Artist To Watch

Rdio’s Artist to Watch for March: Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Our March Artist to Watch is Catfish and the Bottlemen, the Welsh garage rock act and international festival favorite that recently dropped their debut album The Balcony in North America. Produced by Jim Abbis (who’s worked with Adele, The Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics, among others), The Balcony is a passionate and emotionally-charged album that you will feel all the way down to the tips of your toes!

We feature musicians and bands that we truly feel will break through in 2015 on Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, and our track record is tight! Previous Artist to Watch acts include Milo Greene, BANKS and London Grammar. Ladies and gentlemen, hear the future right now. Listen to our Artist To Watch station to hear all our picks.

∞  March 4, 2015 — 10:29AM

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Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising: Meet Mickey Guyton

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Mickey Guyton is a breath of fresh air in country music, a gorgeous Texas native who grew up singing gospel from the age of five while taking on popular music’s biggest divas like Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston. Guyton’s pure country vocals have rare force and projection. Her debut EP in 2011 helped land her a spot performing at a White House concert that year. Her powerful single “Better Than You Left Me” got international attention when it recently hit airwaves; The Guardian in England even called it “the biggest radio debut in country history” and declared her among the “trailblazing black women of country music.” She also recently made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

All month long, we'll be debuting surprises from Mickey, but get started by following Mickey on Rdio and listening to her "Nashville Rising" picks on our exclusive playlist.

Experience all the latest tunes from Music City by pressing play on our Nashville Rising Station featured in our Top Stations and Country categories under Browse.

∞  March 3, 2015 — 9:37AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - March 3, 2015

Hear ye, hear ye, the latest New Music Weekly playlist is now ready for your immediate and repeated consumption! This week, we’re vibing to a brand new EP from Ringo Starr, digging the dancier sounds of the third album from Moon Duo, rocking out with a little help from the UK’s To Kill a King and catching up with the latest in Timbaland’s catchy tunes for the Empire Cast. (It’s okay to admit it’s your favorite guilty pleasure show on TV!)

There's even more heavy hitters in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the playlist to never miss another beat the moment it drops, and visit the Rdio New Releases page to browse this week’s complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Purity Ring - Another Eternity
    The followup to 2012’s Shrines finds the Canadian duo firmly in electro pop territory.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Piece By Piece (Deluxe Version)
    The seventh album from the American Idol and new mother features the US hit “Heartbeat Song” and a collaboration with crooner John Legend.

  • of Montreal - Aureate Gloom
    A lucky 13th album from the ever-evolving Athens, Georgia group mines funk and psychedelic influences.

  • Rixton - Let The Road
    Pop, rock and R&B unfold in this UK act’s debut album featuring the number one hit “Me and My Broken Heart.”

  • Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher’s Daughter
    The Seattle singer-songwriter best known in alt-country circles takes on a more rock ‘n roll feel on her sixth album.

  • Tuxedo - Tuxedo
    Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One join forces for a debut album that travels the lineage of funk.

  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
    The sophomore project from the former Oasis legend features former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and tries on styles like jazz and dance rock.

∞  March 2, 2015 — 11:28PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Celebrate Lou Reed’s Birthday With "Transformer"

Today (March 2) marks what would have been the 73rd birthday of the late music icon Lou Reed. We’re remembering his legacy through Transformer, his second solo studio album. Released in November 1972, Transformer was produced by none other than David Bowie and Mick Ronson. Here’s where you’ll find what are now known as Reed’s signature cuts: “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Perfect Day” and “Satellite of Love.”

Happy Birthday, Lou! We miss you!

∞  March 2, 2015 — 8:18AM

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Events

Celebrate 40 Years of Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" Today

Today’s release of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition) marks the 40th anniversary of this seminal double album. Everything has been completely remastered on this 16x Platinum powerhouse. The set includes the addition of seven previously unreleased versions of songs, including early takes on “Houses of the Holy” and “In The Light,” the latter with different lyrics!

As well, today we celebrate the amazing news that the whole Led Zeppelin catalog is now available for your rock music pleasure! Fans of the almighty band have also been enjoying a wave of remastered classics, which started in 2014 and continues on this year. Stay tuned for much more to come from the epic Led Zeppelin catalog!

∞  February 24, 2015 — 9:59AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - February 24, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is here! Don’t forget to subscribe to receive it automatically every seven days.

This week, we’re swooning over the archives of our favorite bearded singer/songwriter Iron & Wine, feeling the maverick grunge spirit of young UK rockers Darlia, discovering the solo pop talents of Lana Del Rey/Bruno Mars producer Emile Haynie and reliving the glory of Sons of Anarchy via its new soundtrack. The Playlist Notes will quickly get you up to speed with the rest of this week’s highlights, and you can go more in depth with everything in the Rdio New Releases section. Have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)
    This seminal double album’s 40th anniversary release features remastering and seven previously unreleased songs.

  • Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer
    Baltimore’s electronic producer extraordinaire scales back his synth and electro driven sound on his first album in three years.

  • Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise (Deluxe)
    The Detroit rapper’s third album features collaborations with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Jhene Aiko.

  • Kid Rock - First Kiss
    The Detroit rap-rocker’s tenth album reminisces on his favorite classic tunes of his youth for song inspiration.

  • Mat Kearney - JUST KIDS
    The contemporary Christian artist digs deep into his rock-tinged soul for the songs on his fifth album.

  • All That Remains - The Order of Things
    The melodic metalcore heroes lean more on singing than screaming with their seventh album.

  • MisterWives - Our Own House
    The debut album from a New York trio shows off their skill at catchy indie pop and rock songs.

∞  February 24, 2015 — 5:41AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Easy Skanking In Boston '78"

A yearlong celebration has begun in honor of what would have been the 70th birthday of the late Bob Marley. Several of his most vital recordings both heard and previously unreleased will be brought out into the light in 2015. We start with the seminal Wailers live album Easy Skanking in Boston 78, which has never been released before. The footage from the show, held at the Boston Music Hall was captured by a fan who was handpicked to record it. Enjoy the intimacy of this special release and get ready for a year of much more Marley!

∞  February 23, 2015 — 5:52PM

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News

Movie's Biggest Night Recap - “Glory” Wins on Rdio Plus All Our Top 10 Soundtracks and Songs

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Lady Gaga may have stolen the show last night at the Academy Awards with her medley of songs from “The Sound of Music,” but on Rdio, it was “Glory” by John Legend and Common from the film “Selma” that leaped to the top of our charts. Streams of the song spiked over 250% in the 3 hours after the broadcast. Other big winners on Rdio were Alexandre Desplat’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which took home the Oscar for Best Original Score and Antonio Sanchez's jazzy soundtrack to “Birdman” which won multiple awards, including Best Picture.

To celebrate cinema’s biggest night, we looked at overall film content on Rdio over the past year. Hans Zimmer’s score to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film, “Interstellar” earned the title of “Most Popular Original Score,” while the contagious anthem, “Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie,” performed last night by Tegan and Sara, The Lonely Island, Questlove + Devo won “Most Played Oscar Nominee.” The pop-laden soundtrack to YA series, “Divergent” featuring Ellie Goulding and ZEDD scored our most popular soundtrack on Rdio.

Whether you prefer film scores or songs, turn on our free Movie Stations to listen to some of the most popular film music on Rdio.

∞  February 23, 2015 — 11:51AM

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News

Celebrate Placebo’s 20-Year Anniversary With A Catalog of Reissues

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UK heroes Placebo are in the spotlight all this week here on Rdio as we celebrate their catalog, available for streaming for the first time. Listen to two decades of the band’s success with daily reissues of their vital catalog. Seven of Placebo’s albums (all but 2013’s Loud Like Love) are back to introduce to a whole new generation of listeners. Start the Placebo party with their 1996 self-titled debut, 1998’s Without You I’m Nothing, and 2000’s Black Market Music.

On Thursday, they will release 2003’s Sleeping With Ghosts; Friday, 2006’s Meds, Saturday, 2009’s Battle for the Sun and finally Sunday, Covers, the latter originally released as a bonus disc with Sleeping With Ghosts.

Throughout the band’s life, Placebo has continually defied categorization, throwing off initial pegs as a glam rock act to show an incredible diversity. You’ll hear this legacy unfold over the course of these albums and through the many bands that have been influenced by Placebo.

∞  February 18, 2015 — 8:58AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - February 17, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist, a handpicked set that globetrots across territories and genres to bring you the very best of what’s just dropped. This week, we’re vibing to the latest from Miami’s Latin rockabilly kings The Mavericks, soulful bilingual twins Ibeyi, a solo take from Bon Iver’s S. Carey and a live album of Bob Marley and the Wailers Easy Skanking in Boston '78. Visit the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection and hear more of this week’s sounds right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Imagine Dragons - Smoke & Mirrors (Deluxe)
    The sophomore album from the epic Vegas rockers is produced by UK hip-hop vet Alex Da Kid.

  • José González - Vestiges & Claws
    The third album from the Swedish singer and guitarist comes after an eight-year break to join the band Junip.

  • Karen O - Live from Crush Palace
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ lead singer drops a set culled from three shows at Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Masonic Lodge in LA.

  • Placebo - Without You I’m Nothing
    Re-releasing the UK alt rockers’ second album is part of a two-year celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary.

  • A Place to Bury Strangers - Transfixiation
    The return of the wall of sound from the New York noise act comes with a greater rhythmic emphasis.

  • Pops Staples - Don’t Lose This
    The final album from the patriarch of the musical Staples family was recorded with his daughters before his passing in 2000.

  • Glen Campbell, The Band Perry & Ashley Campbell - Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Soundtrack
    The soundtrack to a documentary about Campbell’s life includes his final recording plus a contribution from his daughter.

∞  February 17, 2015 — 8:16AM

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