August 2014

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Events

Ellie Goulding Highlights Free Rdio Concerts at Toronto International Film Festival

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We’re beyond excited to be the music partner for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where UK electropop ingenue Ellie Goulding tops our series of free concerts during opening weekend, performing live at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall on September 6.

The soul of the Rdio experience at TIFF will be found at Rdio House (335 King St. W), a musical hub for industry leaders and Festival-goers to relax and recharge with live music, giveaways, Rdio product demos, and free food and drink right next door to the Festival’s home base at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. A listening station at the festival ground zero intersection of Simcoe and King Streets will provide music lovers with the ability to explore Rdio’s vast catalog from September 4-7.

Throughout the weekend of September 4-7, the Rdio Music Zone will feature free performances on the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Family Stage by Absolutely Free, Adrian X, DJ Misty, Buck 65, Elaquent, Jason Collett, John Kong, Maylee Todd, and Rich Aucoin. Performers co-presented by Festival Music House include BADBADNOTGOOD, Bobby Bazini, Diana, Eon The Soul Proprietor, and Reuben And The Dark, with more to be announced soon.

If you’re in Toronto, you can get free tickets to Rdio presents Ellie Goulding through surprise social media giveaways. Follow @RdioCA on Twitter to find out how more!

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 26, 2014

Ready for the hottest songs of the week? Our New Music Weekly playlist is always hand-picked for your listening pleasure (don’t forget to subscribe so you can get it automatically each week). On the singles front, there’s a killer new ballad by Jessie Ware co-written by rising star/VMA winner Ed Sheeran, along with crazy infectious tunes by Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman. The metal act Avenged Sevenfold revisits their 2003 album for a belated 10th anniversary edition plus look out for the first of several reissues from French electronic act M83.

But that’s just a little sample of what you are going to hear here — there’s much more to check out in the New Music Weekly Playlist and the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
    The Canadian indie rock vanguards offer the most celebratory songs the group have ever conceived for album number six.

  • Royal Blood - Royal Blood (Explicit)
    The British rock duo set to tour with The Pixies drops a hard-hitting debut album with big sounds and memorable riffs.

  • Ariana Grande - My Everything
    America’s current pop sweetheart collaborates with Iggy Azalea, Big Sean and The Weeknd on her sophomore album.

  • Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk
    Duets with Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood highlight the country vet’s 10th album.

  • Basement Jaxx - Junto (Special Edition)
    The influential UK dance duo digs back underground for sexier sounds on their seventh album, the first since 2009’s Zephyr.

  • The Rentals - Lost in Alphaville
    Matt Sharp and Lauren Chipman return with new bandmates culled from Lucius, Ozma and The Black Keys for their first album in 15 years.

News

Get Connected To Rdio With SoundHound

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Today, we’re happy to announce a new milestone to Rdio’s integration within SoundHound, the revolutionary sound search mobile app. With the introduction of a new feature called “Connect to Rdio,” after you tag a song in SoundHound, it will be automatically placed in a “SoundHound" playlist accessed from Rdio. Along with this new update, SoundHound users will see a significant increase in the speed of their returned search results.

Here’s how it works — existing SoundHounders will see a Plus sign (+) in the results page if they have not connected to Rdio. When the Plus (+) is tapped, SoundHounders will be directed to the set-up page for “Connect To Rdio.” By enabling this feature, users will see all of the songs they identified through SoundHound as a playlist inside Rdio.

“We are always looking for additional ways to enable music discovery for our listeners,” said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "We’re excited to be working with the SoundHound team to create a dynamic listening experience around songs identified in the real world, right inside Rdio.”

This new update is available now on iOS and Android.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 19, 2014

A lot of songs are considered for each New Music Weekly playlist, but only the best and most repeat-worthy ones make the cut. This week, we’re digging some pretty unique country releases thanks to a new album from The Voice judge Blake Shelton and an unlikely yet awesome compilation of country artists paying tribute to Motley Crue. We’ve also got pep in our step thanks to the latest full-length from Swedish indie duo JJ and a big single from Netsky featuring Beth Ditto.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist, which is automatically refreshed every week, and you’ll always be on top of the latest tunes across genres. Hit up the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready for even more freshly hatched music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe)
    Hot on the heels of the buzzing single “We Dem Boyz,” the rapper’s fifth album features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj and his Taylor Gang brethren Juicy J and Ty Dolla Sign.

  • Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
    The debut album from a young New Orleans singer-songwriter with an old soul, fresh off a tour with Jack White.

  • Kimbra - The Golden Echo (Deluxe Version)
    The New Zealand singer’s sophomore album, the first since she achieved worldwide success with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” takes on a more adventurous pop direction.

  • Chase Rice - Ignite The Night
    The North Carolina singer-songwriter’s third album and major label debut is buoyed by the country hit “Ready Set Roll.”

