September 2013

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Listen to This: Recommendations on Rdio

Recommends

What to play next? Rdio always has the answer. Recommendations is back and better than ever, surfacing gems from our catalog of more than 20 million songs and personalizing the picks based on your taste.

Hot on the heels of our Stations launch, we’ve built Recommendations as another great means of effortless music discovery. Powered by technology from The Echo Nest, the new feature provides a steady stream of new music recommendations — including albums, stations, and playlists — based on what you listen to most and who you’re following.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Album Recommendations — As you listen to music on Rdio, we compile albums you’re likely to enjoy based on your history. Every time you visit Recommendations, more new music is waiting.
  • Station & Playlist Recommendations — Discover what stations and playlists are popular in your network and in your area.

Recommendations is rolling out to the web starting today and will be available on iOS and Android soon.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 24, 2013

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This week, we are excited about the return of singer Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star after a 17-year recording absence. We’re also amped for new albums from Jamaican dancehall veteran Mr. Vegas, West Coast house and techno producer Claude VonStroke, and Canadian electro-jazz act Misteur Valaire. And that’s just to name a few!

Start with our New Music Weekly playlist for our recommendations of the very best of what has just come out, including these artists and much more. If you’re hungry for further sonic exploration after that, hop over to the Rdio New Releases section.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition)
    It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the seminal Seattle band released the final album, but the Anniversary Edition expands the picture with the inclusion of pre-album demos.

  • Icona Pop - THIS IS...ICONA POP
    The sassy Swedish duo behind the carefree dance number “I Don’t Care” return with more party anthems like “All Night” and “Ready for the Weekend.”

  • Drake - Nothing Was The Same
    With a tribute to Wu-Tang Clan and a collaboration with Jay-Z, the rapper/crooner’s third album reaches back as well as into the future.

  • Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
    The Followills return with more of the same powerful guitars and anthemic vocals that have made them multiplatinum-selling Southern rock heroes on their sixth full-length.

  • CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
    A fun full-length debut from a Scottish synthpop act with a growing fan base thanks to tours with Passion Pit and Depeche Mode.

Exclusives

Crystal Stilts Presents A Psychedelic Journey Through Love and Loss

Crystal Stilts

After a decade together, the guys in Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts have had their share of insights about the art of romance. The indie rockers, whose new album Nature Noir, has just dropped, have assembled a heartfelt playlist for you called Crystal Stilts: A Psychedelic Journey Through Love and Loss. Let the words and sounds of individualists like Sonny Bono, Rotary Connection, Hilton Valentine, Terry Stafford, Love, and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band guide you through the good and bad times.

Enjoy below and follow Sacred Bones on Rdio for more from the label that Crystal Stilts now calls home.

Exclusives

Avicii Picks His Favourite Hits For an Rdio Playlist

Avicii

Avicii is one of the bright stars of the young EDM movement, but one listen to his new debut album True reveals that the Swedish DJ/producer has both a multitude of influences and the ability to reach out beyond what he’s been known for over the past few years. In honour of the release of True, the man born Tim Bergling is sharing an exclusive playlist with Rdio listeners called Avicii’s Favorite Songs of the Moment. Press play and you’ll soon be jamming to artists like Disclosure, Axwell, Jay-Z, and, of course, Avicii, whose own “Wake Me Up” and “I Could Be The One” sound great here.

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Win A VIP Trip to See Kings of Leon at Austin City Limits

Kings of Leon

We’ve teamed up with Kings of Leon and Sony Canada to offer you and a friend the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime experience: A trip and VIP access to Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 11-13.

Picture it now: You will be styled with VIP passes to the festival as well as a gourmet happy hour presented by Austin FOOD & WINE, daily chef tastings, complimentary catered food, beer, wine and specialty drinks, private restrooms, and even mini spa treatments! Flights for two and four nights of accommodations are also included on us, of course.

Entering couldn’t be easier. Just like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Contest is going on right now and ends on September 26. See the Official Rules for more details. Good luck!

