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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.

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Exclusive: Merge Picks a Quarter Century of Essential Songs

The mighty Merge Records turns 25 this year, and hot on the heels of the label’s anniversary festival, they’ve created an exclusive playlist of their must-hear songs just for Rdio listeners.

Clocking in at over 400 minutes (!), Merge25: The Essentials spans the label’s history, which grew from a tiny indie label pressing up 7-inch records in 1989 to the internationally respected music company it is today. The playlist brings together more than 100 tracks from key artists like Arcade Fire, Redd Kross, Lou Barlow, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and, of course, Superchunk (whose members Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan started the label). You’ll find all you need here to become a Merge expert right away! Follow Merge Records on Rdio for more playlists from the label.

∞  July 30, 2014 — 4:50PM

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Exclusive: Hear Joyce Manor's New Album One Week Early

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Southern California pop punk specialists Joyce Manor have joined the legendary Epitaph Records (home of acts like Rancid, Weezer and Social Distortion) for their third album Never Hungover Again. Clocking in at just 19 minutes, it’s a concise effort by most standards, but is actually on the long side for a band that favors peppering wit and wisdom about love and loss over brief beats and infectious riffs.

The album’s official release date isn’t until July 22, but we’ve got an exclusive early listen for you right now so you can toast to the end of hangovers with Joyce Manor!

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:07AM

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Exclusive: The Maine Unleashes Surprises on Rdio Sessions

One of our most special types of exclusives is the Rdio Sessions series, which captures live recordings of intimate sets played for Rdio fans. Arizona rockers and Warped Tour favorites The Maine recently stopped by Faultline Studios in San Francisco to play a concert comprised of surprises.

Listen to Rdio Sessions by The Maine to hear the band’s unexpected set list, which bypasses the singles from 2013’s Forever Halloween (produced by Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs) in favor of less-spotlighted gems like “Kennedy Curse” and “F--ked Up Kids” and even unearths a previously hidden song from 2011’s Pioneer.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more cool sets from Rdio favorites like Passenger, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and STRFKR.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:04AM

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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions: Heavenly Pop from Lucius

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This year’s Rdio Sessions at SXSW featured a diverse lineup of up-and-comers performing exclusive live sets, with acts like Tokyo Police Club, Tensnake, Haerts, Little Boots and Ty Dolla $ign storming the stage. Now, for the first time since it all went down in Austin, you can hear the Rdio Sessions performance from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from last year’s stunning debut album Wildewoman.

If this is your first introduction to Lucius, expect to be completely charmed. As you’ll hear from breakout songs like “Go Home,” “Wildewoman,” “Turn It Around” and “Until We Get There,” the group’s two lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe have a playful rapport and an easy sense of humor. They also harmonize beautifully together, making each tune instantly memorable.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist for more from our intimate live series, including sets from Ivan & Alyosha, Guards and STRFKR.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 7:48AM

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Global Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - A Dance Party With STRFKR

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Portland’s STRFKR is a group that’s close to our hearts here at Rdio. We were the first to offer a preview of last year’s album Miracle Mile and are now thrilled to present the band’s contribution to Rdio Sessions, our set of intimate recordings available only on Rdio.

Recorded live in San Francisco, this exclusive STRFKR set includes highlights from Miracle Mile including the bright pop of “Malmö,” the swaggering “While I’m Alive,” and the discofied “Atlantis,” plus “Bury Us Alive” from 2011’s Reptilians and “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second,” the irresistibly bouncy song from the self-titled 2008 debut Starfucker that started it all. Go ahead and have a sweaty dance party, we won’t tell!

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more recordings from Rdio favorites such as Passenger, City and Colour and Shout Out Louds.

∞  June 10, 2014 — 8:12AM

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Worldwide Exclusive: Stream Snoop’s New Funk Masterpiece

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Just when you had gotten used to calling him Snoop Lion, the dee oh double gee has flipped it once again! Snoop Dogg’s latest alias is Snoopzilla, the insatiable funk monster who stars with SoCal producer Dam-Funk in 7 Days of Funk. The new album furthers Snoop’s career-long dedication to the G-Funk and the P-Funk as descended from his spiritual godfather George Clinton and his frequent collaborator Bootsy Collins (who Snoop tributes here with his Snoopy Collins guise). Bootsy himself guest stars on the album, as does Dogg Pound homies Daz and Kurupt and multi-instrumentalist Steve Arrington. In addition, the Rdio edition of 7 Days of Funk will feature an exclusive bonus track “Wingz,” which will continue to be available only on Rdio. Get into the funk and start to stream and share 7 Days of Funk below.

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World Exclusive: Celine Dion Shares Album Commentary

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Celine Dion is back with her first English language album in five years. Loved Me Back to Life features duets with Stevie Wonder and Ne-Yo and was produced by a team of top producers including Babyface and Tricky Stewart. It’s a very fresh feeling and new release for the timeless diva, and now she’s sharing a behind the scenes view of it with you. Listen to the Loved Me Back to Life - RDIO Exclusive Commentary Version to hear Celine discuss her thoughts, feelings and motivations behind her latest release.

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

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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.

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Crystal Stilts Presents A Psychedelic Journey Through Love and Loss

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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.