PitchforkFBLast month, we launched something new to the Music Unlimited web client: Featured Playlists. This is your one-stop for curated playlists from your favorite artists, music influencers and the Music Unlimited staff.

The latest in our series from influential music site, Pitchfork, is a collection of 35 songs featured in their “Overlooked Records” lists from 2011 – 2013. These lists are compiled annually, halfway through the year, taking special note of albums that may not have been in the spotlight but deemed worthy of an extra push. Many of these were highly rated by the website, with 2013’s honorees including a “soundtrack to a modern fairytale” from Laura Mvula, instrumental guitar aficionado William Tyler, rapper Kevin Gates (also featured on the Pitchfork Rap Singles 2010 – 2013 playlist) and Pitchfork Music Festival Paris performer, Jagwar Ma. (psssst – want to see them live at the fest? Enter for a chance to win here.)

Listen to these artists & more in the Pitchfork’s Overlooked Playlist!


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88Hitsofthe80sLast month, we launched something new to the Music Unlimited web client: Featured Playlists. This is your one-stop for curated playlists from your favorite artists, music influencers and the Music Unlimited staff.

Our latest is the 88 Hits of the 80s Playlist. The 1980s were such an exciting time in music and pop culture that we ran right past a self-imposed 80 song limit for our featured playlist and had to force ourselves to stop at 88 decade-defining tunes.

Michael Jackson made the stunning transition from beloved 1970s child prodigy to the King of Pop with Off The Wall and Thriller. M.J.’s female counterpart was Madonna, who also mastered every form of media and quickly went from being a charming dance pop striver to a flirty provocateur to a respected recording artist.

Madonna and Michel Jackson’s creative music videos found an outlet on the fledgling MTV network, which also helped break a number of innovative 1980s acts to wider audiences: America’s own Talking Heads and a host of British synth-pop groups such as Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Eurhythmics and Depeche Mode.

The one thing initially ignored on MTV was rap, which first hit the national scene with The Sugarhill Gang and quickly took off with the street smart rhymes of Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash and the revolutionary Public Enemy. Afrika Bambaattaa’s producer, Arthur Baker, sampled Kraftwerk on “Planet Rock,” which is ironic since that German art band is probably the single biggest sonic influence on today’s global club scene.

The peerless Prince was a tireless creative movement unto himself, crafting brilliant albums, hit movies and becoming as much of a guitar hero as Eddie Van Halen. Prince never hid his deep musical ties to R&B and rock’s traditions which may help explain why such 1960s and ‘70s icons as Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Robert Palmer, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones actually enjoyed their greatest popular successes in the  1980s.

Finally, disparate indie acts such as New Order, The Smiths, The Violent Femmes and The Replacements slowly grew in popularity and ended up influencing a host of artists in the 1990s up through today, proving that the 1980s never really went away.

Hear the new playlist now!

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DisclosureNow until September 30th, Music Unlimited is giving you and a friend a chance to win a trip to the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, featuring a who’s who of critically acclaimed artists like Hot Chip, The Knife, Yo La Tengo, Ariel Pink and more, all curated by the influential music site. Learn more and enter now here.

Already stars in their native country, the British duo Disclosure have earned a featured slot at this year’s Pitchfork Paris Festival and are making noise in the U.S. with the finest electronic album of the year. Following a successful path blazed by Zero 7, Sbtrkt and PPF headliners Hot Chip, Disclosure’s Settle intelligently mixes soulful house and future techno with hip-hop sensibilities.

Settle also features some of the finest female vocalists on the London scene, including Mercury Prize nominee Jessie Ware, London Grammar and Aluna Francis. The peak of addictiveness is the lead track however, “When a Fire Starts to Burn,” which talks about how feelings can grow and spread as quickly as flames. It’s also an apropo visual for how Disclosure’s music is beginning to taking over the airwaves.

You can hear tracks from many of the other artists playing in our Pitchfork Music Festival Paris Playlist, now available on the Music Unlimited web player. Don’t miss out on your chance to see them in one of the world’s most magical cities. Enter to for a chance to win today.

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NowYouSeeMeFacebookWho doesn’t like a good magic trick? A crafty band of illusionists helped Now You See Me simultaneously pull off a few bank heists while snatching this week’s number one spot. Who knew a little abracadabra and waiving of the hands could overcome the mighty summer blockbuster duo of Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness?

Making its first top 10 appearance is the newly released dystopian, zombie flick, World War Z, featuring action superstar Brad Pitt. Don’t forget you can watch his epic zombie battle now on the Video Unlimited service before it hits DVD and Blu-ray with intense new footage not seen in theaters.

So, without further ado, here’s the rest of this week’s VU Top 10. Have a magical weekend everyone!

