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New Music Weekly - September 30, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features an international roster of fresh music, including just-dropped releases from American artists Kat Edmonson, Colbie Caillat, Finch, American-Chilean artist Nicolas Jaar, and transcontinental act The Black Opera. But that’s just the beginning; press play and read the Playlist Notes below for the rundown on the week’s key offerings. And when you’re ready to handle even more sounds, don’t forget to browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Blake Shelton - Bringing Back The Sunshine
    Taking a break from his judging duties on "The Voice," the country star drops his ninth album with the help of guest stars Ashley Monroe and “The Voice" competitor RaeLynn.

  • Tove Lo - Queen Of The Clouds
    The Swedish singer-songwriter who has penned songs for Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd finally makes her solo debut.

  • Lady Antebellum - 747 (Deluxe)
    The country act’s fifth album flies past preconceived boundaries with the help of one of their fastest-growing singles ever, “Bartender.”

  • Prince - ART OFFICIAL AGE
    The artist formerly known as The Artist hands in a funky 34th studio album on the heels of "Plectrum Electrum," his collaboration with female band 3rdEyeGirl.

  • Buck 65 - Neverlove
    Nova Scotia’s abstract hip-hop ambassador strikes a lucky 13th album with a balance of sad and sweet songs.

  • Steve Aoki - Neon Future I
    The cake-throwing EDM DJ’s second studio album features party-ready collaborations with Fall Out Boy, Waka Flocka Flame and Machine Gun Kelly.

  • The Script - No Sound Without Silence
    Following an Irish chart-topping 2012 album "#3," the Dublin rockers unleash a fourth album of big tunes written on the road after coming offstage playing to sold out arenas.

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New Music Weekly - September 23, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features the intergenerational collaboration between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, plus new grooves from Swedish masked men Goat, country star Lee Ann Womack, Norway’s heartthrob Sondre Lerche and UK synth pop legends Erasure. You’ll hear a lot more once you press play; the Playlist Notes below will give you details on more of the week’s best offerings. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist in order to get the new one automatically each week. You will also find much more to peruse over on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
    The legendary poet musician’s lucky 13th album is released on the cusp of the national treasure’s 80th birthday.

  • Lights - Little Machines
    After releasing an acoustic version of her second album Siberia, the bright Vancouver electropop queen turns the machines back on for her third.

  • alt-J - This Is All Yours
    The UK indie rock darlings follow up their Mercury Prize-winning debut An Awesome Wave with this lively sophomore set featuring the Miley Cyrus-sampling “Hunger of the Pine.”

  • Aphex Twin - Syro
    The UK’s highly influential yet reclusive experimental electronic producer is back with his first album since 2001’s Drukqs.

  • Perfume Genius - Too Bright
    Seattle singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas strips his emotions even further to explore an underlying rage and rawness on his third album.

  • Luke James - Luke James (Deluxe)
    The debut album from a New Orleans R&B singer who has written songs for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Britney Spears.

  • Kenny Chesney - The Big Revival
    The country star’s latest album, his 17th, is buoyed by a top 40 single, “American Kids.”

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New Music Weekly - September 16, 2014

Hot off the presses is the latest New Music Weekly playlist, hand-picked each week to bring you the best of the bunch across genres. This week, we’re air jamming to the third solo album from guitar hero Slash, deciphering the myriad influences in the latest works from avant classical artist My Brightest Diamond and repeating the Generationals fourth album produced by Richard Swift.

Trust us, we’re just getting started here! Read on for more about the biggest albums of the week and click over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to browse the complete collection of music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Dan Mangan - “Vessel”
    The JUNO Awards winner offers an epic taste of his forthcoming album, which is also a key part of the soundtrack from indie film Hector and the Search for Happiness.

  • Lia Ices - Ices
    Singer-songwriter Lia Kessel’s sophomore album was produced by Benny Sagittarius, the name for her production partnership with her brother Eliot.

  • Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town (Deluxe Edition)
    The country singer and actor’s lucky 13th album encompasses glimpses of his past, present and future musical direction.

  • Allah-Lahs - Worship The Sun
    The second album from the LA garage band carries on the California dreaming legacy of sound while exposing a more personal side.

  • The Juan MacLean - In a Dream
    Former Six Finger Satellite guitarist John MacLean and LCD Soundysystem singer Nancy Whang are back for a third synth-driven album under this funky electronic music alias.

  • Seekae - The Worry
    The Australian trio continues to time trip through 8-bit electronic pop and experiments with vocals on their third album.

  • Train - Bulletproof Picasso
    For their seventh album, the San Francisco rockers who have their own wine and chocolate lines push further into the mainstream with an even more accessible sound.

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New Music Weekly - September 9, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll get a hand-picked overview of the best songs of the week across genres every seven days. Right now, if you can picture it, we’re throwing our hands in the air to the latest EDM anthem by Calvin Harris featuring John Newman, inhaling sweet drama from Seattle’s Perfume Genius, two-steppin’ to a flirty number from country singer Dustin Lynch and getting our dance on to the urban duo known as Plan B. Read on as you listen for more highlights of the week in the Playlist Notes.

