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When Judas Priest announced its “farewell” tour back in 2011, the British metal titans actually just meant farewell to founding guitarist K.K. Downing. Having replaced him with longtime fan and expert shredder Richie Faulkner and the band gets back to business on the new album, Redeemer of Souls, its first studio recording since 2008’s Nostradamus. To mark the occasion, we asked Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford to share some of his current favorite songs with maximum head-banging potential with us. He did not disappoint.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: Artist Picks

Trivium, “Strife”
Volbeat, “Dead But Rising”
Black Sabbath, “God is Dead?”
Halestorm, “Straight Through the Heart”
Stone Sour, “Do Me a Favor”
Five Finger Death Punch, “House of the Rising Sun”
In This Moment, “Whore”
Fozzy, “Lights Go Out”
Hellyeah, “Sangre por Sangre”
Three Days Grace, “Painkiller”
Alter Bridge, “Cry of Achilles”
Sevendust, “Black”
Lacuna Coil, “Die & Rise”
Megadeth, “Trust”
Powerman 5000, “How to be a Human”
Avenged Sevenfold, “Hail to the King”
Newsted, “As the Crow Flies”
Slayer, “Dead Skin Mask”
Tenacious D, “The Last in Line”

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Unbroken: The true story of a man who trained as an Olympic athlete, and proved he was tougher than anyone else when he became a prisoner of war in World War II.

These other WWII true stories will inspire you too: Band of Brothers, The Pianist

Wild: Reese Witherspoon strikes out on an epic walk of spiritual awakening after her personal life falls apart.

These movies will take you into the wild: Into the Wild, 127 Hours

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We just launched a major refresh of the Music Unlimited application for PS4™ that delivers better performance, easier navigation and improved music discovery. The updated app was redesigned based on your feedback, so we hope that you like what you see. Here are some of the highlights:

The new app opens to the Home Screen that highlights New Releases, New Playlists and New Channels.

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A push of the Top Menu button (Square on the PS4™  wireless controller (DUALSHOCK®4)), reveals a new left-hand side vertical navigation menu that provides easy access to features like Search, Charts, Playlists, Channels, My Library, and Settings.

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The new app also features an attractive new full screen music player and play queue so users will always know what song is playing and what tracks are coming up next.

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A tap of the Options button reveals basic features such as Volume, Repeat, Shuffle, playlist options and artist and song details.

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Give it a try and let us know what you think and keep an eye open for future updates!

 

 

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Listen to these new releases on Music Unlimited this week.

  • Rise Against, the Chicago punk band, is back to take on the ills of the world with its latest, The Black Market.
  • British crooner and Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith delivers his soulful debut, In The Lonely Hour.
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic returns with his 14th album of pop parodies, “Mandatory Fun,” which includes his take on Pharrell’s “Happy,” entitled “Tacky.”

Rise Against / The Black Market
Sam Smith / In The Lonely Hour
“Weird Al” Yankovic / Mandatory Fun
Jungle / Jungle
Mark Mancina / Planes: Fire & Rescue (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Bleachers / Strange Desire
Jason Mraz / YES!
Marsha Ambrosius / Friends & Lovers
Pennywise / Yesterdays
Madlib / Rock Konducta, Pt. 1
Various Artists / Soul Jazz Records Present Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69
Monty Python / Monty Python Sings (Again) (Deluxe)
Noisia / Purpose
Kidz Bop Kids / Kidz Bop 26
Slow Club / Complete Surrender

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What’s better than getting one game at an amazing low price? How about two?

That’s what we’re offering in the PlayStation Store’s 2-for-1 Sale, with 11 two-game bundles that let you stock up at prices you won’t want to miss.

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The sale runs through Monday, July 21, 2014. Check out PlayStation.Blog for more details.

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If you’re looking for an escape this week, then look no further because Video Unlimited has an exciting collection of films to transport you to a different world – whether real or imagined. From the post-apocalyptic world of Appleseed: Alpha to the pre-recession bloat of a Long Island neighborhood in Affluenza, this New Release Recap has it all.

