Important News from Rdio

We’d like to update the entire Rdio community regarding today's announcement that Pandora plans to acquire Rdio's innovative technology and critically-acclaimed design. Pandora has been a pioneer in music streaming for the last decade and shares our passion for delivering the best service possible to music fans everywhere. We’re very excited to continue our tradition of delivering beautiful and powerful music experiences to an even larger audience.

Rdio's service will not be interrupted today. We will have more updates in the coming weeks on what this process means for your Rdio account, but for the time being the service continues unchanged.

We couldn’t be more proud of the entire Rdio team and the product we have built. We’re honored to have connected so many listeners around the world with the music they love. We thank you for your continued support over the years and look forward to bringing you even better music experiences in the future as part of the Pandora team.

∞  11/16/2015 — 7:03PM

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New Music Weekly - 13th November, 2015

The latest hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist brings you sounds from seasoned icons as well as fresh faces; it’s the best way to stay on top of what’s just been released, so don’t forget to subscribe!

This week the playlist is a one stop pop and hip-hop shop! Hop over to Rdio New Releases in order to hear the full albums from these artists and the ones you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

Justin Bieber - Purpose

The latest album from the prince of pop music is both a look back and a fresh start enlisting artists like Travis Scott, Halsey & Nas.

One Direction - Made In The A.M

The UK's biggest boy band's final album (for now) fittingly holds a playful but reflective mood.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

An album of clarity from the Melbourne outfit - less acid inspired and more mellow, countryside folk whimsy.

Le1f - Riot Boi

The NY rapper cleverly covers issues like homophobia, misogyny and transgender rights on his debut album.

Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck - The Home Recordings (Deluxe)

One for super fans, this soundtrack was assembled from cassettes the Nirvana frontman recorded between 1987 and his death in 1994.

Conrad Sewell - All I Know

The rising Brisbane pop artist's debut EP covers the pop spectrum and showcases just what he can do with that phenomenal voice.

Mutemath - Vitals

The New Orleans electro-rock outfit are firing on all cylinders on their latest celebratory-sounding release.

Kerser - Next Step

His first album with a major label, the highly controversial Australian rapper continues to deliver lyrics loaded with menace and offence.


Having produced and written for FKA Twigs and Beyonce, the talented artist releases an album with an asymmetric, post-apocalyptic soundscape.

∞  11/12/2015 — 8:19PM

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Mono Monday - Archie Roach's Iconic Debut 'Charcoal Lane' turns 25

With his politically charged lyrics backed to the tradition-rooted rhythms of his acoustic guitar, Archie Roach has risen to the upper echelon of Australian music. Produced by Paul Kelly and Steve Connolly, Charcoal Lane, was one of Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 50 albums of 1992 and received an ARIA award for Best Indigenous Album of the Year. The album included the heartbreaking tune, ['Took the Child Away'],3 which dealt with the many Aboriginal children, including Roach himself, who were stolen from their parents and placed in non-indigenous households. The song went on to receive a Human Rights Achievement award - the first time that the award has been bestowed on a songwriter.

To celebrate it's 25th anniversary, the album has been remastered and expanded. It includes the iconic track ‘Took The Children Away’ as well as other classic songs like the title track and ‘Down City Streets’.It also includes previously unreleased triple j Live At The Wireless recordings and new interpretations of the classic Charcoal Lane material by Australian artists like Courtney Barnett, Briggs, Dan Sultan, Marlon Williams and Urthboy.

∞  11/08/2015 — 5:09PM

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Artist To Watch - City Calm Down


Throughout November, Melbourne-based indie pop four-piece City Calm Down will be featured as Rdio’s Artist To Watch.

Specialising in a decidedly retro-new wave blend of electro-pop and post-punk that falls somewhere between Chvrches, Empire of the Sun, The Horrors and Joy Division, City Calm Down features the talents of Jack Bourke, Sam Mulally, Jeremy Sonnenberg, and Lee Armstrong.

After turning heads with their Movements EP, City Calm Down’s debut album In A Restless House is set for release on 6th November. The exhilarating new single ‘Son’ opens with Mullaly’s organs and Bourke’s signature baritone vocals. The first cut from the album, the track swirls and turns, while continuing to build into a beautiful climax of pop music.

