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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:47PM in Music, News |

New Music Weekly - February 16th, 2015

A brand new week means a brand new New Music Weekly Playlist! Loaded up with our picks of the best fresh singles, albums, EPs and remixes - be sure to subscribe to the playlist to be in the know of newest sounds week to week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

The Canadian hip hop master surprises everyone with an aptly titled out-of-the-blue mix tape, the pre-cursor to his upcoming fourth studio album. Features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travi$ Scott.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

When writing this album, his 6th, Ne-Yo reached out to fans on social media to share their experiences, so that he could write "true stories about real people." Features collabs with Schoolboy Q, Pitbull & T.I.

Dorsal Fins - Mind Renovation

Liam McGorry's (Saskwatch, Eagle & The Worm) side project with a 15 piece ensemble is a kalidescope of sounds - from psych jams and rollicking soul numbers to synthy pop and spoken word.

Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction

Josh Tillman manages to top his 2012 debut 'Fear Fun' with an incredibly passionate, honest and often hilarious account of his misadventures with his wife, Emma.

Marika Hackman - We Sleep At Last

Somewhat haunting and unsettling, the Burburry model/singer/songwriter delivers a superbly subtle, understated and atmospheric debut album.

Imagine Dragons - Smoke & Mirrors

The Las Vegas-based four piece's sophomore album is big on production and polish.

Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Cuban/French twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz deliver experiemental soul with a healthy dollop of afro-cuban sounds.

∞  02/15/2015 — 6:35PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:35PM |

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Kim Churchill

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Our second Artist To Watch for 2015 is the very chill Kim Churchill.

The 23 year old surf-loving multi-instrumentalist started his musical journey traversing Australia in a camper van, busking and discovering the country's musical landscape - even entering and winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest Busker Competition -True to his roots, he returns annually to perform the festival's main stage.

His latest recording Silence/Win is a preeminent collection demonstrating maturity and depth. The paradoxically titled release showcases Kim Churchill’s melodic, contemporary, blues and folk sides. Recorded in Vancouver, the 13-track album was produced by legendary heavyweight Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Matthew Good) and includes the noteworthy single 'Window To The Sky' which came in at an impressive #54 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2014.

Known for his dynamic live performances, the sandy haired singer-songwriter is an equally adept instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass drum, percussion, tambourine and harmonica. Be sure to catch him performing in Australia this month before he jets off the the UK for an extensive tour.

Follow Kim Churchill on Rdio to see what music he's favouriting and to give his playlists a spin.

∞  02/11/2015 — 6:27PM

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

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New Music Weekly - February 9th, 2015

With tastes of hip hop, pop, rock, metal and country, a real variety of tunes awaits you on the latest New Music Weekly playlist.

Listen to the New Music Weekly playlist (supported by the Playlist Notes below) and subscribe so that you always know a fresh set is on the way every seven days. (It’s so nice to sit back and let someone else do the work for you for a change, isn’t it?) You can also explore the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page, which has our complete collection of newness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

The Gin Club - Southern Lights

The Brisbane folk rock nine piece's latest offering was actually recorded over 18 months ago. Despite having 10 tracks written by 7 seperate songwriters, it is a triumph of cohesion - every song hammering home the breadth and depth of the group’s talent.

Fifth Harmony - Reflection

The debut album from the X-Factor girl group features guest stars Tyga and Kid Ink, plus a song by Meghan Trainor.

Various Artists - 50 Shades Of Grey Soundtrack

Beyoncé​, Annie Lennox​, Jessie Ware​, Ellie Goulding​, The Weeknd​ - The soundtrack to the forthcoming 50 Shades Of Grey motion picture is wall-to-wall sexy-time sounds.

Kid Ink - Full Speed

The R&B-loving LA rapper’s third album features collaborations with Usher, Chris Brown and R. Kelly.

Roxette - The 30 Biggest Hits

Ahead of their Australian and New Zealand tour, the iconic Swedish pop duo release a collection of their most notable tracks. Includes smash singles 'The Look', 'Must've Been Love', 'Joyride' and 'Listen To Your Heart'.

Kodaline - Coming Up For Air

The Irish quartet once again team up with producer Steve Harris for their emotionally- charged and stadium-rock minded sophomore release.

The Districts - A Flourish And A Spoil

The Pennsylvanian outfit stick to what they know, channeling their reputation for stellar live performances into an album that favours powerful vocals and big guitar sounds.

∞  02/08/2015 — 7:53PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 7:53PM in Music |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:06PM in New Features, News |

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New Music Weekly - February 2nd, 2015

This week's New Music Weekly playlist will make you dance, rock and swoon. The hand-picked mix features only the very best of the latest offerings, including the long awaited and anticipated new singles from Courtney Barnett, Daniel Johns, Death Cab For Cutie and The Black Keys.

If this New Music Weekly playlist makes you want to hear more, subscribe to get a new set each week and head over to the Rdio New Releases page in order to listen to the full albums right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - The Third

Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, The rockabilly revivalists' teritary release sees them come of age. Assured song-writing and a more diverse, confident sound are at the forefront.

Title Fight - Hyperview

The Pennsylvania hardcore act push themselves outside of the punk-music box with a lush, ambiently aggressive album with touches of shoe-gazing, melodic pop.

Milo Greene - Control

The cinematic pop group with four singers spin dark tales over light uptempo beats on their second album.

