News

Beck Streams Up Almost 1000% After GRAMMY® Wins

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Last night, before, during and after the GRAMMYs®, you turned on Rdio to hear more of the night's top performers and winners, including Beck, St. Vincent and Sam Smith. Streams of Beck were up almost 1000% after the 16-time GRAMMY® nominated singer accepted his awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album and then later performed “Heart is a Drum” with Chris Martin.

Who were the big winners on Rdio during The 57th GRAMMY® Awards?

1. Beck
-Winner of Album of the Year and Best Rock Album
-Performed “Heart is a Drum"
-Streams of Beck increased by almost 1000%

2. St. Vincent
-Nominated and won 1 Award (Best Alternative Music Album)
-Streams of St. Vincent increased by 265% following her win**

3. Sam Smith
-Winner of 4 Awards (Record of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artists, Best Pop Vocal Album)
-Performed “Stay With Me"
-Streams of Sam Smith increased by 152%.

Congratulations to all the winners! From bluegrass and jazz to dance, r&b and pop, be sure to check out our 2015 GRAMMY® Winners Station on Rdio.

(Please note, Rdio compared 7 hours prior to the East Coast broadcast of the Grammy’s and 7 hours after the East Coast broadcast began.)

∞  February 9, 2015 — 3:44PM

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Artist To Watch

February’s Rdio Artist to Watch: Milo Greene

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Our February Artist to Watch is Milo Greene, who — despite the sounds of the alias — is not an actual person! This you’ll understand quickly when you listen to the unique harmonies on the brand new album Control. The follow-up to the four-piece band’s breakthrough eponymous 2012 debut features the voices of all members (Andrew Heringer, Robbie Arnett, Marlana Sheetz and Graham Fink). Produced by Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Foster The People, Ellie Goulding), the album heavily features drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms For Peace, R.E.M.), who helped the band craft deeper and more complex rhythmic layers to their self-described cinematic pop than ever before.

Rdio’s Artist to Watch list features a new, hand-picked musician or band each month; we only spotlight those who we feel will truly break through in 2015. Previous Artist to Watch acts include BANKS, London Grammar and Bea Miller. We’ll be bringing you more from Milo Greene this month, don’t miss a beat!

∞  February 4, 2015 — 1:36PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - February 3, 2015

With tastes of jazz, pop, rock, metal, and even comedy, a real variety of tunes awaits you on the latest New Music Weekly playlist. Start off with some urban offerings from NY rapper Skizzy Mars and LA singer TeeFLii, then check out the latest solo effort from Dispatch and State Radio frontman Chadwick Stokes. If you’re brave enough, play a snippet of the Lost Themes from horror master John Carpenter!

Listen to the New Music Weekly playlist (supported by the Playlist Notes below) and subscribe so that you always know a fresh set is on the way every seven days. (It’s so nice to sit back and let someone else do the work for you for a change, isn’t it?) You can also explore the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page, which has our complete collection of newness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Fifth Harmony - Reflection
    The debut album from the X-Factor girl group features guest stars Tyga and Kid Ink, plus a song by Meghan Trainor.

  • Butch Walker - Afraid of Ghosts
    Johnny Depp and Bob Mould guest star on the former Marvelous 3 frontman’s Ryan Adams-produced seventh album.

  • Diana Krall - Wallflower (Deluxe Edition)
    The acclaimed jazz vocalist and pianist covers Bob Dylan, Elton John and Paul McCartney on her 12th album.

  • Kid Ink - Full Speed
    The R&B-loving LA rapper’s third album features collaborations with Usher, Chris Brown and R. Kelly.

  • Aziz Ansari - Buried Alive
    Highlights from the popular comedian’s 2013 tour and special are now on an album.

  • Title Fight - Hyperview
    Surprising sounds like shoegaze and dream pop creep in to the Pennsylvania punk band’s third album.

  • Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King: Deathbat (Original Video Game Soundtrack)
    The LA heavy metal band releases the soundtrack to their own mobile video game.

∞  February 3, 2015 — 8:03AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Chic's "C'est Chic"

2015 is starting off to be a great year for Chic's Nile Rodgers. Fresh off of last year’s GRAMMY win for Record of the Year for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” the celebrated musician and producer is preparing to be honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing at a special tribute on February 3. He will also accept the Vanguard Award at this year’s MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Brunch, an annual event hosted by KCRW host Garth Trinidad.

As Rodgers prepares to drop a new album by Chic aptly titled It’s About Time later this year, it’s an excellent time to revisit the classic album C’est Chic*. Released in 1978, the group’s second album was a hit on pop and R&B charts. It was eventually certified Platinum thanks to the strength of still-enduring club hits like “Le Freak” and “I Want Your Love.” Press play and you’ll see why Rodgers’ grooves are so undeniable. Dance, dance, dance!

∞  February 2, 2015 — 3:43PM

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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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