Heralding the arrival of their debut album, this month, fans will be given a glimpse into City Calm Down’s world with exclusive playlists, created for followers on Rdio. Here, fans will be able to get a taste of the band’s sound, as well as what songs they’ve been listening to, and loving, on Rdio.

For more Artist To Watch action, tune into the free station.

∞  11/01/2015 — 4:23PM

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Mono Monday - Celebrating 40 Years of 'Hooks Hysteria

Although ‘Living in the 70’s’ was released in October 1974 and was an instant smash, it only became clear the following year that Skyhooks were not only breaking both rules and records, but they were seriously breaking new ground as well. New ground as in new frontiers, as in taking the country to places it had never been before. As in changing the culture in a way that hadn’t happened seen since The Beatles visited the Antipodes 11 years earlier. Yes - Skyhooks were that different, and, in Australia in 1975, that ubiquitous.

After 16 weeks atop the national album charts with their first album, they released ‘Ego Is Not A Dirty Word’ in June and spent another 11 weeks there. Their success and their cultural impact was unprecedented for an Australian band, make no mistake,they were a very Australian band – one who sung about Australian places and an Australian life that mainstream society had barely glimpsed, and one who were all of a sudden the biggest and brightest thing in a country that was undergoing some serious changes.

So, 40 years down the track, it is perhaps inevitable that these two classic albums should be brought together to celebrate Skyhooks brilliance and success. Don't You Believe What You've Seen Or You've Heard includes the band's best in stunning remastered sound, overseen at every step by Greg Macainsh himself. It also includes a bunch of pre-album demos as well as previously unreleased live recordings from late ’74 and ’75.

∞  11/01/2015 — 3:21PM

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New Music Weekly -October 30th 2015

Today’s New Music Weekly playlist takes you across genres and around the world in search of the best tunes.

This week we've got side projects in the form of Elbow's Guy Garvey and Matt Berninger of The National; Remix albums from Alison Wonderland and Fall Out Boy; and anniversary re-releases from Alanis Morisette and Skyhooks.

When you’re ready for much more (we’re not kidding), the Rdio New Releases page is a great place to go. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive an updated set every Friday!

EL VY - Return To The Moon

Matt Berninger steps away from his brothers to team up with mate Brent Knopf for a side project that is looser, simpler and slinkier than his The National work.

Roots Manuva - Bleeds

The UK hip hop stalwart's 6th full length pairs his world-weary soulfulness with murky, mutant beats.

Palms - Crazy Rack

Fuzzy, DIY good vibes just ooze out of this sophomore effort from the Sydney garage-pop four piece.

Escape The Fate - Hate Me

After a decade together, the brash Las Vegas post-hardcore group release a high-powered, emotionally driven 5th album.

The Neighbourhood - Wiped Out!

Album number two sees the LA outfit go harder on the R&B vibes and trap beats, with pretty chill results.

Alison Wonderland - Run Remixes

The Aussie DJ releases a remix version of her highly successful debut outing containing 12 remixes of the album’s biggest tunes

Tina Arena - Eleven

One of Australia's iconic female vocalists releases her 11th LP, laden with full blown ballads.

Skyhooks - Don't You Believe What You've Seen Or You've Heard

The seminal Aussie rock band celebrate their 40th anniversary with a release containing expanded and previously unreleased live tracks.

Fall Out Boy - Make America Psycho Again

A$AP Ferg, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Joey Bada$$, iLoveMakonnen, the Roots' Black Thought and more feature on the band's hip hop remix album of their latest release, 'American Psycho'

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill 20th Anniversary Edition

The Canadian songstress' landmark album turns 20. This collectors edition includes unreleased demos and concert recordings.

∞  10/29/2015 — 11:38PM

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#MonoMonday: Revisit Ryan Adams' Debut Solo Album 'Heartbreaker'

With his new album, 1989, an extraordinary song-by-song cover of Taylor Swift’s iconic LP tearing up the charts, it may be time to take a look back at the album that started it all for singer-songwriter Ryan Adams.

Fifteen years ago, Ryan burst on the scene with his debut solo album Heartbreaker. Recorded in a period of 14 days, and featuring such powerhouse backing musicians as Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Heartbreaker marked a definitive artistic split from Adams’ former band Whiskeytown, and included beloved tracks 'Come Pick Me Up' and 'Oh My Sweet Carolina'.

