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Placebo's Entire Back Catalogue Now Available on Rdio

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UK androgynous alt-rock outfit Placebo have kickstarted their 20th Anniversary celebrations by making their entire back catalogue available on Rdio.

The band’s self titled first album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music acting as an antithesis to Britpop, inspiring a generation of bands to follow them. Placebo went on to claim their place in British music history with five top ten albums in the UK, collaborating with music legends including amongst others David Bowie, Robert Smith of The Cure and R.E.M's Michael Stipe, as well as playing sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe.

2016 marks 20 years since the band released their eponymous seminal first album and to honour the momentous achievement, the act will release one album a day over the course of the week:

Placebo (1996)

The moving, angst and gritty self titled debut focused largely on themes of drugs, sex, gender confusion and bisexuality. Features 'Teenage Angst' and smash single 'Nancy Boy'

Without You I’m Nothing (1998)

A critical and commercial success, the band's sophomore offering, particularly the track 'Pure Morning' saw them break the US, largely due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for rich-teen-sex-romp film Cruel Intentions. A seemingly more personal and romantically inclined release lyrically.

Black Market Music (2000)

Dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer in early 2000, the band's third LP stayed true to their dark guitar-rock sound and was received well critically, however not as strong commercially as their last. Includes singles 'Special K' and 'Taste In Men'.

Sleeping With Ghosts (2003)

As the title suggests, songwriter Brian Moloko was largely inspired to cathartically write about relationships for the album, purging and processing the events of the past decade. Widely accepted as the album that saw them somewhat step away from their "glam-rock" tendencies into a heavier sound.

Meds (2006)

Again as the title suggests, the theme of alcohol is prevalent throughout this album. The band worked with producer Dimitri Tikovoi to go 'back to basics' and deliver a signature Placebo dark rock album. Includes guest appearances from Micheal Stipe & Alison Mosshart of The Kills.

Battle For The Sun (2009)

Working with producer David Botrill (Tool, Muse, Silverchair), the band deliberately pursued a more positive, lighter approach to songwriting and composition, even utilising new instruments such as trumpet and saxophone.

Visit their artist page to view and play all albums or tune into the Placebo Artist Station.

∞  02/17/2015 — 6:47PM

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Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio Service in New Zealand

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Rdio has updated its New Zealand app to lead with ad-supported free Internet radio, offering users more ways to listen to their favourite music on Rdio.

New Zealand music fans can now instantly enjoy free programmed Internet radio stations with no trial or subscription necessary. Rdio’s ad-supported Internet radio features 20 times more music than the leading Internet radio service and a wide variety of innovative features for personalization and discovery. New Zealand users now have access to algorithmic artist and genre-based stations, human-curated stations programmed to fit any mood or activity, personalized stations tuned to each individual listener, and stations based on tastemakers.

Rdio provides the most comprehensive catalogue of music worldwide, with more than 32 million songs for listeners to enjoy anytime, anywhere – on phones, online, on connected devices at home or in cars. Rdio is the only music services that lets fans choose between leaning back to hear a curated Rdio radio station based on the genres they like, or leaning forward to pick the specific songs and albums they want to hear on-demand.

“We are in the very early days of music streaming and there is a huge opportunity to bring this remarkable experience to people around the world,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio. “We're focused on offering the world's best streaming experience built around the listener – anytime and anywhere – tuned to you. We now lead with a free stations experience combined with the option to upgrade to a full on-demand subscription service that offers access to any song, album or playlist. We are thrilled to begin offering this unique combination to users in New Zealand.”

Rdio’s free Internet radio service is enabled around the world through innovative advertising and promotion partnerships. Over the past 12 months, Rdio has forged strong relationships with partners in New Zealand and Australia including Live Nation, serving as the company’s exclusive streaming partner. This exciting long-term partnership will see Rdio fully integrated across Live Nation New Zealand and Australia digital platforms.

Rdio also participates in and supports the New Zealand music industry, supporting both emerging and established artists through Rdio’s core music programs including the New Music Weekly playlist and station, Rdio Recommends, as well as through social media promotion.

For the past year Rdio has partnered with St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival to deliver fans the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival app, which provides festival-goers with a personal, digital guide to the event. Due to the success of this partnership, Rdio will continue as the Festival’s exclusive music streaming partner for 2015.

