New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - January 27, 2015

The New Music Weekly playlist will make you dance, rock and swoon. The hand-picked mix features only the very best of the latest offerings, including a beautiful techno mix from DJ Nina Kraviz, a new EP from anti-folk hero Emmy The Great and the debut album from Swedish soul pop siren Seinabo Sey. If the New Music Weekly playlist makes you want to hear more, subscribe to get a new set each week and head over to the Rdio New Releases page in order to listen to the full albums right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction (Deluxe)
    Collaborations with rappers T.I., Schoolboy Q, Jeezy, Juicy J and Pitbull feature heavily on the R&B star’s sixth album.

  • Milo Greene - Control
    The cinematic pop group with four singers spin dark tales over light uptempo beats on their second album.

  • Kenny G - Brazilian Nights
    The king of smooth jazz plays bossa nova classics like “The Girl From Ipanema” alongside original works on his 14th album.

  • The Dodos - Individ
    Personal pain and loss are channeled through the San Francisco indie rock duo’s sixth album.

  • Pond - Man, It Feels Like Space Again
    The Australian psychedelic rock act sharing members with Tame Impala present a fun and weird sixth album.

  • Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
    The Nashville singer-songwriter dedicates her debut album to unraveling the emotions involved in heartbreak.

  • Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)
    Originally released in 1967, the country star’s seventh album brought her first hit and now makes its digital debut.

∞  January 27, 2015 — 11:25AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Surf The Sounds of Antônio Carlos Jobim's "Wave"

The late composer and artist Antônio Carlos Jobim did more to put Brazilian music on the world map than almost anyone before him or since his passing. (He would have turned 88 on January 25.) The man behind the music for the bossa nova classic "The Girl From Ipanema" amassed a catalog that included 13 original studio albums, five soundtracks and five live albums. Ride his most popular album Wave (1967) to hear the essence of Jobim, a buoyant collection of songs led by a 17-piece string ensemble. His third release, Wave soared to the Top 5 jazz charts in America and remains one of Brazil's best-known musical exports.

∞  January 26, 2015 — 5:26PM

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News

Rdio Expands To 24 New International Markets

Today, we’re pleased to announce our expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Through our exclusive partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, Rdio will be available in 24 new markets and an additional seven regions.

In the coming weeks, Digicel will offer all prepaid data customers 30 minutes of free Rdio Internet radio listening per day on their mobile phones without accruing data usage charges – all through the exclusive partnership. Digicel will also be collaborating closely with us to infuse local influence in each of our new territories, curating playlists and stations together with Digicel Brand Ambassadors in each country and territory. Through this unprecedented arrangement, listeners in each market will have convenient access to popular music from around the world in addition to local artists they already enjoy.

Effective today, Rdio is available in the following new markets: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. In addition to the new markets where Rdio is launching, Rdio’s exclusive partnership with Digicel is effective in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique, Bonaire, El Salvador and Panama.

This latest expansion continues our vision to deliver the best music streaming experience on mobile phones, on the web, and on connected devices to an expanding international audience. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you.

∞  January 22, 2015 — 2:38PM

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News

Rdio Expands to India

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Today, we’re happy to announce that Rdio is now available in India. With this launch, we’re bringing users the largest catalog ever to be available in India. Experience over 32 million songs in 43 languages from global, regional and local labels. Users can also choose from hundreds of curated stations, including those curated by some of the top labels in India, or create their own personalized stations.

"Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India,” said Snehal Shinde, VP of Emerging Markets at Rdio (Co-founder of Dhingana). “Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localized user experience for music fans in India and abroad."

“India is the fastest growing Internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organization here, which is now our largest office and team outside the U.S. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener,” said Anthony Bay, CEO.

In addition to providing the largest catalog of songs in India, enjoy your favourite music through our partnerships with mobile app and automotive brands:

  • Shazam - users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

  • SoundHound - this app connects directly with Rdio to enable discovered songs to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio.

  • Google Chromecast - casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps.

  • Automotive and Entertainment Devices - Rdio provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos in India along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

Our free radio experience can be upgraded to a full on-demand subscription service with access to any song, album, playlist or station, online or offline, without ads for $1.99 USD or 120 Rupees a month. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you. Welcome India!

∞  January 15, 2015 — 8:32AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly: January 13, 2015

Women threaten to steal the spotlight in the latest New Music Weekly playlist, which includes songs by singer/rapper Kat Dahlia and soul shaker Jazmine Sullivan (as well as Meghan Trainor, who you’ll read more about in the Playlist Notes below). But don’t worry, the men also get their licks in, from punk stalwarts California X to the sonic noodlings of Panda Bear and the latest ensemble album from Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson. As always, you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a new hand-picked set each seven days, and dive into the Rdio New Releases to hear every latest offering in our collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
    Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Mystikal are among the unlikely superstar guests on the British producer’s fifth album.

  • Dan Mangan and Blacksmith - Club Meds
    Vancouver’s JUNO Award-winning singer enlists a new band to make playful, genre-bending songs on his fourth album.

  • Meghan Trainor - Title (Deluxe)
    The “All About That Bass” singer’s debut album merges retro styles with pop and hip-hop.

  • Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
    On his fifth album, The Animal Collective member and experimental electronic artist talks about personal growth over Nineties-style hip-hop drums.

  • Guster - Evermotion
    Boston’s alt-rockers play with new instruments and sounds on the group’s first album in four years.

  • DMX - Redemption of The Beast
    Swizz Beatz and Dame Grease contribute production for the rough rapper’s eighth album.

  • Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers
    The American roots artist emerges with a new album just four months after his last one, Single Mothers.

∞  January 13, 2015 — 9:12AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Remembering Aaliyah

The short but impactful life of Aaliyah left behind an enormous musical legacy that continues to influence the young stars of today. Her 1994 debut album brought the hit singles "Back and Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" and earned Double Platinum sales status in the United States (worldwide sales now top six million). The dearly missed late singer and actress would have turned 36 on January 16. Play Age Ain't Nothing But a Number in honour of her birthday and you'll relive — or discover — the poised, mature grace of a soulful artist who did what she loved to the fullest.

∞  January 12, 2015 — 2:27PM

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Artist To Watch

January’s Rdio Artist to Watch: Mikky Ekko

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You may not know the name Mikky Ekko yet, but you definitely know this Grammy-nominated artist’s music, having penned and produced songs for stratospheric artists like Rihanna, Lil Wayne and Gwen Stefani. Rdio’s Artist to Watch for January is about to step out into the spotlight!

Listen to “Time”, the title track from Ekko’s debut album out January 20th, which he prizes for its honest simplicity achieved through acoustic guitar, strings, and words about love and loyalty: “Hey, time doesn’t love you anymore, but I’m still knocking at your door/Honey we can run forever, if forever’s what’s in store/Oh time to take me home.”

And don’t miss Mikky Ekko’s Party Vibes Mix, which he was kind enough to assemble exclusively for Rdio listeners. Press play and jump out of your seat for Rae Sremmurd, Charli XCX, Future and more masters of the turn up!

Stay tuned for more from Mikky Ekko, Rdio's Artist to Watch through the month of January.

∞  January 7, 2015 — 12:01PM

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News

New For 2015: Jaguar and Land Rover Integration and Partnerships with DTS, LG Electronics and Hisense

We’re happy to start 2015 with some exciting partnership news we’ve announced at CES, the International Consumer Electronics Show, that highlights our commitment to providing users around the world with access to music everywhere they are.

Today, we’re unveiling an exclusive partnership with Bosch that integrates Rdio into dashboards of vehicles internationally through the new Bosch mySPIN platform. The partnership adds Rdio as Jaguar and Land Rover’s first in-car on-demand music streaming service on the InControl Apps platform. Users can safely interact with our online and offline features through the vehicle’s infotainment system.

As part of the initial rollout, Rdio will be accessible to Unlimited subscribers in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles where InControl Apps is installed. Rdio on InControl Apps provides a safe way for drivers to easily access popular features, including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists and favourites.

We’re also extending our presence on connected home devices through a pre-loaded app on Hisense smart TVs and other connected devices, building on our current TV presence through Roku (the Roku remote control includes an Rdio button), its existing customized app on Google Chromecast, and upcoming HTML5-based smart TV compatibility.

Our new partnerships also extend our reach with in-home wireless speaker systems through integration in the LG Connect SDK home streaming platform for mobile devices interfacing with smart TVs, DTS Play-Fi® technology and Google Cast for audio (through the “Cast” button in the Rdio mobile app that automatically streams to Google Cast Ready speakers). These advancements add to our current wireless speaker partnerships, which includes Sonos, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook.

“Our vision is to offer every song ever recorded, on any device, anywhere in the world, instantly tuned to each listener. People listen to music wherever they are at work, in the car, on the go, and at home. Providing our customers with a simple, integrated and consistent music experience in their homes is a priority for us and one we are investing significant resources in,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio. “Dedicated audio devices as well as integrating music into the TV experience are priorities for Rdio, and we look forward to introducing Rdio on each of these exciting devices and platforms in 2015.”

∞  January 7, 2015 — 9:47AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - January 6, 2015

The first New Music Weekly playlist of the year is bursting with fresh sounds from all over the world! (Don’t forget to subscribe to the playlist so that you get each new one as it drops.)

2015 is off to a great start with new singles from artists like country hero Reba McEntire, X-Factor UK alum Ella Henderson, pop punk darlings Fall Out Boy, plus albums from African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté and a retrospective from hip-hop mixmaster DJ Shadow. Read on for more in the Playlist Notes below and hop on over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to delve deeper into these albums. And go!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife
    Brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy crank up infectious Southern rap party anthems on their debut album.

  • Ludacris - Burning Bridges
    An EP from the Atlanta rapper features appearances by Rick Ross, John Legend and an unlikely collaboration with country star Jason Aldean.

  • Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balcony
    The Welsh rock act and international festival favourite drops their debut album in North America.

  • A Skylit Drive - Rise Ascension
    A beautiful acoustic album from the surprising source of a Californian post-hardcore band.

  • The Ready Set - Celebrity - EP
    Electropop singer Jordan Witzigreuter crafts catchy songs about famous people.

  • Joshua Radin - Onward and Sideways
    The sixth album from the Cleveland born rootsy pop artist features an appearance by Sheryl Crow.

  • Kid Rock - “First Kiss”
    The title track from the Detroit rocker’s forthcoming 10th album oozes nostalgic guilty pleasure.

∞  January 6, 2015 — 10:20AM

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Music

#MonoMonday: Joni Mitchell’s Classic Self-Portrait, “Blue”

Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue is considered to be one of the finest in the singer/songwriter genre. It’s a stark, brutally honest work that continues to inspire both listeners and other musicians today. From the opening strains of “All I Want” to the classic cuts “River” and “A Case of You,” Blue cuts to the soul and sticks around long after its final piano chord. A masterclass in confessional writing, Blue is an album to savor and return to for repeated listenings.

∞  December 29, 2014 — 6:30PM

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