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Teddybears

1. TEDDYBEARS - "Rocket Scientist"

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Electro-rock pioneers out of Sweden, Teddybears are still dishing out bright and danceable pop tunes 15 years into their career and counting. This brand new track offers up tight grooves and hot hooks certain to brighten up those grey winter afternoons.

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Natalia Lafourcade

2. NATALIA LAFOURCADE - "Let's Get Out"

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This hit off of her latest LP Hu Hu Hu is vintage Natalia: joyous, rollicking, and super-fun. Imagine if Regina Spektor did lead vocals with The Concretes.

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Wolfmother

3. WOLFMOTHER - "Sundial"

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Our favorite psychedelic rock trio from Down Under is back with a brand new raucous album. On this standout track frontman Andrew Stockdale gets his Led Zep on, boasting fuzzy guitar licks and his signature Viking-esque howl.

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MICHAEL BUBLE

4. MICHAEL BUBLÉ - "Baby (You've Got
    What It Takes)"

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Bublé brings his poignant croon to this funky duet with Brooklyn soul firecracker Sharon Jones. With his new album Crazy Love, Bublé strengthens his reputation as a first class vocalist, harkening back to the Rat Pack era.

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Owl City

5. OWL CITY – "Meteor Shower"

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One of the sweetest success stories of the year, Owl City is a multi-talented one-man operation out of Minnesota. His imaginative, dreamy electronic soundscapes are continuing to propel his debut album up the charts.

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Paper Tongues

6. PAPER TONGUES - "Get Higher"

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Paper Tongues fuse rock n' roll melodies with fiery hip hop beats, conjuring an infectious and ground-shaking sound. Embracing elements of rock, funk, rap and soul, this music collective brought something new to the music scene this summer with their debut EP.

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Mutemath

7. MUTEMATH feat. REBIRTH BRASS BAND -
    "Armistice" (2nd Line Version)

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One of our favorite electro-rock outfits is back with driving drum beats, synth guitar licks and Paul Meany's Sting-esque wail. This alternate version of their hit anthem “Armistice” packs a wallop and gives a raucous kick to your fall soundtrack.

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Florence & The Machine

8. FLORENCE & THE MACHINE - "Cosmic Love"

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After one listen you can tell why Florence Welch is one of the hottest new acts of 2009. This standout song from her critically acclaimed debut album Lungs knocks the listener sideways with stomping drums, dazzling harmonies and soaring strings.

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Miike Snow

9. MIIKE SNOW - "Animal"

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The Stockholm production duo of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg hooked up with indie boy balladeer Andrew Wyatt. The result is one of the most talked about debuts of the year – a collection of nostalgic love songs twisted into freewheeling electronic pop with synth swirls and rocking disco beats.

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Local Natives

10. LOCAL NATIVES - "World News"

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Earning comparisons to Fleet Foxes, this quintet from LA's Silver Lake indie music scene has been generating buzz all year. With their urban twist on the indie folk genre, it is impossible not to be stirred by their tight three-part harmonies and driving percussive rhythms.

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Basement Jaxx

11. BASEMENT JAXX featuring PALOMA FAITH -
      "What's A Girl Gotta Do?"

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This UK duo of dance music mainstays - Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe – have returned with a new electro gem of an album: Scars. This standout track contains everything you've come to crave in the Jaxx: big sustaining synths, rumbling punchy beats, a huge hook chorus and a sizzling guest star.

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Jimmy Darling

12. JIMMY DARLING - "Say Celebration"

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This rising pop star from Quebec pens poignant and charming melodies, engaging to the heart and ears. This tune, with its plunking piano keys, joyful hand claps, and clever harmonies is sweetly heartfelt – a reason to celebrate indeed.

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Whitley

13. WHITLEY - "Head, First, Down"

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Whitley's sophomore album Go Forth, Find Mammoth is a sonic journey full of strings, horns and Whitley's lush and sweet vocal harmonies. If this foot-stomping first single is any indication, Whitley's star power is rising far beyond his home fan base in Australia.

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Pnau

14. PNAU - "Dancing On The Water"

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This dance music duo from Sydney (also members of the global smash sensation Empire of the Sun) reliably kicks out sweet electro anthems – completely instrumental most of the time, engaging and uplifting all of the time.

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Hedley

15. HEDLEY - "Friends"

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This rock outfit is most certainly Canada's best kept music secret. With their seven #1 singles and two double-platinum, Juno Award winning releases, Hedley are accomplished purveyors of bright, arena-ready anthems.

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Maps

16. MAPS - "I Dream Of Crystal"

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Maps (the moniker for England's James Chapman) has returned with a new LP Turning the Mind, a wash of sound full of twinkling synths and euphoric loops that we have come to love him for. This signature tune has the uncanny capacity to build and build into a blissful anthemic soundscape.

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Seasick Steve

17. SEASICK STEVE - "Just Because I Can"

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This legendary blues guitarist is a grizzled, self-described former hobo whose resume covers the whole spectrum: playing guitar with Joni Mitchell and Lightin' Hopkins as well as producing recent work by Modest Mouse. This tune is classic Steve: honest blues to the bone.

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Chicane

18. CHICANE - "Poppiholla"

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Chicane (guise of British musician, composer and record producer Nicholas Bracegirdle) made his mark in electro-trance circles with #1 club hits bouncing from Ibiza to London. This innovative spin on Sigur Rós's "Hoppipolla" adds a bit of a bass line bump to the classic orchestrations of the original.

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19. FINDLAY BROWN - "Nobody Cared"
      (Lynchmob Version)

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This British alt-folk balladeer has his debut on Verve Records hitting the streets in January 2010. His delicate voice and imaginative orchestrations get an extra quirky twist in this amped up remix of his Roy Orbison-esque ballad.

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 30 Seconds to Mars

20. 30 SECONDS TO MARS - "Closer To The Edge"

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This track is an epic example of what the new LP This Is War has to offer: massive chords, bombastic drums and soul-baring lyrics. Jared Leto's rock outfit has succeeded at taking their expansive sound to new heights.

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Soho 3

21. SOHO 3 - "Pickfair"

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Soho 3 is a trio of music producers who got together with some guitars, an accordion, ukulele and harmonium and kicked out a collection of wonderfully quirky acoustic pop songs. Offbeat and heartfelt, this standout track is a synch waiting to happen.

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For more info or music from any of these artists please contact us at:

Tom Eaton @ 212.841.8014 or Tom.Eaton@umusic.com

Kris Roggemann @ 212.841.8211 or Kristoffer.Roggemann@umusic.com

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