NewReleases218Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • The 2nd full-length album from indie darlings Phantogram and their biggest shot at mainstream success thus far with the hit, “Fall in Love.”
  • Reggae star Sean Paul’s 6th album, featuring guest appearances from Damien Marley, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minajand more.
  • American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover’s debut album, featuring the singles “Cried” & “I Am Beautiful”
  • Cole Swindell’s debut, most akin to his country predecessors Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Kip Moore, with some fun romps like “Brought to You by Beer.”

New Albums Available This Week [2/18/14]:

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OscarsBlogA few necessities for a great Oscar party:

  • Great snacks. If you want to get fancy and create dishes inspired by the movies, well, we can’t stop you.
  • Plenty of seating. All your friends aren’t going to fit on that one futon in your living room, dude.
  • That you’ve seen at least some of the nominated movies. This one we can help you with.

To help get you ready for the Oscars we’re offering you great deal: For every $20 you spend on movies or TV shows in the PlayStation Store, we’ll give you $5 in SEN wallet cash back*.

So when you buy or rent movies like Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and others you will earn SEN Wallet Cash you can use later on to catch American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and others when they hit PlayStation Store in the coming months.

The best news? There’s no limit to what you can earn. Anytime you spend $20 between now and March 10, 2014 you’ll earn another $5. Vouchers with your total credit will be delivered by March 19th and must be used by March 31st, 2014.

Visit Sony.com/Oscars for more details. Now get back to getting ready for the Academy Awards on March 2nd to see who will win their little statue this year!

*United States and Canada only

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Although they currently reside in the uber-hip Williamsburg district in New York, the punk/pop/dance group New Politics are from Denmark. The band’s razor-sharp mix of dance music and anthemic punk has seen them serve as opening acts for Fall Out Boy, Thirty Seconds to Mars, P!nk and Panic at the Disco.

Their uptempo mix of euphoria and aggression has made their tunes ideal for games; appearing in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and NHL 14. Not only did they performed Give Me Hope while at the Live Lounge sponsored by Music Unlimited in San Francisco, but also Tonight You’re Perfect and Harlem that made the fans completely mesmerized.

If you have not seen frontman David Boyd perform, his high energy gets the crowd moving. No doubt, he’s a pretty great breakdancer and definitely not shy when it comes to showing couple of his ultimate moves.

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Check-out New Politics’s all-time favorite Playlist on Music Unlimited service here and let us know what you think!

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January was a big month for Sony Entertainment Network. Take a look below and see how the Music Unlimited service continues to grow since the launch of the PlayStation 4, what songs and movies were most popular last month and what Oscar nominees you can already watch and listen to as you get ready for this year’s Academy Awards.

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This week’s Staff Pick of the Week, Wadjda is a groundbreaking film that not only the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia it’s also first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour.

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Wadjda is an inspiring and touching story about a fun loving 10-year-old girl who has her mind set on a beautiful green bicycle. Now she doesn’t want the bike just to cruise around the neighborhood. The access to wheels will give her the ability to beat her friend Abdullah in a race. Even without the blessing of her mother, who sees bicycles as a danger to a girl’s virtue, Wadjda looks to win a school competition to earn the money to make the purchase. Will she do it? You only can find out by watching the film. Check it out now on the PlayStation store today!

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Every week, we rounding up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on the Music Unlimited web app. Check out our wide variety of Valentine’s Day playlists below!

