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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - The 1975

Rdio brings you another exciting and exclusive live recording from our Rdio Sessions series, this time from enigmatic English indie rockers The 1975.

Recorded in Sydney earlier this year, the band laid down three alluring acoustic performances of tracks from their stunning self-titled debut album - the lust, intoxication and unabashed gritty modern youth-laden ’The 1975’.

Critics have long been bemused and thrlled by the Manchester four-piece and their amorphous drifts between brooding alt-rock, crisp electronica, dancefloor R&B and 80’s gloss pop. ”I Don’t think it’s confusing,” says lead singer Matty Healy, ”Feeling a lack of identity and the searching within oneself to acquire a real understanding of what you want to be, that’s something that loads of people can connect with. It’s so strange that with music people want so many rules.”

The band strip things right back with this Rdio Session, the acoustic renditions really showcasing the heart and soul of their tracks ‘Chocolate’, ’Sex’ and ’Is There Somebody Who Can Watch Over You’ as well as Matty’s street-smart yet vunerable vocals.

We’ve got even more installments of Rdio Sessions on the way for your ears; in the meantime, listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.

∞  09/15/2014 — 6:01PM

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Exclusive: Stream Lowell’s Album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’

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In another exclusive, Rdio users can stream ‘We Loved Her Dearly’, the debut album from Canadian songstress Lowell exclusively on Rdio before it’s available anywhere else.

Lowell is like dynamite - ferocious, unrelenting and determined. Her honest and heartfelt debut EP ‘I Killed Sarah. V’ garnered the attention of fans and critics alike.

‘We Loved Her Dearly’ picks up where ‘I Killed Sarah. V’ left off, challenging gender conventions and inspiring freedom from social limitations; brilliantly blending deliriously catchy melodies and feminist punk gender politics. Lowell’s refreshingly rebellious approach is what stands her unique brand of sophisticated synth-infused pop apart from the rest.

Follow Lowell on Rdio and discover what she’s listening to.

∞  09/14/2014 — 5:06PM

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Rdio Presents Sam Smith ‘In The Lonely Hour’ Australian Tour

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His soulful voice has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, now baby-faced crooner Sam Smith is set to bring his highly anticipated In The Lonely Hour tour to Australia in April/May 2015!

Sam Smith first announced himself to the world as the distinct guest vocalist on Disclosure’s chart-scorching breakthrough track Latch. He then featured on Naughty Boy’s number 1 hit single La La La, amassing a monumental 400 million views on Youtube and counting.

In July of last year, Smith released the Nirvana EP. A unique fusion of soul and pop, the EP showcased both his breathtaking vocal abilities and adeptly melancholic lyricism. Anticipation had reached fever pitch by the time he released his debut album In The Lonely Hour and boy, did he deliver. An astonishing debut that is equal parts heartbreaking and stirring, In The Lonely Hour has already gone Gold in Australia, debuting at #2 on the ARIA Albums Chart and has spawned three hit singles to date - Money On My Mind, Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One.

Live and on-stage Sam Smith is a force of nature. His tour of Australia next April and May is set to be some of the most talked about performances of 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Tickets go on sale Monday September 15th, click here for all the information.

Saturday 25th April - BRISBANE - Riverstage (All Ages)

Monday 27th April - SYDNEY - Hordern Pavilion (All Ages)

Tuesday 28th April - SYDNEY - Hordern Pavilion (All Ages)

Thursday 30th April - MELBOURNE - Margaret Court Arena (All Ages)

Friday 1st May - ADELAIDE - AEC Theatre (All Ages)

Monday 4th May - PERTH - HBF Stadium (All Ages)

∞  09/07/2014 — 4:00PM

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Exclusive: Stream One Day’s Debut Album ‘Mainline’ 1 Week Early

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In another local exclusive, Rdio users can stream ‘Mainline’, the debut album from Australian hip hop collective One Day exclusively on Rdio from today - 1 week before it’s available anywhere else.

Comprised of respected Australian hip hop outfits Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride, One Day have captivated Triple J audiences with their lead single ‘Love Me Less’ since the very first spin. Off the back of it’s success, ’Mainline’ is rightly tipped to be one of the most razor-sharp and progressive Australian hip hop records of recent times.

One Day is more than a supergroup, with all seven artists coming together to write and record collaboratively. Influenced by different experiences and achievements, each artist has brought their history, personality and sound seamlessly to the album.

“There’s definitely a competitive edge to the crew and this album brought that out in us; each individual in the group knew that they had to bring their strongest work to the table. This has always been a strength of One Day, it brings out the best in us.” – Nick Lupi, Spit Syndicate

One Day will be touring ’Mainline’ across Australia throughout September. The shows will be comprised of individual sets from Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride and a collaborative finale hosting all seven members on stage together for the first time.

Follow One Day on Rdio and discover what they are listening to.

∞  07/24/2014 — 8:23PM

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Exclusive: Stream Judas Priest’s ‘Redeemer Of Souls’

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Attention all metal fans and Judas Priest worshippers, Rdio and AndrewHaugRdio are giving you an Australian and New Zealand exclusive - stream Judas Priest’s new album ’Redeemer Of Souls’ exclusively before its release on Friday, July 11th.

