New Music Weekly - May 18th, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is coming atchya! It's big week for albums with full lengths from the likes of dance duo Hot Chip, Killer's frontman Brandon Flowers, Aussie indie outfit Paper Arms and our very own global Artist To Watch for May, Shamir.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so you’re always locked in with the latest from our hand-picked sets, and visit the Rdio New Releases to hear the full albums from these and many more artists.


Shamir - 'Ratchet'

A confident debut LP from Rdio's Global Artist to Watch for May. The Las-Vegas native tells the story of his life and surroundings with style, substance and a whole lot of pizzaz.

Hermitude - 'Dark Night Sweet Light'

The Aussie electronic/hip hop duo are impressive as always on album number 5. From samples and collaborators to track ordering, this LP is near on perfection.

Faith No More - 'Sol Inviticus'

A welcome return from the band that refuse to be bland. Mike Patton leads an album that, in it's finest moments, matches the best of their golden years.

Urban Cone - 'Polaroid Memories'

The Swedish quintet that splashed into the charts with 'Sadness Disease' release a sophomore album loaded with similarly ultra-bright synth pop ditties.

ZEDD - 'True Colors'

The Russian-born and German-raised EDM producer rounds up a host of talent (Selena Gomez, Jon Bellion, Troye Siven ) for an album dripping in radio appeal.

∞  05/17/2015 — 9:38PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:38PM in Music |

Introducing Rdio Select: Enhanced Stations and Your Choice of Songs to Play Anytime. Only $5.99/month.

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  • Keep 25 mobile downloads at any one time to play whenever you want, even offline. Newest downloads automatically replace the oldest ones, and you can replace your 25 downloads up to once per day.

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∞  05/14/2015 — 2:04PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 2:04PM |

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world!

His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet coming May 15th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays and Girlpool as well as local artists Doprah and Courtney Barnett

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station.

∞  05/04/2015 — 4:00PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:00PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |

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Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

Rdio is excited to announce Milo Greene as the latest installment of Rdio Sessions; a series of live and intimate recordings available exclusively and gob ally on Rdio. Championing both up-and-coming and established artists, Rdio Sessions showcases today’s hottest acts across various genres in ways that fans have never heard before.

This time around, LA’s cinematic pop band, Milo Greene, have recorded a four-song live set for Rdio Sessions. Stripping back the complex layers of previously released songs, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions track list features 'Lie To Me', 'On The Fence' and 'White Lies' from the new album Control, as well as a killer cover of Phil Collins’ 'Take Me Home'.

Raw, honest and beautifully emotive, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions are not to be missed by music fans.

∞  04/26/2015 — 8:06PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 8:06PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives, News |


Create the Ultimate Motley Crue Rdio Playlist To Win the VIP Treatment

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Think you have what it takes to create the Ultimate Motley Crue Playlist? We'll let Tommy Lee be the judge of that!

In celebration of Motley Crue's final Australian tour, we've partnered with Rolling Stone to treat fans to the Ultimate Motley Crue VIP package.

Simply create your Ultimate Motley Crue Playlist, share it, and if judged by Tommy Lee as the best you'll not only be off to see the band play their last ever shows Down Under but also get your hands on some exclusive money-can't-buy prizes.


  • Register with Rdio or log into your current Rdio account.
  • Create your best 5-song Motley Crue playlist.
  • Share your playlist on social media via your Rdio account using the #MotleyCrueDownUnder hashtag.


To get you started, here's Rolling Stone's Ultimate Motley Crue Playlist.


The creators of the top 6 playlists will win a Gold double-pass to see Motley Crue in their capital city, as well as a Motley Crue merch-pack.

From the top 6 finalists, 1 playlist will be deemed as the Ultimate Motley Crue playlist, as judged by Tommy Lee.

In addition to the Gold double-pass and the merch-pack, the curator of the Ultimate Motley Crue playlist will also receive:

  • A pair of signed Tommy Lee drumsticks
  • A signed Motley Crue Greatest Hits CD
  • A signed anniversary edition of Motley Crue's 'The Dirt'


  1. These terms and conditions of entry, which include information on how to participate and the prize details, apply to the “Motley Crue Playlist Competition” (the “Promotion”). By entering into the Promotion, you are deemed to accept these terms and conditions.


