EXCLUSIVE: Daughtry’s Rocking Rdio Session

US band Daughtry has been rocking for seven years strong. Fronted by American Idol alumni Chris Daughtry, the group has become one of the most successful acts to be associated with the reality show, blowing past the small domestic screen to achieve international success.

Their live performance for our exclusive Rdio Sessions showcases songs from last year’s risk-taking album Baptised (including the title track, ’Long Live Rock & Roll’ and ’Waiting For Superman’) alongside ’Home’, a single from the multi-platinum selling self-titled debut album that topped the Billboard’s Adult Top 40 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in 2007.

Head over to the Rdio Sessions Station for frequently updated highlights of this multi-genre live series that’s recorded all over the world in front of Rdio listeners just like you.

∞  10/14/2014 — 6:26PM

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Rdio Presents St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 - Line Up Announced!

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A few weeks ago we announced Rdio as a proud presenting partner of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for another year - now we can finally share the Australian and New Zealand line ups with you and can we just say - they are doozys!

AUSTRALIAN LINE UP (In Alphabetical Order)

Agnes DeMarco (aka Mac Demarco’s mum!) / Andy Bull / Angel Olsen / BANKS / Benjamin Booker / Caribou / Connan Mockasin / Courtney Barnett / Dune Rats / Eagulls / Eves (East Coast Only) / FKA Twigs / Flight Facilities / Flying Lotus (Layer 3) / Future Islands (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Highasakite / Jesse Davidson (Adelaide Only) / Jon Hopkins (Adelaide Only) / Jungle / Little Dragon / Lykke Li / Mac Demarco / Mansionair / Perfect Pussy / Peter Bibby / POND / Ratking / Raury / Royal Blood (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Rustie / Seekae / SOHN / St Vincent (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Vic Mensa

NEW ZEALAND LINE UP (In Alphabetical Order)

Angel Olsen / Angus and Julia Stone / BANKS]5 / Belle and Sebastian / Bespin / Connan Mockasin / Courtney Barnett / Eagulls / FKA Twigs / Flying Lotus (Layer 3) / Future Islands (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Heavy / Jakob / Jon Hopkins (Adelaide Only) / Jungle / Literal Fuck / Little Dragon / Lykke Li / Mac Demarco / Perfect Pussy / Princess Chelsea / Quarks! / Race Banyon / Ratking / Royal Blood (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Rustie / SOHN / St Vincent (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Tiny Ruins / Vic Mensa

Follow St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Australia and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival NZ on Rdio.

∞  10/01/2014 — 6:03PM

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AIR Announces Rdio as Major Partner of Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

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The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce leading digital music streaming service, Rdio Australia, as a Major Partner of the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards.

As part of the partnership, Rdio will present the Best Independent Album Award in 2014, further demonstrating the streaming service’s commitment to fostering local talent - nominees for the catagory are:

Chet Faker - ’Built On Glass’

RUFUS - ’Atlas’

Sia - ’1000 Forms Of Fear’

Total Control - ’Typical System’

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost’

“Rdio Australia is thrilled to be able to award those paving the way in Australia’s independent music community at this year’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards,” said Colin Blake, Head of Territory Australia & New Zealand at Rdio.

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 delivers holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

“Rdio is passionate about championing local independent talent and we hope this partnership will give Australia’s best up-and-coming artists the opportunity to become established artists in Australia’s ever growing music scene,” Blake commented.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rdio on board as a Major Partner for the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards. It is fantastic to have Rdio support AIR in our objectives of promoting the interests and development of Australian independent musicians, labels and music companies,” said Joanna Cameron, Communications Manager for AIR.

Presented and produced by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards are an opportunity for Australian labels, artists and the industry at large to celebrate the successes of some of the country’s most vibrant and eclectic artists. For more information on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here. To stream tracks from Australia’s hottest independent artists, head to Rdio or follow the AIR profile.

∞  09/29/2014 — 9:03PM

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The Faders Announce Australia & New Zealand F.U.N 2 Tour

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Get ready to get down - Aussie DJ darlings The Faders have announced a slew of club dates across Aus and NZ and Rdio are proud as punch to be presenting them.

2014 is shaping up to be the duo’s hugest year yet - a new album, support slots on the hugely anticipated Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour and now their own headline shows.

Known for their ability to bring the party, The Faders jam-pack their sets with feel good hip hop, old school R’N’B and mainstream pop hits. Make sure you get along to one of their shows so you an experience the F.U.N first hand - Dates for their shows are as follows, to purchase tickets, click here:

Friday 3rd October - SYDNEY - Albion Hotel

Saturday 4th October - GOLD COAST - Komune

Wednesday October 8th - AUCKLAND - Vector Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus) & Roxy

Friday October 10th - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus) & Eve Bar

Friday October 17th - SYDNEY - Allphones Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus)

Saturday October 18th - MELBOURNE - Crown Golden Ale Marquee (Caulfield Cup)

Saturday November 1st - MELBOURNE - Savoy Tavern

Friday November 7th & 8th - DARWIN - The Vic

Friday November 14th - ADELAIDE - Victoria Hotel

Saturday November 15th - BERWICK - Dance Nightclub

Friday November 21st - WOLLONGONG - Hotel Illawarra

Saturday November 22nd - BYRON BAY - Beach Hotel

Wednesday December 31st - SYDNEY - Sydney Opera House

The Faders are on Rdio - Follow them to see what music they’re favouriting and subscribe to their bangin’ playlists.

∞  09/29/2014 — 6:48PM

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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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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

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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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