  • The Last Internationale - We Will Reign
    The rebellious New York rock trio featuring Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine on drums drops their first album.

  • Various Artists - If I Stay (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    The soundtrack to the gripping adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel stars young actress Chloë Grace Moretz and features acts like Sonic Youth, Beck, Tanlines, Lucius and our favourite fictional band of the summer, Williamette Stone.

Exclusives

Happy Birthday Madonna!

It’s safe to say that the topic of women in pop music – if not pop culture – can be broken down into two distinct categories: before Madonna and after Madonna.

Artists from across the spectrum have long cited Madge for her groundbreaking music videos, longevity, for breaking down stereotypes, for shepherding female empowerment and for infusing pop music with some good old fashioned sex…and never being ashamed of it.

Liz Phair: “You know who I think doesn't get enough credit? Madonna for her giant, wide, swath of road she paved for us all after her to travel on, you know? Madonna is the speedboat, and the rest of us are just the Go-Go's on water skis.”

Ariana Grande: "She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody's comprehension.”

Beyonce: "I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. She showed other women when you get to a point in your career, you don't have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself."

Bjork: “She made it look good to control your own life when that was something that was not supposed to be very sexy for a woman. She's one of the few women who has remained true to herself.”

Katy Perry: “If I could, I'd have Madonna's career. She is the ultimate in female pop music, and she's like the Energizer bunny.”

And one of Rdio’s Artists To Watch, Sky Ferreira, has said, “She inspires me to be strong, fearless and smart. She’s more than just sexy or someone with good songs; she’s the type of woman I want to be. I want to inspire people the way she has.” Lucky for us, Sky has inspired us with an exclusive playlist of her favorites by The Material Girl, right on time for the Queen Of Pop’s birthday.

Developer App

Experience Rdio on U Browser

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We're excited to announce that Rdio is now available on U, an innovative new browser that lets you control your music while you check your email, chat with friends or read the news. With Rdio’s app on U, you can pull up your favorite music and take it with you while you keep browsing. Volume control, album artwork, and play/pause/skip buttons are always right where you want them. It's being called CrossOver™ browsing, and once you experience it you’ll never look back. U is available for download now.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 12, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new hand-picked set every seven days. This week, we’re dancing to the digital debut of Benny Benassi featuring John Legend, taking in the sophomore album by British singer-songwriter Alex Clare and the first EP by Southern country singer Sam Hunt and trying to play it cool and not like we have the new Ryan Adams song on repeat. You can read about more highlights from this week’s set in the Playlist Notes below and click over to the Rdio New Releases page to do more browsing.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • FKA twigs - LP1
    A British singer also known for her extensive experience as a dancer is about to leap out in a big way with this boundary-pushing debut album.

  • The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (Deluxe)
    The New Jersey rockers take a departure from their homegrown sound with an album overtly inspired by Pearl Jam and Northwest grunge.

  • Porter Robinson - Worlds
    One of American EDM’s brightest young stars unveils his long-awaited debut album, featuring guest appearances by indie pop acts Urban Cone and Imaginary Cities.

  • Tank - Stronger
    R&B’s rugged ladies’ man drops a sixth solo album following his TGT collaboration with Tyrese and Ginuwine.

  • Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (Deluxe)
    Also on a sixth album is LA’s renowned hip-hop trio, back for the first time in eight years with heavyweight production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder and Alchemist.

  • Kenny Chesney - Flora-Bama
    The country crooner’s latest single is a tribute to his August beach concert Flora-Bama-Jama.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 5, 2014

This week’s New Music Weekly playlist is a super lively one, and we’ve been practicing our dance moves with the help of the Step Up: All In Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and some hip-shaking retro tunes from Elvis Presley. We have also been getting loud with the latest long player from Florida rockers New Found Glory, basking in the cool weirdness from UK singer FKA twigs and taking in the soothing tones of a new single from “Same Love” singer Mary Lambert. For more on the best tunes of the week, press play and check out the Playlist Notes below.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Spoon - They Want My Soul
    The indie rockers’ eighth album is the first for their new record label Loma Vista Recordings, a bright recharge after taking a few years off that can be heard through the joy of clever lyrics, raw melodies and wonderfully loud walls of sound.

  • Arkells - High Noon
    The multiple Juno Award-winning rockers deliver power pop choruses and big room sounds on their third album.

  • Godsmack - 1000hp
    The Seattle metal gods sought an even rawer sound for their first album in four years, created in their brand new recording studio.

  • Nicki Minaj - “Anaconda”
    A sassy single freaked over samples from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” provides a taste of Nicki’s next album The Pink Print.

  • Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
    The Chicago act’s second album bears audible influence from big name legends like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll never miss a new one! And don’t forget that the Rdio New Releases page is your gateway to the full kingdom of fresh offerings.