Scary, smoky, super and studly, this week’s New Release Recap is uncharacteristically frightening and typically tantalizing. See what’s launching this week on the Video Unlimited service!

Be afraid, be very afraid. Academy Award-nominated writer Guillermo del Toro presents the supernatural thriller Mama, depicting the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When their uncle tries to introduce the children to a normal life, Annabel (Jessica Chastain) begins to wonder if the traumatized girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home… Catch it today before DVD and Blu-ray!

The ageless Tom Cruise stars as ex-military investigator Jack Reacher in an explosive thriller where law has its limits but Reacher does not. When an unspeakable crime is committed, a fight for truth pits him against an unexpected enemy with a skill for violence and a secret to keep. Purchase this action-packed thrill ride now to add to your growing collection of Tom Cruise blockbusters.


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Last night, the Canadian music industry gathered in Regina, Saskatchewan to honor the last year in music after a week-long celebration throughout the city for The 2013 JUNO Awards. Host Michael Buble (whose album, To Be Loved, hits the Music Unlimited service tomorrow) brought an interesting dynamic to a very fan-centric award show. A fairly expected Carly Rae Jepsen domination happened for overall album, single and pop album of the year and Justin Bieber’s rabid Belibers ensured his Fan Choice Award.

However, there were some victories for the underdog, with Monster Truck and The Weeknd taking home Breakthrough Awards, GrimesVisions named Electronic Album of the Year and Classified, our February “On the Rise” Artist, dominating the Rap Recording of the Year for “Inner Ninja.”

Legends were also honored, with multi-platinum artist k.d. lang inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Leonard Cohen beating out the Biebs for Artist of the Year, thanks to his critically acclaimed album, Old Ideas (alongside a lifetime of outstanding music.)

Check out the winners in the major categories below and listen to the other nominees and more in The 2013 JUNO Awards Channel (Canada only) on the Music Unlimited service.

Juno Fan Choice Award:
Justin Bieber

Single of the Year:
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

Album of the Year:
Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss

Artist of the Year:
Leonard Cohen

Group of the Year:
Mariana’s Trench

International Album of the Year:
Mumford & Sons – Babel

Breakthough Artist of the Year:
The Weeknd

Breakthough Group of the Year:
Monster Truck

Songwriter of the Year:
Leonard Cohen

Country Album of the Year:
Johnny Reid – Fire it Up

Adult Alternative Album of the Year:
Serena Ryder – Harmony

Alternative Album of the Year:
Metric – Synthetica

Pop Album of the Year:
Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss

Rock Album of the Year:
Rush – Clockwork Angels

Rap Recording of the Year:
Classified – “Inner Ninja”

Dance Recording of the Year:
Anjulie – “You and I”

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year:
The Weeknd – Trilogy

Electronic Album of the Year:
Grimes – Visions

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This week on late night TV you can find some of the hottest up and coming artists along with some classic acts. Plain White T’s (featuring recently cancelled Ready For Loves Tim Lopez) will be performing on Leno, The X Factor UK winner Olly Murs on Kimmel and indie group Royal Teeth on Carson.

Also, don’t miss performances by some of the music industry’s more classic artists: Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg, “Reincarnated”) on Letterman, Billy Ray Cyrus on Leno, Lisa Loeb on Conan, and Depeche Mode on Kimmel.

Here’s a full list of this week’s performances, along with links to find them on the Music Unlimited service:

The Late Show with David Letterman: Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses), Steve Martin and Edie Brickell,  Snoop Lion

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jake Bugg, Plain White T’s, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,  Billy Ray Cyrus, Avril Lavigne

Conan: Randy Houser, Lisa Loeb

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Phosphorescent, Talib Kweli, The National, Iron and Wine

Late Night with Carson Daly: Big Black Delta, The Coup, Royal Teeth, Superhumanoids

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Portugal The Man, M83, Depeche Mode, Olly Murs, Paramore

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Superman, Batman, the Joker, Lex Luthor, Doomsday. That’s just a few of the playable characters featured in the amazing new fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Quite the who’s who.

Why would heroes fight heroes and villains find themselves on both sides of a super-powered conflict? The game features a deeply emotional story that, without giving too much away, begins with The Joker orchestrating some serious havoc by playing a devastating trick on Superman. You can now purchase the highly anticipated Injustice: Gods Among Us on your PlayStation 3, but there’s also much more in store.

