Artist To Watch

Introducing August’s Rdio Artist To Watch: Wolf Alice

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Fronted by the charismatic vocalist and guitarist Ellie Rowsell, British act Wolf Alice has been captivating listeners across the globe with their new debut album My Love Is Cool. We’re highlighting Wolf Alice as our Artist To Watch for August since we think they’re poised to break out big with their wide-ranging sensibilities that incorporate rock, pop, folk, and often the indescribable. Stay tuned for exclusive playlists and other news from the band all month long but in the meantime, get familiar with their album now.

∞  August 3, 2015 — 11:33AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: A Look Back At Pulp's "Different Class"

Twenty years ago this summer, British band Pulp, led by charismatic singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker took to the stage at the Glastonbury as a last-minute fill in for The Stone Roses. It was a stroke of luck that helped the band’s fifth album, the uncommonly smart Different Class become a commercial pinnacle. Britpop was king in the summer of 1995, and Different Class stood out among its classmates. Powered by the hit single “Common People,” and including popular tracks such as “Disco 2000,” “Sorted for E’s & Wizz,” and “Pencil Skirt,” this Pulp album went on to influence later acts such as Franz Ferdinand, British Sea Power and Belle and Sebastian. Listen like “Common People” to this classic ‘90s release, and you’ll see why.

∞  August 3, 2015 — 6:16AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 31, 2015

Time to dive right into your latest New Music Weekly playlist to hear the top highlighted songs hand-picked just for you. Remember to subscribe so that you’ll never miss a beat! This week, we’re checking out the long-awaited album from Florida rapper Gunplay, UK indie rockers The Maccabees, electronic jazz producer Quantic, soul singer Joss Stone, and alt-rock heroes Placebo, plus more you’ll read about in in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready for even more, browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases and have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Migos - Yung Rich Nation [Explicit]
    Atlanta’s hot rap trio spit trap tales and grab guests Young Thug and Chris Brown for their first full-length album.

  • Albert Hammond Jr. - Momentary Masters
    Astronomer Carl Sagan inspired this exploration of funk-tinged rock on The Strokes’ guitarist’s third solo project.

  • Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines [Explicit]
    The Canadian rock act’s first album since 2010 contemplates the fortune of life over beefy guitar riffs and loud beats.

  • Lianne La Havas - Blood
    The London artist’s second album delves into her Greek and Jamaican roots, the latter assisted by reggae producer Stephen McGregor.

  • Saint Asonia - Saint Asonia
    The first album by a rock supergroup formed in Toronto by Staind and ex-Three Days Grace members unleashes tough harmonies and hard guitars.

  • Various Artists - Descendants [Original TV Movie Soundtrack]
    Shawn Mendes and Kristin Chenoweth contribute to the soundtrack to the TV movie centered on the teenage lives of Disney's greatest villains.

  • Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now
    The debut album from an acclaimed English poet and pianist sees a Stateside release after international success.

  • Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper
    The comedic rapper’s debut album blends the approachable with the absurd in funny rhymes.

∞  July 31, 2015 — 9:31AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: A Look Back at Janis Ian's Intimate "Between the Lines"

It’s hard to imagine today that a song as intimate, honest, and powerful as “At Seventeen" would go on to sell millions. But Janis Ian struck a chord 40 years ago, when her 1975 landmark album Between the Lines sold nearly 2 million records and won her a Grammy. Although only 24 years old at the time, Janis had been around the music business for nearly a decade by the time this album rolled around. She wrote all the songs and accompanies herself on guitar, backed by some stellar studio musicians. The style is acoustic and jazzy, with songs ranging from the melancholy (“Watercolors”) to the seductive (“Bright Lights and Promises”). It’s a stellar achievement and a beautiful snapshot of a period in the mid ‘70s when singer/songwriters wore their hearts on their sleeves and brought millions of listeners along for the company.

∞  July 27, 2015 — 10:36AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 24, 2015

Lock in to each New Music Weekly playlist by clicking subscribe; then, sit back and enjoy your handpicked set of the latest highlights across genres! This week, that means new music from artists like electronic soul wanderer Seven Davis Jr., Syrian cult favorite Omar Souleyman, indie rock outfit On An On, intergalactic funk from L'Orange & Kool Keith and more highlights you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. You can also visit the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of what’s just come out, including full albums from all these artists. Happy listening!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Prince Royce - Double Vision (Deluxe Edition)
    The Bronx-bred Latin pop star recruits J. Lo, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Tyga and Kid Ink for his first English language album.

  • Jill Scott - Woman
    The singer’s fifth studio album finds her stretching her storytelling prowess over classic Philly soul instrumentation.

  • MS MR - How Does It Feel
    Danceable indie pop fuels the sophomore album from singer Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow.

  • Roger Waters - Amused to Death (Remixed / Remastered) [Deluxe]
    The Pink Floyd frontman’s 1992 solo album has been remastered and remixed to bring out new melodies and ideas.

  • Ashley Monroe - The Blade
    On her latest critically acclaimed album, the Tennessee born country singer-songwriter teams with producers Vince Gill and Justin Niebank.

