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New Music Weekly: November 13, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist, which drops every Friday, to stay in tune with the freshest songs across styles. Among the many highlights this week, we’re digging the return of classic rock icons Electric Light Orchestra, discovering previously unreleased home recordings from Kurt Cobain, feeling the blunt beats and rhymes of Redman, swooning with love songs from Chris Isaak, peeping the production debut from country star Chris Young, stripping down with psychedelic soul act MuteMath and head-nodding to the debut from Beyoncé and FKA Twigs producer Boots. Read about more key releases in the Playlist Notes below and listen to all of these albums and more on the Rdio New Releases page.


  • Justin Bieber - Purpose
    The pop star’s fourth album features Big Sean, Skrillex, Diplo and his first number one hit “What Do You Mean?”

  • One Direction - Made In The A.M.
    The UK boy band’s fifth album is the first to be recorded without Zayn Malik and their last for a while.

  • Jeezy - Church In These Streets
    The Atlanta rapper’s eighth album discusses social injustice and looks upward for guidance.

  • Alessia Cara* - Know-It-All (Deluxe)*
    Toronto singer-songwriter and viral video star debuts with big pop songs and a powerful voice.

  • Logic - The Incredible True Story [Explicit]
    The Maryland rapper’s second album takes on a science fiction theme as he leaves Earth.

  • Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC
    The long awaited debut album from the LA singer whose songs feel more like rap than R&B.

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New Music Weekly - November 6, 2015

The latest hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist brings you sounds from seasoned icons as well as fresh faces; it’s the best way to stay on top of what’s just been released, so don’t forget to subscribe!

This week, we’re turning the spotlight on rare recordings from Bob Dylan, a new album of love songs from Seal, the latest from metalcore act Ghost Town, humble rhymes from rapper Pell and a new electric sound from Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison. Hop over to Rdio New Releases in order to hear the full albums from these artists and the ones you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.


  • Ellie Goulding - Delirium (Deluxe)
    The UK singer-songwriter challenges herself to reach new heights of pop on her third album.

  • Hedley - Hello
    The sixth album from BC’s multiplatinum selling act combines classic pop rock with trying new styles.

  • Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition)
    The UK singer releases a new version of his 2014 debut plus bonus tracks with new guests like Mary J. Blige and John Legend.

  • Andrew Combs - Rdio Sessions
    The Nashville singer-songwriter merges classic country and contemporary pop in an exclusive live set.

  • Tim McGraw - Damn Country Music (Deluxe Edition)
    The country star duets with his daughter Gracie and collaborates with Big & Rich on his 14th album.

  • Old Dominion - Meat and Candy
    This month's Nashville Rising artist is composed of powerhouse country songwriters that have united for a balance of light and hearty songs on their debut album.

  • Grimes - Art Angels
    The electropop star’s fourth album finds Claire Boucher playing newly-learned instruments like guitar, drums, violin and ukelele.

  • Sara Bareilles - What's Inside: Songs From Waitress
    The fifth album from the singer-songwriter is an original score for the musical version of 2007 film Waitress.

  • Little Mix - Get Weird (Deluxe)
    The UK girl group’s third album features dance pop hits like “Black Magic” and guest stars Jason Derulo.

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New Music Weekly - October 30, 2015

Are you sitting down? Today’s New Music Weekly playlist may quickly bring you to your feet to dance to the latest from trance king Armin Van Buuren, trap queen Alison Wonderland, country star Chris Janson, neo-soul singer Jamie Woon and more friends you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

Want to explore further on your own? Venture over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection of what’s just dropped.


  • for King & Country - Rdio Sessions
    Turn on this exclusive five-song live performance from Christian pop brothers Joel and Luke Smalbone.

  • Trey Anastasio - Paper Wheels
    The Phish frontman continues his prolific solo career with a ‘70s pop-rock tinged 10th album.

