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#MonoMonday: The Holiday Magic of Burl Ives' Rudolph

For many, the warm vocal tones of legendary folk singer and actor Burl Ives is identified as the voice of Christmas through his songs and as the voice of Sam the Snowman. And it was for sure one of the late star's favorite occasions, having released albums about Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Today we revisit his classic 1967 album Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the soundtrack to the television special of the same name. It's overflowing with a bounty of familiar favorites like "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "The Most Wonderful Day of The Year" and, of course, "Rudolph" himself.

No matter where you are in the world, you'll be transported to an instant White Christmas. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Rdio!

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12 Days of Holiday Stations Starts Now

Today begins Rdio’s 12 Days of Holiday Stations to serve all of your musical needs for the rest of the year! Stay tuned to discover a new station highlighted each day on Facebook until Christmas.

It all begins with a partridge in a pear tree, and today that means a focus on our Holiday Hits Station, a festive set of standards from artists like Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Elton John. From there, you can stay traditional or go adventurous with a wide array of choices in many styles. Hanukkah Hits will get you ready for next week’s start to the Festival of Lights with the help of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Alitsut and Matisyahu, while Reggae Christmas brings irie vibes from Yellowman, Culture and Bob Marley.

Whether you’re looking for holiday music for kids, a country Christmas or want to feel like the wild card Misfit that you are, let Rdio help you celebrate the holidays your way, with your soundtrack!

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Rdio Year-End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favourites Lists

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As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honors internationally with her anthem “Drunk in Love,” which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the global charts for her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!” In Canada, Sam Smith took top honors with his critically acclaimed album, In the Lonely Hour and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" as most streamed song of 2014.

Before we bring you the full year-end lists, it’s time to glimpse the future: Get acquainted with Mikky Ekko, our first Rdio Artist to Watch for January 2015. He leads the pack of a series of hand-picked artists that Rdio will support in their rise to the top next year. Don’t miss the Best of 2014: Rdio Recommends and Staff Picks lists, our hand-picked personal favourites. With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs and artists you loved the most in 2014.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

TOP GLOBAL ALBUMS:
1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Ed Sheeran, X
6. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
8. Jorge and Mateus, Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
9. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

TOP GLOBAL TRACKS:
1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Magic!, “Rude”
8. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
10. Jason DeRulo, “Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)”

TOP ALBUMS, CANADA:
1. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
2. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
3. Ed Sheeran, x>br> 4. Beck, Morning Phase
5. Pharrell Williams, G I R L
6. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
7. Lana del Rey, Ultraviolence
8. John Legend, Love in the Future
9. Jason DeRulo, Tattoos
10. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream

TOP TRACKS, CANADA:
1. Pharrell Williams, Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")
2. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
3. Pitbull, "Timber"
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Calvin Harris, "Summer"
6. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
7. Avicii, “Hey Brother”
8. Beyonce, “Drunk in Love”
9. Magic!, “Rude”
10. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”

Check out all the above and more at rdio.com/2014.

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New Music Weekly - November 25, 2014

The latest edition of our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist (have you subscribed yet?) is a great way to familiarize yourself with the latest hot releases from some of the biggest names in the business as well as the artists who are creating a buzz right now, like New Zealand psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin, Omaha emo act Cursive and Flake Music (James Mercer’s pre-Shins band). Hit up the Rdio New Releases pages for more music from these artists and much more.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Beyoncé - Beyoncé
    An updated edition of last year’s surprise album brings six new tracks, including the insatiable "7-11," along with remixes of “Flawless” and “Drunk In Love.”

  • David Guetta - Listen (Deluxe)
    The French DJ/producer’s sixth album features guest stars like Sia, John Legend and Afrojack.

  • Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
    Miami’s reigning rap king collaborates with Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg on his seventh album.

  • Selena Gomez - For You
    The first collection of the Disney star’s greatest hits includes remixes and two new songs she co-wrote.

  • Pitbull - Globalization
    The Miami rapper’s dancefloor-ready eighth album features stars like Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown.

  • Cole Swindell - Down Home Sessions
    The country hitmaker drops a new EP featuring songs originally recorded for his debut album.

  • Various Artists - SHADY XV (Explicit)
    Eminem produced the majority of songs on this compilation album from his Shady label.

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#MonoMonday: Celebrating 45 Years of The Velvet Underground

Today we're celebrating the 45th anniversary of the self-titled third album by The Velvet Underground. Check out the brand new deluxe reissue of The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary/Deluxe Edition), featuring the original 10 songs (all penned by the late Lou Reed) and the addition of a dozen songs recorded live at The Matrix in San Francisco in 1969. At the time, the album was considered a stylistic departure for the influential band, showcasing a previously unheard range from ballads to rock.

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#MonoMonday: The Smiths - "Hatful of Hollow"

Less than a year after The Smiths released their self-titled debut album in 1984, the band emerged with Hatful of Hollow, a compilation album of singles, B-Sides and songs recorded at BBC Radio 1 that has come to be just as seminal. Though three decades have passed, this collection remains a timeless reminder of the potency of this legendary British act.

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#MonoMonday: Kraftwerk's "Autobahn"

Kraftwerk, the pioneering German act that has put its indelible stamp on hip-hop and electronic music for nearly half a century, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its fourth album Autobahn. The cruising 22-minute title track about the infamously fast motorway was an international hit and broke the group from experimental circles to mainstream exposure.

Listen to Autobahn (2009 Remastered Version) to hear how the “robots” were architects of sounds that are still relevant today with the benefit of modern engineering.

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#TGIF - Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

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Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s #TGIF, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favourite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”

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#MonoMonday: Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Though Thriller wasn't released until a month after Halloween in 1982, Michael Jackson's seminal album is still an ardent tribute to the holiday that embraced the King of Pop's passions for costume and fantasy — as best evidenced in the glorious 14-minute music video for the title track that's replete with dancing zombies shaking their dead thangs. Halloween week is the perfect time to relive the Jackson magic or discover this mega-classic and best-selling album of all time for the very first time.

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#MonoMonday: John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy"

Time to turn back the clocks to 1980 to experience Double Fantasy, the epic final release by John Lennon. A double album recorded with his wife Yoko Ono, it marked a renaissance in creativity for the artist, who hadn’t released any albums in five years and who had also had a near-death sailing experience. It is also the tragic last output from the beloved artist, who was killed just a few weeks after the release. Happily, the musical legacy of John Lennon will live on forever. Double Fantasy is just your starting point for his work that’s now available on Rdio, including eight studio albums and collector’s compilations. Listen to them all today.

Studio Albums
Double Fantasy
Milk And Honey
Plastic Ono Band
Rock 'N' Roll
Imagine
Mind Games
Sometime In New York City
Walls And Bridges

Compilations
Gimme Some Truth
Signature Box
Power To The People - The Hits