R&B hitmaker The Weeknd really digs creepy music video concepts, but the murderous buried-alive theme for his new single “Tell Your Friends,” featuring producer Kanye West, is even weirder than expected. (Watch it above.)

Yeezy joins Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, and even Lana Del Rey on The Weeknd’s mega-hyped new album, Beauty and the Madness, which hits the digisphere today and features more of the dance beats and breathy vocals of the current hit “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Summer may be fading like daylight in The Weeknd’s murder fantasy, but there’s still lots of great music to be heard. Elsewhere in the hip-hop world, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Trey Songz & Ty Dolla $ign released a new recording of “Go Hard Or Go Home, Pt. 2” from the bro-tastic flick, “Furious 7,” plus there are new albums from B.o.B. and the late Sean Price.

Below, we’re listing 5 new gotta-hear summer albums from each music category: hip hop, pop / dance, country and rock. Download them and make a pump-up playlist for the gym, train, or tailgate party with our free MyMusicCloud app.

2015 Summer Albums You Need to Hear

5 Best Hip Hop

B.O.B. — Psychadelik Thoughtz. Like Bruno Mars, B.O.B. gets funky with jams like “Back and Forth,” rapping, “Now, do the electric slide. Don’t spill what’s in your cup,” but bangers like “Love Life,” also have hit potential.

Dr. Dre — Compton: The O.G. of West Coast hip-hop unleashes an album full of ferocious rap with Ice Cube, Eminem and Snoop Dogg along with fresh new voices Justus and Jon Connor.

Future — DS2.  “Tried to make me a pop star, and they made a monster,” Future snarls on “I Serve the Base,” one of several dark jams on his new, take-no-prisoners album.  Still can’t understand his lyrics? LOL. Listen to Drake classically imitate him on “Where Ya At?”

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Migos — Yung Rich Nation. The Atlanta rappers give props to West Coast gangsta rap and lay down a raw, new sports pump-up song with “Spray the Champagne.”

Sean Price — Songs in the Key of Price. The final album of the late Brooklyn rapper shows off his aggressive street-style rhymes with longtime collaborator  Illa Ghee.

5 Best Rock

Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. You can’t help but rock out to Courtney’s great guitar licks and ironic lyrics in the vein of Sheryl Crow and Chrissie Hynde like “Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” and “Debbie Downer.”

Florence & the Machine — How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Dive into the first No. 1 hit album for the twirling red-headed crooner, led by the haunting single, “What Kind of Man.”

Teenage Time Killers — Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Say whatsit? This is actually the vanity project of “supergroup” rockers Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), and Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio). Check out the punk-pop sound of “Barrio” below.


 
Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers [Deluxe Edition]. New release of the must-have album includes a bounty of outtakes, live material, and alternate takes on anthems “Brown Sugar,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Bitch,” along with a companion DVD/CD release of a live-for-TV performance.

Wilco — Star Wars. No jedi masters here. The ’90s rockers borrow from Abbey Road and glam punk in what Rolling Stone calls their most “concise, catchy, naturally songful album.”

5 Best Country

Luke Bryan — Kill the Lights. The “Crash My Party” king duets with Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild on “Home Alone Tonight” and cranks out a few more honkytonk bangers.

Billy Currington — Summer Forever. Kick back at the tailgate party to catchy feel-good songs like “Drinkin’ Town With A Football Problem” and “Don’t It.”


 
Kacey Musgraves — Pageant Material. The rebel heart sings more lyrics with attitude like “Pissin’ in my yard ain’t gonna make yours any greener” (on “Biscuits”).

Jason Isbell — Something More Than Free: The crooner with the crackling voice tackles memories and fatherhood in his new, upbeat album.

Alan Jackson — Angels & Alcohol. The smooth and confident crooner sings about familiar themes of love, mistakes and redemption in this playful guitar-heavy collection.

5 Best Pop / Dance

Carly Rae Jepsen — Emotion: More feel-good bubblegum pop from the “Call Me Maybe” singer like “I Really Really Like You.”

Panda Bear — Crosswords. Beatles psychedelia and dreamy electronica boost this surprise release of three new songs and a fresh mix, plus a reworked version of “The Preakness.”

