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Crave A Different Kind of Buzz: Rdio Influencers Wrap Up Their Favorite Music of 2013

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We love our Rdio Influencers and are grateful for their contributions to this community all year long. Right around now, we’re especially excited about the slew of new playlists created to commemorate all the amazing music that came out in 2013. Hours and hours of interesting selections are all here for your listening enjoyment, including a few standouts that caught our eyes and ears:

"NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013" and "NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013" are enlightening mixes of popular and below-the-radar selections. One spoiler: They couldn’t resist “Blurred Lines,” either.

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There are many surprises to be found in Paste Magazine’s "The Best Songs of 2013" playlist, which brings a diverse group of artists together. The editors of the renowned music publication soundtracked their year with music by Okkervil River, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, Daft Punk, Kanye West and Pusha T.

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The Pretty Much Amazing blog contributes "PMA's Best Songs of 2013". It’s a super fun set where household names like Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus get down and party with should-be-household-names such as Autre Ne Veut and Rhye. There’s a lot of good music going on here.

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Hype Machine constantly tracks the artists, songs and remixes that are being blogged about the most at any given time. Their "Zeitgeist 2013 - Most Blogged Artists" playlist rounds up the champions of the whole year in one set. We won’t give away too much and spoil the reveal, but it’s a diverse mix with names like Lorde, Disclosure, and Haim.

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If you’re looking to dance the day (or night) away, press play on "Ultra Music's Best of 2013!" The leading New York dance label’s playlist includes anthems by EDM stars like Benny Benassi, Kaskade, and Tiesto.

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∞  December 23, 2013 — 11:40AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:40AM in Influencer Spotlights, This Week on Rdio |

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2013: Off the Charts

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2013 was an incredible year for music. Revisit the top songs of the year and find out what to expect next with Rdio’s 2013: Off the Charts year-in-review, brimming with playlists that provide a thoughtful summary of what moved music culture this year and a look ahead to great music moments to come.

Rdio Top Charts showcases the songs and albums that the Rdio community played the most in 2013. Check out who topped the Rdio Charts worldwide and which artists were most popular by region. One artist scored twice this year by taking both the global top track and top album slot. Think you know who it is? Take a look and find out if you guessed right!

Our Staff Picks playlist reveals our office obsessions, those tunes we couldn’t take off repeat for pretty much the whole year, while Rdio Recommends highlights artists of note that we championed throughout 2013. And because we like to keep the needle moving forward, we put together a playlist of 2014 Artists to Watch to provide a jumpstart on what’s coming up next.

2013: Off the Charts is also the place to check out our exclusive Rdio Covers project. We took the songs you streamed most in 2013, plus a few we thought made the biggest impact, and put them in the creative hands of artists you should know for the new year. And they made magic! Miley Cyrus’ emotional hit “Wrecking Ball” gets a new beat in the hands of electro-pop duo Hi Fashion. Robin Thicke’s irrepressible “Blurred Lines” is re-envisioned by R&B singer Nylo. And Lorde’s breakthrough “Royals” has a whole new take when performed by UK band, Monarchy. Rdio listeners have exclusive access to these songs and many more Rdio Covers from Junior Prom, LIGHTS, Echosmith, Colette Carr, Au Revoir Simone, Bright Light Bright Light, and Polly Scattergood.

2013, thank you for the music. Time to play!

∞  December 19, 2013 — 6:02AM

Posted by Rdio at 6:02AM in News, Rdio Recommends |

New Music Weekly

For Your Eyes and Ears: Snoopzilla on New Music Weekly

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with SoCal producer Dam-Funk and adopted the new moniker Snoopzilla to produce the smooth but hard hitting 7 Days of Funk, which is available to stream exclusively on Rdio two weeks early with an Rdio-only bonus track.

