Tired of listening to your boyfriend describe the difference between dubstep and electronic music? Is your teen son suddenly obsessed with “nintendocore”? Or do you just want to discover new bands and music styles?
In each case, “Every Noise at Once” is just what the DJ ordered. It’s a clean and inviting white web page splattered with the names of well-known and obscure music genres. Curious about a new sound or band? Just click on a word, like “alternative metal,” “chill wave” or if, you’re feeling adventurous, “crossover thrash” or “skweee” (which sounds kinda like electro percussion from outer space).
Instantly, you’ll hear a snippet of what the genre sounds like, and, if you dig it, you can click further to see band names and hear their respective songs. Once you find a group you like, you can learn more about its members and albums in our MyMusicCloud store.
Nearly every type of music, (well, 1,217 of them), is represented in this melodic word cloud, and they’re all free to explore and dangerously addictive. Start out listening to “shimmer pop” and you might wind up becoming a fan of “lithumania.” “Motown” might seduce you into “didgeridoo.” Scroll down for more organic sounds, up for more mechanical and electric; slide left for denser and more atmospheric songs, and right for spikier and bouncier tunes.
Every Noise at Once is a fun experiment created by engineer Glenn McDonald of The Echo Nest, a music research and data-crunching company. He describes the web page as “an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space.” But we just think it’s really cool. Give it a spin at Everynoise.com.

As you fire up the grill, convertible, or mp3 player and prepare to enjoy the long Fourth of July weekend, here’s some new music to accompany your 2014 backyard bashes.

Coming out are new albums from classic rockers (Tom Petty, Chicago), dance chanteuses (La Roux, Sia) pop divas (Ariana Grande), alt legends (Sinead O’Connor, Morrissey) rappers (Common, Wiz Khalifa) and, of course, country cuties (Brad Paisley).

Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” Little Big Town’s “Day Drinking” and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” are just a few of the new summer singles to add to your Fourth of July country music playlist, while Ariana’s new EDM song “Break Free,” recorded with powerhouse Zedd, just came out, along with Busta Rhymes’ and Eminem’s hilarious and profane rant “Calm Down.” So have anything but a calm summer with these new must-have downloads…
July 1
Trey Songz (Trigga) Nicki Minaj and The Beebs join Trey on his sexy new R&B album, aimed like a bullet at No. 1.
Robin Thicke (Paula) The handsome, wandering-eyed crooner behind “Blurred Lines” is already getting flack for trying to win over his estranged honey with singles like “Get Her Back.”
Seether (Isolate and Medicate) New melodic post-grunge from the ’90s super-trio.
Tricky D (Equanimity) Bliss out to waves of dubstep, soul and more electronic beats from the famed producer.

July 8
Chicago (Now: XXXVI) Groove to a funky Earth, Wind & Fire vibe from the classic rockers, now fronted by Jason Scheff, Robert Lamm and Lou Pardini.

Ministry (Last Tangle in Paris) Live music from the 2012 Defibrila tour.

Sia (1000 Forms of Fear) After an early summer pushback, the talented but gun-shy songwriter and dance maven Sia (“Titanium”) finally shows off her pop chops in singles like “Chandelier.”

July 15
Morrissey (World Peace Is None of Your Business) The ironic vegetarian is up to his old tricks with wickedly named songs like “Smiler With Knife” and “Kick the Bride Down the Aisle.”

Jason Mraz (Yes!) The sweet pop crooner teams with folk group Raining Jane for more upbeat tunes.

July 22
5 Seconds of Summer (Title = Same) Hide your daughters — the Australian teen dreams will be promoting this album with 1D this summer.

Common (Nobody’s Smilin’) The rapper samples gospel choirs, street rappers, and the late Notorious B.I.G. on his new album urging peace for recent Chicago violence.

La Roux (Trouble in Paradise) More sexy synth pop from the Brit dance sensation behind “Bulletproof.”

July 29
Eric Clapton & Friends (The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale) Performances of 16 J.J. Cale songs by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Hypnotic Eye) Petty returns to “straight rock” with singles like “U Get Me High” and “Red River.”

August 12
Sinead O’Connor (I’m Not Bossy I’m the Boss) Yes, she’s still rebelling. “I don’t wanna sing from where I sang before,” the Irish icon snarls in “Take Me to Church,” and her sexy new black-leather image proves it.

Steve Aoki (Neon Future) Part 1 of this double album (Part 2 comes out in 2015) features Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun and Waka Flocka Flame.

August 19
Wiz Khalifa (Blacc Hollywood) Bounce to “We Dem Boyz,” “KK,” and new twerk anthems from the young and still hungry Pittsburgh rapper.

August 25
Ariana Grande (My Everything) On the heels of her megahit “Problem,” Ariana finally announced the title and release date for this new album in late June. The second single, “Break Free,” which she recorded with Zedd, is available now.

