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The anticipation is building as HBO’s award-winning series Boardwalk Empire comes to a close, and PlayStation users will get to experience the beginning of the end for free, starting September 9.

The premiere episode of Boardwalk Empire’s fifth and final season, “Golden Days for Boys and Girls,” will be offered for free on PlayStation®Store on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PlayStation®3 (PS3) systems. Sony Entertainment Network account holders can stream or download1the season premiere episode for a week beginning September 9, without an HBO subscription.

From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of ‘The Sopranos,’ and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is set in Atlantic City during Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol becomes illegal throughout the United States. Starring Steve Buscemi, as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, the season premiere kicked off on Sunday, and will be available on PlayStation®Store beginning September 9.

* PS4 video content is available for steaming.  PS3 Video content can be streamed or downloaded to the device.

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inFAMOUS First Light: Friday Night Gamers

It’s Friday Night Gamers time, and this week we’re celebrating the release of inFAMOUS First Light, the stand alone DLC for inFAMOUS Second Son! Now with the ability to control the neon-powered character of Fetch, it’s time to get some revenge, so we thought it was time to give you a brand new playlist of angry females to get you in the mood!

Motown Begins

Smokey Robinson scored Motown its first million seller with “Shop Around” and the label only got stronger from there. Motown helped define the 1960s and had so many hits during that storied pop decade that these beloved hits by the likes of The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and others only tell a small part of the Motown story. We end at the start of 1965.

Jazz New Releases

Strong new sets from Dr. John, The Bad Plus, Sean Jones, Orrin Evans and superb duo reissues from Milt Jackson/Cannonball Adderley and Chet Baker/Enrico Pieranunzi. The French Django-inspired Gypsy Swing guitar revival can be heard on releases by Andreas Varady, Romero Lubambo and Cyrille Aimée.

Pop/R&B New Releases, Sept. 2014

There’s common ground covered in this week’s Pop/R&B New Release mix – namely from Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor, who address . . . well, just take a listen. If you like your sounds more cerebral don’t miss new music from FKA Twigs and The Weeknd. Also: PRINCE!.

Royal Blood: Artist Picks

Don’t miss the self-titled album from the UK duo, Royal Blood. Their invigorating take on 21st century blues-rock is further illuminated with this mix of influences and favorite tracks.

Intro to . . . Funk

The explosive sound of funk – those popping bass lines, drum breaks and deep grooves – is captured here in this introduction to the genre that changed pop music, fueled hip-hop and still rules the dance floor.

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Godzilla made its presence felt by rising up to the top of this week’s #VUTop10, beating out Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s Blended.  A duo of comic books turned blockbusters followed by Neighbors, featuring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, rounding out the top five.

Looking for something to pump you up for the start of football season? Check out the behind-the-scenes drama Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.

See below for this week’s full ranking.

  1. Godzilla (plus Bonus Features)
  2. Blended
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Neighbors
  6. Draft Day
  7. Divergent
  8. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Unrated/Extended Version)
  9. Need for Speed
  10. A Haunted House 2

 

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When it comes to UK imports, some take soccer, some take tea – we’ll take The Kinks. Their run of albums from the mid ‘60s to early ‘70s rivals that of any rock great. From R&B rave-ups to melodic pop to classic rock, no band fused storytelling and melody with such fantastic results. With the group set to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, along with the opening of Ray Davies’s Kinks musical, Sunny Afternoon, at London’s Pinter theatre in October, what better time to delve into its back catalog? Click the link below to delve into classics like “Lola,” “Waterloo Sunset” and, of course, “You Really Got Me.”

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Exciting new releases, bonus content and even free content for PlayStation Plus members, now available on PlayStation Store.

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Velocity 2X (Cross-Buy) is a thrilling, action-packed puzzle-platformer where you’ll use Quarp Drive teleport to battle the evil Vokh in high speed space combat.

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In Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) characters are playable in a fictional realm that exists between space and time. The Serpent King Orochi and his evil army keep the dimension under their control, which is the perfect reason for warriors to unite to fight back against his tyranny.

Epic Adventures Bundle (PS3) is a visually stunning thrill ride where you can do everything from solving murder mysteries to falling head over heels in a romantic fairy tale adventure to fleeing a monster-infested island.

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Also available on PlayStation Store are a pre-order of FIFA 15 (PS4),a pre-order of FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Edition(PS4) and Don’t Starve: Giant Edition (Cross-Buy).

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The gameplay in Mega Man X4 (PS3) is challenging, with a new weapon or unique terrain as you move through each level. You can play as either X or Z, each with their own sidekicks and unique weapons, which will force you to figure out your player’s capabilities in order to defeat the boss.

