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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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TemptationsIt was 50 years ago today that The Temptations released their debut album, Meet the Temptations. It was the start of a career that would provide some of the most incredible pop music ever laid down on wax. To celebrate, we’ve gathered a decade-spanning list of rule-breaking hits in The Temptations: MU Icons Playlist, now on Music Unlimited mobile & web.

“The Way You Do the Things You Do” has the mark of songwriter Smokey Robinson all over it, but the group’s own harmonies make the song swing effortlessly. The Smokey/ Temptations connection would also bring us “My Girl”, giving David Ruffin his first shot at lead vocals and (along with that guitar line from The Funk Brothers’ Robert White) providing one of the most recognizable pop songs in history.

In 1966, Norman Whitfield came aboard as a producer and the band began to carve out something more hard-hitting and funkier. First evidence was “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, the finger-snapping classic with David Ruffin again killing it on those strained vocals. With Whitfield, the band began releasing track after track of hugely inventive chart-toppers, songs which showed an appreciation for both the nascent counterculture movement and the deep sounds of inner city funk. “Cloud Nine”, “Ball of Confusion” , “I Can’t Get Next To You” were all daring, immediate and positively mind-blowing.

As the vibe of popular music mellowed, so did the Temps, perfectly exemplified by the Eddie Kendricks-sung “Just My Imagination” setting the template for ‘70s love jams to come. As sweet and beautiful as that song was, they could still amaze with the about-face long-form brilliance of 1972’s “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Here was 12 minutes of stunning, dark cinematic soul, armed with a wah-wah pedal and some frankly pretty bleak lyrics. It might just be their crowning achievement.

And they didn’t stop there. The Temptations have weathered disco, ‘80s soul-pop, ‘90s New Jack and hip-hop – racking up hits and touring for the faithful.

But if you’re of the mindset that The Temptations are just an oldies act, dive deeper and discover the haunting soul and celestial harmonies that lie at the center of Motown’s finest group in our playlist.

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311Last Tuesday, (on 311 day) alternative rock stalwarts 311 released their 11th studio album (another happy coincidence) Stereolithic, their first in three years and the first on their brand new label, 311 Records. This is the first time the band has been independent in over two decades, giving them the freedom to reward devoted fans they’ve picked up along the way with cool exclusives including an autographed guitar and custom drum sticks via PledgeMusic. They’ve always been hyper-devoted to their followers, including an annual 311 cruise, so it makes sense that they would feel empowered enough with such a rich history to branch out on their own.

The band gave us a list of some of their favorite rock songs, including the first single from the new album, “Five of Everything.”  Listen to the whole thing here.

311 Artist Playlist

  1. 311 – “Five of Everything”
  2. The Clash – “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”
  3. Bad Brains – “I Against I”
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Knock Me Down”
  5. Beastie Boys – “What’cha Want”
  6. Fishbone – “Sunless Saturday”
  7. Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
  8. Pennywise – “Time to Burn”
  9. Queens of the Stone Age – “The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret”
  10. Deftones – “Change (In the House of Flies)”
  11. Incubus – “Privilege”
  12. Rage Against the Machine – “Bulls on Parade”
  13. Tool – “Forty Six And 2”
  14. Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
  15. System of a Down – “Toxicity”
  16. Fugazi – “Waiting Room”
  17. NOFX – “Linoleum”
  18. Nirvana – “In Bloom”
  19. Pearl Jam – “Corduroy”
  20. Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
  21. Soundgarden – “Blow up the Outside World”

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NewReleases318Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • A long-awaited follow up to alternative hitmakers Foster the People’s debut album, featuring the single, “Coming of Age.”
  • The debut full-length album from the crowned prince of this generations surge of EDM, Skrillex.
  • YG’s debut album on Def Jam, which includes appearances by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jeezy & more.
  • The official soundtrack to the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted featuring the muppets themselves as well as the film’s stars, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban & more.

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AloeBlaccYou may not have known it, but you probably already love Aloe Blacc.  That is, if the stronghold that Avicii’s summer smash “Wake Me Up” had on the Music Unlimited charts is any indication, as he was the voice that made that song. However, he’s seen plenty of success on his own with his breakout track, “I Need a Dollar,” and his latest hit, “The Man,” off his new album Lift Your Spirit which dropped yesterday. He is performing several times this week at SXSW, followed by Coachella before an all-summer-long tour opening for Bruno Mars.

Check out the playlist he sent us of tracks that lift his spirits while he’s busy & out on the road below. Listen to the whole thing here.

