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coachella-bigTwo days ago Coachella released the lineup of acts playing this year’s festival. While there are a ton of great artists and bands who will be taking the stage in California over two weekends in April, there were several that jumped out at us as being particularly exciting:

Outkast: For the first time since going on hiatus in 2007, Andre 3000 and Big Boi are getting the band back together, the latest such reunion to take place at Coachella. Considering how big Outkast was in the early- to mid-200s, this is big news and we, like everyone else, are hoping more comes of it than just a one-off show.

The Replacements: Speaking of reunions, Paul Westerberg and crew continue to bring their act to festivals across the country, much to the delight of not only everyone who memorized their lyrics in their 90′s college dorm but also now a whole new group of fans hearing their guitar-driven pop songs for the first time.

HAIM: This band of sisters has taken the music world by storm over the course of the last year and always puts on a great live show. We expect this to be no exception to that rule.

Motorhead: Because as Steve Buscemi said in the classic comedy Airheads, “Lemmy *IS* God.”
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Top10_OctoberOctober belonged to Drake on Music Unlimited as the Canadian rapper’s third album dropped toward the end of September, barreling through the entire next month. Expect to see a similar “takeover” next month with the release of Eminem’s latest this week (the first single, “Berzerk” was just barely out of the Top 10 at #11.) This was a big month for the ladies as well, with 17-year-old Lorde continuing to dominate while new albums from Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus propelled them to the ranks. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” the unofficial song of summer, seems to be heading off into the sunset as the holidays begin. Finally, Imagine Dragons still amazingly stand at #3 with a song that came out well over a year ago.

Check out the full rundown and listen to them again on the Music Unlimited service!

Top 10 Played Songs [US]

  1. Drake feat Majid Jordan – “Hold On, We’re Going Home
  2. Lorde –  “Royals
  3. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive
  4. Katy Perry – “Roar
  5. Drake feat 2 Chainz and Big Sean – “All Me
  6. Robin Thicke feat Pharrell and T.I. – “Blurred Lines
  7. Drake – “Wu-Tang Forever
  8. Miley Cyrus -  “Wrecking Ball
  9. Drake – “Furthest Thing
  10. Drake – “Own It

Top 10 Played Artists [US]

  1. Drake 
  2. Eminem
  3. Lorde 
  4. Justin Timberlake
  5. Katy Perry 
  6. Linkin Park 
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Bruno Mars
  9. Imagine Dragons         
  10. Macklemore

Top 10 Played Channels [US]

  1. Favorites
  2. Rap Top 100
  3. Global Top 100
  4. Local Top 100                       
  5. Hot Songs
  6.  Country
  7. Pop Top 100 
  8. R&B Top 100
  9. Indie Rock & Alternative Top 100  
  10. Rock & Metal Top 100

 

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LordeFBLast month marked the official start of Fall, but several summer jams held strong in the Top 10 including Robin Thicke and Jay-Z. Newcomer Lorde edged her way onto the list as well as new songs from heavy hitters Eminem and Katy Perry. New albums from The Weeknd, Avenged Sevenfold and Nine Inch Nails impacted the Top Played Artists list while our Grand Theft Auto Channel hovered just below making the Top Channels list at #12.

Check out the full rundown and listen to them again on the Music Unlimited service!

Top 10 Played Songs [US]

  1. Drake“Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)”
  2. Imagine Dragons“Radioactive”
  3. Robin Thicke“Blurred Lines (ft. Pharrell and T.I.)”
  4. Eminem “Berzerk”
  5. JAY Z“Holy Grail (ft. Justin Timberlake)”
  6. Katy Perry“Roar”
  7. Macklemore“Thrift Shop (ft. Wanz)”
  8. A$AP Rocky“F**kin’ Problems (ft. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)”
  9. Lorde“Royals”
  10. Macklemore“Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)”

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Top10-78Rock makes its way back to the top of the Music Unlimited charts in the biggest way since Fun.’s hit, “We Are Young” by way of Imagine Dragons who have claimed the #1 spot for several weeks. The Vegas natives are able “hold” Macklemore’s double header as newer releases like Robin Thicke, J. Cole and Wale gain some steam.

On the channel front, debuting on the charts at #7 is our special Best of 2013 . . . So Far Channel. Listen to it to hear staff picks and top played tracks from January until now, including Daft Punk, Kanye West, Phoenix and more.

Check out the rest of the charts and listen to your favorites on the Music Unlimited service.

