Exclusives

Exclusive: Sneak Preview T.I.’s New Album

Paperwork is the ninth studio album from T.I., Atlanta’s incomparable rap and business mogul, television (T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle) and film star (next up in Get Hard, a comedy with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart). Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the album marks new growth both musically and professionally and features guest appearances by Iggy Azalea, Young Jeezy, Problem, Trae Tha Truth and production by Timbaland, DJ Mustard and DJ Toomp.

Paperwork doesn’t officially drop until October 21, but Rdio listeners get a one-week jump on that date with this exclusive advance pre-stream right now. This is a big one: Bring ‘em out, bring ‘em out!

∞  October 13, 2014 — 11:46PM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Wave Hello To Switchfoot's Rdio Session

San Diego’s surf-loving rockers Switchfoot took to waves all over the world to explore the connection across foreign lands and bodies of water before writing and releasing the ninth album Fading West earlier this year. The quintet (brothers Jon and Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley) have blessed their Rdio Sessions with songs from this most recent album, including “When We Come Alive,” “The World You Want” and “Love Alone is Worth The Fight,” as well as early cuts like “Dare You to Move” and their acclaimed cover of The Verve’s “Lucky Man.”

The set, like all in this up close and personal series, was recorded live exclusively for the enjoyment of the Rdio community. Turn on our Rdio Sessions station for a continually updated set of highlights from these concerts.

∞  October 7, 2014 — 11:27AM

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New Music Weekly

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.

∞  October 7, 2014 — 9:05AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Country Star Jon Pardi Rocks His Rdio Sessions

Jon Pardi isn’t your typical country music crooner; he’s the guy to go to when you’re ready to get the rowdy party started. Check out the Nashville singer-songwriter’s contribution to our live Rdio Sessions series for irrefutable proof. On it, he delivers new takes of some of his biggest hits from his debut album, Write You a Song including “Up All Night,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin’,” “What I Can’t Put Down” and “Trash a Hotel Room.”

Click on the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more excellent and diverse editions of this exclusive live series performed all over the world just for Rdio fans; recent additions include Sessions from Tokyo Police Club, Strange Talk and The 1975.

∞  September 30, 2014 — 10:18AM

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New Music Weekly

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.

∞  September 30, 2014 — 10:08AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Strange Talk's Effortlessly Cool Rdio Session

Melbourne’s Strange Talk has gotten rave reviews for their concerts, where their energy and charisma has won them a growing legion of fans. We’re excited to now have an opportunity to share their special onstage synth pop magic with listeners all around the world.

The quartet (Stephen Docker, Gerard Sidhu, Travis Constable and Gillian Gregory) brings their sunny beats and memorable melodies to the latest Rdio Sessions performance. The five-song set draws from the band’s killer debut album Cast Away, including the propulsive debut single “Climbing Walls” and the most recent sizzler “Young Hearts.”

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more from this international live series that’s exclusively for you!

∞  September 23, 2014 — 12:24PM

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New Music Weekly

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.”

∞  September 23, 2014 — 9:29AM

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New Music Weekly

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.

∞  September 16, 2014 — 11:01AM

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Exclusives

Go Back To The Future With The 1975's Rdio Session

In their brief two-year history, British breakout band The 1975 have already reached heights that most artists dream of achieving with their era-blurring blend of rock, pop and New Wave. Turns out the youthful quartet (Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel) have played together in various guises for a decade, so it wasn’t quite an overnight success.

The 1975 recently traveled Down Under for their Rdio Sessions, which was recorded live in Australia. The three-song mini-set features “Sex,” “Chocolate” and “Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You,” all taken from last year’s self-titled debut album, which entered the UK charts straight at number one.

We’ve got even more installments of Rdio Sessions on the way for your ears; in the meantime, listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.

∞  September 16, 2014 — 9:24AM

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News

BANKS Hosts Rdio's Artist To Watch Station

When we recently announced that curated radio stations were now a core, free feature at Rdio, we teased you with some upcoming news about the next phase of Rdio stations. Today, we are excited to reveal our first-ever hosted Rdio station.

Los Angeles singer/songwriter BANKS is our first host, taking control of Rdio’s “Artists to Watch” station. The station features music from the 20 artists, including BANKS, that Rdio hand-selected in January as the next big thing you’ll hear. As host of the “Artists to Watch” station, BANKS talks about her just-released debut album Goddess, her musical influences and what artists she’s currently discovering and enjoying.

In honor of her new album and her role as our inaugural hostess, BANKS also put together a playlist exclusively for Rdio featuring some of the artists that have inspired and influenced her. From Portishead to Alanis Morissette to The Weeknd, check out her “Inspirations” playlist now to listen to some of the artists that have had an impact on BANKS’ distinct sound.

∞  September 15, 2014 — 8:22AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:22AM in News |