Weekend entertainment with Xbox: Maroon 5, Jeezy, The Wire and more

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

Maroon 5 – V

Maroon 5

American pop rock band Maroon 5 has released their fifth studio album - V, but you can just call it five. Reviews are mixed on the album from music critics, but fans of Maroon 5 will probably want to give it a listen before passing judgment. The single Maps is worth checking out. It's the first single from the album and has already reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. [Pop]

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Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography


Atlanta hip hop artist Jeezy dropped his new album this week. Seen It All: The Autobiography is the seventh studio album from Jeezy and so far has solid ratings from critics and fans alike. Check out the single Seen It All to get a taste for what the album is about. You'll also find Jay-Z dropping some lines on that track with Jeezy. [Hip hop]

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Xbox Video

The Wire

HBO's critically acclaimed television series The Wire can now be purchased on Xbox Video. The American crime drama show follows different facets of the city of Baltimore. You follow the struggle between the Baltimore police department, illegal drug trade and bureaucracy in the city goverment. Highly recommended series! One word of caution though, the show is still in standard definition, but HBO is rumored to release the series in high definition. You might want to hold out, but it's here if you can't wait. [TV-MA, 60 episodes]

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Draft Day

The 2014 NFL season is officially underway. Get into the football zone and rent Draft Day this weekend. This sports drama film stars Kevin Costner and revolves around the general manager of the Cleveland Browns deciding who to pick as their number one draft pick. [PG-13, 1 hr 50 min]

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The Blacklist - Free pilot episode

Season two of the NBC series The Blacklist starts later this month. You can buy season 1 on Xbox Video, but you can grab the pilot episode for free. A wanted man suddenly surrenders to the FBI after decades of eluding them. He offers to help the FBI, under one condition. Watch the pilot episode and let us know if you like it. [TV-14]