  • Hopsin - Pound Syndrome
    After rumors of retirement, the LA rapper and producer returns to analyze tough subjects such as lost faith on his latest album.

  • Ducktails - St. Catherine
    Matt Mondanile’s psychedelic pop outfit explores love, romance and spiritual imagery on the fifth album.

  • Dirty Ghosts - Cataract
    The San Francisco trio drop an EP in advance of their forthcoming album Let It Pretend with remixes by TOBACCO and Mikey Young.

∞  July 24, 2015 — 9:30AM

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News

Rdio in the dashboard: Jaguar and Land Rover drivers can now take their tunes on the road

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In January, we announced an exclusive global partnership with Bosch to bring Rdio into the dashboards of vehicles that support Bosch’s mySPIN infotainment system. As of July 1, we’re excited to announce that Rdio Unlimited subscribers can now use Rdio directly within their Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Rdio is the first in-car on-demand music streaming service to be included within Jaguar and Land Rover’s InControl Apps platform. InControl connects the vehicle directly to the Rdio app on your phone safely and instantly, making a seamless transition from earbuds to car speakers. Our award-winning user experience has been re-thought from the ground up to take full advantage of the InControl platform, delivering the best in-car experience around. No more fiddling with the phone—now you can easily and safely access your Rdio features directly in the dash, including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists, and favourites—online or offline.

To take the music on the road with you, simply download Jaguar or Land Rover InControl from either the Google Play or Apple's App Store and enable Rdio. Rdio Unlimited listeners can take advantage of this partnership today. Support for Rdio’s free and Select tiers will be integrated later this year.

∞  July 21, 2015 — 8:58AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Depeche Mode's "Violator"

British techno-pop pioneers Depeche Mode, formed in 1980, were already a staple on the U.K. charts and college radio in the U.S. when they released Violator twenty-five years ago. But upon its release, Violator catapulted the group into superstardom. Boasting four big singles, “Personal Jesus,” “The Policy of Truth,” “World in My Eyes,” and the top-10 smash “Enjoy the Silence,” Depeche Mode filled stadiums in the summer of 1990 and flooded the screens with their videos. Violator inspired not only fans, but also other up-and-coming artists, such as Chromeo, Hot Chip, and Empire of the Sun. Like many of Depeche Mode’s albums, the album combined smart, synth-drive dance with rock chords and tender ballads. Celebrate the album's anniversary and listen to Violator this #MonoMonday.

∞  July 20, 2015 — 12:37PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 17, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist is an opportunity for you to discover the best new tunes across genres just as they’ve dropped; subscribe and you’ll automatically get a new one every Friday! This week, we’re digging collaborations such as Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Sublime With Rome, plus the latest from country star Alan Jackson, indie pop duo The Bird and the Bee, and more major acts described in the Playlist Notes below.

After you’ve listened to the playlist, hit up the Rdio New Releases and do more exploring on your own — it’s where you’ll find the complete collection of what’s just come out, including full albums from the artists highlighted here.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Tame Impala - Currents
    The third album from Australia’s psychedelic rock force takes a twist towards synth-based dance music.

  • Pitbull - Dale
    The international dance/rap star releases an album in Spanish with guests like crooner Ricky Martin and Cuban reggaeton act Gente de Zona.

  • Future - DS2
    Atlanta’s leading trap rap showman enlists Drake for “Dirty Sprite 2,” his third studio album of street tales.

  • Memphis May Fire - Unconditional (Deluxe Edition)
    The Southern metalcore act’s 2014 album grows with the additions of four new songs, including new acoustic versions.

  • Ratatat - Magnifique
    The Brooklyn duo deftly meld driving guitar riffs with their bold beats for the fifth album.

  • Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
    The fifth solo album by The Drive By Truckers alum contemplates past pain and present hopefulness.

  • The Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes (Deluxe) [Edited]
    The eighth studio album from dance music’s big beats and bass duo features collaborations with Q-Tip, Beck and St. Vincent (under her own name, Annie Clark).

∞  July 17, 2015 — 8:58AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Little Boots Works Her Rdio Session

British angel of electropop Little Boots is the latest artist to bless us with a live show to be recorded for our intimate Rdio Sessions series. Her set features "Taste It," which appears on her brand new album Working Girl and was previewed for Rdio fans first during the recording. Check out her session above and while you're in a live mode, turn on our Rdio Sessions Station for more exclusive performances from stars around the world.

∞  July 14, 2015 — 5:36PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Plug in AC/DC's Classic "Highway to Hell"

We recently welcomed the work of rock gods AC/DC to our catalog, and thought it was a good time to revisit their classic 1979 album Highway to Hell for this week's #MonoMonday. Highway was the band’s fifth album and the last to feature Bon Scott as lead singer, who died the following year. Powered by the title track, along with classic cuts like “Shot Down in Flames,” “If You Want Blood,” and “Girls Got Rhythm,” Highway to Hell never lets up. In its review of this classic rock album, Rolling Stone said, “These Australian delinquents played their bloodshot blues rock with the venom of punk rockers and the swagger of drunken lechers.” AC/DC plugged into something rock fans were waiting for, and the band’s staying power proves that the electricity hasn’t gone out.

∞  July 13, 2015 — 8:20AM

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