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What Is Rdio Select?

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If you like your music ad-free, top quality and available on the go for a low price, then Rdio Select is your perfect mobile music companion.

Rdio Select allows you to tune into your favourite artists through countless specially-curated stations on your mobile device. No matter what artist, song or vibe you’re looking for, you’ll find a station pumping it, along with a huge selection of cleverly curated songs to fit the mood. There’s also You FM - your own personalised station, crafted to match your tastes.

Better yet, there are no ads and no skip limits, meaning the tracks can keep on coming, and if it’s that crystal clear sound you’re after, Rdio Select lets you pick your audio quality, all the way up to a flawless 320 kbps.

While you might not always have an internet connection, the music won’t ever need to stop because you can download up to 25 songs onto your device for offline listening. To start your portable collection, you can download the tracks your favourite acts have been spinning lately, from the likes of Mumford & Sons, Best Coast, Django Django and many more. When you’re at your computer, you can enjoy unlimited ad-supported streaming.

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

∞  06/17/2015 — 6:59PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:59PM in New Features, Tips & Tricks |

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New Music Weekly - June 15th, 2015

Here it is, the latest New Music Weekly playlist for your listening pleasure. Get your ears around new singles from The Weeknd, Eminem, Josh Pyke and albums from Gengahr, Active Child, Nate Ruess + tons more.

You can also listen to all the Rdio New Releases in one place when you’re ready to hear the full albums behind all of these selections. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll automatically receive a freshly curated set every seven days!

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Alpine - 'Yuck'

Don't let the title fool you, the second album from the ethereal indie pop outfit is super sensual. R&B slow jams and big band sounds abound.

Ta-Ku - 'Songs To Make Up To'

On the follow up from his previous EP, Songs To Break Up To, the Perth producer continues to explore themes of love and loss. Lush production, loaded with all the feels.

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - 'Nanna'

A heavily reggae influenced 8th album from the Aussie master of roots music, it was mixed in Jamaica by Errol Brown (Bob Marley, Alton Ellis).

Galantis - 'Pharmacy'

The Swedish progressive house duo's LP of infectious, accessible EDM material is just what the dance doctor ordered.

Saskwatch - 'Sorry I Let It Come Between Us'

A rich and satisfying offering with nothing to apologise for, the Melbourne act's third full album brings the modern soul grooves, with a good measure of fuzz and synth.

∞  06/14/2015 — 7:56PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 7:56PM in Music |

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New Music Weekly - June 8th, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist provides a fresh opportunity to meet emerging artists and welcome back familiar favourites. If you click SUBSCRIBE, you’ll automatically get each new playlist, handpicked by us for you, so you can stay on top of the best each week.

Right now, that means the latest tunes from self-described “brat pop” act HOLYCHILD, alt-rockers PINS, the fuzzy, 70's tinged debut from indie kids Plastic Birds, Aussie electro mystery man Golden Features and chart topping duo MKTO, not to mention the heavy-hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below.

Discover what you like here before heading over to the new Rdio New Releases page. There you’ll find the full albums and much more. Happy exploring!

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Muse - 'Drones'

The seventh album from the Teignmouth alt rockers, produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams) is utterly epic in scope, sound & delivery.

Of Monsters And Men - 'Beneath The Skin'

A lush master-class in pop sensibilities and folk storytelling from the Icelandic folk poppers. A lush master-class in pop sensibilities and folk storytelling from the Icelandic folk poppers. Produced by Rich Costey (Sigur Rós, Frank Turner, Muse).

Major Lazer - 'Peace Is The Mission'

Diplo's dancehall trio unleash a new album boasting a bevvy of marquee collaborators including Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, Ellie Goulding and Pusha T.

Harts - 'Breakthrough'

The one man Melbourne music machine whom counts Prince as a fan drops an EP loaded with his signature hybrid sound of classic 70s rock & funk with 00's sensibilities.

Girlpool - 'Before The World Was Big'

The debut LP from lo-fi teenage punk rock duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad is a charming, coming of age album that wears it's heart firmly and honestly on it's sleeve.

∞  06/08/2015 — 6:27PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:27PM in Music |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:32PM in Events, Music, News |

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Rdio Artist To Watch - Hiatus Kaiyote

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Since debuting in 2012, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote has made some notable fans worldwide, including Questlove and Prince. The Purple One even tweeted about them! Now it’s time to hear why this neo-soul act is truly buzzing.

The band’s latest effort is the cinematic second album Choose Your Weapon, which applies their transcendent and totally immersive hybrid of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia, electronics and world beat polyrhythms to topics such as love and technology. The intention was to make each song as lush and visual as possible within the audio realm, so let your mind wander as you listen.

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 Shamir, BANKS and Joywave.

∞  06/01/2015 — 5:24PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 5:24PM in Artist Spotlights, Music |

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New Music Weekly - June 1st, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll receive our special curated set of the best in fresh tunes every seven days.

This week kicks off with the heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below plus singles from Flume, Drapht, Disclosure and Icona Pop

When you’re ready for even more music, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page and check out these full albums and compilations. Happy listening!

PLAYLIST NOTES

Jamie xx - 'In Color'

A phenomenally poised and universally approachable solo debut LP from the xx member, with contributions from Four Tet, Oliver Sim and Young Thug.

Florence & The Machine - 'How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful'

The third studio album from Florence Welch's indie pop group, is a restrained but joyful return. Produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Björk, Brian Eno, Mumford & Sons)

Jason Derulo - 'Everything is 4'

A slick, professional, pop-tinged R&B fourth album. Features industry legends like Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez

Slaves - 'Are You Satisfied'

Debut album from the Kent punk duo with Laurie Vincent on guitar and Issac Holman on drums.

