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We'll be posting here regularly with music news, site changes, and new features! Here is the latest....we've made some changes to the way our stations are organized and also changed some of the music genre categories where you find the AOL stations.

For example, The "Featured Stations" genre has changed to "Spotlight", the "Christian" and "Gospel" genre categories have been combined into one "Gospel" station, and you can now find the "Hip Hop" stations in the combined new "Hip Hop and R&B" genre category.

Here is the full list of genre changes...

Old Genre Category à New genre category
FEATURED STATIONS --> SPOTLIGHT
ALTERNATIVE --> ALTERNATIVE/INDIE
CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL --> CHRISTIAN
HIP-HOP--> HIP HOP/R&B
HOLIDAY --> HOLIDAYS
INDIE --> ALTERNATIVE/INDIE
KIDS/TEENS --> KIDS
LITE SOUNDS --> CHILL
METAL --> ROCK
OLDIES --> CLASSICS
R&B--> HIP HOP/R&B
SOUNDTRACKS --> THEMES

We want to hear your feedback! Please send up song and new station suggestions anytime via Facebook page or tweet us @AOLRadio!

We'll leave you with our newest additions to some of our top stations handpicked by our awesome AOL Radio curators.

TOP ALTERNATIVE:
Phantogram - "Fall in Love"
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TOP COUNTRY:
Eli Young Band - "Dust"
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LITE HITS:
George Michael "Let Her Down Easy"
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ADULT ROCK:
Ray LaMontagne - "Supernova"
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Thanks for listening to AOL Radio.

New AOL Radio App for iPhone and iPad Available Now!

In addition to launching our new web player and our first ever Android app, we're bringing the new AOL Radio experience to the iPhone and now iPad! AOL Radio on iOS is free to download and listen to as much music as you want each month with no limits!

Designed with an all new colorful interface and optimized for iPhone 5 and iPad retina screens, the new AOL Radio iOS app includes new features such as multi-artist custom stations, new sharing features and AOL Radio Premium. With AOL Radio Premium ($9.99/month) you get all of the features included with the AOL Radio Plus plan ($3.99/month) [ad-free listening, unlimited song skips] as well as new features such as on-demand listening, playlist creation and sharing as well as offline mobile listening! Take AOL Radio with you on the go by downloading select stations to your iPhone or iPad!

Check out all of the new features by upgrading your app or downloading the AOL Radio for iPhone and iPad app below.

AOL Radio Now Available on Android!


Good news AOL Radio listeners with Android phones and tablets!

Now take the new AOL Radio experience with you on the go with the AOL Radio for Android app, now available on the Google Play store to download for free. Listen to AOL Radio's 200+ professionally curated stations for free with no monthly time limits. Create your own personalized multi-artist custom stations and share them with friends and family.

And if you want even more from your AOL Radio experience, upgrade to Radio Plus ($3.99/month) or AOL Radio Premium ($9.99/month) for ad-free listening, unlimited song skips, offline mobile listening, on-demand listening and playlist creation!

To download the AOL Radio app for Android, you must have an Android device with version 2.0 or higher. Click on the link below to download AOL Radio for Android from the Google Play store!


Welcome to the New AOL Radio player


Last week, we launched the all new AOL Radio player with a new look and exciting new features. For more information on the new player, please visit our FAQ for tips and tutorials.

The new AOL Radio player contains:
  • An All New Interface - The new AOL Radio player features the same 200+ stations but presented in an all-new, more visual and easy to read interface.
  • Custom Multi-Artist Stations - Now create more personalized stations by including multiple artists or songs! Add as many of your favorites as you want - the more you add, the more unique your station will become!
  • New Sharing Features - Create stations based on what your friends are listening to on AOL Radio or other music services. Create your own AOL Radio custom station and share them with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Fine-Tune Stations - Use our brand new Fine-Tune Settings window to customize your personalized or our DJ-programmed AOL Radio stations to your liking. Want to hear newer or older songs? More deep cuts, less singles? Use the new settings to tweak yours or our stations to your liking!
  • Easily Remove Favorite Songs or Unban Artists - You will also have the ability to unfavorite songs or unban artists that you previously were not able to do on the current AOL Radio player.
  • All New $9.99/month Premium Plan - AOL Radio will continue to be ad-supported for free users. But with our new $9.99 optional premium plan, take even more control over your music with on-demand listening and playlist creation! Premium plan users will receive all of the benefits from AOL Radio Plus ($3.99/month) including ad-free listening and offline mobile downloads, as well as the ability to access the entire music library on-demand! Create playlists with your favorite songs and listen to them whenever you like.
For more information on how to use the new player, we've created an FAQ that we are constantly updating based on your feedback.