’Redeemer Of Souls’ is the iconic band’s 17th LP. In their own words, “Raising the bar is consistent for us and this album hits the ground running...We feel ’Redeemer Of Souls’ reinforces our passion for what we believe in from the Judas Priest style heavy metal.”

First bursting onto the scene with 1974’s ’Rocka Rolla’, Judas Priest is arguably responsible for some of metal’s all-time great albums - 1980’s ‘British Steel’, 1982’s ’Screaming For Vengance’ and 1990’s ’Painkiller’. 2014 and this latest album release marks the 40th anniversary of the band.

The album is exclusively available for pre-stream at AndrewHaugRadio, powered by Rdio.

∞  07/06/2014 — 11:15PM

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Rdio Presents 360's ‘Utopia’ National Tour

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Rdio is proud to present the always outspoken and often controversial 360 and his ‘Utopia’ national Australian tour. The straight-talking, ARIA award winning hip hop artist is set to head out on his biggest ever run of dates across the country this September.

Fresh from supporting Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and J Cole earlier this year, the ‘Utopia’ tour will be 360’s first headline shows in over 2 years.

The rapper’s last album ‘Falling and Flying’ went double platinum and delivered six certified smash hit singles - ‘Boys Like You’ (4 x Platinum), ‘Child’ (Platinum), ‘Run Alone’ (Platinum), ‘Killer’ (Gold), ‘Just Got Started’ (Gold), ‘Throw It Away’ (Gold). Anticipation and expectations are high for his third LP ‘Utopia’, due for release Friday, June 13th.

Tickets including special packages for the ‘Utopia’ national tour go on sale Friday June 6th, visit 360music.com.au for all the information. 

Wednesday 3rd September - CANBERRA - UC Refectory (18+)  

Friday 5th September - SYDNEY - Hordern Pavilion (Licensed All Ages) 

Saturday 6th September - BRISBANE - The Arena (U18’s)           

Saturday 6th September - BRISBANE - The Arena (18+)             

Wednesday 10th September - HOBART - Uni Bar (18+)      

Friday 12th September - MELBOURNE - Festival Hall (Licensed All Ages) 

Saturday 13th September - ADELAIDE - Thebarton Theatre (Licensed All Ages) 

Friday 19th September - PERTH - Metro City (18+) 

Saturday 20th September - PERTH - Astor Theatre (Licenced All Ages) 

∞  05/26/2014 — 2:43PM

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Jason Derulo's Tattoos Tour Heads to Australia and New Zealand

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Rdio is proud to bring you Jason Derulo, and his “Tattoos” Australian and New Zealand Tour. Armed with an array of multi-platinum hits and incredible dance moves, the heavy-hitter of infectious pop tunes is set to wow audiences down under this April and May.

To get ready for the shows we’ve created a tour playlist of his biggest and best hits. Listen to chart-toppers like "Trumpets," "In My Head," "Talk Dirty," "Whatcha Say" and more on Rdio.

For complete tour and ticket information visit Live Nation

Thursday 24th April - AUCKLAND - Vector Arena
Saturday 26th April - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena
Tuesday 29th April - CANBERRA - Canberra Royal Theatre
Thursday 1st May - NEWCASTLE - Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Saturday 3rd May - BRISBANE - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Monday 5th May - SYDNEY - QANTAS Credit Union Arena
Thursday 8th May - ADELAIDE - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Saturday 10th May - PERTH - Perth Arena

∞  04/14/2014 — 5:32PM

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World Exclusive: Celine Dion Shares Album Commentary

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Celine Dion is back with her first English language album in five years. Loved Me Back to Life features duets with Stevie Wonder and Ne-Yo and was produced by a team of top producers including Babyface and Tricky Stewart. It’s a very fresh feeling and new release for the timeless diva, and now she’s sharing a behind the scenes view of it with you. Listen to the Loved Me Back to Life - RDIO Exclusive Commentary Version to hear Celine discuss her thoughts, feelings and motivations behind her latest release.

∞  11/19/2013 — 11:24AM

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At Rdio Sessions: Missy Higgins

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Australian songstress Missy Higgins is hot off her tour with Gotye and back with The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle — she stopped by the Rdio HQ Penthouse for a performance last Friday. With the city of San Francisco as her backdrop, the Melbourne musician moved dexterously from the keyboards to guitar.

Ever wanted to know Missy’s favorite city to play and the song she can’t get out of her head? She indulged us and filled out an Rdio Survey. Find her answers below and view some fantastic photos of the event on Facebook.

Rdio Sessions - Missy Higgins

∞  07/04/2012 — 4:00PM

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Missy Higgins Brings The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle on Tour

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Missy Higgins aims for the stars. Having already gone #1 in Australia with both of her albums thus far, the Melbourne-born pop singer-songwriter is once again baiting her line to hook listeners with unforgettable, tuneful compositions. The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle was inspired, she admits, by the ambient songs of bands like Low, Sigur Ros, and Modern Classical composer Arvo Pärt.

Listen to The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle on Rdio now, and make sure to catch Missy Higgins when her current Australian tour brings the razzle dazzle to your neck of the woods.

∞  06/04/2012 — 8:00PM