There’s a lot more to discover this week, too. Click over to the Rdio New Releases pages to see and hear everything new.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • BANKS - Goddess
    From the dark electronics of “Beggin for Thread” to stripped-down ballad “Someone New,” Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jillian Banks explores R&B and pop with wry lyrics and an edge on her debut album.

  • Jhené Aiko - Souled Out (Deluxe)
    The third album from the free-spirited and street smart R&B singer from Los Angeles features a pair of Chicago prodigies: Kanye West producer No I.D. and rapper Common.

  • Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World (Standard)
    The Canadian dance punk act’s sophomore album is the first in 10 years (and the first since reforming in 2011 following a 2006 breakup).

  • Interpol - El Pintor
    The New York rockers go back to their basic roots on their fifth album, which features appearances by members of Secret Machines and Bon Iver.

  • Lee Brice - I Don’t Dance (Deluxe Version)
    The Nashville songwriter behind singles for Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks shows his own tender side on his third album.

  • Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
    The 39-year-old singer-songwriter is unbelievably on his 14th studio album, this one a slightly more orchestral affair recorded at the home studio he compares to the Millennium Falcon.

  • Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away
    The Aussie singer-songwriter behind the catchy breakthrough international hit “Riptide” explores different sounds while retaining the semi-acoustic feel on his debut album.

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New Music Weekly - September 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist will turn you on to artists like art punk act Half Japanese, and soul and jazz musician Diggs Duke. Mostly though, this will be remembered as the week that blessed us with not one but two releases from Prince. Thank you, Purple One! Plus don’t miss the long-awaited seventh album from Counting Crows. Read on for more info about that and other highlights of the playlist, and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll always have the latest one waiting for you. You can also visit the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to venture out on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sleater-Kinney - Sleater-Kinney (Remastered)
    A slew of newly remastered classic albums from the seminal female punk trio that was fronted by Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein begins with the vital 1995 debut.

  • Zeus - Classic Zeus
    The third album from the mighty Toronto indie rockers finds the band pushing past Seventies rock influences in favor of a more godlike form of pop.

  • Sinkane - Mean Love
    The London artist with roots in Sudan crafts a genre-blurring album of soulful Afrobeat, reggae and electronic pop.

  • Maroon 5 - V (Deluxe)
    The fifth album from the LA pop rock gods features more big hooks from frontman Adam Levine and a collaboration with Gwen Stefan written by Sia, plus three bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.

  • Prince - U KNOW and Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL - WHITECAPS
    The artist formerly known as The Artist is famously prolific, but he still took fans by surprise when he announced he’d return to his old label to drop a solo release and a funk rock collaboration with his touring band 3RDEYEGIRL at the very same time.

  • Haerts - Giving Up
    Another long-awaited EP from the Brooklyn indie pop act poises singer Nini Fabi and crew for more widescreen exposure.

  • Terri Clark - Some Songs
    Funded by the singer's dedicated and strong fan base via Pledge Music, the album expertly displays the hard-stomping Canadian country music she is best known for.

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New Music Weekly - August 26, 2014

Ready for the hottest songs of the week? Our New Music Weekly playlist is always hand-picked for your listening pleasure (don’t forget to subscribe so you can get it automatically each week). On the singles front, there’s a killer new ballad by Jessie Ware co-written by rising star/VMA winner Ed Sheeran, along with crazy infectious tunes by Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman. The metal act Avenged Sevenfold revisits their 2003 album for a belated 10th anniversary edition plus look out for the first of several reissues from French electronic act M83.

But that’s just a little sample of what you are going to hear here — there’s much more to check out in the New Music Weekly Playlist and the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
    The Canadian indie rock vanguards offer the most celebratory songs the group have ever conceived for album number six.

  • Royal Blood - Royal Blood (Explicit)
    The British rock duo set to tour with The Pixies drops a hard-hitting debut album with big sounds and memorable riffs.

  • Ariana Grande - My Everything
    America’s current pop sweetheart collaborates with Iggy Azalea, Big Sean and The Weeknd on her sophomore album.

  • Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk
    Duets with Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood highlight the country vet’s 10th album.

  • Basement Jaxx - Junto (Special Edition)
    The influential UK dance duo digs back underground for sexier sounds on their seventh album, the first since 2009’s Zephyr.

  • The Rentals - Lost in Alphaville
    Matt Sharp and Lauren Chipman return with new bandmates culled from Lucius, Ozma and The Black Keys for their first album in 15 years.

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New Music Weekly - August 19, 2014

A lot of songs are considered for each New Music Weekly playlist, but only the best and most repeat-worthy ones make the cut. This week, we’re digging some pretty unique country releases thanks to a new album from The Voice judge Blake Shelton and an unlikely yet awesome compilation of country artists paying tribute to Motley Crue. We’ve also got pep in our step thanks to the latest full-length from Swedish indie duo JJ and a big single from Netsky featuring Beth Ditto.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist, which is automatically refreshed every week, and you’ll always be on top of the latest tunes across genres. Hit up the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready for even more freshly hatched music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe)
    Hot on the heels of the buzzing single “We Dem Boyz,” the rapper’s fifth album features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj and his Taylor Gang brethren Juicy J and Ty Dolla Sign.

  • Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
    The debut album from a young New Orleans singer-songwriter with an old soul, fresh off a tour with Jack White.

  • Kimbra - The Golden Echo (Deluxe Version)
    The New Zealand singer’s sophomore album, the first since she achieved worldwide success with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” takes on a more adventurous pop direction.

  • Chase Rice - Ignite The Night
    The North Carolina singer-songwriter’s third album and major label debut is buoyed by the country hit “Ready Set Roll.”

  • The Last Internationale - We Will Reign
    The rebellious New York rock trio featuring Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine on drums drops their first album.

  • Various Artists - If I Stay (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    The soundtrack to the gripping adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel stars young actress Chloë Grace Moretz and features acts like Sonic Youth, Beck, Tanlines, Lucius and our favourite fictional band of the summer, Williamette Stone.

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New Music Weekly - August 12, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new hand-picked set every seven days. This week, we’re dancing to the digital debut of Benny Benassi featuring John Legend, taking in the sophomore album by British singer-songwriter Alex Clare and the first EP by Southern country singer Sam Hunt and trying to play it cool and not like we have the new Ryan Adams song on repeat. You can read about more highlights from this week’s set in the Playlist Notes below and click over to the Rdio New Releases page to do more browsing.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • FKA twigs - LP1
    A British singer also known for her extensive experience as a dancer is about to leap out in a big way with this boundary-pushing debut album.

  • The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (Deluxe)
    The New Jersey rockers take a departure from their homegrown sound with an album overtly inspired by Pearl Jam and Northwest grunge.

  • Porter Robinson - Worlds
    One of American EDM’s brightest young stars unveils his long-awaited debut album, featuring guest appearances by indie pop acts Urban Cone and Imaginary Cities.

  • Tank - Stronger
    R&B’s rugged ladies’ man drops a sixth solo album following his TGT collaboration with Tyrese and Ginuwine.

  • Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (Deluxe)
    Also on a sixth album is LA’s renowned hip-hop trio, back for the first time in eight years with heavyweight production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder and Alchemist.

  • Kenny Chesney - Flora-Bama
    The country crooner’s latest single is a tribute to his August beach concert Flora-Bama-Jama.

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New Music Weekly - August 5, 2014

This week’s New Music Weekly playlist is a super lively one, and we’ve been practicing our dance moves with the help of the Step Up: All In Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and some hip-shaking retro tunes from Elvis Presley. We have also been getting loud with the latest long player from Florida rockers New Found Glory, basking in the cool weirdness from UK singer FKA twigs and taking in the soothing tones of a new single from “Same Love” singer Mary Lambert. For more on the best tunes of the week, press play and check out the Playlist Notes below.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Spoon - They Want My Soul
    The indie rockers’ eighth album is the first for their new record label Loma Vista Recordings, a bright recharge after taking a few years off that can be heard through the joy of clever lyrics, raw melodies and wonderfully loud walls of sound.

  • Arkells - High Noon
    The multiple Juno Award-winning rockers deliver power pop choruses and big room sounds on their third album.

  • Godsmack - 1000hp
    The Seattle metal gods sought an even rawer sound for their first album in four years, created in their brand new recording studio.

  • Nicki Minaj - “Anaconda”
    A sassy single freaked over samples from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” provides a taste of Nicki’s next album The Pink Print.

  • Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
    The Chicago act’s second album bears audible influence from big name legends like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll never miss a new one! And don’t forget that the Rdio New Releases page is your gateway to the full kingdom of fresh offerings.

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New Music Weekly - July 29, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always know the best highlights of the moment. This week, we’re tasting some local delights, including the debut album from Drake-affiliated singer PARTYNEXTDOOR, previously unheard songs from extinct indie rockers The Unicorns, and an infectious new single from Fences featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. We’re also rocking out to the return of the old school sound from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and reveling in the guilty pleasure of the new pop collabo between Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

There’s a lot more to hear in this set, so press play and check out the Playlist Notes for more tidbits — including an amazing social media music success story. Want to do your own picking? The Rdio New Releases section gives you the unfiltered access to everything.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
    The American singer-songwriter worked with fellow recording artist Ryan Adams to produce her first album in six years, the creative result of a difficult period of insomnia that has turned pain into some of her poppiest and happiest sounding work to date.

  • Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes EP
    A first collection of songs from the 15-year-old Canadian singer who went from posting six-second covers on Vine to a record-breaking debut single (“Life of the Party”) that hit the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of social media.

  • James Brown - Get On Up - The James Brown Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The soundtrack for the Godfather of Soul’s new biopic features studio and live takes of seminal cuts as well as previously unreleased live recordings.

  • Tweedy - “Fake Fur Coat”
    Fresh off having the song “Summer Noon” in the new movie Boyhood, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer tease out another taste of their upcoming fall album.

  • Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    The hotly buzzed intergalactic hip-hop duo of Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler (known as Butterfly in the Nineties) and Tendai Maraire created seven suites of songs on their second album.

∞  July 29, 2014 — 7:15AM