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

The 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!

We're also celebrating the amazing news that the whole Led Zeppelin catalogue is now available for your rock music-listening 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 catalogue!

∞  02/26/2015 — 2:30PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 2:30PM in Events, Music |

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New Music Weekly - February 23rd, 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 sleepy singer songwriter Sufjan Stevens, New Jersey punk rockers Screaming Females, Aussie EDM duo Miami Horror just to name a few.

Visit the Rdio New Releases Page to browse the complete collection and hear more of this week’s sounds right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Jose Gonzales - Vestiges & Claws

The third album from the Swedish singer and guitarist comes after an eight-year break to join the band Junip.

Pearls - Pretend You're Mine

The Melbourne trio drop their debut LP and it's a pearler - loaded full of hazy dream pop and 70's glam mannerisms.

Lady Antebellum - 747

A soaring album from the Nashville country superstars, produced by Dixie Chicks producer Paul Worley.

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.

Phosphorescent - Live At The Music Hall

This live recording from Alabama native Matthew Houck is a three-LP, career-spanning set, recorded during a four-night stand at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Tom Lark - Tom Lark

Christchurch's Tom Lark take you on a delightful alt-pop romp on his debut 5 track LP.

Mary Lambert - Heart On My Sleeve

Best known as the vocal on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love', the Seattle singer-songwriter and slam poet addresses themes of sexuality, body image and mental illness on her debut LP.

∞  02/22/2015 — 8:03PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 8:03PM in Music |

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Motley Crue Announce 'The Final Tour' with special guest Alice Cooper

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Legendary rock icons Mötley Crüe’s have, at last, confirmed dates for the highly anticipated Australian leg of their Final Tour, aptly named 'The Final Tour', bringing along shock-rocker Alice Cooper as a very special guest.

'The Final Tour' marks the end of an era for the band - In January 2014, all four original members gathered to sign a binding ‘Cessation Of Touring’ agreement taking effect at the end of 2015 before a press conference in their hometown of Los Angeles and announcing the global two-year Final Tour. A year later, on January 20, 2015 in New York City, the band announced Mötley Crüe’s highly anticipated final live performance of the band to take place at LA's Staples Centre on New Year's Eve 2015. The 2014 portion of ‘The Final Tour’ was one of last year’s top grossing US tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million USD.

Australian fans had better brace themselves; the mighty Crüe are bringing their full production with them, including the ground breaking Crüecifly drum coaster, fire spitting bass, over the top pyrotechnics, and all the other elements that have made ‘The Final Tour’ such a wildly successful, memorable experience for hundreds of thousands across the world.

Bassist, Nikki Sixx says of the band’s visit, “We can’t wait to celebrate 34 years of Mötley Crüe with our Australian fans and come over there one last time. We always have an amazing time in Australia and we’re not holding back either... we are bringing along our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as the pyro and every other bell and whistle.”

Ensuring they farewell Australia in epic style, the inimitable Alice Cooper will accompany Mötley Crüe on all Australian dates as very special guest. Once coined the most evil rock singer in the world, Cooper recently suggested Crüe let him kill them on stage, “That finishes everything. Four guillotines, floomp! Done!” he enthused. While his villainous vision may not be realised, an equally evil performance is guaranteed as Cooper unleashes his hard rock classics.

Thirty-four years into one of the most tumultuous and staggeringly successful careers in the history of rock music, Mötley Crüe continue to command unwavering allegiance from fans of all ages. The classic line-up of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars still packs a powerful punch and they’re ready to remind Australian audiences why Mötley Crüe will go down in history as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Tickets for 'The Final Tour' will go on sale at 11am on Wednesday March 4th.For more information, visit Live Nation Australia & New Zealand.

TOUR DATES

MELBOURNE - Tuesday May 12th - Rod Laver Arena

SYDNEY - Saturday May 16th - Allphones Arena

BRISBANE - Tuesday May 19th - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

ADELAIDE - Thursday May 21st - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

PERTH - Saturday May 23rd - Perth Arena

∞  02/18/2015 — 3:50PM

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Placebo's Entire Back Catalogue Now Available on Rdio

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UK androgynous alt-rock outfit Placebo have kickstarted their 20th Anniversary celebrations by making their entire back catalogue available on Rdio.

