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

Posted by Rdio at 10:08AM in New Music Weekly |

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

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New Music Weekly

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.

∞  September 9, 2014 — 7:26AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Tokyo Police Club’s Arresting Rdio Sessions

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Indie rockers Tokyo Police Club returned to the world earlier this year with an album of bright and fun songs with polished pop leanings that hit the top 20. Recorded live at South By Southwest in Austin earlier this year, the band’s contribution to our Rdio Sessions series features some of the most memorable offerings from Forcefield, their most recent and favourite album.

Want more Rdio Sessions? Play our Rdio Sessions station to hear more exclusive live recordings from Rdio favourites like Cayucas, Lucius and STRFKR.

∞  September 5, 2014 — 9:55AM

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News

Music Sounds Better With You

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By Joe Armenia

Rdio has always focused on giving music fans the best access to the artists they love while also coming up with new ways for them to discover their next new favourites. The promise of discovery through people has always been paramount at Rdio, and we get really excited when we get to facilitate the process. Creating platforms and programs that showcase not only the superstar artist releases but also the most obscure albums from artists we think need to be heard is a privilege, and we take it seriously.

Today, we advance that promise another great leap with the introduction of our free stations-first offering, creating even more exciting opportunities for you to connect with tastemakers and artists who feel exactly the same way about connecting people and music.

As a diehard music fan, it’s always fascinating to know what music my favourite artists or personalities are listening to. Now, you can turn to some of the influencers and tastemakers you trust most to serve up some new music. Stations from our friends at !!OMG Blog!!, Exclaim! and MTV News will give you a good earful of what they’ve got in rotation for their audiences. If you’re an indie lover, check out labels like Dine Alone and Arts & Crafts featuring the best of their releases. You can even play stations programmed by cultural icons like (right on time!) TIFF and AUX TV. The listening possibilities are endless, with stations curated by everyone from George Stroumboulopoulos to Aussie electro legends The Presets to – just in time for New York Fashion Week - the always fashionable Marc Jacobs International and tons more. Look for the Tastemakers section on the Browse tab and dive in.

What’s insanely exciting about these stations is that it’s really just the beginning. We have the opportunity to create hosted Rdio stations, so your connection to your favorite artist or celebrity can be much more personal. Watch this space next week for news on our first-ever hosted station.

And the announcements aren’t over yet. To celebrate all the great new Rdio features, we’re rolling out a slew of Rdio Sessions over the next few weeks. Continuing the ongoing series of unique, intimate recorded performances hand-picked by and exclusive to Rdio, we’re introducing 2 new sets today: hot country duo Dan + Shay (our first country Session!) and Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club.

These sets will be joined in the coming weeks by Rdio Sessions from an amazing lineup of artists: The 1975, Daughtry, Switchfoot, SOHN, Haerts, Strange Talk, Jon Pardi, Little Boots and Tensnake, our first original DJ Session. Can’t get enough of these amazing, intimate recordings? Tune into the Rdio Sessions station (you knew I was going to say that) to catch up on all of the great music in the Rdio Sessions vaults.

Joe Armenia runs Rdio’s music team and influencer programs. Follow Joe on Rdio.

∞  September 4, 2014 — 3:33PM

Posted by Rdio at 3:33PM in News |