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New Music Weekly - December 16, 2014

Have you seen any good films lately? The latest hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist, which features music from the original soundtracks of Into The Woods, Inherent Vice and Unbroken may just give you a few ideas. The set also features a taste of the best of country star Toby Keith and pop sensations like Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer, which you’ll read more about in the Playlist Notes. Hear full albums and more on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint (Deluxe)
    The flamboyant rapper’s third album features pop and rap collaborations with Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.

  • Charli XCX - Sucker
    The pop punk siren behind blockbuster hit hooks for Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop steps out on her own.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Studio Album Collection 1991-2011
    This set of the first 10 studio albums of the LA punk-funk pioneers precedes a new album in 2015.

  • YG - Blame It On The Streets
    A soundtrack for the LA rapper’s fictional short film about Compton features six new tracks, two remixes and a live version of “BPT.”

  • D'Angelo - Black Messiah
    The reclusive soul singer's first album in 14 years is charged with funk and sociopolitical consciousness.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - LIVESOS
    The Australian pop punk band’s first live album was recorded in North America, Europe and Down Under and features songs from their album and EPs.

  • Diplo - F10RIDA
    The DJ/producer who’s worked with Usher and Beyonce reissues his 2004 debut album, a trip hop classic.

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New Music Weekly - December 9, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist now to receive a hand-picked playlist of the latest tunes each week. This week’s set includes funniness courtesy of The Kroll Show, a brand new song from Sir Paul McCartney, a techno-fied EP from James Blake, plus reissued goodies from Otis Redding and Warren G and the heavy-hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready to explore even more, saunter over to the Rdio New Releases and browse the complete collection of freshness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Bastille - VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III)
    The UK indie rock act’s latest release carries on a theme begun with the 2010 debut, this time with a more stripped down sound.

  • Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons
    The Wu-Tang Clan member’s lively 11th solo album features unexpected collaborations with Kool G Rap and AZ.

  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
    Melodic love songs and trippy guitars abound on the band's ninth album.

  • J.Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive
    The rapper/producer names his third album after the home where he grew up, which he was able to buy back last year after it was foreclosed upon as a kid.

  • Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits Decade #1
    The American Idol star’s first compilation of hits features the new single “Something in the Water.”

  • K. Michelle - Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart
    The R&B singer-songwriter and VH1 reality star unleashes raw ballads and funky cuts.

  • E-40 - Sharp On All Corners: Corner 1 [Explicit]
    The Bay Area rapper with tongue-twisting linguistics drops the first of what will be four new themed albums.

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New Music Weekly - December 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist celebrates the past as well as the present with the inclusion of a rare selection from alt rock heroes Pixies and highlights from the latest Soul Jazz history of disco and boogie from 1978-82 alongside brand new tunes from Australian neo-soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote, British DJ/producer Bonobo, Jersey indie rock vets Yo La Tengo and more heavy hitters that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a brand new set every seven days and don’t forget to check out full albums and more in New Releases.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • She & Him - Classics
    This cover album by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward enlisted an orchestra for their tribute to icons like Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.

  • Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
    The queen of hip-hop soul went to England to collaborate with artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith on her 13th album.

  • The Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas
    A “secret” 2007 album of exotically-reworked Christmas standards is reissued, this time the band claiming credit.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
    The hip-hop supergroup’s first album in seven years features interludes and refrains by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

  • Owen - Other People’s Songs
    This solo album from Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan of Arc) covers songs by bands such as Depeche Mode, Promise Ring and Blake Babies.

  • Kristin Chenoweth - Coming Home
    The first live album by the Tony-winning singer and actress features songs from blockbuster musicals like My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera.

  • Erasure - Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)
    A new version of last year’s holiday-themed album by the synthpop duo features 16 bonus tracks.

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New Music Weekly - November 18, 2014

Soundtracks get some peak screen time in this week’s New Music Weekly playlist with highlights from Annie (featuring Sia) and the new concert film by Depeche Mode. There’s also a spotlight on veteran stars such as Bryan Ferry and electronic acts like Gotan Project and Loscil, but you’ll hear much more once you press play. Subscribe to get the new playlist each week and hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • TV On The Radio - Seeds
    The Brooklyn indie rock act known for conscious chaos adopts a more melodic approach to love songs on the fifth album.

  • One Direction - Four (Deluxe)
    The fourth album from the English-Irish boy band titans topped pre-sale charts around the world before release.

  • Clean Bandit - New Eyes
    The debut album from the fusion-minded classical/electronic group hit number 3 in their native UK.

  • Ariel Pink - pom pom
    The provocative LA artist who is known for ruffling feathers returns with a new album of smart retro pop.

  • Thalia - Amore Mio (Deluxe Edition)
    The 12th studio album (and 17th overall) from the Latin pop siren features a more acoustic feel.