The band’s self titled first album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music acting as an antithesis to Britpop, inspiring a generation of bands to follow them. Placebo went on to claim their place in British music history with five top ten albums in the UK, collaborating with music legends including amongst others David Bowie, Robert Smith of The Cure and R.E.M's Michael Stipe, as well as playing sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe.

2016 marks 20 years since the band released their eponymous seminal first album and to honour the momentous achievement, the act will release one album a day over the course of the week:

Placebo (1996)

The moving, angst and gritty self titled debut focused largely on themes of drugs, sex, gender confusion and bisexuality. Features 'Teenage Angst' and smash single 'Nancy Boy'

Without You I’m Nothing (1998)

A critical and commercial success, the band's sophomore offering, particularly the track 'Pure Morning' saw them break the US, largely due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for rich-teen-sex-romp film Cruel Intentions. A seemingly more personal and romantically inclined release lyrically.

Black Market Music (2000)

Dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer in early 2000, the band's third LP stayed true to their dark guitar-rock sound and was received well critically, however not as strong commercially as their last. Includes singles 'Special K' and 'Taste In Men'.

Sleeping With Ghosts (2003)

As the title suggests, songwriter Brian Moloko was largely inspired to cathartically write about relationships for the album, purging and processing the events of the past decade. Widely accepted as the album that saw them somewhat step away from their "glam-rock" tendencies into a heavier sound.

Meds (2006)

Again as the title suggests, the theme of alcohol is prevalent throughout this album. The band worked with producer Dimitri Tikovoi to go 'back to basics' and deliver a signature Placebo dark rock album. Includes guest appearances from Micheal Stipe & Alison Mosshart of The Kills.

Battle For The Sun (2009)

Working with producer David Botrill (Tool, Muse, Silverchair), the band deliberately pursued a more positive, lighter approach to songwriting and composition, even utilising new instruments such as trumpet and saxophone.

Visit their artist page to view and play all albums or tune into the Placebo Artist Station.

∞  02/17/2015 — 6:47PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:47PM in Music, News |

New Music Weekly - February 16th, 2015

A brand new week means a brand new New Music Weekly Playlist! Loaded up with our picks of the best fresh singles, albums, EPs and remixes - be sure to subscribe to the playlist to be in the know of newest sounds week to week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

The Canadian hip hop master surprises everyone with an aptly titled out-of-the-blue mix tape, the pre-cursor to his upcoming fourth studio album. Features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travi$ Scott.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

When writing this album, his 6th, Ne-Yo reached out to fans on social media to share their experiences, so that he could write "true stories about real people." Features collabs with Schoolboy Q, Pitbull & T.I.

Dorsal Fins - Mind Renovation

Liam McGorry's (Saskwatch, Eagle & The Worm) side project with a 15 piece ensemble is a kalidescope of sounds - from psych jams and rollicking soul numbers to synthy pop and spoken word.

Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction

Josh Tillman manages to top his 2012 debut 'Fear Fun' with an incredibly passionate, honest and often hilarious account of his misadventures with his wife, Emma.

Marika Hackman - We Sleep At Last

Somewhat haunting and unsettling, the Burburry model/singer/songwriter delivers a superbly subtle, understated and atmospheric debut album.

Imagine Dragons - Smoke & Mirrors

The Las Vegas-based four piece's sophomore album is big on production and polish.

Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Cuban/French twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz deliver experiemental soul with a healthy dollop of afro-cuban sounds.

∞  02/15/2015 — 6:35PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Kim Churchill

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Our second Artist To Watch for 2015 is the very chill Kim Churchill.

The 23 year old surf-loving multi-instrumentalist started his musical journey traversing Australia in a camper van, busking and discovering the country's musical landscape - even entering and winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest Busker Competition -True to his roots, he returns annually to perform the festival's main stage.

