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New Music Weekly - July 1, 2014

July begins with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine contributing a tune for the hot new film Begin Again, the first release in a series of anticipated soundtracks coming this month. It’s also a week when R&B and soul are front and center, with new albums by Trey Songz and Robin Thicke, the latter an impassioned plea for his estranged wife to return.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these and other key offerings (read more in the Playlist Notes below). Subscribe to this playlist so that you never miss a week of fresh tunes, and hit the Rdio New Releases page for even more music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • NONONO - We Are Only What We Feel
    The Swedish alternative trio behind the whistle-inducing international anthem “Pumpin Blood” repeats the feat of that single’s catchiness with their debut album.

  • Magic! - Don't Kill the Magic
    This young reggae fusion act from Toronto has already had surprise hits in Australia and New Zealand.

  • David Guetta - “Lovers on the Sun (feat. Sam Martin)”
    The EDM kingpin recruits a frequent Maroon 5 collaborator to make a bid to break out of the clubs with this single.

  • Ryan Adams - “Gimme Something Good”
    The singer-songwriter returns with a Glyn Johns produced song, the first of a series of new singles on his own label.

  • Bad Suns - Language & Perspective
    American indie rockers and labelmates to Eels, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The 1975 (with whom the quartet recently toured) craft a cohesive debut album meant to be absorbed as a whole.

∞  July 1, 2014 — 10:58AM

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New Music Weekly - June 24, 2014

This week is a particularly fruitful one in the land of new music releases. For example, Phish comes back jamming after a five-year recorded absence, Atlanta’s shining metal band Mastodon drops a sixth full-length, LA indie rock act Kitten nails down an album amidst lineup shuffles, smoldering soul singer Sebastien Mikael drops a hot debut and the Broadway musical and film Jersey Boys emerges to fulfill all your guilty pleasures.

Our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these and many more releases; you can read about the key ones in the Playlist Notes below. You can also subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically see a new one each week. Pro tip: After you check out this playlist, hit up the Rdio New Releases page to see everything that’s come out this week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Ed Sheeran - X (Deluxe)
    The UK’s hot singer-songwriter, most recently seen touring with Taylor Swift, drops a third album pronounced “multiply.”

  • Jamie xx - “All Under One Roof Raving”
    One-third of the British sensation The xx, Jamie strikes out on his own with this single, a slice of laidback retro rave funk tinged with steel drums.

  • Riff Raff - Neon Icon
    The colorful reality and Internet star said to inspire James Franco’s Spring Breakers role snags heavyweight collaborations from Childish Gambino, Mac Miller and DJ Mustard for his debut album.

  • Lucius - Rdio Sessions
    Hear the first of Rdio's SXSW Sessions from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from 2013's debut album Wildewoman.

  • How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
    Stylish avant soul producer Tom Krell draws from influences as diverse as The Velvet Underground and Backstreet Boys for his third album of experimental pop tunes.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 9:51AM

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New Music Weekly - June 17, 2014

We listen to all of the latest releases and select only the best for your New Music Weekly playlist. This week, we’re excited to share songs by Brooklyn indie rock acts The Antlers, Miniature Tigers, British sensation Ed Sheeran and LA punk band Joyce Manor. There are also several heavy hitters on shameless repeat right now — read the Playlist Notes below for more intel.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
    The band’s self-produced sixth album is a return to the roots of their rock sound.

  • Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
    Produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, Del Rey's much anticipated second album is a moody tour de force.

  • Tiësto - A Town Called Paradise (Deluxe)
    Icona Pop, DBX, Hardwell, and Krewella are among the high-profile guests for the Dutch superstar DJ’s fifth high-energy full-length.

  • Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers
    This album of original songs is reportedly the first of two new albums that will be released by the country legend this year.

  • Maroon 5 - “Maps”
    With the band’s fifth album V not scheduled to drop until September, this new single is most welcome.

  • Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A. (Deluxe)
    Ms. Triple Threat herself returns with an eighth album that’s heavy on rapper guest stars (T.I., Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, French Montana, and Rick Ross).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically have the new one to listen to each week. You can also hop over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of fresh music.

∞  June 17, 2014 — 10:28AM

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New Music Weekly - June 10, 2014

Have you subscribed to our New Music Weekly playlist yet? We carefully pick a set of fresh songs each week to give you a jump on the best of all that’s out there. This week, we’re digging on guilty pleasure singles by rockers The Flaming Lips (featuring Miley and Moby!), Internet wunderkind Psy (featuring Snoop Dogg!) and Banks, plus new albums from First Aid Kit, Spoon and a recording of The Who’s seminal Quadrophenia album live in London.

As you’ll note when you press play and read the accompanying Playlist Notes below, there’s much more to enjoy right now! Remember to head over to the Rdio New Releases page to do even more exploring on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jack White - Lazaretto
    The enigmatic frontman of The White Stripes, Dead Weather and The Raconteurs based his second solo album largely off stories he wrote as a teenager and more recently discovered in an attic.

