Listen to J. Cole on Xbox Music and watch Guardians of the Galaxy on Xbox Video

There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.

Xbox Music

J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

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American hip hop artist J. Cole dropped his third studio album this week. 2014 Forest Hills Drive is that album, and it's worth a listen. Reception has been positive from critics. Check out the singles Apparently and G.O.M.D. to get a quick taste for the album. [Hip hop]

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Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy

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The Smashing Pumpkins are ending 2014 with their ninth studio album. Monuments to an Elegy has Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan does what he does best and this is a solid album. To get a quick idea of the album listen to the singles Being Beige and Drum + Fire. [Rock]

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Pentatonix – That's Christmas to Me


The a cappella group Pentatonix from Arlington, Texas released their new holiday album in October, but now it's time to give it a listen. You'll find 11 familiar Christmas songs, but with a slight Pentatonix twist. [Pop]

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Holiday Music 2014

Xbox Music has this great playlist with 30 songs of new and classic holidays songs released this year. You'll find old classics re-imagined likeBaby It's Cold Outside and new songs like Text Me Merry Christmas.

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Free Music!

Don't forget to use the Music Deals app on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 for a huge selection of discounted AND free albums!

Xbox Video

Guardians of the Galaxy

Summer's biggest blockbuster is now available to rent and own. Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest movie from Marvel. It's easily worth a watch if you missed the film over the summer. [PG-13, 2 hr 1 min]

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$0.99 rentals!

There are a handful of movies from the past year (or there about) that are available for rent on Xbox Video for just one dollar. Look forward to watching Sex Tape, Noah, Draft Day and more for just a dollar.

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What are you watching or listening to this weekend? Share your recommendations with everyone else below!

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  • New J. Cole album is my favorite this week. What's your favorite holiday album? Let me know so I can highlight some next week.
  • As a J Cole fan from the days of the warm up, I feel this is probably his worst album.... I hope its a slow burner and it will eventually grow unto me
  • As another j cole listener since the warm up, I have to disagree. Prob my favourite album :)
  • I feel this is his first album where he comes back to the level he was at during the warm up
  • Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You by Mariah Carey
  • Mister Sam please tell me how to buy movies using Xbox video. I mean I can't even search for the movie I want!
  • This album is probably his deepest. Not only that he transformed himself into a soul artist.
  • Seth McFarlens christmas album :) You've gotta agree if you watch family guy, Seth is amazing in music.
  • Very impressed by new Cole.  Album just feels genuine. 
  • Listened to J. Cole and is easily one of the best albums this year. 2014 was good for rap. Run the Jewels, J. Cole and Azealia Banks all delivered solid albums.
  • Did you just put azelia fucking banks in the same sentence as j cole and run the jewels? I'm pretty sure that's enough to get you banned from the hiphop club. Also, you didn't mention LOGIC!
  • Under Pressure is wild!!!
  • Under Pressure is album of the year. hands down.
  • I completely agree.
  • I was bumping to Bounce just now!
  • Haters gonna hate!! Anyways, I forgot Big KRIT too.
  • No Role Modelz!!!!! and the whole album on repeatttttttttt. decent. :D
  • Best song on the album!
  • Idk Sam, I'm all about Childish Gambino and Eminem right now...
  • Gambino is of the chain!!
  • The new J. Cole album is really great. I've had it on repeat all week.
  • I want to watch Riddick in dir cut, heard its even better then regular version. No version is available currently.
  • That j.cole tape is really good! I've listened a couple times already!! Iove yourz, hello, no role model, and tale of 2 cities are my highlights!!! But you could definitely listen straight through and enjoy
  • I just downloaded the Smashing Pumpkins album and I have to say Drum + Fife is a great song! Overall, the album is very, very good.
  • Started listening to the J.Cole album a couple of days ago since I am a fan of some of his previous music and it's been flooding my Instagram timeline lol. I'll have to finish the rest of the album.
  • Sucks for non-us users, dammit.. who can resist trying to get some easy freebies? Lol.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy is my absolute favorite movie, but i will stick to the Bluray. $6 are too expensive to just rent the movie.
  • Xbox music is great but Xbox video is way too expensive. Most movies are a good 20% more than on Amazon instant video.
  • Guardians of the galaxy is buy now only on xbox, not rental. I hope they offer rental by Christmas.
  • Had no idea J. Cole had a new album out. Nothing like some good news to start the weekend!
  • Same here.. Moment I read the title I went to Xbox music.
  • Haha yup, downloaded immediately.
  • HipHopDX. I check the album releases daily. OR, if you want a quick and easy way, download my app "RapReleases". :P I made it just for myself so I didn't need to keep loading hiphopdx's album releases every day. bahaha. handy though. :)
  • Oops. I had it hidden from the store
  • Nothing free at Music Deals currently, but I've gotten quite a few albums this way! Pretty sweet.
  • I've gotten over 150 free albums from it so far. I don't understand how or why Microsoft is doing this, but it's awesome.
  • Awesome heads up on the J. Cole album, I still don't know how I didn't know about it..
  • Grab my app "RapReleases". It pulls the release info from HipHopDX. Never miss a hip-hop album dropping :)
  • Oops. Was hidden from the store.
  • $0.99 rentals are awesome. Xbox Video should have at least one $0.99 rental available every night of the week, I say, with a slew of them on weekends like this. The regular rental prices of $4.99-$5.99 is exorbitant.
  • where is curren$y and pilot talk 3?