Exclusives

Shawn Mendes, Twin Shadow, Fifth Harmony and More Stars Choose Their Favorite Songs of 2014

It’s time to recap the top tunes of the year, and who better to share their obsessions than the artists themselves? We asked friends like Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Ingrid Michaelson, Little Boots,Twin Shadow, Echosmith, and Vance Joy for the songs that they loved so much they practically wanted to marry ‘em. The results are both surprising and awesome, a collection of unique tracks that leap across genre boundaries. Hear their highlights now in the Artists' Year-Defining Songs.

We’ll be publishing these and more artists’ top 10 album lists throughout the next week, but here are some early teasers: Sam Smith is a beloved pick from Lauren of Fifth Harmony and all the members of Echosmith and Twin Shadow can’t get the brilliant simplicity of ILoveMakonen featuring Drake off the stereo. Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks loves Foxygen's "How You Can Really", Vance Joy spends umpteen moments dancing to Sylvan Esso while Sylvan Esso loves Caribou's "Can't Do Without You.. Stay tuned for more!

∞  December 17, 2014 — 10:42AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:42AM in Exclusives |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - December 16, 2014

Have you seen any good films lately? The latest hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist, which features music from the original soundtracks of Into The Woods, Inherent Vice and Unbroken may just give you a few ideas. The set also features a taste of the best of country star Toby Keith and pop sensations like Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer, which you’ll read more about in the Playlist Notes. Hear full albums and more on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint (Deluxe)
    The flamboyant rapper’s third album features pop and rap collaborations with Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.

  • Charli XCX - Sucker
    The pop punk siren behind blockbuster hit hooks for Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop steps out on her own.

  • YG - Blame It On The Streets
    A soundtrack for the LA rapper’s fictional short film about Compton features six new tracks, two remixes and a live version of “BPT.”

  • D'Angelo - Black Messiah
    The reclusive soul singer's first album in 14 years is charged with funk and sociopolitical consciousness.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - LIVESOS
    The Australian pop punk band’s first live album was recorded in North America, Europe and Down Under and features songs from their album and EPs.

  • J. Mascis - Martin + Me
    The live acoustic 1996 solo debut from Dinosaur Jr.’s frontman gets a digital issue.

  • Diplo - F10RIDA
    The DJ/producer who’s worked with Usher and Beyonce reissues his 2004 debut album, a trip hop classic.

∞  December 16, 2014 — 8:59AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:59AM in New Music Weekly |

News

New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organization features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations: Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home: An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favorites: Find something you love? Favorite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse: Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending: What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

∞  December 15, 2014 — 2:57PM

Posted by Rdio at 2:57PM in News |

12 Days of Holiday Stations Starts Now

Today begins Rdio’s 12 Days of Holiday Stations to serve all of your musical needs for the rest of the year! Stay tuned to discover a new station highlighted each day on Facebook until Christmas.

It all begins with a partridge in a pear tree, and today that means a focus on our Holiday Hits Station, a festive set of standards from artists like Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Elton John. From there, you can stay traditional or go adventurous with a wide array of choices in many styles. Hanukkah Hits will get you ready for next week’s start to the Festival of Lights with the help of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Alitsut and Matisyahu, while Reggae Christmas brings irie vibes from Yellowman, Culture and Bob Marley.

Whether you’re looking for holiday music for kids, a country Christmas or want to feel like the wild card Misfit that you are, let Rdio help you celebrate the holidays your way, with your soundtrack!

∞  December 12, 2014 — 10:49AM

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Music

Rdio Year-End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favorites Lists

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As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honors internationally with her anthem “Drunk in Love,” which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the U.S. and global charts for her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!”

Before we bring you the full year-end lists, it’s time to glimpse the future: Get acquainted with singer/songwriter Bea Miller, our first Rdio Artist to Watch for January 2015. She leads the pack of a series of hand-picked artists that Rdio will support in their rise to the top next year. Don’t miss the Best of 2014: Rdio Recommends and Staff Picks lists, our hand-picked personal favorites. With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs and artists you loved the most in 2014.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

TOP GLOBAL ALBUMS:
1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Ed Sheeran, X
6. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
8. Jorge and Mateus, Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
9. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

TOP GLOBAL TRACKS:
1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Magic!, “Rude”
8. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
10. Jason DeRulo, “Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)”

TOP US ALBUMS:
1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
6. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
7. Trey Songz, Trigga
8. YG, My Krazy Life
9. August Alsina, Testimony
10. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet

TOP US TRACKS:
1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Lorde, “Team”
8. Magic!, “Rude”
9. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
10. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”

Check out all the above and more at rdio.com/2014.

∞  December 9, 2014 — 3:56PM

Posted by Rdio at 3:56PM in Music |

Exclusive: Rdio Covers Reimagine All Of 2014's Anthems

We’re thrilled to present Rdio Covers: 2014, an incredibly fun and unique way to enjoy the year’s hottest songs. We've commissioned many of our favorite emerging artists to cover the undeniable anthems of 2014 and the results are surprising and wonderful!