  • Kardinall Offishall - Kardi Gras Vol. 1 The Clash
    The Toronto rapper’s fifth studio album features collaborations with Stephen Marley, Glenn Lewis and Junior Reid.

  • Various Artists - We Love Disney (Deluxe)
    Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Jessie J and more stars sing Disney classics.

  • Escape The Fate - Hate Me (Deluxe Version)
    New lead guitarist Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft and rhythm guitarist TJ Bell join the Vegas metal band on the fifth album.

  • EL VY - Return To The Moon
    A quirky collaborative album by Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls/formerly Menomena.

  • Fall Out Boy - Make America Psycho Again
    This remix album for “American Beauty/American Psycho” features rappers Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and A$AP Ferg.

  • Martin Courtney - Many Moons
    Real Estate’s vocalist and guitarist takes an adventure through soft psychedelic rock on his first solo album.

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New Music Weekly - October 23, 2015

Today’s New Music Weekly takes you across genres and around the world in search of the best tunes. Here you’ll find the latest from Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, a rarity from Scotland’s Mogwai, fresh funk and soul from New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop, an instrumental offering from hip-hop producer RJD2 and more key highlights described in the Playlist Notes. When you’re ready for much more (we’re not kidding), the Rdio New Releases page is a great place to go. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive an updated set every Friday!


  • 5 Seconds of Summer - Sounds Good, Feels Good
    The sophomore album from Sydney’s charismatic pop punk act features co-writing by Joel and Benji Madden.

  • Fuzz - II
    Ty Segall takes the drums in his hard rocking trio with bassist Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies and guitarist Charlie Mootheart of Moonhearts.

  • Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
    The country star’s fifth album dips into personal territory and dabbles with styles like pop and R&B.

  • Seinabo Sey - Pretend
    A soul pop siren from Sweden laces her debut album with uplifting and emotionally timeless tracks.

  • Half Moon Run - Sun Leads Me On
    The second album from Montreal’s indie rock act trades alt-folk sensibilities for synth driven sounds.

  • Marianas Trench - Astoria
    The Vancouver rock group’s fourth album plays with the idea of cinematic orchestral movements.

  • Pure Bathing Culture - Pray For Rain
    Portland duo Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman drift from dream pop to a new analog sound.

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New Music Weekly - October 16, 2015

Want to keep up with the best of the best? Subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist and receive a new set of hand-picked tunes every Friday. This week, we’re loving the big sounds of Brooklyn’s Small Black, Golden State dance punks !!!, Atlanta hip-hop shaman Raury, Midwestern Bad Boy rapper Machine Gun Kelly, and UK singer Jamie Lawson, plus the marquee names you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes. There’s much more waiting for you in the Rdio New Releases department, where you can hear these full albums and browse the complete collection of fresh tunes.


  • Demi Lovato - Confident (Deluxe Edition)
    The former Disney star plays with pop, rock and EDM styles for the mature songs on her fifth album.

  • Omi - Me 4 U
    Reggae and pop fuse on the first album by the Jamaican American singer behind the international hit “Cheerleader.”

  • Game - The Documentary 2.5
    One week after The Documentary 2 was released, Game surprises his fans with a follow-up featuring Lil Wayne, E-40 and Schoolboy Q.

  • Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
    The dream pop duo’s sixth album quickly follows the fifth album Depression Cherry, also released in 2015.

  • BØRNS - Dopamine
    Honest and love-drenched California rock songs fill the debut from Rdio’s October Artist to Watch.

  • Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
    Atlanta’s indie rock act led by Bradford Cox explore the beautiful briefness of pop songs on the seventh album.

  • Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before The Sun
    The sci-fi leaning progressive rock act’s sixth album is the first that’s not part of The Amory Wars saga.

  • Christine and the Queens - Christine and the Queens
    French singer/songwriter Héloïse Letissier plays with Kanye West verses and other eclectic elements.

  • Bryan Adams - Get Up!
    Canada’s veteran pop powerhouse pairs electric with acoustic versions of songs on his 13th album.

  • Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
    The third album by Devon Welsh’s and Matthew Otto’s indie/electronic project brings shimmering minimalism.

  • Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School
    The synthpop act’s third album envisions retro-minded afterhours beats with saucy sensibilities.

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New Music Weekly - October 9, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is chock full of goodies for your ear, a handpicked set that transcends genres and just brings you good music. This week, that means artists like pop punk heroes New Found Glory and psychedelic specialists Oberhofer, plus indie rock folk from Boy & Bear, lo fi deliciousness by Alex G, synthpop from Hurts and other key releases noted below in the Playlist Notes. Hit up the Rdio New Releases section to browse the complete collection of what has just dropped, including the full albums by all the artists mentioned here. And don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new set every Friday.


  • Selena Gomez - Revival (Deluxe)
    The pop star’s second solo studio album explores a new maturity with the help of Charli XCX and A$AP Rocky.

  • Mayday Parade - Black Lines
    The fifth album from the Tallahassee rockers marks 10 years of pop punk greatness.

  • Chris Hadfield - Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can
    The first Canadian astronaut to walk in space offers songs recorded aboard the International Space Station.

  • Game - The Documentary
    10 years after his G Unit debut The Documentary, the LA rapper creates a sequel with heavy-hitters like Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and Drake.

  • City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You
    Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green expands into soulful new territory on his fifth album.

  • Michael Ray - Rdio Sessions
    The country rocker’s performance for Rdio’s exclusive live series features songs from his self-titled album and a Porter Wagoner cover.

  • R. City - What Dreams Are Made Of
    Brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas offer the type of memorable hooks and melodies that they’ve written for Rihanna, Nicki and Miley.

  • John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
    The third solo album from the former frontman of The Czars takes on the angry moodiness of hitting middle age.

  • Corb Lund - Things That Can’t Be Undone
    The Alberta singer-songwriter’s dynamic ninth album balances wit, humor and topical urgency.

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New Music Weekly - October 2, 2015

Our New Music Weekly playlists are the best and most fun way to discover the top new songs across genres every seven days; subscribe and you’ll never miss another beat! This week, we’re enjoying an eclectic mix thanks to the return of alt-rock icons Mercury Rev, UK drum & bass mavericks Rudimental, Canadian retro rockers The Sheepdogs, American Idol alum Lauren Alaina and the heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Hop over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to browse the full albums from these artists and hear even more fresh tunes!


  • Janet Jackson - Unbreakable
    The pop icon’s first album in seven years features production by her classic collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and guests Missy Elliott and J. Cole.

  • Matt Nathanson - Show Me Your Fangs
    Fascinating stories about everyday life punctuate the 10th album from the folk/rock singer-songwriter.

  • Avicii - Stories
    The Swedish DJ/producer behind massive dance anthem “Levels” returns with collaborations with Zac Brown and Chris Martin on his second album.

  • Tei Shi - Rdio Sessions
    Ethereal indie-pop songstress delivers a five-song set recorded live for Rdio’s intimate and exclusive performance series.

  • Emilie & Ogden - 10,000
    The debut album from the Montreal indie folk act helmed by Emilie Kahn explores the interplay between voice and harp.

  • Wavves - V
    SoCal’s surf rockers ride bigger and brighter songs about enjoying life than ever before for the fifth album.

  • Eagles of Death Metal - Zipper Down [Explicit]
    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Jesse Hughes return to their garage rock rooted project after seven years.

  • Scott Helman - Rdio Sessions
    The soulful Toronto pop star performs selections from his Augusta EP live for Rdio listeners.

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New Music Weekly - September 18, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist brings you the best overview of what’s just been released across genres; subscribe and you’ll automatically get a fresh set every Friday. This week, you’ll hear the latest from controversial rapper Chief Keef, Canadian New Wave act Metric, London singer Jasmine Thompson, country crooner Robert Ellis, Vampire Weekend side project Baio and more heavy-hitters called out in the Playlist Notes below. You’ll also find all of these albums and more in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases. Happy listening!