Jamie XX — In Colour. Irresistible dance and pop fused with dancehall and rap by guests Young Thug and more.

Major Lazer — Peace is the Mission.  More accomplished dancehall jams like “Powerful,” featuring Ellie Goulding and reggae artist Tarrus Riley, and  the club-friendly “Lean On,” a collaboration with Danish upstart and DJ Snake.


 
Rob Thomas — The Great Unknown. The Matchbox 20 frontman applies his smooth vocals to catchy jams like the poppy “Absence of Affection,”  “Trust You” and “Hold on Forever.”

 

Ever listen to Bruno Mars‘s “Uptown Funk,” and hear, “This is that ice cone, Michelle Pfeiffer, that white goat”? Yup, we know. But, hey, you’re not alone. Plenty of music fans are singing wrong song lyrics too, and even making funny Vine videos of their goof-ups (like the one above).

We’re here to help you never sing the wrong lyrics again. Our free MyMusicCloud app shows you the correct lyrics to any song you upload to our cloud, on your phone, tablet, laptop, smartwatch and even smart TV. Just touch the “Lyrics” button and, voila, instant lyrics. So now when you hear …

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “This is that ice cone, Michelle Pfeiffer, that white goat”

What It Really Is: “This is that ice-cold Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold”

But, truthfully, we know you liked that misheard lyric, so here are some more funny wrong song lyrics from Vine and around the Interwebs.

One Republic, “Counting Stars”

Lyric Sounds Like: “Bake that bunny, watch it burn!”

What It Really Is: “Make that money, watch it burn!”

Maroon 5, “Misery”

Lyric Sounds Like: “I am in Miss-ouri … ”

What It Really Is: “I am in Misery …”

The Rolling Stones with Bette Midler, “Beast of Burden”

Lyric Sounds Like: “I’ll never be your big Suburban.”

What It Really Is: “I’ll never be your beast of burden.”

Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Monster”

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “I’m friends with the monster, the son of my bed.”

What It Really Is: “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed.”

Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “When you’re broke at the club, shut up and dance for free!”

What It Really Is: “I said, ‘You’re holding back,’ She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”

Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”

Lyric Sounds Like: “Now, I gotta cut loops, Froot Loops! Kick off those Sundance shoes.”

What It Really Is: “Now, I gotta cut loose, Footloose! Kick off your Sunday shoes.”

Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Lyric Sounds Like: “Got a lot of Starbucks lovers.”

What It Really Is: “Got a long list of ex-lovers.”

Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It”

Lyric Sounds Like: “The farting’s here on the West side.”

What It Really Is: “The party’s here on the West side.”

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind Pt 2”

Lyric Sounds Like: “In New York, concrete jungle, wet dream, tomato…”

What It Really Is: “In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh… “

Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”

What the Lyric Sounds Like: “I feel it in my bones … to make my sister moan.”

What It Really Is: “I feel it in my bones … enough to make my systems blow.”

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It’s a lock: Football fans are loving the players and heart of this season’s “Hard Knocks,” airing Tuesday nights throughout August on HBO. Each year, the reality series spotlights an NFL team’s training camp, and this time the ballers are the ever-hopeful Houston Texans and their F-bomb-loving coach, Bill O’Brien.

There was a lot to like in the opening episode, which showed players like Frigidaire-sized Vince Wilfork playing catch with an elephant (that’s not a typo), and lovable defensive lineman J.J. Watt flipping 1,000-pound truck tires for fun.

It’s enough to make you want to go out and run some laps (well, almost). Ok, so you may not have an elephant to train with like Vince does, but you can still get pumped for practice like those pros by borrowing some of their favorite songs.

J.J. reveals his love for Fort Minor‘s “Remember the Name” in “Hard Knocks,” while Instagram fans are probably familiar with Vince’s famous barbecue-grilling dance to Young Jeezy‘s “Put On.”

Even Coach O’Brien has admitted, “I like Rick Ross. I’m a renaissance man.”

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a football pump up playlist inspired by the Texans and this season’s “Hard Knocks.” Download these 25 songs to your MyMusicCloud account and play them at your next practice or tailgate party. With our free music app, you can make playlists and listen to them on any device with or without wifi.