Among the highlights to expect with Rdio Covers 2014 are a mind-blowing version of Future Islands’ “Seasons” as reimagined by LIGHTS and Milo Greene pulling a role reversal by taking on “Bang Bang” by Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J. You’ll also want to hear Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” in the hands of the mighty Rush Midnight, Jon Pardi bringing a new level of joy to Pharrell’s “Happy,” Eleven Past One channeling Charli XCX’s infectious “Boom Clap” and Rdio’s first Artist to Watch 2015 Bea Miller taking on Sam Smith’s emotive “Stay With Me.” Check out the two dozen songs in the playlist and let us know your favorites!

∞  December 9, 2014 — 1:29PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - December 9, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist now to receive a hand-picked playlist of the latest tunes each week. This week’s set includes funniness courtesy of The Kroll Show, a brand new song from Sir Paul McCartney, a techno-fied EP from James Blake, plus reissued goodies from Otis Redding and Warren G and the heavy-hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready to explore even more, saunter over to the Rdio New Releases and browse the complete collection of freshness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Bastille - VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III)
    The UK indie rock act’s latest release carries on a theme begun with the 2010 debut, this time with a more stripped down sound.

  • Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons
    The Wu-Tang Clan member’s lively 11th solo album features unexpected collaborations with Kool G Rap and AZ.

  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
    Melodic love songs and trippy guitars abound on the band's ninth album.

  • J.Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive
    The rapper/producer names his third album after the home where he grew up, which he was able to buy back last year after it was foreclosed upon as a kid.

  • Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits Decade #1
    The American Idol star’s first compilation of hits features the new single “Something in the Water.”

  • K. Michelle - Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart
    The R&B singer-songwriter and VH1 reality star unleashes raw ballads and funky cuts.

  • E-40 - Sharp On All Corners: Corner 1 [Explicit]
    The Bay Area rapper with tongue-twisting linguistics drops the first of what will be four new themed albums.

∞  December 9, 2014 — 8:06AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:06AM in New Music Weekly |

Music

New Music Weekly - December 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist celebrates the past as well as the present with the inclusion of a rare selection from alt rock heroes Pixies and highlights from the latest Soul Jazz history of disco and boogie from 1978-82 alongside brand new tunes from Australian neo-soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote, British DJ/producer Bonobo, Jersey indie rock vets Yo La Tengo and more heavy hitters that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a brand new set every seven days and don’t forget to check out full albums and more in New Releases.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • She & Him - Classics
    This cover album by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward enlisted an orchestra for their tribute to icons like Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.

  • Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
    The queen of hip-hop soul went to England to collaborate with artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith on her 13th album.

  • The Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas
    A “secret” 2007 album of exotically-reworked Christmas standards is reissued, this time the band claiming credit.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
    The hip-hop supergroup’s first album in seven years features interludes and refrains by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

  • Owen - Other People’s Songs
    This solo album from Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan of Arc) covers songs by bands such as Depeche Mode, Promise Ring and Blake Babies.

  • Kristin Chenoweth - Coming Home
    The first live album by the Tony-winning singer and actress features songs from blockbuster musicals like My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera.

  • Erasure - Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)
    A new version of last year’s holiday-themed album by the synthpop duo features 16 bonus tracks.

∞  December 2, 2014 — 6:57AM

Posted by Rdio at 6:57AM in Music |

Events

Your Cyber Monday Soundtrack

You dug our Black Friday playlists so much last year that we decided to focus on Cyber Monday for this spin around the Earth! Soundtrack your surfing and shopping with the help of some of our friends who have compiled exclusive playlists for you:

Cyber Motown Monday is a fun nod to the classic Detroit soul label. Compiled by vintage and vintage-inspired indie clothing retailer Modcloth, it features legends like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Rick James and Stevie Wonder.

Travel offers a virtual vacation courtesy of superstar DJ A-Trak’s travel blog Infinite Legroom and artists like Big K.R.I.T., Jack White, Ed Sheeran and Lykke Li.

Cyber Monday was curated by low-fi Southern bred luxury brand Billy Reid and features some of their favorite tunes from good friends like Leagues, Nikki Lane, Jessie Baylin and Charlie Mars.

Happy shopping!

∞  December 1, 2014 — 1:36PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:36PM in Events |

Music

#MonoMonday: Dusty Springfield's "Dusty in Memphis"

So much has been written about Dusty Springfield’s seminal 1969 album Dusty in Memphis, and for good reason. Nearly half a century later, the 11 songs that make up the original release (the Deluxe version contains additional tracks) form a perfectly-realized, sweetly produced collection of songs written by the pop powerhouses of the day (Carole King, Randy Newman). Sure, this is the one with Son of a Preacher Man on it, but listen to the other tracks as well, where Dusty wraps her soulful, effortless vocals around lush, gorgeous arrangements. One of the finest pop recordings of its time - and ours.

∞  December 1, 2014 — 11:26AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:26AM in Music |