Music

#MonoMonday: The Smiths - "Hatful of Hollow"

Less than a year after The Smiths released their self-titled debut album in 1984, the band emerged with Hatful of Hollow, a compilation album of singles, B-Sides and songs recorded at BBC Radio 1 that has come to be just as seminal. Though three decades have passed, this collection remains a timeless reminder of the potency of this legendary British act.

∞  November 17, 2014 — 1:55PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:55PM in Music |

New Features

New Feature: Like and Reply to Comments

You asked, we responded. Now you can start a conversation within Rdio by replying directly to any comment left on songs, albums and playlists. Or simply click the Like button on any comment if you just want to show your support. We’ll notify you when someone’s replied to or liked a comment you wrote.

We know you have a lot to say about your favourite tunes, and these new features help keep the conversation going while you’re listening, without ever having to leave Rdio.

Now available on the web and desktop app, coming soon to mobile!

∞  November 14, 2014 — 9:48AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:48AM in New Features |

News

Rdio's Family Plan: Same Great Music, An Even Lower Price!

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We’re all about family here at Rdio. That’s why back in 2011 we were the first music service to offer a Family Plan so everyone could simultaneously enjoy Rdio -- anytime, anywhere, online, offline and on any device.

Our Family Plan provides each family member access to more than 30 million songs with individual control over music collection, You FM, stations, playlists and other great features. And now we’re excited to announce that our Family Plan price has been lowered to only $5 for each additional Rdio listener in your family . Here’s the new pricing breakdown:

• Family of 2 = 14.99
• Family of 3 = 19.99
• Family of 4 = 24.99
• Family of 5 = 29.99

With our Family Plan, say goodbye to having only one person being able to listen at a time — or having to share favourites and playlists that aren’t really your own. And say goodbye to friends wondering why “you” are listening to your kid’s music that's overcrowding the Home feed.

Keep your music individuality and sign up for family sub-accounts to your Rdio subscription here. Learn more about the Rdio Family plan here.

We’ll be rolling out the new pricing across the globe starting today, just in time for the holiday season. So you can give your loved ones the gift of the world’s best music experience - tuned to you.

In honor of the occasion, we put together this playlist celebrating the music of family bands.

∞  November 12, 2014 — 9:05AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:05AM in News |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - November 11, 2014

We do all the sonic homework each release day so that your New Music Weekly playlist has a great balance of styles and substance. The latest edition features icons like Whitney Houston, Pink Floyd and Marianne Faithfull and Simon and Garfunkel (the latter on the soundtrack for Reese Witherspoon’s new film Wild) alongside a younger generation of artists such as Hookworms and Zac Brown Band. Check out the Rdio New Releases when you’re ready to hear full albums and much more. You can also subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll never miss a beat.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
    The eighth album from Dave Grohl and company features songs recorded live in different cities and is paired with an HBO television series.

  • Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
    Ireland’s treasured singer-songwriter returns after an eight-year recorded absence to release his third album.

  • Royksopp - The Inevitable End
    While they’re not breaking up, Norway’s favorite electronic duo has announced this darker set of songs will be their last album.

  • Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas (Deluxe)
    The second solo album from the youngest of the Jonas Brothers is influenced by sexy R&B and pop.

  • Big K.R.I.T. - Lost on the River Deluxe Edition)
    Mississippi’s rising rap star splashes out on his second album, which features guest stars like Wiz Khalifa and Lupe Fiasco.

  • The New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River (Deluxe)
    T Bone Burnett produced this album of songs based on Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes and performed by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford.

  • Antony & The Johnsons - Turning
    This new live album captures the same November 2006 performance at The Barbican in London that was the subject of the 2011 film of the same name.

∞  November 11, 2014 — 7:30AM

Posted by Rdio at 7:30AM in New Music Weekly |

Music

#MonoMonday: Kraftwerk's "Autobahn"

Kraftwerk, the pioneering German act that has put its indelible stamp on hip-hop and electronic music for nearly half a century, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its fourth album Autobahn. The cruising 22-minute title track about the infamously fast motorway was an international hit and broke the group from experimental circles to mainstream exposure.

Listen to Autobahn (2009 Remastered Version) to hear how the “robots” were architects of sounds that are still relevant today with the benefit of modern engineering.

