July 2013

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 30, 2013

AlunaGeorgeRobin ThickeTech N9ne

Welcome to another week where you can head in any musical direction you can think of, whether it’s to the eighth album of life-awakening rhythms from Michael Franti & Spearhead, R&B and urban pop from British star Jay Sean, the first collaborative album from country star Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, or the newest side project from Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants.

What does this all sound like? It can be hard to stay on top of all the hot sounds, but here’s a great way to start. Check out our New Music Weekly playlist to hear selections from these and all of the best offerings out there right now. Read on for more info in the Playlist Notes below, and visit the Rdio New Releases if you’d like to browse everything that has just come out.


  • Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
    Buoyed by the international reception of the racy title track, which has hit summer anthem status, the crooner explores party territory on his sixth album.

  • AlunaGeorge - Body Music
    The hotly tipped UK electro soul duo Aluna Francis and George Reid make an effortless bid for global acclaim on their full-length debut.

  • Emblem3 - Nothing to Lose
    This SoCal trio didn’t win on last season’s The X Factor, but they stole the contest of covers with their boyish charms and original sounds, some of which are finally collected on their debut album.

  • Tech N9ne - Something Else
    One of independent rap’s most enduring success stories celebrates his lucky 13th album with collaborations from Serj Tankian, Cee-Lo Green, and even The Doors.

  • Flo Rida - “Can’t Believe It (feat. Pitbull)”
    The Sunshine State’s leading international hip pop artists like big butts and they cannot lie over this dance beat.

∞  July 30, 2013 — 4:00PM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 23, 2013

Gogol BordelloEdward SharpeSelena Gomez

This week’s releases bring plenty of larger-than-life personalities to the party, including the latest works from international crooner Marc Anthony, Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, campy retro queens Hunx And His Punx, and hip pop oddity Wallpaper. These voices and more converge in our new New Music Weekly playlist. We love putting it together for you each week and hope that it helps you find fresh favorites right away. Not enough songs for you? Hightail it on over to our Rdio New Releases page to browse all of the latest singles and albums.


  • Selena Gomez - Stars Dance
    Hot off the success of her catchy summer single “Come & Get It” comes the long-awaited solo debut from the former Disney starlet.

  • Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy
    Just when you thought your favorite gypsy punks couldn’t go any further off the rails, their sixth album truly lets their freak flag fly.

  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    The indie folk act goes self-titled for the third album and unleashes the most raw and rambunctious work to date.

  • Weekend - Jinx
    They received an 8.2 rating from Pitchfork on their debut album but will San Francisco lo-fi dreamers Weekend break the curse of the sophomore slump with new album? It’s already sounding likely.

  • One Direction - “Best Song Ever”
    Is it the best song ever recorded in the history of music, or just the best song that this hugely successful British boy band has released in its relatively short but meteoric career? Millions of 1D fans are screaming their opinion.

  • of Montreal - “Fugitive Air”
    The eccentric rockers from Athens, GA offers a taste of the stripped down instrumentation and lyric-forward songs coming from the next album lousy with sylvianbriar.

∞  July 23, 2013 — 4:00PM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 16, 2013


It takes a lot of funk and drive to stand out in a crowded field of new music, but artists like Midwestern crooner Mayer Hawthorne, Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, Malibu party rapper Shwayze, and Aussie pop phenom Vydamo are making lots of noise this week.

Take a quick trip through the best from these colorful artists and many more in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes that follow. You can also hop over to the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if you want to take your time and go for the longer and more scenic route.


  • Gauntlet Hair - Stills
    This Denver duo pushes the quiet and polite boundaries of pop with something noisier.

  • Ace Hood - Trials and Tribulations
    The Florida rapper who’s known for street hits like “Hustle Hard” is back with more motivation for the grinders, including the strong lead single “Bugatti”.

  • Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
    The singer-songwriter goes big with anthemic songs that reflect her coastal relocation from California to New York.

  • Kodaline - Love Like This EP
    An extended take of songs from the debut album of these Irish popstars features an instantly memorable harmonica-driven title track that has achieved chart success back home.

∞  July 16, 2013 — 10:00AM


Hear It First: Pet Shop Boys Go Indie With Electric

Pet Shop Boys

After a 32-year career that has encompassed recording 11 studio albums through the Parlophone label, the almighty UK duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe as the Pet Shop Boys is releasing their 12th album on their own x2 Recordings label. Rdio listeners have exclusive access to hear this exciting landmark first. Electric is on and ready for you now.

