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January 12, 2011

Audra Mae, Warpaint, Ceci Bastida, Wess Morgan, More: “Discover—Best of 2010” (Napster Playlist)

Discover -- Best of 2010 (Napster Playlist) For all of the top hit tracks that flooded the airwaves, stadiums, and stereos in 2010, we assembled our "Napster Favorites: Top Hits of 2010" playlist (read about it here). But what about all of the lesser-known artists with just as much talent? And in genres outside of pop? Well, we thought these artists were just as deserving of a year-end wrap-up, so we put together our "Discover: Best of 2010" playlist. It covers a wide range of "unsung" heroes like Americana artists Audra Mae, Justin Townes Earle, and Dar Williams, as well as emerging underground alternative bands like Warpaint, Junip, and Black Mountain. Crossover world and Latin artists include Mala Rodriguez, Ceci Bastida, and Alex Cuba. You'll find stellar classical performaces of J.S. Bach and a groovy easy listening pick, Chopin style. Country highlights include Reckless Kelly and Mary Chapin Carpenter, while comedians Felipe Esparza and Joe DeRosa take jabs at your funnybone. And Christian music listeners can look to Marvin Sapp and Wess Morgan for lovely inspirational sounds. And there's much more, so dive on in and enjoy.

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October 20, 2010

Napster Launches "The 00's" Radio Station

The '00s Starting today, Napster subscribers can now enjoy "The 00’s" radio station, highlighting the greatest music and most popular artists that shaped the past decade. "The 00’s" will take fans on a musical journey through the era of dance pop, auto-tune, crossover rap, reggaeton, and much more. This station includes the first hits by artists we now consider household names, like Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé (as a solo artist), and 50 Cent. It also follows the rise of new styles, like reggaeton—represented by artists like Daddy Yankee and Noreaga—and highlights mega-groups like Black Eyed Peas, Destiny’s Child, and The Pussycat Dolls. And of course, we didn't forget your favorite chart-topping pop and rock artists, like Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Coldplay, and Papa Roach, just to name a few.  So what are you waiting for? Napster subscribers: Log-in, go the Radio Station tab, select "The 00’s" station, and enjoy! Not yet a Napster subscriber and feeling left out? Click here to sign up and enjoy "The 00’s"—and so much more!

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September 01, 2010

Casting Crowns Release Live Album

Castingcrowns, Until the Whole World Hears...Live Christian megaband Casting Crowns have just released a live version of their hit album Until the Whole World Hears.  Recorded at the Greensboro Coliseum and Von Braun Center, Until the Whole World Hears…Live offers a live take on hits like “If We’ve Ever Needed You” and the title track. In conjunction with the release of their new live set, Casting Crowns have also announced new tour dates in order to give more of their fans the opportunity to experience all their hits up close and personal. The CC site has dates and venues.

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January 26, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Lady Antebellum, Corinne Bailey Rae, Kidz Bop 17 and Ultra Dance 11

Most new music comes out on Tuesdays (it's a U.S. record business tradition), and each Tuesday, we cull through the mountain of new releases to bring you four of the best from across different genres. Click below, or find them on the current Napster home page.

Nashville sensations Lady Antebellum today released their second album, Need You Now, led by the #1 single of the same name ("American Honey" is up next). Winners of the 2008 Country Music Association New Artist of the Year award, Lady A is up for two Grammys at this week's award ceremony, where they'll also be performing.

English singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae also released her sophomore effort, The Sea, today. After a two-year hiatus brought on by the sudden death of her husband, musician Jason Rae, the popular artist appears ready to continue where she left off with her successful 2006 debut. "I'd Do It All Again" is the current single from The Sea.

The wildly popular Kidz Bop series continues with a 17th volume of pop songs covered by the Kidz Bop Kids. This one includes covers of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA," Lady GaGa's "Paparazzi," Owl City's "Fireflies," and "Meet Me Halfway" by the Black Eyed Peas, as well as two original songs by Kidz Bop artists Sinai Rose and Mathias Anderle.

For a different generation, another installment of another successful cover series: Ultra Dance 11 is chock full of remixes of your favorite pop hits, which never fail to get the party started. Hits like Mariah Carey's "Obsessed" and Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" get the remix treatment by today's hottest remixers, including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and Benny Benassi.

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December 14, 2009

Nap-Libs for the Holidays: Fill-in Time

As promised, here's our zany "Nap-Lib" holiday story...and we may not stick to it, depending on your answers! Just kidding. To play along, just plug in the word or phrase corresponding to each number below from your list of responses. (To make things easier, we've linked each numbered blank below to the fill-in list for easy reference.) If you want, you can print this out and write in your responses (old fashioned) or copy and paste the text into a text editor (more "with it") to generate your version of our little holiday tale. We hope you have as much fun with this as we did. And don't forget, over the next couple of weeks we'll be posting the versions of this story from some of our favorite artists, so be sure to check back for more ridiculous Nap-Lib fun.