Brad Paisley (Moonshine in the Trunk) The country cut-up promises this will be a fun party album with singles like the new “Riverbank.”

Sept. 2
Nick & Knight (Nick & Knight) Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from New Kids On The Block team up for a boy-band-alicious album.

See what you missed earlier this summer in Part 1 of our Summer Album story, “New Pop, Dance and Country Summer Music with 2014 Release Dates.” Play your favorite summer music on the beach, tailgating or before the fireworks with our MyMusicCloud smartphone app – anywhere on any device.

You’re already enjoying the freedom of storing and listening to your music collection on almost any device, regardless of brand, through MyMusicCloud, so why not free your photos and videos too? This week, our parent company, Triplay Inc., launched a super new storage app called MyDigipack.

MyDigipack stores all your important photos and home videos together in one place. Upload your son’s graduation video from your Android phone, or those wild iPad photos from your trip to the Bonnaroo music fest. But, wait, don’t these devices use different operating systems?

Fuhgeddaboutit! Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry  … Whatever operating system your electronics use, the MyDigipack apps will import and store your favorite memories together in the cloud. Right now, Android app users can import their pics and videos from any device – smartphone, computer, tablet or smartwatch — and view the most recent 1,000 uploads for FREE instantly.

iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia users can upload their files for FREE too, and view them anytime they want through the MyDigipack.com website. Over the coming weeks as the buildout completes, they’ll also be able to see and share media through their non-Android phones and tablets.

So here’s what you get:

  • Automatic file importing and syncing into the MyDigipack cloud from any device, any OS
  • Free unlimited storage for photos and videos (up to 100 mb per file)
  • Free access to view and share your most recent 1,000 files through the MyDigipack.com website and Android app
  • Ability to see your media on Android smartphones, computers, tablets and smartwatches now, and, coming soon, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry devices
  • Connectivity to up to 5 gadgets
  • Easy sharing with friends and family across social media

Want more access across even more gear? To revel in all your memories on up to 10 devices with 500 mb per video, simply upgrade to the unlimited $49.99 / year plan. That’s the same cost as buying just 1 latte a month.

MyDigipack is just the newest way Triplay is keeping you connected to the cool stuff you love without restrictions.

“We’re focused on making MyDigipack available on more devices than any other personal cloud app in the world,” says Triplay CEO Tamir Koch. “It’s our mission to support more and more smart devices and platforms as they come – from phones and tablets to smartwatches and cars.”

Stop wishing your pics and videos weren’t scattered across phones, tablets, and computers. Enjoy them all together with MyDigipack.com.

 

Know someone who can’t resist busting a move in your living room to “The Fox” by Ylvis? Or who loves to blast their music while playing Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien?

Get ready to blow their minds. Several fun new synchronized music and dance videogames were unveiled last week at this summer’s annual video game-a-palooza, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as “E3.” Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo and all the big videogame console producers were there showing off their upcoming fall and holiday titles. Some of them are even available for smartphones. Here’s what’s happening in the music and dance games category:

Dance Central SpotlightThe super-popular dance-along videogame series is releasing its newest installment this fall. Dance Central Spotlight includes 10 new songs, like Pharrell’s “Happy” and Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” along with eight choreographed dance routines for each. Each week, the console downloads more popular songs. Available September 2014 only on the Xbox One from Harmonix.

Just Dance 2015 & Just Dance Now – Much like Dance Central, Just Dance 2015is the newest motion-sensor-driven videogame to combine popular music with choreography and competition. It includes popular features like the massive multiplayer World Dance Floor, video snippet creator Autodance and singalong Karaoke. New songs for October 2014 include “Happy” by Pharrell, “Problem” by Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea, “The Fox” by Ylvis and “I Love It” by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX. Plus, Just Dance is going mobile with the Just Dance Now app. Smartphone users will also be able to download theapp on their iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android™ device; visitJustDanceNow.com on any Internet-connected screen; and get ready to jam as soon as your phone syncs up. Available October 2014 on all platforms from Ubisoft.

Record Run – This rhythm-running app game combines fun sidewalk obstacles to run and jump over with songs from your own smartphone music library. Pick your rock-and-roll avatar and gather virtual vinyl records to unlock backstage passes and more prizes (fees apply). Available for free here for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android phones from Harmonix.

Watch “The Fox” on Just Dance 2015

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull nearly got stuck below stage Thursday night while performing live before millions at the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremonies in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and even if you don’t know a goal from a guava pastelito, we think you’ll get a *kick* out of the video.

