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Exclusive: SOHN Shakes Up Rdio Sessions

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You can hear the world-wise poise in the music of English electronic artist SOHN (aka Christopher Taylor). Since 2010, he has called Vienna his home, where his work as a producer for himself as well as for rising stars like Banks along with remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Disclosure have earned him shout outs from unique artists like Lorde and Miguel.

SOHN’s exclusive Rdio Sessions was performed at Decibelle Recording Studio in San Francisco and features highlights from his deliciously dark and soulful debut album Tremors, including the singles 'Bloodflows' and 'Lessons'.

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more live sets from this eclectic series, including recent performances by Daughtry, Jon Pardi, Lucius and many more.

∞  10/21/2014 — 5:02PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 5:02PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives, Music |

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Exclusive: SOHN Shakes Up Rdio Sessions

You can hear the world-wise poise in the music of English electronic artist SOHN (aka Christopher Taylor). Since 2010, he has called Vienna his home, where his work as a producer for himself as well as for rising stars like Banks along with remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Disclosure have earned him shout outs from unique artists like Lorde and Miguel.

SOHN’s exclusive Rdio Sessions was performed at Decibelle Recording Studio in San Francisco and features highlights from his deliciously dark and soulful debut album Tremors, including the singles “Bloodflows” and “Lessons.” Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more live sets from this eclectic series, including recent performances by Daughtry, Jon Pardi, Lucius, and many more.

∞  10/21/2014 — 10:11AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:11AM in Exclusives |

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Rdio Now With iOS 8 and CarPlay Support

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Today we’re announcing an exciting update for iOS 8 that continues our commitment to creating the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

Our latest update includes:
- CarPlay Support. We’re one of the first music services to be integrated into Apple’s CarPlay. Control Rdio playback and navigate your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars.
- Interactive Notifications. Play music and follow people directly from an Rdio push notification.
-Optimized Visuals. Enjoy high-resolution images and album artwork with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+.

Download Rdio for iOS and try out the new features for yourself. Be sure to follow @Rdio on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our apps.

∞  10/19/2014 — 9:31PM

Posted by Rdio at 9:31PM in New Features, News |

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Introducing High-Quality AAC Audio Across The Globe

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Today we’re happy to announce we’ve converted our entire catalog of over 30 million songs to high-quality AAC audio. Listeners around the world now have four sound quality settings to choose from across iOS, Android, and the web. All Rdio users can choose between data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to 192 kbps. Rdio Unlimited subscribers now also have the option of listening in pristine-quality 320 kbps. Plus individually select your audio settings for a variety of uses, whether you’re using Wi-Fi or cellular streaming or listening to offline downloads.

Our commitment to sound quality also deepens today with our partnership with Bob Weir, the legendary founding member of the Grateful Dead and champion of Musicians for Audio Quality Initiative. To celebrate this milestone, we’re releasing an exclusive catalog of Bob Weir tracks recorded at the Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI Studios), his state of the art studio in Marin County, CA. The catalog features Weir as well as musicians like Dave Schools, Sammy Hagar, and many others.

Download the latest updates to Rdio on iOS and Android to start this exciting new listening experience today.

∞  10/16/2014 — 3:36PM

Posted by Rdio at 3:36PM in New Features, News |

EXCLUSIVE: Daughtry’s Rocking Rdio Session

US band Daughtry has been rocking for seven years strong. Fronted by American Idol alumni Chris Daughtry, the group has become one of the most successful acts to be associated with the reality show, blowing past the small domestic screen to achieve international success.

Their live performance for our exclusive Rdio Sessions showcases songs from last year’s risk-taking album Baptised (including the title track, ’Long Live Rock & Roll’ and ’Waiting For Superman’) alongside ’Home’, a single from the multi-platinum selling self-titled debut album that topped the Billboard’s Adult Top 40 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in 2007.

Head over to the Rdio Sessions Station for frequently updated highlights of this multi-genre live series that’s recorded all over the world in front of Rdio listeners just like you.

∞  10/14/2014 — 6:26PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:26PM |

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Rdio Presents St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 - Line Up Announced!

