College playoff to feature Fall Out Boy

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Fall Out BoyChristopher Polk/Getty ImagesFall Out Boy returned from hiatus with the album "Save Rock And Roll" in 2013.
Fall Out Boy has made it to the College Football Playoff. And they didn't even have to enroll, let alone try to make a roster as walk-ons.

ESPN's coverage of the inaugural four-team playoff will showcase the upcoming single “Centuries” from the critically acclaimed, multiplatinum-selling band, the network announced today. The song, which is the title track from the band's forthcoming album, will be featured during playoff game and studio telecasts, and in on-air promotions throughout the season.



You'll also hear the song during highlight packages and in and out of commercial breaks during the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowl game tripleheaders – the “New Year’s Six” – showcasing the playoff semifinals, four additional premier top-level bowls and the first-ever College Football National Championship on January 12.

The song will also be a central part of the regular-season marketing efforts to promote the top college football matchups across ESPN’s networks each week. As seen and heard below, ESPN began using an instrumental version of “Centuries” on August 25 in advance of the opening weekend, as seen here:



"Centuries" is the sixth studio album for Fall Out Boy, which traces its roots to Chicago's hardcore punk scene and cites punk, metal and emo bands alike as influences. The band was widely hailed as setting the bar for emo and pop punk with its 2003 debut "Take This To Your Grave."

Music from 'Monday Night Football'

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The following is a list of music featured on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" programming, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs or albums.

"Monday Night Countdown"

Sam and Dave: "Hold On I'm Coming" from the "The Best Of Sam and Dave" album. (iTunes | Amazon )

"Monday Night Football"

Wiz Khalifa: "We Dem Boyz" from the "Blacc Hollywood" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Drake: "Started From The Bottom" from the "Nothing Was The Same" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Skrillex: "Recess" from the "Recess" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Aloe Blacc: "Can You Do This" from the "Lift Your Spirit" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

MKTO: "American Dream" off the "MKTO" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Fabolous: "Breathe" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kongos: "Come With Me Now" from the "Lunatic" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Paramore: "Ain't It Fun" from the "Paramore" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Pop Evil: "Trenches" from the "Onyx" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Avenged Sevenfold: "Hail to the King" from the "Hail to the King" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Nickleback: "Edge of a Revolution" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

NF: "Hands Up" from the "NF" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Ellie Goulding: "Burn" from the "Halcyon Days" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Manafest: "My Way" and "Diamonds" from "The Moment" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Sixx AM: "Stars" from the "Modern Vintage" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Afrojack: "The Spark" from the "Forget the World" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Nico and Vinz: "Am I Wrong" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Who: "Won't Get Fooled Again Cato Remix," "Who are You RUN DMT Remix," "Baba O Riely Jason Bentley Remix" and "Eminence Front Cage Remix" not yet available for sale.

Music for 'Sunday NFL Countdown'

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The following is a list of songs featured on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown," along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to buy and download the albums or songs.

Cassio Monroe: "Under The Lights" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Ellie Goulding: "Burn" from the "Halcyon Days" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Flo Rida: "How I Feel" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Nico and Vinz: "Am I Wrong" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

New music debuts for 'NFL Countdown'

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Brian TylerCourtesy of Gabe Thompson and Aris Stoulil"NFL Sunday Countdown" composer Brian Tyler has scored more than 60 films.


The man who scored music for "Iron Man 3" and other Marvel films in the Avengers series, was asked to compose new music for ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" -- the first new music commissioned for the network's football programming in 18 years. The new music premiered this past Sunday, along with ESPN's brand-new 9,000 square foot studio for NFL programming.

When Brian Tyler was growing up, he loved music and football. And there was a place where those two worlds were one and the same -- the weekly highlights produced by NFL Films, in which the dramatic game footage and the music that told the story were inseparable from each other.



Tyler, who has scored more than 60 films and numerous television series, tapped into those childhood football memories. He saw a parallel between the tension of the game and the emotions of battle scenes he has previously scored.

"It's not just the battle itself, but preparation for the battle. It's the angst you have, the nerves you're trying to allay -- and at same time you're trying to psych yourself out to go on the battlefield," he said. "There's the strategy, the mind games and the physicality of the battle itself. And after the game there's jubilant victory or crushing defeat. Musically, I wanted to get all of those things."

While the NFL Films highlights previously scored by composer Sam Spence were an inspiration, Tyler said he didn't set out to recreate or reboot those songs. Rather, he was after the emotional impact the music conveyed.

Watching those highlights as a kid, he said, "made you feel like you were watching the most significant game in the history of the universe and it could have been a game that was 7 to 3 that had no impact on the playoffs.

"The people who are watching (highlights), they are tremendously into it -- it doesn't matter if your team is in second-to-last place," Tyler said. "I assume people feel the same way I do about the game and hopefully the music translates and can capture that."