While singing the soccer tournament’s theme, “We Are One (Ole Ola),” the superstar duo was supposed to emerge from below stage on a motorized platform. But the electric riser they were standing on had other plans – or maybe it was just grooving to the beat. Halfway up it stopped, reversed, started to descend and then froze, stranding Jennifer and Pitbull about mid-stage inside the set, which resembled a giant unpeeled orange. 

Being the pros they are, they recovered, and Jennifer and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte (dressed in blue) awkwardly jumped around in spike heels while Pitbull rapped, wearing what appeared to be his grandfather’s pants. But the night’s goofups weren’t over.

 Throughout “We Are One,” the Latin sensations encountered sound and microphone problems. Did they handle the situation with grace, or did these mega-stars lose face? Watch the video below and tell us.

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony …

Hey, music fans, do you love playing your music collection on your iPad? If so, we’ve got some great news for you. We’ve been hard at work upgrading our MyMusicCloud iPad app, and the new, improved version is now available to download.

Our new iPad music app looks more like the easy-to-use web version with many more cool new features.  You can …

  • Swipe to create new music playlists or edit existing ones
  • See brand-new album and artist recommendations personalized to what you already like
  • Review your Most Played and Recently Played or Purchased songs
  • Instantly pull up song lyrics and learn more about artists on our biography pages

As always, you can play and pause songs across PCs, laptops, and smartphones regardless of brand (even smart watches too), access your uploaded music library anywhere, post what you’re listening to on Facebook, and store all your music for free (play more than 250 songs for less than $4 / month or just $40 / year). Download the iPad app now here.

Shed those winter layers and celebrate the return of warm-weather temps with some fresh new summer music. Whether you’re into bad girls (Miranda Lambert, Lana Del Rey), bad boys (50 Cent, Jack White, Robin Thicke) or just want some fun tunes to bliss out to, our Summer 2014 Music Guide has just what the lifeguard ordered. So raise your red Solo cups and prepare to download these soon-to-be hits …

May 27

Mariah Carey (Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse) Can Mimi reclaim her pop throne from adorable rival Ariana Grande? Nas, Miguel, Wale, and Fabolous give her a boost.

Cher Lloyd (Sorry I’m Late) More irresistible vocals like “I Wish” from Britain’s playful pop princess.

Robin & Royksopp (Do It Again) A five-song “mini-album” from the dance queen and the Norwegian super duo.

This Wild Life (Clouded) Hypnotic acoustics and winking lyrics from the clever, new Calif. duo.

June 3

50 Cent (Animal Ambition) The unstoppable rapper returns with his trademark swagger and new friends like Kidd Kidd.

Lucy Hale (Road Between) The country pop debut from TV’s
“Pretty little Liars” cutie.

Miranda Lambert (Platinum) Country’s naughty blonde recruits some fun pals for her latest hitmaker — “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” features Little Big Town, “All That’s Left” includes the Time Jumpers, and her naughty duet with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad,” just premiered at the Billboard Music Awards.

Echo & the Bunnymen (Meteorites) New comfort music for fans of the ’80s alt-rock band.

Sia (1000 Forms of Fear) After writing for Rihanna ( “Diamonds”), Ne-Yo (“Let Me Love You”) and Britney Spears (“Perfume”), Sia shows off her pop chops.

June 10

Chrissie Hynde (Stockholm) Still cool after all these years, The Pretenders’ iconic babe updates her instrumental sound in this smooth solo project.

First Aid Kit (Stay Gold) If you dig Haim or the Dixie Chicks, you’ll adore this twangy Swedish folk girl duo.

Jack White (Lazaretto) Vinyl geeks are raving about the album’s hologram but you’ll have to wait and see if White’s raw rock and vocals hold up.

June 17

Deadmau5 (While 1<2) Double your dubstep pleasure with these 25 new tracks from the incendiary DJ.

Jennifer Lopez (A.K.A.) J.Lo brings out the star power with songs featuring French Montana, Iggy Azalea, Nas, Pitbull and Rick Ross.

Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence) The grande dame modestly declares her album “is beautiful – it’s so wrong and exquisite. It is absolutely gorgeous – darker than the first.”

 

Sam Smith (Lonely Hour) The solo album from the Brit behind the catchy hooks on Disclosure’s “Latch” and Naughty Boys’ “La La La.”

June 23

Ed Sheeran (x) For those who adore redheads and the single “Sing.”

June 30

Trey Songz (Trigga) Can he still roll with Jay-Z and Drake or will this album send the R&B hunk back to horror schlock like Texas Chainsaw 3D?

July 1

Robin Thicke (Title TBA) Hear the handsome, wandering-eyed crooner behind “Blurred Lines” try to win his wife back with singles like “Get Her Back.”

Play your favorite summer music on the road, the lake or under the stars with our MyMusicCloud smartphone app – anywhere on any device. And check back for more album release dates later this summer in our upcoming “Part 2: Summer Music Guide.”

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