Does it feel like the music world is obsessed with “Fancy” rapper Iggy Azalea? Or like the four horsemen of the apocalypse are named 5 Seconds of Summer? When even the guitar-spinning frontmen of ZZ Top are teaming up with electronic dance king David Guetta (true!), it’s easy to think that rock has one foot planted in Tommy Ramone’s grave. But fear not, rock fans, rock’s not dead yet. Here’s proof:
1) On Monday, veteran axe men the Foo Fighters announced details of their upcoming album, Sonic Highways, due out Nov. 10. The band explored 8 different U.S. cities (Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York) and recorded a new song in each. There are even going to be 8 different album cover photos. Cooler still, you can see their sessions in Dave Grohl’s new HBO show of the same name, “Sonic Highways,” debuting Oct. 17.
2) Who ruled the best-selling album charts last week? No, not Pitbull. It was a 63-year-old rocker named Tom Petty. Petty’s new Hypnotic Eye album sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rolling Stone calls Hypnotic Eye the “toughest, most straight-up rocking record in many years,” and it’s the best debut for the toothy troubadour since 1994’s Wildflowers, the album with “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “You Wreck Me,” which sold 161,000.
3) Boston rockers Godsmack just landed No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with their new album: 1000hp. Out this week, the music video for the single “1000hp” is a gloriously high-octane rocker featuring retro concert footage and vehicles blowing up and going really fast. Watch here:

4) In the funniest “rock-lives” news, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler stole L.A. concertgoers’ cellphones last week while singing a cover of “Been Caught Stealing.” The band has been covering various classic rock anthems, including Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle,” on tour. If you’re a Guns N’ Roses fan, you’ll also be glad to hear that Axl Rose says the band has two, new full albums ready to roll, a sequel to Chinese Democracy and a remix. Release dates are still to come.
Watch Arcade Fire steal fans’ cellphones while performing “Been Caught Stealing” and “Welcome to the Jungle” below …

Explore more new and old rock in our MyMusicCloud Recommended Artists pages and bios, and if you enjoy music news and streaming updates like this, click on the “Follow” tab in our blog’s right-hand corner.

Forget Disney’s “Frozen,” if you want to calm a crying baby, put on the pop hit “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. In no time, your fussy baby will be bobbing her head and gurgling with glee, according to our August Viral Video Alert pick.
“How to Stop a Baby from Crying,” uploaded by YouTube user Eva Baker, has racked up 13 million views as of Thursday and it’s easy to see why. Not only is this baby adorable, she’s got some promising dance moves. Future “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant?
Katy herself has also endorsed the 38-second car-seat video. The pop singer tweeted it Monday, adding: “Available for babysitting at 10 dollars an hour & 4 Oreos.” Watch the video below, and if you’d like to receive more alerts like this, click the “Follow” button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

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Android phone and tablet users, now you can do more than ever with your music on the go. Our new MyMusicCloud app is now in the Google Play store and gives you much more creative control, whether you’re listening on- or off-line.

The upgraded app includes more of the web portal’s “smart” features, such as our convenient song lyric fetcher and artist recommendations. We’ve also made the menu choices more intuitive, and the band photos richer and larger. And, as always with MyMusicCloud, you can store and play your music on any computer, smartphone, tablet or Smart TV, regardless of operating system.

When you update the MyMusicCloud app, here’s what you’ll get:

• Portable playlist management: Create and edit music playlists right on your tablet or smartphone

• Smart playlist suggestions: Enter a track, album or artist and instantly receive a playlist of similar singers and songs from your collection

• More music control: Now, you can sync, unsync and delete songs from your device anytime

• Like Adele, Eminem or Ariana Grande? Enjoy music recommendations for similar albums and artists

• Access to lyrics, concerts, and artist biographies right on your screen

• Both full-screen and mini-player options

We’ve also added a complete features menu when you press and hold any track, album, artist or playlist; full control over track upload/download (WiFi, 3G, etc); mobile account and device management; continuous new music syncing; and improved song, artist and album search.

Download it today and see for yourself in the Google Play store.

We often talk here on the blog about how MyMusicCloud stores and syncs your music across any device, but what does that look like, really? Well, our product team whipped up this short video to show you exactly how our music storage app works.
In this quick 3-minute video, our product manager navigates between his MyMusicCloud accounts on his MacBook, Samsung Gear 2 watch and smartphone, iPad, and Smart TV. He shows how you can play, pause, and restart the same song seamlessly on each device. Cool, right?
The video was actually shot for the Samsung Gear App Challenge, a contest to discover the best multi-device app featuring lots of cool cash and prizes. But we thought you’d find it helpful too. Watch below and if you have more questions, simply type “Help” into the search field in the right-hand corner of this blog. Happy listening!

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.

 

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