Jebediah - 'Twenty (Commentary)'

Twenty of the Perth rock outfit's best, as chosen by the band thermselves, accompanied by commentary.

Sarah Belkner - 'Humans EP'

The Sydney-based Kiwi artist triumphantly comes out from behind her previous moniker Miss Little to release her first studio EP under her own name.

Employed To Serve - 'Greyer Than You Remember'

A critically heralded and genuinely exciting release from the Brit 5 piece. The innovative, explosive sound is a must-listen for hardcore fans.

∞  05/31/2015 — 6:50PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:50PM in Music |

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New Music Weekly - May 25th, 2015

We can’t wait for you to explore the latest New Music Weekly playlist, which is always a veritable sonic stew! This week, the recipe includes a bowl of beats from Alesso, a generous dash of Aussie electronic grooves from Jarryd James and Eves The Behavior and just to give it a kick, a spoonful of Kiwi in the form of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Matthew Young.

Hear all the latest albums and singles on the Rdio New Releases page and don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a fresh, handpicked set every week. Hungry? Time to press play!

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Daniel Johns - 'Talk'

The Silverchair frontman debuts an eclectic solo album of glitchy synths, cruisy electro and nu-RnB tones, all married together by his iconic voice. Features collabs with uber producer Joel Little, Julian Hamilton of The Presets & M-Phazes.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Multi-Love'

The third album of psychedelic rock from the Oregon-based band led by New Zealander Ruban Nielson. Hazy vocals, charming memories and spry rhythms make for a genuinely psychedelic pop gem.

Tim Rogers, The Bamboos - 'The Rules Of Attraction'

Masters of funky soul revivalism, the Melbourne band unite once again with You Am I frontman Tim Rogers for a rollicking LP full of 70's soul-influenced swing & swagger.

Trey Songz - 'Intermission I & II'

This surprise release of two combined EP's as a teaser before his next album is one long sexy slow-jam - Satiny synths, leisurely finger-snap percussion and evocative bass rumbles.

Tiesto - 'Club Life, Vol 4, New York City'

Arguably the world's biggest DJ, Tiesto drops the latest in his 'Club Life' compilation series, inspired by cities around the globe. Features Martin Garrix, Dzeko & Torres, KSHMR, MOTi and more.

The Vaccines - 'English Graffiti'

Third album from the West London indie rock quartet produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips).

Jamie Foxx - 'Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses'

The fifth album from the singer/actor double threat features an A-List cast, with guest vocalists like Chris Brown, Wale and Kid Ink as well as producers Pharrell and Boi-1da.

∞  05/24/2015 — 10:06PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:06PM in Music |

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New Music Weekly - May 18th, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is coming atchya! It's big week for albums with full lengths from the likes of dance duo Hot Chip, Killer's frontman Brandon Flowers, Aussie indie outfit Paper Arms and our very own global Artist To Watch for May, Shamir.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so you’re always locked in with the latest from our hand-picked sets, and visit the Rdio New Releases to hear the full albums from these and many more artists.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Shamir - 'Ratchet'

A confident debut LP from Rdio's Global Artist to Watch for May. The Las-Vegas native tells the story of his life and surroundings with style, substance and a whole lot of pizzaz.

Hermitude - 'Dark Night Sweet Light'

The Aussie electronic/hip hop duo are impressive as always on album number 5. From samples and collaborators to track ordering, this LP is near on perfection.

Faith No More - 'Sol Inviticus'

A welcome return from the band that refuse to be bland. Mike Patton leads an album that, in it's finest moments, matches the best of their golden years.

Urban Cone - 'Polaroid Memories'

The Swedish quintet that splashed into the charts with 'Sadness Disease' release a sophomore album loaded with similarly ultra-bright synth pop ditties.

ZEDD - 'True Colors'

The Russian-born and German-raised EDM producer rounds up a host of talent (Selena Gomez, Jon Bellion, Troye Siven ) for an album dripping in radio appeal.

∞  05/17/2015 — 9:38PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:38PM in Music |

Introducing Rdio Select: Enhanced Stations and Your Choice of Songs to Play Anytime. Only $5.99/month.

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We're thrilled to announce a brand new way to enjoy your favourite music, combining radio and on-demand listening for one low price. With Rdio Select, enjoy endless ad-free stations on your mobile device and keep 25 mobile downloads to play anytime.

As an Rdio Select subscriber, you can:

  • Enjoy endless stations based on any artist, song, genre, and more, along with You FM, your own personalised station, with no ads or skip limits on mobile and on connected devices, such as Roku, Sonos, and Chromecast.

  • Keep 25 mobile downloads at any one time to play whenever you want, even offline. Newest downloads automatically replace the oldest ones, and you can replace your 25 downloads up to once per day.

  • Kickstart your downloads with Rdio-promoted playlists featuring music from a wide variety of genres.

  • Enjoy higher quality audio. Listen at pristine 320 kbps.

On the web, enjoy the same ad-supported streaming offered in our free plan.

All this for just $5.99 a month. For a limited time only, get your first 60 days free when you subscribe.

Subscribe to Rdio Select now.

∞  05/14/2015 — 2:04PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 2:04PM |

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world!

His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet coming May 15th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays and Girlpool as well as local artists Doprah and Courtney Barnett

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station.

∞  05/04/2015 — 4:00PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:00PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |