October 2013

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 29, 2013

Death Cab For CutieArcade FireKelly Clarkson

It may be Halloween this week, but we’re already looking forward to Christmas thanks to new holiday albums by country crooner Trace Adkins and American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson. We’ve also got the new mixtape from New York rapper Joey Bada$$, the latest album from SoCal indie pop act Hellogoodbye, and a retrospective by South Africa’s Seether in heavy rotation right now.

Hit up the New Music Weekly playlist for more of our picks of the top tunes of the week, and then you can consider doing some exploration of your own in the Rdio New Releases department.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    The Canadian indie rockers stretch out with a double full-length release for the fourth studio album.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red
    The American Idol presents her first Christmas album, which includes original songs as well as covers of classics.

  • Linkin Park - RECHARGED
    This companion to the Living Things album contains remixes featuring rappers Pusha T and Bun B, master producer Rick Rubin, and more.

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)
    Ben Gibbard and the boys’ fourth album gets remastered and re-released with bonus demo tracks of all the songs a decade after its debut.

  • One Direction - “Story Of My Life”
    This single from The X Factor UK-bred boy band offers a teaser of November’s album Midnight Memories.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 22, 2013

Katy PerryEric ChurchPolica

So far this week, we’ve been tuning in to the latest star-studded collaboration compilation from hip-hop giant DJ Khaled, albums from California acts like low-fi duo Best Coast and alt-rockers AFI, and a new EP from the hauntingly beautiful electronic artist Active Child

There are two ways to discover what’s just come out from these and many more artists: Take our personalized roadmap, the New Music Weekly playlist, to hear what we think are the best of the bunch, or chart your own course with the full collection in the Rdio New Releases section. The Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel on some of the key offerings of the week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Katy Perry - Prism
    The pop star’s fourth album is backed by the worldwide hit “Roar” and features a collaboration with twerk king Juicy J.

  • Waka Flocka Flame - From Roaches to Rollies
    This new mixtape from Atlanta’s party starter keeps the energy up until the next album arrives.

  • Fifth Harmony - Better Together
    A Simon Cowell creation formed from last season’s X-Factor in America gets a slickly produced debut to chart the course of good girls going (not too) bad.

  • POLIÇA - Shulasmith
    The eerie electro-indie pop act from Minneapolis takes a bow and arrow to the heart of materialism on the sophomore album.

  • Eric Church - “The Outsiders”
    The Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter emerges with a taste of his fourth full-length.

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Today’s Harvest: Boards of Canada’s Catalog Comes To Rdio

Boards of Canada

Great news for electronic fans as well as enthusiasts of genre-bending sounds: Boards of Canada’s catalog has arrived to Rdio! In addition to the latest album Tomorrow’s Harvest, you’ll soon be able to hear the milestones in the dreamy Scottish electronic duo’s (brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison) discography.

Seminal albums Music Has The Right To Children (1998), Geogaddi (2002) and The Campfire Headphase (2005) are all available today. The BoC debut Twoism (1995), EPs In a Beautiful Place in the Country (2000) and Trans Canada Highway (2006) will all follow in late November.

Turn up the volume and reap today’s harvest from Boards of Canada now.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 15, 2013

Pearl JamDavid BowieThe Dismemberment Plan

With Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, and TLC all offering new music right now, it’s a fine time for the return of international musical legends to work their magic. It’s also a strong week for Canadian music, with new releases from rockers Silverstein and electronic producer Tim Hecker, and we’re excited about the return of Stateside acts like Oakland’s Beats Antique and Portland’s Red Fang.

When you’re ready to check out these artists and more from the best releases that have just dropped, our New Music Weekly playlist will bring you up to speed with the quickness. You can also head over to the Rdio New Releases section to browse on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Dismemberment Plan - Uncanny Valley
    20 years after the post-hardcore group first formed in Washington D.C., they’ve reformed and return with the first album in a dozen years.

  • Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
    The Seattle rock act’s tenth album is already being heralded as a rival to the group’s best.

  • TLC - 20
    This greatest hits collection is released in conjunction with the Vh1 movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and features “Meant to Be,” the first new song from the R&B group in a decade.

  • David Bowie - “Love Is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for DFA)
    More than a remix, this 10-minute reconstruction of a song from Bowie’s The Next Day album stars on an upcoming collector’s edition of the album.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 8, 2013

of MontrealMiley CyrusRJD2

There is undeniable youthful energy in this week’s new releases. We’re feeling it in the soul-stirring electronic pop movements of St. Lucia and the anthemic quality of Papa, the new band from Girls drummer Darren Weiss. You can hear it in the Southern rock of Tallahassee’s Mayday Parade and in modern acoustics of 17-year-old singer Ryan Beatty. And then there’s Miley. . . and so much more.