Sony Entertainment Network is celebrating the release of Injustice: Gods Among US with a DC Comics Sale offering tons of your favorite superhero content at a discounted price! The Video Unlimited service has compiled some of the greatest animated DC films for your viewing pleasure, including: Batman: Year One, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Justice League: Doom, Wonder Woman, and more.

If you feel like putting on your cape and walking around to your very own superhero soundtrack, the Music Unlimited service now has the Injustice: Gods Among Us Original Video Game Score, featuring original songs from well-known film composer Christopher Drake (Wonder Woman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and others.

So join the heroes (and/or villains), and get all things DC comics now on the Sony Entertainment Network.

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Carrying the torch for Scotland is Kimarnock’s own rock legneds, Biffy Clyro, who have taken home multiple honors including top nods at the NME Awards, Kerrang! Awards and a nomination for the coveted Mercury prize. Their bombastic live performances have caught the eye of fans on their home continent and across the world, including UK X Factor winner Matt Cardle covering the song “Many of Horror.” They are arena-level artists and have a significant following in the US as well.

The band has a long history, stretching back to multiple iterations before their debut album as Biffy Clyro, Blackened Sky, in 2002.  The Music Unlimited service is excited to bring you a new channel celebrating the band, the Artist Rewind: Biffy Clyro Channel, now available for subscribers in the US, Europe, Nordics, Australia & New Zealand.

Unfortunately, lead singer Simon Neil was rushed back home after their performance at Coachella Weekend #1, citing serious respiratory issues that needed immediate attention. Unfortunately, that means no set from the band this weekend in Indio or the rest of their North American tour. However, they expect to pick up their tour in June, hitting a staggering amount of festivals in Europe and Nordics, rounding out at with a headlining set at the infamous Reading & Leeds Festival in August (alongside Green Day, Eminem, System of a Down & more.)

Check out all the tour dates below while listening to their impressive catalog in the premium channels section of the Music Unlimited service.

Date  City Venue
Sat 06/01/13 Hassleholm, Sweden Siesta Festiva
Tue 06/04/13 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam Arena
Fri 06/07/13 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park
Sat 06/08/13 Nurburg, Germany Rock am Ring
Fri 06/14/13 Bergen, Norway Bergenfest
Sat 06/15/13 Aarhus, Denmark Northside Festival
Sat 06/22/13 Paris, France Stade de France
Fri 06/28/13 St. Gallen, Switzerland Open Air St. Gallen
Sat 06/29/13 Torino, Italy Stadio Olimpico
Thu 07/04/13 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter Festival
Fri 07/05/13 Arras, France Main Square Festival
Sun 07/07/13 Turku, Finland Ruisrock Festiva
Thu 07/11/13 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao BBK Live Festival
Fri 07/12/13 Lisbon, Portugal Optimus Alive! Festival
Sun 07/14/13 Berlin, Germany Waldbühne Berlin
Fri 07/19/13 Tonsberg, Norway Slottsfjell Festival
Sat 07/20/13 Nordfjordeid, Norway Malakoff Festival
Thu 08/08/13 Budapest, Hungary Sziget Festival
Fri 08/09/13 Krakow, Poland Coke Live Music Festival
Sat 08/10/13 Eschwege, Germany Open Flair
Sun 08/11/13 Rothenburg, Germany Taubertal Open Air Festival
Thu 08/15/13 Gampel, Switzerland Open Air Gampel
Sat 08/17/13 Hockenheim, Germany Rock’N’Heim Festival
Sun 08/18/13 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Rock Im Pott
Fri 08/23/13 Leeds, United Kingdom Reading & Leeds Festival
Sun 08/25/13 Reading, United Kingdom Reading & Leeds Festival

 

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This week the PlayStation Store is full up with superhero turmoil as Injustice: Gods Among Us finally hits the store for PlayStation 3.

Injustice: Gods Among Us for PS3

It’s been a highly anticipated release and finally the full PS3 version of Injustice: Gods Among Us is available on the PS Store. This fighting game not only has some amazing characters in play (Superman, Batman, The Joker, Lex Luthor, to name a few), but also tells a very deep story. Players will follow the story of the game in chapters and, as it unfolds, will swap out characters. (Minor spoiler: The story starts with the Joker tricking Superman into doing some really really terrible stuff.)

