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Influencer Spotlight: Hear a Dozen Years of Music From Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" Opening Today

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Director Richard Linklater’s latest film Boyhood packs groundbreaking reality into a fictional film. American actor Ellar Coltrane, who stars with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, was cast at age six in 2002 with filming took place one week a year over the course of a dozen years.

Follow Boyhood on Rdio and celebrate each year caught in the movie through a musical soundtrack. A few choice yearly highlights of the Boyhood playlists include:

2002: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Kylie Minogue
2003: Outkast, Evanescence, Kelis
2004: Britney Spears, Usher, M.I.A.
2005: Kanye West, Bloc Party, Gorillaz
2006: Neko Case, Rihanna, My Chemical Romance
2007: Amy Winehouse, Vampire Weekend, Alicia Keys
2008: Katy Perry, Soulja Boy, MGMT
2009: Cobra Starship, Flo Rida, Animal Collective
2010: Ke$ha, Arcade Fire, Robyn
2011: Adele, Gotye, LMFAO
2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, DIIV, fun.
2013: Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Washed Out

This trip through the musical eras will help you chart Mason’s growth from a little kid to the brink of being an adult in the most fun way possible. Don’t worry, though; you clearly haven’t aged a day.

Boyhood opens today.

∞  July 18, 2014 — 8:41AM

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Sugarpie, Honeybunch — Sweet Tunes for Your Valentine’s Day

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You’ve bought the flowers and the candy and maybe even planned a romantic meal. But the most important element for your Valentine’s Day plan is, of course, the perfect soundtrack. Don't worry, we’ve taken care of that detail with the help of a select group of our cupid-approved Rdio Influencers. These four playlists are guaranteed to keep the love vibe flowing!

Dylan Lauren, owner of the epic sugar palace known as Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York (and daughter of designer Ralph Lauren), is the original Candy Girl and she’s sharing her sweetest tunes on Dylan’s Candy Bar Favorites. The playlist includes such dessert-forward favorites as “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies, “Milkshake” by Kelis, and “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow.

The dating experts at Howaboutwe have gifted us with a playlist of 21 Most Romantic Songs to fit any mood. Turn up the romance with tunes by Beyonce, John Legend, Frank Ocean and Bruno Mars.

Suave singer Jason Derulo melts hearts all year long with his music, but Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty on Valentine’s Day Playlist takes the passion to steamier heights with the help of Drake, Lorde, Childish Gambino, and Lady Gaga.

Fresh off of their soundtrack appearance on the new movie Endless Love, indie pop darlings Echosmith share 20 of their favorite lovey-dovey tunes on Echosmith Loves You: A Valentine’s Day Playlist. It’s a romp through ‘80s pop and modern indie rock via artists such as The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Berlin, The Smiths and Coldplay, all with a heaping helping of affection.

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Influencer Spotlight: Armin van Buuren

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Long, long before the term EDM was coined, the popular Dutch DJ, producer, label owner, and radio host Armin van Buuren was captivating international dance floors and furthering the trance movement.

He continues to receive major acclaim for his work. His YouTube views number in the hundreds of millions and he was recently voted the second top DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, an annual ranking he’s topped five separate times and been included in for a dozen years. To top it all off — Armin is also an active member of the Rdio community who generously shares his playlists and passion for trance music with everyone.

Follow Armin van Buuren on Rdio and you won’t miss a beat, starting with these two exclusive playlists:

Who’s Afraid of 138? gets the heart pumping with almost three hours of trance music for die-hards, a set based on his own single of the same name and likeminded vibes.

A State of Trance Radio captures the tone and feeling of Armin’s weekly radio program that he has hosted since 2001. It has an estimated listenership of 20 million listeners across 50 countries and over 40 radio stations through both satellite and Internet radio stations.

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Crave A Different Kind of Buzz: Rdio Influencers Wrap Up Their Favorite Music of 2013

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We love our Rdio Influencers and are grateful for their contributions to this community all year long. Right around now, we’re especially excited about the slew of new playlists created to commemorate all the amazing music that came out in 2013. Hours and hours of interesting selections are all here for your listening enjoyment, including a few standouts that caught our eyes and ears:

"NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013" and "NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013" are enlightening mixes of popular and below-the-radar selections. One spoiler: They couldn’t resist “Blurred Lines,” either.

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There are many surprises to be found in Paste Magazine’s "The Best Songs of 2013" playlist, which brings a diverse group of artists together. The editors of the renowned music publication soundtracked their year with music by Okkervil River, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, Daft Punk, Kanye West and Pusha T.

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The Pretty Much Amazing blog contributes "PMA's Best Songs of 2013". It’s a super fun set where household names like Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus get down and party with should-be-household-names such as Autre Ne Veut and Rhye. There’s a lot of good music going on here.

