Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist to Watch for May: Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world! His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet, coming May 18th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays, Girlpool and Yvette.

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Joywave, Milo Greene and BANKS.

∞  May 4, 2015 — 10:17AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 28, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features hand-picked highlights from only the best releases of the week, such as the new EP from singer Rae Morris, piano compositions by Delia Gonzalez, and the return of rockers Everclear. There’s even more to discover that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes. You can listen to the full albums and EPs from these artists and much more on the Rdio New Releases. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a fresh set every Tuesday!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Blur - The Magic Whip
    The English act’s first album in 12 years, recorded on tour in Asia, injects electronic moments into the rock foundation.

  • Zac Brown Band - JEKYLL + HYDE
    The fourth album from Atlanta’s country rockers embraces collaborations with Chris Cornell and Sara Bareilles.

  • Raekwon - Fly International Luxurious Art
    Wu-Tang Clan’s charismatic MC celebrates his love for style and fashion with his sixth album, an acronym for F.I.L.A.

  • Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace
    Missouri’s “Redneck Crazy” country star reveals a more personal side on his followup album.

  • Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was
    Saxophonist Stetson and violinist Neufeld, who’ve both toured as members of the Arcade Fire, duet on moody instrumentals.

  • George FitzGerald - Fading Love
    The UK DJ/producer dedicates his debut album to documenting a relationship that is falling apart.

  • Josh Groban - Stages (Deluxe Version)
    LA’s winsome singer-songwriter performs his favorite songs taken from Broadway and film musicals.

∞  April 28, 2015 — 8:43AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Let Your "Hair" Down

Today we kick off the week by partying to the tribal love rock sounds from a classic American musical and movie! Take a trip back in time to greet the hippies of the freewheeling Sixties with Hair: Original Broadway/Off Broadway Cast Recordings. Whether you’re rediscovering these songs or hearing them for the first time, the messages of love, peace and social change in a time of strife still resonate today.

∞  April 27, 2015 — 3:22PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 21, 2015

Take a spring fling with your latest New Music Weekly playlist! Chances are you’ll fall in love with the infectious rap cadence of Young Thug, the rock timelessness of Built To Spill, the pop-rock bounce of We Are Scientists and the indie/electronic rhythms of Australia’s Miami Horror, to name a few. Read the Playlist Notes below for more highlights from the current set and visit the Rdio New Releases to listen to the full albums.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    Brittany Howard and company fill their second album with an even wider spectrum of soul and rock.

  • Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
    The indie rock act fronted by Sadie Dupuis channels ‘90s fuzzy guitar anthems through a modern filter.

  • Yelawolf - Love Story
    The Nashville rapper’s second studio album features production by his label boss Eminem.

  • Dean Brody - Gypsy Road
    The Juno Award-winning country artist turns his sound “Upside Down” on album number five.

  • Passion Pit - Kindred
    Michael Angelakos injects a more emotional side to his synth-driven pop on the third album.

  • Joywave - How Do You Feel Now
    Our April Artist To Watch crafts the perfect line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro.

  • of Montreal - Snare Lustrous Doomings
    The Georgia rockers drop a live album recorded in Portland and San Francisco highlighting the band’s whole catalog.

∞  April 21, 2015 — 8:42AM

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Exclusives

Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

As promised, today we’ve got even more for your fine ears from Rdio’s Artist to Watch act Milo Greene! This time LA’s cinematic pop band that’s been on everyone’s lips has recorded an exclusive Rdio Session for our intimate series. The four-song live set, recorded at Decibelle Studios in San Francisco, features “Lie To Me,” “On The Fence” and “White Lies” from the new album Control plus a fun surprise: their killer cover of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home!”

Need more Rdio Sessions in your life? Check out the Rdio Sessions Station featuring highlights from the archives.

∞  April 21, 2015 — 8:39AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Go Around The World With Sinatra

This year marks Frank Sinatra's centennial and we wanted to celebrate an iconic release from Ol' Blue Eyes. Released in 1958 and nominated for a GRAMMY for Album of the Year, Come Fly With Me was Sinatra's first collaboration with the arranger and conductor, Billy May. The album was themed with songs that capture the soundtrack of destinations like Paris, London and New York. From "April In Paris" to "Blue Hawaii," come fly with us as we kick back and relax to the timeless sounds of the legendary Frank Sinatra!