7 Days of Funk shines with Snoop’s self-assured smoothness and fresh beats that blend with the retro vibe layered throughout the album. The funk masterpiece was a natural pick to spotlight in this week’s New Music Weekly Video Series, where new music inspires new art. Taking the stage with Snoop is video artist Golden Wolf, who plays puppet master with the Doggfather and Dam-Funk to create this whimsical motion art companion piece for the funktastic track, "Do My Thang."

On what inspired the concept video, Golden Wolf reminisced:

"We got a pretty instantaneous hit of visuals when we first heard "Do My Thang." Being children of the 80s it was a nostalgic mix of our parents' vinyl collection and kids TV like the Muppets and Fraggle rock. Building on this we knew we had to transport Snoopzilla and Dam Funk into the world of puppets. We felt that a track as simple and smooth as this needed a video that stripped away all the fuss and really let Dam and Snoop do their thing, 80s style."

∞  December 11, 2013 — 1:00PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:00PM in New Music Weekly |

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Rdio Expands to 20 New Territories: Now Available in 51 Countries

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We’ve got the whole world in our hands... or getting close!

We are excited to share Rdio with more music fans today as Rdio expands to 20 new territories around the world. Rdio’s global footprint now reaches people in 51 countries across six continents, making Rdio the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela as they join the Rdio family.

If you’re new to Rdio, welcome! Sign up at rdio.com right now and start streaming your favorite artist, song, album or over 400 genre stations. Discover new music and find your favorites with our web and desktop apps and you can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

Rdio is constantly expanding to more international territories so let us know here where you’d like to see Rdio available next.

∞  December 11, 2013 — 3:00AM

Posted by Rdio at 3:00AM in News |

The Holiday Hookup on Rdio

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All of your musical needs for the holidays can be found right here on Rdio. Put on one of our Christmas-themed stations, explore our hand-picked holiday playlists, and discover the latest seasonal themed releases from your favorite artists.

Holiday stations: Powering your holiday party with tunes couldn’t be easier. We’ve got over a dozen holiday music stations to choose from, all themed by genre. You can pogo to a Punk Christmas, two-step with a Country Christmas, riverdance during a Celtic Christmas, carol your way through a station of traditional holiday tunes and more. Check out the Holiday Stations page for the full lineup.

Hand-picked playlists: Fast forward to the heart of the latest seasonal releases with our New Holiday Music - 2013 Edition playlist, which features songs from the likes of Iggy Pop, Leona Lewis, Bad Religion, and Trace Adkins. Our Holiday Favorites playlist keeps the party going with modern classics by Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Too $hort, and Bryan Adams. Both offer several hours of fun, eclectic tunes. Listen below:

New holiday releases: 2013 wouldn't be complete without the release of a few shiny new Christmas albums! Take in the classics and fresh fare from Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige, Tamar Braxton, Erasure, and Bright Eyes.

Classic favorites: Michael Buble’s Christmas or Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas are guaranteed to keep the party festive. If you haven’t heard these beloved holiday releases, don’t miss out.

And if you’re still looking for great presents for your friends and family, consider giving the gift of Rdio. You can set your Rdio gift certificate in any amount, and whatever you choose will be the guaranteed way to make sure everyone gets exactly what they want for the holidays.

∞  December 10, 2013 — 7:58PM

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Exclusives

Worldwide Exclusive: Stream Snoop’s New Funk Masterpiece

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Just when you had gotten used to calling him Snoop Lion, the dee oh double gee has flipped it once again! Snoop Dogg’s latest alias is Snoopzilla, the insatiable funk monster who stars with SoCal producer Dam-Funk in 7 Days of Funk. The new album furthers Snoop’s career-long dedication to the G-Funk and the P-Funk as descended from his spiritual godfather George Clinton and his frequent collaborator Bootsy Collins (who Snoop tributes here with his Snoopy Collins guise). Bootsy himself guest stars on the album, as does Dogg Pound homies Daz and Kurupt and multi-instrumentalist Steve Arrington. In addition, the Rdio edition of 7 Days of Funk will feature an exclusive bonus track “Wingz,” which will continue to be available only on Rdio. Get into the funk and start to stream and share 7 Days of Funk below.