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A few weeks ago we announced Rdio as a proud presenting partner of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for another year - now we can finally share the Australian and New Zealand line ups with you and can we just say - they are doozys!

AUSTRALIAN LINE UP (In Alphabetical Order)

Agnes DeMarco (aka Mac Demarco’s mum!) / Andy Bull / Angel Olsen / BANKS / Benjamin Booker / Caribou / Connan Mockasin / Courtney Barnett / Dune Rats / Eagulls / Eves (East Coast Only) / FKA Twigs / Flight Facilities / Flying Lotus (Layer 3) / Future Islands (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Highasakite / Jesse Davidson (Adelaide Only) / Jon Hopkins (Adelaide Only) / Jungle / Little Dragon / Lykke Li / Mac Demarco / Mansionair / Perfect Pussy / Peter Bibby / POND / Ratking / Raury / Royal Blood (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Rustie / Seekae / SOHN / St Vincent (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Vic Mensa

NEW ZEALAND LINE UP (In Alphabetical Order)

Angel Olsen / Angus and Julia Stone / BANKS]5 / Belle and Sebastian / Bespin / Connan Mockasin / Courtney Barnett / Eagulls / FKA Twigs / Flying Lotus (Layer 3) / Future Islands (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Heavy / Jakob / Jon Hopkins (Adelaide Only) / Jungle / Literal Fuck / Little Dragon / Lykke Li / Mac Demarco / Perfect Pussy / Princess Chelsea / Quarks! / Race Banyon / Ratking / Royal Blood (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Rustie / SOHN / St Vincent (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Tiny Ruins / Vic Mensa

Follow St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Australia and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival NZ on Rdio.

∞  10/01/2014 — 6:03PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:03PM in Events, Exclusives |

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AIR Announces Rdio as Major Partner of Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

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The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce leading digital music streaming service, Rdio Australia, as a Major Partner of the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards.

As part of the partnership, Rdio will present the Best Independent Album Award in 2014, further demonstrating the streaming service’s commitment to fostering local talent - nominees for the catagory are:

Chet Faker - ’Built On Glass’

RUFUS - ’Atlas’

Sia - ’1000 Forms Of Fear’

Total Control - ’Typical System’

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost’

“Rdio Australia is thrilled to be able to award those paving the way in Australia’s independent music community at this year’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards,” said Colin Blake, Head of Territory Australia & New Zealand at Rdio.

Since its beginnings, Rdio Australia has worked hand in hand with Australia’s indie labels to profile, promote and support local artists. To achieve this, Rdio actively invests in the local music industry and delivers holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

“Rdio is passionate about championing local independent talent and we hope this partnership will give Australia’s best up-and-coming artists the opportunity to become established artists in Australia’s ever growing music scene,” Blake commented.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rdio on board as a Major Partner for the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards. It is fantastic to have Rdio support AIR in our objectives of promoting the interests and development of Australian independent musicians, labels and music companies,” said Joanna Cameron, Communications Manager for AIR.

Presented and produced by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards are an opportunity for Australian labels, artists and the industry at large to celebrate the successes of some of the country’s most vibrant and eclectic artists. For more information on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here. To stream tracks from Australia’s hottest independent artists, head to Rdio or follow the AIR profile.

∞  09/29/2014 — 9:03PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:03PM in Events, Exclusives |

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The Faders Announce Australia & New Zealand F.U.N 2 Tour

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Get ready to get down - Aussie DJ darlings The Faders have announced a slew of club dates across Aus and NZ and Rdio are proud as punch to be presenting them.

2014 is shaping up to be the duo’s hugest year yet - a new album, support slots on the hugely anticipated Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour and now their own headline shows.