  • Willow - 3
    14-year-old actress and singer Willow Smith (daughter of Will and Jada) drops a sophisticated and soulful EP.

  • Nickelback - No Fixed Address (Explicit)
    The eighth album from the Canadian rockers tries on some stylistic departures, such as a collaboration with rapper Flo Rida.

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New Music Weekly - November 11, 2014

We do all the sonic homework each release day so that your New Music Weekly playlist has a great balance of styles and substance. The latest edition features icons like Whitney Houston, Pink Floyd and Marianne Faithfull and Simon and Garfunkel (the latter on the soundtrack for Reese Witherspoon’s new film Wild) alongside a younger generation of artists such as Hookworms and Zac Brown Band. Check out the Rdio New Releases when you’re ready to hear full albums and much more. You can also subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll never miss a beat.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
    The eighth album from Dave Grohl and company features songs recorded live in different cities and is paired with an HBO television series.

  • Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
    Ireland’s treasured singer-songwriter returns after an eight-year recorded absence to release his third album.

  • Royksopp - The Inevitable End
    While they’re not breaking up, Norway’s favorite electronic duo has announced this darker set of songs will be their last album.

  • Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas (Deluxe)
    The second solo album from the youngest of the Jonas Brothers is influenced by sexy R&B and pop.

  • Big K.R.I.T. - Lost on the River Deluxe Edition)
    Mississippi’s rising rap star splashes out on his second album, which features guest stars like Wiz Khalifa and Lupe Fiasco.

  • The New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River (Deluxe)
    T Bone Burnett produced this album of songs based on Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes and performed by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford.

  • Antony & The Johnsons - Turning
    This new live album captures the same November 2006 performance at The Barbican in London that was the subject of the 2011 film of the same name.

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New Music Weekly - November 4, 2014

Subscribe to our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll get an epic and diverse set each week. This week, we're taking in the third album from Mariachi El Bronx (the mariachi alter ego of hardcore band The Bronx), partying with the boys of young UK pop act The Vamps, seeing the future via the tech grooves of Arca and rocking out to the new [Deerhoof] album, celebrating the band's 20th anniversary. Read about more key highlights of the week in the Playlist Notes below and check out all of these full albums and much more on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Calvin Harris - Motion
    The fourth album from the superstar Scottish DJ/producer features collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Ellie Goulding and Big Sean.

  • Theophilus London - Vibes
    The rapper’s sophomore full-length was executive produced by Kanye West and includes a Yeezy collaboration.

  • Teyana Taylor - VII (Deluxe)
    The long-awaited debut from the Harlem singer first seen on My Super Sweet 16 channels a Nineties R&B vibe.

  • Deptford Goth - Songs
    British producer Daniel Woolhouse eschews the melancholic experimental pop of his debut for a more joyous sophomore effort.

  • Maddie & Tae - Maddie & Tae
    Maddie Marlow and Taylor Elizabeth Dye shake up country music’s boys club on their first album.

  • Neil Young - Storytone (Deluxe Version)
    A 92-piece orchestra and a choir were Young’s accompaniments for his 35th studio album.

  • Ryan Hemsworth - Alone For The First Time
    The EDM DJ/producer explores a more low-key and quirky pop sound on his third album.

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New Music Weekly - October 28, 2014

The latest, hot off the presses New Music Weekly playlist should be a real treat for people who like a little bit of everything in the mix. The Playlist Notes below will give you the low-down on the big releases of the week, but there are also several sleeper gems to discover. Don’t miss the return of post punk act I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, the debut from Maybach Music rapper Stalley, the sophomore swing from sisterly folk act Lily & Madeleine, ambient elegance from female producer Grouper, a surprisingly quieter effort from screamo band Pianos Become The Teeth and the killer remixes of Germany’s DJ Koze. You can find the full albums from these artists and many more in the Rdio New Releases, which is a handy page to bookmark if you haven’t already done so. And don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive the latest sets right as they drop.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends
    This cover album of The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band features collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket and more.

  • Rancid - ...Honor Is All We Know (Standard Version)
    The first album in five years from the punk icons packs 14 catchy tracks into a half hour.

  • Haerts - HAERTS
    The debut album from the Brooklyn quartet is a lighthearted indie pop romp of dreamy hooks and melodies.

  • Sam Hunt - Montevallo
    This solo debut melds country and R&B from the singer-songwriter who has penned for Kenny Chesney.

  • East India Youth - Total Strife Forever (Deluxe Version)
    UK electronic producer (and Mercury Prize nominee) William Doyle's eclectic first album has the music world buzzing.

  • Dillon Francis - Money Sucks, Friends Rule
    The star electronic producer’s debut album of club bangers features cameos by Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix and Twista.

