Today, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg officially released his new album as a “Reincarnated” Snoop Lion, embracing the Rastafarian lifestyle after an enlightening trip to Jamaica a few years ago. His journey was documented in a film, also called Reincarnated, that when coupled with this album, gives us the most intimate look we’ve had at the legendary rapper since his 2007 reality show, Father Hood. The icon grapples with his past, his rise to fame and his message as he continues making music.

Having come from a particularly violent era in Hip-hop, his new message of peace extends to all parts of his life, including what he listening to personally. That said, he’s created a new channel for the Music Unlimited service: Snoop Lion Reggae Picks. The channel features variety of reggae & dancehall favorites of Snoop himself, including tracks from collaborators Collie Buddz and Major Lazer (who produced the new album.) Listen to it now in the premium channels section of the Music Unlimited service.

Snoop Lion embarks on a worldwide journey in May, travelling through a multitude of summer festivals, including London’s legendary T in the Park (alongside Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, The Killers & more.) Take a look at the dates below, listen to the channel and introduce yourself to a new Snoop like you’ve never heard him before.

May 04                 Olympic Velodrome                        Seoul, Korea, Republic Of

May 18                 Moses Mabhida                              Durban, South Africa

May 26                 Soundset Festival                            Shakopee, MN

Jun 02                   Wakarusa 2013                                  Ozark, AR

Jun 09                   Moonrise Festival                            Baltimore, M

Jun 29                   BET Experience at LA Live             Los Angeles, CA

Jul 04                     Zenith                                                   Paris, France

Jul 05                     Summerjam Festival                       Cologne, Germany

Jul 07                    Istanbul Calling Festival                 Istanbul, Turkey

Jul 08                     Arena Armeec Sofia                        Sofia, Bulgaria

Jul 10                     Fresh Island Festival                       Novalja, Croatia

Jul 11                     Exit Festival                                        Novi Sad, Rs      

Jul 12                     London Wireless festival               London, United Kingdom

Jul 13                     T in the Park                                       Kinross, United Kingdom

Jul 14                     Openair Frauenfeld                        Frauenfeld, Switzerland

Aug 06                  Heineken Music Hall                       Amsterdam, Netherlands

Aug 09                  Fete du Bruit dans Landerneau  Landerneau, France

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Featured New Releases:

Snoop LionReincarnated
The much-anticipated reggae “re-branding” of the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg is here. He announced his new name after a spiritually enlightening trip to Jamaica, exploring his past during a particularly violent era of Hip-hop to a future of peace encouraged by the Rastafarian movement. Much of this was documented in the film Reincarnated, now available on the Video Unlimited service, which gives an even deeper look at the circumstances in which the lyrical content of the album was written. Reincarnated features guest appearances like Drake, Miley Cyrus and Akon and was produced by Diplo and the Major Lazer crew. Bonus: Snoop picked his favorite reggae songs in a new channel for the Music Unlimited service, Snoop Lion Reggae Picks, now available.
If You Like: Bob Marley, Collie Buddz, Major Lazer
Recommended Track: “Ashtrays & Heartbreak (ft. Miley Cyrus)”

Michael BubleTo Be Loved
Coming off a whirlwind weekend hosting The 2013 JUNO Awards, Canada’s favorite son has dropped his first original studio album since 2009’s Crazy Love. However, his name has continued to be everywhere, especially after the monstrous release of his 2011 seasonal album, Christmas, which managed to also top the charts the next holiday season. His classic Sinatra-style crooning has won over fans of all ages, from his modern renditions of “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “To Love Somebody” and original tracks like “It’s a Beautiful Day.” The tone of the album is incredibly cheery and light, highlighting his vocal chops outside of a classical setting. A perfect start to summer.
If You Like: Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Josh Groban
Recommended Track: “After All (ft. Bryan Adams)”

PhoenixBankrupt!
It has certainly been an interesting ride for Phoenix thus far. The seemingly “new” band that erupted on the scene with singles like “Liztomania” and “1901,” had actually been plugging away since the late 90’s, with pockets of devoted fans across the globe. Now, all of a sudden, their 5th studio album seems like a sophomore effort, as they once again have something to prove to a new wave of folks who jumped on board late. An incredibly strong first single, “Entertainment,” coupled with lots of Coachella buzz has put them top of mind, at least in the indie world. The consistency of their sound should please fans and draw in new ones but it is still to be seen if the takeover of a mainstream audience will strike once again.
If You Like: MGMT, The Strokes, The Postal Service
Recommended Track: “Chloroform”
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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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