Cricket Announces its July Muve Headliner and Muve First Artists

~ Exclusive Music and Content from Muve Music's® Monthly Artist Programs

~~ Featuring Muve Headliner Artists Nas and Linkin Park and Muve First Artist Maybach Music Group

Jul 03, 2012, 12:22 ET from Cricket Communications

SAN DIEGO, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless plans and services, today announced exclusive Muve Music tracks and content with the release of its July Muve Headliner and Muve First featured artists. During the month of July, Muve Music from Cricket is pleased to showcase exclusive music and content from Muve Headliner artists Nas and Linkin Park and Muve First artist Maybach Music Group. Muve Music subscribers have exclusive access to artist commentary, music and video through Muve Music's monthly artist programs. With Muve Music's unlimited nationwide talk, text, and data plus music plan, you'll never pay per song, and no contracts are required.

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Muve Headliner Artist Nas has worked directly with Muve Music to create an in-depth track by track Muve Sessions album for his brand new album release Life Is Good.  This special track-by-track addition can only to be found on Muve Music, beginning July 17.

From his 1994 debut album Illmatic to his mainstream success with It Was Written, as well as chart topping singles like "Hate Me Now," "One Mic" or "Ether," Nas' ability to tell stories, educate, make you dance—and make you look—is generating large scale recognition. His artistry and versatility is apparent in his album Hip Hop is Dead.  Whether he plays the "black militant" on "Black Republican" the "nostalgic sage" on "Can't Forget About You" and the "inspirational teacher" on Kanye West's track "Let There be Light," Nas can assume multiple point of views and create genre bending hits at the same time. For an exclusive Muve Music video interview with the enigmatic Nas or for more information about his latest album Life Is Good, go online to Island Def Jam's site featuring Nas.

Muve Headliner Artist Linkin Park is giving Muve Music a very special exclusive with the June 26 release of their new summer 2012 album titled LIVING THINGS. For a full month, Muve Music customers will have the exclusive remix of the first single from their new album BURN IT DOWN by Tom Swoon.

Linkin Park's LIVING THINGS is a personal album, centered on human emotions and relationships. It is informed by and built upon all previous Linkin Park albums while pushing the band's sound into new territory. It's spirited, energetic, daring and unafraid to hybridize the past, present and future. From day one, Linkin Park built the band upon the premise of fusing all their favorite styles of music into one signature sound. Fast-forward 12 years to LIVING THINGS, and the same six players, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda, have not only developed new tools to make that philosophy a reality, but they're finally comfortable embracing every aspect of their career. Check out Linkin Park for more information about the band and summer tour dates.

Muve First Artist Maybach Music Group (MMG) is teaming up with Muve Music in July to promote this year's new hip hop franchise. Starting June 26, Muve Music will get an exclusive version of MMG's new album simply titled Maybach Music Group - Vol 2. Check out the exclusive bonus title "Gunplay War Ready" feat. Rick Ross & French Montana all month only on Muve Music.

Last year, MMG had a massive debut on Muve Music with Maybach Music Group - Vol 1, and it turned out to be one of the biggest compilation hip hop albums of 2011 on the service. MMG is a label imprint founded by best-selling hip hop artist and entrepreneur Rick Ross. MMG currently includes rappers Wale, Meek Mill and Stalley who have all become part of Warner Brothers Records' roster. MMG has already released successful mixtapes from Meek Mill, "Dreamchasers," and Stalley, "Savage Journey to the American Dream," displaying Ross' ability to develop top talent. Ross started in Miami's underground rap scene and is now considered one of hip hop's elites.  Known for his hit singles "Hustlin" (with a remix assist from Jay-Z), "B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast)" feat. Styles P, "Super High" feat. Ne-Yo, "Aston Martin Music" feat. Drake and Chrisette Michelle, and most recently "Stay Scheemin" feat. Drake and French Montana, Ross continues to expand his success. Follow MMG and Rick Ross online for updates to their recent hip hop videos and music.

Follow Maybach Music Group, Nas and Linkin Park 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 updates and the latest information about mobile wireless news. For more information about Cricket's cell phone plans, dynamic mobile device lineup, please visit mycricket.com.

How to get Muve Music

Muve Music's mobile music service is available on the Huawei Mercury, named the best prepaid smartphone in America by PC Magazine, January 3, 2012, as well as on the 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 6.2 million customers. Cricket offers wireless voice and mobile data services over the latest, high-quality, all-digital 4G (LTE) and 3G CDMA wireless networks. In 2011, Cricket launched its award-winning Muve Music® product, the first music service designed for a wireless phone that now has more than 600,000 customers. Cricket's innovative products and services are available at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.

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