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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

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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

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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 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 - Dates & Locations Announced

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Rdio is proud to present St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for another year! The Laneway Festival - which turned 10 this year - has just announced the 2015 Australasian festival dates and venue details.

In 2015, the festival returns to New Zealand and five Australian cities. An urban music experience like no other, the [Laneway Festival][2] continues to define itself by its creative collabs (food, markets, local art and more) and A+ line-up.

The full festival line-up will be announced at 9AM on Thursday 2 October - In the meantime, get in a Laneway-state-of-mind with a recap of 2014’s amazing line up.

AUCKLAND: MONDAY 26 JANUARY - SILO PARK

This urban pocket will dish up a day to remember as punters take in music between the Waitemata Harbour and towering Silos. There's plenty of gems back for another year, including The Vivian, fresh local markets and the Thunderdome in Silo Seven.

BRISBANE: SATURDAY 31 JANUARY - BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS (16+)

Brisbane Laneway punters are going to be thrilled: the festival will be held on a Saturday for the first time in six years. Plus it’s moving to a completely new, more spacious part of the RNA grounds. Same convenient location: new, improved look and feel. The festival will showcase an impressive line-up of local artistic talent, turning the venue into a creative celebration of both music and the arts. Brisbane Laneway will be open to punters 16 years and older for the first time.

SYDNEY: SUNDAY 1 FEBRUARY - SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (SCA), ROZELLE

Laneway’s long-time home at the SCA in Rozelle combines the natural beauty of Callan Park with the historic sandstone of the College. The addition of two main stages to the natural amphitheatre worked a treat last time and we welcome back the SCA artists who enhanced the site with their work, along with some of the city’s finest food vendors.

ADELAIDE: FRIDAY 6 FEBRUARY - HARTS MILL, PORT ADELAIDE (16+)

After its successful debut in 2014, Laneway returns to the historic site at Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, where an industrial space meets the stunning waterfront of the Port River. The festival promises more grass, incredible food and more shade as it continues to step up the grade at this gorgeous venue. Adelaide will also welcome those aged 16 years and older for the very first time.

MELBOURNE: SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY - FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE (FCAC) AND THE RIVER’S EDGE

FCAC and the River’s Edge is the now long-running venue for the spiritual home of the Laneway Festival. Sit on the grass and catch the breeze as you watch the bands on the Amphitheatre Stage or down by the Dean Turner stage on the water. Stellar amenities plus an extravagant Food Village will also feature.

FREMANTLE: SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY - ESPLANADE RESERVE AND WEST END

This year's move from Perth to Fremantle’s historic West End and Esplanade Reserve was a good idea. There’s a more free flowing space, with pop up restaurants, food stalls and markets helping create the perfect setting for a summer music festival. Watch your favourite artists underneath the giant Norfolk Pines of the Reserve and catch a ride on the resident ferris wheel to take in the stunning views over both the city and the harbour.

∞  09/08/2014 — 10:38PM

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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: Rdio Sessions - Heavenly Indie Pop from Lucius

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This years’s Rdio Sessions at SXSW featured a diverse line up of up-and-comers performing exclusive live sets, with acts like Tokyo Police Club, Tensnake, Haerts, Little Boots and Ty Dolla $ign storming the stage. Now, for the first time since it all went down in Austin, you can hear the Rdio Sessions performance from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform song’s from their stunning debut album Wildewoman

If this is your first introduction to Lucius, expect to be completely charmed. Songs like ‘Go Home’, ‘Wildewoman’, ‘Turn It Around’ and ‘Until We Get There’ show off lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe’s playful rapport and easy sense of humour. The lovely ladies harmonise beautifully together, making each tune instantly memorable.

∞  07/31/2014 — 9:56PM

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Rdio Presents Stereosonic 2014 - Artist Line Up

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Rdio is proud to present Stereosonic for another year! As one of Australia’s most loved and multi-award winning music festivals, Stereosonic has delivered a massive line up for 2014, wall to wall with today’s leading and emerging artists from the house, techno, trance, bass, electro and EDM music scenes:

Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Diplo, Disclosure, W&W and DJ Snake will headline the first of the two days with Skrillex, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Showtek, Dash Berlin and special guest Carl Cox leading the charge for the second day.

Held over two weekends in five cities, Stereosonic continues to create an incredible experience for festival goers, with breathtaking production and immaculate festival grounds complimenting the world class line-up.

SYDNEY - Sat Nov 29th & Sun Nov 30th - Sydney Showgrounds PERTH - Sat Nov 29th & Sun Nov 30th - Claremont Showground ADELAIDE - Fri Dec 5th & Sat Dec 6th - Adelaide Showground MELBOURNE - Sat Dec 6th & Sun Dec 7th - Melbourne Showgrounds BRISBANE - Sat Dec 6th & Sun Dec 7th - Brisbane Showgrounds

Stereosonic pre-sale commences Wednesday July 30th from 8pm (AEST) General public on-sale commences Tuesday August 5th at 8pm (AEST)

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Stereosonic 2014 Artist Line-up:

Calvin Harris, Tiësto Diplo, Disclosure (DJ Set), W&W, DJ Snake Duke Dumont, Will Sparks, RL Grime, Peking Duk NERVO, Cedric Gervais, Cosmic Gate, Andrew Rayel Tale Of Us, Destructo, Ørjan Nilsen, Nina Kraviz Oliver Heldens, Wilkinson, Scuba, Cash Cash, Kölsch, MaRLo, Mano Le Tough, Shogun, Uberjak’d Mark Sixma, Nina Las Vegas, Timmy Trumpet M4SONIC, Tigerlily, Generik and L D R U & Yahtzel

Skrillex, Alesso, Steve Aoki Showtek, Dash Berlin, Carl Cox Porter Robinson (Live) Laidback Luke, New World Punx TJR, Ferry Corsten, Noisia, Deorro, Headhunterz, MK DVBBS, Booka Shade (Live), Markus Schulz, What So Not Joel Fletcher, John O’Callaghan, Foreign Beggars Hot Since 82, Alison Wonderland, Crookers, Jack Beats The Aston Shuffle, Route 94, Simon Patterson, Alex Metric Deetron, Kaz James, Ilan Bluestone, Acid Jacks and Nick Thayer

∞  07/29/2014 — 9:54PM

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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