Week Ending 7/8/13 [US]

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OTRJuneFBEach month, we are bringing you the best of what’s next with our On the Rise Premium Channel, which was recently updated with new and exciting artists for June!  In May, we introduced you to the likes of Jake Bugg, Youngblood Hawke, Ivan & Alyosha, Daughter and more and now we have another new class of musicians who have been pounding the pavement with much-buzzed about songs and live performances.

Below are some highlights, including Moroccan prodigy French Montana, The Voice Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope, Bieber competitor Austin Mahone and more. Listen to the channel now on the Music Unlimited service!

1. French Montana
If You Like: Ja Rule, Nas, DMX

2. Disclosure
If You Like: Major Lazer, Rhye, James Blake

3. The 1975
If You Like: Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, Young the Giant

4. Lorde
If You Like: Oh Land, Santigold, Icona Pop

5. Quadron
If You Like: Janelle Monae, Solange, Robyn

6. Austin Mahone
If You Like: Justin Bieber, Conor Maynard, Cody Simpson

7. Surfer Blood
If You Like: Best Coast, Wavves, Local Natives

8. Cassadee Pope
If You Like: Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum

9. Smallpools
If You Like: Grouplove, Youngblood Hawke, Walk the Moon

10. Ugly Heroes
If You Like: Bad Meets Evil, Lil Wayne, Eminem

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MiguelOn Sunday, The 2013 BET Awards will be airing from Downtown Los Angeles, the climax of a weekend of events around the city with some of the biggest stars in the music industry. Nominees will be head to head in categories like “Best Collaboration,” “Best Group,” “Best New Artist” and “Video of the Year,” as well as awards in movies and sports.

Many of the performances on Sunday feature a wide range artists that have topped the Music Unlimited charts for months on end, including legends like R. Kelly and newcomers like Kendrick Lamar in one of the best representations of the current state of music. To kick off the weekend, we’ve rounded up essential albums and tracks from our Top 10 most anticipated performances, including Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charlie Wilson, the “re-incarnated” Snoop Lion and more. Take a listen and get ready for the big show on Sunday at 8:00PM PDT on BET.
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We are featuring a collection of our favorite up-and-coming artists in the staff-picked On the Rise Channel, available now in the Music Unlimited service. Each month will refresh with a new batch of rising stars who have earned their spot for a long list of reasons, in short that they are some of the most talked about and exciting artists out scene right now. Get to know ten of them below, including a CliffsNotes-esque breakdown of their story and “if you like” recommendations.

  1. Jake Bugg
    In 140 characters or less: Just 19 years old, his song “Lightning Bolt,” blew up after being featured in a Gatorade commercial. Compared to Bob Dylan, Oasis and more.
    If You Like: Bob Dylan, Oasis, Ed Sheeran
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  3. A$AP Ferg
    In 140 characters or less: The next prodigy from the A$AP Mob, following the trail blazed by the success of A$AP Rocky, but with his own unique style.
    If You Like: A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole
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  5. Frank Turner
    In 140 characters or less: A trailblazer in the evolution of punk rock, with fast-paced guitars alongside brutally honest and compellingly candid storytelling.
    If You Like: Social Distortion, The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!
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  7. Mikal Cronin
    In 140 characters or less: Infectious jangle-pop, a modern take on a classic sound that is totally perfect for the soundtrack for summer.
    If You Like: Ben Kweller, Guster, Gin Blossoms
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  9. Youngblood Hawke
    In 140 characters or less: A joyous family band whose smash single “We Come Running” landed them a record deal and a VH1 “You Oughta Know” nod.
    If You Like: Grouplove, Foster the People, Walk the Moon
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  11. Wild Belle
    In 140 characters or less: A mesmerizing but beat-heavy throwback sound from two siblings hailing from Chicago, who have hit the stage at Lollaplooza, Coachella and more.
    If You Like: Marina & the Diamonds, The Neighbourhood, Oh Land
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  13. The Summer Set
    In 140 characters or less: Pop-punk at its finest, with fast-paced songs about love, growing up and feeling infinite from the Arizona-based Warped Tour veterans.
    If You Like: All Time Low, The Cab, Cartel
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  15. Ivan & Alyosha
    In 140 characters or less: Seattle labelmates of The Lumineers and multi-harmony champions. Less boot-stomping but softer, textured folk with made-for-movies choruses.
    If You Like: The Lumineers, Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart
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  17. Rhye
    In 140 characters or less: This androgynous band kept everyone guessing up to the release of this debut but make no mistake, that’s a dude singing soulfully like Sade.
    If You Like: Sade, Tennis, Beach House
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  19. Daughter
    In 140 characters or less: The latest UK export whose haunting music you may have heard in The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Suburgatory and more.
    If You Like: Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li, A Fine Frenzy