So let’s flip those monster truck tires, y’all, and, hey, if these songs don’t pump you up, don’t blame us – tell it to these red, white and blue Texan fans.

1. “Houston” by Slim Thug featuring Paul Wall & ZRo
2. “H Up 4 Dem Texans” by Dre LaDon
3. “Put On” by Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West
4. “I’m a Boss” by Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross (for Coach O’Brien)
5. “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave
6. “Wanna Be a Baller” by Lil’ Troy
7. “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy featuring Lil Jon & Twista
8. “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring
9. “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor (for JJ)
10. “I Am the Bullgod” by Kid Rock
11. “This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold
12. “Enemies” by Shinedown
13. “Burn It To The Ground” by Nickelback
14. “All American Nightmare” by Hinder
15. “Tick Tick Boom” by The Hives
16. “Cannonball” by The Breeders
17. “Elephant” by Tame Impala (for Vince LOL)
18. “Riot Rhythm” by Sleigh Bells
19. “Berzerk” by Eminem
20. “Uprising” by Muse
21. “Unbelievable” by EMF
22. “Forever” by Drake featuring Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West
23. “Numb / Encore” by Jay Z and Linkin Park
24. “Turn Down for What” – DJ Snake and Lil Jon (for JJ)
25. “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney

Like this? Get more workout jams in our Sports Playlist archives.

compton a soundtrack by dre

Courtesy Aftermath / Interscope Records

For all you hip-hop fans who act like you forgot about Dre, Best believe I’m in the building, the rapfather declares on Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr Dre, his first album in 16 years. The surprise release is a slick and ferocious shout-out to the OG’s notorious past, backed by luscious beats and vocals from friends like Eminem, The Game, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Xzibit, and more.

Too bad you can only hear it on iTunes, right? Nah, playa! In just a few steps, you can easily import Compton  to your MyMusicCloud account on any device, Android and Windows included. Here’s how …

Step 1: Buy and download Compton from iTunes for $13.99. (The proceeds go to funding a new entertainment arts center in Compton, Calif., Dre says.)

Step 2: Launch the free MyMusicCloud app and hit the “Import Music” button (it looks like a blue arrow pointing up). Our Sync Agent software automatically imports it for you. Or manually select the album from your iTunes music folder on your hard drive and import it. This way, your music is always  together in one place, not scattered around different devices.

Step 3. Kick that bass on your way to see Straight Outta Compton on Friday, August 14th. The new movie shows how Dre, born Andre Young, launched the gangsta rap and West Coast G-Funk movement along with NWA‘s Eazy E (who died in 1995), Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. Thirty years in this b*** and I’m still here, decade after decade, Evidently I must be doing something right, Dre spits on the new song “Darkside / Gone.” Compton is “inspired” by the biopic movie.

Of course, now that he’s pushing middle age and Snoop is a grand-doggy, the Compton crew wisely recruited a fresh posse of talent for the new album, including fierce rhymers Jon Connor and King Mez, singers Anderson Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid, and Kendrick, who was only 5 years old when Dre’s first album came out.

Here’s the Compton: A Soundtrack song list ..

  • “Intro”
    2. “Talk About It” (Feat. King Mez & Justus)
    3. “Genocide” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
    4. “It’s All on Me” (Feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid)
    5. “All in a Day’s Work” (Feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
    6. “Darkside/Gone” (Feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
    7. “Loose Cannons” (Feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
    8. “Issues” (Feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak)
    9. “Deep Water” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
    10. Jon Connor, “One Shot One Kill” (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
    11. The Game, “Just Another Day” (Feat. Asia Bryant)
    12. “For the Love of Money” (Feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
    13. “Satisfiction” (Feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
    14. “Animals” (Feat. Anderson Paak)
    15. “Medicine Man” (Feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
    16. “Talking to My Diary”

To learn more about how to store and play all your music on nearly any device, visit MyMusicCloud.com now.

smartphone-vintage-technology-musicGot stacks of CDs you can’t bear to part with? Can’t open photos or apps on your smartphone because the memory is being eaten up by tons of music files? It’s time to back up your music library, and there are several smart, convenient, and affordable storage methods available. But, first, you need to know: How big is my music collection?

