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Rdio Australia & Harvey Norman Lead the Way in Connected-Home Audio

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Rdio Australia is excited to announce an exclusive promotion with Harvey Norman, Australia’s largest retailer chain of electrical, computer, furniture, entertainment and bedding goods. A first-of-its kind in Australia, the promotion sees Rdio offering Harvey Norman customers complimentary access to Rdio Unlimited for three months.

Over recent years, Rdio has experienced continued growth both in Australia and the 84 additional countries it operates in. This is due to an increased demand for intuitive, seamless music streaming services as well as the growth of connected-home audio system sales, as experienced by retailers like Harvey Norman. Led by a common drive in demand, the exclusive union between Rdio and Harvey Norman will see both companies push the boundaries for music streaming and the connected-home audio industry.

As part of the promotion, staff across 186 Harvey Norman stores will be trained as official Rdio ambassadors. Further broadening Rdio’s reach, these ambassadors will educate customers on the music streaming service and demonstrate the benefits of connected-home audio systems using Rdio’s extensive music catalogue which contains over 35 million songs.

In addition to this, Harvey Norman has worked with Rdio to curate an official profile housing playlists and stations curated by Harvey Norman specifically for its customers.

Giving music lovers in Australia increased access to the benefits of music streaming, the promotion also includes an exclusive offer whereby customers who purchase any compatible connected-home audio system from Harvey Norman will receive three months complimentary access to Rdio’s Unlimited offering.

According to Rdio Australia and New Zealand General Manager, Colin Blake, the promotion cements a mutual commitment to connected–home audio, and allows Rdio to grow alongside one of the nation’s strongest and most reputable brands:

“We’re excited to be partnering with such an influential and deeply entrenched Australian retailer like Harvey Norman. The popularity of music streaming is mirrored in the enormous sales growth Harvey Norman has experienced in connected-home audio systems, and Rdio looks forward to working closely with their team to bring the benefits of music streaming to the masses.”

To learn more, head into your local Harvey Norman store or check out the retailer’s profile on Rdio. For more information on connected-home audio systems and home entertainment solutions, visit the Harvey Norman website.

∞  08/12/2015 — 10:57PM

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Listen to New Label Stations on Rdio

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Today, we’re pleased to roll out new Label Stations on Rdio.

Rdio’s Label Stations feature handpicked highlights from a music label’s catalogue, genre specialty or the music label staffers are most excited about right now, all individually curated by the labels. We’re pleased to welcome the following label stations to Rdio:

Create/Control

Create Control is a new label for a new wave of independent artists. They seek to give artists a new perspective on record companies and how they work; with higher returns to the artist, the latest technologies to connect musician and fan and extremely flexible terms that allow the artist to control their releases and own their copyright in an ever-changing recording market.

Def Jam

Def Jam is the definitive voice of hip hop and urban music. For 30 years, the greatest names in the history of hip hop have made Def jam the ultimate destination for urban artists around the world. Today's stellar Def Jam roster includes an even wider range of artists, from Frank Ocean to Big Sean.

Dew Process

Dew Process is an Australian Indie Record Label. From it's humble beginnings in sunny Brisbane, it now releases records from some of Australia’s best and most acclaimed artists, as well as releasing some of the most interesting albums from around the world.

Domino Recording Co.

An independent record label of over ten years vintage, Domino is now one of the longest running and most successful independent record labels in the UK.

I OH YOU!

I OH YOU was founded in 2009 after four teenage housemates received final notice on their overdue gas bill that they couldn’t pay off. Fast forward a few years and I OH YOU is now a record label, creative agency and host to many of Melbourne’s much loved party nights. The label also took out 'Label Of The Year' at the 2014 AIR Awards.

Liberation

Liberation Music is an eclectic Melbourne-based independent record label dedicated to signing, nurturing and developing domestic artists for markets around the globe. It also houses the most comprehensive Australian music catalogue in the country, working alongside iconic local talent.

Mushroom

Est in 1972 in Melbourne, Mushroom is Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent entertainment group.

Rice Is Nice

Rice Is Nice is an independent record label based in Sydney, Australia that takes its name from Welsh post-hardcore band Mclusky's 2000 single "Rice Is Nice". The label aims to promote local musicians that are unique and whose music will have longevity, rather than based on popularity.

UNFD

UNFD is Australia’s leading heavy music label focusing on releasing and developing Rock, Metal, Punk and Hardcore music from all around the world.

You’ll find all these stations in a new section under STATIONS called LABEL SPOTLIGHT. We'll continue to update these topics with new and timely labels in the coming months, so stay tuned!

∞  07/07/2015 — 6:30PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Golden Features

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Masked electronic maestro Golden Features is Rdio's Artist To Watch for July.

The mystery EDM producer first garnered attention with the sensually surly track 'Tell Me' featuring vocalist and Peking Duk collaborator Nicole Millar. This dark and moody vibe has since become a signature sound that critics and fans alike just can't get enough of.

The Sydney producer has just kicked off an almost sold-out national headline tour, where fans will enjoy tracks from his newly released EP XXIV. Riding on the success of the Australian tour, later this year he will also be playing HARD Summer Music Festival in LA alongside The Chemical Brothers, Porter Robinson and Jack Ü.

