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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

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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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J’aime la musique! Rdio Expands Francophone Catalogue in Canada

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We are very happy to announce today that Rdio will be expanding its selection of Francophone music in Canada. Over 5,000 Quebec artists are set to join Rdio’s robust music catalogue as a result of a new deal with Distribution Select, one of the largest independent distributors of recorded music and videos in Canada.

Through this new partnership, Distribution Select will make over 5,000 artists, 3,500 albums, and 48,000 tracks from Quebec available in Rdio’s substantial catalogue of over 25 million songs. Rdio listeners will now be able to discover, play, and share music from many of their favourite Québécois artists anytime and anywhere. This alliance will bring notable content from dozens of labels, joining Disques Passeport, Audiogram, Mr. Label and Dare To Care, among many others already on Rdio.

“Quebec has one of Canada’s most innovative music scenes,” said Christian Breton, Vice-President of the music sector at Groupe Archambault. “Streaming has increasingly become one of the premium ways for fans to discover and consume music.”

“Canada is very important to Rdio, as it is our second biggest market, so diversifying our Canadian content is a huge priority for us,” said Rich Masio, Senior Director, Global Content Acquisition. “Select's vast and prized catalogue and label partners will not only elevate Rdio's French-Canadian catalogue, but will enhance the overall music listening experience of music fans in Canada.”

As the leading digital music service in Canada, we are committed to offering a rich and ever expanding library of Francophone music and providing artists and music fans in French Canada a beautiful listening experience.

With Rdio, music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalogue of over 25 million songs or start a custom station. New users in Canada can sign up at rdio.com and start listening instantly for free on the web and get a 14-day trial of Rdio Unlimited with full access everywhere, including mobile. Distribution Select’s catalogue will be fully integrated and available to Rdio users by May 1, 2014.

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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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Black Joe Lewis Turns Up His Favourite Songs

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Austin blues luminary Black Joe Lewis is known for a certain soul-stirring sound and now he is revealing many of his surprising influences for the ears of Rdio listeners only. In honor of the new album that just dropped yesterday, Electric Slave, he’s mixed this playlist of favourite songs that contains a ton of wild cards. Listen and see if you can connect the dots between the soul of artists like Betty Wright, ZZ Top, and Bill Withers.

∞  August 28, 2013 — 11:00AM

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John Mayer Walks Rdio Through Influences Behind Paradise Valley

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John Mayer is receiving praise from critics and fans for reaching a new height of technical ability with the songs on Paradise Valley, his new album which features guest collaborations from his former love Katy Perry and R&B artiste Frank Ocean. Now, the star is sharing a playlist of songs and artists who influenced the creation of this sixth studio album with Rdio listeners, and there are some surprisingly wonderful selections.

Listen to the Influences on John Mayer’s Paradise Valley to trace the lineage between artists such as Grateful Dead, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney and Mayer’s timeless sound.

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Parachute’s Will Anderson Unleashes His Summer Jams

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In honor of the release of the third album Overnight, frontman Will Anderson of Virginia pop-rock band Parachute has made this irresistible Summer Jams playlist just for you. Anderson’s idea of a hot summer involves healthy doses of Ray Charles, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and John Mayer. How about yours? What makes your “Hearts Go Crazy?”

Listen to the playlist and offer your thoughts in the comments!