in April thanks to the arrival of the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6th. This year’s nominees range from Miranda Lambert’s fiery heartbreak to Eric Church’s neo-classic rock.

 

 

 

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A banner year for music, 1987 saw U2 and George Michael blowing up to Michael Jackson-esque proportion. Post-punk stalwarts New Order burst onto the mainstream, along with fellow former outsiders R.E.M. and Suzanne Vega while indie favorites The Smiths went out on a high note. Prince continued a near perfect decade run with Sign ‘O’ the Times and it looked like he had a successor in the eccentric soul-man Terence Trent D’Arby. Likewise, the sky seemed to be the limit for Rick Astley and Samantha Fox.

 

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EltonBlog[1]With the 40th anniversary reissue of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Music Unlimited has been knee-deep in Elton John’s back catalog this week. We’ve picked him as an MU Icon and you can find a playlist of essential tracks on the service now.

The biggest musical force to emerge at the dawn of the 1970s, Elton John ruled the airwaves during that bell-bottomed, bespangled decade, conquering FM rock radio, the pop hit parade, disco dance floors and even the R&B charts. John, who was a strange combination of shy piano nerd, raw musical talent and showman, used the glitzy glam-era costume trappings to give his concert performances a boost while his songs spoke for themselves.

Influenced by everything from New Orleans R&B and rockabilly to classical music and 1950s pop, Elton John unified it all through his peerless, idiosyncratic melodies. The lyrics were penned by Bernie Taupin and it’s the songs from their 1970s partnership that form his essential body of work.

In less than a decade, John and Taupin nearly matched the quality/quantity peak of Lennon/McCartnety by crafting a dozen (!!!) classic albums, including the double platters Yellow Brick Road and Blue Moves.

Normally, part of the fun of doing an MU Icons playlist is digging through all the deep cuts and unearthing hidden gems. Well, John/Taupin scored over 20 huge hits during the first wave of their partnership. We’ve added additional cuts, but even they include such widely heard classic rockers as the prog epic “Funeral For A Friend” and the propulsively romantic “Razor Face.”

Elton John would go on to score deserved hits without Bernie Taupin but it says something that after years apart they now work together again. While their 2013 release The Diving Board scored Elton John his finest reviews in a long stretch it’s their 1970s collaborations that will be listened to well into the next century.

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Lollapalooza brings another fantastic roster of bands and artists to Chicago’s Grant Park this August. Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon will be among the many acts that will descend on multiples stages along Lake Michigan, organizers announced yesterday.

Things kick off on Friday with Eminem, Arctic Monkeys and Lorde – acts that are sure to be big draws on a bill that also includes Interpol, Chvrches and Portugal. The Man.

Saturday will feature performances by Outkast, Calvin Harris and Foster the People, whose new album, Supermodel, is already garnering a steady buzz. Nas and The Head and the Heart also perform.

Kings of Leon and the Avett Brothers close out the festival on Sunday, along with Skrillex, who will continue his EDM domination. And you won’t want to miss Childish Gambino, The 1975 and others who will make the last day of the festival every bit of a “can’t miss” as the first.

You can check out the full lineup for the three days of music in Chicago right here. And look for more here as we get ready for Lollapalooza 2014 with playlists, artist spotlights and more.

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Yesterday, Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent released About Last Night, the follow up to their 2011 album, Celebrasion. That album truly put the band on the map, including a nod to singer Alex Kandel in the 2012 Rolling Stone Women Who Rock Competition. They’ve spent lengthy time on the road, hitting festivals like Coachella and sharing bills with bands like fun. They are set to embark on a set of headlining dates next month, followed by dates with Fitz and the Tantrums and select stops on the Vans Warped Tour. Check out the full list of shows here.

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Being away from home for so long is sure to make you long for some of your favorite songs. Check out the playlist they sent us of tracks they’ll be listening to while out on the road, now on Music Unlimited.

Sleeper Agent’s ‘On The Road Again…’ Playlist

  1. Sleeper Agent – “Waves”
  2. Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”
  3. The Ronettes –  “Be My Baby”
  4. Jimi Hendrix – “All Along the Watchtower”
  5. Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”
  6. Al Green – “Love and Happiness”
  7. Girls – “Lust of Life”
  8. Peter Sarstedt – “Where Do You Go To”
  9. Otis Redding – “Try a Little Tenderness”
  10. Pixies – “Here Comes Your Man”
  11. James – “Laid”
  12. Animal Collective – “Grass”
  13. Jay Reatard – “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”
  14. Modest Mouse –  “Lounge (Closing Time)”
  15. Wilco – “I’m a Wheel”
  16. Red Red Meat – “Gauze”

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NewReleases325Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

The 10th album from international pop star Shakira, featuring the hit, “Can’t Remember to Forget You (ft. Rihanna)”
A Greatest Hits collection from the recently departed My Chemical Romance, including one last new song, “Fake Your Death.”
In a fairly non-traditional move, Avicii has remixed his own hit album, True, including the massive tracks, “Wake Me Up” & “Hey Brother.”
A lost Johnny Cash album, recorded over a span of several years in the early 1980’s, featuring duets with his wife June Carter Cash & Waylon Jennings.

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MU_JunoAwardsCustomChannel2014_CA_FB-WallThe annual JUNO Awards, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, celebrates the best in national and international music. The ceremony takes place somewhere different every year & will be held on Sunday March 30th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With that, we’re excited to bring you our JUNO Awards 2014 Channel, now available on the Music Unlimited service. It features a huge list of songs from nominees like Arcade Fire, Drake, Classified, Avril Lavigne & Hedley as well as Canadian Music Inductee, Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

As the celebrations extend all week in Winnipeg (including JUNO Cup hockey, JUNOfest & JUNO Songwriters’ Circle) you should spend the rest of your week re-visiting some of the great music and predicting the winners in the channel. Enjoy!

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Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on the Music Unlimited web and mobile apps. Check out the latest below!

SXSWBreakoutSXSW: Breakout Artists

Were you left out of all the SXSW fun? Look on the bright side – no incredibly long lines, massive crowds or shows-at-capacity. Instead, we’re offering you a selection of music from the artists most-likely to be fast-tracked to the big leagues in the months to come thanks to their performances in Texas. The genres are all over the map, but the quality is solid. Enjoy – with no hangover!

Featuring: Ty Dolla $ign, Eagulls, SKATERS

 

IrelandIreland Rising

Every year, folks dust off the same mix of old Irish classics for St. Patrick’s Day. We respectfully raised our glasses to Monday’s holiday with a mix of the incredible music piping out of Ireland at the moment, good for any day of the year. Cheers!

Featuring: James McMorrow, Villagers, Hozier

 

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