“I’m excited to be Rdio’s Artist To Watch for July and getting XXIV out there as I head on tour.” said Golden Features.

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Alison Wonderland, Shamir, and Tkay Maidza.

∞  07/01/2015 — 10:53AM

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Plug Into AC/DC — Now on Rdio!

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We are thrilled to welcome the deep catalogue of AC/DC, Australia’s greatest hard rock import of all time, to Rdio — it’s now streaming for the first time!

The group’s 17 studio albums, four live albums and two soundtracks are all here, starting from 1975’s debut High Voltage and running all the way to last year’s Rock or Bust. This is an influential and extensive discography that has allowed AC/DC to sell more than 200 million albums across the world.

Don’t miss iconic releases like Highway to Hell, featuring the late great vocalist Bon Scott; Back in Black the band’s bestseller which is also happens to be of the top selling albums of all time; and the monster number one album Black Ice the band’s first chart-topper in over two decades.

Let there be rock in your ears!

∞  06/30/2015 — 9:26AM

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Rdio Presents BAD // DREEMS 'Dogs At Bay' Tour

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Rdio is proud to present Adelaide band BAD//DREEMS on tour.

Fresh off the back of a 12 date run of the UK and a sold out East Coast tour of Australia, the rough and ready rockers will be hitting the road this coming September and October. Sydney newcomers Green Buzzard will be joining them on their romp around the country.

The band are also set to release their highly anticipated debut LP 'Dogs at Bay', on August 21st. Recorded with iconic producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels, INXS, Cold Chisel) and Colin Wynne it follows previous breakthrough singles ‘Dumb Ideas’ and ‘Cuffed and Collared’ as well as new single 'Hiding To Nothing'

Tickets for the 'Dogs At Bay' Tour go on sale Friday July 3rd at 9am - for further info head to www.baddreems.com

TOUR DATES

*All Shows are 18+

Fri 25th September - Adelaide - Fowler's Live

Fri 9th October - Sydney - Oxford Art Factory

Fri 16th October - Brisbane - Woolly Mammoth

Sat 17th October - Gold Coast - Miami Shark Bar, Minimum Wage Club

Sat 24th October - Melbourne - Northcote Social Club

Fri 30th October - Fremantle - The Odd Fellow

Sat 31st October - Perth - Amplifier Bar

∞  06/30/2015 — 9:11AM

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Rdio Presents Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival Weekender

After a sell-out year in 2014, Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival are celebrating their 5th year in style, offering their biggest line up yet and expanding to a two day festival over the October long weekend (Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd October) with weekend camping.

2015 will see the biggest line up ever assembled in the NSW South Coast region, with some of Australia's biggest acts playing alongside a hand-selected bill of local talent at the scenic Stuart Park, located right beside North Wollongong Beach.

LINE UP

The Preatures | The Rubens | Cloud Control | The Delta Riggs | Gang Of Youths | Saskwatch | The Smith Street Band | Ash Grunwald |Bahamas | Salmonella Dub Soundsystem | Shining Bird |The Pinheads

In addition to the musical lineup, the festival will be offering two special film screenings. One, the Tribeca award winning Jazz doco ‘Keep On Keeping On’ (produced by Quincy Jones) and the second, Jack McCoys cult classic surf film ‘Bunyip Dreaming’ with a live performance of the newly reworked soundtrack by Russel. W.

Other cool stuff going on will include DJ's, mind altering art installations, face melting projections, a giant birthday cake and a twilight food market curated by Foragers.

Tickets go on sale Friday June 5th - click here to purchase

∞  06/01/2015 — 9:32PM

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Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

Rdio is excited to announce Milo Greene as the latest installment of Rdio Sessions; a series of live and intimate recordings available exclusively and gob ally on Rdio. Championing both up-and-coming and established artists, Rdio Sessions showcases today’s hottest acts across various genres in ways that fans have never heard before.

This time around, LA’s cinematic pop band, Milo Greene, have recorded a four-song live set for Rdio Sessions. Stripping back the complex layers of previously released songs, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions track list features 'Lie To Me', 'On The Fence' and 'White Lies' from the new album Control, as well as a killer cover of Phil Collins’ 'Take Me Home'.

Raw, honest and beautifully emotive, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions are not to be missed by music fans.

∞  04/26/2015 — 8:06PM

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From the Rdio Page to the Concert Stage: Find Out When Your Favourites Are Playing Near You

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Rdio is bringing you even closer to your favourite bands. Now with our Songkick integration, you can easily see who’s scheduled to be in concert near you, as soon as tour dates are announced. You can even grab tickets while you listen!

Watch for tour dates in a couple of places:

HOME - As you scroll through Home, look for a new story, “Concerts Recommended For You”. Here you’ll find upcoming shows from your favourite bands at venues near you. As you favourite and listen more, we’ll recommend more shows.

ARTIST PAGES - If a favourite artist is playing near you, you’ll see a green “On Tour” icon at the top of their page, letting you know when and where you can see them live.

From either page, you can click through to purchase tickets.

We’re rolling out this feature on web starting now, and will make it available on mobile in the coming months.

Enjoy the show!

∞  04/08/2015 — 4:53PM

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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