Australian Open music on ESPN

January, 22, 2015
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's Australian Open coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

30 Seconds to Mars: "Kings and Queens" from the "This is War" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Sheppard:"Geronimo" from the "Bombs Away" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Jessie J: "Masterpiece" and "Ain't Been Done" from the "My Type" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)


Avicii: "The Days" from the "My Type" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

ESPN The Magazine Music Issue: Uncommon Connections

January, 21, 2015
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Katy Perry, JJ WattJoe Pugliese Katy Perry and J.J. Watt have muscled their way to the top of their games.


Katy Perry and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt share the cover of ESPN The Magazine's annual Music Issue, in which the pop music performer and pro football's top defensive performer tell Chris Connelly about their respective rises to the top.

This exchange between the singer, who's performing at halftime of this year's Super Bowl, and the defensive end, whose goal is to play in one, sums it up nicely:

"A lot of people would agree that it's easy to get to the top, but it's about staying there, following it up," Perry says, turning to Watt, "with great plays every time."

"Yeah, great songs," he says. "Everybody's trying to bring you down. So what are you gonna do to stay there? How are you gonna work that much harder?"


The Music Issue also features a profile of one of music and sports' highest-profile power couples, singer Iggy Azelea and "Swaggy P" himself, Lakers small forward Nick Young. Amanda Hess writes how the unlikely pair -- he's from inner-city Los Angeles, she's from rural Australia, he first spotted her on Twitter -- both have gained power (and infamy) from their use of social media, as well as how rap music and NBA celebrity culture have gone mainstream on a global scale.

Another seemingly unlikely pair profiled in the Music Issue is the friendship of rap star J. Cole and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. In an interview with Marty Smith, Cole and Earnhardt explain how they formed a friendship over the music and their shared North Carolina roots:

"Our worlds have a lot more in common than people want to think," Cole says. "Stereotypes prevent the worlds from colliding and connecting more. The powers that be like it like that. They like it that the cultures don't mix, because if they ever were to mix, they would realize they're in the same boat and have a lot more in common than they have differences."

X-Games music: Chromeo, Skrillex

January, 21, 2015
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's X-Games programming, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Chromeo: "Come Alive" and "Jealous" from the "White Women" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Skrillex: "Recess" and All is Fair in Love and Brostep" from the "Recess" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wiz Khalifa: "We Dem Boyz" and "You and Your Friends" from the "Blacc Hollywood." album. (iTunes)

Bryce Vine: "Where the Wild Things Are" from the "Lazy Fair" EP.

Super Bowl music: Katy Perry featured

January, 21, 2015
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Katy Perry AP Images, Rex Features Katy Perry's Super Bowl moment will arrive at halftime on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.


Katy Perry is headlining the halftime show at the Super Bowl, and ESPN will be featuring the pop singer's music in its coverage of the Seahawks-Patriots matchup from Glendale, Ariz.

Here's a list of the music, along with artists' websites and links where you can sample or download the singles and/or albums:

Katy Perry:
"Roar," "This Moment" and "This is How We Do" from the "PRISM" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

"Firework" from the "Teenage Dream" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Los Lonely Boys: "Ecstasy of Gold" single.

'Uptown Funk' fueling ESPN college hoops

January, 21, 2015
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Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars is being featured this month on "ESPN College Gameday."

To sample or download the song or Ronson's "Uptown Special" album, click here: (iTunes | Amazon)

Pitbull, Mark Steele on 'ESPN NBA on ABC'

January, 21, 2015
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's NBA on ABC programming, as well as links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Pitbull "Celebrate" frrom the Original Motion Picture "Penguins of Madagascar." (iTunes | Amazon)

Mark Steele "Greatness" single.

Music from ESPN's Pro Bowl coverage

January, 21, 2015
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's coverage of the Pro-Bowl, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: "Uptown Funk" from the "Uptown Special" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Saint Motel: "My Type" from the "My Type" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Dylan Gardner: "Let’s Get Started" from the "Adventures in Real Time" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Mystery Skulls: "Magic" from the "Forever" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Los Lonley Boys: "Rule the World" single.

Viv and the Revival: "I Want It" from "The Introduction" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Steven Cooper: "Born to Do" from the "Life and Love" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music on ESPN gymnastics coverage

January, 21, 2015
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's gymnastics coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:


Sheppard: "Geronimo" from the "Bombs Away" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Jessie J: "Masterpiece" from the "My Type" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

MisterWives: "Our Own House" from the "Our Own House" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Snoop Dogg's son chasing football dream

January, 14, 2015
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Snoop DoggESPNSnoop Dogg's son, Cordell Broadus, has a big choice to make: Which college to attend?


For Snoop Dogg and his son, a top Division I football prospect, the college football dream is getting real.

And over the next month, ESPN will tell the story in a five-part documentary series, "Snoop & Son: A Dad's Dream." The first episode airs on tonight ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

Cordell Broadus of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas isn't the undeserving recipient of celebrity kid hype. He's a legit Division I prospect at wide receiver, ranked 134th overall and No. 12 at his position in the ESPN 300.

In his senior season, Broadus caught 39 passes for 602 yards and 11 touchdowns as Bishop Gorman went undefeated and won the Nevada Division I state championship. Here's a snippet from his ESPN Recruiting Football Nation scouting report: "Has great pass catching skills and body control ... Plays with confidence and likes one-on-one competition for the football ... Very good prospect."

Snoop's efforts to be a part of his son's life, even when he's on the road, are also a central theme in the series.

