May 2013

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Willy Moon Shines Extra Early on Rdio

Willy Moon

23-year-old William Sinclair lights up under his stage name of Willy Moon. Born in New Zealand, he’s made his adult life in London, where he’s attracted attention for an infectious brand of retro rock infused with a modern edge. You may have heard his song “Yeah Yeah” shaking up the current iPod commercial, and now you can enjoy his debut full-length album Here’s Willy Moon with this early listen.

∞  May 14, 2013 — 11:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 14, 2013

MS MRR.E.M.The Transplants

This week, New York rapper Jim Jones releases a new album on his own label Vampire Life, Portland indie pop duo Wampire serves up a full-length debut, and the latest from Trace Adkins and George Strait represent the country music scene. These and other top artists appear in our New Music Weekly playlist of handpicked songs. If you’re the type of listener that wants MOAR right now, you’ll find Rdio New Releases to be a big ol’ playground of fun.


  • R.E.M. - Green (Anniversary Edition)
    The album that introduced classic hits like “Stand,” “Orange Crush,” and “Pop Song 89” celebrates its 25th birthday with a remastered edition.

  • Demi Lovato - Demi
    The former Disney star’s fourth album was recorded to comfort girls who have also suffered bullying and offers a sequel to her blockbuster hit “Skyscraper.”

  • MS MR - Secondhand Rapture
    The debut from this New York dream pop duo explores the notion of “Dark Doo Wop.”

  • Escape the Fate - Ungrateful
    Once known for being emo, the fourth album keeps the Vegas band firmly in post-hardcore territory.

  • The Transplants - “Come Around”
    The punk supergroup, which features Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and Blink 182’s Travis Barker, shares a glimpse of the third album In a War Zone, due out this summer.

∞  May 14, 2013 — 9:00AM


Take An Early Vacation With The Blank Tapes

The Blank Tapes

Don’t the days seem slower and longer when you’re waiting to go on vacation? No one likes waiting for their time off to hurry up and get here, but luckily The Blank Tapes can sympathize. The Los Angeles-based garage pop band founded by Matt Adams has given Rdio an early listen to his new album Vacation. It’s the first LP with a band to bolster Adams in what was previously a solo venture and also the first to not be recorded on Adams’ eight-track; like the title suggests, it’s a welcome departure.

∞  May 9, 2013 — 10:00AM


Discover New Music With Rdio and Shazam


We’ve banded together with Shazam, the music identification tool, to make discovering your new favourite song and artist easier than ever, no matter where you are.

Now anyone with the Shazam app for iOS or Android can listen to entire songs after tagging them by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link. Seamlessly flow from identifying a never-before-heard track to playing it on Rdio, sharing it with friends, or finding more music by that artist within Shazam.

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can access the full experience in the app immediately. Users new to Rdio can try the mobile app free for 14 days to take advantage of the feature.

Originally launched last fall in the U.S., the integration is now available in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

∞  May 9, 2013 — 6:00AM


Mother’s Day Sounds Sweet With Our Dear Mama Playlist


Everyone from Ozzy to Kanye has expressed appreciation for their mother through music, and Dear Mama - A Musical Tribute explores a wide range of love. The playlist includes songs of acknowledgement and adoration for the near and dear mamas by such diverse voices as 2Pac, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift. Is your mom more into Danzig or Justin Bieber? Play her this set and let the lyrics speak for themselves.

∞  May 8, 2013 — 1:00PM


Dragonette and Sunshine Jones Join Forces for “Run Run Run” Remix


Canadian electropop band Dragonette teamed up with singer-songwriter Sunshine Jones (best known for her work in Dubtribe Sound System) for the remix of “Run Run Run,” a single taken from the recent album Bodyparts. The song officially comes out next week but there’s no need to wait because Rdio listeners can enjoy it right now.

Dragonette is currently on tour with The Presets, and Rdio is giving away tickets to all North American dates here.

∞  May 8, 2013 — 11:00AM


Little Boots Shares Exclusive Remix for “Broken Record”

Little Boots

A broken record never evolves — it just keeps playing a sound over and over again. But UK electropop darling Little Boots’ anthem “Broken Record,” taken from the new album Nocturnes, has a fresh lease on the dancefloor with the Chupacabras & JDH Remix.

The “Broken Record” remix track is exclusively available on Rdio, so there’s no need to get stuck on repeat. Listen to Nocturnes with the bonus remix track below and follow Little Boots on Rdio!

∞  May 8, 2013 — 9:00AM


Matt Hires Shows Heart in Rdio Session

Matt Hires

One big perk of being on Rdio is that artists often perform intimate, exclusive shows that we record and share with you. We were thrilled to recently welcome one such performance by Tampa singer-songwriter Matt Hires. Compared to the likes of Jack Johnson and Matt Costa, Hires most recently opened for Matchbox Twenty’s North American tour.

The four song set that comprises Hires’ Rdio Session features his 2009 debut single “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song,” the title track from last year’s Forever EP “Sound of Falling in Love,” and his most recent single “Restless Heart.” As you listen to Hires’ charming creations, please know that it’s okay to swoon.

∞  May 7, 2013 — 1:00PM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 7, 2013


This week, rapper and activist Talib Kweli drops his guest star-studded fifth album, UK singer-songwriter Pete Roe emerges with his third full-length in three years, “Family Man” country star Craig Campbell explores divine intervention, and young Danish band Reptile Youth takes a stab at world domination. We share the choicest cuts from these and other artists with you in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes below. For more of what your ears have been missing, don’t forget to browse the full collection of Rdio New Releases.


  • Fitz & The Tantrums - More Than Just A Dream (Deluxe)
    L.A.’s indie soul-pop specialists break free from their “retro” tag and joyfully experiment with their sound.

  • Lady Antebellum - Golden
    The popular Nashville trio have already had a country hit with the lead single “Downtown” and has a lot more surprises on this fourth album.

  • Deerhunter - Monomania
    The sixth album from the Atlanta indie rockers is a reference to the obsessive traits of lead singer and guitarist Bradford Cox and features new bassist Josh McKay.

  • She & Him - Volume 3
    Actress Zooey Deschanel penned most of the songs on *Volume 3
    , the fourth full-length album recorded with partner M. Ward.

  • Little Boots - Nocturnes
    UK electropop princess Victoria Lesketh follows up her 2009 debut with this sophomore effort featuring the anthem “Broken Record.”

∞  May 7, 2013 — 10:00AM


An Rdio Exclusive: Wild Nothing Returns With a Brighter Sound on Empty Estate

Wild Nothing

Fans of indie pop and shoegaze music have found much to adore about Wild Nothing, the project founded by Virginia singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Tatum in 2009. Following two albums and two EPs, the new EP Empty Estate finds Wild Nothing exploring a broader and even more fun sound, as evidenced by “A Dancing Shell,” the bright song and video that leads this release.

Rdio listeners can skip the wait time for next week’s release and listen to these new songs on Empty Estate within microseconds of pressing play below.

∞  May 7, 2013 — 9:00AM