"The Other Side of Santa" (Nap-Lib #1)

The North Pole was silent before the Big Night: The reindeer were sleeping, the elves tucked in tight. The (1)                                were all wrapped and ready to go, but Santa was missing—where did he go? Mrs. Claus began to look; she searched all around, until she noticed what was quite a peculiar sound. It was coming from the (2)                          of the Claus’ little house. It was softer than a (3)                         , but much louder than a mouse. She crept down the stairs to see about the clatter—Santa was screaming! What could be the matter? She opened the door, and to her great surprise, Santa was singing with (4)                            , right before her eyes. They were totally tuned in to their jam—how bizarre! They were playing a (5)                          song with (6)                           and guitar. Mrs. Claus started dancing, and their (7)                              joined in too. It was an all-out rock moment, for sure, through and through. Then word got around that Santa could “sleigh,” and soon (8)                              and (9)                            picked up their (10)                        to play. The newly formed band played deep into the night, until Santa realized that he had better take flight. As he dashed away, waving to all the (11)                           below, the band played (12)                          as it started to snow. Then Mrs. Claus, calling with a wink and a nod, said, “Though you rocked well, my dear, don’t quit your day job!”

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December 08, 2009

Nap-Libs for the Holidays

This year, we thought it would be fun to come up with a Christmas-edition "Nap-Lib" for you (with apologies to the original Mad Libs), titled "The Other Side of Santa." If you'd like to play along, simply come up with words and phrases according to the list below. Next, we'll post the "Nap-Lib" story separately for you to plug your list of words into, and wackiness will ensue. (C'mon, live a little!) Even better, we'll be posting responses from of our favorite music artists throughout the holiday season, so you can see just how kooky their answers are and maybe even compare them to your own. We're not psychologists, but we're pretty sure there's some kind of deep insight to be gained here. (Actually, no. This is just silly fun.) So... get in the spirit and make your answers as crazy as you want—after all, it might just make the story that much more hilariously awesome! And check back soon for more.

Nap-Lib #1 Fill-in List: "The Other Side of Santa"
1. Type of gift (plural)
2. Type of room
3. Type of sound
4. Name of a favorite musician
5. Name of your favorite band
6. Type of instrument (other than guitar)
7. Type of pet
8. Name of another favorite musician or band
9. Name of another favorite musician or band
10. Type of instrument (plural)
11. Type of creature (plural)
12. Name of your favorite song

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November 14, 2008

Obama and McCain Campaign Trail Mixes: Every Click Counts



Back on September third, we posted an entry about our new campaign themed playlists that described an unlikely scenario in which the number of clicks each playlist received would somehow predict the outcome of the race. Well, a month and a half ago everything was up in the air, but as it turns out, not only were these playlists wildly popular on our service, but the clicks for each list mapped extremely closely to the results of the popular vote, with the Obama playlist getting 55% of the total traffic to both. Guess it wasn't such a ridiculous hypothesis after all.

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September 24, 2008

Ne-Yo Year of the Gentleman

Neyo For his third album Year of the Gentleman, the multi-talented R&B sensation Ne-Yo sticks with the award-winning formula that has made him a favorite among fans and critics:  Lush instrumentals and beautiful harmonies the singer-songwriter is known for.  Surprisingly, there are no collaborations found on this album.  The collaboration with New Kids on the Block, "Single" appears on the recent NKOTB album The Block, but is a "Ne-Yo-only" version on Year of the Gentleman.

Currently the top-streamed album on Napster, the chart-topping hit "Closer" is quickly being supplanted by the new breakout "Miss Independent".  Fans will not be disappointed.

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September 10, 2008

Napster Playlist: Katy Perry Artist Picks

Katy_perry Everyone's favorite former-Christian-singer-turned-faux-lesbian pop star delivers a playlist of her favorite songs of the moment. Her choices range from current indie darlings to pop classics, and it rocks. Check out the playlist:

Katy Perry Artist Picks Playlist
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl
Santogold "Unstoppable"
Trina "Pull Over"
Bonde Do Role "Solta O Frango"
The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
Amy Winehouse "Valerie"
SWV "Weak"
Glass Candy "Miss Broadway"
Calvin Harris "Acceptable in the 80's"
Chic "Everybody Dance"
Patty Griffin "Tony"
Estelle "American Boy" feat. Kanye West
Robyn "Handle Me"
Michael Jackson "Thriller"

Guaranteed to get you up off your seat.

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September 03, 2008

Napster Playlists: Obama and McCain Campaign Trail Mixes

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Featured on the Napster homepage this week are two playlists inspired by and based on the campaign music used by the major-party candidates for president. Obama or McCain? The question of which playlist voters should listen to has the nation divided. No matter which one you "elect" to listen to, you'll be hearing some undeniable classics: ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me," EWF's "Shining Star," and Louie Armstrong's timeless "What a Wonderful World."

Would it be ridiculous to say that the number of clicks each playlist gets may be a direct reflection of the candidates' poll standings, or even a prediction on the outcome of the presidential race?

Ridiculous, yes.


Stay tuned for the results.

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