  • Flight Facilities - Down to Earth
    Australia’s rising dance duo snags guest stars like Kylie Minogue and Reggie Watts on their debut album.

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New Music Weekly - October 21, 2014

Tune in to the latest New Music Weekly playlist to hear killer collaborations like the unlikely pairing of singer Scott Walker and experimental metal band Sunn O))), the latest baritone-drenched effort from Mark Lanegan Band and samples of the self-titled fourth album from DC indie pop trio Jukebox The Ghost. The Playlist Notes below give you a cheat sheet on some of the week’s biggest breakouts. Browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases to load up on even more of the latest music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Slipknot - 5: The Gray Chapter (Special Edition) [Explicit]
    The fifth album from the masked heavy metal heroes bears the audible grief of being the first one since the passing of member Paul Gray.

  • Jessie Ware - Tough Love
    The UK singer’s sophomore album includes guest appearances by heartthrobs Ed Sheeran and Miguel.

  • Little Big Town - Pain Killer
    Pure harmonies and a lighthearted sense of humor fuel all the songs on the country group’s sixth album.

  • Kiesza - Sound of a Woman
    The Canadian dance singer behind the infectious international hit, “Hideaway” emerges with a debut album.

  • Thurston Moore - The Best Day
    The fourth solo album from the former Sonic Youth guitarist and singer finds him returning to his noise rock roots.

  • Primus - Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble
    The quirky rockers reimagine the old-school Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack and inject it with funk.

  • Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
    The London singer-songwriter revered for his indie folk tunes tries on a darker sound on his sophomore album.

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New Music Weekly - October 14, 2014

The New Music Weekly playlist is hand-picked just for you every seven days and is the best way to test drive the very latest standouts across genres. The Playlist Notes below break down some of the week’s most vital albums, but don’t miss fresh debuts from Museum Of Love (a groovy minimalist project from members of LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean), country duo/The Voice contestants The Swon Brothers, German reggae-folk act Milky Chance, plus a soulful sophomore album from UK singer Kindness and the ultimate retrospective from the original madman Ozzy Osbourne; highlights from each are all included in the playlist.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • T.I. - Paperwork
    The ninth studio album from Atlanta’s incomparable rap star is executive produced by Pharrell Williams and features guest appearances by an all-star crew.

  • You + Me - rose ave.
    P!nk and City and Colour join forces for an irresistible album of melodic folk songs, named after the street in Los Angeles where they recorded them.

  • Foxygen - ...And Star Power
    The SoCal duo’s third album is a 24-track opus of lo-fi quirkiness with a dash of soft rock indulgence.

  • Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes
    The second album from country’s hottest duo is a fresh batch of fun and upbeat party tunes.

  • Nico & Vinz - Black Star Elephant
    The duo behind the international hit “Am I Wrong” fill their sophomore album with catchy urban pop.

  • Jessie J - Sweet Talker (Deluxe)
    The sassy UK pop star’s third full-length features upbeat contributions from Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and 2 Chainz.

  • Stars - No One Is Lost
    Canada’s indie pop darlings take a light spin around the dancefloor for the seventh album.

Here’s a friendly reminder that you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and automatically get an updated set every seven days, or if you’re the type who prefers to cruise without a road map, check out the complete collection of Rdio New Releases. Ladies and gentlemen, time to start your engines!

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New Music Weekly - October 7, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is a satisfying way to sample the best from several genres all at once. This week, we’re vibing with upbeat R&B singer Tinashe, Norway's Erlend Øye, Austin’s bluesy folk vanguard Shakey Graves, Florida rockers New Found Glory and Yellowcard and sounds from down under like sassy Aussie pop star Betty Who and New Zealand electropop duo Broods.

Hey, did we hear that you want even more music? Take the massive global collection of Rdio New Releases for a spin!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jason Aldean - Old Boots, New Dirt
    The radio smash and country chart topper “Burning It Down” paved the way for a hot sixth album from one of country music's brightest stars.

  • Hozier - Hozier
    The debut album from a blues-loving young Irish singer features the provocative smash single “Take Me to Church.”

  • SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe)
    Masked London producer Aaron Jerome’s second album features appearances from frequent collaborator Sampha plus Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg and singer Jessie Ware.

  • Caribou - Our Love
    Canadian producer Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, returns with a genre-defying electronic record that includes collaborations with rising stars Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett.

  • Single Mothers - Negative Qualities
    The debut album from the London, Ontario punk rockers bends ears with humorous takes on collegiate stereotypes.

  • Zola Jesus - Taiga
    On her astonishing fifth album at only 25-years-old, the Phoenix-born singer-songwriter explores man’s perceived place in nature.

  • Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault (Deluxe Version)
    The Fleetwood Mac icon’s eighth solo album features fresh recordings of demo songs that she penned between 1969 and 1987.