Claude Mitchell, the coordinating director of ESPN Music, said Tyler's body work made him a natural choice for the job.

“We wanted a theme that was distinctive and that emphasized the heroic nature of football. These are constant themes in Brian’s work, particularly the music he has scored for 'Iron Man 3' and other Marvel films,” Mitchell said. "Brian is someone we've been using as a reference for a while, so it was particularly exciting to have the opportunity to work with him on this project."

Tyler composed show-specific scores for three of the network’s signature NFL programs: "Sunday NFL Countdown," "NFL Live" and "NFL Insiders," along with a general “NFL Gridiron” theme. You'll hear the music throughout these shows, leading in and out of commercial breaks and during game highlights.

Tyler's recent film credits include the Marvel films "Iron Man 3," "Thor: The Dark World," and the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," as well as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Into the Storm" and "The Expendables 3." He was nominated for an Emmy in 2014 for his work on the television series "Sleepy Hollow" -- one of three career Emmy nominations. He's won 10 BMI Music Awards, five ASCAP Music Awards and was honored as composer of the year at the 2014 Goldspirit Awards and the 2014 Cue Awards.

Tim McGraw featured on ESPN this month

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Tim McGrawMat Hayward/Getty ImagesTim McGraw's new album, "Sundown Heaven Town," is due to be released Sept. 16.


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

Tim McGraw: "Keep On Truckin" and "Overrated" from the "Sundown Heaven Town" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lenny Kravitz: "Strut" from the "Strut" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wiz Khalifa: "We Dem Boyz" from the "Blacc Hollywood" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Delux: "Alarma" and "Communication" from the "$" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

September music for 'First Take'

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Here's a list of songs featured on ESPN's "First Take" this month, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs or albums:


Nico and Vinz: "Am I Wrong" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lights Resolve: "A Lot To Say" single. (iTunes)

Elmo: "Lifetime" single.

Rik Ducci: "Tell 'Em J!" not available for sale.

Music from ESPN's 'College Gameday'

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Big & RichErika Goldring/Getty ImagesIt's fall, and that means Big and Rich are "Coming To Your City" for college football on ESPN.


Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s "College Gameday" along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Big and Rich: "Comin’ to Your City" from the “Comin’ To Your City (Revised)" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Tesla: "Signs" from the "Time's Makin' Changes -- The Best of Tesla" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kid Rock: "God Bless Saturday" from the “Born Free” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Katy Perry "This Is How We Do" from the “PRISM” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Kongos: "Come With Me Now" from the “Lunatic” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Go! Team: "Bust-out Brigade" from the “Rolling Blackouts” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Brantley Gilbert: "Small Town Throwdown" from the “Just As I Am” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music this month on college football

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Pharrell WilliamsCharles Sykes/Invision/APPharrell Williams is among the artists featured on ESPN's college football programming.


Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s college football coverage, along with links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Broken Bells: "Control" from the “After the Disco” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

T. Mills: "All I Wanna Do" from the “All I Wanna Do” EP. (iTunes | href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IGNYKQ8/">Amazon)

Pharrell Williams: "Brand New" and "Come Get It Bae" from the “G I R L” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Matrimony: "Southern Skies" from the “Montibello Memories” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

MKTO: "American Dream" from the “Classic” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Rita Ora: "I Will Never Let You Down" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Romeo Testa: "Light It Up" from “The End” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Magic Man: "Tonight and Out of My Mind" from “Before the Waves” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Wyld: "Odyssey," Always on the Run, and Wake Up" from the “Abstract” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lil Jon and DJ Snake: "Turn Down for What" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Conway: "Big Talk" from the “Big Talk” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

DJ Snake and Dillon Francis: "Get Low" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

TI and Iggy Azalea: "No Mediocre" single. (iTunes | Amazon)


Jack White "Lazaretto and "High Ball Stepper" from the “Lazaretto” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Script: "Superheroes" from the “No Sound Without Silence" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Friday and Saturday night college football

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here's a list of music from ESPN's Friday and Saturday night college football coverage this month, along with the artists' websites and links to buy and/or download the music:

Friday Night College Football

Florida Georgia Line: "Anything Goes" from the "Anything Goes" album.
Not yet available for sale online.

Saturday Night College Football

Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s Saturday Night College Football Programming. Links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Maroon 5: "It Was Always You" from the “V” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Arctic Monkeys: "Do I Wanna Know?" from the "AM" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Switchfoot "When We Come Alive" from the "Fading West" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

O.A.R.: "Two Hands Up and The Element" from the “Rockville LP" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Clean Bandit: "Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne" from the “New Eyes” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Ed Sheeran: "Sing" from the "X" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Skaters: "One of Us" from the "Manhattan" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

X Ambassadors: "Jungle featuring Jamie N Commons" from “The Reason” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

One Republic: "Love Runs Out" from the “Native” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music featured on SEC programming

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Robert RandolphLarry Marano/Getty ImagesYou'll hear Robert Randolph and the Family Band during ESPN's "SEC Nation."


