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Cricket Announces New Music from RZA, Blake Shelton and ZZ Ward

~ Muve Music Presents its November Featured Muve Headliner and Muve First Artists

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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications announced new music and exclusive access to artist commentary from its monthly artist programs through November. This edition of Muve Music's monthly artist programs will feature Grammy®-winning music producer RZA as a Muve Headliner artist; Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton as a Muve Headliner artist; and the critically acclaimed up-and-coming singer ZZ Ward is featured as a Muve First artist.

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Muve Headliner Artist RZA launched his newest soundtrack for THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS. RZA interviewed with Muve Music to discuss how he met up with Quentin Tarantino, their mutual passion for Kung Fu and his inspiration for the music behind the film. See exclusive cuts from this interview session with RZA on Cricket's YouTube channel – MyCricketNation. RZA's exclusive commentary about the making of the soundtrack and the soundtrack from THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is available now on Muve Music. The movie premieres November 2. For more information about RZA, the movie director and de-facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, go to www.ironfists.com.

Muve Headliner Artist Blake Shelton and Warner Bros. Records are in the holiday spirit early with the release of Blake's debut holiday album CHEERS, IT'S CHRISTMAS. Special guest duets include Grammy®-winning artists such as Michael Bublé, Reba and Miranda Lambert. Blake brings it home with a duet he and his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, wrote and perform together. Blake stopped by the Muve Music studio to record a special message to Muve Music customers. To hear the introduction from Shelton to his holiday album CHEERS, IT'S CHRISTMAS, go to Cricket's YouTube channel – MyCricketNation.  Blake's new holiday album is available for sale everywhere and is also available on Muve Music at no extra cost. For the most up-to-date information on Blake Shelton, please visit www.BlakeShelton.com.

Muve First Artist ZZ Ward and Hollywood Records have teamed up with Muve Music to launch TIL THE CASKET DROPS. Ward is featured as the Muve First artist for the month of November and her album is now live in the service. "I'm so excited to be chosen as a Muve First Artist," said Ward, "and looking forward to bringing my Dirty Shine to a whole new audience." The album, released October 16th, features an array of collaborators, including Ryan Tedder, Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Theron"Neff-U" Feemster, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest), Blended Babies and Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums). For more information about ZZ Ward, go to www.zzward.com.   

Follow RZA, Blake Shelton and ZZ Ward and their exclusives on Muve Music through a series of social media blasts at www.twitter.com/cricketnation and at www.facebook.com/cricketwireless. For more information about Cricket's cell phone plans and dynamic mobile device lineup, please visit mycricket.com.

How to get Muve Music
Muve Music, now included in Cricket's unlimited nationwide talk, text, and data plus music rate plans[1] at no additional cost, provides subscribers exclusive access to artist commentary, music and video through Muve Music's monthly artist programs.

Muve Music's mobile music service is available on the HTC One V, ZTE Engage, Huawei Mercury, Huawei Ascend Q, Huawei Ascend II, Samsung Vitality, ZTE Score and the ZTE Chorus at Cricket company-owned stores, online at www.mycricket.com and through select partner retail outlets. Additional accessories are available for purchase, including premium headphones, an audio jack and Bluetooth adapter to connect to home and car stereos, either wired or wirelessly.   

With the ever-growing Muve Music song catalog, customers can choose from millions of songs featuring the hottest artists from thousands of record labels, which are distributed through Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and global rights agency Merlin, as well as independents CD Baby, IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard and TuneCore.

About Cricket
Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving approximately 6 million customers. Cricket offers nationwide wireless voice and mobile data services over high-quality, all-digital wireless networks. Cricket's innovative products and services, including the award-winning Muve Music® - the first music service designed for a wireless phone, are available nationwide at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.

[1] Muve Music® is currently only available on select Cricket Android smartphones

SOURCE Cricket Communications



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