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.”

The late, great Michael Jackson made a big comeback this week when he appeared at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards singing his recently released song “Slave to the Rhythm.”

Of course, it wasn’t really the King of Pop boogeying across the stage in a gold jacket and red pants, but kind of a Franken-Jackson — a hologram created by grafting images of his head onto a dance impersonator’s body, which were smoothed out by a computer.

Meanwhile, at a small high school talent show in Turlock, California, a junior named Brett Nichols nabbed first place for his spot-on impersonation of MJ dancing to “Billie Jean” in the school gym. Nichols’ hip-thrusting and moonwalking is so impressive, he received a congratulatory tweet from the Jackson estate and his video has earned more than 7 million page views, according to the Turlock City News.

And then there are the dueling performances of longtime pop rivals Usher and Justin Timberlake, who both recently danced to Jackson’s newly released single “Love Never Felt So Good” (from the posthumous Xscape album out now). Timberlake stars in the music video, but Usher did a pretty flawless dance impersonation at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1.

So watch the videos below and tell us, who do you think does the best Michael Jackson impersonation?

Michael Jackson hologram performs “Slave to the Rhythm”

High-school talent show winner does “Billie Jean”

Usher performs at the iHeartRadio Awards

Justin Timberlake in “Love Never Felt So Good”

If you’re like us, you’re always looking out for fresh music and easy, no-hassle ways to find it. With the help of Lifehacker.com and the Midem international music conference, we’ve collected four websites that can introduce you to great new artists. These four music hacks, or shortcuts, can help you find new songs from you favorite TV shows, sleep better, and even spy on your friends’ music playlists. Here’s how to …

Find That Tune:  Loved an ambient tune you heard on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” or an old ’70s number from Anchorman 2? The clever website Tunefind helps you track down the name and artist of that cool song you heard on your favorite movie or TV show. (Source: Lifehacker)

Go to Sleep:  What’s the most soothing music to fall asleep to?Well, it should have 90 beats per minute, a 4/4 beat, piano and strings, and narrow note sequences that scale from low to high. So says psychologist Dave Elliot of the University of Cumbria. He found that songs with these patterns were the most calming to volunteers in anxiety studies. Try his theory out with this gentle, lyric-free 1-hour YouTube mix. (Source: Lifehacker)

Spy on Your Facebook Friends’ Music: Want to know what your friends are listening to without scanning all their Facebook walls? Plug your FB credentials into Jubal, by Cédric S. It plays the music videos posted recently by your Facebook friends in a continuous stream with nifty bios of the artists in the right hand corner. Vote by clicking the heart (love) or skull (kill) icons below the video and Jubal collects and represents your preferences as a visual tag cloud.  (Source: Hacker League)

Preview a New Band: How many times has a friend asked, “Hey, have you heard of [insert obscure band name here]?” Instead of racking your brains, just enter the band’s name on This Is My Jam and it’ll suggest the most ear-friendly song to listen to. (There’s even a hipster feature that recommends a much lesser-known track). (Source: Music Ally)

Wearable tech just got a lot cooler with the April 2014 launch of the new Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart watches. These watches aren’t just sleeker and lighter than the original versions, they also come with several sweet new features. Besides enabling you to place calls and text, you can now rock out to your entire digital music collection like a boss.

That’s because the watches feature a new MyMusicCloud app, so you can access all your music from our cloud. Jam to Jack White, bliss out to Passenger, spin to Beyonce or whomever you love via your Samsung Gear 2 and a Bluetooth headset.

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 it on any lap or desktop, tablet, and smartphone regardless of brand.

Now, when the MyMusicCloud app is open on your Samsung phone, just launch the MyMusicCloud app on your Gear 2, and choose your songs or playlists by touching the watchface. (As always, you’ll need to have uploaded your music to our cloud beforehand using a desktop, laptop, or tablet.)

Available in charcoal black, gold brown or wild orange, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches use the Tizen operating system (not Android) and cost $299 with most U.S. carriers, such as AT&T; buy one along with the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and you’ll get $50 off the bundle.

Got a Samsung Gear 2 or Gear 2 New smartwatch question? Share it with us in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer it. To learn more about all the cool new features available to MyMusicCloud members, check out this article on Hypebot.com.

 

 

Think you know your ’90s hit songs? We’ll see about that. In our Viral Video Alert choice for April, two Australian singer-comedians perform 60 songs from the ’80s and ’90s in six minutes with just an acoustic guitar.

How many can you correctly name?

Okay, okay. Here are some hints: Starting off with the famous chords from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Al Newstead and Anna O’Bryan poke fun at ’90s megahits from groups like TLC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morrissette, Blur, and even, brace yourselves, Ace of Bass, M.C. Hammer and, yikes, Sophie B. Hawkins. (Why, it’s almost as cool as jamming with Donna, Kelly, David and Steve back in 90210‘s famous Peach Pit After Dark.)

