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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

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New Music Weekly - January 26th, 2015

We always have fun putting together your New Music Weekly playlist, a collection of the very best new songs that you can receive each week by subscribing. The current set includes album from festival bound acts Connan Mockasin (Laneway) and Papa Roach (Soundwave), a saucy soundtrack single from 50 Shades Of Grey by Ellie Goulding plus a bunch of cute couplings - Diminutie diva Kylie Minogue lends her pipes to Italian EDM virtuoso Giorgio Moroder; Aussie electro lass Alison Wonderland ropes in Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Emile Haynie bags a feature from West Coast babe Lana Del Rey.

And that's just the tip of the playlist iceberg. Read more in the Playlist Notes below and explore more sounds from each artist on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco - aka Lupe Fiasco returns with a reflective and relaxed hip-hop offering including features from Guy Sebastian and Nikki Jean.

Twerps - Range Anxiety

The Melbourne outfit's LP is one of endearing earnestness and jangly charm.

Joey Badass - BA.DA.$$

A confident debut from the young Brooklyn rapper, loaded with focused flow and absorbing beats.

POND - Man, It Feels Like Space Again

The ever-evolving Perth psychedelic rockers take us on a trip of 70's synths and sound effects on their 6th record.

Connan Mockasin - Caramel

Alt-pop Kiwi artist Connan Mockasin unveils his second album on the eve of touring with St Jerome's Laneway Festival. As the title suggests, it's smooth, slow and sensual.

Hermitude - Raise The Roof

The Aussie hip-hop heroes fuse Mariachi horns and swinging drums with powerful synth.

∞  01/26/2015 — 10:18PM

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New Music Weekly - January 19, 2015

It's Monday which can only mean one thing - a brand spanking new New Music Weekly Playlist just for you.

There's a lot to love on the singles front with the latest offerings from NZ songbird Ginny Blackmore; Nashville singer-songwriter and one-time Rhianna collaborator Mikky Ekko electro-punk stalwarts The Prodigy and Liverpool larrakins The Wombats.

As always, you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a new hand-picked set each seven days, and dive into the Rdio New Releases to hear every latest offering in our collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Uber producer Mark Ronson channels late 70's funk and soul. Features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala 's Kevin Parker, Mystikal and Bruno Mars.

Dan Mangan & Blacksmith - Club Meds

After a 2 year hiatus to concentrate on being a father, Juno-award winning Canadian Dan Mangan offers up his 4th studio album and first under this new moniker.

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In The Peacetime Want To Dance

Personal, political and compelling - the 9th studio album from Glaswegian indie-pop darlings Belle & Sebastian fails to disappoint.

Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers

The American roots artist emerges with a new album just four months after his last. Intended to be a double album release with last year's critically acclaimed 'Single Mothers', Townes Earle instead chose to release 'Absent Fathers' as a compainion album.

La Femme - Psycho Tropical Berlin

The debut LP from the French act sees them cover off a sioree of sounds, from surf pop to polished punk.

The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

The enduring and endearing Portland quintet deliver a lovably eccentric yet classy 7th album.

Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

An intense and vitriolic release from the UK act known for their heavily politicised blend of post-hardcore, metal and trance.

∞  01/18/2015 — 9:20PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Tkay Maidza

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We're kicking off our Artist To Watch program for 2015 with the fantastically feisty femme emcee Tkay Maidza.

The Adelaide-based teen has been seducing the rap-game and ravers alike with her neon bright beats and razor quick flow. Having collaborated with the likes of Night Slugs' Bok Bok, Kilter, Must Die! and Swick & Lewis Cancut, she's also dropped a few killer singles of her own, namely the attitude-laden 'Handle My Ego' and Jurassic-themed jam 'Brontosaurus'.

Add to that some killer festival bills (Falls, Southbound, Listen Out and Laneway) and a global booking deal with The Agency Group - home to hot-as-hell hip hoppers like A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Danny Brown, Angel Haze and Vic Mensa - and we think you'll agree this little lady is lined up for the big time.

Her debut EP Switch Tape is a 5 track dose of infectious brat-rap and glitch-hop-pop we recommend you listen to right away.

Follow Tkay Maidza on Rdio to see what music she's favouriting and to give her playlists a spin.

∞  01/07/2015 — 8:53PM

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Vance Joy, Twin Shadow, Echosmith and More Artists Choose Their Favourite Songs of 2014

It’s time to recap the top tunes of the year, and who better to share their obsessions than the artists themselves? We asked friends like Vance Joy, Echosmith, Ingrid Michaelson, East India Youth, Twin Shadow, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes for the songs that they loved so much they practically wanted to marry ‘em. The results are both surprising and awesome, a collection of unique tracks that leap across genre boundaries. Hear their highlights now in the Artists' Year-Defining Songs.

We’ll be publishing these and more artists’ top 10 album lists throughout the next week, but here are some early teasers: Sam Smith is a beloved pick from Lauren of Fifth Harmony and all the members of Echosmith; Twin Shadow can’t get the brilliant simplicity of ILoveMakonen featuring Drake off the stereo. Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks loves Foxygen's "How You Can Really", Vance Joy spends umpteen moments dancing to Sylvan Esso while Sylvan Esso loves Caribou's "Can't Do Without You…. Stay tuned for more!