Heartbreaker is a personal record, though powerful, and paved the way for a succession of terrific solo albums for this “bad boy of alt country”. Recorded in Nashville, Heartbreaker’s tone and lyrical theme document a breakup.

Revisit this now-classic album and have your heart broken all over again.

∞  10/25/2015 — 5:47PM

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#MonoMonday: The Classic R&B Album 'Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul' Turns 50

Fifty years ago, Otis Redding released the classic R&B album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. Called one of the greatest studio-recorded albums of the 1960s, Otis Blue was a triumph for the singer/songwriter from Georgia.

Recorded in a single 24-hour period at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis, Otis Blue includes songs written by Redding, as well as Sam Cooke (who had died just a few months earlier). The musicianship, sound and soul evident on this recording make the album a must-listen. Booker T. & the M.G.’s were his backing band, joined by Isaac Hayes, who played piano on the album.

Among the standout tracks is 'Respect', the same song Aretha Franklin would make her own two years later. Redding said of it, “...It took a day to write, 20 minutes to arrange, and one take to record.”. Other singles released from Otis Blue were 'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long' and 'Shake'.

A perfect slice of 1960s soul, artists from Janis Joplin to Leon Bridges have cited Redding as an influence, and on Otis Blue, it’s easy to see why.

∞  10/18/2015 — 5:55PM

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New Music Weekly - October 16th, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is chock full of goodies for your ear, a handpicked set that transcends genres and just brings you good music.

Hit up the Rdio New Releases section to browse the complete collection of what has just dropped, including the full albums by all the artists mentioned below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new set every Friday.

Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

Just two months after they put out LP Depression Cherry, the dream pop duo drop a surprise sixth album.

Claptone - Charmer

The gold bird masked, Berlin based DJ unveils a debut of smoothly produced, sophisticated house music.

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

The third album from Montreal-based electronic indie pop duo Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto continues the stripped back, dimly luminous musical poetry of their debut.

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

The ambient indie rock quartet from Atlanta release their seventh studio album - the first since the near-death of frontman Bradford Cox and their most direct, unflinching effort to date.

Raury - All We Need

Winning the praise of Kanye West and Andre 3000, the Atlanta teen's debut LP switches ceremoniously between rapping and crooning, straddling the boundaries of contemporary folk, electro, hip hop and soul.

Nothing But Thieves - Nothing But Thieves

Drawing vocal comparisons to Jeff Buckley and sound comparisons to Muse, the English five-piece deliver a bombastic, riff-laden debut album.

John Newman - Revolve

The UK crooner follows up his smash debut with an LP of chest-thumping retro-soul and disco rhythms.

BØRNS - Dopamine

Written in a Los Angeles treehouse, the Michigan-raised singer-songwriter drops a well-executed, often-whimsical synth pop debut.

Demi Lovato - Confident

Showcasing both swagger and fragility, the former Disney star's fifth album is a compelling biographical pop release.

Son Little - Son Little

Stepping away from his collaborations with The Roots and RJD2, Aaron Livingston's debut album explores different elements of vintage-soul, acoustic blues, electro and hip hop.

∞  10/15/2015 — 7:38PM

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COURTNEY BARNETT 'DEPRESTON' - AIR Awards 2015 Best Independent Single or EP Nominee


With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards less than two weeks away and Rdio presenting the Best Independent Single or EP Award, we thought it best to take you through the illustrious nominees.

Our fifth and final nominee is 'Depreston' by Courtney Barnett - her second nomination in this category.

The Melbourne-based singer/songwriter first came to light in 2012 when her self-released EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris appeared and was roundly praised across Australia. Her conversational, deadpan delivery and garage rock-infused folk-pop style caught the attention of influential website Pitchfork, which named her song 'Avant Gardener' one of its Best New Tracks during the summer of 2013.

After two subsequent EP's, a lot of US and European touring and mounting international hype, the tell-it-like-it-is troubadour released her debut album Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit'. Wistful and a bit detached, single 'Depreston' is loaded with Barnett's signature wry lyricism, this time telling the sombre tale of house-hunting in the suburbs of Melbourne.

'Depreston' by Courtney Barnett - A worthy nominee for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards for Best Single or EP.

∞  10/15/2015 — 6:42PM

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