Exclusive: for King & Country’s Uplifting Rdio Session

Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, once known simply as Joel & Luke, are now called for King & Country. The duo beautifully balances romantic tunes with spiritual songs, as you’ll hear on their Rdio Sessions performance, which features tracks from their second album, the Grammy Award-winning RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. Their honest and personal approach has won them millions of fans around the world. Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear all the live shows in our exclusive international series.

∞  October 30, 2015 — 8:38AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 23, 2015

Today’s New Music Weekly takes you across genres and around the world in search of the best tunes. Here you’ll find the latest from Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, a rarity from Scotland’s Mogwai, fresh funk and soul from New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop, an instrumental offering from hip-hop producer RJD2 and more key highlights described in the Playlist Notes. When you’re ready for much more (we’re not kidding), the Rdio New Releases page is a great place to go. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive an updated set every Friday!


  • 5 Seconds of Summer - Sounds Good, Feels Good
    The sophomore album from Sydney’s charismatic pop punk act features co-writing by Joel and Benji Madden.

  • Fuzz - II
    Ty Segall takes the drums in his hard rocking trio with bassist Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies and guitarist Charlie Mootheart of Moonhearts.

  • Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
    The country star’s fifth album dips into personal territory and dabbles with styles like pop and R&B.

  • Seinabo Sey - Pretend
    A soul pop siren from Sweden laces her debut album with uplifting and emotionally timeless tracks.

  • Half Moon Run - Sun Leads Me On
    The second album from Montreal’s indie rock act trades alt-folk sensibilities for synth driven sounds.

  • Marianas Trench - Astoria
    The Vancouver rock group’s fourth album plays with the idea of cinematic orchestral movements.

  • Pure Bathing Culture - Pray For Rain
    Portland duo Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman drift from dream pop to a new analog sound.

∞  October 23, 2015 — 9:03AM

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#MonoMonday: Revisit Ryan Adams' Solo Debut "Heartbreaker"

With his new album, 1989, an extraordinary song-by-song cover of Taylor Swift’s iconic LP tearing up the charts, it may be time to take a look back at the album that started it all for singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. Fifteen years ago, Ryan burst on the scene with his debut solo album Heartbreaker. Recorded in a period of 14 days, and featuring such powerhouse backing musicians as Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings, Heartbreaker marked a definitive artistic split from Adams’ former band Whiskeytown, and included beloved tracks “Come Pick Me Up” and “Oh My Sweet Carolina.” Heartbreaker is a personal record, though powerful, and paved the way for a succession of terrific solo albums for this “bad boy of alt country.” Recorded in Nashville, Heartbreaker’s tone and lyrical theme document a breakup. Revisit this now-classic album and have your heart broken all over again.

∞  October 19, 2015 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 16, 2015

Want to keep up with the best of the best? Subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist and receive a new set of hand-picked tunes every Friday. This week, we’re loving the big sounds of Brooklyn’s Small Black, Golden State dance punks !!!, Atlanta hip-hop shaman Raury, Midwestern Bad Boy rapper Machine Gun Kelly, and UK singer Jamie Lawson, plus the marquee names you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes. There’s much more waiting for you in the Rdio New Releases department, where you can hear these full albums and browse the complete collection of fresh tunes.


  • Demi Lovato - Confident (Deluxe Edition)
    The former Disney star plays with pop, rock and EDM styles for the mature songs on her fifth album.

  • Omi - Me 4 U
    Reggae and pop fuse on the first album by the Jamaican American singer behind the international hit “Cheerleader.”

  • Game - The Documentary 2.5
    One week after The Documentary 2 was released, Game surprises his fans with a follow-up featuring Lil Wayne, E-40 and Schoolboy Q.

  • Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
    The dream pop duo’s sixth album quickly follows the fifth album Depression Cherry, also released in 2015.

  • BØRNS - Dopamine
    Honest and love-drenched California rock songs fill the debut from Rdio’s October Artist to Watch.

  • Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
    Atlanta’s indie rock act led by Bradford Cox explore the beautiful briefness of pop songs on the seventh album.

  • Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before The Sun
    The sci-fi leaning progressive rock act’s sixth album is the first that’s not part of The Amory Wars saga.

  • Christine and the Queens - Christine and the Queens
    French singer/songwriter Héloïse Letissier plays with Kanye West verses and other eclectic elements.

  • Bryan Adams - Get Up!
    Canada’s veteran pop powerhouse pairs electric with acoustic versions of songs on his 13th album.

  • Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
    The third album by Devon Welsh’s and Matthew Otto’s indie/electronic project brings shimmering minimalism.

  • Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School
    The synthpop act’s third album envisions retro-minded afterhours beats with saucy sensibilities.

∞  October 16, 2015 — 8:58AM

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ExclusivesNashville Rising

Five Questions with Nashville Rising's Lauren Alaina

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Get to know Lauren Alaina, our October pick for Nashville Rising, and read our exclusive interview with her below!

1. What does it mean to you to be chosen as one of Rdio’s 2015 Nashville Rising artists?

Alaina: I worked on this new music for two and a half years writing over 200 songs. It's so rewarding for me to finally be back with new music and being recognized for it. I am so excited to see what the next year holds.

2. How has the city of Nashville affected your work and your songwriting?

Alaina: Nashville has completely transformed my artistry and songwriting. I have been fortunate enough to write with the best of the best in town and learn from them. I feel honored to be in such great company.

 3. You were handpicked by ESPN, along with Imagine Dragons, to contribute new music for the college football season. What was your inspiration behind the songs you wrote for this project? 

