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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

Distribution Select

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.

Influencer SpotlightsMusicThis Week on Rdio

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

Black Joe Lewis

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

John Mayer

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!

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Get Ready to Riot: Win and See The Replacements in Toronto, Chicago, Denver

One of the certain highlights of this year’s RiotFest, which kicks off its three-city stint on August 24 in Toronto, will be the long-anticipated reunion of punk pioneers The Replacements. The legendary band is a fitting headliner for a music fest that has celebrated the best of alternative and punk rock since 2005. But with a lineup that also includes unstoppable names as Iggy & The Stooges, Blink 182, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., A Day to Remember and Blondie, there are plenty of musical memories that will be made in Toronto, Chicago and Denver this year.

Lucky for you, Rdio is giving you and a friend the chance to make your own once-in-a-lifetime memory. We’re giving away VIP prize experiences including side-stage access, artist meet & greets, and VIP passes to the Riot Fest of your choice:

  • Toronto: August 24, 2013 - August 25, 2013
  • Chicago: September 13, 2013 - September 15, 2013
  • Denver: September 21, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Starting today, you can enter on Rdio’s Facebook page or through Rdio’s Twitter. Read the Official Rules for more details.

In the meantime, mosh away to one of three Riot Fest playlists, divided by city for your convenience, and hear what’s in store for what will be one for the record books.

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Feed Your Ears With Dine Alone’s Summer Sampler

Dine Alone Records

Toronto’s Dine Alone Records is one of our favourite companies — an amazing creative storehouse of deliciously diverse artists like The Lumineers, FIDLAR, Brendan Benson, Jimmy Eat World, City and Colour, Kate Nash, and Billy Bragg. If there’s one thread that runs through the spirit of these sounds, it’s strong, memorable songwriting from distinctive musicians. Remarkably, Dine Alone has achieved international acclaim while still remaining fiercely independent.

Our friends at the label have put together this sizzling Dine Alone Summer Sampler 2013 as an introduction or refresher course into the hottest artists in the catalog. Don’t forget to follow Dine Alone Records on Rdio for many more highlights from this vibrant label.

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Keep Cool With the Soundtrack to Your Summer


We’ve eliminated all worries about what you should play for your July 4th BBQ with this feel-good playlist — the Soundtrack to Your Summer is all the songs you’ll know by heart come September. In the process of grooving through this 75-minute set, you’ll be able to confidently debate which song will emerge as the song of the season. Will it be “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, or something hotter? Listen and decide for yourself.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 1:00PM