∞  December 9, 2013 — 9:02PM

Posted by Rdio at 9:02PM in Exclusives |

Artist SpotlightsExclusives

World Exclusive: Celine Dion Shares Album Commentary

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Celine Dion is back with her first English language album in five years. Loved Me Back to Life features duets with Stevie Wonder and Ne-Yo and was produced by a team of top producers including Babyface and Tricky Stewart. It’s a very fresh feeling and new release for the timeless diva, and now she’s sharing a behind the scenes view of it with you. Listen to the Loved Me Back to Life - RDIO Exclusive Commentary Version to hear Celine discuss her thoughts, feelings and motivations behind her latest release.

∞  November 19, 2013 — 11:16AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:16AM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - November 12, 2013

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This is the week that all the Little Monsters have been waiting for: Lady Gaga’s album release week. But before we get to ARTPOP, we’re enjoying a holiday offering from her pal Tamar Braxton, the new album from Mexican singer-songwriter Horacio Palencia, a 10th anniversary re-release from Southern metal act Lamb of God, and B-sides from Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear. (You can’t say we don’t have eclectic tastes around here!)

Our New Music Weekly playlist will get you acquainted with selections from these artists and more (Mother Monster, too!) and the Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel. You can also click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse even more songs and albums.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    Mother Monster’s highly anticipated third album features guest appearances by R&B crooner R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Twista, and Too $hort.

  • The Killers - Direct Hits
    Almost a decade after the first album Hot Fuss was released, the Vegas rockers have amassed enough successful singles for this retrospective including two new tracks, produced by M83 and Stuart Price respectively.

  • Flume - Flume: Deluxe Edition
    The Australian electronic producer who made international waves with his single “Holdin On” enlists Ghostface Killah, How To Dress Well, and Twin Shadow for his new mixtape.

  • Mariah Carey - “The Art Of Letting Go”
    Mimi returns with a classy taste of her upcoming album, an epic ballad about moving on from relationships.

∞  November 12, 2013 — 9:00AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:00AM in New Music Weekly |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - November 5, 2013

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November’s off to a great musical start on our stereo with the third album by dreamy English-Irish boy band The Wanted, the first new solo album in eight years from Creed frontman Scott Stapp, the return of mighty Bay Area rap duo Latyryx, and the latest from New Zealand’s psychedelic pop star Connan Mockasin. Our New Music Weekly playlist is an express route to the cream of the crop from these and other artists releasing music right now. You can also chart your own course through the latest and greatest by taking on the entire collection of Rdio New Releases. Choose your own adventure!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
    The reclusive rapper tries to capture lightning in a bottle again with the help of super-producer Rick Rubin and sequel-like references to his most important album.

  • Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
    The Australian synth-pop favorites unleash a fourth album with a clever international campaign involving billboards and a loosened-up vibe.

  • M.I.A. - Matangi
    The British singer and producer’s long-awaited fourth album features two duets with Canadian artist The Weeknd.

  • Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album
    Originally recorded in 2002 and sold exclusively through Saddle Creek’s store to benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project, this holiday album is finally receiving its first wide release.

  • Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne
    Duets with husband and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger highlight Lavigne’s fifth full-length.

∞  November 5, 2013 — 9:00AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:00AM in New Music Weekly |

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends - October 2013

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Some people don’t like to share their guilty pleasure tunes, but we honestly enjoy making it a regular habit every month. Our Rdio Recommends: October 2013 playlist recaps what we think are the strongest songs of the past 31 days. We’d also love to hear about your October favorites. Share your top picks with us by adding a comment to our playlist.

About Rdio Recommends: The first week of every month, we review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  November 4, 2013 — 1:00PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:00PM in Rdio Recommends |