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For Your Eyes and Ears: Snoopzilla on New Music Weekly

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with SoCal producer Dam-Funk and adopted the new moniker Snoopzilla to produce the smooth but hard hitting 7 Days of Funk, which is available to stream exclusively on Rdio two weeks early with an Rdio-only bonus track.

7 Days of Funk shines with Snoop’s self-assured smoothness and fresh beats that blend with the retro vibe layered throughout the album. The funk masterpiece was a natural pick to spotlight in this week’s New Music Weekly Video Series, where new music inspires new art. Taking the stage with Snoop is video artist Golden Wolf, who plays puppet master with the Doggfather and Dam-Funk to create this whimsical motion art companion piece for the funktastic track, "Do My Thang."

On what inspired the concept video, Golden Wolf reminisced:

"We got a pretty instantaneous hit of visuals when we first heard "Do My Thang." Being children of the 80s it was a nostalgic mix of our parents' vinyl collection and kids TV like the Muppets and Fraggle rock. Building on this we knew we had to transport Snoopzilla and Dam Funk into the world of puppets. We felt that a track as simple and smooth as this needed a video that stripped away all the fuss and really let Dam and Snoop do their thing, 80s style."

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New Music Weekly - November 12, 2013

FlumeLady GagaThe Killers

This is the week that all the Little Monsters have been waiting for: Lady Gaga’s album release week. But before we get to ARTPOP, we’re enjoying a holiday offering from her pal Tamar Braxton, the new album from Mexican singer-songwriter Horacio Palencia, a 10th anniversary re-release from Southern metal act Lamb of God, and B-sides from Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear. (You can’t say we don’t have eclectic tastes around here!)

Our New Music Weekly playlist will get you acquainted with selections from these artists and more (Mother Monster, too!) and the Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel. You can also click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse even more songs and albums.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    Mother Monster’s highly anticipated third album features guest appearances by R&B crooner R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Twista, and Too $hort.

  • The Killers - Direct Hits
    Almost a decade after the first album Hot Fuss was released, the Vegas rockers have amassed enough successful singles for this retrospective including two new tracks, produced by M83 and Stuart Price respectively.

  • Flume - Flume: Deluxe Edition
    The Australian electronic producer who made international waves with his single “Holdin On” enlists Ghostface Killah, How To Dress Well, and Twin Shadow for his new mixtape.

  • Mariah Carey - “The Art Of Letting Go”
    Mimi returns with a classy taste of her upcoming album, an epic ballad about moving on from relationships.

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New Music Weekly - November 5, 2013

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November’s off to a great musical start on our stereo with the third album by dreamy English-Irish boy band The Wanted, the first new solo album in eight years from Creed frontman Scott Stapp, the return of mighty Bay Area rap duo Latyryx, and the latest from New Zealand’s psychedelic pop star Connan Mockasin. Our New Music Weekly playlist is an express route to the cream of the crop from these and other artists releasing music right now. You can also chart your own course through the latest and greatest by taking on the entire collection of Rdio New Releases. Choose your own adventure!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
    The reclusive rapper tries to capture lightning in a bottle again with the help of super-producer Rick Rubin and sequel-like references to his most important album.

  • Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
    The Australian synth-pop favorites unleash a fourth album with a clever international campaign involving billboards and a loosened-up vibe.

  • M.I.A. - Matangi
    The British singer and producer’s long-awaited fourth album features two duets with Canadian artist The Weeknd.

  • Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album
    Originally recorded in 2002 and sold exclusively through Saddle Creek’s store to benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project, this holiday album is finally receiving its first wide release.

  • Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne
    Duets with husband and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger highlight Lavigne’s fifth full-length.

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New Music Weekly - October 29, 2013

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It may be Halloween this week, but we’re already looking forward to Christmas thanks to new holiday albums by country crooner Trace Adkins and American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson. We’ve also got the new mixtape from New York rapper Joey Bada$$, the latest album from SoCal indie pop act Hellogoodbye, and a retrospective by South Africa’s Seether in heavy rotation right now.