Get your toes tapping with what the Pet Shop Boys call their “dance record”.

∞  July 11, 2013 — 1:00PM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 10, 2013

CiaraSkylar GreyKarmin

The San Francisco Bay Area is rocking this week with new releases from classic band The Mother Hips and the debut of new act Midnight Cinema, which features members of rock outfit Thriving Ivory in a new setting. Up in the Northwest, Portland folk crew The Builders and the Butchers are back and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band is celebrating 50 years of bringing great music from New Orleans to the world.

There’s more! A lot of cool new tunes came out this week and our New Music Weekly playlist is the quickest way to cut right to the heart of the best of it all. Think of it as a springboard for further discovery — and there’s a lot more to check out in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if your ears are still hungry.


  • Daughn Gibson - Me Moan
    The former drummer of Pearls and Brass (when he was known as Josh Martin) drops his sophomore solo album in the midst of a summer tour.

  • Skylar Grey - Don’t Look Down
    Returning with a long-awaited sophomore album seven years after her debut, singer Grey’s latest features a contribution from Eminem as well as the demo version of “I Love The Way You Lie,” which she wrote for Em and Rihanna.

  • Ciara - Ciara
    ATL’s R&B dance queen returns with a “Body Party” of a fifth album, featuring contributions from B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, and Ciara’s beau, rapper Future.

  • Jay Sean featuring Rick Ross - “Mars”
    Maybach Music delivers a sexy summer anthem that reaches interplanetary heights from the British singer with the help of the Miami rapper and label boss Rick Ross.

  • Karmin - “Acapella”
    The pop duo who first rose to fame with their catchy cover songs on YouTube lets their affections for rap flow on this sassy cut.

∞  July 9, 2013 — 9:00AM


Keep Cool With the Soundtrack to Your Summer

We’ve eliminated all worries about what you should play for your July 4th BBQ with this feel-good playlist — the Soundtrack to Your Summer is all the songs you’ll know by heart come September. In the process of grooving through this 75-minute set, you’ll be able to confidently debate which song will emerge as the song of the season. Will it be “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, or something hotter? Listen and decide for yourself.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 1:00PM


Shout Out Louds Turn It Up At Rdio Sessions

Shout Out Louds

Stockholm-based indie pop darlings Shout Out Louds specialize in making songs with an irresistible and uplifting pulse that you won’t soon forget. The band’s exclusive Rdio Sessions set was recorded live at South by Southwest in Austin in March and features songs from the recent full-length album Optica. It’s just a hunch, but we think you’ll be as impressed by how tight the band sounds in front of a live audience as we are.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 10:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 2, 2013

The Lone RangerFranz FerdinandMaya Jane Coles

This is an ideal time to discover the work of artists across the globe who have just released new work this week, like Australian artists Samantha James and Kirin J Callinan, veteran UK urban MC Congo Natty, and sophisticated house sounds from France and beyond as curated by the stylish label and fashion company Kitsuné. Read the Playlist Notes below as you listen to the New Music Weekly playlist for more on what promises to be some of the most notable offerings of the week. If this all whets your appetite, don’t forget to check out the Rdio New Releases for more.


  • Never Shout Never - Sunflower
    The guitar and ukulele-led trio from Joplin, MO returns with an astonishing fifth album in three years.

  • Hans Zimmer - The Lone Ranger Soundtrack
    Fresh off his heroic soundtrack for Man of Steel, supercomposer Zimmer takes on another iconic franchise.

  • Editors - The Weight of Your Love
    The UK band’s fourth album brings in new members Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams after the departure of lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz.

  • Maya Jane Coles - Comfort
    After an extensive discography of house singles and mixes, this fellow Brit releases her debut original album.

  • Franz Ferdinand - “Right Action”
    Taste the sweet lead single and opening track from the Glasgow-based indie titans’ forthcoming self-produced album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 9:00AM

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: June 2013

Did you notice how much amazing music came out last month? Our Rdio Recommends: June 2013 playlist features over two hours of the most heavily rotated tunes in the office from the past 30 days like Télépopmusik, Angel Haze, Young Summer, The Limousines, Delorean, Rogue Wave, and even David Lynch. You can thank us later for any terrific tunes that you can’t get out of your head after you turn this up.

What were your favourite new songs in June? Comment on the playlist and share your top tracks with us.

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  July 1, 2013 — 1:00PM