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

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  • I'll give the Blacklist a watch this weekend. See what all the hoopla is about.
  • Story isn't that great.... It is just that James Spader is so great in it.
  • +1
  • Lance Reddick who is from The Wire is also in it.
  • He got a nice Cadillac in the blacklist.
  • Its okay, James Spader nailed his part. But to hell with The Blacklist, you GOTTA see The Wire!
  • The Blacklist is decent. Spader is amazing in it & it's well written. My gripe with the show is Megan Boone who plays the female lead, Lizzie. Awful. The fact that I enjoy the show despite her says a lot about how good the rest is. Moving into The Wire though....it's pretty much perfect in every way. One of the top TV shows ever made. Required viewing :-)
  • Loving the V album!!
  • Salt Cathedral have a new album out this week called "Oom Velt" that's a chill, spacey dreampop ride. Def worth a spin if you're winding down on a late night. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Gonna rent Draft Day!
  • The movie lost me, when they wanted to try an sell you on the fact that the only player in the movie with morals is from Ohio State. I almost threw up and couldn't watch anymore.
  • I surprisingly have been enjoying Kevin Costner's 2014 movies: Draft Day, 3 Days to Kill, and Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit.  I'm not a fan of his but I'm warming up to it after these three.  3 days to kill is my favourite of the bunch.  If you can get over the commercialism of the NFL in draft day, and just enjoy it for the intensity of the story, it's a good watch.  Windows 8 also has a lot of product placement in this movie.  It's a nice change from seeing the Apple logo blatantly splashed all over the place, like in Judd Apatow's movies. 
  • Yes, a fan has already heard V, and that fan who is myself can safely pass judgement on this- this album is bad. Maroon 5 have digressed too far from their core competencies - and that is sharp, crisp power-pop with inflection-laden verses and catchy hooks. They tried the radio-pop thingy on Overexposed, but that was at least fine. V is a stray too far in that direction, without the tunes, instrumentation and melodies to show for it. Seems like some of the elements of Adam Levine's vocals which made them intriguing when employed in moderation, have been sprayed around liberally this time. These elements I am talking about are the 'oooo's, 'yea-yea's - all those falsetto-laden refrains. No intro music on any of the tracks. No electric guitar undertones, or the grunge or the blues. While we're at it, where are the rock drums? Where is the rock anyway? Just vocals which sometimes get so shrill and self-obsessed that it is annoying. Sometimes I felt he just sang to feed his own ego, because not much emphasis seems to have been placed on making backing tracks soulfully blend with the vocals. It is telling of the album's merits when the bonus tracks outshine the main tracks. Nevertheless, my picks would be - It Was Always You, Leaving California, Coming Back For You & Feelings.
    It Was Soon Before Long was Maroon's 5 peak, their last good album was Hands All Over including Moves Like Jagger on it. They should remain true to their style and not try to copy all the soulless, musically-challenged garbage that is quite the rage at the moment on radio.
  • I can't speak for their new album, because I have yet to listen to it, but..."... all the soulless, musically-challenged garbage that is quite the rage at the moment on radio..."    I can't agree more with this phrase. A lot of the music today sounds the same. Every artist wants to be a pop artist. Don't get me wrong, some of it is good. But, some of it is downright trash. For example, I love country music. And, I really like Jason Aldean. But, man oh man, his newest song sounds just like the rest of the pop junk that has been coming out lately. I hope this is just a fad that will pass soon. There's not too many artists out there, now, that have or seek to have their own identity. Just my opinion.
  • Maroon 5 changed their style. Accept it and you'll see that V is a solid album. My fave tracks are Animals, It Was Always You, In Your Pocket and New Love. I miss the old M5 but I like the new era. For the record I think HAO was their "worst" album while Overexposed was good. My favorite album from them is still IWBSBS.
  • I would like to know why you thought that HOV was their "worst" album ever. Of course, the title track was the worst on that album, however, there were gems such as 'Never Gonna Leave This Bed', 'Runaway', 'Don't Know Nothing','Get Back In My Life' and 'Misery' which was a continuation of their sound from IWBSBL. IWBSBL was, however, the bomb - I hear that album cover to cover each time.
    I concede to your thoughts on Maroon 5's changed style. However, I would like to know how you rate it in relation to all their previous albums. My criticism for V still remains - no rock element, no intro's, no grunge, focus only on Adam's vocals, too much 'ooo's', 'yeah yeah's etc. And I liked Overexposed much much better than I did V.
  • It Won't be Soon Before Soon?
  • $80 for the The Wire? Na, I'll get it from Netflix instead .
  • $80 isn't bad for five seasons compared to what other shows cost... Though I do agree that a season(especially digital) should only cost $10. The gouging on the price of movies and sites had gotten ridiculous... Especially since they moved away from DVD and bluray, yet are still charging every bit s much without the casing, actual disc, shipping, etc.
  • Maroon 5 stinks! Long live 80's new wave music!
  • Yes...i miss new wave.
  • Jeezy!!!!
  • Illiminati puppet!
  • Omg
  • There is no place in the world for your kind of stupid
  • Is he still in jail?
  • Coming from someone that mainly listens to country and rock music, i have to say, that new Jeezy is on point! I had the very first song (1/4 block) on repeat for like 30 minutes! Definitely a must-hear!
  • Yep, 1/4 block is good! Nice to see you around here btw :)
  • Hey! I appreciate the warm welcome!
  • You are welcome here anytime dude :P
  • Holy ghost is better
  • Holy Ghost is good, but there's something about that beat on 1/4 block that just has me mesmerized!
  • Yeah its dope too. But holy ghost is very pac-like. Dunno what it is but nostalgia hits me when I hear that track.
  • Lover these Xbox Entertainment updates
    .... Just wish the apps were up to par.
  • +820. Specially for Xbox Music. I'm subscribed to Muaic Pass since I've got my Zune HD.
  • I found the illuminati sign
  • V album is okay for Maroon 5, but I will say (as another commenter pointed out), they seem to have strayed well into the pop/radio single arena. Their usual sound that was apparent when they first arrived feels like it's becoming just another "pop" act with stadium style music. Now as for the Jeezy album. This thing is banging from front to back. A return to form for him. It feels like TM101/Recession albums and that's a great thing. Solid lyrics, storytelling, production, everything is on point. Great album.
  • Good as the Recession? I'm must check it out, TM3 was kinda meh ... But OJ was cool
  • Snowman!
  • Jeezy yea he dat rapper
  • I can also confirm he is, indeed, a rapper. Good point.
  • Exactly
  • I gotta check out Young Jeezy's album ... Been procrastinating since it came out lol.
    Thanks Sam!
  • It's not young anymore. It's just jeezy
  • The Wire series (Std definition) is free on Amazon Prime. It is seriously good.
  • +1111
  • All you people who haven't seen The Wire it is the best show in the history of television so be sure to check it out asap!!!
  • Most definitely
  • I think that title is shared with the sheild. The shield was one freaking good show.
  • Maroon 5 Yes!
  • Maroon 5, Yes. Their new direction, NO! Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I too have to add that I'm not entirely thrilled with Maroon 5's latest direction. But Maps is such a catchy and good song.
  • Make a free album again please?like eminem sometimes ago in xbox music
  • Maroon Flop
  • The Wire best tv . Show in the world
  • I would love if wpcentral (and Xbox music by the way) would broaden their horizons to other musical genres, music suggestion wise, such as Jazz for instance...
  • Wow all the stuff mentioned is made for the soulless sheep of America. I'll stick to listening to real music.
  • I'm 2 years old and I hate this type of musicz !!!! I wish I was born in the time when the beatlez exizt! Get over it. Posted via Windows Phone Central App for Android!
  • Get over what? That people don't wanna go beyond what's presented on the surface? Get outta here android drone.
  • Name your kind of music. Let's compare lists. :)
  • Oh dear. One of these people again. Yes yes, your opinion is more valid than everyone else's and the music you like is "real"...jesus grow up.
  • Hey Shredmaster420. We're all waiting with bated breath to hear your recommendations. Please don't withhold from us.
  • Wish Xbox Video got some discounts with Gold Subscription. As a UK resident at the moment owning digital movies or even renting doesn't seem worthwhile at all. They need to get the price right and have some great sales.
  • Illuminati!
  • Its overwhelming. I barely listen to music. The gf plays it I just hear it.