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Announcing Rdio's Best of 2012 Award Winners

Best of 2012

Move over, ARIA, Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Awards are here! It took a lot of statistical (and, um, creative) research to determine the winner of such categories as Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest and Album With The Most Swag, but we finally have the definitive answers.

Without further ado, it’s time for a drumroll. Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of Rdio’s Best Of 2012 are ready for their closeups:

Album That Never Left Your Heavy Rotation
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
From “Super Rich Kids” and “Thinkin’ Bout You” to “Pyramids” and “Forrest Gump,” Ocean kept us pressing play over and over again.

Best Reason to Wait for the Beat to Drop
18 Months - Calvin Harris
The Scottish DJ/producer kept hands in the air with meteoric anthems like “Feel So Close” and “Sweet Nothing.”

Album With the Most Swag
Based on a T.R.U. Story - 2 Chainz
The Atlanta rapper has had a huge year, with a gold single (“No Lie”) and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, but this honour is his most effortless.

Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest
Cobra Juicy - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburg’s strangest act will help you come of age with its fifth album.

Album You Can’t Resist Singing Along To
Tornado - Little Big Town
The fifth album from the Nashville country heroes is undeniably their most infectious.

Best Reason Not to Skip Through the Commercials
“The Scientist” - Willie Nelson
Nelson’s astonishing cover of Coldplay’s song is one of the year’s great surprises.

They Brought The Rock in 2012
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
The Canadian duo handily avoids the sophomore slump by truly throwing down on this album.

Supergroup Album of the Year
A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits
A dash of Spoon and a heap of Wolf Parade equals an indie giant mix.

Best Music to Walk Home To
Lonerism - Tame Impala
The sophomore album from the Australian psychdelic rockers is perfect for your most introspective stroll.

Most Enchanting Album of the Year
Bloom - Beach House
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally stole our hearts with their first new album in two years, a project that brought the Baltimore duo to Texas to record.

Breakout Album of the Year
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
A return to simplicity and sincerity took this folk rock debut to the far reaches.

If We Could Recommend One Album To You This Year It Would Be
Mia Pharoah - Miniature Tigers
Keep in mind how many thousands of titles come across our headphones each year, but seriously, check out this dreamy Brooklyn indie pop immediately.

Bask in the aural glory of the winners circle with our Best of 2012: Award Winners playlist below:


∞  12/17/2012 — 2:00PM

MusicRecommended By Rdio

Best of 2012: Staff Picks


The diverse Rdio staff has many teams and departments, but all share a deep love for music. We got everyone together — support, mobile, marketing, and more — and delved back into the past 12 months to pick our absolute top tunes of the year. Want to know the songs that we couldn’t take off of repeat? Hear the Best of 2012: Staff Picks playlist now.

∞  12/10/2012 — 2:00PM

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Celebrate the Season With Rdio's New Holiday Music Mix


If you can’t bear another year of listening to the same old Christmas carols, Rdio’s New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist has four dozen hand-picked audio treats to help you get into the spirit without putting “Jingle Bells” in your head in an incessant loop.

The holidays bring out the tender side of some, as on Elvis Presley's romantic “Blue Christmas.” It also can ignite hot passion, like Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s "Winter Palace,” or push a person to the heights of their abilities — just listen to Kelly Clarkson’s diva-tastic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

A newly remastered version of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Great Pumpkin Waltz” and a duet of “This Christmas” by Grease co-stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta tug at nostalgic heartstrings, while contemporary acts like Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, and Cee-Lo keep the party grounded in the present tense.

The season sounds bold and bright on the New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist.

∞  11/29/2012 — 2:00PM

ExclusivesMusic

Stars presents The North and The Greatest Pop Songs playlist

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Canadian orchestral pop troupe Stars have been one of the most consistent indie groups of the last decade, releasing beautiful variations on their lush, melancholic sound. But they’re pop songsmiths at heart — their albums have been slowly focusing more and more on songcraft as they progress, and their latest album, The North, is no exception.

Stars teamed up with Rdio to create The Greatest Pop Songs curated by Stars, a playlist of great pop songs that never made it to the top forty. You may not have heard them before, but you won’t forget them now. Listen below:

∞  09/05/2012 — 6:00PM

ExclusivesMusic

Shovels & Rope Unveil New Album a Week Early on Rdio

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South Carolina duo Shovels & Rope play a timeless, freewheelin’ brand of alt-folk that hearkens as far back as Johnny & June Cash and as modern as Jack White. Their first single, “Birmingham,” was a clattering, joyous affair, punctuated by harmonica and junkyard drums. Next week, the duo will release their debut full-length, O’ Be Joyful, but why wait? The album is on Rdio now, a week before the official release date.

The duo have also been busy putting together a playlist of their favorite songs. The 1-2 album-playlist punch is below.

∞  07/27/2012 — 6:00PM

ExclusivesMusic

Preview Dappled Cities’ Lake Air a Week Early on Rdio

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On their last album, Sydney romantics Dappled Cities piled on layers of synth-y atmosphere to lend their songs grandeur. On new album, Lake Air, the melancholy quintet go grand in a different direction, opting for sparser production that isolates each instrument and highlights its importance.

The album isn’t out until next week, but you can preview the whole thing now, only on Rdio. Listen to the spacious and atmospheric Lake Air below, and just try to keep both feet on the ground.

∞  07/26/2012 — 5:00PM

EventsMusic

Festival Watch: Splendour in the Grass

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Besides having the best lineup announcement ever, Byron Bay festival Splendour in the Grass is also one of the country’s biggest winter festivals, best known for balanced, varied line-ups. This year’s assortment of artists is unparalleled: Jack White, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, At The Drive-In, Miike Snow, The Shins, Azealia Banks, Wolfmother, Kimbra, Lana Del Rey, Miss Higgins, Ladyhawke, Metric, Howler, and tons more are all scheduled to rock Belongil Fields.

Splendour on Rdio have put together a Splendour 2012 Lineup playlist for your enjoyment. Bump it on the way to the fest, on your way back, or in your living room.

∞  07/25/2012 — 5:00PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

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

Influencer SpotlightsMusic

Vogue Australia: Influencers in Fashion and Music

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If there’s any publication at the fashion forefront, it’s Vogue Australia. Worldwide, the magazine is a trendsetter: defining which fashions are in and out, discovering models and identifying what’s coming next.

Of course, Vogue’s also has flair when it comes to music, and they’ve found a way to show it on Rdio. The publication’s haute taste in classic pop and the new wave of indie music makes it an Influencer worth following. Listen to their Designers’ Picks on the playlist below, and then subscribe to their July 2012 playlist for what’s new and hot in the Vogue offices.

∞  06/20/2012 — 6:00PM

ExclusivesMusic

Only on Rdio: Stomp and Clap Along to The Lumineers’ Debut

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Folk-rock trio The Lumineers formed their following the old-fashioned way. They began playing regular gigs in New York City and then Denver, where they developed their classic pop sound, infused with acoustic folk-isms like stomping and hand-clapping. Following an EP release, the band started attracting fans across the US, so they took the next step — releasing a full-length.

The band’s self-titled debut, The Lumineers, is out late in July, but you can hear it in full now, only on Rdio. Get your rustic, folk-pop fix below.

∞  06/14/2012 — 6:00PM