Known for their ability to bring the party, The Faders jam-pack their sets with feel good hip hop, old school R’N’B and mainstream pop hits. Make sure you get along to one of their shows so you an experience the F.U.N first hand - Dates for their shows are as follows, to purchase tickets, click here:

Friday 3rd October - SYDNEY - Albion Hotel

Saturday 4th October - GOLD COAST - Komune

Wednesday October 8th - AUCKLAND - Vector Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus) & Roxy

Friday October 10th - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus) & Eve Bar

Friday October 17th - SYDNEY - Allphones Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus)

Saturday October 18th - MELBOURNE - Crown Golden Ale Marquee (Caulfield Cup)

Saturday November 1st - MELBOURNE - Savoy Tavern

Friday November 7th & 8th - DARWIN - The Vic

Friday November 14th - ADELAIDE - Victoria Hotel

Saturday November 15th - BERWICK - Dance Nightclub

Friday November 21st - WOLLONGONG - Hotel Illawarra

Saturday November 22nd - BYRON BAY - Beach Hotel

Wednesday December 31st - SYDNEY - Sydney Opera House

The Faders are on Rdio - Follow them to see what music they’re favouriting and subscribe to their bangin’ playlists.

∞  09/29/2014 — 6:48PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:48PM in Events, Exclusives, Influencer Spotlights |

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Rdio Presents Ed Sheeran 2015 Australian & New Zealand Tour

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Everyone’s favourite ginger haired singer-songwriter will be returning to our shores for his biggest tour to date!

Ed Sheeran will be performing in arenas across Australia and New Zealand in March and April 2015, becoming the first musician in twenty years to undertake a headline national arena tour completely solo - accompanied on stage by only a loop pedal, his trusty acoustic guitar and his catalogue of hit songs.

In good news for fans, everyone has an equal opportunity to score the best seats in the house - tickets to the entire tour will be available for the same price - $99 (+fees).

This will be his fourth visit down under in as many years - All six shows on his first headline tour in 2012 sold out straight away and his return in 2013 received a similar reaction with additional shows added rapidly to meet demand.

Ed’s latest album ‘x’ - featuring lead single ‘Sing’ and it’s biting follow up ‘Don’t’ - is a world-wide smash, having debuted at #1 in twelve countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

With the triple talent of intuitive songwriting, infectious charisma and hip hop flow, it’s a sure bet these shows will sell out fast, so make sure you get in quick!

Tickets go on sale from 10am, Thursday October 2nd, click here for all the information.

UPDATE 1/9 - Due to massive demand, second shows have been added in Sydney (on Wednesday 25th March), Melbourne (on Sunday 29th March) and Brisbane (on Saturday 21th March).

UPDATE 2/9 - With shows selling out upon announce, third shows have been added in Sydney (on Thursday 26th March) and Melbourne (on Monday 30th March) as well as a second show in Adelaide (on Thursday 2nd April).

UPDATE 10/9 - A third Brisbane date has been confirmed for Sunday 22 March at Brisbane’s Riverstage and a second concert will take place on Sunday 5 April at Perth Arena.

Friday 20th March, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd March - BRISBANE - Riverstage (All Ages)

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th March - SYDNEY - QANTAS Credit Union Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th March, Monday 30th March - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)

Wednesday 1st April & Thursday 2nd April - ADELAIDE - AEC Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April - PERTH - Perth Arena (All Ages)

Wednesday 8th April - CHRISTCHURCH - Horncastle Arena (All Ages)

Friday 10th April - WELLINGTON - TSB Bank Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 11th April - AUCKLAND - Vector Arena (All Ages)

∞  09/24/2014 — 3:06AM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:06AM in Artist Spotlights, Events, Exclusives |

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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - Strange Talk

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The next exciting and exclusive live recording in our Rdio Sessions series comes from Aussie electro pop charmer’s Strange Talk.

The Melbourne 4 piece are all about combining indie sensibilities with EDM beats - crisp summer-inspired sounds packed full of shimmering synths and pulsing pop vibes. Says front man Stephen Docker, ”It’s odd; you’ve got a classically trained violinist, a dance producer with a DJ background and two funk/soul musicians. It’s weird how it all gels together, but that’s the unique flavour of Strange Talk.”

Recorded in Austin at SXSW earlier this year, the band performed a mix of tracks from their buzz-worthy debut EP Strange Talk - ’Is It Real?’ and ’Eskimo Boy’ - as well as their debut LP Cast Away - ’Climbing Walls’ and title track ’Cast Away’.

There’s even more Rdio Sessions to come, until then, you can listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.

Also, follow Strange Talk on Rdio to see what music they’re listening to and loving.

∞  09/22/2014 — 6:29PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:29PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |