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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 July 2018

Turn on and tune in – The National’s sounds are now on Apple Music

Check out our specially crafted playlists on The National’s curator page

Justin Timberlake is just one of the artists featured in The National's eclectic playlists on Apple Music's streaming service, whether you are going on a road trip, heading to the gym or simply relaxing. Amy Harris / Invision / AP
Justin Timberlake is just one of the artists featured in The National's eclectic playlists on Apple Music's streaming service, whether you are going on a road trip, heading to the gym or simply relaxing. Amy Harris / Invision / AP

This week The National becomes the first publication in the Middle East to have a dedicated page on the popular online streaming service, Apple Music.

You can find The National’s logo on the Apple Music Mena featured playlists page, or through a simple search where you’ll see us under the Curators category.

Once you enter our page, you will have access to five eclectic, regularly updated playlists that will appeal to fans of various genres and listeners from all walks of life. The playlists are mostly designed by The National’s in-house team of music nerds, with musicians and celebrities occasionally invited as guest curators.

The ‘AUH to DXB’ playlist is dedicated to take the edge off those long drives from the capital to other emirates. With a selection of classic pop tracks ranging from the 1980s to the present day, including Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling, the hour-long selection is created to lead mass singalongs down Sheikh Zayed Road.

‘Abu Dhabi Nights’ is dedicated to the evening hours. The playlist may change in terms of style, but what holds it all together is the calm and reflective nocturnal vibe.

This week’s selection is full of cool indie tunes ranging from the haunting voice of Canadian singer Neko Case to the ambient sounds of New York’s Kronos Quartet.

Gym-goers, or those looking to start the habit, should refer to our ‘Fit List’ playlist, which is full of high-energy pop songs – from Calvin Harris to Portugal. The Man – to power your next calorie-blasting session.

If you are a fan of Arabic music, then we also have you covered with our ‘Tarab’ playlist. Created for The National by Emirati singer Omar Al Marzooqi, the playlist aims to bring the listener the breadth of the genre’s styles and talent. We start this week with a breezy selection of radio-friendly pop tunes featuring the likes of Emirati superstar Hussain Al Jassmi, Egyptian pop king Amr Diab and renowned Lebanese singer Oumaima Khalil.

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Finally, there is the ‘Editor’s Picks’ playlist, which is an eclectic series of songs that are loosely tied to a theme. We begin this week with “summer reggae vibes, 17 sun-kissed tunes that range from favourites Sweat (A La La La La Long) by Inner Circle and Baby I Love Your Way by Big Mountain to roots reggae by pioneers such as The Abyssinians, Horace Andy and Black Uhuru.

Email your songs and playlist ideas to artsculture@thenational.ae. In the meantime, find our curators page on Apple Music Mena by subscribing on www.apple.com and enjoy the tunes