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”

Still searching for a way to meet that cute girl? Stop listening to your friends for dating advice and look to your music library. Everything you need to say to meet women is right there, recorded by lyrical maestros like Luke Bryan, John Legend, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift, Usher, and, of course, One Direction.

We’ve chronicled “Great Song Pick-Up Lines” in the past, but the last few years have been especially rich for pick-up line magic, so we’re at it again.

For instance, you could go the Prince Charming route and, like Ne-Yo, offer to help a cutie with her problems. (“Don’t be afraid, let me heeeelp.”) Just take it from Harry Styles and the boys of 1D, flattery will get you nowhere. Instead, insult her friends! Example: “Your friends, they look good, but you look better,” (from “Stole My Heart.”)

Here are more of the Best Song Pickup Lines, from the earnest to the endearing, followed by some of the Worst Song Lyrics that are, welp, just too funny too ignore. Find some you like and make a pick-up line playlist of your own with our store-and-play service MyMusicCloud.

10. “Saw you there and I thought, ‘Oh my God, look at that face,’ You look like my next mistake!” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

9. Don’t be afraid to give your heart to me, And if you do, I know that I won’t let you down, no,
so hand it over, trust me with your love,” Maroon 5 and Gwen Stefani, “My Heart Is Open”

8. “If you don’t wanna take it too far then, well, you better stop flirtin’ and stop twerkin’
So perfect, cause it’s workin’,” Kid Ink & Usher, “Aint Gotta Say Too Much”

7. “You’re so contagious, I can’t take it, have my baby, let’s just make it. Excuse me. What’s your name?” Jay-Z featuring Pharrell, “Excuse Me, Miss”

6. “Girl, let me love you and I will love you until you learn to love yourself, Girl, let me love you
And all your trouble, don’t be afraid, girl, let me help.” Ne-Yo, “Let Me Love You”

5. “If you need some love tonight, Then I might have just enough, I ain’t as good as I once was,
But I’m as good once … as I ever was.” Toby Keith, “As Good As I Once Was.”

4. “Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you, You’re my end and my beginning, Even when I lose, I’m winning.” John Legend, “All of Me.”

3. “Oh, it gets so critical, We become caught up in the trivial, My dear, we’re both a bit too cynical, Come close, I’ll give you something spiritual,” Neon Trees, “Love in the 21st Century”

2. “I know we only met, but let’s pretend it’s love,” One Direction, “Live While We’re Young”

1. “Girl, you got a smile like a devil on my shoulder, Tempting me sayin’, ‘Honey, come over right now, right nowww,’ I know I shouldn’t wanna, but I think I’m probably gonna,” Luke Bryan, “Your Mama Should’ve Named You Whiskey”

5 Worst Song Pickup Lines

“Your body is a temple, It might just be the Temple of Doom, Got an Indiana Jones for you, Baby, There’s a challenge for my Doom,” Santana featuring Miguel, “Indy”

“Why you gotta be so rude? Don’t you know I’m human too?” Magic! “Rude”

“They’re callin’ me an alien, a big-headed astronaut, Maybe it’s because your boy, Yeezy, get ass a lot,” Kanye West & Katy Perry, “E.T.”

“What rhymes with Hug Me?” Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”

“Is it weird that your ass remind me of a Kanye West song?” Jason Derulo, “Trumpets”

25 Pump-Up Football Songs for your Superbowl Party

Well, you guys asked for it… our last pump-up tailgate playlist was a roaring success so we’re back with another football playlist, just in time for the main event!

The balls at the game on Sunday may not be pumped-up but these 25 songs sure are!

  1. Hot Boy – Bobby Shmurda
  2. Don’t Tell ‘Em – Jeremih & IG
  3. Hello World – Kid Ink
  4. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
  5. Invisible Touch – Genesis
  6. Jetsetter – Morningwood
  7. The Nights – Avicii
  8. Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  9. Sing – Ed Sheeran
  10. Early in the Morning – The Gap Band
  11. Centuries – Fall Out Boy
  12. Do My Thang – Miley Cyrus
  13. Body Movin’ – Beastie Boys
  14. Little Stero – Teddybears
  15. I See Your Baby – Groove Armada
  16. Gangster Trippin – Fatboy Slim
  17. Groove is in the Heart – Deee-Lite
  18. Booty Swing – Parov Stelar
  19. Jealous (I Ain’t With It) – Chromeo
  20. Am I Wrong – Nico & VInz
  21. Club Foot – Kasabian
  22. Song 2 – Blur
  23. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister
  24. Down With The Sickness – Disturbed
  25. I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys  OR Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (depending on who you are rooting for!)

So, what are you waiting for?… Get these tunes added to your MyMusicCloud account and crank up the volume, your Superbowl party is good to go.

… just don’t be one of these guys.

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Want a free album? Hey, who doesn’t? Starting today, we’re giving away any album in our MyMusicCloud store FREE to folks who join and upgrade to our unlimited music store-and-play service. So, what’s so great about MyMusicCloud?