  1. Empire State (2013)
  2. Iron Man 3
  3. Oblivion
  4. Olympus Has Fallen
  5. World War Z (Extended Version)
  6. The Great Gatsby
  7. Pain & Gain
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness
  9. Iron Man 3 (Plus Bonus Features)
  10. Now You See Me

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Star Trek Into Darkness is now available to rent on the Video Unlimited service. Watch the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise set out on the most explosive manhunt of all time. And take home a piece of the action by entering for your chance to win the Star Trek Game Statue (ARV $100).

Star Trek Statue

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  1. Visit us on Facebook
  2. Comment on the question “What is the name of James Kirk’s father?” You’ll need to answer by Friday, September 13 11:59PM PDT. US residents only, ages 18 and over only.
  3. We will select one random winner from the entries and contact that person via Facebook direct message by Friday, September 20.

See below for full rules and don’t forget to rent Star Trek Into Darkness.


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TheX-FilesThis past Tuesday the entertainment world marked the 20th anniversary of a milestone in the world of sci-fi television: The X-Files.

Whether you don’t know your Smoking Man from your black ooze or simply want to relive the chemistry between Agents Mulder and Scully, we’re here to help. Watch all nine seasons of this groundbreaking sci-fi drama or other sci-fi series influenced by the iconic episodic such as Fringe, Bones and Supernatural to name a few.

And if you’re a sci-fi movie buff, watch the two movies spawned from the X-Files franchise, 1997’s Fight the Future and 2008’s I Want to Believe.

The Truth is out there. Find it by celebrating X-Files greatness with Video Unlimited.

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Last month, we launched something new to the Music Unlimited web client: Featured Playlists. This is your one-stop for curated playlists from your favorite artists, music influencers and the Music Unlimited staff.

We also told you about David Guetta World in PlayStation®Home, a virtual rave where you can be the DJ, remix tracks, watch exclusive videos and dance to music from the world-renowned DJ in this awesome interactive environment.

As part of that partnership, David Guetta hand-picked a playlist for the Music Unlimited web client, featuring some of his favorite dance tracks, including Calvin Harris, AVICII & Bastille, among other original and remix tracks. As one of the most in-demand producers on the planet – bringing you hits like “Without You (ft. Usher)” and “Titanium (ft. Sia)”- you can be certain that he is an authority on the genre.

Listen to the David Guetta Artist Picks Playlist now!

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New this week on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 is the long awaited platformer Puppeteer. After Kutaro is turned into a puppet by the Moon Bear King, he sets off on an adventure armed with a magical pair of scissors to find his way home.

Also new this week for PlayStation 3: NHL 14 and Street Fighter X Tekken

There’s a whole new variety of fun games now available on the PlayStation Network for PS3. One of which is Dragon Fantasy Book II. Players will travel through the wastelands of Tundaria, experiencing action packed battles, traveling by pirate ship, dealing with hordes of demons and more! Plus, this is the last title of the PS Vita Summer Select promotion (ending this week), so you can also pick it up for cross-buy on the PS Vita.

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Fall premieres are back as well as epic, summer blockbusters. From World War Z to Sons of Anarchy, this week’s New Release Recap debuts some of Video Unlimited’ s fans favorite films and TV Shows. See what other what films released, TV Shows premiered and what weekly deals begin this week on the PlayStation Store!

Brad Pitt stars as former United Nations employee, Gerry Lane, in the dystopian, zombie flick, World War Z. Called upon to help stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world, we follow Gerry as the action unfolds in the unrated cut with intense new footage not seen in theaters. Catch the spell-binding conclusion to the world’s pandemic today before its DVD and Blu-ray debut.



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BonnieMcKeeAs an artist, Bonnie McKee has been in the background for a while, quietly co-writing some of the biggest pop songs in recent years. Her resume includes collaborations with a staggering amount of superstars on songs that will be weaved into the fabric of pop culture for years to come (I’m looking at you, “California Gurls.”)

Now she is taking a step into the limelight with an upcoming album and just by looking at her, you wonder how she stayed behind the curtain. Equally as charming, colorful and catchy as her bestie Katy Perry, she’s coming out in a big way with her latest single “American Girl,” even enlisting some of her famous friends for an unofficial video.

To study up on this new diva, Bonnie sent us a list of 15 tracks she’s helped create and it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring. Listening to these songs gets us super excited to hear what comes from her on her own terms. Keep an eye out on the Music Unlimited service for more music to come!

  1. Bonnie McKee“American Girl”
  2. Katy Perry“Roar”
  3. Taio Cruz“Dynamite”
  4. Britney Spears“Hold It Against Me”
  5. Katy Perry - “Teenage Dream”
  6. Adam Lambert“Cuckoo”
  7. Ke$ha - “C’Mon”
  8. Kelly Clarkson“Hello”
  9. Katy Perry - “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)”
  10. Carly Rae Jepsen“Turn Me Up”
  11. Rita Ora“How We Do (Party)”
  12. Katy Perry “California Gurls” ft. Snoop Dogg
  13. Christina Aguilera“Let There Be Love”
  14. Ke$ha“Supernatural”
  15. Katy Perry“Wide Awake”

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