So test yourself and then check out the full list of song titles and their singers after the video. We hope these yesteryear hits evoke some happy flannel and spandex memories for you, like they did for us, and if you like what you hear, you can always upload your favorite CDs, mp3s and more songs to our MyMusicCloud store-and-play service for free.   

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The 60 Songs in 6 Minutes Cheat Sheet

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
Divinyls – Touch Myself
Chumbawumba – Tubthumping
Len – Steal My Sunshine
Presidents Of The USA – Peaches
Ace of Bass – I Saw The Sign
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
Reef – Place Your Hands
Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life
Sugar Ray – Every Morning
Toni Childs – Many Rivers To Cross
Filter – Take Your Picture
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Offspring – Self Esteem
Joan Osbourne – One of Us
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
TLC – No Scrubs
Gabrielle – Dreams
Bare Naked Ladies – One Week
Sophie B Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Jebediah – Harpoon
Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
Savage Garden – Truly, Madly, Deeply
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
Texas – Say What You Want
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Everclear – Santa Monica
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Blur – Song 2
Britney Spears – … Baby One More Time
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Vanilla Ice – Ice, Ice Baby
Cranberries – Dreams
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
Prodigy – Breathe
Scatman John – Scatman
Real McCoy – Another Night
Snap! – Rhythm Is A Dancer
Culture Beat – Mr Vain
Black Box – Ride On Time
Rozalla – Everybody’s Free
Aqua – Barbie Girl
La Bouche – Be My Lover
Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch – Good Vibration
Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack
Ce Ce Peniston – Finally
Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
Salt N Pepa – Push It
Hanson – Mmmbop
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
Coolio – Gangsters Paradise
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away
U2 – One Love
House of Pain – Jump Around
OMC – How Bizarre

 

Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic could have picked anyone to sing Nirvana’s hallowed hits at their onstage reunion last week, but minds were vaporized when they chose 4 female singers to do the honors.
Joan Jett, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Annie Clark (St. Vincent) and Lorde each took the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn to belt out Kurt Cobain’s tortured lyrics. The concert was held to celebrate Nirvana’s much-deserved induction into the Hall of Fame.
It was kind of a genius move, really, satisfying the old rock guard as well as hopefully luring in a new generation of teen grungers. Joan sang “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; Kim got “Aneurysm”; Annie crushed “Lithium” and Lorde closed with “All Apologies.”
Explaining the choice, bassist Novoselic blogged, “Joan and Kim are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women.”
So how’d they do? The ceremony will air May 31 on HBO. But here’s a sneak peek. Watch Lorde sing “All Apologies” …

Annie nails “Lithium”

Joan Jett rocks “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

If you have a Smart TV, you already know you can log into Facebook and Twitter, watch YouTube videos, and stream movies on your TV screen. But did you know that you can also access your entire music collection on it too?

It’s totally true. Our MyMusicCloud app makes your music library available on all Samsung Smart TVs (the most popular brand), so you can play your favorite songs, make party playlists, or check out the latest releases from your favorite singers right from the comfort of your couch.

So how does it work? Once you have a free MyMusicCloud account, it’s simple to tap into it from your Smart TV. On Samsung TVs, just go to the Smart Hub and follow these steps:

1. Click the Smart Hub button on your 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.

2. Once you see the MyMusicCloud TV app, click it. You’ll see a TV activation URL (format: www.mymusiccloud.com/XXXXX). The activation code is embedded in the URL; it’s the letters and digits after the ” / ” in the URL.

3. Type this URL into a browser on your computer, cellphone or tablet. If you choose a mobile phone, it sends you to the App Store or Google Play to download the MyMusicCloud app. Download it. (Note that this URL is only valid for 1 hour, so if you get up to make snacks, text or answer a phone call and an hour passes, you’ll need to close the app on your TV and reopen it to get a new URL.)

4. Sign in to your existing MyMusicCloud account with your usual login and password, or create a new account by clicking “Sign In” on that same screen where you entered the URL. (For first-timers, learn how to import your music by reading this step-by-step post.)

 5. Check out your TV screen: It should now show that your account’s active and your music will be right there, ready to browse and play. (If it doesn’t work, post a message in our comment section and we’ll try to help.)

Not sure what a Smart TV is exactly? It’s really any TV that has internet access built in so you can watch video on demand, use social networks and search the web. But only those branded “Smart TVs” have dashboards that can download apps from stores like Google Play (otherwise you’ll need a second device like Chromecast or a gaming console to reach your favorite apps). Check your TV manual for more details.

For Samsung Smart TV owners, here’s a quick video on how to use your Samsung Smart Hub …

 

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