Here's a list of music from ESPN's SEC football programming, along with the artists' websites and links for you to buy and/or download the music:

Music from SEC game coverage

The Cadillac Three featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, & Mike Eli: "The South" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters "My Place featuring Darius Rucker" from the "Boom Boom" album. (Amazon)

Thousand Foot Krutch: "Born This Way" from the "Oxygen: Inhale" album. (Amazon)

Tim Hicks: "Here Comes the Thunder" from the "Here Comes The Thunder" album. (Amazon

Cue Sunrise: "Twist Shake Shout" single not available online at this time.

Music from ESPN's "SEC Nation":

Robert Randolph and the Family Band: "Take the Party" and "Amped Up" from the "Lickety Split" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The 4onthefloor: "Boom" single not available online at this time.

Big Smo: "My Place featuring Darius Rucker" from the "Kuntry Livin'" album. (Amazon)

Music from ESPN's Texas football coverage

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Stevie Ray VaughanAnnamaria DiSanto/WireImageThe music of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan is being featured on ESPN's Texas football coverage.

Here's a list of music featured this month on ESPN's coverage of Texas Longhorns football, along with the artists' websites and links for you to buy and/or download the music:

Music from "Texas Longhorn Gameday"

The Old 97s: "A State of Texas" from "The Grand Theatre" album.(iTunes | Amazon)


The Glitch Mob: "Our Demons" from the "Love Death Immortality" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music from Texas Longhorns game coverage

Stevie Ray Vaughan: "The House is Rockin'" from the "In Step" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Gary Clark Jr.: "Travis Country" from the "Blak and Blu" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Fitz and the Tantrums to play U.S. Open

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Fitz and the Tantrums has come a long way since its critically acclaimed debut album dropped four years ago.

A year ago, the single "Out Of My League" from their second album, "More Than Just A Dream," hit No. 1 on Billboard's alternative songs chart. Monday, the Los Angeles-based indie pop band will add another career highlight when they perform live Monday at the opening ceremony for the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"We're so thrilled to be performing at the U.S. Open," founder and lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick told ESPN Music. "Our music has taken us to many fabulous places, but we never dreamed it would take us to Center Court. We can't wait to be hanging out with the rock stars of tennis."

The opening ceremony will air Monday on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET and will feature a ceremony with 1984 U.S. Open champions John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova triggering the lighting of the Empire State Building.

Aaron Rodgers leaks Brad Paisley song

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Brad Paisley AP Images/Invision/Jeff DalyBrad Paisley's newest album "Moonshine in the Trunk" will be released August 25th.

Aaron Rodgers throws lots of touchdown passes. But can the Packers QB deliver a hit single?


Brad Paisley is leaking songs from his new album "Moonshine in the Trunk" through social media. And Rodgers' Twitter feed is the latest delivery vehicle, for the song "Gone Green." (Which makes sense considering the Packers' team colors.)



Paisley has also leaked songs from "Moonshine in the Trunk" on his own Twitter feed, as well as the websites for "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest ("Perfect Storm") and People Magazine ("Crushin' It"). He performed the first single from the album, "River Bank," on ABC's reality show "Rising Star," where he's a judge.


Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V" art revealed

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No, that wasn't the cover art for Lil Wayne's new album "Tha Carter V" that Kobe Bryant leaked back in April. Turns out it was just a promotional poster.

The real thing, an image of Wayne as a child with his mother, was unveiled Thursday morning on "SportsCenter" by Weezy himself after a threshold of fans re-tweeted a call to action to reveal the cover. It was news to his mother.

"I didn't tell her about the picture I was using for the album," said Wayne. "I know personally she doesn't really like that picture of herself."

But Wayne, who regularly uses a baby picture of himself on his albums, said this release is special to him and including his mother was "more than an accomplishment, it was an achievement."

Wayne has said that "Tha Carter V," which will be released on Oct. 28 and feature guest appearances from Drake and Nicki Minaj, will be his final album.

Lil Wayne Album Cover Courtesy Lil Wayne 


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Featured this month on ESPN

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Here's a list of songs from 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:

Steve Aoki: "Born To Get Wild (feat. will.i.am)" and "Delirious (feat. Kid Ink)" from the "Neon Future I" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Panama Wedding: "All of the People" and "Feels Like Summer" from the "Parallel Play" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Santana: "La Flaca" from the "Corazón" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Sante Les Amis: "El Rayo, el Trueno y el Silbido" from the "Sudamericana" album.
(iTunes | Amazon)

Young Rising Sons: "King of the World" from the "Young Rising Sons" EP.
(iTunes | Amazon)

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