The general rule of thumb dictates that 200 to 250 songs = about 1 Gigabyte of electronic memory space. Of course, just a couple Rush (“2112,” anyone?) or Radiohead jams can gobble that up. Thom Yorke recently recorded a 432-hour long ditty called “Subterranea” that’s made up of just atmospheric, experimental sounds. (Sorry, Radiohead fans, it’s for a friend’s Australian art exhibit and not meant to be released.)

Here, we review some popular Music Storage Options and their Pros and Cons …

Thumb Drives: These little doohickeys are found everywhere from office supply stores to gas stations, and they’re ridiculously cheap — anywhere from $8 for 8 GB (gigabytes) to $25 for 32 GB. If you have a small collection, 6,400 songs or fewer, a thumb drive can help. The Cons? Thumb drives are ridiculously easy to lose and can become corrupted. Plus, not all tablets recognize these, so you’ll probably need a laptop or desktop computer to listen to them.

Medium-sized flash drives: Got more than 7,000 songs? A larger flash (or thumb) drive can handle a medium-sized collection for not much more dough ($30-$40 for 64GB and $60-$80 for 128 GB). The Cons? As mentioned above, these drives are easily lost and not that accessible.

iTunes and iTunes Match: Apple fans adore iTunes, which allows you to buy new music and upload your own to their software. The Cons? You can’t easily share your files across various devices, so you’re limited to listening on the laptop or device that you originally uploaded your albums to. To sync your music across devices, you’ll need a workaround, or their cloud-based service iTunes Match. For $25 a year, iTunes Match scans the music you already have in your iTunes library and finds the same song in Apple’s collection, all encoded as 256kbps AAC files with no copy protection. (They may disappear when Apple’s rights to the song or album ends). The Cons? If you’re really into EDM or recording your own live show songs, Match probably won’t work for you because those won’t exist in Apple’s library, although they say they will upload those songs for you.

MyMusicCloud: This free music app syncs your whole collection across computers, smartphones, tablets, and even Smart TVs, regardless of brand or operating system (Apple? Android? Windows? It all works.) Its Sync Agent automatically locates and imports your existing albums and music files for you, whether they’re already in iTunes or Windows Media Player, or in another cloud such as Dropbox or Google Music. You can listen to 250 songs anytime for free (swapping them in and out of the cloud as you like) or listen unlimited for just $39.99 per year (about $3.35 per month). Plus, you can listen to your music offline. No wi-fi needed. The Cons? Pretty much your best option for about the cost of 1 latte a month.

Start listening to your music anywhere on any device today for free, or visit the MyMusicCloud Help and How To section for more info.

 

Shady’s back, back again. Just when you were starting to outgrow Shady XV and the Marshall Mathers LP 2, up pops Eminem with his soundtrack for the new boxing movie, “Southpaw.” In theaters now, the gritty flick stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a left-handed underdog fighting for custody of his young daughter. Rachel McAdams plays his wife and 50 Cent and Rita Ora also make appearances. But what about the rhymes?

The soundtrack stars a lineup of pop, hip hop and R&B stars including Fitty, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, PRhyme Ft. Logic, Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked, Royce Da 5’9″, Tech N9ne, Gwen Stefani, The Weeknd and, of course, Shady himself. But here are 5 wack facts you may not know about the project …

1. He wanted it to be like “The Breakfast Club”? Talking about the album, executive producer Eminem told The New York Times, “We wanted to make sure that the songs would remind you of the movie years down the road. When you think of ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me),’ you think of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ When you think of ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ you think of ‘Rocky.'”

2. Em performs four new songs on the soundtrack (See track list at bottom). You already know about the ferocious first single, “Phenomenal,” and, of course, “Kings Never Die” featuring Gwen Stefani, but did you know Slim’s part of Bad Meets Evil too? That’s his collaboration with Royce Da 5’9″. Those songs include: “Raw” and “All I Think About.”

