November 2012

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Music

Celebrate the Season With Rdio's New Holiday Music Mix


If you can’t bear another year of listening to the same old Christmas carols, Rdio’s New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist has four dozen hand-picked audio treats to help you get into the spirit without putting “Jingle Bells” in your head in an incessant loop.

The holidays bring out the tender side of some, as on Paul McCartney’s breathlessly romantic version of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).” It also can ignite hot-rockin’ passion, like James Durbin’s version of “Santa Claus Is Back in Town,” or push a person to the heights of their abilities — just listen to Kelly Clarkson’s diva-tastic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

A newly remastered version of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Great Pumpkin Waltz” and a duet of “This Christmas” by Grease co-stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta tug at nostalgic heartstrings, while contemporary acts like Victoria Justice, Far East Movement, Cee-Lo and Christina Aguilera keep the party grounded in the present tense.

The season sounds bold and bright on the New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist.

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Pitchfork

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Tony Montana’s pitchfork-shaped tattoo in the classic film Scarface provided the inspiration for the name of this 17-year-old Chicago-based website. And like Montana, Pitchfork has developed an almost fearsome reputation, but for its honest criticism of songs and albums across a span of adventurous musical genres. If you want real-deal honest and thorough opinions about the latest indie rock or electronic effort, there are few that are more respected than those that belong to Pitchfork.

Since launching right after high school, publisher Ryan Schreiber has grown the site and Pitchfork Media into a trusted lifestyle brand with ventures both on and offline. The annual Pitchfork Music Festival, now a three-day affair, sells out months in advance and draws thousands to Chicago, with a winter sister event held in Paris each year.

Follow Pitchfork on Rdio to sneak a peek of the site’s favorite singles from the past decade. There, you’ll also find quirky playlists, like an Abstract Sounds mix which you can play below. Pitchfork is more than just a site that skewers — it’s a collective of true music fans, too.

Developer App

Developer App: Eavesdrop

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This month’s Developer App turns your friends into an army of personal DJs. Eavesdrop lets you listen in on any mate’s music in real time.

Connect your Rdio account to Eavesdrop and then tune into anyone you follow. Kick back as your bud navigates the jams — when their tracks change, so do yours. Music plays directly on Eavesdrop. Although Eavesdrop won’t notify your friends that you’ve been nosey, the tracks will appear in your listening history.

Want to learn more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and start building. Feel free to check out our sample code and libraries on Github and join our API Google Group. Need more incentive? You can even earn some cash via the Rdio Affiliate Program.

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New Music Tuesday - November 27, 2012

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As the holidays near and the record releases slow down, we get a chance to look back on our favourite artists and their careers. In that spirit, both UK pop quartet McFly and operatic pop outfit Il Divo have best of releases to hear this week. And, of course, there’s a little holiday music, too: grab a mug of hot cocoa and curl up with Michael Bublé’s new Christmas album.

Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for more music from this week, and consult our Playlist Notes below that for more highlights. As always, the entirety of the week’s new music is in the Rdio New Releases.


Playlist Notes

  • Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
    The piano-based R’n’B chanteuse releases her fifth studio album this week. It comes after a number of firsts for Keys, including the birth of her first child. We expect plenty of inspired songwriting on this one.

  • Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
    The most revered rap-rock combo of all time gets their debut album remastered for release today. Whether you’ve long been a fan and you’ve got your fingers crossed for reunion, or you’re just hearing about them now, it’s the perfect time to dive into this classic album.

  • 50 Cent - “My Life”
    50 Cent’s long-awaited fifth album might not come out until next year, but this new single should whet appetites: the bumping track features guest spots from Eminem and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

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New Rdio Apps for iOS and Android Are Here

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Take everything you love about Rdio with you wherever you go on your iOS or Android device. Say hello to the new Rdio for iOS and Rdio for Android apps — they're faster, sleeker, and easier to use.

NEW FEATURES

  • A new look and feel — The latest update includes design elements similar to our desktop and web experience: clean and minimal.
  • New side-bar navigation — A new navigation panel pops open on the left side of the app to bring you to Your Music, Settings, Playlists, and other features.
  • Remote control — The app will notify you if “Rdio is playing elsewhere.” Pause, skip, or play a station from wherever you are, or click “Play Here Instead” and your mobile device will pick up right where your laptop left off.
  • Infinite scroll — You’ll never run out of new music to explore. Rdio loads more content as you scroll through Heavy Rotation, Top Charts, and New Releases.

We don’t want to spoil all the new surprises so head to the iTunes App Store or Google Play, and try out the apps for yourself.

Exclusives

Don Caballero Unveil New Live Album a Week Early on Rdio

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It’s been four years since Don Caballero released a full-length, but the instrumental Pittsburgh post-punk outfit is bridging the gap with a new live album. The set, titled Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live, was recorded in 2003, and captures the well-trained musicians at the peak of their performing powers.

Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live is out next week, but you can preview the live album a week early on Rdio, below. Get ready — it’s like a mosh pit in your headphones:

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New Music Tuesday - November 20, 2012

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Like pancakes without syrup, it’s just not a Tuesday without a slathering of sweet new music to jam. Kid Rock and his buddy Uncle Kracker both have new albums out this week, as does veteran singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj and Björk have both released updates to previously-released material: the former has supplemented her album Roman Reloaded with another set of new singles and bonus tracks, while the latter has provided a series of remixes from the recent Biophilia.

There’s more below on our New Music Tuesday playlist, in the Playlist Notes below that, and in the compiled Rdio New Releases. Don’t miss out on all that this week has to offer.


Playlist Notes

  • Coldplay - Live 2012
    The arena-rockers release their first live album in over a decade, featuring the best songs of their recent catalog delivered to a cheering, enthusiastic stadium full of fans. Fans of Mylo Xyloto would be well-advised to give it a listen.

  • Kid Rock - Rebel Soul
    The hard-rockin’ country-rap star’s ninth album finds him reveling in his booze’n’broads lifestyle while also paying homage to his country’s troops via single “Let’s Ride.”

  • 3 Doors Down - The Greatest Hits
    The post-grunge alt-rockers that brought you “Kyptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” and “It’s Not My Time” put all their singles in one place. For new fans, it’s a broad view of what 3 Doors Down are about while diehards will want to hear new single “One Light.”

  • Kelly Clarkson - Greatest Hits
    The pop singer has earned millions of fans for her down to earth personality and magnificent voice. The span of singles on her new Greatest Hits comp — “Since U Been Gone,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and “Stronger,” among them — reflect her success since winning American Idol a decade ago.

  • Pitbull - Global Warming
    The club-music hit-maker keeps up his prolific pace with his seventh album in eight years. Global Warming is chock full of more club bangers featuring guests like Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias.

News

New Names Join the Rdio Artist Program

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It’s been just a little over a month since the Rdio Artist Program launched and the response has been tremendous. Today, we’re pleased to welcome new names such as Questlove, Far East Movement, Thievery Corporation, Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion, Ladyhawke, and Hedley.

Artists have been sharing new releases and old favourites — from Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters tweeting out Boys Noize’s new album, to Snoop Dogg’s (aka Snoop Lion) ‘70s soul-inspired Friday Grooves playlist — and users are excited to listen along with their favourite artists on Rdio.

As previously announced, artists can share their music and the music they love with their followers, and the program rewards them for fan engagement. The Rdio Artist Program is active in all countries Rdio is available, so visit the Artist Program page to learn more.

Exclusives

Soundgarden Give Exclusive Commentary on New Album, King Animal

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Earlier this year, fans of ‘90s grunge heroes Soundgarden were treated to the news that the seminal band would be reuniting for a sixth album, their first since 1996. The new album is titled King Animal, and finds the band in high spirits, channeling all of their energy into their inspired songwriting.

To hear more about what went into making King Animal, we got the band to give exclusive track-by-track commentary on the album. Listen to the Commentary Version of Soundgarden’s new one below, only on Rdio.

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New Music Tuesday - November 13, 2012

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Just as the leaves continue to drop, so do new releases, and this week is a pile you’ll want to dive into. Swedish indie-popper El Perro Del Mar has a new album today, as do hard-rock faves Deftones and Toronto electronic duo Crystal Castles. For more, check out the expanded version of Lana Del Rey’s breakout debut, and then read through our playlist notes below while you play the New Music Tuesday playlist.

For every album and single new this week, browse through the Rdio New Releases. Your new favorite album could be at the bottom of the pile, so get rakin’!


Playlist Notes

  • Green Day - ¡DOS!
    The epic pop-punk troupe release the second installment in their new album trilogy. Like ¡UNO!, ¡DOS! recalls the straight-up punk of their early days.

  • Soundgarden - King Animal
    Break out the flannel: the ‘90s grunge favorites drop their first album since 1996 today, and fans are saying it’s been worth the wait. Decide for yourself, and give King Animal a listen.

  • The Weeknd - Trilogy
    Toronto’s “Noir’n’B” wunderkind released three free mixtapes last year that catapulted him to stardom. Now, they get the remaster/reissue treatment, so they sound better than ever. Plus: bonus tracks!

  • Christina Aguilera - Lotus
    The Voice host releases her first album since joining the show, and while it’s reportedly her most personal yet, it still features guest spots from The Voice co-hosts Blake Shelton and Cee-Lo Green.

  • One Direction - Take Me Home
    The hottest boy band since N*SYNC releases their second album today, and swoon — we just fainted. You’ll have to listen to the album without us.