Katy Perry to play Super Bowl

November, 24, 2014
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Katy Perry AP Images, Rex Features An elaborate stage and lots of hits are likely possibilities for Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance.


Yes, you're going to hear her roar.
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Sunday night, one of entertainment's worst-kept secrets -- we started hearing about this in October -- was finally made official when it was announced that Katy Perry would be performing at Super Bowl 49.

The NFL released the news on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast, while Perry announced it on Twitter, saying "Yeppers! And I've already started testing out ideas!"

On Monday morning, Perry struck a more introspective tone:



The Super Bowl will be Perry's second high-profile football appearance this season. As you may recall, she had a blast at ESPN's College Gameday visit to Ole Miss, where she correctly picked Ole Miss' win over Alabama, flung corn dogs into the crowd and stormed the field when the Rebels pulled off the upset, as she had predicted.

For the NFL, the selection of Perry continues a trend of enlisting pop superstars rather than big names from classic rock, as was the case for years. But Perry has some big shoes to fill, given the memorable halftime performances by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers last season and Beyonce and Destiny's Child at Super Bowl 47.

College basketball featured music

November, 12, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s College Basketball 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 "Somethin' Good" from the “White Women” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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

NeedtoBreathe: "Feet Don’t Fail Me Now" from the “Rivers in the Wasteland” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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

Wiz Khalifa: "We Dem Boyz" from the “Blacc Hollywood" album.(iTunes

David Guetta: "Blast Off" single.

Blake Shelton: " Just Getting Started " from the “Bringing Back the Shine” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Yeah Boy: "You Make Me" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Big Smo: "Come On" from the “Kuntry Livin’” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Alt J: "Left Hand Free" from the “This is All Yours” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Gloriana: "Trouble" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Vinyl Theatre: "Shine On" from the “Electrogram” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Oh Honey: "Get it Right" from the “With Love” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)


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Gym Class Heroes: "The Fighter" from the “The Papercut Chronicles II” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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Avicii: "The Days" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Hawk Nelson: "Just Getting Started" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Mischa Chillak: "Ready or Not" single. (iTunes)

November 'NFL Countdown' music

November, 12, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s "Sunday NFL Countdown" this month, along with links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

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

Panic! At The Disco: "This is Gospel" from the “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music from ESPN's NBA coverage

November, 12, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s NBA programming, along with links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Lenny Kravitz: "I’m a Believer" from the “Strut” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Aloe Blacc: "The Man, Wake Me Up, and Can You Do This" from the “Lift Your Spirit” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Mark Morrison: "Return of the Mack" from the “Return of the Mack” EP (iTunes | Amazon)

Imagine Dragons: "I Bet My Life" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

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KWABS: "Walk" from the “Walk” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Flo Rida: "GDFR" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Vintage Trouble: "Run Like the River" from the “The Bomb Shelter Sessions” album.
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Music on 'First Take' this month

November, 11, 2014
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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:

PRhyme: "Dat Sounds Good" from the “PRhyme” album.

The Madden Brothers: "We Are Done" from the “Greetings From California” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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

Ozzy Osbourne: "Let Me Hear You Scream" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Papa Roach: "Face Everything and Rise" from the “F.E.A.R.” album. Not yet available online.

Jojo Garza of Los Lonely Boys: "Born Leader" single. Not yet available online.

Jesse Blaze Snider: "Promised Land" single. Not yet available online.

Music this month on 'Monday Night Football'

November, 11, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," along with links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

KJ52: "Tonight" from the "Mental" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wild Cub: "Thunder Clatter" from the "Youth" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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

Ozzy Osbourne: "Let Me Hear You Scream" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Papa Roach: "Face Everything and Rise" from the “F.E.A.R.” album. Not yet available online.

Jojo Garza of Los Lonely Boys: "Born Leader" single. Not yet available online.

Jesse Blaze Snider: "Promised Land" single. Not yet available online.

