Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Hear a Dozen Years of Music From Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" Opening Today

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Director Richard Linklater’s latest film Boyhood packs groundbreaking reality into a fictional film. American actor Ellar Coltrane, who stars with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, was cast at age six in 2002 with filming took place one week a year over the course of a dozen years.

Follow Boyhood on Rdio and celebrate each year caught in the movie through a musical soundtrack. A few choice yearly highlights of the Boyhood playlists include:

2002: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Kylie Minogue
2003: Outkast, Evanescence, Kelis
2004: Britney Spears, Usher, M.I.A.
2005: Kanye West, Bloc Party, Gorillaz
2006: Neko Case, Rihanna, My Chemical Romance
2007: Amy Winehouse, Vampire Weekend, Alicia Keys
2008: Katy Perry, Soulja Boy, MGMT
2009: Cobra Starship, Flo Rida, Animal Collective
2010: Ke$ha, Arcade Fire, Robyn
2011: Adele, Gotye, LMFAO
2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, DIIV, fun.
2013: Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Washed Out

This trip through the musical eras will help you chart Mason’s growth from a little kid to the brink of being an adult in the most fun way possible. Don’t worry, though; you clearly haven’t aged a day.

Boyhood opens today.

∞  July 18, 2014 — 8:41AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 15, 2014

We listen to everything that comes out each week in order to assemble the best songs in one place just for you. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a new hand-picked set each Tuesday.

This week’s edition brings a taste of the first album in five years from British crooner Morrissey and debuts from his electronic-leaning countrymen The Acid and Jungle, plus the return of modern goth queen Zola Jesus and the introduction of new country duo Maddie and Tae.

Read the Playlist Notes below for more highlights from this week’s best offerings, and click over to the Rdio New Releases when you’re ready to do even more exploring on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Deluxe)
    The deluxe version of the UK singer’s long-awaited debut contains an acoustic version of “Latch,” his hit with dance duo Disclosure.

  • Jason Mraz - Yes!
    Love and happiness are explored on the pop rock singer’s fifth album with the help of all-female band Raining Jane.

  • Rise Against - The Black Market
    Chicago’s veteran punk act takes a surprisingly introspective turn for the seventh album, melding the political with the personal.

  • Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath
    The Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist experiments with melding classic music with his sampled heartbeats and breaths on his debut solo album.

  • Bleachers - Strange Desire
    Another high-profile solo debut this week is an Eighties-inspired full-length from Jack Antonoff of fun.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:13AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Hear Joyce Manor's New Album One Week Early

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Southern California pop punk specialists Joyce Manor have joined the legendary Epitaph Records (home of acts like Rancid, Weezer and Social Distortion) for their third album Never Hungover Again. Clocking in at just 19 minutes, it’s a concise effort by most standards, but is actually on the long side for a band that favors peppering wit and wisdom about love and loss over brief beats and infectious riffs.

The album’s official release date isn’t until July 22, but we’ve got an exclusive early listen for you right now so you can toast to the end of hangovers with Joyce Manor!

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:07AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: The Maine Unleashes Surprises on Rdio Sessions

One of our most special types of exclusives is the Rdio Sessions series, which captures live recordings of intimate sets played for Rdio fans. Arizona rockers and Warped Tour favorites The Maine recently stopped by Faultline Studios in San Francisco to play a concert comprised of surprises.

Listen to Rdio Sessions by The Maine to hear the band’s unexpected set list, which bypasses the singles from 2013’s Forever Halloween (produced by Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs) in favor of less-spotlighted gems like “Kennedy Curse” and “F--ked Up Kids” and even unearths a previously hidden song from 2011’s Pioneer.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more cool sets from Rdio favorites like Passenger, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and STRFKR.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:04AM

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News

Rdio Becomes First Streaming Service To Power Full Song Playback Within Shazam

Starting today, Rdio users on Shazam can finally go beyond the preview with full song playback on Shazam. Rdio subscribers that update your Shazam app can stream entire songs without ever leaving Shazam, making it even more seamless to discover and explore music.

Plus you can continue to add your favourite songs to your choice of playlist or automatically add all the tracks you have Shazamed to an Rdio playlist.

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"We are thrilled to be the first streaming service to power Shazam's new in-app song playback," said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "This partnership helps us deliver on our promise to be everywhere music is being discovered."

This update is available now on iOS and Android.

∞  July 14, 2014 — 3:19PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 8, 2014

The mercury is steadily rising on a blazing summer of music and the best way to know what’s hot is to subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist. It refreshes automatically every Tuesday, so check back to hear the latest.

For a taste of what’s happening this week, we’re grooving to songs such as the sizzling Disclosure remix of “Good Kisser” by Usher, “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis (the title track to her upcoming album) and “Summer Noon” by Tweedy, the duo of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer. The Mexican Summer label also drops an EP by Canadian post-punk group Viet Cong and the metal icons known as Judas Priest return strong even without a founding member. But those are just some of the highlights that await; read the Playlist Notes below for more artists we don’t want you to miss.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
    Buoyed by the international hit “Chandelier,” the notoriously shy Australian songwriter behind anthems for Rihanna and Beyoncé steps into the limelight in her own way on her sixth solo album.

  • Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979
    The Canadian noise act drops a new single in advance of The Physical World. The sophomore album will be first in 10 years (and the first since reforming in 2011 following a breakup in 2006).

  • Babe Rainbow - Falling Apart
    Cameron Reed jumps from Warp Records to the Kinky Beggar label in time to release his debut album of cinematic electronic pop.

