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The Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club (we know, it’s confusing) performed three songs at an intimate Music Unlimited LIVE Lounge session at San Francisco’s LIVE 105 radio station last week, playing songs from its latest album, Forcefield.

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The quartet initially wrote some 50 songs for its third official album, which was four years in the making. They eventually narrowed the track list down to nine, including the epic leadoff tune “Argentina (Parts I, II, III)” as well as the jaunty “Hot Tonight” — both of which they played at Live 105. The group also pulled out the classic “Tessellate,” from its breakthrough 2008, release, Elephant Shell.

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Listen to Forcefield now on Music Unlimited. You can also play Tokyo Police Club Forcefield 8-bit video game on the band’s official website, click here.

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You already know Music Unlimited will offer exclusive previews from Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE album starting next week. But you don’t have to wait until then to hear new music from the King of Pop. We’re offering an exclusive stream of the single “Love Never Felt So Good,” originally recorded during the Thriller-era but never released, right now! Give it a spin and get ready for more. A lot more.

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Listen now: “Love Never Felt So Good

About the Song: Originally recorded with music veteran Paul Anka (best known for his work with Frank Sinatra) in 1983, “Love Never Felt So Good” was produced for this album by estate co-executor John McClain. “Michael sounds incredible on this track just like he always does,” says McClain. “He is immortal. And the song is great.” McClain notes Jackson and Anka’s shared love for “melodies and real music… That’s what we need right now.” The producer collaborated with the classical composer Girogio Tuinfort (who previously worked with Jackson and Akon on “Hold My Hand”) on the string arrangement. The result is “a magic collaboration of the new and the original production” that retains the track’s analog, early-80s feel, while echoing the disco-soul inflected music of today.

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Music Unlimited to Offer Exclusive Previews Starting Next Week

Michael Jackson may be gone but his music remains as vital as ever. His classic albums like Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad are just as urgent and exciting now as the day they were released.

That’s why we’re so eager for May 13, when Epic Records releases XSCAPE, the new album that features a set of previously unheard songs from Jackson’s vaults. That’s also the day it comes to Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming service.

As a bonus, Music Unlimited subscribers will also get early access to five XSCAPE tracks from May 5 to May 9, as we stream one new song each day and reveal exclusive artwork on the Sony Entertainment Network blog.

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Jackson is one of the most profoundly influential artists of all-time, having sold 1-billion records worldwide to date, scored 13 No. 1 singles and becoming one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

With his passing nearly five years ago, the King of Pop left behind a large collection of material he started but never finished, part of his penchant for over-recording for each of his studio albums. Now, after going through Jackson’s archives, Epic Chairman L.A. Reid has recovered a number of songs that have been finished and “contemporized” for release on XSCAPE.

Reid enlisted the help of lead producer Timbaland — with contributions from John McClain, Rodney Jerkins, Jerome “J-roc” Harmon and Stargate — to help bring the songs to life, showing off the raw genius of Jackson, the singer and songwriter, while putting each track firmly in the current musical landscape.

We here at Music Unlimited will be counting down to the release of XSCAPE in our own special way over the next couple of days. Like the rest of the music-loving world we can’t wait to listen to this new chapter in the legacy of an enduring pop icon.

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NickCannonEarlier this month, Nick Cannon released his second solo album, White People Party Music, which arrived over 10 years after his self-titled debut. However he hasn’t been cooling his heels since 2003. In fact, he’s one of the busiest men in the entertainment industry, wearing multiple hats, including rapper, actor, comedian and entrepreneur, not to mention husband to Mariah Carey and father to their twins.

He included one of his wife’s iconic tracks in his artist playlist below, alongside other songs sure to inspire epic sing-alongs between friends at parties. Listen to it now on Music Unlimited.

Nick Cannon: Artist Picks

  1. Nick Cannon – “Dance Floor (Dirty)”
  2. Queen – “We Are The Champions”
  3. Wonder Broz – “Drop It”
  4. Guns N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
  5. Mariah Carey – “Fantasy”
  6. Rob Blasé, DJ E-Z Rock – “It Takes Two”
  7. Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline”
  8. Queen – “We Will Rock You”
  9. Andre 3000 – “Hey Ya!”
  10. Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back”
  11. 4Count – “Epic”

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NewReleases429Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • Folk singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne’s 5th album, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
  • The 4th album from Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, a more rock sounding offering from the guitar-focused virtuosos.
  • The sophomore release from former America’s Got Talent contestant and self-released star Lindsey Stirling, known as the “Hip-Hop violinist.”
  • The first official solo album from English songwriter & producer Damon Albarn, the man behind (& the front of) Blur, Gorillaz, The Good The Bad & The Queen.

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Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on Music Unlimited on the web, mobile & now PlayStation®4 & PlayStation®Vita. Check out the latest below!

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Stagecoach, California’s biggest country music festival, runs April 25-27 this year. Besides such massive hitmakers as Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, Stagecoach also includes beloved legends John Prine, Lynard Skynard and Don McLean as well as Americana outsiders such as Shelby Lynne and Hurray For The Riff Raff.

