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Tori Amos is about to embark on a North American tour in support of her latest album, Unrepentant Geraldines. The prolific singer-songwriter’s fourteenth studio recording marks a return to her piano pop roots, following the orchestral flourishes of her previous release, 2012’s Gold Dust. Amos is also getting acclaim for her musical The Light Princess, co-written with Australian playwright Samuel Adamson, which is currently running in London. In her artist playlist for Music Unlimited, she reveals a broad range of influences — from Tom Waits and David Bowie to Aretha Franklin and Sinead O’Connor.

Tori Amos Unrepentant Playlist 

Stevie Wonder, “Living For The City”
Prince, “Purple Rain”
James Taylor, “Fire & Rain”
Emmylou Harris, “Boulder to Birmingham”
Aretha Franklin, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”
Joni Mitchell, “California”
David Bowie, “Life on Mars?”
Elton John, “All The Girls Love Alice”
Talking Heads, “Road to Nowhere”
Chrissie Hynde, “Tattooed Love Boys”
Sinead O’ Connor, “I’m Stretched On Your Grave”
Elvis Costello, “I Want You”
Peter Gabriel, “San Jacinto”
Tom Waits, “Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)”

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ONE STADIUM, a social network launched by Sony to bring together soccer (aka football) fans from all over the world, is up and running for all your 2014 FIFA World Cup™ needs. The mobile-first site gathers soccer-related social media content from Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ into a single platform, providing a one-stop site where you can follow all of the action. You can also see profiles for each of the 32 teams competing. What more do you need? How about a soundtrack? We’ve got that too on Music Unlimited, with a 30-day free trial membership.

As the games get under way in Brazil, Sony’s music subscription service will feature playlists celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, including the mix, which compiles all the of the new anthems; Rio Beach Party 2014, featuring great Brazilian artists such as Jorge Ben, Chico Barque and Caetano Veloso; and an exclusive party mix from retired Brazilian footballer Raí, who helped the home team win the 1994 World Cup, that includes classics from Milton Nascimento, Wilson Simoninha and even James Brown.

While you’re browsing Music Unlimited, make sure to check out One Love, One Rhythm – The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album.

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Listen to these new releases on Music Unlimited this week.

  • Linkin Park is still going strong on its sixth album, The Hunting Party, which features guest spots from Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and rapper Rakim.
  • Lana Del Rey returns with her second album, Ultraviolence, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
  • EDM superstar Tiesto cranks up the pianos and guitars on A Town Called Paradise, venturing deeper into mainstream pop territory.

Lana Del Rey / Ultraviolence (Deluxe)
Linkin Park / The Hunting Party
Ghost Town / The After Party
Tiësto / A Town Called Paradise (Deluxe)
Willie Nelson / Band of Brothers
Jennifer Lopez / A.K.A. (Deluxe)
Big Freedia / Just Be Free
Playing for Change / Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World
Boris / Noise
Ballzy / Jaded & Faded
Tame Impala / InnerSpeaker (Collector’s Edition)
Stars In Stereo / Leave Your Mark
Gilberto Gil / Expresso 2222
Mali Music / Mali Is…
Martyn / The Air Between Words

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Aer, the hip-hop and reggae duo from the Boston suburbs, has an underground hit on its hands with its self-released, self-titled album. Much of its success can be attributed to the eclectic influences of members David von Mering and Carter Schultz, who on their artist playlist reveal a fondness for modern rock, party jams and sensitive singer-songwriters such as Jeff Buckley and Norah Jones.

AER Need For Speed Playlist

Grouplove, “Ways to Go”
Alabama Shakes, “Hold On”
Jake Bugg, “Taste It”
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”
Aer, “Says She Loves Me”
Cake, “Let Me Go”
Portugal. The Man, “Purple Yellow Red and Blue”
Bahamas, “Lost In The Light”
Jeff Buckley, “Grace”
Arctic Monkeys, “R U Mine?”
Norah Jones, “Travelin’ On”
Dr. Dog, “Rock & Roll”
Aer, “Won’t Laugh”
Chief Keef, “Every Day”
Disclosure, “You & Me”
Gary Clarke Jr., “You Saved Me”
John Newman, “Cheating”
Fatboy Slim, “Praise You”
Drake, “Trophies

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Listen to the latest playlists compiled exclusively for you by the experts at Music Unlimited.

50Cent20050 Cent: Artist Rewind

With guidance from Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50 Cent swaggered onto the hip-hop scene in 2003 with Get Rich or Die Tryin’. A hugely hyped-up release, the album delivered the goods, going platinum 8 times over. He’s remained a powerhouse ever since, mixing up tales of his past life with hooks that can be deceptively sweet. His new album, Animal Ambition, is now available.


50 Cent: Guest Spots & More

50 Cent largely plays the part of the worst/best party guest ever. He shows up, grabs all the attention, takes the party up a notch, drops the mic, and goes home a winner.

