Fitz and the Tantrums to play U.S. Open

August, 21, 2014
Aug 21
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

August, 18, 2014
Aug 18
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

August, 14, 2014
Aug 14

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 

Featured this month on ESPN

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
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." 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 "Corazn" 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.
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Promo music on ESPN this month

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
Here's a list of songs being used for ESPN promotional video this month, as well as links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

The Black Keys "Just a Little Heat" from the “Magic Potion” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

John Fogerty: "Centerfield" from the “Centerfield” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Strypes: "Rollin’ and Tumblin’" from the “Snapshot” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Johnny Cash: "The Man Comes Around" from the “The Man Comes Around” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Frank Sinatra: "Can I Steal a Little Love?" from the “Frank Sinatra: Complete Capitol Singles Collection” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Maroon 5 featured on college football tour

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
The Sportscenter/College Football Live College Bus Tour is featuring the music of Maroon 5 this month.

Tune in and you'll hear "Maps" from the "V" album. To sample or buy the song and/or the album, click here: (iTunes | Amazon)

Music this month on 'First Take'

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's "First Take," along with links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Klokwize: "The Art of Falling Apart" and "We'll Be Alright" from "The Art of Falling Apart" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wolf & Cub: "What More Could I Say" from the “Heavy Weight” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bernhoft: "Come Around and Everything Will Be Alright" from the “Islander” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kera Dangerous: "Reach for the Stars" single.

Music from the Little League World Series

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
Phil Dauria/ESPNThe Little League World Series begins Aug. 14 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 24.

Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's Little League World Series coverage, along with links to the artists’ websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

1985: "Summer Forever" single (iTunes | Amazon)

American Authors: "Best Day of My Life" from the “Oh, What a Life” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Avril Lavigne: "Here’s To Never Growing Up" from the “Avril Lavigne” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Friends in Tokyo: "Let's Go Together" single.

This fall on ESPNU: Steven Cooper, Oh No Fiasco

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
Here's a list of songs from performers featured on fall sports on ESPNU, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Steven Cooper: "Wake Up and Good Times" from the "One Night Out" EP.

Oh No Fiasco: "All Systems Go" from the "No One's Gotta Know" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music from high school football coverage

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's high school football programming, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

August Hansen, Demetrius Murray and Scott Reinfeld: "Machine" single (iTunes
Four Year Strong: "Go Down In History" from the “Go Down in History” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Steven Cooper "Wake Up and Good Times" from the "One Night Out" EP.

American Authors on WSOP coverage

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
The American Authors song "Best Day of My Life," from their "Oh, What A Life" album, is being featured in ESPN's coverage of the World Series of Poker.

To sample or purchase the song, click here: (iTunes | Amazon)

For complete coverage of the WSOP, check out's poker page.
Jack White attended a Cubs game recently and had a reaction similar to, oh, most every Cubs fan since 1908 or so. Maybe it's because White isn't quite used to failure; the Cubs have the third-worst record in baseball, while White's latest album "Lazaretto" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. We asked SportsNation to come up with the best memes off the image from White's day at the ballpark:

Nashville takes ride on the Crue's wild side

July, 23, 2014
Jul 23

The boundary between country and rock ceased to exist long ago -- that is, if it ever really existed at all.

Sure, it was a big deal when Ray Charles' album of country and western standards went to No. 1 for 14 weeks in 1962. But these days, artists and their songs cross over between music genres with regular frequency.

So here's a tougher test: Does 1980's and 90's metal go together with country? Can the glam, grit and guitars of the Reagan-era Hollywood Sunset Strip co-exist with the current sound of Nashville's Lower Broadway? We're going to find out, because here comes "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue," which will be featured in ESPN's NASCAR coverage right up through the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Artists including Gretchen Wilson ("Wild Side"), Rascal Flatts ("Kickstart My Heart"), The Mavericks ("Dr. Feelgood") and LeAnn Rimes ("Smokin' In The Boys Room") take their turns covering 15 of the Crue's hits.

You can sample and/or buy the songs here: (iTunes | Amazon)

Here's Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Motley Crue on the Eli Young Band's blusey take on "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)."

Weird Al gets sporty with "Sports Song"

July, 18, 2014
Jul 18
Weird Al Yankovic is best known for his hilarious remakes of songs from the top of the charts. His new album, "Mandatory Fun," is more of the same, poking fun at Lorde's "Royals," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."

But it was the fourth track -- an original called "Sports Song" -- that has us wanting to make it the official song of college sports.

Metallica stars in "This is SportsCenter" ad

July, 15, 2014
Jul 15

What is a legendary heavy metal band to do when their lone sports gig dries up? Head to ESPN headquarters and start pounding the phones!

In the latest “This is SportsCenter” commercial, heavy metal masters Metallica, who for years were the soundtrack for Mariano Rivera’s late-game entrances, find themselves at a crossroads after the legendary pitcher hangs up his glove. The spot features ESPN’s Jay Harris, Scott Van Pelt and Stuart Scott.