Appleseed: Alpha: This highly anticipated action-adventure prequel to the Appleseed franchise features the director Shinji Aramaki and music from Skrillex.

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Set in a post-apocalyptic world, two mercenary soldiers, Deunan and Briareos, embark on a mission to the outskirts of their war-torn city. During their quest, the missionaries encounter two citizens from the utopian city of Olympus who might have the key to help save humanity.

Noah: Academy Award winners Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connolly star in this stunning and action-packed film which retells a well-known Biblical story.

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An enchanting film score and breathtaking scenery, act as a backdrop to this Biblical tale. Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission: create an enormous ship to save the world’s creatures before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the Earth.

Affluenza: This film recounts the tale of the bloated and unfulfilled feeling of trying to keep up with the Joneses.

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Set in pre-recession suburbia, the aspiring photographer Fisher Miller (Ben Rosenfield) finds an escape from his middle-class life by moving to a wealthy Long Island neighborhood in an attempt to brush shoulders with the young, beautiful elite. He soon realizes that his entitled reality is spinning out of control.

Snowpiercer: This sci-fi thriller tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic world where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most of the planet.

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Humanity’s last survivors board a globe-spanning supertrain, known as Snowpiercer. Curtis (Chris Evans) risks it all to lead a mutiny to gain control of the train’s engine as well as the future of the survivors.

The Strain | Season 1: If you didn’t get enough vampire shenanigans from Twilight and True Blood, then you’re really going to sink your teeth into the aptly-titled first season of The Strain.

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Dr. Goodweather leads the CDC Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are charged with investigating a viral outbreak, which appears to have an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.

Rush: From the two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard comes this story of a legendary rivalry that led to a series of events that shocked the world. It’s our 99-cent rental of the week.

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During the golden age of Formula 1 racing, two drivers emerged as the best in the world: James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two clash on and off the Grand Prix racetrack as they push themselves past the breaking point – both physically and emotionally – as they race to the top.

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MAGIC! is riding the charts right now with its reggae fusion hit single “Rude.”

We caught up with the members of Canadian pop band to ask them what songs they would put on their ideal playlist to listen to while playing NBA 2K14. Naturally, “Rude” and the title track from their breezy debut album, Don’t Kill the Magic, made the cut.

Watch for MAGIC!’s complete Listen+Play NBA 2K14 Playlist video and don’t forget that you too can create your own ideal gaming soundtrack. Find out how here.

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Sony Network Entertainment Europe sponsored the Barclaycard Presents British Summertime festival in Hyde Park, London last weekend. The series of concerts included headline sets from the likes of Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath and the Backstreet Boys.
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The intimate 150 person capacity Music Unlimited stage played host to the likes of old favorites the Wheatus and up-and-coming boy-band Rixton. In order to access the stage, more than 4,000 festival goers were given a demo of the MU service and chose their favorite song for our ultimate summer playlist.

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The event continues this weekend, with headline sets from Neil Young and Tom Jones, with more guests coming through the MU stage.

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There’s not a moment to spare if you want to save big. That’s right, it’s time for another Flash Sale on the PlayStation Store. With a price that’s too low to ignore – just $0.99 each – there are more than 20 exciting games just waiting for you to download them today.

Find out more, including what titles will be on sale, at PlayStation.Blog.

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It was a battle between warriors and minifigures for the top spot in this week’s Top 10. After the dust settled, the Greek general Themistokles and the soldiers of 300: Rise of an Empire came out victorious over the spunky brick cast of The LEGO Movie.

You can also experience action 30,000 feet above land in the high flying thriller Non-Stop; and go along on a jungle adventure with Blu, Jewel and their three kids in the family friendly hit Rio 2.

Here is this week’s #VUTop10.

  1. 300: Rise of an Empire
  2. The Lego Movie
  3. Lone Survivor
  4. Non-Stop
  5. Robocop (2014)
  6. Transcendence (plus Bonus Features)
  7. Rio 2
  8. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  9. Bad Words
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

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