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New Music Weekly - Moving to Fridays!

For the past 2 years, we know you've looked forward to hearing New Music Weekly on Rdio every Monday - well, now you don't need to wait as long! Starting this week, the New Music Weekly playlist will go live on Fridays, and not just in Australia and New Zealand, but all around the world!

We're getting the party started right with a whole batch of newness. There's fresh albums from English electro duo Groove Armada, sandy-haired surf popster Cody Simpson and Sydney indie rock quartet Day Ravies. Singles more your thing? Then try on some new Peking Duk, Stafford Brothers or Coheed & Cambria on for size.

Still not satisfied? Then look into our heavy hitters below, or check out the New Releases page, the home of all things new music on Rdio.

Years & Years - 'Communion'

An accomplished, well-crafted and fresh-faced debut from the London-based electronica trio.

Tuka - 'Life Death Time Eternal'

Sydney emcee Tuka takes time out from Thundamentals to release his third solo album. Ripe with emotion and melody.

Remi - 'Rdio Sessions'

Awesome x Infinity. The acclaimed Aussie rapper gets raw & intimate in this slick six track Rdio Session, recorded exclusively for Rdio in Austin, Texas.

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge - 'Twelve Reasons To Die II'

The former Wu Tang man again teams up with film composer Adrian Younge to follow up their 2013 concept album. Lavish, jazz and soul tinged production paves the way for one of rap's greatest yarn-spinners.

I'lls - 'Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country'

Minimal, yet slick. Fractured, yet highly polished - Melbourne outfit I'lls manage to do a lot of electronic experimentation with very little.

Various - 'Music From The Motion Picture Paper Towns'

The soundtrack for the movie adaptation of the popular John Green book is an indie pop goldmine - features Santigold, Vance Joy, Grouplove and more.

High Tension - 'Bully'

Balanced brutality and cacophonic chaos defines the second album from the Melbourne hardcore quartet.

∞  07/09/2015 — 11:58PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 11:58PM in Music |

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EXCLUSIVE: Remi goes Raw x Infinity for Rdio Sessions

Australian rapper Remi commands the spotlight for the most recent chapter of Rdio Sessions.

2014 was a huge year for the young MC with his awarded debut album, Raw x Infinity, receiving immense critical acclaim both locally and abroad. To top it off, in 2014 Remi was nominated for the coveted ‘Australian Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ award and was also presented the Australian Independent Record Labels Association’s $50,000 ‘Global Music Grant’. 2015 is proving to be even more explosive for the hip-hop star, with Remi having already won the Australian Music Prize.

Remi took to the studio in Austin while in town for his killer SxSW showcase earlier this year; laying down six stripped back tracks including ‘Livin’, ‘Sangria’ and ‘Tyson'.

Hear more from our intimate live series on the Rdio Sessions Station, featuring a wide range of cutting edge artists from around the world.

∞  07/08/2015 — 10:22PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:22PM in Exclusives |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:30PM in Music, New Features, News |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:53AM in Artist Spotlights, Music, News |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:26AM in Music, News |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:11AM in Events, Exclusives, Music, News |

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New Music Weekly - June 29th, 2015

Step right up, we've got a newly updated New Music Weekly playlist just for you.

Take in the key offerings from this week’s heavy hitters (described in the Playlist Notes below) and discover some acts that may be new to you.

And if you still can't get enough fresh sounds, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to hear these full albums and discover even more new music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Taking Back Sunday - Rdio Session

Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday cover Tom Petty and provide track-by-track commentary for the latest in Rdio’s exclusive live series.

Tori Kelly -'Unbreakable Smile'4

She's come a long way from Youtube - A delightful power pop debut that showcases the rising artist's magnificent voice and writing prowess.

Trey Songz - 'Trigga Reloaded'

Doubling down on his 2014 album 'Trigga', the seventh long player from the rapper features Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Justin Beiber & more.

Refused - Freedom

The fourth studio album from the Swedish hardcore punk band and the first to be released since breaking up in 1998. A formidably weird assault from a truly great band.

Retiree - 'This Place'

The Sydney four-piece drop a smooth and wistful EP that is equal parts lush, thoughtful melody and meditative tropical rhythm.

∞  06/29/2015 — 11:07AM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 11:07AM in Music |

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Exclusive: Taking Back Sunday Rocks Our Rdio Session

Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday are the latest to do the Rdio Sessions honours and perform a live set for your ears only!

Recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, the four-song set is performed by the band’s classic lineup and features commentary for each track, including a playful cover of Tom Petty’s 'Yer So Bad'.

Explore more exclusive editions on the Rdio Sessions Station!

∞  06/23/2015 — 6:07PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:07PM in Exclusives, Music |

New Music Weekly - June 22nd, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist will introduce you to the absolute best tunes that have just dropped, including albums from UK grunge indie kids Wolf Alice and Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning, new EP's from Aussie EDM producer Japanese Wallpaper, indie pop lass NONIE and hardcore heavy hitters Every Time I Die plus a ton of awesome singles from Raury, Foals, The Paper Kites, Chet Faker.

Here’s some good news and even better news: You can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive it automatically each week and visit the Rdio New Releases page to hear these full albums and browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Golden Features - 'XXIV'

The masked beat-maker's EP is a 4-track triumph. Brooding bass lines and dark house have never sounded so good.

Oh Mercy - 'When We Talk About Love'

The fourth studio outing for Alex Gow sees him return to a signature accoustic sound with raw, confessional and cool melancholy lyrics at the forefront.

Everything Everything - 'Get To Heaven'

Third studio album from the Manchester-based indie pop & art rock band produced by Stuart Price (Scissor Sisters, Kylie Minogue, Hard-Fi). A masterful piece of pop invention.

Ben Browning - 'Turns'

The debut solo effort from the Cut Copy bassist is a cruisy, electronic pop affair.

Leon Bridges - 'Coming Home'

A modest and tender debut LP rom the Texas gospel/soul singer. Studied and nostalgic, but also immediate and emotionally true.

∞  06/21/2015 — 10:20PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:20PM |

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Get Higher Audio Quality With Rdio Select

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If the sound of a great song played with exceptional audio quality gets you buzzing, you’ll love what Rdio Select has on offer.

Rdio Select brings you an immense array of stations playing your favourite artists and tunes to your mobile, all with your choice of audio quality. So if you’re an audiophile who likes their music delivered with crystal clear sound, Rdio Select has you covered.

You’ll have access to four levels of audio quality, all the way up to the stunning clarity of 320 kbps sound, allowing you to hear every element and every intricacy of your favourite artists and producers, from Ed Sheeran to Flying Lotus.

Rdio Select makes listening to high-quality music on your mobile device easier and cheaper than ever, all for just $5.99 per month. Get your first 60 days free.

∞  06/17/2015 — 7:17PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 7:17PM in New Features, Tips & Tricks |