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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EaglesFBThis week the Eagles, who brought you songs like “Hotel California,” “Witchy Woman” and “Life in the Fast Line,” released much of their catalog for streaming, re-mastered and now available on the Music Unlimited service. This announcement comes toward the start of their History of the Eagles Tour, including a stop at Summerfest alongside a bevy of dates spanning early July through November.

Since they debuted in 1972, the impact this band has had on the music landscape is immeasurable. Over the course of their career, they boast six GRAMMY awards and six number one albums, including two ranked as the bestselling in US history. It’s hard to summarize such an extensive history, but we did our best to break down the essential tracks from their 1970’s albums for today’s #ThrowbackThursday. Happy listening!

Eagles (1972)
Song: “Take It Easy”

Desperado (1973)
Song: “Tequila Sunrise”

On the Border (1974)
Song: “The Best of My Love”

One of These Nights (1975)
Song: “Take it to the Limit”

Hotel California (1976)
Song: “Hotel California”

The Long Run (1979)
Song: “Heartache Tonight”

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PlayStation Store Update

There’s a lot to pick from this week on the PlayStation Store with many new titles for PS3, PS Vita, some great bundles and more.

New this week for the PlayStation 3 is a game based on Marvel Comics character, Deadpool. This game is sure to be a good and gory time with mercenary Deadpool carrying on with his usual odd antics and kicking some major tail.

Deadpool on PS3
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NewReleases625Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums and singles below.

Highlights:

  • Wale’s third studio album, featuring appearances by Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz
  • The first album in four years from GRAMMY award winning R&B songstress India.Arie
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers infamous album Legend remixed by Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Z-Trip, Cut Chemist and members of the icon’s family.

Side-projects from:

  • Brandon Boyd (of Incubus) as Sons of the Sea
  • Omar Rodriguez Lopez (of At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta) as Bosnian Rainbows

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Watch what’s happening on our Video Unlimited New Releases Recap to get a rundown of films and television seasons this week!

Screen queen Halle Berry starring in a daunting thriller, The Call. She plays veteran 911 operator named Jordan, who takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin). Jordan finds out the girl has been kidnapped and thrown into the trunk of a madman’s car. With the clock ticking, see if she can confront the killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. Watch the unnerving conclusion of The Call now available for rent on the Video Unlimited service.

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Drinking Buddies: Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson play brewery co-workers whose on-the-job friendship causes strain in their respective relationships.

Watch more from Drinking Buddies’ director Joe Swanberg or star Jake Johnson: Uncle Kent, Safety Not Guaranteed

Crystal Fairy: Michael Cera plays an American tourist on the lookout for a psychedelic experience.

The quirky Cera is also quirky in these quirky movies: Paper Hearts, Superbad
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7/11/13 UPDATE: Offline playback and High Quality Audio are now available!

Great news for everyone who listens to their music through the Music Unlimited service’s iPhone and iPod touch application – offline playback and high quality audio for streaming playback are included in the version 1.3 update that will go live very soon.

Similar to the Music Unlimited Android app, iOS users can now download individual albums and tracks, as well as any playlists they have created to their device and enjoy music even when a cellular or Wi-Fi connection isn’t available, or when they want to conserve battery life or curb data usage.  Additionally, the version 1.3 update will offer the ability to listen to your music in crystal clear 320kbps AAC high fidelity audio while streaming.

Check out this video for all the details:

Listening to music offline is simple:

  1. Select a playlist, song or album that you’d like to download.
  2. Tap the “Options” button on the right of the album, track or playlist you’d like to download
  3. Select “Download Album” from the pop up menu.
  4. Once you select the music for download, hit the all new “Menu” button on the top left of the app and you’ll see the “My Downloads” queue to check the progress of your downloading tracks.
  5. Once the tracks are finished downloading, you’ll immediately see the list of artists, albums, songs and playlists in the “My Downloads” tab.  They are all available to hear while online or offline.
  6. To listen offline, simply set the “Offline Mode” switch to “ON” and you’ll be taken immediately to your download list where you can select tracks by Artists, Albums, or Songs, or by Playlists.

Follow these easy steps to activate HQ Audio*:

  1. Select the “Menu” button, and then select the “Settings” option.
  2. Select “ON” where you see “High Quality Audio HQ Streaming”.
  3. Once HQ Audio is activated, you’ll see an “HQ” badge next to the right of the track information when you play a song.

The app is currently under review with Apple, so we’ll let you know when it goes live!

If you’re not a subscriber to the Music Unlimited service, this is a great time to jump aboard!  For a limited time, a 12 month Premium subscription to the Music Unlimited service is just $41.99 for PS Plus members – a discount of over 65 percent from the regular monthly price.  Those who don’t have a PS+ membership can also take advantage of a special rate of $59.99 for the 12 month Premium subscription.  More information about the offer can be found at PlayStation Blog.

*Please note that High Quality Streaming is not available for offline playback mode.

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The Music Unlimited service has been a key destination for the PlayStation gamer, featuring rich graphics, easy navigation and high quality audio as well as soundtracks like Gustavo Santaolalla’s The Last of Us and even a Game Music Channel. However, did you know that you can play music and games at the same time on PlayStation Vita? As a mobile device, the Music Unlimited application on PS Vita can cache playlists offline (up to 4,000 songs.) With that feature, the songs are stored and can be played in the background while jumping into games or other applications.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your Music Unlimited application on your device.
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  3. Go to Playlists to choose which you’d like to set offline.
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ZombielandClose the blinds and lock the doors because this week’s Top 10 is covered from head to toe in zombies. Inspired by today’s theatrical release of Brad Pitt’s latest film, World War Z, we’re highlighting the best of the undead. From the action-packed Resident Evil series to the all-time classic Night of the Living Dead to the comedy of Zombieland (which also doubles as a “how to survive the zombie apocalypse” training film), all of these movies and many, many more are available as part of the Own $5 Films: Zombie Films sale!

Without further adieu, here’s our top-10 Movies to get you zesty for zombification:

  1. The Battery
  2. The Pack
  3. Zombie
  4.  Zombie Strippers
  5. The Revenant
  6. Seven Mummies
  7. Quarantine
  8. Zombieland
  9. Resident Evil
  10. Night of the Living Dead

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