Alaina: I feel like "History" is a completely different accomplishment than I have made in my career so far.  I usually go into every opportunity as an artist, but I wrote for this project from more of a songwriter's standpoint. I love the song so much, but it's not something I would write for my album. I had a ton of fun creating it because it's so different than everything I am working on with my new music. I'm super proud and honored to have this opportunity. Let's be real. I'm a Georgia girl; which  means football is LIFE. Lol.

 4. Why do you think music and football go so well together?

Alaina: Music and football both have a unique way of bringing extreme emotions out of people. There's nothing like getting fired up about your favorite song or favorite football team.

5. Who are your Nashville Rising artists for 2015? Who do you think is poised to break out of this town?

Alaina: I think Danielle Bradbery has a great shot at becoming a female front runner in our format. She is super cute and has a beautiful voice. I love her to death.

Tune in to our Nashville Rising station, featured in our Country category, to stay on the pulse of what’s happening in Music City!

∞  October 15, 2015 — 10:00AM

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#MonoMonday: The Classic R&B Album “Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul” Turns 50

Fifty years ago, Otis Redding released the classic R&B album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. Called one of the greatest studio-recorded albums of the 1960s, Otis Blue was a triumph for the singer/songwriter from Georgia. Recorded in a single 24-hour period at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis, Otis Blue includes songs written by Redding, as well as Sam Cooke (who had died just a few months earlier). The musicianship, sound and soul evident on this recording make the album a must-listen. Booker T. & the M.G.’s were his backing band, joined by Isaac Hayes, who played piano on the album. Among the standout tracks is “Respect”6, the same song Aretha Franklin would make her own two years later. Redding said of it, “...It took a day to write, 20 minutes to arrange, and one take to record.” Other singles released from Otis Blue were “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Shake.” A perfect slice of 1960s soul, artists from Janis Joplin to Leon Bridges have cited Redding as an influence, and on Otis Blue, it’s easy to see why.

∞  October 12, 2015 — 9:00AM

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Rdio Sessions: Michael Ray

Earlier this year, Michael Ray kicked off our Nashville Rising station and spotlight on Music City’s hottest artists. The country rockin' Florida charmer first came into American homes in 2012 when he won the TV singing competition The Next, where he was mentored by John Rich of Big & Rich. Now he’s written for Big & Rich and developed a thriving career as an artist in his own right!

Michael now graces us with his own edition of our intimate live series that we call Rdio Sessions. His six-song set includes highlights like “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Run Away With You” and “This Love” from his self-titled summer album and an exclusive cover of Porter Wagoner’s classic “Green Green Grass of Home.”

∞  October 9, 2015 — 12:00PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 9, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is chock full of goodies for your ear, a handpicked set that transcends genres and just brings you good music. This week, that means artists like pop punk heroes New Found Glory and psychedelic specialists Oberhofer, plus indie rock folk from Boy & Bear, lo fi deliciousness by Alex G, synthpop from Hurts and other key releases noted below in the Playlist Notes. Hit up the Rdio New Releases section to browse the complete collection of what has just dropped, including the full albums by all the artists mentioned here. And don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new set every Friday.


  • Selena Gomez - Revival (Deluxe)
    The pop star’s second solo studio album explores a new maturity with the help of Charli XCX and A$AP Rocky.

  • Mayday Parade - Black Lines
    The fifth album from the Tallahassee rockers marks 10 years of pop punk greatness.

  • Chris Hadfield - Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can
    The first Canadian astronaut to walk in space offers songs recorded aboard the International Space Station.

  • Game - The Documentary
    10 years after his G Unit debut The Documentary, the LA rapper creates a sequel with heavy-hitters like Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and Drake.

  • City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You
    Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green expands into soulful new territory on his fifth album.

  • Michael Ray - Rdio Sessions
    The country rocker’s performance for Rdio’s exclusive live series features songs from his self-titled album and a Porter Wagoner cover.

  • R. City - What Dreams Are Made Of
    Brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas offer the type of memorable hooks and melodies that they’ve written for Rihanna, Nicki and Miley.

  • John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
    The third solo album from the former frontman of The Czars takes on the angry moodiness of hitting middle age.

  • Corb Lund - Things That Can’t Be Undone
    The Alberta singer-songwriter’s dynamic ninth album balances wit, humor and topical urgency.

∞  October 9, 2015 — 9:08AM

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#MonoMonday: 40 Years After Its Release, Patti Smith's "Horses" Retains Its Punk Power

Few albums released in the past half-century have been as influential as Patti Smith’s 1975 landmark debut, Horses. From its stark cover photography, courtesy of Robert Mapplethorpe, to its eight tracks of pure poetry, Horses is a masterclass in the New York pre-punk art scene. It combinies guts, emotion, and vulnerability in ways very few artists have ever explored.Standout songs “Gloria,” “Free Money,” and “Land” are no-holds-barred lyric-wise, and made even more striking by the guitar work of Lenny Kaye. Producer John Cale seems to have stood out of Patti’s way, allowing her to shine. You won’t hear many albums more raw, more rudimentary, yet more brilliant, than Horses.

∞  October 5, 2015 — 9:00AM

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Rdio Sessions: Tei Shi

Valerie Teicher, best known as Tei Shi, was born in Argentina and has lived in Colombia, Canada and the United States, making her a true citizen of the world. Her life experiences and travels have directly informed her internationally appealing and future-forward sounds. Listen to her performance for our Rdio Sessions live series to learn more about Tei Shi’s approach to music, which melds the best elements of pop, R&B and electronics. The five-song set features songs from her EPs Verde and Saudade. Tune in to our Rdio Sessions Station for more exclusive editions!

∞  October 2, 2015 — 2:43PM

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