  • Fifth Harmony - “BO$$”
    Oprah and Michelle Obama get name checked in this peppy piece of empowerment pop from the diverse five-member girl group assembled by Simon Cowell on season 2 of The X Factor.

  • Florida Georgia Line - “Dirt”
    The country pop duo known for experimenting with different styles (including rap!) offer what they describe as a “good life ballad” as a teaser from the upcoming sophomore album.

  • Martin Garrix - Gold Skies
    The teenage EDM titan’s omnipresent “Animals” is beefed up with an EP featuring collaborations with fellow movers and shakers Sander van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas and Jay Hardway.

Looking for more sizzling songs? Click over to the Rdio New Releases to view a comprehensive selection of everything new in music this week.

∞  July 8, 2014 — 11:31AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 1, 2014

July begins with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine contributing a tune for the hot new film Begin Again, the first release in a series of anticipated soundtracks coming this month. It’s also a week when R&B and soul are front and center, with new albums by Trey Songz and Robin Thicke, the latter an impassioned plea for his estranged wife to return.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these and other key offerings (read more in the Playlist Notes below). Subscribe to this playlist so that you never miss a week of fresh tunes, and hit the Rdio New Releases page for even more music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • NONONO - We Are Only What We Feel
    The Swedish alternative trio behind the whistle-inducing international anthem “Pumpin Blood” repeats the feat of that single’s catchiness with their debut album.

  • Magic! - Don't Kill the Magic
    This young reggae fusion act from Toronto has already had surprise hits in Australia and New Zealand.

  • David Guetta - “Lovers on the Sun (feat. Sam Martin)”
    The EDM kingpin recruits a frequent Maroon 5 collaborator to make a bid to break out of the clubs with this single.

  • Ryan Adams - “Gimme Something Good”
    The singer-songwriter returns with a Glyn Johns produced song, the first of a series of new singles on his own label.

  • Bad Suns - Language & Perspective
    American indie rockers and labelmates to Eels, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The 1975 (with whom the quartet recently toured) craft a cohesive debut album meant to be absorbed as a whole.

∞  July 1, 2014 — 10:58AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 24, 2014

This week is a particularly fruitful one in the land of new music releases. For example, Phish comes back jamming after a five-year recorded absence, Atlanta’s shining metal band Mastodon drops a sixth full-length, LA indie rock act Kitten nails down an album amidst lineup shuffles, smoldering soul singer Sebastien Mikael drops a hot debut and the Broadway musical and film Jersey Boys emerges to fulfill all your guilty pleasures.

Our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these and many more releases; you can read about the key ones in the Playlist Notes below. You can also subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically see a new one each week. Pro tip: After you check out this playlist, hit up the Rdio New Releases page to see everything that’s come out this week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Ed Sheeran - X (Deluxe)
    The UK’s hot singer-songwriter, most recently seen touring with Taylor Swift, drops a third album pronounced “multiply.”

  • Jamie xx - “All Under One Roof Raving”
    One-third of the British sensation The xx, Jamie strikes out on his own with this single, a slice of laidback retro rave funk tinged with steel drums.

  • Riff Raff - Neon Icon
    The colorful reality and Internet star said to inspire James Franco’s Spring Breakers role snags heavyweight collaborations from Childish Gambino, Mac Miller and DJ Mustard for his debut album.

  • Lucius - Rdio Sessions
    Hear the first of Rdio's SXSW Sessions from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from 2013's debut album Wildewoman.

  • How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
    Stylish avant soul producer Tom Krell draws from influences as diverse as The Velvet Underground and Backstreet Boys for his third album of experimental pop tunes.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 9:51AM

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ExclusivesMusic

Exclusive: Rdio Sessions: Heavenly Pop from Lucius

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This year’s Rdio Sessions at SXSW featured a diverse lineup of up-and-comers performing exclusive live sets, with acts like Tokyo Police Club, Tensnake, Haerts, Little Boots and Ty Dolla $ign storming the stage. Now, for the first time since it all went down in Austin, you can hear the Rdio Sessions performance from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from last year’s stunning debut album Wildewoman.

If this is your first introduction to Lucius, expect to be completely charmed. As you’ll hear from breakout songs like “Go Home,” “Wildewoman,” “Turn It Around” and “Until We Get There,” the group’s two lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe have a playful rapport and an easy sense of humor. They also harmonize beautifully together, making each tune instantly memorable.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist for more from our intimate live series, including sets from Ivan & Alyosha, Guards and STRFKR.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 7:48AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 17, 2014

We listen to all of the latest releases and select only the best for your New Music Weekly playlist. This week, we’re excited to share songs by Brooklyn indie rock acts The Antlers, Miniature Tigers, British sensation Ed Sheeran and LA punk band Joyce Manor. There are also several heavy hitters on shameless repeat right now — read the Playlist Notes below for more intel.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
    The band’s self-produced sixth album is a return to the roots of their rock sound.

  • Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
    Produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, Del Rey's much anticipated second album is a moody tour de force.

  • Tiësto - A Town Called Paradise (Deluxe)
    Icona Pop, DBX, Hardwell, and Krewella are among the high-profile guests for the Dutch superstar DJ’s fifth high-energy full-length.

  • Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers
    This album of original songs is reportedly the first of two new albums that will be released by the country legend this year.

  • Maroon 5 - “Maps”
    With the band’s fifth album V not scheduled to drop until September, this new single is most welcome.

  • Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A. (Deluxe)
    Ms. Triple Threat herself returns with an eighth album that’s heavy on rapper guest stars (T.I., Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, French Montana, and Rick Ross).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically have the new one to listen to each week. You can also hop over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of fresh music.

∞  June 17, 2014 — 10:28AM

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