#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!


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

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: 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.


  • 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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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: 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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New Music Weekly

New Day, More Great Music - New Music Weekly - July 10, 2015

We're now on Fridays! Yes, we have a lot of fun assembling each hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist for your listening enjoyment and education — make sure to subscribe so you never miss a beat! This week, we’re excited about the heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below, including not one, but two Rdio Sessions to celebrate the first edition of New Music Weekly on a Friday! As well, enjoy songs from alt-rock heroes Veruca Salt, a funkdafied Hot Chip, European DJ/producer Hunee and blues channeler Anderson East. Sample the playlist and then explore the full albums and much more on our Rdio New Releases page.


  • Years & Years - Communion (Deluxe)
    The debut album from Rdio’s very buzzing July Artist To Watch features synthpop anthems including the international hit “King.”

  • Tyrese - Black Rose
    The R&B star and actor returns to the solo landscape with guest stars including Snoop Dogg, Brandy and Jennifer Hudson.

  • Little Boots - Working Girl
    The third album from British electropop singer Victoria Hesketh features loosely buttoned musings on professional life.

  • Ryn Weaver - Rdio Sessions
    Rdio’s live series presents a fresh set of the indie pop ingenue’s original songs, including “OctaHate,” co-written by Charli XCX.

  • The Railers - Rdio Sessions
    An exclusive live set from Nashville’s classically trained country quartet includes 2 brand new tracks, "Something Borrowed" and "Mugshots."

  • Ghostface Killah - Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons To Die
    The Wu Tang Clan rapper and super-producer meet for a second crime-themed concept album with the help of RZA and Raekwon.

  • Owl City - Mobile Orchestra
    Electropop artist Adam Young plays with uptempo beats and slower jams with the help of guests like Hanson and Aloe Blacc.

∞  July 10, 2015 — 9:27AM

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Listen To New Influencer Stations Alongside More Label Stations on Rdio

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Rdio’s curated stations feature handpicked highlights from some of the world's most exciting music labels and cultural influencers. Whether they're curating a label’s catalog, genre specialty or just the music staffers are most excited about right now, turn on new stations, all individually chosen by some of our favourite members of the Rdio community.

Today, we’re pleased to welcome some amazing newcomers to the Influencer section topic, from country star Hunter Hayes, to local experts Yelp Toronto. They are joined by music selectors such as Exclaim!, Indie Music Filter, Hype Machine, Consequence of Sound, and Country Weekly.

All of the above stations are available for your immediate enjoyment, alongside a group of new label stations including:

Arts & Crafts: Check out more than a decade of independent music from Toronto’s powerhouse label and artist services company behind artists like Chilly Gonzales, Deer Tick, Calvin Love and Royksopp and Robyn.

Barsuk: Seattle’s indie rock and pop champions pay tribute to the unique creativity and strong songwriting of artists in their catalog like Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley, and John Vanderslice.

Blue Note: Jazz music’s seminal label traces the entire history of the genre from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie and Swing through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion and into numerous modern day incarnations.

DFA: Relive the idiosyncratic awesomeness of New York City’s statement-bearing dance label with flagship artists like LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Hot Chip and Hercules & Love Affair.

Glassnote: The acclaimed indie label with offices in New York, Toronto, Austin, London and Los Angeles take you through an eclectic trip featuring label stars like Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Childish Gambino and Oberhofer.

These fresh Label Stations join existing ones from labels like Astralwerks, Merge Records, Def Jam, MUTE, Sub Pop, Domino Recording Co and Ninja Tune under the Label Spotlight section in Stations. We'll continue to update these sections with new and topical labels and tastemakers in the coming months, so stay tuned.

∞  July 7, 2015 — 9:26AM

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#MonoMonday: The Velvet Underground, "Peel Slowly And See: 1965-1969"

Happy Monday! Time to rewind the clock back 50 years to take in the seminal works of The Velvet Underground for today’s #MonoMonday flashback. Peel Slowly And See: 1965-1969 collects up the four studio albums that were led by the late Lou Reed: The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heart, The Velvet Underground, and Loaded. Also included are super rare 1965 demos from the band, plus unreleased concert recordings and other rarities. Get lost in one of the greatest American rock bands of all time.

∞  July 6, 2015 — 10:57AM

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