Important News from Rdio

We’d like to update the entire Rdio community regarding today's announcement that Pandora plans to acquire Rdio's innovative technology and critically-acclaimed design. Pandora has been a pioneer in music streaming for the last decade and shares our passion for delivering the best service possible to music fans everywhere. We’re very excited to continue our tradition of delivering beautiful and powerful music experiences to an even larger audience.

Rdio's service will not be interrupted today. We will have more updates in the coming weeks on what this process means for your Rdio account, but for the time being the service continues unchanged.

We couldn’t be more proud of the entire Rdio team and the product we have built. We’re honored to have connected so many listeners around the world with the music they love. We thank you for your continued support over the years and look forward to bringing you even better music experiences in the future as part of the Pandora team.

∞  November 16, 2015 — 7:04PM

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#MonoMonday: Celebrating 25 Years of A Tribe Called Quest

The four members of legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White) reunited briefly last week to celebrate the brand new release of People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition). The special version of the group’s seminal 1990 debut album includes some of their most recognizable songs, including “Bonita Applebum,” “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” and “Can I Kick It?” There are also exclusive new remixes from Cee-Lo (“Footprints”), Pharrell Williams (“Bonita Applebum”) and J. Cole (“Can I Kick It?). A cult favorite, the album had a slow burn on initial release and eventually became a gold-selling hip-hop classic. Whether this album is a familiar friend or something you’re about to hear for the very first time, you will quickly journey back to a fresh and exciting time in hip-hop culture as this ambitious group asserted their sound for the first time.

∞  November 16, 2015 — 7:14AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly: November 13, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist, which drops every Friday, to stay in tune with the freshest songs across styles. Among the many highlights this week, we’re digging the return of classic rock icons Electric Light Orchestra, discovering previously unreleased home recordings from Kurt Cobain, feeling the blunt beats and rhymes of Redman, swooning with love songs from Chris Isaak, peeping the production debut from country star Chris Young, stripping down with psychedelic soul act MuteMath and head-nodding to the debut from Beyoncé and FKA Twigs producer Boots. Read about more key releases in the Playlist Notes below and listen to all of these albums and more on the Rdio New Releases page.


  • Justin Bieber - Purpose
    The pop star’s fourth album features Big Sean, Skrillex, Diplo and his first number one hit “What Do You Mean?”

  • One Direction - Made In The A.M.
    The UK boy band’s fifth album is the first to be recorded without Zayn Malik and their last for a while.

  • Jeezy - Church In These Streets
    The Atlanta rapper’s eighth album discusses social injustice and looks upward for guidance.

  • Alessia Cara* - Know-It-All (Deluxe)*
    Toronto singer-songwriter and viral video star debuts with big pop songs and a powerful voice.

  • Logic - The Incredible True Story [Explicit]
    The Maryland rapper’s second album takes on a science fiction theme as he leaves Earth.

  • Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC
    The long awaited debut album from the LA singer whose songs feel more like rap than R&B.

∞  November 13, 2015 — 11:36AM

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#MonoMonday: Celebrate The Ethereal Beauty of Cocteau Twins' "Heaven or Las Vegas"

Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser delivers a song in an ethereal, inimitable voice. The lyrics are hardly ever easily recognizable, but the songs themselves are instantly spellbinding. On their 1990 album Heaven or Las Vegas, marking its 25th anniversary this year, the Cocteau Twins hit their commercial peak, powered by the leadoff single “Iceblink Luck” and the compelling title track. The band has inspired artists as diverse as Zola Jesus, Bjork, and My Bloody Valentine. The timeless appeal of Heaven or Las Vegas is as powerful as ever. Dive in to this classic album, and be swept away in its unique sound.

∞  November 9, 2015 — 8:23AM

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ExclusivesRdio Sessions

Exclusive: Andrew Combs' Captivating Rdio Session

A Nashville star by way of Dallas, Andrew Combs crafts a prescient blend of classic country and contemporary pop that puts his sharp-witted storytelling at center stage, as you’ll hear on his Rdio Sessions performance. The four-song set features selections from his timeless album All These Dreams, which has drawn comparisons to great works by Roy Orbison and Harry Nilsson.

Want more Rdio Sessions? Tune in to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear exclusive live performances recorded just for you!

∞  November 6, 2015 — 12:07PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - November 6, 2015

The latest hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist brings you sounds from seasoned icons as well as fresh faces; it’s the best way to stay on top of what’s just been released, so don’t forget to subscribe!

This week, we’re turning the spotlight on rare recordings from Bob Dylan, a new album of love songs from Seal, the latest from metalcore act Ghost Town, humble rhymes from rapper Pell and a new electric sound from Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison. Hop over to Rdio New Releases in order to hear the full albums from these artists and the ones you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.


  • Ellie Goulding - Delirium (Deluxe)
    The UK singer-songwriter challenges herself to reach new heights of pop on her third album.

  • Hedley - Hello
    The sixth album from BC’s multiplatinum selling act combines classic pop rock with trying new styles.

  • Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition)
    The UK singer releases a new version of his 2014 debut plus bonus tracks with new guests like Mary J. Blige and John Legend.

  • Andrew Combs - Rdio Sessions
    The Nashville singer-songwriter merges classic country and contemporary pop in an exclusive live set.

  • Tim McGraw - Damn Country Music (Deluxe Edition)
    The country star duets with his daughter Gracie and collaborates with Big & Rich on his 14th album.

  • Old Dominion - Meat and Candy
    This month's Nashville Rising artist is composed of powerhouse country songwriters that have united for a balance of light and hearty songs on their debut album.

