Are you so excited about “Game of Thrones” that you just can’t hide it? You know HBO’s dragon-and-sword series has transcended fantasy-nerd status when Jimmy Fallon spoofs it, and the theme song is played by college marching bands and across major league baseball fields.

Last week marked the epic’s 5th season premiere, and, as usual, fans went wild for Westeros. So, if you’re still reeling from the medieval bombshells, or just looking for a crowd-pleasing playlist for your next “GoT” watching party, enjoy these entertaining “Game of Thrones” song remixes. (Bonus: Scroll to the bottom for Hodor’s personal electronic dance remix; his real-life passion is DJing.)

The “Game of Thrones” / Brady Bunch Remix

Country Western Style Song Remix

Ohio State Marching Band GoT Performance (with Cool Dragon Formations)

Super Mario Style GoT Opening

Pop Style with Eminem, Katy Perry and More Singalikes (Featuring “Monster,” “Roar,” “Demons,” & “Titanium” Parody)

Actor Kristian Nairn (Hodor) DJs His EDM ReMix (from Penn State)

Make your own “Game of Thrones” playlists and access your music library right from your phone, tablet or smart TV with MyMusicCloud, the free music app that works on nearly any device, regardless of brand (iOS, Android, Windows, LG). Visit the Help & How to section at right to learn more.

When shopping for TVs, most of us set a budget and choose the biggest and best-looking screen in the store’s flashy TV department, regardless of how large or small our living space is. Sound about right? But once plugged in at home, that glossy high-definition TV often doesn’t look or sound as great as it did in the store. What gives? Never fear. With a few simple furniture moves and some easy math, your HD or Smart TV can provide a home-theater-like experience. Try these free and easy DIY tips to improve your TV picture and sound quality right now.

1. Don’t mount your flat-screen TV over the fireplace like a painting. That’s too high for comfortable viewing. Your TV should be on or near eye level so your eyes are perpendicular to the screen, website Rtings.com advises.

2. Sitting too close to or too far from your TV? Sitting too near the TV doesn’t make you, your dog, or your kids nearsighted, a new study that tracked the vision of thousands of children over 20 years confirms. But it may dull your movie experience by causing you to see the pixels in the picture of the new 1080 hp resolution screens. By sitting further away, TV picture density increases, producing a smoother, more realistic image. For the ideal home cinematic experience, the Society of Motion Picture Theater Engineers and THX say the ideal viewing angle from your couch is 30 degrees.

3. That’s great, but how far should my couch be from my TV? Wondering what 30 degrees looks like? Basically, it’s about 1.6 times the diagonal measurement of your television. So if you have a 55″ television, multiply that by 1.6, which gives you 88 inches or 7 feet and 4 inches. When placing the furniture, be sure to measure from where your eyes are, not the front or back of the couch. Too much math? Use this handy calculator to tell you exactly how near or far to sit: http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html

4. Calibrate your TV picture. Brightness, Contrast, Overscan and Movie vs. Vivid TV settings can make a big difference in how rich your favorite movies and TV shows look at home. To set these, simply download and burn the *free* AVS HD 709 Calibration disc files. (Lifehacker.com walks you through the process here.) Or if you or your kids are a little more tech-y, connect your PC to your TV via HDMI or DVI, and use the built-in Windows display calibration utility.

5. What about surround sound? Audio snobs make a big deal out of surround sound and home theater systems. But it’s not that complicated. Basically, a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound setup uses five or seven main speakers, plus a sub woofer for low-bass tones. These speakers should be set up as close to ear-level as possible with at least 3 feet between each. But for small rooms or apartments, you may just want to go with a sound bar below the TV and a sub woofer, Samsung TVs advises.

6. Use canvas art, books and rugs to improve your movie and music sound. Wood and tile floors are all the rage, but they make the sound from your TV bounce and echo like crazy. A sofa helps absorb these sounds but rugs, shelves filled with books and simple painted canvases (without glass frames) can too. Remember you can also enjoy your music on many of today’s Smart TVs. Samsung Smart TVs have the MyMusicCloud app built right in, so you can play, mix and search your entire music library right from your couch. Find out more about How to Activate MyMusicCloud here. Learned something cool from this post? Click the “Follow” tab in the bottom right corner to get more tech and music updates.

 

April is all about country music with new music videos from Florida Georgia Line (“Sippin’ on Fire”), Keith Urban (“Raise ‘Em Up”) and Luke Bryan (“Spring Breakdown”), not to mention fresh country albums from young guns like Tyler Farr and legends Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam and the Zac Brown Band. (What? They’re legends in Margaritaville!)