Ever noticed how most music services (ahem, Apple) force you to listen to your music only on their devices? Are your albums scattered across your phone, laptop and their various storage services? With MyMusicCloud, it’s easy to import your music from all your annoying servers (iTunes, Dropbox, Amazon) and unite them in ONE simple-to-reach place. (No more fumbling to remember if your Jay-Z album is on your phone or laptop.) Our free music app frees you to listen to your songs on all your devices, (smartphones, PCs, tablets, even smart TVs and smartwatches), regardless of operating system (Apple, Android, Windows, you name it). It works on- or off-line too.

On MyMusicCloud, it’s always free to store all your music and play up to 250 songs. But, for just $39.99 a year, you can upgrade to our Unlimited status and listen to any song from your collection whenever you want. And through January 2015, get “credit” for any album in our store -– simply by using the URL http://www.mymusiccloud.com/app/albumOffer. Once you join and log in to MyMusicCloud, a payment form pops up. Upon successful completion, all albums in the store will be marked $0.00.

Not sure what to choose? Come back and download later. But here are some album ideas to get you started:

Arctic Monkeys — Rock out to the Monkeys’ “R U Mine” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” from their new AM album as well as all their hits back to 2005.

Hozier and Sam Smith — If you dig the breathy vocals of these two, then pick up Hozier’s new top 10 album, Take Me to Church, and the club-friendly EDM mixes of Sam Smith.

Nicki Minaj‘s Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape features guest verses from rappers Bobby V, Brinx, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Gucci Mane, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Lil Wayne, Red Café, Ricky Blaze, Rocko, Ron Browz, and Shanell. Also in our store.

Panda Bear‘s new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (out Jan. 9, 2015) shows the trippy, neo-psychedelic artist getting funky with jams inspired by 90s hip hop.

So don’t be handcuffed to one operating system your whole life. Experience music freedom by joining MyMusicCloud and get your gratis album through our website, www.mymusiccloud.com, or any Android-powered device. Learn how to make playlists, share songs on Facebook, get recommended songs and discover more about our awesome service in our Help & How To section in the right-hand column. Don’t be afraid of your freedom.

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It’s NFL playoff season, which means it’s time for you football fans to stop washing your lucky jerseys and socks, no matter how stiff or smelly they become. You don’t want to jinx your team now, do you?

To make these Sunday smackdowns even more entertaining, we’ve created these fun Football Drinking Games, which include live-action challenges along with prompts for your favorite team pump-up songs. Even non-football fans can enjoy the shenanigans with the dares below.

At this writing, there are still four teams left before Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 1, 2015, so we’ve come up with categories for each championship contender: The Green Bay Packers vs. The Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts vs. the New England Patriots. But there are plenty of Super Bowl-themed tilt-and-gulps too.

So whether you’re cheering in the stands or lazing in your favorite recliner, hoist the (nonalcoholic or, ahem, other) beverage of your choice whenever these events take place …

Everybody!

Drink when …
*An ad plays with an AC/DC song (Examples: “Play Ball” or “Back in Black”)
*There’s a time-out
*An announcer reports how loud the fans are
*A Beats by Dre commercial airs starring Seattle’s Richard Sherman or any NFL player, really
*An announcer volunteers a random stat that has no relation to the action on the field
*Someone in the room yells like he (or she) just scored the touchdown
*Justin Bieber’s new Calvin Klein ads air

Green Bay Packers Fans

Drink when …
The camera cuts to a fan wearing a cheese head hat
Todd Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day” plays
Announcer Troy Aikman mentions the Dallas Cowboys
A Packer does the Lambeau Leap after a touchdown

New England Patriots Fans

Drink when …
Bon Jovi’s “This Is Our House” Plays
Tom Brady over-celebrates completing 10 yards
The Gronk scores and spikes the ball, possibly denting the field
An ad featuring Gisele plays

Seattle SeaHawks Fans

Drink when …
“Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon plays
The first four notes of Phish’s song “Wilson” play (“duh dunt, duh dunt”) and the crowd cheers “Wilson!” (Usually after Russell Wilson and the offense take the field for the first time)
Richard Sherman mouths off to a referee, coach, fan, hot dog vendor or anyone within 15 miles
“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis plays, typically after a touchdown

Indianapolis Colts Fans

Drink when …
Andrew Luck gets tackled and compliments the sacker (Example: “Nice hit, guy”)
The Colts pull a 3rd down blitz
Anyone references Peyton Manning
An announcer mentions Luck’s “beard” or his Stanford stats

SUPER BOWL HALF-TIME BONUS:

Take a Shot if …
Halftime performer Katy Perry is wearing a ridiculous wig or visible bra
She sings the word “Roar”
Co-headliner Lenny Kravitz performs “American Woman”
Lenny’s wearing fringe or sunglasses

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Bruno Mars grooves to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” from their Uptown Special album. (Courtesy: Columbia)

Is this finally the year that Her Royal Highness Adele blesses us with a new album? Can DJ Mark Ronson‘s Uptown Special live up to the retro, feel-good hype of “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars? After dissing both Drake and his label, will Tyga have any fans left by the time The Gold Album comes out in January?