∞  November 10, 2014 — 1:01PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:01PM in Music |

Music

#TGIF - Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

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Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s #TGIF, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favourite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”

∞  November 7, 2014 — 8:42AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:42AM in Music |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - November 4, 2014

Subscribe to our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll get an epic and diverse set each week. This week, we're taking in the third album from Mariachi El Bronx (the mariachi alter ego of hardcore band The Bronx), partying with the boys of young UK pop act The Vamps, seeing the future via the tech grooves of Arca and rocking out to the new [Deerhoof] album, celebrating the band's 20th anniversary. Read about more key highlights of the week in the Playlist Notes below and check out all of these full albums and much more on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Calvin Harris - Motion
    The fourth album from the superstar Scottish DJ/producer features collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Ellie Goulding and Big Sean.

  • Theophilus London - Vibes
    The rapper’s sophomore full-length was executive produced by Kanye West and includes a Yeezy collaboration.

  • Teyana Taylor - VII (Deluxe)
    The long-awaited debut from the Harlem singer first seen on My Super Sweet 16 channels a Nineties R&B vibe.

  • Deptford Goth - Songs
    British producer Daniel Woolhouse eschews the melancholic experimental pop of his debut for a more joyous sophomore effort.

  • Maddie & Tae - Maddie & Tae
    Maddie Marlow and Taylor Elizabeth Dye shake up country music’s boys club on their first album.

  • Neil Young - Storytone (Deluxe Version)
    A 92-piece orchestra and a choir were Young’s accompaniments for his 35th studio album.

  • Ryan Hemsworth - Alone For The First Time
    The EDM DJ/producer explores a more low-key and quirky pop sound on his third album.

∞  November 4, 2014 — 8:22AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:22AM in New Music Weekly |

Exclusives

Exclusive: Tensnake Mixes First DJ-Powered Rdio Session

Germany’s Marco Niemerski, better known as Tensnake, is the first artist in the world to present a DJ set for his Rdio Session. Recorded live at this year’s SXSW extravaganza, the performance includes songs from his album Glow. He also deftly weaves in extended club versions of career highlights like “Love Unlimited,” recorded with singer Fiora and legendary producer Nile Rodgers, with tracks from colleagues he admires. Check out more recordings from this up close and personal series over at the Rdio Sessions Station.

∞  October 28, 2014 — 12:47PM

Posted by Rdio at 12:47PM in Exclusives |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 28, 2014

The latest, hot off the presses New Music Weekly playlist should be a real treat for people who like a little bit of everything in the mix. The Playlist Notes below will give you the low-down on the big releases of the week, but there are also several sleeper gems to discover. Don’t miss the return of post punk act I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, the debut from Maybach Music rapper Stalley, the sophomore swing from sisterly folk act Lily & Madeleine, ambient elegance from female producer Grouper, a surprisingly quieter effort from screamo band Pianos Become The Teeth and the killer remixes of Germany’s DJ Koze. You can find the full albums from these artists and many more in the Rdio New Releases, which is a handy page to bookmark if you haven’t already done so. And don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive the latest sets right as they drop.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends
    This cover album of The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band features collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket and more.

  • Rancid - ...Honor Is All We Know (Standard Version)
    The first album in five years from the punk icons packs 14 catchy tracks into a half hour.

  • Haerts - HAERTS
    The debut album from the Brooklyn quartet is a lighthearted indie pop romp of dreamy hooks and melodies.

  • Sam Hunt - Montevallo
    This solo debut melds country and R&B from the singer-songwriter who has penned for Kenny Chesney.

  • East India Youth - Total Strife Forever (Deluxe Version)
    UK electronic producer (and Mercury Prize nominee) William Doyle's eclectic first album has the music world buzzing.

  • Dillon Francis - Money Sucks, Friends Rule
    The star electronic producer’s debut album of club bangers features cameos by Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix and Twista.

  • Flight Facilities - Down to Earth
    Australia’s rising dance duo snags guest stars like Kylie Minogue and Reggie Watts on their debut album.

∞  October 28, 2014 — 7:24AM

Posted by Rdio at 7:24AM in New Music Weekly |

Music

#MonoMonday: Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Though Thriller wasn't released until a month after Halloween in 1982, Michael Jackson's seminal album is still an ardent tribute to the holiday that embraced the King of Pop's passions for costume and fantasy — as best evidenced in the glorious 14-minute music video for the title track that's replete with dancing zombies shaking their dead thangs. Halloween week is the perfect time to relive the Jackson magic or discover this mega-classic and best-selling album of all time for the very first time.

∞  October 27, 2014 — 3:30PM

Posted by Rdio at 3:30PM in Music |