December 2012

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Developer App

Developer App: Synco

Synco

Syncing just got a whole lot simpler thanks to this month’s Developer App. Synco helps manage and update your offline music on mobile devices.

Head over to synco.fm and connect your Rdio account. Choose any or all of the four categories to sync — your favourite artists, favourite albums, trending artists, and trending albums. The favourite and trending albums categories are populated by the track listings from the actual albums. Favourite and trending artists pulls the top tracks from the artist’s Top Songs Station, mixing your most loved tracks with new discoveries.

No need to fuss if you have an ever changing queue of trending artists and albums — Synco will automatically update your offline music periodically according to your listening habits.

Follow Synco on Twitter for updates including news on upcoming features like the ability to add and remove more music from each category.

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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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.

TOP SHARED ALBUMS — GLOBAL
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 Canada to see who else made the grade:

TOP PLAYED TRACKS - CANADA

  1. 1. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  2. 2. Flo Rida featuring Sia - "Wild Ones"
  3. 3. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
  4. 4. Adele - “Rolling in The Deep”
  5. 5. fun. featuring Janelle Monae - “We Are Young”
  6. 6. fun. - “Some Nights”
  7. 7. LMFAO - "Sexy And I Know It"
  8. 8. Flo Rida - "Good Feeling"
  9. 9. Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
  10. 10. Jay-Z and Kanye West - “Ni***s in Paris”

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

Exclusives

Preview Hood Internet’s FEAT Remixes a Week Early

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Chicago duo Hood Internet (Aaron “ABX” Brink and Steve “STV SLV” Reidell) have been most prominently known as experts in the art of mash-up tracks. But now, after five successful years creating imaginary supergroups with their tunes, Hood Internet dropped FEAT, an album of all original songs, in September.

Today we’ve got the brand-new FEAT Remixes a week early for your audio enjoyment, featuring re-works from Hood Internet pals like Oscillator Bug, Skinny Friedman, and Lazerbeak. It’s a fitting way to revisit these tracks from the cut-and-paste masters.

Exclusives

Listen to Dent May’s Exclusive Rdio Sessions

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With or without the use of his trusty ukulele, Mississippi’s own Dent May plucks at the heartstrings with his sweet, psychedelia-tinged pop. He stopped in our office back in June and blessed us with an exclusive Rdio Sessions including songs from his latest album Do Things.

This is the third edition of Rdio Sessions, following live sets from Missy Higgins and Passenger. Listen to Dent May’s Rdio Sessions for the chilled out and happy sounds of a musician who once told our Rdio Survey that he might have become a yoga instructor had he chosen another direction.

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New Music Tuesday - December 18, 2012

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The last week before Christmas brings a number of early holiday presents for your ears. 12th Planet fires up some doomsday dubstep with The End, while Fool’s Gold Presents: Loosies assembles a reveling collection of beats and rhymes from Danny Brown, Freeway, Flatbush Zombies and more. Nashville’s The Henningsens celebrate patriotism with “American Beautiful” and Denver’s Air Dubai fire off a “Warning.” Of course don't forget to swim through the new Frank Zappa catalog now on Rdio.

Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for peeks of these releases and much more. The Playlist Notes below offer some additional info on some of the week’s can’t-miss highlights. And don’t forget to peruse the full collection of Rdio New Releases for even more fresh tunes.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
    The Atlanta rapper’s eighth album brings him back to his trap glory while also broadening his sound with the help of guests like R. Kelly, Pink, and Andre 3000.

  • The-Dream - Terius Nash: 1977
    The R&B hitmaker offers “Tender Tendencies” and more sweet songs, including collabos with Pharrell and Big Sean, on his most personal effort yet — titled with his government name and his birth date.

  • Django Django - Hi Djinx! Django Django Remixed
    A potpourri of producers including Adrian Sherwood, Chris Carter, Andy Wake, and Django Django itself put unique spins on the British band’s rockers.

  • Bad Religion - “True North”
    Get your first taste of the legendary punk band’s sweet sixteenth album True North (due out in January) with the lead single of the same name.

  • Various Artists - Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Tarantino’s spaghetti Western comes armed with a soundtrack featuring unlikely partners James Brown, 2 Pac, and Ennio Morricone.

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Play Frank Zappa's Epic Catalog on Rdio

Frank Zappa

Get ready to Freak Out! Now, for the first time, you can hear the much anticipated Frank Zappa catalog on Rdio.

Zappa left a legacy of albums that explored the far reaches of music, with extended forays into rock, jazz, and even the orchestral world. Relive or discover the classics like Lumpy Gravy, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and Weasels Ripped My Flesh — they’re all here, alongside multi-album collections such as We’re Only In It For The Money and You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer received many interesting honors and accolades for his work after his passing, including having a species of jellyfish named after him — which we think he would have appreciated. From Absolutely Free to Zoot Allures (and much more in between), it’s your turn to appreciate the work of one of America’s most daring musicians of all time.

If you’ve never heard of the legend (gasp!), then you’ll need our Introduction to Frank Zappa playlist pronto:

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Announcing Rdio's Best of 2012 Award Winners

Best of 2012

Move over, Juno — 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 honor is his most effortless.

Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest
Cobra Juicy - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburgh’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:


Giveaways

Win Six Months of Rdio Unlimited

Win Rdio

We’re starting to feel the holiday spirit pretty hard over here at Rdio HQ, and we want to spread that goodwill all around. What better way, we thought, than to share it with you?

It’s simple: follow @RdioCA on Twitter, and retweet our designated contest tweet for your chance to win one of ten six-month Rdio Unlimited subscriptions! The fun will begin Monday, December 17, and winners will be announced on Christmas Eve, giving you 24 hours to decide whether to gift it or keep it for yourself.

Either way, it’s our way of sharing the holiday spirit, Rdio-style: through music.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: Best of 2012


Every month, Rdio Recommends updates you with the breadth and depth of new music. We’ve introduced you to acts like Reptar, Sea Wolf, Maus Haus, and Dragonette over the last 12 months. Now, the very best of these songs that were released this year have been collected into the Best of 2012: Rdio Recommends.

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New Music Tuesday - December 11, 2012

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As you ponder what to play at the next holiday party, this week’s batch of fresh releases satisfies a wide range of styles that are united in their potential to make people feel festive. UK indie band Singing Adams is back with a sophomore album, EDM DJ Steve Aoki drops a booty-rockin’ EP, Jamaican reggae star Jah Cure brings the uplifting island sounds, and hip-hop vets Game and Masta Killa rep for the West and East Coast crews with anticipated new heaters.

Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for more fun tunes dropping today. The Playlist Notes below provide context on some of the big releases of the week. And there’s still more music waiting for you in the complete listing of Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox
    It’s a tall order to follow up his smash debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans, but Mars is shooting for the stars with this sophomore effort. Luckily, he has the help of the meteoric lead single “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which manages to channel the best of early '80s hits by The Police.

  • Green Day - ¡TRÉ!
    The year’s awesome pop-punk trilogy concludes with an epic, all-out free-for-all full of big songs. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has called this one a “mixed bag” and likened it to cleaning up the mess at the end of an amazing party.

  • Big Boi - Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Deluxe Explicit Version)
    OutKast’s streetwise half drops his second solo album with a surprisingly widescreen array of guests, including indie pop darlings Little Dragon and Phantogram, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, and rappers T.I., Killer Mike, and A$AP Rocky.

  • Boys Like Girls - Crazy World
    After more than a year hiatus as a band (and three years since the last album Love Drunk), the Massachusetts rockers return with renewed energy.