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NewReleases48Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • A soundtrack of songs inspired by the movie inspired by Need For Speed, including tracks from Aloe Blacc, Kid Cudi & more.
  • SoMo’s debut album, the Texas-based R&B artist whose YouTube cover videos gained several million videos & subsequently, a record deal for his own material.   
  • The debut solo album from The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, which features appearances by Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson & more.
  • New singles from Augustana & Andy Grammer, plus Atmosphere’s oddly-titled track about ”loving something so much that you submit to the moment.” Take that as you will.

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New Politics, the enthusiastic trio behind the danceable hit Harlem, have helped us with a prize package worth dancing for. Enter for a chance to win a PlayStation Vita signed by the band plus an entire year’s subscription to Music Unlimited.

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Here is how to enter:

  1. Visit us on Facebook.
  2. Comment on the question “What is your favorite New Politics song?” You’ll need to answer by Monday, April 14th 11:59PM PDT. US residents only, ages 18 and over only.
  3. We will select one random winner from the entries and contact that person via Facebook direct message by Thursday, April 17th

Official Rules – Music Unlimited New Politics PlayStation ® Vita Sweepstakes

1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE CHANCES OF WINNING. The Music Unlimited New Politics PlayStation® Vita Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other United States territories) who are age 18 years or older at the date of entry. To enter, entrants must have a valid Facebook account and “Like” the official Sony Entertainment Network Facebook page.  On Monday April 7, 2014 Sponsor will post a question to its Sony Entertainment Network Facebook page.  Responding to the post with an answer to the question will give you one entry to the Sweepstakes (“Entry”). Content of Entry has no bearing on the entrant’s eligibility and winner selection will not be based on the same. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm PDT on Monday, April 14, 2014 to be valid. Entries received after 11:59 pm PDT on that date will not be accepted. Employees of the Sponsor and its parent and affiliated companies and their families are not eligible. This Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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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!

PsychFestAustin Psych Fest

The Austin Psych Fest takes place this week in Texas over three glorious, Technicolor days. The line-up is an incredible mix of genre-defying artists.

Featuring: The War on Drugs, The Zombies, The Black Angels

 

 

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Before their headlining show at Oakland’s Fox Theater, Fitz and the Tantrums stopped by San Francisco’s LIVE 105 radio station on Thursday to perform an intimate Music Unlimited Live Lounge session for a handful of lucky fans.

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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.

 

 

 

1987Rewind1987 Rewind

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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