ESPN Music: X Games

Music playlist: X Games Tignes

March, 13, 2013
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Kelly ClarkEric Lars Bakke/ESPNKelly Clark is planning her runs for X Games Tignes.
For ESPN The Magazine's March 18 One Day, One Game Issue, we gathered the dance tracks you'll hear slopeside at the X Games. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of The Mag's playlists here.

Getting excited for Tignes? Can't stop thinking about what trick Kelly Clark will pull off? Do you love music? Well, start your countdown to next week's events right now. Listen to the dance tracks of Winter X below -- a collection that includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta.

The playlist: X Games Tignes 2013

James Stewart talks Rick James shoot

February, 14, 2013
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For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athlete: James Stewart, motocross racer
• As: Rick James on "Street Songs" (1981)

Moto X'er James Stewart has an alias, called “Rick” James Stewart. He has been known to make videos of himself and post them online, including this one, from 2008, which took off. Today he had the opportunity to take "Rick James Stewart" to a new level.

How did the nickname “Rick” James Stewart come about?

About four years ago, I came up with “Rick” James Stewart. It was me and my friend just messing around one night and we decided to bust out "Give It To Me Baby." We busted out wigs and the camera and just did a video. We put it online and people just loved it. It blew up and and people started calling me “Rick” James Stewart.

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Green Day, Calvin Harris on X Games shows

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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s X Games programming, links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download to buy the songs and/or albums:

Music on X Games Programming

Green Day

"99 Revolutions" from the “Tre” album
(iTunes | Amazon)

Green Day

"X-Kid" from the “Tre” album
(iTunes | Amazon)

Green Day

"Troublemaker" from the “Uno” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Green Day

"Stray Heart" from the “Dos” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Calvin Harris

"Awooga" from the “18 Months” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Calvin Harris

"Iron" from the “18 Months” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Calvin Harris

"Feel So Close" from the “18 Months” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Major Lazer

"Get Free" single
(iTunes | Amazon)

Major Lazer

"Jah No Partial" single (iTunes | Amazon)

Madeon

"Finale" single
(iTunes | Amazon)

Linkin Park throws out pitch, performs at X

June, 30, 2012
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Linkin ParkMark Sullivan/WireImageMike Shinoda, Phoenix Farrell and Joe Hahn of the band Linkin Park were on the field Friday.
LOS ANGELES -- It was a long day for Linkin Park on Friday as members Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Phoenix Farrell spent the early evening with the Los Angeles Dodgers throwing out the first pitch before the game against the New York Mets.

And then they joined the rest of the California rock band for a private concert at Club Nokia at L.A. Live as part of a new initiative for the X Games brand -- X Games MUSIC. In fact, Mr. Hahn wore his Dodgers jersey on stage.

Starting next year, X Games MUSIC will serve as a component of each Global X Games event, pairing unique action sports-influenced musical acts alongside X Games events in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Munich; and Los Angeles.

Linkin Park hit the stage in front of a thousand fan-club fans and sponsors at 11:35 p.m. local time and played for 90 minutes. They started the show with some of their biggest songs and then went into their fifth studio album, "Living Things," which was released this week. The album will hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts next week.

Lead singer Chester Bennington's voice was strong. While Shinoda and some bandmates were greeting fans backstage an hour before the show, Bennington was screaming in the dressing room to get his voice ready. The 36-year-old Bennington was telling jokes throughout the set, including talking about the fans sitting in the balcony.

"I like you guys up there sitting down," Bennington said. "I'd be doing that, too. I'm an old dude."

Shinoda, who helped produced "Living Things" with legendary record producer Rick Rubin, thanked fans for their support and focused on social media throughout the set. The show was live-streamed on Myspace and will be available all Saturday.

And Shinoda also talked about Linkin Park's Green Guitar Project. When the band begins its national tour in August, Shinoda said the band will be using "pieces of musical magic."

"We'll be using guitars that had wood sitting in landfills and going nowhere," Shinoda said. "We are looking at getting into the business of people sending in your guitars and we'll fix them, and they will never, ever leave this earth!"

Linkin Park ushering in X Games MUSIC

June, 29, 2012
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Linkin ParkJames MinchinLinkin Park will perform a show Friday night at X Games LA to celebrate the launch of X Games MUSIC.
LOS ANGELES -- Chester Bennington, the lead singer of two-time Grammy Award-winning Linkin Park, said his band and style of music is a perfect fit for the X Games.

"I think our music has always been where you get up and jump around and you're just not standing there listening to the music. We're the kind of music you work out in the gym," said Bennington of the California group formed in 1996 that has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. "I think the energy of our shows is the same energy you see in action sports. Everyone is moving."

And that's why the six-member rock band, which includes Mike Shinoda and Mr. Hahn, is performing a private show Friday night at Club Nokia at L.A. Live as part of a new initiative for the X Games brand -- X Games MUSIC.

Starting next year, X Games MUSIC will serve as a component of each Global X Games event, pairing unique action sports-influenced musical acts alongside X Games events in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; and Los Angeles.

And Linkin Park will kick things off tonight, performing songs from their fifth studio album, "Living Things," released this week and produced by Shinoda and legendary record producer Rick Rubin. The reviews have been great, and the album likely will hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts next week.

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Linkin ParkJames MinchinLinkin Park will perform a show Friday night at X Games LA to celebrate the launch of X Games MUSIC.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Linkin Park will perform at X Games Los Angeles 2012 as part of a new initiative being introduced to the X Games brand in 2013 -- X Games MUSIC. Linkin Park will perform a private show at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on June 29, performing songs from its upcoming album "Living Things," set for release June 26 and produced by Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda and legendary record producer Rick Rubin.

Select tickets for Linkin Park, plus a special guest, will be made available to the public via giveaways on X Games Facebook and Twitter.

Accompanying the global expansion of the X Games in 2013, which includes six stops in the United States, Europe and South America, X Games MUSIC is being introduced as an additional cultural element to the X Games experience, one that defines the link between action sports subcultures and music. X Games MUSIC will serve as a component of each Global X Games event in 2013, pairing unique action sports-influenced musical acts alongside X Games events in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; and Los Angeles.

To read the rest, check it out here on Action Sports.


The genetically inclined songwriting of X Games host Sal Masekela is now available online, with the release last week of "The Sound of Alekesam," the first full-length record written by the action sports personality.

The 10-track album is the result of 10 weeks in a recording studio a year ago, working with producer Sunny Levine. Levine's father, Stewart Levine, produced critically acclaimed albums with Masekela's father, Hugh Masekela, a jazz great exiled from his native South Africa as his music reflected the conflicts of Apartheid during the 1950s and '60s.

Though Masekela's album doesn't carry the freedom fighter headiness of his father's music, it does represent a pivotal introspection in the 40-year-old's life. Masekela told ESPN.com that his long-ignored desire to "create something of record" surfaced with renewed vigor as his soul became an empty place after several years of celebrity reporting for "The Daily Ten," E!'s now-defunct entertainment news show. "[Making this music] was about getting to a place where I had no choice."

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