All We Are - All We Are

The Liverpudlian trio describe their debut album as "psychedelic boogie". Produced by Bat For Lashes producer Dan Carey.

Beats Spacek - Modern Streets

Veteran UK producer and vocalist Steve Spacek's latest LP is an execution of modernity, created using iPhone and iPad apps.

The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning

Produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, it's a return to the rootsy, folk path from the Brooklyn-based three piece. Striking meodies and vocal harmonies are enhanced by subtle strings and understated horns.

Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues

The quintet indulge themselves in impressionism on their fourth full-length. A delightful "prog-grass" romp, utilizing traditional bluegrass instrumentation with elements of classical, alternative rock and jazz.

∞  02/01/2015 — 6:23PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:23PM in Music |

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New Features Add Functionality to Favourites

Last September we introduced Favourites on Rdio, allowing listeners to quickly collect their favourite songs, albums, stations, artists and playlists with the tap of a button. Now we’re adding even more functionality to Favourites — four new features make it easier than ever to listen to the songs you love the most.

  • Multi-Select Your Favourite Tracks
    On the web, you can quickly select multiple tracks from an album or playlist to add them to your Favourites. Command+click the tracks you like, then right click to favourite them.

  • Play Just Your Favourites
    Want to play only your favourite tracks on an album? Check out the “Play favourite songs” option on web and mobile.

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  • Start Exploring With Listener Favourites
    Introduce yourself to new music on Rdio by starting with the most popular songs on an album to find your own hits (or misses). The most favourited songs on an album are now easy to find with the new Listener Favourite icon.

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  • Sort Your Favourites by Most Played
    It’s now easy to find your favourite Favourites. Back by popular demand, you can sort your favourite tracks by the number of times you’ve listened to them. On the web, choose “Most Played” to order your top tracks by play count.

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We'll continue to roll out more new features in the coming weeks, based on your listener feedback. We're dedicated to making Rdio the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

∞  01/27/2015 — 6:52PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:52PM in New Features, Tips & Tricks |

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New Music Weekly - January 26th, 2015

We always have fun putting together your New Music Weekly playlist, a collection of the very best new songs that you can receive each week by subscribing. The current set includes album from festival bound acts Connan Mockasin (Laneway) and Papa Roach (Soundwave), a saucy soundtrack single from 50 Shades Of Grey by Ellie Goulding plus a bunch of cute couplings - Diminutie diva Kylie Minogue lends her pipes to Italian EDM virtuoso Giorgio Moroder; Aussie electro lass Alison Wonderland ropes in Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Emile Haynie bags a feature from West Coast babe Lana Del Rey.

And that's just the tip of the playlist iceberg. Read more in the Playlist Notes below and explore more sounds from each artist on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco - aka Lupe Fiasco returns with a reflective and relaxed hip-hop offering including features from Guy Sebastian and Nikki Jean.

Twerps - Range Anxiety

The Melbourne outfit's LP is one of endearing earnestness and jangly charm.

Joey Badass - BA.DA.$$

A confident debut from the young Brooklyn rapper, loaded with focused flow and absorbing beats.

POND - Man, It Feels Like Space Again

The ever-evolving Perth psychedelic rockers take us on a trip of 70's synths and sound effects on their 6th record.

Connan Mockasin - Caramel

Alt-pop Kiwi artist Connan Mockasin unveils his second album on the eve of touring with St Jerome's Laneway Festival. As the title suggests, it's smooth, slow and sensual.

Hermitude - Raise The Roof

The Aussie hip-hop heroes fuse Mariachi horns and swinging drums with powerful synth.

∞  01/26/2015 — 10:18PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:18PM in Music |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:30PM in News |

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New Music Weekly - January 19, 2015

It's Monday which can only mean one thing - a brand spanking new New Music Weekly Playlist just for you.

There's a lot to love on the singles front with the latest offerings from NZ songbird Ginny Blackmore; Nashville singer-songwriter and one-time Rhianna collaborator Mikky Ekko electro-punk stalwarts The Prodigy and Liverpool larrakins The Wombats.

As always, you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a new hand-picked set each seven days, and dive into the Rdio New Releases to hear every latest offering in our collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Uber producer Mark Ronson channels late 70's funk and soul. Features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala 's Kevin Parker, Mystikal and Bruno Mars.

Dan Mangan & Blacksmith - Club Meds

After a 2 year hiatus to concentrate on being a father, Juno-award winning Canadian Dan Mangan offers up his 4th studio album and first under this new moniker.

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In The Peacetime Want To Dance

Personal, political and compelling - the 9th studio album from Glaswegian indie-pop darlings Belle & Sebastian fails to disappoint.

Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers

The American roots artist emerges with a new album just four months after his last. Intended to be a double album release with last year's critically acclaimed 'Single Mothers', Townes Earle instead chose to release 'Absent Fathers' as a compainion album.

La Femme - Psycho Tropical Berlin

The debut LP from the French act sees them cover off a sioree of sounds, from surf pop to polished punk.

The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

The enduring and endearing Portland quintet deliver a lovably eccentric yet classy 7th album.

Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

An intense and vitriolic release from the UK act known for their heavily politicised blend of post-hardcore, metal and trance.

∞  01/18/2015 — 9:20PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:20PM in Music |