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 |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 21, 2014

Tune in to the latest New Music Weekly playlist to hear killer collaborations like the unlikely pairing of singer Scott Walker and experimental metal band Sunn O))), the latest baritone-drenched effort from Mark Lanegan Band and samples of the self-titled fourth album from DC indie pop trio Jukebox The Ghost. The Playlist Notes below give you a cheat sheet on some of the week’s biggest breakouts. Browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases to load up on even more of the latest music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Slipknot - 5: The Gray Chapter (Special Edition) [Explicit]
    The fifth album from the masked heavy metal heroes bears the audible grief of being the first one since the passing of member Paul Gray.

  • Jessie Ware - Tough Love
    The UK singer’s sophomore album includes guest appearances by heartthrobs Ed Sheeran and Miguel.

  • Little Big Town - Pain Killer
    Pure harmonies and a lighthearted sense of humor fuel all the songs on the country group’s sixth album.

  • Kiesza - Sound of a Woman
    The Canadian dance singer behind the infectious international hit, “Hideaway” emerges with a debut album.

  • Thurston Moore - The Best Day
    The fourth solo album from the former Sonic Youth guitarist and singer finds him returning to his noise rock roots.

  • Primus - Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble
    The quirky rockers reimagine the old-school Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack and inject it with funk.

  • Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
    The London singer-songwriter revered for his indie folk tunes tries on a darker sound on his sophomore album.

∞  October 21, 2014 — 10:33AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:33AM in New Music Weekly |

Exclusives

Exclusive: SOHN Shakes Up Rdio Sessions

You can hear the world-wise poise in the music of English electronic artist SOHN (aka Christopher Taylor). Since 2010, he has called Vienna his home, where his work as a producer for himself as well as for rising stars like Banks along with remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Disclosure have earned him shout outs from unique artists like Lorde and Miguel.

SOHN’s exclusive Rdio Sessions was performed at Decibelle Recording Studio in San Francisco and features highlights from his deliciously dark and soulful debut album Tremors, including the singles “Bloodflows” and “Lessons.” Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more live sets from this eclectic series, including recent performances by Daughtry, Jon Pardi, Lucius, and many more.

∞  October 21, 2014 — 10:09AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:09AM in Exclusives |

Music

#MonoMonday: John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy"

Time to turn back the clocks to 1980 to experience Double Fantasy, the epic final release by John Lennon. A double album recorded with his wife Yoko Ono, it marked a renaissance in creativity for the artist, who hadn’t released any albums in five years and who had also had a near-death sailing experience. It is also the tragic last output from the beloved artist, who was killed just a few weeks after the release. Happily, the musical legacy of John Lennon will live on forever. Double Fantasy is just your starting point for his work that’s now available on Rdio, including eight studio albums and collector’s compilations. Listen to them all today.

Studio Albums
Double Fantasy
Milk And Honey
Plastic Ono Band
Rock 'N' Roll
Imagine
Mind Games
Sometime In New York City
Walls And Bridges

Compilations
Gimme Some Truth
Signature Box
Power To The People - The Hits

∞  October 20, 2014 — 3:09PM

Posted by Rdio at 3:09PM in Music |

New FeaturesNews

Rdio Now With iOS 8 and CarPlay Support

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Today we’re announcing an exciting update for iOS 8 that continues our commitment to creating the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

Our latest update includes:
- CarPlay Support. We’re one of the first music services to be integrated into Apple’s CarPlay. Control Rdio playback and navigate your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars.
- Interactive Notifications. Play music and follow people directly from an Rdio push notification.
-Optimized Visuals. Enjoy high-resolution images and album artwork with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+.

Download Rdio for iOS and try out the new features for yourself. Be sure to follow @Rdio on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our apps.

∞  October 16, 2014 — 12:05PM

Posted by Rdio at 12:05PM in New Features, News |

New FeaturesNews

Introducing High-Quality AAC Audio Across The Globe

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Today we’re happy to announce we’ve converted our entire catalog of over 30 million songs to high-quality AAC audio. Listeners around the world now have four sound quality settings to choose from across iOS, Android, and the web. All Rdio users can choose between data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to 192 kbps. Rdio Unlimited subscribers now also have the option of listening in pristine-quality 320 kbps. Plus individually select your audio settings for a variety of uses, whether you’re using Wi-Fi or cellular streaming or listening to offline downloads.

Our commitment to sound quality also deepens today with our partnership with Bob Weir, the legendary founding member of the Grateful Dead and champion of Musicians for Audio Quality Initiative. To celebrate this milestone, we’re releasing an exclusive catalog of Bob Weir tracks recorded at the Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI Studios), his state of the art studio in Marin County, CA. The catalog features Weir as well as musicians like Dave Schools, Sammy Hagar, and many others.

Download the latest updates to Rdio on iOS and Android to start this exciting new listening experience today.

∞  October 16, 2014 — 10:31AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:31AM in New Features, News |

Exclusives

Exclusive: Daughtry's Rockin' Rdio Session

Daughtry has been rocking for seven years strong now. Fronted by American Idol alum Chris Daughtry, the band has become one of the most successful acts to be even tangentially associated with the reality show, blowing past the small domestic screen to achieve international success. Their live performance for our exclusive Rdio Sessions showcases songs from last year’s risk-taking album Baptized (including the title track, “Long Live Rock & Roll” and “Waiting for Superman”) alongside “Home,” a single from the multi-platinum selling self-titled debut album that topped Billboard’s Adult Top 40 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in 2007.

Head over to the Rdio Sessions Station for frequently updated highlights of this multi-genre live series that’s recorded all over the world in front of Rdio listeners just like you.

∞  October 14, 2014 — 12:36PM

Posted by Rdio at 12:36PM in Exclusives |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 14, 2014

The New Music Weekly playlist is hand-picked just for you every seven days and is the best way to test drive the very latest standouts across genres. The Playlist Notes below break down some of the week’s most vital albums, but don’t miss fresh debuts from Museum Of Love (a groovy minimalist project from members of LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean), country duo/The Voice contestants The Swon Brothers, German reggae-folk act Milky Chance, plus a soulful sophomore album from UK singer Kindness and the ultimate retrospective from the original madman Ozzy Osbourne; highlights from each are all included in the playlist.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • T.I. - Paperwork
    The ninth studio album from Atlanta’s incomparable rap star is executive produced by Pharrell Williams and features guest appearances by an all-star crew.

  • You + Me - rose ave.
    P!nk and City and Colour join forces for an irresistible album of melodic folk songs, named after the street in Los Angeles where they recorded them.

  • Foxygen - ...And Star Power
    The SoCal duo’s third album is a 24-track opus of lo-fi quirkiness with a dash of soft rock indulgence.

  • Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes
    The second album from country’s hottest duo is a fresh batch of fun and upbeat party tunes.

  • Nico & Vinz - Black Star Elephant
    The duo behind the international hit “Am I Wrong” fill their sophomore album with catchy urban pop.

  • Jessie J - Sweet Talker (Deluxe)
    The sassy UK pop star’s third full-length features upbeat contributions from Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and 2 Chainz.

  • Stars - No One Is Lost
    Canada’s indie pop darlings take a light spin around the dancefloor for the seventh album.

Here’s a friendly reminder that you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and automatically get an updated set every seven days, or if you’re the type who prefers to cruise without a road map, check out the complete collection of Rdio New Releases. Ladies and gentlemen, time to start your engines!

∞  October 14, 2014 — 9:45AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:45AM in New Music Weekly |

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

Posted by Rdio at 11:27AM in Exclusives |