Jessie J, 'Wild' (feat. Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal) -- New Song

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Following an incredibly successful debut album, Jessie J is getting ready to release her second record. Her first single 'Wild' features Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal and was produced by DJ Ammo.

'Wild' is a return to Jessie J's more fierce work, seen in the hit single 'Do It Like A Dude.' Like that single, this song is hard-hitting and has a strong, dance-like beat full of different, energetic sounds. Her vocals are fast, as Jessie J nearly raps on the club-banger. Rappers Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal add their own verses, although both seem like they don't fit well into the tune. Their verses are full of rhymes, but don't pack as much of a punch as the rest of the song. The chorus is reminiscent of the more pop-sounding songs from Jessie J like 'Price Tag,' but works well here as an upbeat, club anthem. She triumphantly sings, "I just can't believe that this is my life. In my fantasy, we're running wild."

Jessie J's second studio album is expected to be released sometime this summer. Her first studio album 'Who You Are' produced six top ten singles in the UK and enjoyed plenty of success in America. While you wait to see if she can top that album, fans can listen to 'Wild' right now on AOL Radio's New Pop First.

Filed under: New Music, Pop

New Music Releases -- July 2013

Hollywood

Following three successful albums with The Scene, 20 year old Selena Gomez will release her first solo album 'Stars Dance' on July 23. The album is expected to include largely elements of pop and dance as she focuses on more adult themes, like love and relationships. Her first hit single 'Come & Get It' topped the charts and was a highly regarded electro-pop hit. The second single 'Slow Down' is influenced by dubstep, as are many other songs on the album. Meanwhile, The Backstreet Boys will release their first album since 2009. 'This Is Us' will be the first album featuring five original members since 2006, since Kevin Richardson has permanently rejoined the band.

R&B and hip-hop star Chris Brown will release 'X,' his sixth studio album on July 16. Brown has stated that the new album will be less pop and more mature and soulful. His first single 'Fine China' is more mellow than his previous work and sounds similar to Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson. The album is expected to feature collaborations with many artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Pharrell. Speaking of R&B stars, Mariah Carey will release her still untitled 14th studio album on July 23. The lead single '#Beautiful' features Miguel and the album is expected to see its own fair share of collaborative efforts. R. Kelly, The-Dream, and Jermaine Dupri are just some of the names expected to be on the album.

'Home' hit-makers Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are releasing their self-titled, 3rd album. The folk rockers are touring many festivals this summer in support of the anticipated album. Frontman Alex Ebert has stated that the songs are very personal to him. Also on tour is pop rockers Relient K who will release 'Collapsible Lung,' their seventh studio album. The band has already performed many of the songs live and has stated that the album will be more of a pop record.


Take a look below at the full list of new releases for July 2013, which includes many more of your favorites.

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Filed under: New Music

The Wanted , 'Walks Like Rihanna' -- New Song


Global Talent

English boy-band The Wanted is giving a shoutout to Rihanna in their latest single. 'Walks Like Rihanna' is the third second single from their upcoming third album. It follows the top-charting hits 'Chasing the Sun' and 'I Found You.'

'Walks Like Rihanna' differs a bit from the previous two singles and sounds like a pure pop hit and a feel-good, summer anthem. The fun track was produced by Dr. Luke, who builds the song around pulsating dance beats that will work well with plenty of hand-claps. A sing along 'boom boom boom' makes the song memorable behind a strong bass and The Wanted harmonies' work as well as usual. Still, the lyrics don't match songs like 'Glad You Came' as the repetitive verses seem to dismiss many negative qualities about a woman, because she "walks like Rihanna." The song is sort of complimentary, but may not include the typical lyrics that teen-pop fans are used to hearing. "She can't sing, she can't dance, but who cares, she walks like Rihanna."

The music video is a parody of three classic music videos. There are scenes that are similar to 'Bye, Bye, Bye' by N'Sync, 'I Want It That Way' by Backstreet Boys, and 'Back for Good' by Take That. The still untitled third album has been pushed back several times for release, but is expec ted to feature many collaborations, including tracks with Pitbull, LMFAO, and Chris Brown. Take a listen to 'Walks Like Rihanna' right now on AOL Radio's New Pop First.

Filed under: New Music, Pop

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