Theory of a Deadman: "World War Me" from the "Savages" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Everfound: "Take This City" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Devil City Angels: "All My People" single (Reverb Nation)

Avicii: "You Make Me" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

G Unit: "Watch Me" from the "Beauty of Independence" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Young the Giant: "It's About Time" from the "Savages" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Last Royals: "Only the Brave" from the "Twistification" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Foo Fighters, Jungle Fire featured

November, 11, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's Featured Music of the Month, links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Foo Fighters: "Congregation, Something From Nothing and The Feast and the Famine" from the "Sonic Highways" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Jungle Fire: "Village Hustle and "Firewalker" from the "Tropicoso" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

'Monday Night Football' November music

October, 29, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers 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 and/or albums:

KJ52: "Tonight" from the "Mental" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wild Cub: "Thunder Clatter" from the "Youth" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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

Ozzy Osbourne: "Let Me Hear You Scream" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Papa Roach: "Face Everything and Rise" from the "F.E.A.R." album. Not yet available online.

Jojo Garza of Los Lonely Boys: "Born Leader" single. Not yet available online.

Jesse Blaze Snider: "Promised Land" single. Not yet available online.

'Gruden's Groove' on Slacker Radio

October, 21, 2014
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Gruden's Grooves
ESPN MusicThe "Gruden's Groove" custom station debuts Wednesday on Slacker Radio.
ESPN "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden has an appreciation for classic rock and roll. And each Wednesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike." the show features "Gruden's Groove" -- his classic rock pick of the week.

His taste in music is about to get a wider audience. Starting Wednesday, the Slacker Radio Internet music service will be offering "Gruden's Groove" as a custom classic rock station, as part of its "I Am The DJ" series.

On the station, listeners will find Gruden’s personally-selected songs and his own commentary on why he picked them. You can find it here.


Rock and Roll Hall Vote 2015: Your choice?

October, 9, 2014
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Annamaria DiSanto/WireImageStevie Ray Vaughan is among the 2015 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sting, Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are among the first-time nominees up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. And as was the case last year, the Hall of Fame is giving fans a chance to vote for their favorite nominees.

You can access the ballot at the hall's website, or via Rolling Stone.

Voting will continue through Dec. 9 and the top five vote-getters will count as one of 700 ballots that will determine which artists are inducted.

Now, we're not saying we're qualified to handicap who will get in this time around. But some nominees seem more likely to be contenders:

• Stevie Ray Vaughan, with his backing band Double Trouble, sparked a blues renaissance in the 1980s with his searing guitar playing and heartfelt vocals. He was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990. The fact that he'd never been nominated, let alone inducted, seems like a glaring oversight.

• First-time nominees Green Day kicked off a punk rock resurgence in the 1990s and went on to record the critically-acclaimed "American Idiot." Let's put it this way: Not every punk album winds up becoming a successful Broadway musical.

• West Coast rap pioneers N.W.A changed the hip-hop game with its use of classic 1970s soul samples and raw, unflinching lyrics about the drug trade, gang culture and violence of South Central Los Angeles. They also launched the solo careers of members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

• Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails brought industrial rock from the underground into the mainstream, in no small part thanks to Reznor's emotionally honest lyrics. (Remember Johnny Cash's searing cover of "Hurt"? Reznor wrote that.)

• The late Lou Reed, who is already enshrined as a member of the Velvet Underground, also enjoyed great success as a solo artist. You might know his hit "Walk On The Wild Side," but his albums, like those of his former band, received significant critical acclaim.

• Sting, who is enshrined as a member of The Police, broke out of the rock idiom as a solo artist, leaving the reggae, punk and rock of that band behind for a more nuanced, jazz-influenced sound. But Sting's strengths as a songwriter and singer didn't change, and he enjoyed critical and commercial success despite his change in direction.

• The Smiths, one of the most influential alternative bands of the 1980s, also launched the solo career of lead singer Morrissey. They're a cult favorite that has retained its popularity and critical acclaim despite a relatively short career.

The remaining nominees also can make compelling cases for induction:

• Chic: Disco hitmakers powered by the rhythm guitar and production genius of Nile Rodgers, Chic were responsible for some of the genre's biggest hits including "Good Times" and "Le Freak."

• Kraftwerk: Influential electronic dance music and synth rock pioneers from Germany.

• Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Garage rock heroine who had a huge hit with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in the 1980s.