Exclusives

Rdio Exclusive: The Bloody Beetroots Come Out of Hiding With a Bonus Track

The Bloody Beetroots

Italian electro house heroes The Bloody Beetroots are ready to come out and play with the new album HIDE and the bonus track "35" just for Rdio listeners. The Black Venom-masked crew, which grew out of a solo project by Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, has spent the last few years conquering the international music festival circuit, including collaborating with Sir Paul McCartney, and collecting inspiration for this full-length effort. Hear the album and "35" for the first time with this exclusive listen:

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 17, 2013

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This week’s new releases bring goodies from Nashville heartthrob Billy Currington, Disney star Zendaya, the piano-rock of Five for Fighting, and the party pumping prowess of Norwegian electronic star Ralph Myerz, just to name a few. Our New Music Weekly playlist will give you a peek at the best songs from these artists as well as key players highlighted in the Playlist Notes. When you’re ready to take on the complete catalog of what’s available this week, click over to the Rdio New Releases and have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Devil Wears Prada - 8:18:00
    The prolific metal band (who, for you fashionistas, aren’t associated with the film of the same name) returns right on time with a fifth full-length of relentlessness.

  • Grouplove - Spreading Rumours
    The indie pop darlings behind Never Trust a Happy Song are back with extra sassiness on their sophomore effort.

  • Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
    This unlikely collaboration was borne out of Costello’s musical appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots are the house band.

  • The Naked and Famous - In Rolling Waves
    The second album from these New Zealand-based alt-rockers is buoyed by the fun single “Hearts Like Ours.”

  • Tom Odell - Long Way Down
    The young British singer-songwriter has already been winning over fans and critics in the UK with this debut album.

Exclusives

The Darcys' Bonus Track "Ultra Violet" From Warring Is Only On Rdio

The Darcys

Toronto art rock quartet The Darcys is giving Rdio listeners an early jump on hearing the bonus track "Ultra Violet" from their new album. Warring is the group’s third studio album and the conclusion of a trilogy that began in 2011 and continued with their Steely Dan cover album.

Did you know that the group is also an active part of the Rdio community? Follow The Darcys on Rdio to hear exclusive playlists, including their favorite slow jams, ‘90s guitar anthems, heartfelt tributes to other bands, and even a set of songs that influenced the Warring album.

Exclusives

Rdio and Red Bull Stratos: Exclusive New Documentary and Original Song by Portugal. The Man

Red Bull Stratos

We’re taking an exciting leap with Red Bull to present Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story Behind Red Bull Stratos, the documentary on the historic space dive project. The film will be available exclusively on rdio.com/redbullstratos for three months beginning on October 14, 2013, which marks the one-year anniversary of Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 24 miles above Earth.

Head over to rdio.com/redbullstratos today to experience exclusive content such as never-before-seen clips and the original song written and recorded for the documentary by Portland rock band Portugal. The Man. The Rdio-only track titled “Oh Boy” is featured in the dynamic trailer which you can watch right now.

While you wait for the film to drop on the site, listen to inspiring playlists created by the crew from the Red Bull Stratos project. What songs encourage you to break limits? Add them to our collaborative Mission To The Edge playlist on the site.

Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the speed of sound with his own body from over 128,000 feet, accelerating to 843.6 miles per hour. The Stratos jump broke records in the sky, but also on the web with 8 million concurrent viewers tuning in on the day of the jump making it the most watched live event in Internet history. To experience the full documentary on October 14, register for a free Rdio account here!

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Ultra Music

Ultra Music

We’re thrilled to welcome Ultra Music to the Rdio Influencer dancefloor! EDM enthusiasts across the world have looked to this New York-based label for vital anthems for nearly two decades. Ultra’s YouTube channel is one of the most popular on the site and has logged well over two billion views (yep, we said billion). Thanks to this year’s deal with Sony, the company is reaching even greater heights.

Newcomers and old-school listeners alike can learn about a wide variety of EDM styles by following Ultra Music on Rdio to stay in step with the label’s latest playlists. We hope you’ve got a lot of energy because there’s already a lot to discover here. Maybe consider starting with The Pregame - Progressive Party Starters before moving onto Arena Trance, Dance Hits, and Dark Underground Club Nights, but that’s just us thinking like DJs.