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Rdio Artist To Watch - Tkay Maidza


We're kicking off our Artist To Watch program for 2015 with the fantastically feisty femme emcee Tkay Maidza.

The Adelaide-based teen has been seducing the rap-game and ravers alike with her neon bright beats and razor quick flow. Having collaborated with the likes of Night Slugs' Bok Bok, Kilter, Must Die! and Swick & Lewis Cancut, she's also dropped a few killer singles of her own, namely the attitude-laden 'Handle My Ego' and Jurassic-themed jam 'Brontosaurus'.

Add to that some killer festival bills (Falls, Southbound, Listen Out and Laneway) and a global booking deal with The Agency Group - home to hot-as-hell hip hoppers like A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Danny Brown, Angel Haze and Vic Mensa - and we think you'll agree this little lady is lined up for the big time.

Her debut EP Switch Tape is a 5 track dose of infectious brat-rap and glitch-hop-pop we recommend you listen to right away.

Follow Tkay Maidza on Rdio to see what music she's favouriting and to give her playlists a spin.

∞  01/07/2015 — 8:53PM

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Exclusive: The Presets Remix “Goodbye Future”


The godfathers of Australian EDM, The Presets have released an official remix of their latest single, “Goodbye Future,” exclusively on Rdio.

"Goodbye Future (Club Edit)" is an electric, euphoric jolt to the system and a stellar return to the duo’s signature sound.

“While it’s great to produce tracks that are succinct in length and to the point, it’s also really fun to revisit tracks specifically for the club environment — and to give musical passages and parts the space they need to breathe and move for the dance floor,” say the duo, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moynes.

“Goodbye Future (Club Edit)” is available exclusively on Rdio until March 7th. You can catch The Presets on tour with regional festival Groovin' The Moo, as well as at their three sideshows, presented by Rdio:

Thursday 1st May - The Metro - Sydney
Friday 2nd May - The Hi-Fi - Melbourne
Thursday 8th May - Capitol - Perth

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand features and ad-free listening everywhere you go.

∞  03/03/2014 — 4:48PM

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Today’s Harvest: Boards of Canada’s Catalog Comes To Rdio

Boards of Canada

Great news for electronic fans as well as enthusiasts of genre-bending sounds: Boards of Canada’s catalog has arrived to Rdio! In addition to the latest album Tomorrow’s Harvest, you’ll soon be able to hear the milestones in the dreamy Scottish electronic duo’s (brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison) discography.

Seminal albums Music Has The Right To Children (1998), Geogaddi (2002) and The Campfire Headphase (2005) are all available today. The BoC debut Twoism (1995), EPs In a Beautiful Place in the Country (2000) and Trans Canada Highway (2006) will all follow in late November.

Turn up the volume and reap today’s harvest from Boards of Canada now.

∞  10/21/2013 — 3:00PM

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Rdio's Top Charts of 2012

Most Played Tracks 2012

As 2012 winds down, it’s time to look back on our musical journey and reflect on all jams past. This was a year full of heavy-hitting new releases but the most shared album in the world was a powerful contender from 2011. Adele’s 21 never left our charts in ‘12 — neither did Icelandic indie troupe Of Monsters and Men’s debut album, Alt-J’s Mercury Prize winning LP, and the soundtrack to Brazilian soap opera, Avenida Brasil.

Take a look below to see who else ruled the global Top Shared Albums on Rdio.

1. Adele - 21
2. Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal
3. Various Artists - Avenida Brasil EP
4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
5. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
6. Gotye - Making Mirrors
7. Paula Fernandes - Meus Encantos
8. Thiaguinho - Ousadia & Alegria
9. Audiogroove - 100% Top 40 Summer 2012
10. fun. - Some Nights

Naturally, these results are reflected back here at home, too, with the aforementioned artists and more making plenty of waves. Take a look at the Top Played Tracks in Australia to see who else made the grade:


  1. 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
  2. 2. Matt Corby - "Brother"
  3. 3. Birdy - "Skinny Love"
  4. 4. Lana Del Rey - "Born To Die"
  5. 5. Ed Sheeran - "Lego House"
  6. 6. Guy Sebastian featuring Lupe Fiasco - "Battle Scars"
  7. 7. fun. - “Some Nights”
  8. 8. Coldplay - "Paradise"
  9. 9. Skrillex featuring Sirah - "Bangarang"
  10. 10. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Loved the list? Then listen to the 20 Most Played Tracks on Rdio 2012 in Australia below and discover how many of the words you may already know by heart.

