January 2013

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New Music Tuesday - January 29, 2013


Some people like to say TGIF and celebrate the end of the work week, but we must say that Tuesday is our favorite day. That’s when all the glorious new music is released each week!

No matter what beat you like to rock to, you should be able to find something interesting in this week’s offerings, whether it’s the latest from San Francisco’s alt-folk duo Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, an album from suddenly-famous Atlanta rapper Trinidad James, the first album in three years from L.A. indie rockers Radar Bros., or the guilty pleasure of pop prince Justin Bieber, unplugged.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist will give you the sonic lowdown on what’s happening right now. Peep the Playlist Notes below as you read for more highlights from this week, and stop by Rdio New Releases for even more music overload.


  • Tegan And Sara - Heartthrob
    The twins are back! Tegan and Sara Quin documented this seventh album with a series of videos called “Carpool Confessions.”

  • Hatebreed - The Divinity of Purpose
    The Connecticut-based hardcore band drops a mosh-inducing album this week. This one may call for a pair of earplugs for maximum shredding.

  • Destiny’s Child - Love Songs
    Are you ready for this jelly? In advance of their rumored reunion performance at the Super Bowl, this compilation collects up the girl group’s most romantic songs of all time and includes “Nuclear,” the first new DC song since 2005.

  • Local Natives - Hummingbird
    The indie rockers formerly known as Cavil at Rest have emerged with their sophomore album, recorded in their own brand new studio.

  • The Saturdays - Chasing The Saturdays
    Admit it, you’ve already fallen in love with this English-Irish girl group from their reality show on E! This EP, released in North America only, collects their UK singles.

  • Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up!
    Bluesy singer-songwriter Ben Harper makes sweet music with harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite on this record that was ten years in the making.

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Free Access to Rdio Goes International


Now it’s even easier to discover new music with artists and friends around the world. Starting today, we’re extending free music on the Web to 15 countries.

If you’re a new Rdio listener, you can now sign up at rdio.com, and enjoy up to six months of free music, depending on how many songs you stream. Free streaming is available through the Web or Rdio’s desktop apps for Mac and Windows and no credit card is needed to start listening. A meter at the top of your profile page will keep you updated on how much free music you have remaining each month and at any time you can upgrade to Rdio Web, Rdio Unlimited, or our Family Plan to stream unlimited music.

Free access is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.


BLack on BLonde: Rapper K-Os Reveals All, Only on Rdio


Kevin Brereton, better known as K-Os, has been representing the Toronto rap scene as a rhymer, singer, songwriter, and producer since way before Drake starred on Degrassi. He has traveled the world and released five albums of positive messages over a 20-year career, including the latest effort BLack on BLonde, which features guest appearances by Black Thought of The Roots, Travie McCoy, and fellow Canadian rapper Saukrates.

Listen to K-Os’ BLack on BLonde a week before its official release with Rdio-only bonus commentary to discover the inspiration behind the songs as revealed by the man himself.

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New Music Tuesday - January 22, 2013


January continues to bring a bumper crop of colorful songs and albums to the fertile new music landscape. Fans can witness the vibrant growth in the sophomore albums from indie rockers Foxygen and Widowspeak, The War On Drugs’ Dave Hartley’s Nightlands project, and New York house producer FaltyDL. And open-minded listeners can discover the seedlings of new talents in the debut from Atlanta’s The Shadowboxers.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist has something for everyone. Read the Playlist Notes below after pressing play for some additional highlights, and visit the Rdio New Releases for this week’s complete collection of fresh produce.


  • Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return
    Producer Chazwick Bundick moved to Berkeley two years ago, where he wrote this third album. The sound represents the freedom he felt in his new home.

  • Bad Religion - True North
    The seminal California punk band’s sweet 16th album was produced by the band’s guitarist Brett Gurewitz and Joe Barresi, who has worked on records by Tool, The Melvins, L7, and more. True to theme, True North features 16 songs in total.

    L.A.’s favorite slacking “wake bake skate” band is finally releasing their debut album.

  • Otep - Hydra
    This is thought to be the nu metal band’s final album. If so, Otep is going out with a huge bang on its sixth studio effort.

  • Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love
    The third album from the New York quintet, now minus its cellist, reveals a marked new interest in synth pop.

  • Lil Wayne - “Love Me” (Feat. Drake & Future)
    Weezy’s new single featuring his protege and Atlanta’s up-and-comer demonstrates that sensitive thugs need love, too.


The Growlers’ New Album is on Rdio One Week Early


Everyone’s favourite Southern Californian “Beach Goth” band The Growlers is ready to drop its long-awaited third album Hung At Heart. It is a heady surf through the outer reaches of psychedelic rock madness honed from hundreds of shows on the road.

