Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Hear a Dozen Years of Music From Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" Opening Today

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Director Richard Linklater’s latest film Boyhood packs groundbreaking reality into a fictional film. American actor Ellar Coltrane, who stars with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, was cast at age six in 2002 with filming took place one week a year over the course of a dozen years.

Follow Boyhood on Rdio and celebrate each year caught in the movie through a musical soundtrack. A few choice yearly highlights of the Boyhood playlists include:

2002: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Kylie Minogue
2003: Outkast, Evanescence, Kelis
2004: Britney Spears, Usher, M.I.A.
2005: Kanye West, Bloc Party, Gorillaz
2006: Neko Case, Rihanna, My Chemical Romance
2007: Amy Winehouse, Vampire Weekend, Alicia Keys
2008: Katy Perry, Soulja Boy, MGMT
2009: Cobra Starship, Flo Rida, Animal Collective
2010: Ke$ha, Arcade Fire, Robyn
2011: Adele, Gotye, LMFAO
2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, DIIV, fun.
2013: Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Washed Out

This trip through the musical eras will help you chart Mason’s growth from a little kid to the brink of being an adult in the most fun way possible. Don’t worry, though; you clearly haven’t aged a day.

Boyhood opens in limited release today in New York and Los Angeles and will expand to more US cities on July 19th.

∞  July 11, 2014 — 9:03AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 8, 2014

The mercury is steadily rising on a blazing summer of music and the best way to know what’s hot is to subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist. It refreshes automatically every Tuesday, so check back to hear the latest.

For a taste of what’s happening this week, we’re grooving to songs such as the sizzling Disclosure remix of “Good Kisser” by Usher, “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis (the title track to her upcoming album) and “Summer Noon” by Tweedy, the duo of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer. The Mexican Summer label also drops an EP by Canadian post-punk group Viet Cong and the metal icons known as Judas Priest return strong even without a founding member. But those are just some of the highlights that await; read the Playlist Notes below for more artists we don’t want you to miss.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
    Buoyed by the international hit “Chandelier,” the notoriously shy Australian songwriter behind anthems for Rihanna and Beyoncé steps into the limelight in her own way on her sixth solo album.

  • Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979
    The Canadian noise act drops a new single in advance of The Physical World. The sophomore album will be first in 10 years (and the first since reforming in 2011 following a breakup in 2006).

  • Fifth Harmony - “BO$$”
    Oprah and Michelle Obama get name checked in this peppy piece of empowerment pop from the diverse five-member girl group assembled by Simon Cowell on season 2 of The X Factor.

  • Florida Georgia Line - “Dirt”
    The country pop duo known for experimenting with different styles (including rap!) offer what they describe as a “good life ballad” as a teaser from the upcoming sophomore album.

  • Martin Garrix - Gold Skies
    The teenage EDM titan’s omnipresent “Animals” is beefed up with an EP featuring collaborations with fellow movers and shakers Sander van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas and Jay Hardway.

Looking for more sizzling songs? Click over to the Rdio New Releases to view a comprehensive selection of everything new in music this week.

∞  July 8, 2014 — 7:52AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 1, 2014

July begins with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine contributing a tune for the hot new film Begin Again, the first release in a series of anticipated soundtracks coming this month. It’s also a week when R&B and soul are front and center, with new albums by Trey Songz and Robin Thicke, the latter an impassioned plea for his estranged wife to return.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these and other key offerings (read more in the Playlist Notes below). Subscribe to this playlist so that you never miss a week of fresh tunes, and hit the Rdio New Releases page for even more music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • NONONO - We Are Only What We Feel
    The Swedish alternative trio behind the whistle-inducing international anthem “Pumping Blood” repeats the feat of that single’s catchiness with their debut album.

  • Magic! - Don't Kill the Magic
    This young reggae fusion act from Canada has already had surprise hits in Australia and New Zealand.

  • David Guetta - “Lovers on the Sun (feat. Sam Martin)”
    The EDM kingpin recruits a frequent Maroon 5 collaborator to make a bid to break out of the clubs with this single.

  • Ryan Adams - “Gimme Something Good”
    The singer-songwriter returns with a Glyn Johns produced song, the first of a series of new singles on his own label.