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Hype Machine constantly tracks the artists, songs and remixes that are being blogged about the most at any given time. Their "Zeitgeist 2013 - Most Blogged Artists" playlist rounds up the champions of the whole year in one set. We won’t give away too much and spoil the reveal, but it’s a diverse mix with names like Lorde, Disclosure, and Haim.

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If you’re looking to dance the day (or night) away, press play on "Ultra Music's Best of 2013!" The leading New York dance label’s playlist includes anthems by EDM stars like Benny Benassi, Kaskade, and Tiesto.

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Influencer Spotlight: Ultra Music

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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.

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Influencer Spotlight: Pitchfork

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Tony Montana’s pitchfork-shaped tattoo in the classic film Scarface provided the inspiration for the name of this 17-year-old Chicago-based website. And like Montana, Pitchfork has developed an almost fearsome reputation, but for its honest criticism of songs and albums across a span of adventurous musical genres. If you want real-deal honest and thorough opinions about the latest indie rock or electronic effort, there are few that are more respected than those that belong to Pitchfork.

Since launching right after high school, publisher Ryan Schreiber has grown the site and Pitchfork Media into a trusted lifestyle brand with ventures both on and offline. The annual Pitchfork Music Festival, now a three-day affair, sells out months in advance and draws thousands to Chicago, with a winter sister event held in Paris each year.

Follow Pitchfork on Rdio to sneak a peek of the site’s favorite singles from the past decade. There, you’ll also find quirky playlists, like an Abstract Sounds mix which you can play below. Pitchfork is more than just a site that skewers — it’s a collective of true music fans, too.

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Influencer Profile: Canadian Punk Writer Sam Sutherland

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Punk is dead, you say? Think again. Canadian writer Sam Sutherland has spent his life participating in and writing about punk music. He has served as editor for Canadian music magazines Exclaim and currently AUX, as well as fronting the Canuck punk band Junior Battles.

Sutherland released his new book is Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk earlier this month to nationwide acclaim. Listen to the book’s living soundtrack on Rdio now via Sutherland’s new playlist and follow Sam Sutherland on Rdio for the latest punk recommendations.

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Rdio Influencer: Follow Soundway Records

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If you’ve ever had your mind blown by a Soundway Records release, you know just how founder Miles Cleret felt ten years ago in Ghana, when he heard a local DJ spinning African funk, soul and blues. He was inspired to start Soundway, and since then, the label has released albums and compilations featuring genres from all over the world: afro-beat, funk, highlife, ethio-jazz, molam, calypso, cumbia, champeta, biguine, and latin-jazz.

The label has traditionally been known as the go-to for reissues of out-of-print albums that, in some cases, were never released outside of their native countries, and has focused on modern DJ culture and dance-music. 2012 finds Soundway in a new frame of mind, shifting from exclusively reissuing albums of the past to pushing music into the future. New albums like Ondatropica, on which modern DJ Quantic and veteran Colombian musician Mario Galeano collaborated, demonstrate the kind of forward-thinking releases that the label is pursuing this year.

Be sure to follow Soundway Records on Rdio to hear all of the label’s recent and forthcoming releases, including those by Batida, Edzayawa, and KonKoma, the latter of which can be heard below.

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Follow Mutek Electronic Music and Digital Arts Festival on Rdio

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Canada’s premier electronic music festival is Mutek, the annual, five-day celebration of all music that blips, bloops, bumps, and blasts. This year’s edition will take place from May 30 to June 3, and will feature internationally acclaimed electronic artists such as Apparat, Nicolas Jaar, Blondes, Monolake, and Tim Hecker.

The festival doesn’t just come to Montreal — Mutek celebrates digital arts annually in Mexico and Chile as well, and is known for breaking local digital musicians. It’s easy to see, then, why the Mutek organizers have become such tastemakers, and why they’re an Rdio Influencer. Hear it for yourself — play the Mutek 2012 playlist below, and follow Mutek on Rdio to get the low-down on who’s up and coming in the world of electronic music.

∞  May 28, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Follow Influencer Arts & Crafts on Rdio

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Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts was founded in 2002 by former Virgin Records executive Jeff Remedios and Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew. It was meant only as a means for managing the band’s critical breakthrough, You Forgot It in People, but by the time they finished, they realized they had a platform for releasing the music of their friends. By 2005, the label was releasing music by non-BSS-affiliated bands, as well.

Today, Arts & Crafts is one of Canada’s most respected and widely recognized indie labels, responsible for the release of albums by bands such as Feist, Stars, Dan Mangan, Timber Timbre, Los Campesinos, and The Dears. Feist’s The Reminder won the Juno Award for Album of the Year in 2008.

Arts & Crafts is on Rdio, demonstrating taste beyond their own roster of Canadian and international artists. They’re constantly adding new and exciting artists to their collection, including their more recent signees, like Bishop Morocco, The Darcys, and Trust, whose new album TRST is their label debut. Follow Arts & Crafts on Rdio now for their latest Canadian and international additions, and listen to their “New From Arts & Crafts (2012)” playlist below.