3. The clock’s run out, time’s up, over, bloah! Collaborator Gwen Stefani nearly choked like Rabbit on the “Kings Never Die” recording. “I’ve always wanted to work with [Eminem] — he’s a genius,” she tells EW.com, “and then all of a sudden they called me and said, ‘It has to be done today’ and I was like, ‘Ah, my voice’ — I had a cough or something. It was like, ‘God, why does today have to be the day my voice is not happening?’ But it ended up turning out good.” Did it? Listen below and judge for yourself.

 

4. In real life, Eminem’s also a lefty. In “Phenomenal,” Slim raps about his own left-handed tendencies, saying, “I write with the left, same hand I hold the mic with.” (Love rhymes? Instantly see lyrics to all your favorite rap songs with the MyMusicCloud Lyrics function.)

 

5. Will the real Southpaw please stand up, please stand up? Jake’s starring role as “Southpaw”‘s downtrodden boxer was originally written for Em, but he chose to finish and promote his album Marshall Mathers LP 2 instead, according to Business Insider. Before Jake prevailed, “Breaking Bad”‘s Aaron Paul, Travis Fimmel from “Vikings,” and Charlie Hunnam from “Sons of Anarchy” also came in to read for the part.

The “Southpaw” Soundtrack includes:

  1. Cry For Love (Part 1) – James Horner
  2. Kings Never Die – Eminem Ft. Gwen Stefani
  3. Beast (Southpaw Remix) – Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard Ft. Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked & Tech N9ne
  4. This Corner – Denaun Porter
  5. What About The Rest Of Us? – Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ Ft. Rico Love
  6. Raw – Bad Meets Evil
  7. R.N.S. – Slaughterhouse
  8. Wicked Games – The Weeknd
  9. Think About – Bad Meets Evil
  10. Drama Never Ends – 50 Cent
  11. Mode – PRhyme Ft. Logic
  12. Notorious Thugs – The Notorious B.I.G. Ft. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
  13. Phenomenal – Eminem
  14. 14. Cry For Love (Part 2) – James Horner

 

man-with-boomboxBack before the Interwebs, you had to carry a mini-Cooper-sized stereo on your shoulder if you wanted to enjoy music at the beach, campground, or tailgate party. (Not to mention all those giant D-sized batteries.) But now that it’s so easy to travel with your entire music library on your tablet or smartphone via MyMusicCloud, it’s also a cinch to pump up the jams with lightweight, powerful portable speakers.

Happily, today’s urgent speaker question is not, Can the ER docs fix my dislocated shoulder before “Yo! MTV Raps” comes on? But do you want your speakers with Bluetooth? Speakerphones? Or extra bass?

PC magazine just released its list of the Top 10 Bluetooth Speakers, and we’ve selected 5 of their most affordable (read: cheapest under $175) picks for your listening pleasure.

(Tip: They advise that if you want to tote them to the pool, lake, or Slip N Slide, look for speakers with IPX ratings and guarantees of water and shock resistance.)

  1. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker $129.95 On the higher price end, this colorful vertical speaker charges via micro USB cable and is “loud enough to fill an entire room with sound, and amazingly, possibly even loud enough to power your next party,” according to PC magazine.
  2. Divoom Voombox Party $99.99. If you’re the type who drops your speakers often or has rambunctious kids, this shock-resistant rubber and metal model is for you. It’s “one of the more powerful portable speakers of its size” with impressive bass, courtesy of a built-in subwoofer. Also has a speakerphone for taking calls.
  3. Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Speaker $66.49. For just under $75, the tiny X300 delivers “room-filling sound” and impressive bass. It has a built-inbest bluetooth speakers speakerphone, and Bluetooth capability.

 

 

 

 

 

4. JBL Clip+ $49.95 Listed in our previous Best Smartphones, Earbuds and Speakers article, the slightly retooled Clip+ delivers loud, although not necessarily bass-heavy, sound and is splash-proof. It includes speakerphone and optional 3.5mm cable input for plug-in, plus the convenient clip-on feature. Battery life is on the lower side, however — about 5 hours vs. the typical 8.

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5. Jabra Solemate Mini $55.10. Delivering a “clean, surprisingly bass-forward sound,” the Solemate has Bluetooth capability but also includes a USB charging cable and 35 mm audio jack. For just $4 more, you can get the Solemate, which has a travel bag and carrying strap.

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