New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - December 16, 2014

Have you seen any good films lately? The latest hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist, which features music from the original soundtracks of Into The Woods, Inherent Vice and Unbroken may just give you a few ideas. The set also features a taste of the best of country star Toby Keith and pop sensations like Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer, which you’ll read more about in the Playlist Notes. Hear full albums and more on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint (Deluxe)
    The flamboyant rapper’s third album features pop and rap collaborations with Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.

  • Charli XCX - Sucker
    The pop punk siren behind blockbuster hit hooks for Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop steps out on her own.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Studio Album Collection 1991-2011
    This set of the first 10 studio albums of the LA punk-funk pioneers precedes a new album in 2015.

  • YG - Blame It On The Streets
    A soundtrack for the LA rapper’s fictional short film about Compton features six new tracks, two remixes and a live version of “BPT.”

  • D'Angelo - Black Messiah
    The reclusive soul singer's first album in 14 years is charged with funk and sociopolitical consciousness.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - LIVESOS
    The Australian pop punk band’s first live album was recorded in North America, Europe and Down Under and features songs from their album and EPs.

  • Diplo - F10RIDA
    The DJ/producer who’s worked with Usher and Beyonce reissues his 2004 debut album, a trip hop classic.

∞  December 16, 2014 — 9:03AM

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News

New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organization features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations. Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home. An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favorites. Find something you love? Favorite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse. Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending. What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

∞  December 15, 2014 — 2:58PM

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Music

12 Days of Holiday Stations Starts Now

Today begins Rdio’s 12 Days of Holiday Stations to serve all of your musical needs for the rest of the year! Stay tuned to discover a new station highlighted each day on Facebook until Christmas.

It all begins with a partridge in a pear tree, and today that means a focus on our Holiday Hits Station, a festive set of standards from artists like Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Elton John. From there, you can stay traditional or go adventurous with a wide array of choices in many styles. Hanukkah Hits will get you ready for next week’s start to the Festival of Lights with the help of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Alitsut and Matisyahu, while Reggae Christmas brings irie vibes from Yellowman, Culture and Bob Marley.

Whether you’re looking for holiday music for kids, a country Christmas or want to feel like the wild card Misfit that you are, let Rdio help you celebrate the holidays your way, with your soundtrack!

∞  December 12, 2014 — 11:11AM

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Music

Rdio Year-End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favourites Lists

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As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honors internationally with her anthem “Drunk in Love,” which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the global charts for her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!” In Canada, Sam Smith took top honors with his critically acclaimed album, In the Lonely Hour and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" as most streamed song of 2014.

Before we bring you the full year-end lists, it’s time to glimpse the future: Get acquainted with Mikky Ekko, our first Rdio Artist to Watch for January 2015. He leads the pack of a series of hand-picked artists that Rdio will support in their rise to the top next year. Don’t miss the Best of 2014: Rdio Recommends and Staff Picks lists, our hand-picked personal favourites. With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs and artists you loved the most in 2014.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

TOP GLOBAL ALBUMS:
1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Ed Sheeran, X
6. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
8. Jorge and Mateus, Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
9. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

TOP GLOBAL TRACKS:
1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Magic!, “Rude”
8. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
10. Jason DeRulo, “Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)”

TOP ALBUMS, CANADA:
1. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
2. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
3. Ed Sheeran, x>br> 4. Beck, Morning Phase
5. Pharrell Williams, G I R L
6. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
7. Lana del Rey, Ultraviolence
8. John Legend, Love in the Future
9. Jason DeRulo, Tattoos
10. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream

TOP TRACKS, CANADA:
1. Pharrell Williams, Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")
2. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
3. Pitbull, "Timber"
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Calvin Harris, "Summer"
6. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
7. Avicii, “Hey Brother”
8. Beyonce, “Drunk in Love”
9. Magic!, “Rude”
10. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”

Check out all the above and more at rdio.com/2014.

∞  December 9, 2014 — 4:51PM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Rdio Covers Reimagine All Of 2014's Anthems

We’re thrilled to present Rdio Covers: 2014, an incredibly fun and unique way to enjoy the year’s hottest songs. We've commissioned many of our favourite emerging artists to cover the undeniable anthems of 2014 and the results are surprising and wonderful!

Among the highlights to expect with Rdio Covers 2014 are a mind-blowing version of Future Islands’ “Seasons” as reimagined by LIGHTS and Milo Greene pulling a role reversal by taking on “Bang Bang” by Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J. You’ll also want to hear Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” in the hands of the mighty Rush Midnight, Jon Pardi bringing a new level of joy to Pharrell’s “Happy,” Eleven Past One channeling Charli XCX’s infectious “Boom Clap” and Miniature Tigers taking on Nicki Minaj's "Pills N'Potions." Check out the almost two dozen songs in the playlist and let us know your favorites!

∞  December 9, 2014 — 1:52PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - December 9, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist now to receive a hand-picked playlist of the latest tunes each week. This week’s set includes funniness courtesy of The Kroll Show, a brand new song from Sir Paul McCartney, a techno-fied EP from James Blake, plus reissued goodies from Otis Redding and Warren G and the heavy-hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready to explore even more, saunter over to the Rdio New Releases and browse the complete collection of freshness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Bastille - VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III)
    The UK indie rock act’s latest release carries on a theme begun with the 2010 debut, this time with a more stripped down sound.

  • Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons
    The Wu-Tang Clan member’s lively 11th solo album features unexpected collaborations with Kool G Rap and AZ.

  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
    Melodic love songs and trippy guitars abound on the band's ninth album.

  • J.Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive
    The rapper/producer names his third album after the home where he grew up, which he was able to buy back last year after it was foreclosed upon as a kid.

  • Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits Decade #1
    The American Idol star’s first compilation of hits features the new single “Something in the Water.”

  • K. Michelle - Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart
    The R&B singer-songwriter and VH1 reality star unleashes raw ballads and funky cuts.

  • E-40 - Sharp On All Corners: Corner 1 [Explicit]
    The Bay Area rapper with tongue-twisting linguistics drops the first of what will be four new themed albums.

∞  December 9, 2014 — 8:08AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - December 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist celebrates the past as well as the present with the inclusion of a rare selection from alt rock heroes Pixies and highlights from the latest Soul Jazz history of disco and boogie from 1978-82 alongside brand new tunes from Australian neo-soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote, British DJ/producer Bonobo, Jersey indie rock vets Yo La Tengo and more heavy hitters that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a brand new set every seven days and don’t forget to check out full albums and more in New Releases.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • She & Him - Classics
    This cover album by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward enlisted an orchestra for their tribute to icons like Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.

  • Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
    The queen of hip-hop soul went to England to collaborate with artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith on her 13th album.

  • The Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas
    A “secret” 2007 album of exotically-reworked Christmas standards is reissued, this time the band claiming credit.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
    The hip-hop supergroup’s first album in seven years features interludes and refrains by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

  • Owen - Other People’s Songs
    This solo album from Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan of Arc) covers songs by bands such as Depeche Mode, Promise Ring and Blake Babies.

  • Kristin Chenoweth - Coming Home
    The first live album by the Tony-winning singer and actress features songs from blockbuster musicals like My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera.

  • Erasure - Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)
    A new version of last year’s holiday-themed album by the synthpop duo features 16 bonus tracks.

∞  December 2, 2014 — 6:58AM

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Music

New Music Weekly - November 25, 2014

The latest edition of our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist (have you subscribed yet?) is a great way to familiarize yourself with the latest hot releases from some of the biggest names in the business as well as the artists who are creating a buzz right now, like New Zealand psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin, Omaha emo act Cursive and Flake Music (James Mercer’s pre-Shins band). Hit up the Rdio New Releases pages for more music from these artists and much more.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Beyoncé - Beyoncé
    An updated edition of last year’s surprise album brings six new tracks, including the insatiable "7-11," along with remixes of “Flawless” and “Drunk In Love.”

  • David Guetta - Listen (Deluxe)
    The French DJ/producer’s sixth album features guest stars like Sia, John Legend and Afrojack.

  • Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
    Miami’s reigning rap king collaborates with Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg on his seventh album.

  • Selena Gomez - For You
    The first collection of the Disney star’s greatest hits includes remixes and two new songs she co-wrote.

  • Pitbull - Globalization
    The Miami rapper’s dancefloor-ready eighth album features stars like Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown.

  • Cole Swindell - Down Home Sessions
    The country hitmaker drops a new EP featuring songs originally recorded for his debut album.

  • Various Artists - SHADY XV (Explicit)
    Eminem produced the majority of songs on this compilation album from his Shady label.

∞  November 25, 2014 — 9:48AM

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Music

#MonoMonday: Celebrating 45 Years of The Velvet Underground

Today we're celebrating the 45th anniversary of the self-titled third album by The Velvet Underground. Check out the brand new deluxe reissue of The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary/Deluxe Edition), featuring the original 10 songs (all penned by the late Lou Reed) and the addition of a dozen songs recorded live at The Matrix in San Francisco in 1969. At the time, the album was considered a stylistic departure for the influential band, showcasing a previously unheard range from ballads to rock.

∞  November 24, 2014 — 5:17PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - November 18, 2014

Soundtracks get some peak screen time in this week’s New Music Weekly playlist with highlights from Annie (featuring Sia) and the new concert film by Depeche Mode. There’s also a spotlight on veteran stars such as Bryan Ferry and electronic acts like Gotan Project and Loscil, but you’ll hear much more once you press play. Subscribe to get the new playlist each week and hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • TV On The Radio - Seeds
    The Brooklyn indie rock act known for conscious chaos adopts a more melodic approach to love songs on the fifth album.

  • One Direction - Four (Deluxe)
    The fourth album from the English-Irish boy band titans topped pre-sale charts around the world before release.

  • Clean Bandit - New Eyes
    The debut album from the fusion-minded classical/electronic group hit number 3 in their native UK.

  • Ariel Pink - pom pom
    The provocative LA artist who is known for ruffling feathers returns with a new album of smart retro pop.

  • Thalia - Amore Mio (Deluxe Edition)
    The 12th studio album (and 17th overall) from the Latin pop siren features a more acoustic feel.

  • Willow - 3
    14-year-old actress and singer Willow Smith (daughter of Will and Jada) drops a sophisticated and soulful EP.

  • Nickelback - No Fixed Address (Explicit)
    The eighth album from the Canadian rockers tries on some stylistic departures, such as a collaboration with rapper Flo Rida.

∞  November 18, 2014 — 8:48AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:48AM in New Music Weekly |