∞  12/20/2012 — 4:00PM

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Announcing Rdio's Best of 2012 Award Winners

Best of 2012

Move over, ARIA, Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Awards are here! It took a lot of statistical (and, um, creative) research to determine the winner of such categories as Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest and Album With The Most Swag, but we finally have the definitive answers.

Without further ado, it’s time for a drumroll. Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of Rdio’s Best Of 2012 are ready for their closeups:

Album That Never Left Your Heavy Rotation
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
From “Super Rich Kids” and “Thinkin’ Bout You” to “Pyramids” and “Forrest Gump,” Ocean kept us pressing play over and over again.

Best Reason to Wait for the Beat to Drop
18 Months - Calvin Harris
The Scottish DJ/producer kept hands in the air with meteoric anthems like “Feel So Close” and “Sweet Nothing.”

Album With the Most Swag
Based on a T.R.U. Story - 2 Chainz
The Atlanta rapper has had a huge year, with a gold single (“No Lie”) and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, but this honour is his most effortless.

Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest
Cobra Juicy - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburg’s strangest act will help you come of age with its fifth album.

Album You Can’t Resist Singing Along To
Tornado - Little Big Town
The fifth album from the Nashville country heroes is undeniably their most infectious.

Best Reason Not to Skip Through the Commercials
“The Scientist” - Willie Nelson
Nelson’s astonishing cover of Coldplay’s song is one of the year’s great surprises.

They Brought The Rock in 2012
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
The Canadian duo handily avoids the sophomore slump by truly throwing down on this album.

Supergroup Album of the Year
A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits
A dash of Spoon and a heap of Wolf Parade equals an indie giant mix.

Best Music to Walk Home To
Lonerism - Tame Impala
The sophomore album from the Australian psychdelic rockers is perfect for your most introspective stroll.

Most Enchanting Album of the Year
Bloom - Beach House
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally stole our hearts with their first new album in two years, a project that brought the Baltimore duo to Texas to record.

Breakout Album of the Year
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
A return to simplicity and sincerity took this folk rock debut to the far reaches.

If We Could Recommend One Album To You This Year It Would Be
Mia Pharoah - Miniature Tigers
Keep in mind how many thousands of titles come across our headphones each year, but seriously, check out this dreamy Brooklyn indie pop immediately.

Bask in the aural glory of the winners circle with our Best of 2012: Award Winners playlist below:

∞  12/17/2012 — 2:00PM

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Best of 2012: Staff Picks

The diverse Rdio staff has many teams and departments, but all share a deep love for music. We got everyone together — support, mobile, marketing, and more — and delved back into the past 12 months to pick our absolute top tunes of the year. Want to know the songs that we couldn’t take off of repeat? Hear the Best of 2012: Staff Picks playlist now.

∞  12/10/2012 — 2:00PM

EventsRecommended By Rdio

Join Rdio at Music Hack Day - Sydney

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If you’re around Sydney and have a soft spot for software, then please join us at Music Hack Day Sydney. On April 28th and 29th, hackers from all around will come together in the name of music and technology to build, invent, and enhance awesome new apps.

Want to show off your coding chops? Then register for Music Hack Day. Lack the knack but still want to watch? The event welcomes spectators and media alike. Support Music Hack Day and change how people experience music.

∞  04/26/2012 — 8:00PM

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Listen to the Shins’ Port of Morrow


It’s been five years since The Shins released their last album. In the interim, frontman James Mercer worked with Danger Mouse as Broken Bells, started his own label, and replaced most of his bandmates — enough to make doubters think the Shins would never be the same again. Instead, Mercer returns with Port Of Morrow, an album that fuses the strengths of the band’s first three albums — charm, inventiveness, and sharp production — into one tight package.

Listen to Port Of Morrow now to see why the Shins are still one of the most consistent bands in indie music.

∞  03/20/2012 — 5:00PM

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Get That Final Summer Feeling From Pond’s Beard, Wives, Denim


Perth’s Pond is a psych-rock outfit that shares not just genre but two members with fellow indie rockers Tame Impala. Their debut album is Beard, Wives, Denim, all through which you can hear the band’s sun-drenched, psychedelic 60s influences. Autumn is just beginning and this is the perfect album to hold on to Summer with those last few backyard get-togethers. Don’t miss this one — listen to Beard, Wives, Denim now.

∞  03/07/2012 — 6:22PM

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Play Toward The Low Sun — Dirty Three’s New Album


Dirty Three are an instrumental trio from Melbourne, Australia. Their musical style is shaped by their classically-trained upbringing and the music they absorb while traveling the world. Their new album, Toward The Low Sun is their first in five years, and their ninth to date. If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated to add to your music library, Dirty Three might be it. Listen to Toward The Low Sun now.

∞  02/27/2012 — 4:00PM