  1. The promoter is Rdio Music Australia Pty Limited, with offices at Suite 2, Level 8, 10-14 Waterloo Road, Surry Hills, New South Wales (the “Promoter”)


  1. The Promotion will be open from 10:00am AEDT on Monday 13 April 2015 and run until 5:00pm AEDT on Wednesday 22 April 2015 (the “Promotion Period”).


  1. Entry into the Promotion is only open to Australian residents aged 18 years and over. Entrants must be a registered user on the Rdio service ( We only allow one entry per person and only one entry per Rdio account.

Entry excludes: a. Management, employees, directors and contractors of the Promoter, its related bodies, corporate, and other agencies, firms or companies associated with the Promotion (including suppliers of prizes); b. Persons who have used or attempted to use more than one name in order to qualify to win a promotion run by or on behalf of the Promoter (except in the case of a legal name change) and c. Persons who have breached the terms and conditions of any promotion run by or on behalf of the Promoter (“Eligible Entrant”)


  1. Eligible Entrants can complete their entry during the Promotion Period by creating a 5-song Motley Crue playlist on Rdio and sharing that playlist via Rdio on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #MotleyCrueDownUnder (each, an “Eligible Entry”).

  2. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to verify the validity of any entrant and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry not in accordance with these terms and conditions.


  1. The Promoter shall select the top 6 playlists (one from each of NZ, NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA) from all Eligible Entries (each, an “Initial Prize Winner”). The Promoter will present these 6 playlists to Tommy Lee - who will select the best playlist as the winner (the “Overall Prize Winner”). All decisions are final and cannot be disputed.


  1. The total value of prizes available for distribution in the Promotion is over $5,000.00.


  1. The Initial Prize Winners shall each receive 2 Gold level tickets to a Motley Crue show in their capital city in 2015 and 1 Motley Crue merch-pack. The Overall Prize Winner shall also receive:

1 x pair signed Tommy Lee drumsticks 1 x signed Motley Crue Greatest Hits CD 1 x signed anniversary edition of the book “The Dirt”

Any other additional costs associated with the use or redemption of this prize are the responsibility of the Initial Prize Winners and the Overall Prize Winner. For the avoidance of doubt, each Initial Prize Winner is responsible for ensuring that both ticket holders are able to travel on the relevant dates. Rdio will not be responsible for providing any alternative prize if either or both ticket holders are unable to travel to the show for whatever reason.

Prize does not include meals, spending money, VISA costs or any associated travel costs, travel insurance, excess baggage etc.

No cash alternatives will be available for any prize, but Rdio reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time if Rdio withdraws the prize or it becomes unavailable. In particular, concerts are sometimes cancelled or rescheduled. If the concert is cancelled or rescheduled, Rdio reserves the right to issue a substitute prize.


  1. The Initial Prize Winners and the Overall Prize Winner will be notified by the email address associated with their Rdio account and published on the Rdio Facebook page within 3 days of the expiry of the Promotion Period.


  1. If any Initial Prize Winner or Overall Prize Winner does not claim their prize by 11:59 AEDT on 26 April 2015, another winner will be determined on 27 April 2015 at 12:00 AEDT, from all remaining Eligible Entries received in the Promotion (each, a “Re-Draw Winner”).


  1. The Re-Draw Winner (if any) will be notified by the email address associated with their Rdio account.


  1. Any Initial Prize Winner or Overall Prize Winner must, if requested by the Promoter, agree to and sign:

I. an eligibility form confirming their compliance with these terms and conditions and eligibility to accept the prize; and/or

II. a liability release in a form to be determined by the Promoter at their discretion.

In the case of any Initial Prize Winner’s or Overall Prize Winner’s failure to return the signed eligibility form, releases and indemnities will result in the disqualification of that entrant from the Promotion.

A reply paid address will be provided.

  1. The prizes must be taken as stated. The prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.

  2. A prize cannot be sold, scalped, auctioned, raffled, pledged, or promoted as an incentive or reward by any third party as an inducement for any person or other entity to enter into any commercial or other arrangements with that third party. If a prize is obtained through any of these methods, it will not be honoured.

  3. Unless expressly stated within these terms and conditions regarding a prize, all other expenses become the responsibility of the Initial Prize Winners and Overall Prize Winner.