Hung At Heart won’t be released until January 22, but we’ve got your exclusive preview right here. Press play and get lost in the haze: Music from the OC has rarely sounded so deliciously twisted.

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New Music Tuesday - January 15, 2013


This week’s bounty of just-hatched releases include some familiar voices breaking out on their own. Former Danity Kane and Dirty Money singer Dawn Richard steps out with a first fiery solo effort, while Last December frontman Pete RG emerges with his second album. There are also unearthed rare grooves from Southern soul hero Lee Fields, a sophomore full-length from Philly rockers Free Energy, and an album from hip-hop collaborators Yung B Da Producer and J. Nolan.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist is bursting with fresh sounds for your ears. Read the Playlist Notes below while you listen for more of this week’s highlights, and since you can never have too much of a good thing, don’t forget to browse the full set of Rdio New Releases for even more music.


  • New Order - Lost Sirens
    Fans of the legendary UK group, which reunited last year without bassist Peter Hook, finally get to hear this album. It was recorded almost nine years ago and was shelved after the band’s breakup, but Hook’s iconic playing is here.

  • Teena Marie - Beautiful
    Before Teena Marie’s untimely passing in 2010, she left a gorgeous final album. We’re now hearing it thanks to the efforts of her daughter, who made sure it saw the light of day.

  • A$AP Rocky - LONG.LIVE.A$AP (Deluxe Version)
    The Harlem rapper’s first proper studio album is a sequel of sorts to his popular LIVE.LOVE.A$AP mixtape. It features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Santigold.

  • Yo La Tengo - Fade
    The band’s lucky thirteenth album arrives just in time to usher in the lucky thirteenth year of the 21st century. Produced by John McEntire of Tortoise, it’s the first record not produced by Roger Moutenot in 20 years.

  • Vacationer - Good As New Remixes - EP
    Kenny Vasoli, best known for singing and playing bass in The Starting Line, started this side project last year. Here he returns with new takes on songs from Vacationer’s debut album Good.


Black Veil Brides Comment on Wretched and Divine LP

Black Veil Brides

Wonder what the Black Veil Brides were thinking of when they recorded the ambitious new concept album, Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones? The third album from the Hollywood hard rockers known for its glammed-out metal sound departs from previous efforts with a giant leap into a storyline about a group of renegades who restore science and creativity to a dystopian society robbed of these vital elements.

We sat Black Veil Brides down to record an exclusive Rdio-only commentary album, which you can listen to below.


Sounds From The Silver Screen: Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globes

This year’s Golden Globe nominees include some of the most striking films in recent years. And because music can be so vital to the cinematic experience, it’s perhaps no surprise that these films come complete with top-notch soundtracks to match.

Listen to our 70th Golden Globes: The Music playlist for a handpicked selection of songs from this year’s Golden Globe-nominated films, including vivid moments from Taylor Swift (The Hunger Games), Danny Elfman (Silver Linings Playbook), and Keith Urban (Act of Valor).

Don’t forget to watch the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, airing on January 13.

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Rdio Feature Spotlight: Remote Control

Back in November, we introduced our brand new Rdio apps for iOS and Android. Today we’re highlighting one of the most loved additions from our update to help make the most of your Rdio experience — with the remote control feature, your music is never out of reach.

When Rdio is in Remote Control Mode, you can still control the tunes playing from your phone with the web and desktop apps.

Remote Control

Clicking Play Here Instead will stop the song in its tracks. Press play to continue the same song on whichever app you’re using.

Remote Control

On the flipside, now the mobile apps will let you know when “Rdio is playing elsewhere,” too. Tap the bottom to bring up the updated playback screen. From there, you can use your mobile phone to control Rdio if it’s playing on another device.

Remote Control

Listening to music on your laptop while getting ready to go out? Pause, skip, play a Station, modify your Queue, and more from the comfort of your palm. Ready to head out? Keep the jams going by tapping Play Here Instead and your mobile device will pick up where your laptop left off.

If you haven’t tried out the new Remote Control feature yet, download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now.


Hear Electric Guest's Intimate Rdio Live Set

Electric Guest

Last August, L.A. indie pop darlings Electric Guest played a super intimate show for die-hard fans at San Francisco’s Monarch — even staying long after the set was finished to sign custom Mark Weaver posters for everyone.

The five-song set is now available as Electric Guests’ Rdio Live installment. Listen to hear tunes taken from the group’s debut album Mondo.

∞  January 8, 2013 — 12:00PM