Hit up the New Music Weekly playlist for more of our picks of the top tunes of the week, and then you can consider doing some exploration of your own in the Rdio New Releases department.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    The Canadian indie rockers stretch out with a double full-length release for the fourth studio album.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red
    The American Idol presents her first Christmas album, which includes original songs as well as covers of classics.

  • Linkin Park - RECHARGED
    This companion to the Living Things album contains remixes featuring rappers Pusha T and Bun B, master producer Rick Rubin, and more.

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)
    Ben Gibbard and the boys’ fourth album gets remastered and re-released with bonus demo tracks of all the songs a decade after its debut.

  • One Direction - “Story Of My Life”
    This single from The X Factor UK-bred boy band offers a teaser of November’s album Midnight Memories.

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New Music Weekly - October 22, 2013

Katy PerryEric ChurchPolica

So far this week, we’ve been tuning in to the latest star-studded collaboration compilation from hip-hop giant DJ Khaled, albums from California acts like low-fi duo Best Coast and alt-rockers AFI, and a new EP from the hauntingly beautiful electronic artist Active Child

There are two ways to discover what’s just come out from these and many more artists: Take our personalized roadmap, the New Music Weekly playlist, to hear what we think are the best of the bunch, or chart your own course with the full collection in the Rdio New Releases section. The Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel on some of the key offerings of the week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Katy Perry - Prism
    The pop star’s fourth album is backed by the worldwide hit “Roar” and features a collaboration with twerk king Juicy J.

  • Waka Flocka Flame - From Roaches to Rollies
    This new mixtape from Atlanta’s party starter keeps the energy up until the next album arrives.

  • Fifth Harmony - Better Together
    A Simon Cowell creation formed from last season’s X-Factor in America gets a slickly produced debut to chart the course of good girls going (not too) bad.

  • POLIÇA - Shulasmith
    The eerie electro-indie pop act from Minneapolis takes a bow and arrow to the heart of materialism on the sophomore album.

  • Eric Church - “The Outsiders”
    The Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter emerges with a taste of his fourth full-length.

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New Music Weekly - October 15, 2013

Pearl JamDavid BowieThe Dismemberment Plan

With Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, and TLC all offering new music right now, it’s a fine time for the return of international musical legends to work their magic. It’s also a strong week for Canadian music, with new releases from rockers Silverstein and electronic producer Tim Hecker, and we’re excited about the return of Stateside acts like Oakland’s Beats Antique and Portland’s Red Fang.

When you’re ready to check out these artists and more from the best releases that have just dropped, our New Music Weekly playlist will bring you up to speed with the quickness. You can also head over to the Rdio New Releases section to browse on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Dismemberment Plan - Uncanny Valley
    20 years after the post-hardcore group first formed in Washington D.C., they’ve reformed and return with the first album in a dozen years.

  • Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
    The Seattle rock act’s tenth album is already being heralded as a rival to the group’s best.

  • TLC - 20
    This greatest hits collection is released in conjunction with the Vh1 movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and features “Meant to Be,” the first new song from the R&B group in a decade.

  • David Bowie - “Love Is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for DFA)
    More than a remix, this 10-minute reconstruction of a song from Bowie’s The Next Day album stars on an upcoming collector’s edition of the album.

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New Music Weekly - October 8, 2013

of MontrealMiley CyrusRJD2

There is undeniable youthful energy in this week’s new releases. We’re feeling it in the soul-stirring electronic pop movements of St. Lucia and the anthemic quality of Papa, the new band from Girls drummer Darren Weiss. You can hear it in the Southern rock of Tallahassee’s Mayday Parade and in modern acoustics of 17-year-old singer Ryan Beatty. And then there’s Miley. . . and so much more.

Our New Music Weekly playlist will fast forward you into the heart of the best songs that these artists and more have just put out. After you listen, head over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of what’s new.

Welcome to New Music Weekly: The turn up starts now!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • of Montreal - lousy with sylvanbriar
    Frontman Kevin Barnes left the band’s Georgia environs for some solitude in San Francisco and emerged with much of the writing for the 12th album.

  • Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
    One of Kanye’s favorite rappers (and one-half of Clipse), the Virginia MC steps out on his own with the help of West’s G.O.O.D. Music label.

  • Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
    After dropping two provocative singles and videos for “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” the 20-year-old returns with Britney and more for a strong bid for the top of the charts.

  • RJD2 - More Is Than Isn’t
    The man behind the Mad Men theme emerges with his fifth album of electronic and hip-hop explorations.

  • Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
    The UK electronic producer drops his debut LP after months of making waves through the EDM scene.

∞  October 8, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Weekly - October 1, 2013

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This week, we’re turning up the volume full blast on the Warp Records debut of Brooklyn electronic experimentalist Oneohtrix Point Never, a solo turn from legendary hip-hop producer Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fugees), the return of 311 frontman’s The Nick Hexum Quintet, and the latest from pop punk favorites All Time Low. And we’re just getting warmed up!

Our New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these releases and much more. It’s the quickest way to get you up to speed with the best of the new bunch, but you can also hit up the Rdio New Releases to put together your own playlists.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lorde - Pure Heroine
    This New Zealand teenager who captured the world’s attention with her smart, skewering single “Royals” shows why she’s the real deal on this debut.

  • Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
    The sequel to this summer’s blockbuster The 20/20 Experience features appearances by Drake and Jay Z and an even more “grown and sexy” style.

  • Nelly - M.O.
    The St. Louis rapper’s seventh album tributes his home state and features unexpected collaborations by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly Furtado, and Trey Songz.

  • HAIM - Days Are Gone
    The Haim sisters finally drop their dreamy indie rock debut, which won’t help them dodge the honor of continued Fleetwood Mac comparisons.

  • Dr. Dog - B-Room
    The psychedelic rockers’ eighth full-length release was recorded in the band’s new custom studio and reflects a more involved level of collaboration amongst the members.

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New Music Weekly - September 24, 2013

CHVRCHESDrakeKings Of Leon

This week, we are excited about the return of singer Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star after a 17-year recording absence. We’re also amped for new albums from Jamaican dancehall veteran Mr. Vegas, West Coast house and techno producer Claude VonStroke, and Canadian electro-jazz act Misteur Valaire. And that’s just to name a few!

Start with our New Music Weekly playlist for our recommendations of the very best of what has just come out, including these artists and much more. If you’re hungry for further sonic exploration after that, hop over to the Rdio New Releases section.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition)
    It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the seminal Seattle band released the final album, but the Anniversary Edition expands the picture with the inclusion of pre-album demos.

  • Icona Pop - THIS IS...ICONA POP
    The sassy Swedish duo behind the carefree dance number “I Don’t Care” return with more party anthems like “All Night” and “Ready for the Weekend.”

  • Drake - Nothing Was The Same
    With a tribute to Wu-Tang Clan and a collaboration with Jay-Z, the rapper/crooner’s third album reaches back as well as into the future.

  • Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
    The Followills return with more of the same powerful guitars and anthemic vocals that have made them multiplatinum-selling Southern rock heroes on their sixth full-length.

  • CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
    A fun full-length debut from a Scottish synthpop act with a growing fan base thanks to tours with Passion Pit and Depeche Mode.

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New Music Weekly - September 17, 2013

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This week’s new releases bring goodies from Nashville heartthrob Billy Currington, Disney star Zendaya, the piano-rock of Five for Fighting, and the party pumping prowess of Norwegian electronic star Ralph Myerz, just to name a few. Our New Music Weekly playlist will give you a peek at the best songs from these artists as well as key players highlighted in the Playlist Notes. When you’re ready to take on the complete catalog of what’s available this week, click over to the Rdio New Releases and have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Devil Wears Prada - 8:18:00
    The prolific metal band (who, for you fashionistas, aren’t associated with the film of the same name) returns right on time with a fifth full-length of relentlessness.

  • Grouplove - Spreading Rumours
    The indie pop darlings behind Never Trust a Happy Song are back with extra sassiness on their sophomore effort.

  • Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
    This unlikely collaboration was borne out of Costello’s musical appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots are the house band.

  • The Naked and Famous - In Rolling Waves
    The second album from these New Zealand-based alt-rockers is buoyed by the fun single “Hearts Like Ours.”

  • Tom Odell - Long Way Down
    The young British singer-songwriter has already been winning over fans and critics in the UK with this debut album.