  1. Aloe Blacc - “The Man”
  2. Eugene McDaniels  - “Jagger the Dagger”
  3. Al Green  - “Love and Happiness”
  4. Marvin Gaye  - “What’s Going On”
  5. Bill Withers  - “Lovely Day”
  6. Sly & the Family Stone  - “Dance to the Music”
  7. Donny Hathaway  - “A Song for You”
  8. Nena – “99 Luftballoons”
  9. The Doobie Brothers  - “What a Fool Believes”
  10. Cat Stevens  - “Where do the Children Play”
  11. King Pleasure  - “Moody’s Move for Love”

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NewReleases311Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • The second compilation featuring Young Money Entertainment’s marquee acts, including Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga & more.
  • A perfect celebration of 311 Day with the band’s first album on their own label, funded with help from their fans.
  • Aloe Blacc’s chance to shine on his own after being part of one of the biggest songs of last year, “Wake Me Up.” Featuring his own smash hit, “The Man.”
  • The lucky 7th album from country star Sara Evans, which includes features by Gavin DeGraw and Isaac Slade from The Fray.

New Albums Available This Week [3/11/14]:

Various ArtistsYoung Money: Rise of an Empire 
311 Stereolithic
Aloe BlaccLift Your Spirit
Various Artists – Divergent Original Movie Soundtrack
Sara EvansSlow Me Down
Luke BryanSpring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever
Juanes Loco De Amor
Capital CitiesIn A Tidal Wave Of Mystery” [Deluxe Edition]
OzomatliPlace in the Sun
LedisiThe Truth
MetronomyLove Letters
ElbowThe Take Off & Landing of Everything
Joywave How Do You Feel?
Bradford CoxTeenage (Original Soundtrack)
Architects UKLost Forever // Lost Together
Chlöe HowlRumour EP
No Mythologies to Follow
The ShrineBless Off

New Singles Available This Week [3/11/14]:

Fun.“Sight Of The Sun”
Sevendust “Black”
Matisyahu“Watch The Walls Melt Down”
Youngblood Hawke “Pressure”

Coming Up Next Week [3/18/14]:

Foster the PeopleSupermodel
SkrillexRecess
Kylie MinogueKiss Me Once
Enrique IglesiasSex And Love
SoundtrackMuppets Most Wanted
YG - My Krazy Life
Taking Back SundayHappiness Is
Tycho- Awake
Madlib & Freddie GibbsPiñata
The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
Kevin DrewDarlings
Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow
Glee Cast - Nationals
Kaiser Chiefs Coming Home
The Pretty Reckless - Going To Hell
I Am the AvalancheWolverines
David Bisbal - Tú Y Yo
Amy Grant Time Again . . . Live
George MichaelSymphonica
Love & Theft Night That You’ll Never Forget
Dirty Vegas Let the Night EP
La Dispute Rooms of the House
The BothThe Both

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HeartofAustin_GenericThis week, thousands of people from around the globe will descend on Austin, TX for one of the biggest music experiences of the year. We are getting in on the fun once again this year with The Heart of Austin, Presented by Sony, We’re excited to partner with ‘stache media, Entercom Communications, Lively, and King’s Hawaiian for a three-day event kicking off on Wednesday and taking over two downtown venues until Friday. Music Unlimited & Video Unlimited will also have a set up within Hangar Lounge to experience the service between sets.

Not only will we be entertaining the folks in Texas, but those of you at home, too! We’re pleased to announce that the Live Events Viewer on PlayStation® 3 will be broadcasting the performances FREE all three days. This includes sets from Band of Skulls, Lucius, The Orwells, Ingrid Michaelson & Nicole Atkins as well as Music Unlimited’s Friday showcase featuring Travi$ Scott, Collie Buddz, The Bots & more. See the full line-up each day below and be sure to download the Live Events Viewer app from PlayStation® Store on your PS3 to access. You can also stream online here.

We’ll remind you each day to tune-in, but for now, get familiar with the artists in The Heart of Austin Playlist on Music Unlimited.

*All Showcase Times are CST & Subject to Change.*

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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!

NewOrleansLivesNew Orleans Lives 

New Orleans is celebrated as the cradle of American popular music and it still has one of the world’s most vibrant music scenes. Festival mainstays such as Trombone Shorty, Galactic and The Rebirth Brass Band are just the tip of the Big Easy iceberg as the city has also given us rappers such as Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Mystikal, metal acts like Down and indie outfits like Generationals. City elders such as Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. refuse to slow down.

Featuring: Trombone Shortly, Juvenile, Harry Connick Jr.

1990Rewind

1990 Rewind

In retrospect, 1990 was the year alt culture went completely mainstream. Sure, the success of Depeche Mode and The Cure foretold this, but no one ever expected it to come from a punk rock group from Seattle. While that fabled trio is represented with “Sliver” below, the bulk of this playlist finds noisy guitars working in tandem with the influence of acid house and hazy, summer-of-love psychedelic imagery. The end result: a mixture of danceable indie, noisy bliss, and groundbreaking hip-hop.

Featuring: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, A Tribe Called Quest

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