∞  April 20, 2015 — 12:39PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 14, 2015

Subscribe to the lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll never miss another beat from the best sound picks of the week! This week, we’re welcoming back acts like legendary English rockers Wire, road trip gurus Dwight Yoakam and Calexico and New York rhythm mavericks Ava Luna, plus more heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Love what you hear? Tune in to the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb
    Odd Future’s irreverent rap leader collaborates with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Schoolboy Q on his third album.

  • Reba McEntire - Love Somebody
    The country star listened to thousands of songs to find the best eclectic mix for her first album in five years.

  • Shawn Mendes - Handwritten (Deluxe)
    Canada’s latest teen heartthrob with a guitar, known for “Life of the Party,” plays a romantic on his first album.

  • Christine and the Queens- Saint Claude
    Singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier's first EP in English comes after her February win as Best Female Artist at Victoires de la musique.

  • Halestorm - Into The Wild Life (Deluxe) [Explicit]
    The third full-length from Lizzy Hale’s hard rock act features a new level of polished power chords and hot guitar solos.

  • The Wombats - Glitterbug (Deluxe Version)
    Liverpool’s indie rock darlings pack the third album with big singalong songs with heavy repeat appeal.

  • Sabrina Carpenter - Eyes Wide Open
    A pop music debut from the young Disney Channel actress who plays Maya Hart on Girl Meets World.

∞  April 14, 2015 — 9:18AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: The Replacements - "Pleased To Meet Me"

The Replacements are currently re-energized and on the first tour in 25 years, which makes it a perfect time to spotlight this important band’s career with the help of today’s MonoMonday, their 1987 release, Pleased To Meet Me. Recorded in Memphis, this album featured Big Star singer Alex Chilton on Can’t Hardly Wait and includes the now iconic track, Alex Chilton.

Tomorrow finds the band releasing The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990, which encompasses all seven seminal studio releases of the alternative rock icons in one package: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Hootenanny, Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don’t Tell a Soul and All Shook Down. Get ready to hear in one place how The Replacements provided the roots for a lush family tree of influenced bands all over the world.

∞  April 13, 2015 — 10:07AM

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Events

Send More Ravens - More Game of Thrones Characters Musically Battle It Out

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Ok, so we've totally been waiting for Season 5 of “Game Of Thrones” to start. Our calendars are set, our phone alarms will go off to the tune of “The Main Title" by Ramin Djawadi, and we're ready. Really really ready.

But in case you're not as prepared, some new character profiles have been creeping into Rdio and with that comes character playlists.

Welcome Cersei Lannister (and being careful to do so with a smile on our faces). She brings a ruthless yet somehow sensitive playlist she's called "Love Is Poison!” Covering her favorite "I'm in charge" or "I'm sorta lonely but I can't tell you" songs. Listen and favourite "Love Is Poison" or else, here:

Theon Greyjoy is back and has brought out some of his all time favorite 90's songs with him. His playlist "The World Is A Vampire" is all about being held captive and stuff. But really Theon's playlist probably helps him put the past behind him because who really has any idea what he'll do next?

Sansa Stark's "Porcelain, To Ivory, To Steel" helps her get through those tough relationships she's been through. When she's down, Charli XCX, Taylor Swift, and Drake keep her head up, and remind her just how strong she really is. Kudos Sansa kudos.

Samwell Tarly cuts deep with his "The World Is Full Of Cravens" playlist. He shows us what it really feels like to have lived within the walls of Castle Black. With tracks from Joy Division, The Smiths, and The Cure you'll have a pretty clear understanding of the men behind the wall. We're rooting for you Samwell hang tough.

Stay tuned for more musical selections from these Game of Thrones characters throughout the season and be sure to watch the season opener Sunday, April 12th when it airs on HBO Canada.

∞  April 10, 2015 — 11:30AM

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Influencer Spotlights

Pro Golfer Adam Hadwin: What a PGA Pro Listens to on Rdio

Rising star professional golfer Adam Hadwin has been listening to the exclusive playlist he made of songs that motivate him on and off the course. Hadwin is one of Canada’s top-ranked golfers who is fresh off one of the most incredible years someone can have in the sport as a rookie. In 2014, he climbed almost 500 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings with two Web.com Tour wins, punching his ticket to full PGA TOUR playing privileges for 2015!

Adam’s taste in music is the definition of cool eclectic, with everything from Florida Georgia Line and Coldplay to Kiesza and Calvin Harris pumping through this set. Thanks for the champion sounds, Adam, and good luck on the course!

∞  April 10, 2015 — 10:09AM

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