• The Spinners: Philly soul vocal group that had a string of hits in the 1970s with "I'll Be Around" and "Rubber Band Man."

• The Marvelettes: Motown girl group which scored the label's first No. 1 hit with "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961, paving the way for The Supremes and Martha & The Vandellas.

• Bill Withers: Talented songwriter and soulful singer whose titles include some of the 1970s' most-recognized hits, including "Lean on Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Use Me," "Just the Two of Us" and "Lovely Day."

• Paul Butterfield Blues Band: 1960s Chicago blues band fronted by the late singer/harmonica player, they merged the blues, rock and jazz and played the era's two most important festival concerts (Woodstock and Monterey Pop).

Meanwhile, it appears Deep Purple has taken over for Rush as the classic rock band getting the coldest shoulder from the hall. The heavy metal pioneers are not on the ballot for 2015 after missing out on induction this year, despite Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's stumping for them in April.

The Katy Perry Experience, Gameday Style

October, 6, 2014
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She showed up with a full supply of props, including a plateful of corn dogs which she later flung. She stole the Crimson Tide mascot head off Lee Corso when he picked Alabama to beat Ole Miss. She stormed the field and celebrated with Ole Miss fans after the Rebels' victory -- which she correctly predicted.

Sigh. If only Katy Perry had any fun on her visit to ESPN's College Gameday.

We're kidding, of course. Clearly, as this tweet from Perry shows, she thoroughly enjoyed the Rebels' win over rival Alabama.



Perry's manager, Bradford Cobb, and her musical mentor, producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, are both Ole Miss graduates. So when time and her touring schedule finally allowed -- she had a show in Memphis the next day -- Perry dropped in on the Gameday crew and quickly became one of the more memorable guests to ever visit the show.

When the Rebels pulled out the win in the fourth quarter, Perry was among fans who stormed the field at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium.



Perry said she never went to college, but as this bit of postgame celebration shows, she's clearly got the spirit.

Cold War Kids featured on ESPN this month

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

Florida Georgia Line: "Good Good" from the "Anything Goes" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Cold War Kids: "All This Could Be Yours" and "Hold My Home" from the "Hold My Home" album (iTunes | Amazon)

Dillon Francis: "When We Were Young" from the "Money Sucks, Friends Rule" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bostich+Fussible: "Temporary Paradise" and "Tele" from the "Motel Baja" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

October music from 'First Take'

October, 2, 2014
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Here's a list of songs appearing on ESPN's "First Take" this month, along with the artists' websites and links to download and buy the songs or albums.

Joywave: "Tongues" from the "How Do You Feel" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Milky Chance: "Stolen Dance" from the "Sadnecessary" album. (iTunes | Amazon)


Rootbeer: Ain't No Party from the "18 Minutes" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)


Mani Hoffman: "Big Shots" not yet available for sale.

Happy 65th, Bruce Springsteen

September, 23, 2014
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Bruce SpringsteenAP Images/John Minchillo/InvisionBruce Springsteen is still going strong at age 65.

For decades, Bruce Springsteen has been one of rock music's hardest-working heroes.
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Which of these Bruce Springsteen albums do you like best?

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His styles of music have changed over time, from raise-your-fists anthems such as "Born To Run" to thought-provoking folk songs such as "The Ghost Of Tom Joad." But one thing has remained constant: Springsteen and his band still exert an amazing amount of energy in concert. Just as much as the athletes who play in the same stadiums and arenas where the shows take place.

In honor of "The Boss" reaching a landmark birthday, Rolling Stone has a list of the 100 best Bruce Springsteen songs of all time. There's some interesting names on the panel that chose the songs -- Win Butler of Arcade Fire, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and actor Ed Norton, to name just a few.

Music from ESPN's Chase coverage

September, 16, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's coverage of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums.

Big and Rich: "Rollin' Along" from the "Gravity" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Dustin Lynch: "Hell of a Night" from the "Where It's At" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy "Automatic Overdrive" from the "World on Fire" album.
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Nickelback: "Edge of a Revolution" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Thousand Foot Krutch: "Born This Way" and "Untraveled Road" from the "Oxygen: Inhale" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

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

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

Cadillac Three: "Party Like You" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

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