  • Passenger - Whispers (Deluxe)
    For his fifth album, Michael David Rosenberg, the British folk singer behind the heartbreaking international hit “Let Her Go,” made an effort to craft more upbeat songs.

  • Poliça - Shulasmith (Deluxe)
    The Minneapolis synthpop act’s sophomore album is beefed up with four brand new songs.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - “American Dream Plan B”
    The first single off of the forthcoming Hypnotic Eye is a catchy hint at the album’s straight-ahead hard rock direction.

  • Florida Georgia Line - "This Is How We Roll” [Remix Feat. Jason Derulo & Luke Bryan]”
    The funky country stars enlist crooner Luke Bryan and R&B heartthrob for Jason Derulo for a catchy ode to pop music.

∞  June 10, 2014 — 7:53AM

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New Music Weekly - June 3, 2014

Subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll automatically get a lovingly curated set every Tuesday. This week, we’re celebrating new albums from former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, punk acts Parquet Courts and Fucked Up, and the country debut of actress Lucy Hale, plus the ultimate party collection from the King, Elvis Presley. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg that’s waiting for you in the music department. Listen to the latest from these artists and more who are highlighted in the Playlist Notes below, and then click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Birdy - Fire Within
    One of our 2014 Artists To Watch, the British chanteuse who first broke out via her creative covers returns with a new album of all-original songs that she wrote.

  • Migos - No Label II
    The Atlanta trio behind the infectious rap single “Versace” releases a mixtape with cameos from Meek Mill, MGK and Rich Homie Quan.

  • 50 Cent - Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win
    The rapper-turned-entrepreneur’s fifth album is his first since splitting from Interscope Records.

  • Miranda Lambert - Platinum
    The country star is also releasing a fifth album; hers features a duet with Carrie Underwood and the top 10 hit “Automatic.”

  • Imagine Dragons - “Battle Cry”
    The latest single from the Vegas crew is a prominent part of the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack.

  • Chad Brownlee - The Fighters
    The ice hockey star turned country crooner follows up his Juno-nominated sophomore album with a full-length exploring the range of emotions from love to despair.

∞  June 3, 2014 — 5:57AM

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New Music Weekly - May 27, 2014

Here’s a pro tip for finding the best songs each week: Subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll get a hand-picked set updated every Tuesday. If you’ve never checked it out before, this is a great week to start. We’re currently excited about the 40th anniversary album from the masked marauders of KISS, a super-hip Scandinavian collaboration between Royksopp & Robyn, and new singles from pop heroine Lana Del Rey (break out the flower crowns!), country star Jana Kramer, and Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer. Speaking of summer, it’s not even here yet, but you wouldn’t know it from all this heat.

The Playlist Notes below offer more information about some of the week’s key highlights. Check out the New Music Weekly playlist below and if you’re ready for even more music after that, hop over to the Rdio New Releases and get busy!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Neil Young - A Letter Home
    Young covers fellow legends like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson on his 35th studio album.

  • Austin Mahone - The Secret EP
    Young Money’s irresistible pop star on the rise teams up with Lady Gaga producer RedOne for an EDM-leaning second EP.

  • Mariah Carey - Me I Am Mariah . . . The Elusive Chanteuse
    Longtime collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox and collaborators like Nas, Miguel, and Fabolous make this long-awaited album a shining example of Mariah’s versatility.

  • Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    The title of the Brooklyn singer-songwriter’s fourth album leaves off a question mark as a symbol of exploring herself in transition and on the road.

  • Cher Lloyd - Sorry I’m Late
    The 20-year-old British chart topper (and X Factor UK winner) returns with a sophomore album after three years and splitting from impresario Simon Cowell.

∞  May 27, 2014 — 9:26AM

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New Music Weekly - May 20, 2014

Subscribe to our lovingly hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always be right on top of the best offerings. This week, we’re digging new albums by EDM star Afrojack and Mr. Bright Eyes Conor Oberst, singles from Keith Urban tourmate Jerrod Niemann and Chicago rap titan Lupe Fiasco, and delicious demos from seminal rockers Green Day. Plus we've got Miranda Lambert's new duet with Carrie Underwood performed at Sunday night's BBMA's.

Press play for highlights from these works and more illuminated in the Playlist Notes below and check back next Tuesday for a fresh set. And when you’re ready to tackle the complete collection, jump over to the Rdio New Releases and go crazy!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye (LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden)
    James Murphy’s acclaimed alt-dance act retired in 2011, but that final performance is finally available to relive or experience for the first time.

  • Phillip Phillips - Behind The Lights (Deluxe)
    The 2012 American Idol champ explores the power of love on his sophomore album.

  • Jason Mraz - “Love Someone”
    The singer-songwriter returns with an all-girl backing band called Raining Jane and the first single to the summer album YES!

  • Lady Antebellum - “Bartender”
    Belly up to the first taste from the country trio’s forthcoming sixth album as they look for love at the bottom of a bottle.

∞  May 20, 2014 — 6:00PM

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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

EminemCut CopyM.I.A.

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.