  • Grimes - Art Angels
    The electropop star’s fourth album finds Claire Boucher playing newly-learned instruments like guitar, drums, violin and ukelele.

  • Sara Bareilles - What's Inside: Songs From Waitress
    The fifth album from the singer-songwriter is an original score for the musical version of 2007 film Waitress.

  • Little Mix - Get Weird (Deluxe)
    The UK girl group’s third album features dance pop hits like “Black Magic” and guest stars Jason Derulo.

∞  November 6, 2015 — 9:55AM

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Nashville Rising

Five Questions With Old Dominion, November's Nashville Rising Act

This month, we’re shining our Nashville Rising spotlight on Old Dominion, a band of five powerhouse musicians, songwriters and road warriors with ties to Virginia and Music City. Stay tuned for the RCA Nashville debut Meat and Candy, which drops on November 6.

We had a quick chat with the band to learn more about this intriguing new album and who is on their radar.

Five Questions with Old Dominion:

1. What does it mean to you to be chosen as one of Rdio’s 2015 Nashville Rising artists?

It’s great! There are a lot of different ways to find new music out there, which means the pool is bigger. So we are honored that Rdio would pick us as a feature!

2. How has the city of Nashville affected your work and your songwriting?

Without the Nashville songwriting community we wouldn’t exist as a band. It’s the reason we moved to Nashville. We wanted to learn to write the best songs we could. The writers and musicians in town inspire us every day.

3. What's the meaning behind your album title, Meat and Candy?*

When we first sat down to pick songs for the album, we had a lot of sing-a-long, fun, “candy” songs. We decided we needed to show our more serious side a little too. We needed “meat” songs. We needed meat and candy.

4. Amongst you, you’ve written major hits for other artists such as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, and The Band Perry. Is there any song that you wish you'd kept for yourselves? If yes, can you say which one and why?*

There are songs that were hard to let go of, “Say You Do” being one of them. But we don’t regret letting them go at all. We still play those songs and they still helped us get where we are today.

5. Who are your Nashville Rising artists for 2015? Who do you think is poised to break out of this town?*

We have a buddy named Jacob Davis that’s starting to make some noise. . . we love him.

Follow Old Dominion on Rdio to enjoy exclusive playlists that the band will drop on their personal Influencer page all month long.

∞  November 3, 2015 — 12:00PM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Jess Glynne, Our November Artist To Watch

Listen to Jess Glynne’s hopeful debut album I Cry When I Laugh to hear why we think this singer is one of the next to blow up! A dance pop stunner filled with club anthems looking on the bright side of heartbreak, it hit the top of the charts in the UK, where she hails from, and was a top 10 smash in Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Australia. If Jess’ voice sounds familiar, it may because you recognize her as the soulful singer from Clean Bandit’s 2014 Grammy-winning anthem, “Rather Be.”.

All month long, enjoy a front row seat as Jess posts exclusive personal playlists that share her musical inspirations and choices for feelgood tunes!

Hear all our Artist To Watch selections on the A2W station; recent picks include Years & Years, Shamir, and Scott Helman.

∞  November 2, 2015 — 12:06PM

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#MonoMonday: Alanis Morrissette's "Jagged Little Pill" at 20:

In 1995, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing something from the Alanis Morrissette album Jagged Little Pill emanating from boom boxes, radios, and music video shows. Propelled by the frenzy of the leadoff single “You Oughta Know” which brought Alanis’ angst to a massive global audience anxious to connect with her emotional delivery, the album went on to sell an astounding 33 million copies and earned Alanis four Grammy awards. Other hits included “Ironic,” “Hand in My Pocket” and “You Learn,” keeping this album, the Canadian singer’s fourth and most successful to date, in the public consciousness and the charts for nearly two years. Jagged Little Pill has become a huge part of the cultural landscape of the 90s, and now it has some new life with the release of the 20th anniversary collector’s edition (including remixes and unreleased demos). Discover, or rediscover, this classic album and be moved again by its passion and hard-driving fury. Pop music has rarely revealed so much power, yet seemed so intimate.

∞  November 2, 2015 — 8:23AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 30, 2015

Are you sitting down? Today’s New Music Weekly playlist may quickly bring you to your feet to dance to the latest from trance king Armin Van Buuren, trap queen Alison Wonderland, country star Chris Janson, neo-soul singer Jamie Woon and more friends you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

Want to explore further on your own? Venture over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection of what’s just dropped.


  • for King & Country - Rdio Sessions
    Turn on this exclusive five-song live performance from Christian pop brothers Joel and Luke Smalbone.

  • Trey Anastasio - Paper Wheels
    The Phish frontman continues his prolific solo career with a ‘70s pop-rock tinged 10th album.

  • Kardinall Offishall - Kardi Gras Vol. 1 The Clash
    The Toronto rapper’s fifth studio album features collaborations with Stephen Marley, Glenn Lewis and Junior Reid.

  • Various Artists - We Love Disney (Deluxe)
    Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Jessie J and more stars sing Disney classics.

  • Escape The Fate - Hate Me (Deluxe Version)
    New lead guitarist Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft and rhythm guitarist TJ Bell join the Vegas metal band on the fifth album.

  • EL VY - Return To The Moon
    A quirky collaborative album by Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls/formerly Menomena.

  • Fall Out Boy - Make America Psycho Again
    This remix album for “American Beauty/American Psycho” features rappers Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and A$AP Ferg.

  • Martin Courtney - Many Moons
    Real Estate’s vocalist and guitarist takes an adventure through soft psychedelic rock on his first solo album.

∞  October 30, 2015 — 8:56AM

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