 

RayCharlesRay Charles: MU Icon

A towering figure in American music, Ray Charles melded the proto-rock jazz of Louis Jordan and the sophisticated supper club vibe of Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra with the earthy howl of the black church. This is a complete portrait of The Genius at work, from his groundbreaking R&B hits to his big band and orchestral sessions and his detours into hard-bop instrumentals, country and the blues.

 

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We inaugurate this Classical spotlight with new releases from young titans like Julia Fischer, Laurent Korcia and Simone Dinnerstein as well as generation-spawning giants Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. The Bad Plus were already infamous for turning indie rock tunes into jazz instrumentals. Now, they put their own stamp on Stravinsky’s The Rites of Spring.

 

DaveFridmannDave Fridmann: Behind the Music

In the ‘90s, Dave Fridmann helped bands like The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev (with whom he was once the bassist) achieve a broad and shimmering neo-psychedelic sound. He has since become one of the most sought-after producers in the game, adding magic to albums from MGMT and Tame Impala and numerous others.

 

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The pre-rock ‘n’ roll explosion of R&B and jazz wasn’t solely an influence on the USA. The advent of transistor radios meant that places like Jamaica were also able to hear the sound of young Black America. The result, when combined with the surrounding sounds, was ska and gave a voice to artists like Desmond Dekker and Bob Marley. Highly energetic and locally produced, it became the sound of Jamaica in the early to mid ‘60s before it slowed down a bit, added more harmony and called itself rocksteady.

FutureFuture: Artist Picks

With Future’s new album out, take the time to explore the deep funk and hip-hop sounds of the Dungeon Family, including Outkast, Killer Mike & more, hand-picked by the man himself.

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This year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival featured it’s fair share of surprises, most notably the amount of guest appearances across both weekend’s performances. One of the most anticipated features of the fest was the reunion of hip-hop legends Outkast, who called upon mentee Future to join for three songs. One song was his own track, “Benz Friends (Whatchutola),” which features Andre 3000, and is on his brand new album, Honest, that came out yesterday.

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Future gave his own nod to the Dungeon Family in an artist playlist of tracks from members of the Atlanta-based collective that has been around since the early ‘90’s. Check out the list below and listen to it now on Music Unlimited.

Future’s Dungeon Family Playlist

  1. Future feat Andre 3000 – “Benz Friends (Whatchutola)”
  2. Goodie Mob – “Cell Therapy”
  3. OutKast – “Player’s Ball”
  4. Goodie Mob feat Lil Will -  “They Don’t Dance No Mo”
  5. Goodie Mob feat Big Boi and Backbone -  “Get Rich to This”
  6. Big Gipp feat Sleepy Brown  – “Steppin Out”
  7. Sleepy Brown feat Andre 3000 – “I Can’t Wait”
  8. Killer Mike feat Big Boi and Sleepy Brown – “A.D.I.D.A.S.”
  9. OutKast – “Aquemini”
  10. OutKast – “SpottieOuttieDopalicious”
  11. Andre 3000 – “She Lives in My Lap”
  12. Joi – “Lick”
  13. Mista – “Blackberry Molasses”
  14. Big Boi feat Mouche and Scar – “Rasberries”

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NewReleases422Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with a score composed by Hans Zimmer & The Magnificent Six, plus original songs from Alicia Keys & more.
  • The sophomore album from Future, which features appearances by Kanye West, Andre 3000, Wiz Khalifa & more.
  • Asher Roth’s second official studio album, the first since 2009’s Asleep in the Bread Aisle that featured his breakout hit, “I Love College.”
  • The debut from model, rapper & T.I. protégé Iggy Azalea, who heads out on a North American tour, kicking off tomorrow in Boston.

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is a Danish electro-pop singer-songwriter who recently released her debut album, No Mythologies to Follow. She also created an exclusive playlist of her favorite songs for Music Unlimited. Listen here.

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MØ is not only an amazing electropop singer and performer, she used to be a fanatical gamer too. Growing up in Denmark she spent hours playing games on her brother’s computer. The one she remembers most vividly was called Diablo. “It was all about strategic fantasy shooting, role playing and magic. It was like World of Warcraft but in the ‘90s. I used to fight with a bow-carrying Amazonian girl — all the other characters were boys.”

Born Karen Marie Ørsted, MØ has a real life thing for tough, independent women. If she could create a fantasy character, the 25-year-old performer says, it would be an extreme fighting, kickboxing girl. “She will have robot body parts and she will fight with crazy moves and weird sound effects,” MØ says.

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Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on Music Unlimited on the web, mobile & now PlayStation®4. Check out the latest below!

NaomiIGN’s Naomi Kyle

“If the music keeps me in the intensity of the game without distracting me — then it’s a winner. It’s a double winner if the track serves as a much needed refresher to a game’s mediocre soundtrack. Games with little or no music? I just have fun overdubbing with these favorites listed below. It’s a great way to change up the experience and make it your own.” – Naomi

Featuring: deadmua5, Ke$ha, Drake

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