His latest recording Silence/Win is a preeminent collection demonstrating maturity and depth. The paradoxically titled release showcases Kim Churchill’s melodic, contemporary, blues and folk sides. Recorded in Vancouver, the 13-track album was produced by legendary heavyweight Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Matthew Good) and includes the noteworthy single 'Window To The Sky' which came in at an impressive #54 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2014.

Known for his dynamic live performances, the sandy haired singer-songwriter is an equally adept instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass drum, percussion, tambourine and harmonica. Be sure to catch him performing in Australia this month before he jets off the the UK for an extensive tour.

Follow Kim Churchill on Rdio to see what music he's favouriting and to give his playlists a spin.

∞  02/11/2015 — 6:27PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:27PM in Artist Spotlights, Music |

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New Music Weekly - February 9th, 2015

With tastes of hip hop, pop, rock, metal and country, a real variety of tunes awaits you on the latest New Music Weekly playlist.

Listen to the New Music Weekly playlist (supported by the Playlist Notes below) and subscribe so that you always know a fresh set is on the way every seven days. (It’s so nice to sit back and let someone else do the work for you for a change, isn’t it?) You can also explore the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page, which has our complete collection of newness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

The Gin Club - Southern Lights

The Brisbane folk rock nine piece's latest offering was actually recorded over 18 months ago. Despite having 10 tracks written by 7 seperate songwriters, it is a triumph of cohesion - every song hammering home the breadth and depth of the group’s talent.

Fifth Harmony - Reflection

The debut album from the X-Factor girl group features guest stars Tyga and Kid Ink, plus a song by Meghan Trainor.

Various Artists - 50 Shades Of Grey Soundtrack

Beyoncé​, Annie Lennox​, Jessie Ware​, Ellie Goulding​, The Weeknd​ - The soundtrack to the forthcoming 50 Shades Of Grey motion picture is wall-to-wall sexy-time sounds.

Kid Ink - Full Speed

The R&B-loving LA rapper’s third album features collaborations with Usher, Chris Brown and R. Kelly.

Roxette - The 30 Biggest Hits

Ahead of their Australian and New Zealand tour, the iconic Swedish pop duo release a collection of their most notable tracks. Includes smash singles 'The Look', 'Must've Been Love', 'Joyride' and 'Listen To Your Heart'.

Kodaline - Coming Up For Air

The Irish quartet once again team up with producer Steve Harris for their emotionally- charged and stadium-rock minded sophomore release.

The Districts - A Flourish And A Spoil

The Pennsylvanian outfit stick to what they know, channeling their reputation for stellar live performances into an album that favours powerful vocals and big guitar sounds.

∞  02/08/2015 — 7:53PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 7:53PM in Music |

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Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio Service in New Zealand

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Rdio has updated its New Zealand app to lead with ad-supported free Internet radio, offering users more ways to listen to their favourite music on Rdio.

New Zealand music fans can now instantly enjoy free programmed Internet radio stations with no trial or subscription necessary. Rdio’s ad-supported Internet radio features 20 times more music than the leading Internet radio service and a wide variety of innovative features for personalization and discovery. New Zealand users now have access to algorithmic artist and genre-based stations, human-curated stations programmed to fit any mood or activity, personalized stations tuned to each individual listener, and stations based on tastemakers.

Rdio provides the most comprehensive catalogue of music worldwide, with more than 32 million songs for listeners to enjoy anytime, anywhere – on phones, online, on connected devices at home or in cars. Rdio is the only music services that lets fans choose between leaning back to hear a curated Rdio radio station based on the genres they like, or leaning forward to pick the specific songs and albums they want to hear on-demand.

“We are in the very early days of music streaming and there is a huge opportunity to bring this remarkable experience to people around the world,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio. “We're focused on offering the world's best streaming experience built around the listener – anytime and anywhere – tuned to you. We now lead with a free stations experience combined with the option to upgrade to a full on-demand subscription service that offers access to any song, album or playlist. We are thrilled to begin offering this unique combination to users in New Zealand.”

Rdio’s free Internet radio service is enabled around the world through innovative advertising and promotion partnerships. Over the past 12 months, Rdio has forged strong relationships with partners in New Zealand and Australia including Live Nation, serving as the company’s exclusive streaming partner. This exciting long-term partnership will see Rdio fully integrated across Live Nation New Zealand and Australia digital platforms.

Rdio also participates in and supports the New Zealand music industry, supporting both emerging and established artists through Rdio’s core music programs including the New Music Weekly playlist and station, Rdio Recommends, as well as through social media promotion.

For the past year Rdio has partnered with St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival to deliver fans the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival app, which provides festival-goers with a personal, digital guide to the event. Due to the success of this partnership, Rdio will continue as the Festival’s exclusive music streaming partner for 2015.

Rdio’s commitment to providing music fans around the world access to a superior music streaming experience anytime, anywhere can be seen through recent strategic partnerships with connected device brands, mobile apps and automotive companies including:

Shazam whereby users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

SoundHound which also connects listeners directly with Rdio and enables every song discovered to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio

Rdio’s current wireless speaker partnerships include SONOS, Google Cast for audio, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook

Google Chromecast casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps

Through an exclusive global partnership between Rdio, automotive parts and systems supplier Bosch, and manufacturers Jaguar and Land Rover, drivers can interact with Rdio’s online and offline features through the InControl Apps platform. Rdio also provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

∞  02/03/2015 — 3:06PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:06PM in New Features, News |

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New Music Weekly - February 2nd, 2015

This week's New Music Weekly playlist will make you dance, rock and swoon. The hand-picked mix features only the very best of the latest offerings, including the long awaited and anticipated new singles from Courtney Barnett, Daniel Johns, Death Cab For Cutie and The Black Keys.

If this New Music Weekly playlist makes you want to hear more, subscribe to get a new set each week and head over to the Rdio New Releases page in order to listen to the full albums right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - The Third

Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, The rockabilly revivalists' teritary release sees them come of age. Assured song-writing and a more diverse, confident sound are at the forefront.

Title Fight - Hyperview

The Pennsylvania hardcore act push themselves outside of the punk-music box with a lush, ambiently aggressive album with touches of shoe-gazing, melodic pop.

Milo Greene - Control

The cinematic pop group with four singers spin dark tales over light uptempo beats on their second album.

All We Are - All We Are

The Liverpudlian trio describe their debut album as "psychedelic boogie". Produced by Bat For Lashes producer Dan Carey.

Beats Spacek - Modern Streets

Veteran UK producer and vocalist Steve Spacek's latest LP is an execution of modernity, created using iPhone and iPad apps.

The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning

Produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, it's a return to the rootsy, folk path from the Brooklyn-based three piece. Striking meodies and vocal harmonies are enhanced by subtle strings and understated horns.

Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues

The quintet indulge themselves in impressionism on their fourth full-length. A delightful "prog-grass" romp, utilizing traditional bluegrass instrumentation with elements of classical, alternative rock and jazz.

∞  02/01/2015 — 6:23PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:23PM in Music |

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New Features Add Functionality to Favourites

Last September we introduced Favourites on Rdio, allowing listeners to quickly collect their favourite songs, albums, stations, artists and playlists with the tap of a button. Now we’re adding even more functionality to Favourites — four new features make it easier than ever to listen to the songs you love the most.

  • Multi-Select Your Favourite Tracks
    On the web, you can quickly select multiple tracks from an album or playlist to add them to your Favourites. Command+click the tracks you like, then right click to favourite them.

  • Play Just Your Favourites
    Want to play only your favourite tracks on an album? Check out the “Play favourite songs” option on web and mobile.

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  • Start Exploring With Listener Favourites
    Introduce yourself to new music on Rdio by starting with the most popular songs on an album to find your own hits (or misses). The most favourited songs on an album are now easy to find with the new Listener Favourite icon.

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  • Sort Your Favourites by Most Played
    It’s now easy to find your favourite Favourites. Back by popular demand, you can sort your favourite tracks by the number of times you’ve listened to them. On the web, choose “Most Played” to order your top tracks by play count.

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We'll continue to roll out more new features in the coming weeks, based on your listener feedback. We're dedicated to making Rdio the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

∞  01/27/2015 — 6:52PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:52PM in New Features, Tips & Tricks |