Our New Music Weekly playlist will fast forward you into the heart of the best songs that these artists and more have just put out. After you listen, head over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of what’s new.

Welcome to New Music Weekly: The turn up starts now!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • of Montreal - lousy with sylvanbriar
    Frontman Kevin Barnes left the band’s Georgia environs for some solitude in San Francisco and emerged with much of the writing for the 12th album.

  • Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
    One of Kanye’s favorite rappers (and one-half of Clipse), the Virginia MC steps out on his own with the help of West’s G.O.O.D. Music label.

  • Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
    After dropping two provocative singles and videos for “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” the 20-year-old returns with Britney and more for a strong bid for the top of the charts.

  • RJD2 - More Is Than Isn’t
    The man behind the Mad Men theme emerges with his fifth album of electronic and hip-hop explorations.

  • Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
    The UK electronic producer drops his debut LP after months of making waves through the EDM scene.

∞  October 8, 2013 — 10:00AM

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: September 2013

Rdio Recommends

Our Rdio Recommends: September 2013 playlist reveals all the new songs that we just can’t stop playing over and over again, the ones that are now on their way to becoming a permanent part of our lives. What have you been listening to over the past month? You can also share your favorite songs of the month with us by adding a comment to our playlist.

About Rdio Recommends: The first week 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.

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Play Now: Free Mobile Music

Free Mobile Music

We heard our listeners loud and clear, so now we’re making stations — one of our most popular features — free for everyone on mobile iOS and Android. Whether you’re a paid subscriber or not, you’ll have access to awesome music whenever you use the Rdio app.

We’re inviting everyone to listen to all of Rdio’s stations, drawing from over 20 million songs, through our mobile apps for iOS and Android without ever pulling out the plastic. Even if your subscription or trial has ended, you’ll be able to choose from 10 different station types — including stations based on artist, song, and over 400 genres plus You FM, a personalized station based on your listening habits — so you can keep the music playing for as long as you want at no cost to you.

In addition, we’re introducing two new mobile features:

  • Station Sharing — Think your You FM is proof positive of your superior music taste? Now you can share it — and any other station — with your friends. 
  • Playlist and Album Stations — Creating an endless stream of your favourite (or soon to be favourite) songs keeps getting easier. With the introduction of playlist stations and album stations, Rdio is amped to have more station types than any other music service right now.

By combining The Echo Nest’s Taste Profiling technology with Rdio’s beautifully dynamic design and rich data on listening history, we’ve unlocked an unprecedented personal radio experience for all mobile users to enjoy for free. Free mobile music is available in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Try Rdio for free right now. Download the mobile apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play to get started. Go play!

Exclusives

An Rdio Exclusive: Get Carried Away With Passion Pit’s Remix EP

Passion Pit

Passion Pit has given a special exclusive to Rdio listeners, an advance preview of the upcoming Constant Conversations EP. The three-song EP from the Cambridge-based indie pop darlings features an alternative version of “Constant Conversations” (from the 2012 album Gossamer), the previously unreleased B-Side “Ruin Your Day,” and an epic Dillon Francis Remix of “Carried Away.” The EP is exclusive just for our listeners for the next two weeks, which should give you plenty of time to get it onto your Heavy Rotation.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 1, 2013

Justin TimberlakeHAIMLorde

This week, we’re turning up the volume full blast on the Warp Records debut of Brooklyn electronic experimentalist Oneohtrix Point Never, a solo turn from legendary hip-hop producer Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fugees), the return of 311 frontman’s The Nick Hexum Quintet, and the latest from pop punk favorites All Time Low. And we’re just getting warmed up!

Our New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these releases and much more. It’s the quickest way to get you up to speed with the best of the new bunch, but you can also hit up the Rdio New Releases to put together your own playlists.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lorde - Pure Heroine
    This New Zealand teenager who captured the world’s attention with her smart, skewering single “Royals” shows why she’s the real deal on this debut.

  • Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
    The sequel to this summer’s blockbuster The 20/20 Experience features appearances by Drake and Jay Z and an even more “grown and sexy” style.

  • Nelly - M.O.
    The St. Louis rapper’s seventh album tributes his home state and features unexpected collaborations by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly Furtado, and Trey Songz.

  • HAIM - Days Are Gone
    The Haim sisters finally drop their dreamy indie rock debut, which won’t help them dodge the honor of continued Fleetwood Mac comparisons.

  • Dr. Dog - B-Room
    The psychedelic rockers’ eighth full-length release was recorded in the band’s new custom studio and reflects a more involved level of collaboration amongst the members.