Later this month, all of the heartland’s finest, including Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert and a specially reunited Brooks & Dunn, will perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 19, on CBS.

That’s a whole lot of heart-breakin’ and boot-shakin’, so to pump you up, here are the biggest country albums to add to your music playlists. First, let’s check in with barefoot, Spring Break party-boy Luke …

 

March Country Albums

Luke Bryan, Spring Break … Checkin’ Out, 3/10 — Bryan’s last Spring Break album?! Say it ain’t so. It includes 5 new songs along with remixes of Spring Break 6. Get a taste of “Spring Breakdown” in the video above.
Allison Moorer, Down to Believing, 3/17.
Canaan Smith, Canaan Smith EP, 3/24.
Striking Matches, Nothing But the Silence, 3/24 — From the songwriting duo behind the hit show “Nashville.”
Darius Rucker, Southern Style, 3/31.
Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years, 3/31 — Satisfy all your country yearnings with 34 hit songs from 1969 to 2012, featuring Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Glen Campbell, The Judds, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, whew, and tons more.

April Country Albums

Kristian Bush, Southern Gravity, 4/7 — The new solo album from the Sugarland guitarist includes hits like “Trailer Hitch.”
Will Hoge, Small Town Dreams, 4/7.
Dwight Yoakam, Second Hand Heart, 4/14. — Inspired by his 2012 songs produced by Beck, Dwight unveils more “cow punk” songs, kinda like country meets The Ramones.
Reba McEntire, Love Somebody, 4/14 — Featuring the power anthem “Going Out Like That” and a duet with Jennifer Nettles called “Enough.”
Ricky Gunn, King of This Town, 4/21.
Tyler Farr, Suffer in Peace, 4/28. — More moody breakup songs from the singer of “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.”
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde, 4/28. — Like the title suggests, the band is experimenting with different styles, including songs with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Sara Bareilles.

Watch the new music video by Keith Urban and Eric Church for “Raise Em Up,” which Keith said was inspired by watching his daughters jump on their trampoline.

 

When it comes to confusing song lyrics, Rihanna is the Princess of Perplexing Pronunciation, The Empress of Eh? Ella, Ella, Ella. So with social media all atwitter about Rihanna’s upcoming 8th album, simply dubbed #R8, we were on pins and needles to hear the new single, “B**** Better Have My Money.”

As always, Rihanna doesn’t disappoint. Barking the title over and over, she sings, “I call the shot-ot-ots,” and follows that with something delightfully like, “Plop, plop, plop!” (Oh, Ri-Ri.) In honor of her lyrical genius, we’re dedicating this Funny Misheard Song Lyrics list to her past hits like “Disturbia,” “Stay,” and “S&M.” So, “Please, Don’t Stop the Misheards” and enjoy …

Misheard: A girl like me is never gonna settle for Shake ‘n Bake. Right Lyrics: A girl like me is never gonna settle for second best.

Misheard: I’m afraid … I’m a slave … of Micro … soft! Right Lyrics: Mama say, mama sah, mama coo-sa!

Misheard: I’m friends with the mustard … that’s under my bed. Right Lyrics: I’m friends with the monster … that’s under my bed.

Misheard: I won’t chew the steeeeeak. Right Lyrics: I want you to staaaaay.

Misheard: Weasels got the music! Right Lyrics: Please, don’t stop the music!

Misheard: We found Dove in a soapless place. Right Lyrics: We found love in a hopeless place.

Misheard: Shut up and die! Right Lyrics: Shut up and drive!

Misheard: Cuz I know that I’m fat but I’m perfectly good at it. Right Lyrics: Cuz I know that I’m bad but I’m perfectly good at it.

Misheard: Stir me up! Right Lyrics: Disturbia!

Can’t figure out what Rihanna’s saying either? Never sing the wrong words again with play-and-store service MyMusicCloud. Just hit the Lyrics button while listening to any song and it fetches the correct words for you instantly. Plus you can play, pause and re-start your music across any device, regardless of brand.

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Feel like belting out Katy Perry‘s “Roar,” want to have an Eminem rap battle with your friends, or just need something to entertain the kids after 87 days of snow? Turn your smart TV into a karaoke machine using the MyMusicCloud app.

With our cloud-based music service, you can access your entire music library from your TV and even follow the words on-screen with our “Lyrics” feature.

To find MyMusicCloud on your Samsung Smart TV, click the Smart Hub button on your TV’s remote control. If you don’t see the MyMusicCloud app on the front page of your Smart Hub, go to “Samsung Apps.” Press the down button to highlight the text box for searching, then use the voice controller to say the app name, or type it in with either a blue-tooth keyboard or your remote control. If you haven’t already activated your account through our app, simply follow the directions in our “How to Activate” post.