See the full PlayStation Store update here.

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Exists: It’s a familiar premise: Four friends go to a cabin in the woods where they wake some mysterious creature that picks them off before they can leave.

Maybe abandoned cabins aren’t the best place for a weekend getaway: Evil Dead 2, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Rosewater: The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with this true story about a journalist detained in Iran.

Iran has been the setting for some powerful movies: A Separation, Children of Heaven

The Rewrite: Hugh Grant plays a struggling screenwriter who takes on a teaching job to pay the bills, but gets more out of it than he expected.

Hugh Grant is charming, these movies will attest to that: Music & Lyrics, Notting Hill

Shaun the Sheep: The popular British series from the creators of Wallace & Gromit comes to the big screen.

The Aardman team shines on the big screen: Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run

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With inFAMOUS First Light hitting PlayStation Store last week we thought it would be the perfect time to extend the celebration of all things inFAMOUS. That’s why, for a limited time, you can pick up inFAMOUS Second Son for just $39.59.

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Visit PlayStation.Blog for more details

 

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Seen It All seems like an awfully prescient title following Jeezy’s recent legal troubles, which brought his “Under The Influence” tour with Wiz Khalifa to an abrupt halt last week. The Atlanta rapper’s fifth studio album was recorded long before the latest round of drama but isn’t lacking in riveting tales, as evidenced by the singles “Me OK” and the title track, which features Jay Z. It also include guest spots by Rick Ross, Akon, The Game, Boosie and Future. Listen now.

Listen now.

Listen to these new releases and more on Music Unlimited:

Albums

Jeezy, Seen It All: The Autobiography (Deluxe)
Maroon 5, V
Counting Crows, Somewhere Under Wonderland (Deluxe)
Death From Above 1979, The Physical World
Sinkane, Mean Love
Cris Cab, Where I Belong
Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away
The Kooks, Listen
Shovels & Rope, Swimmin’ Time
Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department
Coves, Soft Friday
Blonde Redhead, Barragain
Game Theory, Blaze Of Glory
Mutual Benefit, The Cowboy’s Prayer
Homeboy Sandman, Hallways
Mndsgn, Yawn Zen
Rustie, Green Language
Ariana Grande, My Everything (Deluxe)
Brad Paisley, Moonshine in the Trunk

Songs

“U Know,” Prince
“Spotless Mind,” Jhené Aiko
“La La Latch,” Pentatonix
“So What,” Avi Buffalo
“Giving Up,” Haerts
“Dear Jane,” The Madden Brothers
“Rage the Night Away,” Steve Aoki feat. Waka Flocka Flame
“The Last Day (feat. Skylar Grey),” Moby
“Lay Your Love Down,” Wolf Gang
“Don’t (Rick Ross Remix) ,” Ed Sheeran
“Superheroes,” The Script
“Movie,” Hoodie Allen
“Lady,” Stevie Nicks
“Stoned Soul Picnic,” Ledisi;Billy Childs
“Secrets,” Mary Lambert feat B.o.B
“Hookah,” Tyga feat Young Thug
“Shell Shocked (feat. Kill The Noise & Madsonik),” Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Best Mistake,” Ariana Grande feat Big Sean
“Delirious (Boneless) ,” Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo feat. Kid Ink
“WHITECAPS,” Prince & 3EyedGirl
“Don’t Say Goodbye (feat. John Legend),” Sergio Mendes
“Give It All,” Train
“So High (feat. Ghost Loft) ,” Wiz Khalifa
“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj

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Here are some of the exciting new releases available on Video Unlimited today:

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Heavenly Sword: In this dramatic tale of revenge, Nariko (Anna Torv), a fiery red-haired heroine, must wield the Heavenly Sword, a weapon never before possessed by a mortal. Nariko must avenge her people before the powerful sword slowly kills her.

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The Fault in Our Stars: Based on the bestselling book, this touching coming-of-age love story shows how true love can conquer all. Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) face unbelievable hardship, all while keeping their sense of humor, ]love for each other and belief in the power of the small things in life.

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We’ve updated the Music Unlimited iOS app for iPhone and iPod touch today with a substantial design makeover and improved performance.

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Music Unlimited iOS version 2.0 delivers a new, beautiful user interface that looks like the latest PlayStation®4 and Xperia® Walkman applications and improves your ability to view artist discography, top songs, related artists, and more.

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You can now sort your library by newly added songs and recently modified playlists, and edit song order in your playlists.

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Listening to your feedback, we’ve also dramatically improved song loading and queue view and increased the app’s stability.

Download the app from the Apple App Storesm and let us know what you think. Make sure to keep an eye open for future Music Unlimited updates!

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