  • Metric - Pagans in Vegas
    The Toronto outfit led by Emily Haines of Broken Social Scene crafts an upbeat, synth-driven sixth album to carry the New Wave torch.

  • Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
    The singing siren departs from her Ultraviolence era to cast her cinematic songs with a noir feel for her fourth album.

  • Shinedown - Threat To Survive
    Florida’s hard rock ambassadors dedicate the fifth album to exploring the powers of music to heal from sadness and tough times.

  • Mac Miller - GO:OD AM
    The Pittsburgh rapper’s third album and major label debut veers from party tracks to reveal personal struggles.

  • David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock (Deluxe)
    Pink Floyd’s guitar hero sings lyrics by his wife, novelist Polly Samson, on his fourth solo album.

  • Clare Dunn - Clare Dunn
    Rdio’s Nashville Rising star showcases serious chops on acoustic and electric guitar on her first EP.

  • Glen Hansard - Didn’t He Ramble
    The Irish actor, songwriter, guitarist and member of The Frames and The Swell Season steps out for a second solo release.

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New Music Weekly - September 11, 2015

Your latest New Music Weekly playlist is packed with goodies to listen to, including Ben Folds with an orchestra, brand new raps from hip-hop icons LL Cool J and Salt-N-Pepa and what might be your first introduction to retro partiers Shannon and The Clams. But wait, there’s more! Much more music can be found on the Rdio New Releases page, including the full albums by all the artists highlighted here.


  • Bring Me The Horizon - That’s The Spirit
    The Sheffield act’s fifth album veers from metalcore towards a more alternative sound, with new songs that celebrate darkness.

  • Leona Lewis - I Am (Deluxe)
    The British singer and X Factor winner takes control for a revealing and empowering fifth album.

  • Beirut - No No No
    Minimal and elegantly stripped-down songs characterize the fifth album for the indie folk act known for ornate arrangements.

  • Gary Clark Jr. - The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
    A sonic spectrum that runs from gospel to funk is tapped on the second album by the Austin blues guitarist.

  • Brett Kissel - Pick Me Up
    Alberta’s reigning country star and JUNO winner croons singalong tunes on his sixth album.

  • Duran Duran - Paper Gods
    The 14th studio album from the New Wave heroes explores funk with guests like Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Kiesza.

  • Slayer - Repentless
    The first album since the passing of founding member Jeff Hanneman keeps the thrash metal legends’ legacy strong.

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New Music Weekly - September 4, 2015

The latest edition of your handpicked New Music Weekly playlist mingles iconic names with up and coming artists across genres, including the return of psych pop duo Painted Palms, playful punks The Wonder Years, indie rockers Family of the Year, galactic soul from DâM-FunK and more key releases highlighted in the Playlist Notes below. There’s even more music waiting for you to play on the Rdio New Releases page once you’ve warmed up here. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a fresh set each Friday.


  • K-OS - Can’t Fly Without Gravity
    The Toronto MC’s first album in three years balances the immediacy of rap with the longevity of rock sensibilities.

  • Young Empires - The Gates
    The Toronto rock act's sound grows to epic, anthemic proportions with an injection of electronic sounds.

  • Travis Scott - Rodeo (Deluxe)
    The rapper and producer from Houston unleashes a star-studded debut album with appearances by Kanye West, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz and Justin Bieber.

  • Animal Collective - Live at 9:30
    Baltimore’s experimental ambassadors capture a seminal 2013 concert performance at legendary music venue 9:30 in nearby Washington, DC.

  • The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily,
    Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys debuts an eclectic band that incorporates genres like soul, latin, garage and psychedelic rock into a fresh mix.

  • Diane Coffee - Everybody’s a Good Dog
    A solo alter ego of producer and Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming returns for a second time and genre-hopping album.

  • Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls
    The sweet 16th album from the British heavy metal legends is the band’s first double full-length release.