Lil Wayne Trumps Jay Z, Named Artist of the Year by Muve Music

~ Muve Music “Best of 2013” Celebrates Year of New Music, Fans and Programs ~

/ PRNewswire / — Muve Music from Cricket celebrates the year in music with its Best of 2013 lists, featuring the artists and albums played most by Muve Music customers, as well as favorites of the Muve Music staff. Nominated albums were released in 2013, and nominated artists released a track in the same timeframe. Lil Wayne surprised the Muve Music staff by taking the top spot as the 2013 Artist of the Year overall, with the most plays in the service.
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In addition, the Muve Music Best of 2013 lists include categories for multiple genres, including Best Overall, Pop/Rock, Hip Hop, Latin Regional and Country. Honored in each genre, as well as overall, are Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, Most Played Album and Staff Pick for Best Album.

Muve Music Best of 2013

BEST OVERALL  
Artist of the Year Lil Wayne
Best New Artist Lorde
Most Played Album I Am Not A Human Being II – Lil Wayne
Sta­ff Pick for Best Album 1969-Siempre En Vivo Desde Monterrey Parte 1 – Jenni Rivera
POP/ROCK
Artist of the Year Justin Timberlake
Best New Artist Ariana Grande
Most Played Album Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
Sta­ff Pick for Best Album 13 – Black Sabbath
HIP HOP
Artist of the Year Eminem
Best New Artist French Montana
Most Played Album I Am Not A Human Being II – Lil Wayne
Sta­ff Pick for Best Album Wolf – Tyler, The Creator
LATIN REGIONAL
Artist of the Year Gerardo Ortiz
Best New Artist Noel Torres
Most Played Album El Free – Banda Los Recoditos
Staff Pick for Best Album Muve Sessions: Gracias Por Creer – La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho
COUNTRY
Artist of the Year Taylor Swift
Best New Artist Danielle Bradbery
Most Played Album Based on a True Story … – Blake Shelton
Staff Pick for Best Album To All The Girls … – Willie Nelson

Muve Music, exclusive to Cricket Wireless in the U.S., celebrated a successful 2013. The service exceeded two million subscribers in October, with active listeners playing an average of 30 hours of music per month. Using Muve Music doesn’t count against a customer’s data plan, so they can listen as long as they want and preserve their data for videos, image sharing and digital holiday “thank you” cards. Because the service was designed exclusively for mobile phones, subscribers can enjoy any of more than 16 million tracks anytime – even when offline or out of network – once saved to the listener’s My Music section.

To stay on top of Muve Music and its Best of 2013 lists, follow the #BestofMuve and #MuveMusic hashtags. You can also find Cricket on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to hear the latest in mobile and music news.

How to get Muve Music
Muve Music is included in Cricket’s unlimited nationwide music, talk, text, and data rate plans at no additional cost. Cricket offers Muve Music on a range of smartphones. Starting at $45 per month, Muve Music is included in Cricket's 3G or 4G LTE unlimited nationwide talk, text, and data plus music plans. Muve Monthly Artist Programs such as Muve Headliner, Muve First, Muve Spotlight and Muve Icon were designed to promote music discovery and new music from up-and-coming and established artists.

About Cricket
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