Injustice: Gods Among Us for PS3

Also new this week for PS3 is the tactical shooter Sniper Ghost Warrior 2. Play as Private Security Consultant Captain Cole Anderson who, along with his team, is sent to the Philippines on a mission to secure a Bio-Agent WMD at all costs.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior for PS3

Newly released this week for PlayStation Vita is the demo for Soul Sacrifice, which includes the entire first chapter of the game. This anticipated action adventure role-playing game starts with players taking on the role of a slave about to be sacrificed. He stumbles upon a forbidden book that allows its readers to relive battles between sorcerers and monsters of years past. In order to use the magic during fierce battles, you must be willing to make a sacrifice. It could be anything from personal belongings, a limb, or even a life.

Soul Sacrifice on PS Vita

The Spring Fever Sale (US Only) is still going on now on the PlayStation Network and this week you can pick up titles from the Grand Theft Auto franchise and Dragon Fantasy Book 1 on cross-buy for PS Vita and PS3.

Check out the full list of games in this week’s update and all the titles included in this week’s Spring Fever Sale deal here.

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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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Are you missing Tom Cruise’s trademark running scenes, intense combat sequences and cool demeanor as he saves the day? Well you’re in luck! Today his latest sci-fi flick, Oblivion, hits the theaters and all the infamous elements that have made Mr. Cruise a modern day movie legend will be on display.

Since Oblivion is being tabbed as one of the best movies of its kind in a long time, it got us thinking…what are our favorite recent classics in the sci-fi genre? We’ve put together a list of renowned science fiction films that are as legendary as a Tom Cruise one-liner. Here’s the top 10:

  1. Stargate
  2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  3. Avatar
  4. Aliens
  5. Jurassic Park
  6. Back to the Future
  7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  8. The Matrix
  9. Blade Runner
  10. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan

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Sony Entertainment Network brings you the latest Day 1 Digital content, thousands of blockbuster movies, TV episodes the day after they air, and other exclusive features and bonus content. Now, with our newly-launched web store, we’re making it easier and more convenient for you to discover and purchase all the movies, games, TV shows and more from any PC.

Visit Store.SonyEntertainmentNetwork.com and immediately begin browsing our extensive collection of digital content available to download for your PlayStation3, PSP, PlayStation Vita and various Sony Android devices.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit Store.SonyEntertainmentNetwork.com from your PC (on any major web browser) and sign in with your Sony Entertainment Network user ID and password.
  2. Search and purchase games, add-ons, movies, TV shows or whatever else you’re looking for.
  3. Once you’ve completed the checkout process (yes, you can use your existing Sony Entertainment Network wallet funds), your purchased item will be added to the “My Downloads” list. You can then go to your download list online and hit “Download to PS3”
  4. The game will begin downloading and installing as soon as you turn on your PS3 and log in. If your device is already on and you’re logged in, the game will automatically start downloading. Your content will also automatically download and install to your PS Vita if you’re in standby mode and logged into your account.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the web store now to get started.

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Tonight, the 2013 Class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be inducted in Los Angeles, a long sought-after accomplishment for these artists and many others hopeful to get the same nod. Not every artist is “rock and roll” though, with this particular group including a disco queen, bluesman, film composer and one of the most influential Hip-Hop collectives of all time. They will be honored with performances by Christina Aguilera & Jennifer Hudson (for Donna Summer), Foo Fighters (for Rush), Don Henley (for Randy Newman) and John Mayer  & Gary Clark Jr. (for Albert King)

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday celebrates these artists, their classic albums and songs that proved to the world that the they deserve such an honor.

Albert King
Album: The Blues Don’t Change (1974)
Song: “Nice to Be Nice (Ain’t That Nice)”
 
Donna Summer
Album: Bad Girls (1979) 
Song: “Hot Stuff”
 
Rush
Album: Moving Pictures (1981) 
Song: “Tom Sawyer”
 
Heart
Album: Bad Animals (1987)
Song: “Alone”
 
Randy Newman
Album: Trouble in Paradise (1983)
Song: “I Love LA”
 
Public Enemy
Album: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) 
Song: “Bring the Noise”

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