Once you log in, you just need a wireless microphone – but even a hairbrush will do. With our Lyrics feature, you can have a ball singing with your family or friends, plus you’ll never belt out a bogus chorus again. (No more, Some nights I stay up cussin’ in my bathtub, to Fun’s “Some Nights.) Just select the Lyrics button on our site and it fetches the correct words (Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck) for you instantly.

Need some inspiration? Here are the most popular karaoke songs of 2014, according to Lucky Voice:

1. “Let It Go” – Idina Menzel/Demi Lovato
2. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
3. “Roar” – Katy Perry
4. “Someone Like You” – Adele
5. :Rather Be” – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
6. “Make You Feel My Love”- Adele
7. “Summer Nights” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
8. “Don’t Stop Believin” – Journey
9. “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
10. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton

Enjoy and, as “American Idol”s Randy Jackson would say, Don’t be pitchy, dawg!

 

When spring rolls around for college basketball fans, all you want your team to do is win, win, win, so we’ve hustled together this playlist of 25 banging basketball pump-up songs. Rihanna‘s tipping things off for the NCAA this championship season with her song “American Oxygen,” featured in the league’s commercials, but we’ve also got Drake, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco,  Jay-Z, Kernkraft 400, the Kongos, 50 Cent, Troop 41 and some Iggy and Beyonce – just to keep things interesting.

Whether you’re playing the brackets or practicing layups in the park, it’s always hoops time with these 25 Basketball Pump Up Songs …

1. Diddy featuring Skylar Grey – I’m Coming Home
2. Kernkraft 400 — Sports Chant Stadium Remix
3. Avicii –Wake Me Up (ADE Techno Remix)
4. Juelz Santana – The Second Coming
5. Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On
6. DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg – All I Do Is Win
7. Rihanna — American Oxygen
8. Edubble featuring Eminem — Changed My Mind
9. Akon featuring Steven Cooper — Bigger
10. Troop 41 – Do the John Wall
11. Iggy Azalea — Bounce
12. Kongos – Come with Me Now
13. Eminem – Berzerk
14. Kanye West GOOD Music — To the World
15. Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross – I’m the Boss
16. Kid Ink – Hell and Back
17. Beyonce – Baby Boy
18. Eminem featuring Yelawolf and Slaughter — Psychopath Killer
19. Young Money featuring Drake — Trophies
20. Lil Jon & DJ Snake — Turn Down for What
21. Jay-Z Featuring Rihanna, Kanye West – Run This Town
22. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
23. 50 Cent & Snoop Dogg – I’m a Pimp
24. Jay-Z — Public Service Announcement
25. Destiny’s Child – Survivor

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In the music video for the No. 1 hit “Blurred Lines,” singers Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell shuffle around to a seductively familiar R&B bass line. Do you know it? Alhough Pharrell and Robin denied it during a resulting 2015 copyright infringement trial, a jury agreed that “Blurred Lines” samples Marvin Gaye’s groovy 1977 party anthem “Got to Give It Up.” (UPDATE: On March 10, Robin and Pharrell were ordered to pay the Gaye family $7.3 million, according to Variety news).

Sampling music has been around since the 1960s when DJs used actual turntables to mash-up songs.  But the practice has come a long way since Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith collaborated on the 1986 remix of “Walk This Way.” Hip-hop artists like Jay-Z, Eminen, P.Diddy, and Kanye West have turned sampling into an art form.

In 2005, Kanye famously sampled Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever” song for his “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” ballad. A new song called “Blood on the Leaves” from his 2013 Yeezus album now gives the same treatment to Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit.” And who could forget Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You,” featuring Rick James’ “Give It to Me”?

Now that Yeezus is available for download (as of June 18) and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is coming out July 4 (earlier for Samsung phone owners via an exclusive launch), MyMusicCloud is counting down our list of the top 10 most famous song samples.  For music fans, it’s a great way to remember some old favorites and discover new tunes you may not have heard. (Find them in our MyMusicCloud store for as little as 99 cents.)

Here we go …

10. Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” samples Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”

9. Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” samples Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”

8. Kanye’s “Gold-Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx samples Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”

7. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” samples the Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets”

6. Rihanna’s “SOS” samples Soft Cell’s “Tainted love”

5. Puff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112’s “I’ll Be Missing You” samples The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”

4. Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You” samples Rick James’ “Give It to Me”

3. Kanye’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” samples Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds are Forever”

2. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy, Mase and Kelly Price on “Mo Money Mo Problems” samples Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out …”

1. Eminem’s “Stan” featuring Dido samples Dido’s “Thank You”

Listen to Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves”

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