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A Disco Gym Playlist in Honor of Donna Summer and Robin Gibb

The music world took a hit this last week. The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, lost her battle with cancer last Thursday at age 63. Shortly behind her was Robin Gibb, singer for the iconic 1970’s group The Bee Gees. Gibb lost his lengthy battle with cancer on Sunday.

These two were legendary symbols of the 1970s and the disco era. They will be missed, and far from forgotten.

As I was warming up for my workout this morning, the iPod was on shuffle. Before I rounded the corner, “Stayin’ Alive” came on. That song has remained on my playlist for years. There’s no denying a good song, regardless if the era it came from had men in bell bottoms and ladies in lots and lots of blue eye shadow.

I’m never too proud to workout to disco and you shouldn’t be either. I was never around for disco to be alive, but it’s always been one of my guiltiest pleasures while working out.

1.  I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor – 1978
2.  Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees – 1977
3.  Hot Stuff – Donna Summer – 1979
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The Roots Playlist for Jimmy Fallon’s 5K

Yesterday Jimmy Fallon more or less announced he’s going to take on a 5K. We love this news! For new runners, it’s an excellent goal to set for yourself. Those 3.1 miles aren’t extreme and are completely manageable. He’s doing it the right way and seeking out a little training guidance. He asked Twitter which app he should use and the unanimous vote was for Couch to 5K, our choice, too.

Jimmy already tweeted that he might give up. We think that’s nonsense. So, to keep him motivated, we’ve come up with a The Roots playlist. He might be able to slow jam his way through the news, but he’s going to need some bumping beats to carry him through a 5K.

The best runners have a little support from their friends, and what better support than music from your very own house band?

Jimmy, load up your iPod with these songs* from The Roots:
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Record Store Day 2012′s Exclusive Music Releases Gym Playlist

April 21, 2012 is the fifth anniversary of Record Store Day. This offbeat celebration is in honor of the unique culture that surrounds independently owned record stores.

The first record store day was held in 2007 and has continued to grow ever since. On this day all independently owned stores come together along with artist to celebrate music. Most years special vinyl and CD releases are made exclusively just for Record Store Day. Artists from all over the world make special appearances and performances. Most local stores are turned into a small festival hosting all sorts of events from cookouts to parades, and even meet and greets with famous artists.

Every third Saturday in April, Record Store Day celebrates small stores whose products consist of at least 50 percent music retail, whose company is not publicly traded, and whose ownership is at least 70 percent located in the state of operation. This dying style of retail has been fighting to stay alive amongst online retailers of large corporations. Record Store Day is a chance for artists to show their appreciation for the record store and explain why this business model is crucial to the music industry.

“There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. When I recently played Amoeba in LA, I realised what fantastic memories such a collection of music brings back when you see it all in one place. This is why I’m more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come. Cheers!” – Paul McCartney
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A Lollapalooza 2012 Gym Playlist Will Rock Your Workout

The 2012 Lollapalooza line up was just announced. More than 130 artist will take the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park this August. During 20 years, the music festival has seen many changes, but one thing remains the same, music is priority number one. This year’s festival is loaded with great music and more.

Lollapalooza 2012 will take place August 3-5. While you’re eagerly awaiting the show, grab our Lollapalooza 2012 gym playlist and get festival fit while rockin’ out to some of the headliner’s hits.

2012 Lollapalooza Gym Playlist

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge” (Blood Sugar Sex Magik,  Sept.1991)

2. The Black Keys – “Tighten Up” (Brothers, May 2010)

3. Black Sabbath – “Iron Man” (Paranoid, 1970)

4. Florence and the Machine – “Dog Days are Over” (Lungs, July 2009)

5. Passion Pit – “Sleepy Head” (Manners, April 2010)
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Coachella Festival Workout Mix

Last year, the organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced they will be having two concerts over consecutive three-day weekends this year, April 13 to 15 and April 20 to 22. There’s good reason: last year’s festival sold out its 75,000 tickets in six days.

Before the announcement, this year’s roster fueled wild speculation, with detailed investigations on tour schedules for suspected artists to see if they were open on those dates. Now that the lineup has been announced, here’s a workout playlist from some of those who will be performing:
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