There’s plenty of cool new music to download in 2015, and we have January and February’s most anticipated (and irresistible) album releases — from cutie Meghan Trainor to indie rockers Fall Out Boy and Sleater-Kinney and R&B’s magnetic Ne-Yo. Plus, later in the year, expect new music from Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Fleetwood Mac, Kelly Clarkson, Modest Mouse, Miguel, Rhianna, Tame Impala and possibly, wait for it, Radiohead.

January – February 2015 Artists, Albums & Release Dates (Dates may change at the labels’ whims)

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special, 1/13 — Amy Winehouse‘s former producer and DJ teams up with Bruno Mars, Mystikal, Stevie Wonder, and more stars for new club-friendly jams.
Meghan Trainor, Title, 1/13 — At last, we’ll find out what else the sassy singer’s about besides bass.
Justin Townes Earle, Absent Fathers, 1/13
The Game, The Documentary 2, (Sunday) 1/18
Joey Bada$$, B4.DA.$$ — That’s “Before Da Money” for you squares (like us), 1/20
Belle & Sebastian, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, 1/20 — Emo girls and guys rejoice.
Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/American Psycho, 1/20, The stadium-rocking “Centuries” is a promising start.
Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth, 1/20
Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love, 1/20 — Long-awaited new rock from the Washington grrl group.
Fifth Harmony, Reflection, 1/27 — TV’s “X-Factor” sensations release their debut album.
Ne-Yo, Non-fiction, 1/27
Tyga, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, 1/27
Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night, 2/3
Blackberry Smoke, Holding All the Roses, 2/10 — New country with a twist.
Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar, 2/10 — Everyone’s guilty 90s pleasure has a Latin album on tap.
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, SURPRISE RELEASE on 2/12 — The Toronto rapper rattles his saber at the haters with this dark, edgy and unexpected mixtape of 17 songs.
Imagine Dragons, Smoke + Mirrors, 2/17
Kate Pierson, Guitars and Microphones, 2/17 — The B-52’s famous redhead goes solo with new-wavey jams written by Sia and Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi.
St. Vincent, St Vincent: Deluxe, 2/17 (Import) — Four new songs from kooky alt darling Annie Clark are included in this expanded version of the 2014 album.
Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise, 2/24 — The rapper aims for legitimacy with dark rhymes plus a duet with girlfriend Ariana Grande.
Chris Brown & Tyga, Fan of a Fan: The Album, 2/24 — The hit duo’s first full-length collaboration features guest appearances from 50 Cent, Boosie Badazz, Fat Trel, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, and Ty Dolla Sign.
Kid Rock, First Kiss, 2/24 — Kid returns to country rock territory with songs like “Johnny Cash” and “Drinking Beer With Dad.”

Want more hip hop and rap? In the dates TBA posse, Lil Wayne‘s promised his 99th or so album in two years, Big Sean has big things poppin’, Drake will probably start brawling with errybody whenever his new album Views from the 6 drops, Wale‘s The Album About Nothing is coming late March, Meek Mill has Dreams Worth More Than Money and King Kanye is threatening another blast of Yeezus later in the year.

Click the FOLLOW tab at the bottom right to get more music updates like this in your Inbox, and discover new bands whenever you listen to your MyMusicCloud collection with our Recommended Artist suggestions.

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Did you know you can listen to your digital music collection right from your smartwatch? Besides being able to place calls and dictate texts, you can rock out to your  favorite songs and playlists with the MyMusicCloud app on Samsung’s new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear S smartwatches.

So how does it work? If you’re a MyMusicCloud user, you already know you can store all your music for free in our cloud and play up to 250 songs on any laptop or desktop, tablet, and smartphone, regardless of brand. Now, it’s easy to sync our music app to your smartwatch too.

STEP 1. Make sure you’ve downloaded the Samsung Gear Manager app onto your smartphone and that it’s synced to your smartwatch. The Gear Manager controls how your watch looks, and which apps you can download to it.

STEP 2. Turn on your Bluetooth and open Gear Manager on your phone. Select Samsung Gear Apps and click on the Category tab. Tap “Entertainment.” The MyMusicCloud app is available for free here in Samsung’s Apps store.

STEP 3. Download the app, and make sure it appears in your My Apps window by tapping “View App in Gear Manager.”

STEP 4. Open the MyMusicCloud app on your Samsung phone, and just go to “My Apps” on your smartwatch to launch our music app. Now you can choose songs or playlists from your collection to play, rewind, or pause by touching the watch face. (As always, you’ll need to have uploaded your music to our cloud beforehand using a desktop, laptop, or tablet.) You’ll also need a Bluetooth headset to enjoy your jams.

Available in a variety of colors, the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear S smartwatches cost $299 with most U.S. carriers, such as AT&T.  Although they use the Tizen operating system and not Android, our MyMusicCloud app is also available for Android devices in the Google Play store.

Confused or got a Samsung Gear smartwatch question? For the quickest answers, watch the How To videos on here on Samsung’s Support Page. Or, email us at support@mymusiccloud.com, and we’ll do our best to answer it.

See how easy it is to sync your music across all your gadgets in our demo video below.

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