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GangnamStyleThe time has come once again for the Billboard Music Awards 2013, broadcasting live on Sunday at 8|7c on ABC. Each year the finalists are comprised of some of the most played and certainly most visible artists of the year. The show will also feature performances from Miguel, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, Macklemore, while Prince will be taking home the Billboard Icon Award.

It’s hard to choose just one winner, but we took our best shot of breaking down the finalists and our predictions in 10 Top categories. Do you agree? We’ll all know for sure come Sunday. Listen to the highlighted artists and more on the Music Unlimited service.

1) Top Artist:


Justin Bieber

Maroon 5

One Direction
Rihanna 
Taylor Swift

Reason: These guys put out two albums in a single year. By breaking convention, they made sure that there were few moments between those albums where you weren’t surrounded by One Direction.

2) Top Hot 100 Song:


Fun.Some Nights
Gotye feat. Kimbra  “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”
Carly Rae Jepsen “One More Night”
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
 “Payphone”
Reason: It’s great to see a band break out as the dark horse of the year, but they also managed two smash singles. That’s something to celebrate.

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This week, we are obsessing over the brand new single from Sara Bareilles, “Brave,” from her upcoming new album, The Blessed Unrest. For this song, she called on friend and mentor Jack Antonoff, multi-instrumentalist of the band fun., to co-write the relentlessly catchy anthem. Once you know that fact, you hear some of the musical themes he clearly influenced, an often-exercised new set of ears and ideas that many artists explore.

Today, we list off our Top 10 favorite co-writing collaborations, some you may not have known, including significant others (Lambert and Shelton, Lavigne and Kroeger), boy band bro-mances (One Direction and Ed Sheeran, The Wanted and Olly Murs), unlikely pairings (KISS and Michael Bolton?) and more.

  1. Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
    Co-written with Jack Antonoff (fun.)
  2. One Direction – “Little Things”
    Co-written with Ed Sheeran
  3. Adele – “Rumour Has It”
    Co-written with Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic)
  4. Ke$ha – “Die Young”
    Co-written with Nate Reuss (fun.)
  5. Kelly Clarkson – “Breakaway”
    Co-written by Avril Lavigne
  6. Flo Rida – “Right Round”
    Co-written by Bruno Mars
  7. KISS – “Forever”
    Co-written by Michael Bolton
  8. Avril Lavigne – “Here’s to Never Growing Up”
    Co-written by Chad Kroeger (Nickelback)
  9. Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin”
    Co-written by Ed Drewitt (The Wanted)
  10. Miranda Lambert – “Over You”
    Co-written by Blake Shelton

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As mentioned in our daily updates from the festival and our Video Round-Up of favorite performances, we got to see a lot last at the first weekend of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Since we’re unable to transcend time and space (yet!) we weren’t able to make it to everything, especially those with conflicting set times, during a much-needed Spicy Pie dinner or perhaps sets that were a bit too early for our sleepy selves. Some die-hard fans are going both weekends and have the opportunity to not only see their favorite bands again, but squeeze in ones they missed the weekend prior.

We enjoyed everything we saw, but that said, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 artists we’d see if we were making the trip out to the desert again this weekend. Have fun out there!

1. Two Door Cinema Club
Album: Beacon
Song: “Sleep Alone”

2. Jake Bugg
Album: Jake Bugg
Song: “Slide”

 3. Lord Huron
Album: Lonesome Dreams
Song: “The Wind”

 4. Little Green Cars
Album: Absolute Zero
Song: “The John Wayne”

 5. Spiritualized
Album: Ladies and Gentleman, We are Floating in Space 
Song: “Ladies and Gentleman, We are Floating in Space”

 6. Descendants
Album: Milo Goes to College
Song: “Suburban Home”

 7. James Blake
Album: Overgrown 
Song: “Retrograde”

 8. How to Destroy Angels
Album: Welcome oblivion
Song: “How Long?”

 9. Tanlines
Album: Mixed Emotions 
Song: “All of Me”

 10. Divine Fits
Album: A Thing Called Divine Fits
Song: “My Love is Real”

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