  4. In the event that for any reason any Initial Prize Winner or Overall Prize Winner does not take the whole or part of a prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter then that whole or part of a prize will be forfeited. Neither cash nor other form of compensation will be supplied in lieu of the forfeited whole or part of a prize.

  5. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any variation in the value of prizes.

  6. If the Promoter is unable to provide a winner with a nominated prize the Promoter reserves the right to supply an alternative prize of similar monetary value to the nominated prize, subject to any direction given by State and /or Territory Gaming departments.

  7. If for any reason the Promotion is not capable of being run as planned, including due to war, terrorism, state of emergency, the infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its absolute discretion to take any action that may be available to it, subject to State and Territory regulation, including cancelling, terminating, modifying or suspending the Promotion.

  8. Any entrant who in the opinion of the Promoter, tampers or interferes with the entry mechanism or draw in any way, engages in any unlawful or improper conduct which jeopardises or is likely to jeopardise the fair or proper conduct of the Promotion, or who does not properly comply with the entry process, will be ineligible to win.

  9. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify entries in the event of non-compliance with these terms and conditions. The Promoter’s decisions in relation to all aspects of the Promotion are final and binding on each entrant and no correspondence will be entered into.

  10. Eligible Entrants consent to the Promoter using the entrant’s name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are an Initial Prize Winner or Overall Prize Winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this competition and the Promoter.

  11. In the event that there is a dispute concerning the conduct of the Promotion or awarding of a prize the decision of the Promoter will be final and no correspondence will be entered in to.

  12. Failure of the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

  13. Personal information including email address will be used for the purpose of determining and/or contacting the Initial Prize Winners and Overall Prize Winner. Promoter understands the importance of protecting the privacy of an individual’s personal information and by entering the Promotion entrants consent to the Promoter collecting and using the personal information they have provided in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy available at Entrants are given the opportunity to receive information from third parties during the entry process, in doing this they acknowledge to have read and agree to the relevant third parties privacy policy and consent to the Promoter sharing their personal information with these specific third parties. All entries become the property of the Promoter.

  14. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered, including but not limited to direct or consequential loss, or personal injury suffered or sustained by the Entrant in connection with the redemption of and/or use of any prize.

  15. The laws of Australia apply to this Promotion to the exclusion of any other law. Entrants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.

∞  04/12/2015 — 5:12PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 5:12PM in Giveaways |

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From the Rdio Page to the Concert Stage: Find Out When Your Favourites Are Playing Near You


Rdio is bringing you even closer to your favourite bands. Now with our Songkick integration, you can easily see who’s scheduled to be in concert near you, as soon as tour dates are announced. You can even grab tickets while you listen!

Watch for tour dates in a couple of places:

HOME - As you scroll through Home, look for a new story, “Concerts Recommended For You”. Here you’ll find upcoming shows from your favourite bands at venues near you. As you favourite and listen more, we’ll recommend more shows.

ARTIST PAGES - If a favourite artist is playing near you, you’ll see a green “On Tour” icon at the top of their page, letting you know when and where you can see them live.

From either page, you can click through to purchase tickets.

We’re rolling out this feature on web starting now, and will make it available on mobile in the coming months.

Enjoy the show!

∞  04/08/2015 — 4:53PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:53PM in New Features, News |

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Lurch & Chief


Rdio's Artist To Watch for April goes to Lurch & Chief

2015 has already been a big year for the Melbourne six-piece who took their stoner-psych-swirl-rock around Australia supporting Kingswood, and will do so again with a recently announced headline tour of their own this May through June (dates below).

“Extremely excited that Rdio is allowing us to share our music, and the music we are into at the moment with you all. What a time!” stated Hayden Somerville, (Chief).

Stand out tracks ‘Keep It Together’ which received massive support from triple j and community radio, and ‘Fading Out’, the lead single from current EP Breathe, have ensured the band’s fan base continues to grow at a rapid pace.

Head to Lurch & Chief's Rdio profile as managed by Hayden from the band to hear what they're listening to and check out their playlists.