OldSchool
Old School Love Jams
Go back to the days when love songs really took it all the way. You can’t go wrong when you are in the hands of such romantic soul music masters as Marvin Gaye, Minnie Ripperton and Barry White. Curtis Mayfield is so love-struck that he’s “Tripping Out” while Teddy Pendergrass licks his wounds on the pained slow jam “Love TKO.”
Featuring: Al Green, The Isley Brothers, The Bee Gees


AntiLove
Anti-Love Songs
Let’s face it – love is an ugly business. It hurts, it’s messy and you can never win. These tracks pay tribute to the painful truth behind the hearts and flowers.
Featuring: Cee Lo Green, Fleetwood Mac, Gotye


IndieLove
Indie Love Songs
Forget about ironic distance, these are romantic songs where indie artists wear their hearts firmly pinned to Pendleton sleeves. It doesn’t matter if it’s chillwave, post-punk, indie-pop or new wave these tunes are about being crazy in love, insanely brokenhearted or mad with lust.
Featuring: Death Cab For Cutie, Iron & Wine, Wilco


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EscapePlanFacebookWhat do you get when you pair up two legendary action heroes with a renowned rapper? You get this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service, Escape Plan, featuring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and 50 Cent. After a few swings of the mighty hammer Thor: The Dark World climbed its way to the number two spot, eluding the magical trickery of Now You See Me.

Still on a quest to watch all the movies in the running for this year’s Best Picture at the Academy Awards? Don’t forget to watch Dallas Buyers Club, starring the ever-popular Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.

Here’s this week’s #VUTop10 in its entirety:

  1.  Captain Phillips
  2. Justice League: War
  3. Last Vegas (2013)
  4. Dallas Buyers Club
  5. Ender’s Game
  6. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
  7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  8.  Now You See Me
  9. Thor: The Dark World 
  10. Escape Plan

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The response from gamers worldwide since the launch of PlayStation®4 in November has been nothing short of phenomenal, with more than 4.2 million units sold as of December 28, 2013.  Equally exciting is that more people than ever are enjoying the Music Unlimited service now thanks to PS4.

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Music Unlimited subscriber growth has doubled as gamers enjoy  cool features  like jamming to the latest Top 40 hits or Eminem Channel in the background while playing their favorite game. We’ve also seen a 50% increase[i] in the number of tracks streamed, while PS4 has accounted for 38%[ii] of total Music Unlimited playback.

Now we’re getting ready for the next big step.

On February 22, PS4 will launch in Japan and the Music Unlimited service will be along for the ride from Day one in one of the world’s largest and most influential music markets.

The Music Unlimited service first launched in Japan in July 2012 and is already the top streaming music service in the country. Music Unlimited on PS4 offers an incredible listening experience with a completely redesigned user interface that is faster and simpler to user. In addition to music playback in the background, users can also play, pause, skip tracks and seek to a location within a song on the fly without completely exiting games or other apps through a pop-up menu by pressing the “PS” button on the DUALSHOCK®4 controller.

For those of you enjoying Music Unlimited on PS4 outside of Japan, here are a few of our favorite Japanese artists to help you get ready for the launch.

Dreams Come True

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Cornelius

Thelma Aoyama



[i] Comparing November 2013 to January 2014

[ii] Data from January 2014

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It’s a big week of new releases on PlayStation Store with new Final Fantasy, a limited time only The Last of Us Bundle and lots more.

It’s here! Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the final installment of the Final Fantasy XIII series, is now available for PlayStation 3. This game’s dynamic new battle system shows what Lightning is really made of, with numerous quests allowing you to explore the vast and dying world.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Available for one week only (2/11-2/18) for PS3 is the new The Last of Us Bundle. This bundle not only includes the acclaimed game, but also the Season Pass which gets you the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, Left Behind, and one additional MP Pack!
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In spite of cold temperatures, February is heating up for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, with nearly every corner of the internet reminding you to dote on your loved one… or that you’re single. While flowers and candy are nice, there is nothing more romantic than music, and we’ve dialed up the romance to the extreme in our new Slow Jams Channel, now available on Music Unlimited.

Lean back and enjoy some of the most soulful and sensual tracks ever cut to wax (metaphorically speaking). We’ve handpicked tracks from the ‘70s up until now, bringing you the smoothest, romantically inclined music – from Marvin Gaye and Anita Baker to Usher and Frank Ocean.

Spend this #ThrowbackThursday shuffling through the greats as we dive headfirst into into V-Day. Enjoy!

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