  • Bad Suns - Language & Perspective
    The LA indie rockers and labelmates to Eels, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The 1975 (with whom the quartet recently toured) craft a cohesive debut album meant to be absorbed as a whole.

∞  July 1, 2014 — 10:07AM

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News

Company News: Rdio + TastemakerX

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we are growing our team with the acquisition of TastemakerX, a leading music discovery and curation service. Based in San Francisco, TastemakerX was founded in 2011 to help artists connect with fans. TastemakerX enables listeners to discover new music, build and listen to virtual collections, and view artists based on social discovery.

“We are excited with all the new talent that has joined Rdio and the acquisition of TastemakerX. Marc Ruxin and the TastemakerX team share our passion for providing the world’s best music experience and they bring added capabilities help accelerate our ability to fulfill that mission,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

“Unlike many of the other players in the space, Rdio exists, in one way, as fiercely independent. It serves only the master of distributing a great music experience. It is my hope that over time, music discovery becomes easier, more fun and seamlessly social. Rdio really is a place for music lovers and we are thrilled to begin this next voyage," said Marc Ruxin, CEO of TastemakerX.

This announcement follows the news of Rdio’s recent acquisition of Dhingana, one of the largest streaming music services in India and its expansion into nine additional countries, making the service available in a total of 60 countries. Rdio’s multi-local strategy is delivered through strategic partnerships like Shaw in Canada, BAND in Brazil, and Cumulus in the U.S., among others.

The additional executive talent will support the company’s continued rapid international growth, catalog expansion and overall product development and market strategy.

To celebrate this new addition to the Rdio family, enjoy this playlist of recent discoveries from TastemakerX. Learn more about TastemakerX here.

∞  June 30, 2014 — 1:40PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 24, 2014

This week is a particularly fruitful one in the land of new music releases. For example, Phish comes back jamming after a five-year recorded absence, Atlanta’s shining metal band Mastodon drops a sixth full-length, LA indie rock act Kitten nails down a full length amidst lineup shuffles, smoldering soul singer Sebastien Mikael drops a hot debut and the Broadway musical and film Jersey Boys emerges to fulfill all your guilty pleasures.

Our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these and many more releases; you can read about the key ones in the Playlist Notes below. You can also subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically see a new one each week. Pro tip: After you check out this playlist, hit up the Rdio New Releases page to see everything that’s come out this week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Ed Sheeran - X (Deluxe)
    The UK’s hot singer-songwriter, most recently seen touring with Taylor Swift, drops a third album pronounced “multiply.”

  • Jamie xx - “All Under One Roof Raving”
    One-third of the British sensation The xx, Jamie strikes out on his own with this single, a slice of laidback retro rave funk tinged with steel drums.

  • Riff Raff - Neon Icon
    The colorful reality and Internet star said to inspire James Franco’s Spring Breakers role snags heavyweight collaborations from Childish Gambino, Mac Miller and DJ Mustard for his debut album.

  • Lucius - Rdio Sessions
    Hear the first of Rdio's SXSW Sessions from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from 2013's debut album Wildewoman.

  • How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
    Stylish avant soul producer Tom Krell draws from influences as diverse as The Velvet Underground and Backstreet Boys for his third album of experimental pop tunes.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 9:30AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - Heavenly Indie Pop from Lucius

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This year’s Rdio Sessions at SXSW featured a diverse lineup of up-and-comers performing exclusive live sets, with acts like Tokyo Police Club, Tensnake, Haerts, Little Boots and Ty Dolla $ign storming the stage. Now, for the first time since it all went down in Austin, you can hear the Rdio Sessions performance from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from last year’s stunning debut album Wildewoman.

If this is your first introduction to Lucius, expect to be completely charmed. As you’ll hear from breakout songs like “Go Home,” “Wildewoman,” “Turn It Around” and “Until We Get There,” the group’s two lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe have a playful rapport and an easy sense of humor. They also harmonize beautifully together, making each tune instantly memorable.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist for more from our intimate live series, including sets from Ivan & Alyosha, Guards and STRFKR.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 7:42AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 17, 2014

We listen to all of the latest releases and select only the best for your New Music Weekly playlist. This week, we’re excited to share songs by Brooklyn indie rock acts The Antlers, Miniature Tigers, British sensation Ed Sheeran and LA punk band Joyce Manor. There are also several heavy hitters on shameless repeat right now — read the Playlist Notes below for more intel.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
    The band’s self-produced sixth album is a return to the roots of their rock sound.

  • Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
    Produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, Del Rey's much anticipated second album is a moody tour de force.

  • Tiësto - A Town Called Paradise (Deluxe)
    Icona Pop, DBX, Hardwell, and Krewella are among the high-profile guests for the Dutch superstar DJ’s fifth high-energy full-length.

  • Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers
    This album of original songs is reportedly the first of two new albums that will be released by the country legend this year.

  • Maroon 5 - “Maps”
    With the band’s fifth album V not scheduled to drop until September, this new single is most welcome.

  • Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A. (Deluxe)
    Ms. Triple Threat herself returns with an eighth album that’s heavy on rapper guest stars (T.I., Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, French Montana, and Rick Ross).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically have the new one to listen to each week. You can also hop over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of fresh music.

∞  June 17, 2014 — 10:23AM

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Events

Game On With Our Playlists!

The wait is over: FIFA World Cup is in motion! International football enthusiasts will unite “All in One Rhythm” as the competition takes place from June 12-July 13. And, well, you know that’s a motto that we can get behind.

Our #Joinin Playlist is designed to get you into the spirit of the games. The American motto this year is “United by Team, Driven by Passion” and with patriotic jams by the likes of Jay Z & Kanye West's “Made In America,” James Brown's “Living in America,” Bruce Springsteen, Miley, and Madonna, this is the ideal soundtrack. Let out your best James Brown scream and press play, it’s a party in the USA!

Our Game On! Playlist features songs about each of the 32 contenders from across the globe. Take a journey around the world with the help of a wonderful dream team, including Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, The National, Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

∞  June 12, 2014 — 11:20AM

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Exclusives

Global Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - A Dance Party With STRFKR

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Portland’s STRFKR is a group that’s close to our hearts here at Rdio. We were the first to offer a preview of last year’s album Miracle Mile and are now thrilled to present the band’s contribution to Rdio Sessions, our set of intimate recordings available only on Rdio.

Recorded live in San Francisco, this exclusive STRFKR set includes highlights from Miracle Mile including the bright pop of “Malmö,” the swaggering “While I’m Alive,” and the discofied “Atlantis,” plus “Bury Us Alive” from 2011’s Reptilians and “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second,” the irresistibly bouncy song from the self-titled 2008 debut Starfucker that started it all. Go ahead and have a sweaty dance party, we won’t tell!

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more recordings from Rdio favorites such as Passenger, City and Colour and Shout Out Louds.

∞  June 10, 2014 — 8:13AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 10, 2014

Have you subscribed to our New Music Weekly playlist yet? We carefully pick a set of fresh songs each week to give you a jump on the best of all that’s out there. This week, we’re digging on guilty pleasure singles by rockers The Flaming Lips (featuring Miley and Moby!) Internet wunderkind Psy (featuring Snoop Dogg!) and Banks, new albums from First Aid Kit, Spoon and a recording of The Who’s seminal Quadrophenia album live in London.

As you’ll note when you press play and read the accompanying Playlist Notes below, there’s much more to enjoy right now! Remember to head over to the Rdio New Releases page to do even more exploring on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jack White - Lazaretto
    The enigmatic frontman of The White Stripes, Dead Weather and The Raconteurs based his second solo album largely off stories he wrote as a teenager and more recently discovered in an attic.

  • Passenger - Whispers (Deluxe)
    For his fifth album, Michael David Rosenberg, the British folk singer behind the heartbreaking international hit “Let Her Go,” made an effort to craft more upbeat songs.

  • Poliça - Shulasmith (Deluxe)
    The Minneapolis synthpop act’s sophomore album is beefed up with four brand new songs.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - “American Dream Plan B”
    The first single off of the forthcoming Hypnotic Eye is a catchy hint at the album’s straight-ahead hard rock direction.

  • Florida Georgia Line - "This Is How We Roll” [Remix Feat. Jason Derulo & Luke Bryan]”
    The funky country stars enlist crooner Luke Bryan and R&B heartthrob for Jason Derulo for a catchy ode to pop music.

∞  June 10, 2014 — 7:49AM

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