GEELONG - Friday, 8th May - Geelong Workers Club

MELBOURNE - Saturday, 9th May - Howler

BALLARAT - Thursday, 14th May - Karova Lounge

ADELAIDE - Friday, 15th May - Rocket Bar

WARNAMBOOL - Saturday, 16th May - The Loft

MANLY - Thursday, 21st May - Moonshine

SYDNEY - Friday, 22nd May - Newtown Social Club

CANBERRA - Saturday, 23rd May - Transit Bar

BRISBANE - Wednesday 27th May - The Brightside

BYRON BAY - Saturday, 30th May - Great Northern

BUNBURY - Thursday, 4th June - Prince Of Wales

MARGARET RIVER - Friday, 5th June - Settlers Tavern

FREMANTLE - Saturday, 6th June - Mojo’s

PERTH - Sunday, 7th June - Four5nine

∞  03/31/2015 — 12:00PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 12:00PM in Artist Spotlights, Music |

Aussie Artist on the Rise Jarryd James to Tour in July


The day after achieving a #2 rank on the ARIA singles chart, independent Brisbane artist Jarryd James is happy to announce an East Coast tour this July, taking in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Already set to be one of the break-out artists of 2015, Jarryd's impressive chart result for debut single ‘Do You Remember’ is a huge achievement for a brand new artist with no label support. The success of the track has been completely organic, driven by the quality of the song and the immediate reaction of listeners everywhere. The song - an exercise in beautifully restrained minimalism - has accrued more than one million online streams since its release, been accredited Gold, and perhaps most impressively has maintained the #1 position on the Shazam charts since the beginning of March.

Fresh from supporting Angus & Julia Stone on their national tour, Jarryd performs his first ever, sold-out headline dates this week. Catch this unique artist while you can.


BRISBANE - Friday, July 3rd - The Hi-Fi

SYDNEY - Friday, July 10th - The Metro

MELBOURNE - Saturday, July 11th - The Forum

Tickets on sale from 10am Wednesday April 1st. For complete tour and ticket information, click here.

∞  03/29/2015 — 6:35PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:35PM |

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Alison Wonderland


Rdio's March Artist to Watch is DJ and producer Alison Wonderland.

A chemical performer who has played cello in orchestras, rocked the bass in indie bands and graced turntables in front of tens-of-thousands, Alison has rocked festival sets from Stereosonic to Splendour, and has been confirmed as a Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2015 act.

The babe who drops bangers by the bucketload recently unleashed a crowd-favourite ‘Diplo and Friends’ BBC radio mix and headlined a national run of secret warehouse shows that sold out in hours.

Her debut album ‘Run’ is out March 20 - you can get a taste of what music inspires her by checking out the talented young producer’s profile on Rdio.

“I’m stoked to be Rdio’s Artist To Watch for March”, said Alison Wonderland. “I enjoyed choosing this playlist and super excited for you all to hear my debut album Run.”

Follow Alison on Rdio to see what music she's favouriting and to give her playlists a spin.

∞  03/22/2015 — 6:45PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:45PM in Artist Spotlights, Music |

Fleetwood Mac to bring 'On With The Show' World Tour to Aus & NZ


The rumours are true - the legendary Fleetwood Mac will bring their 'On With The Show 'World Tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

The 'On With The Show' Tour will mark Fleetwood Mac’s first series of concert dates in Australia and New Zealand since 2009’s sold-out 'Unleashed' Tour.

Touring as a five-piece for the first time since 1998, one of music’s most enduring groups of all time, will play a selection of arena, stadium and winery shows this October - November.

All five original band members are back together, with Christine McVie rejoining band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks after a 16-year absence.

The news of Fleetwood Mac’s return is particularly welcomed by Australian and New Zealand fans after the band were unfortunately forced to cancel their sold-out 2013 dates.

'The On With The Show' Tour will see Fleetwood Mac on stage for close to two and a half hours, showcasing hits and classic songs from their career that spans more than four decades and global album sales in excess of 100 million.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am on Wednesday April 1.

Find more details at Live Nation


SYDNEY - Thursday October 22nd & Saturday October 24th - Allphones Arena

PERTH - Friday October 30th - Domain Stadium (formerly Patersons Stadium)

MELBOURNE - Monday November 2nd & Wednesday November 4th - Rod Laver Arena

GEELONG - Saturday November 7th - Mt Duneed Estate

BRISBANE - Tuesday November 10th - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

HUNTER VALLEY - Saturday November 14th - Hope Estate Winery

DUNEDIN - Wednesday November 18th - Forsyth Barr Stadium

AUCKLAND - Saturday November 21st - Mt Smart Stadium

∞  03/19/2015 — 4:50PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:50PM |