Rdio’s commitment to providing music fans around the world access to a superior music streaming experience anytime, anywhere can be seen through recent strategic partnerships with connected device brands, mobile apps and automotive companies including:

Shazam whereby users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

SoundHound which also connects listeners directly with Rdio and enables every song discovered to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio

Rdio’s current wireless speaker partnerships include SONOS, Google Cast for audio, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook

Google Chromecast casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps

Through an exclusive global partnership between Rdio, automotive parts and systems supplier Bosch, and manufacturers Jaguar and Land Rover, drivers can interact with Rdio’s online and offline features through the InControl Apps platform. Rdio also provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

∞  02/03/2015 — 3:06PM

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Rdio Expands To 24 New International Markets

Today, we’re pleased to announce our expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Through our exclusive partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, Rdio will be available in 24 new markets and an additional seven regions.

In the coming weeks, Digicel will offer all prepaid data customers 30 minutes of free Rdio Internet radio listening per day on their mobile phones without accruing data usage charges – all through the exclusive partnership. Digicel will also be collaborating closely with us to infuse local influence in each of our new territories, curating playlists and stations together with Digicel Brand Ambassadors in each country and territory. Through this unprecedented arrangement, listeners in each market will have convenient access to popular music from around the world in addition to local artists they already enjoy.

Effective today, Rdio is available in the following new markets: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. In addition to the new markets where Rdio is launching, Rdio’s exclusive partnership with Digicel is effective in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique, Bonaire, El Salvador and Panama.

This latest expansion continues our vision to deliver the best music streaming experience on mobile phones, on the web, and on connected devices to an expanding international audience. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you.

∞  01/22/2015 — 4:30PM

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Rdio Expands to India

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Today, we’re happy to announce that Rdio is now available in India. With this launch, we’re bringing users the largest catalog ever to be available in India. Experience over 32 million songs in 43 languages from global, regional and local labels. Users can also choose from hundreds of curated stations, including those curated by some of the top labels in India, or create their own personalized stations.

"Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India,” said Snehal Shinde, VP of Emerging Markets at Rdio (Co-founder of Dhingana). “Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localized user experience for music fans in India and abroad."

“India is the fastest growing Internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organization here, which is now our largest office and team outside the U.S. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener.” said Anthony Bay, CEO.

In addition to providing the largest catalog of songs in India, enjoy your favorite music through our partnerships with mobile app and automotive brands:

  • Shazam - users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

  • SoundHound - this app connects directly with Rdio to enable discovered songs to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio.

  • Google Chromecast - casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps.

  • Automotive and Entertainment Devices - Rdio provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos in India along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

Our free radio experience can be upgraded to a full on-demand subscription service with access to any song, album, playlist or station, online or offline, without ads for $1.99 USD or 120 Rupees a month. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you. Welcome India!

∞  01/15/2015 — 3:10PM

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Rdio Announced as the Official Streaming Partner of AIR

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Rdio is pleased to announce it is now the official digital music streaming partner of AIR.

This partnership further cements Rdio’s genuine commitment to fostering and supporting local talent, building on the brand's existing support of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards in 2014.

Throughout 2015, AIR and Rdio will collaborate on various initiatives that will help to promote and widen the reach of Australian Independent Artists. This will include Rdio’s continued support for the Awards. There will also be a focus on streaming the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts every week, via AIR‘s Rdio profile.

“Rdio is committed to supporting the local music industry, not only in Australia but in all corners of the world,” said Rdio’s Colin Blake, General Manager Australia & New Zealand. He continued; “We are excited to build upon our existing relationship with the Australian independent community and assisting local independent artists in extending their reach in 2015.”

“AIR and Rdio share a strong vision for the promotion of Australian independent music, so naturally we are excited to further develop our partnership with Rdio. We look forward to working together and connecting more people with the great music being produced by the Australian independent sector.” said Dan Nevin, CEO of AIR.

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 continues to deliver holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

To stream tracks from Australia’s hottest independent artists, follow the AIR profile.

∞  01/14/2015 — 6:01PM

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New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organisation features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations: Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home: An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favourites: Find something you love? Favourite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse: Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending: What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

∞  12/15/2014 — 4:45PM

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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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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

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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