"People will see a very different side of Snoop," executive producer Rory Karpf says. "They'll see a man navigating the line between father and friend. They'll see someone whose interest in his son's life reflects what he himself never had. Above all, they'll see a father extraordinarily proud of his son."
Want to see Lenny Kravitz and Sting at "AT&T Playoff Playlist Live," but can't make it to Dallas?

No problem -- ESPN Music has got you covered! We're streaming Saturday and Sunday's concerts live, right here.

Saturday's live stream of Lenny Kravitz with special guests Keri Hillson and Vintage Trouble starts at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT).

Sunday's live stream of Sting with special guest Echosmith will start at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT).

The links for both shows will posted here at ESPN Music shortly before both shows begin, so you can settle in and enjoy the music.

The streams won't be archived, so you'll need to tune in live. But since the concerts are also being streamed on ESPN3, you'll be able to check out the performances on all Watch ESPN platforms, wherever you are and with any device -- on your computer, smart phones or tablet, or using Xbox 360, Xbox 1, AppleTV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Roku.

See you back here Saturday and Sunday night!

Fallout Boy, Fuego featured in January

January, 9, 2015
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Here's a list of the featured music of the month on ESPN, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Fall Out Boy: "Favorite Records" and "The Kids Aren't Alright" from the "American Beauty/American Psycho" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Fuego: "Prendelo" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

AC/DC featured on Sunday NFL Countdown

January, 9, 2015
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, along with links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

AC/DC
"Play Ball" from the "Rock or Bust" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

"Back in Black" from the "Back in Black" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

David Guetta: "Dangerous" from the "Listen” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lupe Fiasco: "Battle Scars" single. (iTunes)

January 'First Take' music

January, 9, 2015
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's "First Take," along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Troy Ave: "All About the Money" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Gary Calamar: "I Got an Idea" from the "You Are What You Listen To" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Boaz: "Champion Flow" single.

Sleigh Bells: "That Did It" single.

New Beat Fund: "Why So Mean" single.

The Mounties: "Made Up My Mind" from the "Thrash Rock Legacy" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lana Shea: "Shut Ya Face" from the "RAPS" album.

Canon: "Point of View" from the "Loose Canon Vol 2" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Latvian rap tribute to Zemgus Girgensons

January, 8, 2015
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How much is Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons revered in his native Latvia?

One might point to the way the voters back home filled the ballot box on his behalf, making the second-year center the top vote-getter in the NHL All-Star voting -- ahead of established stars like Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby.

But having a rap song written about you? Now that spells love W-U-V in any language. And a Latvian rap duo named Olas has recorded an apparent valentine to Riga's favorite son, appropriately titled "Zemgus Girgensons."

We say "apparent" for a good reason: We don't speak a word of Latvian.

Sure, there's lots of clips of Girgensons hitting, skating and scoring, leading one to infer the guys in Olas are expressing their mad respect for Zemgus. But there's also footage of Olas hanging out in the club and doing rappers-hanging-out-in-the-club things while wearing Sabres hats and T-shirts (has the team opened a gift shop in Riga?). So the song could also be saying "Zemgus is to hockey as I am to being a Latvian rap star."

Either way: The cool thing about music is that you don't have to know the words to get the feeling.

But we're betting that sales of Rosetta Stone's Latvian language software are about to spike upward in Buffalo.

Kravitz, Sting to stream live on ESPN Music

January, 7, 2015
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Lenny KravitzGetty ImagesLenny Kravitz is headlining Saturday's show at "AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!"
Lenny Kravitz and Sting are headlining "AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!," two nights of concerts at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Kravitz will headline on Saturday, Jan. 10, while Sting will play Sunday, Jan. 11.

And ESPN Music will be streaming both shows live, featuring two multi-platinum artists stars worthy of the first-ever College Football Playoff championship game.

With hits such as "Fly Away," "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over," Kravitz has transcended music labels with a blend of rock, funk and soul influences. The winner of four Grammy awards for best male rock performance, Kravitz is currently touring behind his tenth studio album, "Strut," which was ranked No. 35 on Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2014.

StingMyrna Suarez/Getty ImagesSting is taking time out of his Broadway schedule to perform Sunday at "AT&T Playlist Live!"


Sting is a major figure in rock history, as a songwriter, a musician and a singer, selling nearly 100 million records as part of The Police and as a solo artist. A 16-time Grammy winner, Sting is currently appearing in the Broadway musical "The Last Ship," for which he wrote the music and lyrics.

Keri Hilson and Vintage Trouble are sharing the bill with Kravitz on Saturday, while Echosmith will open for Sting on Sunday.

Hilson's debut album "In A Perfect World ...", powered by the singles "Knock You Down" and "Turnin Me On," peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in 2009. The singer-songwriter, who previously worked on songwriting and production teams for artists including Mary J. Blige, Ciara, The Pussycat Dolls and Britney Spears, followed up her debut album with "No Boys Allowed" in 2010.

With a soul-flavored rock sound reminiscent of the Stax-Volt singles of the 1960s, Vintage Trouble has opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who and Bon Jovi and made numerous TV appearances. The band, whose debut album "The Bomb Shelter Sessions" dropped in 2012, played to an estimated crowd of 100,000 as headliners of the Montreal International Jazz Festival last year.

Echosmith's 2014 debut album "Talking Dreams" produced the hit single "Cool Kids," which propelled them into the spotlight. The alt-pop band from Los Angeles has made numerous television appearances and received critical acclaim, with Esquire calling them "a group you’re going to be hearing about for a long time."

If you’re going to be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this weekend: One-day ticket prices for AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! are $30 for upper level and $41 for lower level. Two-day passes are also available at $46 for upper level and $60 for lower level. You can find more information here.

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