∞  12/22/2014 — 4:43PM

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12 Days of Holiday Stations Starts Now

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Rdio is making it sound a lot like Christmas with our 12 Days of Holiday Stations! No matter what genre you're into, Rdio has a festive station to suit you and your yuletide celebrations.

Whether you’re looking for holiday music for kids, a country Christmas or like things a bit indie, Rdio is here to help you soundtrack your festive season your way.

Stay tuned to discover a new station highlighted each day on Facebook until Christmas Day - our first or "partridge in a pear tree" station is Holiday Hits, loaded with Chrissie classics from the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.

∞  12/13/2014 — 3:08PM

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Exclusive: Rdio Covers Re-imagine 2014's Anthems

We’re thrilled to present Rdio Covers: 2014, an incredibly fun and unique way to enjoy the year’s hottest songs. We asked a collection of our favourite emerging artists the world over to cover the undeniable anthems of 2014 - and the results are surprising and wonderful!

Among the highlights are a fantastic version of Future Islands’ 'Seasons' as reimagined by Canadian act LIGHTS; New Yorkers Oh Honey's delightfully whimsical crack at Jason Derulo's 'Wiggle' and the truly banging rendition of Ariana Grande's 'Problem' by Texan a cappella outfit Pentatonix.

You’ll also want to hear a stunningly simple take on Sia's 'Chandelier' in the hands of The Wind & The Wave and on the Aussie front, Brendan Maclean's version of Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' is impossible to listen to without a smile. The Griswolds get in on the action as well, bringing an edge to Magic!'s matrimonial hit 'Rude'.

Check out all the covers in the playlist and let us know your faves!

∞  12/10/2014 — 10:23PM

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Rdio Year-End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favourites Lists

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As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honours internationally with her anthem 'Drunk in Love', which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the global charts with her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!”

With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs, albums, playlists and artists you loved the most in 2014

Also, be sure to check out:

Best Of Rdio Recommends 2014: We recommended them and now they're taking the scene by storm. Listen to 20 acts we thought would break through this year and did just that.

Rdio Staff Picks: Our hand-picked personal favourites.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

TOP GLOBAL ALBUMS:

  1. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
  2. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
  3. Rick Ross - Mastermind
  4. Jason Derulo - Tattoos
  5. Ed Sheeran - x
  6. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
  7. Childish Gambino - Because The Internet
  8. Jorge and Mateus - Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
  9. Ariana Grande - Yours Truly
  10. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

TOP GLOBAL TRACKS

  1. Beyoncé - 'Drunk in Love'
  2. Ariana Grande - 'Problem'
  3. Idina Menzel - 'Let It Go'
  4. Katy Perry - 'Dark Horse'
  5. Pharrell Williams - 'Happy'
  6. John Legend - 'All of Me'
  7. Magic! - 'Rude'
  8. Iggy Azalea - 'Fancy'
  9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon - 'Turn Down for What'
  10. Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg - 'Wiggle'

TOP AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS

  1. Ed Sheeran - x
  2. Various Artists - 100 Hot Songs Of Today
  3. Chet Faker - Built On Glass
  4. Sam Smith - In The Lonley Hour
  5. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
  6. Pharell Williams - G I R L
  7. MKTO - MKTO
  8. 5 Seconds Of Summer - 5 Seconds Of Summer
  9. Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear
  10. alt-J - This Is All Yours

TOP AUSTRALIAN TRACKS

  1. Pharrell - 'Happy'
  2. Sia - 'Chandelier'
  3. Milky Chance - 'Stolen Dance'
  4. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - 'Rather Be'
  5. Ariana Grande - 'Problem'
  6. Rudimental feat. Emeli Sande - 'Home'
  7. Nico & Vinz - 'Am I Wrong'
  8. Avicii - 'Addicted To You'
  9. Jason Derulo - 'Trumpets'
  10. Peking Duk - 'High'

Check out all the above and more at rdio.com/2014.

∞  12/10/2014 — 9:56PM

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Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

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Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s the weekend, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favourite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”

∞  11/07/2014 — 9:31AM

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BANKS Hosts Rdio’s Artist To Watch Station

When we recently announced that curated radio stations were now a core, free feature at Rdio, we teased you with some upcoming news about the next phase of Rdio stations. Today, we are excited to reveal our first-ever hosted Rdio station.

Los Angeles singer/songwriter BANKS is our first host, taking control of Rdio’s Artists To Watch Station. The station features music from the 20 artists - including BANKS - that Rdio hand-selected in January as the next big thing you’ll hear. As host of the Artists To Watch Station, BANKS talks about her just-released debut album ’Goddess’, her musical influences and what artist’s she’s currently discovering and enjoying.

In honor of her new album and her role as our inaugural hostess, BANKS has also put together a playlist exclusive for Rdio featuring some of the artists that have inspired and influenced her, including Portishead, Alanis Morissette and The Weeknd. Check out her Inspirations playlist now and listen to some of the artists that have had an impact on BANKS’ distinct sound.

∞  09/16/2014 — 4:00PM