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Download All Audio Summer 2010

1. MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD – “Shake It”

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Riding on the wave of unprecedented success of their hit “(Say Hey) I Love You”, Franti and Spearhead are soon returning with a brand new album full of the soulful reggae-pop-rock tunes. Leading the way is this rollicking first single “Shake It”.

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2. MACY GRAY – “Beauty In The World”

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Macy and all her raspy-voiced goodness is back with a brand new album and a whole lot of soul and sass to boot. With dazzling melodies and insightful lyrics, The Sellout is a bright and confident collection of songs. The album’s first single, “Beauty In The World”, is a gorgeous sing-along anthem perfect for the sunny days of summer.

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3. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – “Hazy Daze”

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Newly reunited and with a brand new album out this summer, STP made a triumphant return to the rock n' roll mainstream. In the 90’s the band scored multiple chart-topping hits and secured a devoted fan base, helping transform alternative rock into stadium rock. Over a decade later, with a sold out tour and a top 10 record, it’s clear they still have what it takes.

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4. PEGGY LEE – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”

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Charming, elegant, sophisticated, without losing her sense of fun – that’s our girl Peggy Lee. Her take on this Otis Redding classic is just as relevant, interesting, and wonderful today as it was back in 1969 when it was first released.

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5. ROBYN – “Fembot”

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2010 is turning into the Year of Robyn. With one hot and blissfully danceable record already out (Body Talk, Pt. 1), another on the way (Body Talk, Pt. 2 due in September) and triumphant gig after gig this Swedish pop starlet is finally garnering all the praise she deserves.

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6. BIRDPAULA – “Give In To Love”

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The songs of this Paris native are a delicate fusion of folk and jazz. This title track from her debut album is a rich tapestry of minimalist arrangements coupled with her soulful voice, coined by Rolling Stone as "a warm and sensual timbre between Nancy Sinatra and Sheryl Crow...”

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7. M.I.A. featuring JAY-Z – “XXXO”

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The British-Sri Lankan hip-hop punk artist is back with her crackling 3rd album /\/\/\Y/\ (Maya). As Rolling Stone claims, it’s “her most aggressive, confrontational and passionate yet... from the sound of Maya, she's capable of anything – except being dull.”

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8. ANA TIJOUX – “1977”

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Celebrated as a groundbreaking MC in Latin America, Ana Tijoux blends her French-Chilean background with a myriad of other influences. "1977”, a wild patchwork of rap, rhythm and strings, takes listeners on a tour through the rapper's entire life. This impressive single, coupling graceful jazz and hip-hop, translates effortlessly in any language.

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9. CEO – “All Around”

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Making his solo debut, Eric Berglund from The Tough Alliance has created an album full of blissful electronic pop. He has coupled lush orchestral strings and heartstring-tugging lyrics with the pulsing, popping beats as only the Swedes can do.

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10. THE ROOTS featuring BLU, PHONTE & PATTY CRASH – “The Day”

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The ninth album from the Philadelphia hip-hop veterans proves that they are still an impassioned and unique voice in the genre. Full of inspiration, integrity and hope, these songs exhibit a collective of musicians at the top of their game.

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11. THE HERE TODAYS – “Wanna Be Happy”

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Thanks to our exciting collaboration with Humphrey Industries, The Here Todays is a great new addition to our roster. We administer sync and master, so it’s easy one-stop shopping. This brand new tune is whimsical, sunny and very commercial.

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12. EXAMPLE – “Watch The Sun Come Up”

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From the west London rapper’s sophomore LP comes this unexpectedly elegant, modern love song full of brilliant pop hooks and buoyant hip-hop beats.

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13. SUB FOCUS featuring COCO – “Splash”

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The English drum & bass producer paired up with the hot up-and-comer (and Sting’s daughter) Coco to create this dreamy yet rocking synth soundscape. Mixing heavy beats with Coco’s velvety vocals, Sub Focus has created a sparkling pop anthem.

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14. GRITS – “Here We Go”

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This rap duo out off Nashville conjure up tight rhythms, bouncing beats and smart lyrics, both fun and profound, earning them comparisons to the likes of Outkast.

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15. CRYSTAL FIGHTERS – “At Home”

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One of our most exciting new signings out of the UK, Crystal Fighters’ debut collection is packed full of gorgeous folk-tronica. It is eclectic and energetic, full of promise and comparable to the likes of Animal Collective.

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16. ORBA SQUARA – “Smile”

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One of our favorite sunshine-on-a-cloudy-day pop bands, Orba Squara offer up a sweet folk pop gem with this special bonus track. Consistently commercial-friendly, their songs have appeared in ads for Apple iPhone, Iams and Sun Chips among others.

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17. PLAN B – “She Said”

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This eclectic singer-songwriter/rapper out of London is hard to characterize but the listeners are all the luckier for it. With his infectious and soulful vocals coupled with acoustic guitar breakdowns, this new tune is filling up dancefloors across Europe.

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18. NAS & DAMIAN MARLEY – “Count Your Blessings”

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Distant Relatives, the pairing of the multi-platinum rap giant and the multifaceted son of Bob Marley, is a match made in reggae-funk bliss. The collection of songs, especially this standout track, is both thoughtful and ambitious, packed full of Nas’s signature raspy vocals and Damian’s passionate Afrobeat-inspired production.

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19. KELIS – “Song For The Baby”

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Kelis is back to prove that she’s much more than just the maker of “Milkshake”. Her latest album Flesh Tone is full of warm beats, her unmistakable purr and plenty of hot jams that are perfect for your summer soundtrack.

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20. NANCY SINATRA – “(You’ve Got) Personality”

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No one does sunshine pop quite like Nancy. This tune is the epitome of her charm and style and proves how she was able to step out from her father’s spotlight and create one all her own.

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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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