Editorial0214_alt-dance_200x200Indie Dance Rock

In 2000, Phoenix’s mix of lush ‘70s soft rock and kinetic dance pop made them stand apart. Today, they top the Indie Dance Rock scene, which also draws inspiration from such disco-ready 1980s bands as New Order and Talking Heads. Even bands like Arcade Fire and Belle & Sebastian aim for the dance floor instead of the local bookstore.



MU_EditorialPlaylists0114_SongsFromTheVillage-200x200Songs from the Village

Don’t let the Best Picture winners fool you, Inside Llewyn Davis was one of the finest films of 2013. The movie is very loosely based around the early life of Dave Van Ronk and we’ve taken that as a starting point to explore the amazing sounds coming out of Greenwich Village in the early ‘60s.



mariah200Mariah Carey in the 21st Century

As the ‘90s ended, hip-hop and R&B had become intertwined and Mariah Carey was able to navigate the new landscape, earning big hits with help from people like Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. By the arrival of The Emancipation of Mimi in 2005, Carey was again in top form, performing genre-defining hits like “We Belong Together” and “It’s Like That.”

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With The White Stripes, Jack White brought the elemental sound of the blues back into rock ‘n’ roll. Free of extraneous fluff, The White Stripes were a pure mixture of garage rock, Kinks-ian pop sensibility, and showmanship. They were one of the best live acts of the ‘00s. White has kept the purity and love of music at the forefront of all of his post-Stripes endeavors, whether it’s with The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather or his increasingly panoramic solo adventures. His latest, Lazaretto, looks to keep the bar raised high.

Jack White: Rewind Playlist

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Listen to these new releases on Music Unlimited this week.

  • Jack White is back with Lazaretto, his second solo album. After stepping away from the White Stripes with Blunderbuss, he continues innovating in his own way.
  • Whispers is the new record from Passenger, the stage name for indie-folk singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg and it’s one we highly recommend this week.
  • While Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make their return to the big screen you can listen to the soundtrack for 22 Jump Street. Featuring contributions from Wiz Khalifa, Duck Sauce and others it’s the perfect complement to the hilarious movie.

Jack WhiteLazaretto
PassengerWhispers (Deluxe)
First Aid KitStay Gold
Fatboy SlimFatboy Slim Presents Bem Brasil
Various ArtistsPepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game
EchosmithAcoustic Dreams
Andrew BirdThings Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…
Chrissie HyndeStockholm
The RippingtonsFountain of Youth
Various Artists22 Jump Street: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
O.A.R.The Rockville LP
POLIÇAShulamith (Deluxe Edition)
Big SmoKuntry Livin’
Colbie CaillatGypsy Heart Side A
TombsSavage Gold
HELLYEAHBlood For Blood
Cut CopyFar Away (Alternative Version)
Tijuana PanthersWayne Interest
 FuturisticTraveling Local

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Army of the Pharaohs is a Philadelphia based hip-hop collective founded by Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinnie Paz that features a rotating lineup of underground stars. On the outfit’s latest album, In Death Reborn, that includes Apathy, Celph Titled, Crypt the Warchild, Doap Nixon, Planetary and several others. The group’s deep appreciation for the golden age of rap is evident in both the new release and its Music Unlimited playlist, which features classic cuts from the likes of EPMD, Boogie Down Productions and Wu-Tang Clan. Listen to it now.

Army of the Pharaohs Artist Playlist

Army of the Pharaohs — “God Particle”
Juice Crew — “The Symphony”
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien — “Burnt”
Wu-Tang Clan — “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”
Smif N Wessun — “Cession at Da Doghillee”
Boogie Down Productions — “Self Destruction”
EPMD — “Headbanger”
The D.O.C. — “The Grand Finale”
Professor X — “Close the Crackhouse”

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Mariah Carey is back with her first new album in five years, the gospel-tinged Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. Partially named after a self-portrait the octave spanning singer made when she was 3-years-old, in many ways the new release feels like a throwback to classic Mariah. It revives the windswept ballads that first made the singer famous, boasts a collaboration with the rapper Wale that quotes her infamous duet with ODB and features a faithful cover of George Michael’s ’80s hit “One More Try.” We celebrate its arrival on Music Unlimited by looking back at her work through the years, as well as some other defining musical pairing between hip-hop stars and divas.

Listen to Mariah Carey’s artist channel on Music Unlimited.

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Check out the new releases on Music Unlimited this week!

50 CentAnimal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win
Fucked UpGlass Boys
Meshell NdegeocelloComet, Come To Me
The OrwellsDisgraceland
Lucy HaleRoad Between (Deluxe Edition)
Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal
Matisyahu Akeda 
MigosNo Label II
Echo & The Bunnymen Meteorites 
Pete Molinari Theosophy
Miranda LambertPlatinum 
BirdyFire Within
Sage FrancisCopper Gone 
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Only Run 
Elvis PresleyBossa Nova Baby: The Ultimate Elvis Presley Party Album
King Buzzo This Machine Kills Artists
Lee Fields & The Expressions Emma Jean

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