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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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Editorial031714_Superheroes200x200Superhero Movie Themes
With the X-Men, Captain America and Spider-Man back in theaters we present the best orchestral superhero movie (and character) themes. Nobody has ever topped John Williams’ exhilarating Superman theme from 1978 but it was Danny Elfman’s dark and brooding Batman theme from the next decade that set the template for all future works (even in the funniest movies like Iron Man and The Avengers). Only Michael Giachinno, channeling John Barry’s Mod-era James Bond work, gets jazzy with The Incredibles.



kanyeKanye West’s Star-Making Collaborations
He’s such a celebrity that people have forgotten about Kanye’s music. We’re going back to his early, pre-solo-stardom days when he was producing and rhyming for the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Janet Jackson and many more. He had a sound and style all his own.




clashThe Clash: MU Icons
Defining genre and a generation from their inception in early 1976, The Clash hold legacy as one of the most significant British bands ever, with London Calling remaining one of the most influential rock albums of all time.




coverGreatest Cover Versions
What happens when a great song gets a loving sonic makeover? Brilliance! Van Halen pays rocking homage to The Kinks, Florence + The Machine slow down “Addicted To Love,” Nirvana reminds fans how awesome Bowie is, Nelly Furtado uncovers Gnarls Barkley, and Chris Cornell puts the creepiness back into “Billie Jean.”



Graduation_200x200Graduation Day
Graduation is a time for celebrating past accomplishments and looking towards the future; leaving old friends behind and making new ones on the road ahead. Artists as diverse as Green Day, R. Kelly, Fleetwood Mac and Florence + the Machine philosophize about having the courage to take the next big step.

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This Sunday, Bay Area radio powerhouse LIVE 105 will bring the best in modern music to the Shoreline Amphitheater with BFD 2014 and Music Unlimited will be there.

This year’s event features over 35 bands across four different stages, including acts like Fitz & The Tantrums, Foster the People and M.I.A.; as well as hot indie acts such as New Politics, Kongos and Walk the Moon. The concert will also feature several up-and-coming local bands, like The Hundred Days, Everyone is Dirty and others. You’ll find many of these on the MU BFD playlist, which you can enjoy now.

The full BFD music lineup for Sunday is here. And be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for more!

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Bob Dylan celebrated his 73rd birthday earlier this week and it feels like he’s led nearly as many lives. He began as a Woody Guthrie acolyte, imitating the dust-bowl balladeer as faithfully as a baby boomer from Hibbing, Minnesota, could. It wasn’t long before he found his own voice, spearheading the early-1960s folk revival as well as the singer-songwriter movement, and introducing poetry into pop music. Through countless changes in sound, image, and even religion, he retained his unique artistic vision even when his popularity occasionally waned. By the 21st century, he was enjoying an upsurge of critical and popular interest based on a series of powerful late-career albums that crystallized his aesthetics and unique world view.

Listen to Bob Dylan through the years on Music Unlimited

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NewReleases527Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Browse new albums below.

  • The long anticipated 14th studio album from Mariah Carey, featuring appearances by Wale, Nas, Miguel and more.
  • A second EP from teen sensation Austin Mahone, who stands to take the throne from Bieber.
  • Cher Lloyd’s sophomore album, a true test to see if The X Factor winner can stand on her own after the success of 2011’s Sticks & Stones.
  • Forty of KISS’ greatest tracks, including live and unreleased cuts, to celebrate the 40th anniversary and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of the iconic rock band.



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oasis_definitelymaybeThis week, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the definitive albums — no, make that the definitive album — of the Britpop era, OasisDefinitely Maybe.

It wasn’t the feuding Manchester group’s most popular release — that would be the follow-up (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? — but its songs and swagger set the course for one of the most fertile periods of British guitar rock. In fact, the album’s influence can still be heard today in young artists like Jake Bugg and the Arctic Monkeys.

In addition to sing-along pub classics like “Live Forever,” “Supersonic” and “Cigarettes and Alcohol,” the remastered deluxe edition of Definitely Maybe, now available on Music Unlimited, also features a bounty of loud and leery B-sides, demos and live tracks that will send you running to your closet, searching for your parka and Adidas trainers.

Listen to Definitely Maybe (Remastered) [Deluxe Edition] now on Music Unlimited.

Check out more Britpop classics from Oasis.

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New Orleans baRoyalTeethBlognd Royal Teeth is riding high with the hit single, “Wild,” off its debut album, Glow. The song is  featured in the FIFA 13 game and the group recently performed it on American Idol.

It’s also the first song on the band’s Artist Picks Playlist, alongside other tunes from New Orleans’ eclectic musical history, from Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Mutemath and more. Check it out now on Music Unlimited.

Royal Teeth Artist Playlist

Royal Teeth – “Wild”
The Revivalists – “Criminal”
Big History – “Every Bone”
Trombone Shorty – “Do To Me”
Rebirth Brass Band – “The Dilemma”
Mutemath – “Blood Pressure”
Anders Osborne – “Send Me A Friend”
Sweet Crude – “Super Vilaine”
Generationals – “Ten Twenty Ten”
Dr. John – “Locked Down”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “That’s It!”
Andrew Duhon –  “Evelyn”
Harry Connick Jr. – “One Fine Thing”

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  • Dutch house star Afrojack finally drops his debut album, Forget The World, which features guests like Snoop Dogg, Sting and Wiz Khalifa.
  • The Tonight Show house band The Roots deliver their latest concept album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.
  • American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips‘ second album, Behind The Light, includes the hit, “Raging Fire.”
  • Green Day‘s Demolicious features a bounty of demo recordings from the making of the band’s ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRÉ! album trilogy, plus the previously unreleased track, “State of Shock.”

Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Browse new albums below.

New Albums Available This Week [5/20/14]:

AfrojackForget The World
The RootsAnd Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Phillip PhillipsBehind The Light
Green DayDemolicious
Various ArtistsThe Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture
Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain
Cradle of FilthTotal Fucking Darkness
The Flaming Lips7 Skies H3
The DoorsWeird Scenes Inside The Goldmine
OasisDefinitely Maybe (Re-Issue)
Roy OrbisonMystery Girl
R. KellyThe Essential R. Kelly
LCD Soundsystem the long goodbye (lcd soundsystem live at madison square garden)
The Brian Jonestown MassacreRevelation
American FootballAmerican Football (Deluxe)
BluGood To Be Home

New Singles Available This Week [5/20/14]:

Jason MrazLove Someone
Kimbra90′s Music
Lupe FiascoMission
Meek MillI Don’t Know
50 CentBig Rich Town
Robin ThickeGet Her Back

Coming Up Next Week [5/27/14]:

Adam LambertPlaylist: The Very Best Of Adam Lambert
Mayday ParadeMonsters In the Closet
The Ready SetThe Bad & The Better
Trash Talk No Peace
Neil YoungA Letter Home
Roll The TanksBroke Til Midnight
Mariah CareyMe. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
Nat King Cole – The Extraordinary
CrowderNeon Steeple
KissKISS 40
Austin MahoneThe Secret
Moe.No Guts, No Glory
PhishThe Line
Powerman 5000Builders Of The Future
SoundtrackAladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording
Shaliek Blood, Sweat, Tears
Hundred WatersThe Moon Rang Like a Bell
Sam SmithIn The Lonely Hour
Cher LloydSorry I’m Late

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