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Today’s Harvest: Boards of Canada’s Catalog Comes To Rdio

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Great news for electronic fans as well as enthusiasts of genre-bending sounds: Boards of Canada’s catalog has arrived to Rdio! In addition to the latest album Tomorrow’s Harvest, you’ll soon be able to hear the milestones in the dreamy Scottish electronic duo’s (brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison) discography.

Seminal albums Music Has The Right To Children (1998), Geogaddi (2002) and The Campfire Headphase (2005) are all available today. The BoC debut Twoism (1995), EPs In a Beautiful Place in the Country (2000) and Trans Canada Highway (2006) will all follow in late November.

Turn up the volume and reap today’s harvest from Boards of Canada now.

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Rdio's Top Charts of 2012

Most Played Tracks 2012

As 2012 winds down, it’s time to look back on our musical journey and reflect on all jams past. This was a year full of heavy-hitting new releases but the most shared album in the world was a powerful contender from 2011. Adele’s 21 never left our charts in ‘12 — neither did Icelandic indie troupe Of Monsters and Men’s debut album, Alt-J’s Mercury Prize winning LP, and the soundtrack to Brazilian soap opera, Avenida Brasil.

Take a look below to see who else ruled the global Top Shared Albums on Rdio.

TOP SHARED ALBUMS — GLOBAL
1. Adele - 21
2. Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal
3. Various Artists - Avenida Brasil EP
4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
5. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
6. Gotye - Making Mirrors
7. Paula Fernandes - Meus Encantos
8. Thiaguinho - Ousadia & Alegria
9. Audiogroove - 100% Top 40 Summer 2012
10. fun. - Some Nights

Naturally, these results are reflected back here at home, too, with the aforementioned artists and more making plenty of waves. Take a look at the Top Played Tracks in Canada to see who else made the grade:

TOP PLAYED TRACKS - CANADA

  1. 1. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  2. 2. Flo Rida featuring Sia - "Wild Ones"
  3. 3. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
  4. 4. Adele - “Rolling in The Deep”
  5. 5. fun. featuring Janelle Monae - “We Are Young”
  6. 6. fun. - “Some Nights”
  7. 7. LMFAO - "Sexy And I Know It"
  8. 8. Flo Rida - "Good Feeling"
  9. 9. Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
  10. 10. Jay-Z and Kanye West - “Ni***s in Paris”

Loved the list? Then listen to the 20 Most Played Tracks on Rdio 2012 in Canada below and discover how many of the words you may already know by heart.

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Announcing Rdio's Best of 2012 Award Winners

Best of 2012

Move over, Juno — Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Awards are here! It took a lot of statistical (and, um, creative) research to determine the winner of such categories as Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest and Album With The Most Swag, but we finally have the definitive answers.

Without further ado, it’s time for a drumroll. Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of Rdio’s Best Of 2012 are ready for their closeups:

Album That Never Left Your Heavy Rotation
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
From “Super Rich Kids” and “Thinkin’ Bout You” to “Pyramids” and “Forrest Gump,” Ocean kept us pressing play over and over again.

Best Reason to Wait for the Beat to Drop
18 Months - Calvin Harris
The Scottish DJ/producer kept hands in the air with meteoric anthems like “Feel So Close” and “Sweet Nothing.”

Album With the Most Swag
Based on a T.R.U. Story - 2 Chainz
The Atlanta rapper has had a huge year, with a gold single (“No Lie”) and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, but this honor is his most effortless.

Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest
Cobra Juicy - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburgh’s strangest act will help you come of age with its fifth album.

Album You Can’t Resist Singing Along To
Tornado - Little Big Town
The fifth album from the Nashville country heroes is undeniably their most infectious.

Best Reason Not to Skip Through the Commercials
“The Scientist” - Willie Nelson
Nelson’s astonishing cover of Coldplay’s song is one of the year’s great surprises.

They Brought The Rock in 2012
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
The Canadian duo handily avoids the sophomore slump by truly throwing down on this album.

Supergroup Album of the Year
A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits
A dash of Spoon and a heap of Wolf Parade equals an indie giant mix.

Best Music to Walk Home To
Lonerism - Tame Impala
The sophomore album from the Australian psychdelic rockers is perfect for your most introspective stroll.

Most Enchanting Album of the Year
Bloom - Beach House
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally stole our hearts with their first new album in two years, a project that brought the Baltimore duo to Texas to record.

Breakout Album of the Year
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
A return to simplicity and sincerity took this folk rock debut to the far reaches.

If We Could Recommend One Album To You This Year It Would Be
Mia Pharoah - Miniature Tigers
Keep in mind how many thousands of titles come across our headphones each year, but seriously, check out this dreamy Brooklyn indie pop immediately.

Bask in the aural glory of the winners circle with our Best of 2012: Award Winners playlist below:


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Best of 2012: Staff Picks


The diverse Rdio staff has many teams and departments, but all share a deep love for music. We got everyone together — support, mobile, marketing, and more — and delved back into the past 12 months to pick our absolute top tunes of the year. Want to know the songs that we couldn’t take off of repeat? Hear the Best of 2012: Staff Picks playlist now.

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Developer Apps: Typing Karaoke

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Say farewell to productivity for the next half hour — this month’s featured Developer App is Typing Karaoke.

Developed by Travis Chen at the most recent Hollywood Hackday, Typing Karaoke is described as Mavis Beacon meets Guitar Hero. Pick from a selection of songs like Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” or Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and try your best to type along to the lyrics. Make sure to warm up those digits because the faster and more accurate you are, the more points you’ll score. Are you dying to transcribe a certain tune? Follow Travis on Twitter and suggest a song.

Think you have what it takes to make the next awesome app? Then have a look at Rdio’s Developer’s Page to register for an API key. We have a Github and API Google Group to help you get started. Who knows? Your creation can be worth some money through the Rdio Affiliate Program.

∞  June 13, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Unofficial Rdio Apps: Anthm

Anthms

In this installment of awesome apps created using the Rdio API, we're happy to present Anthm. Think of Anthm as a majority-rule interactive jukebox.

Download the app to your iPhone and invite your friends to create a playlist with you using Rdio’s music library. Once songs are added, you and your friends can vote for what you want to hear — vote up to play the track sooner, vote down to eventually remove the song. Plug your phone into any speaker and pump up your perfect party mix.

Get music recommendations from the app-makers themselves — you can also follow Anthm on Rdio.

Interested in learning more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and change how people listen to music. You can even earn some cash through the Rdio Affiliate Program. We even have sample code and libraries available on Github and an API Google Group to help spur your idea.

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Listen to: Django Django

“Listening to Django Django, I am taken back to when I first heard the Beta Band's The Three E.P.’s and Olivia Tremor Control's Dusk at Cubist Castle. Amazing, vaguely psychedelic pop, with a penchant for Beatle-isms, a pocket full of Pet Sounds and a pulsing minimalist disco beat.

Their name is a variation of Quando Quango, Factory Record's disco outfit from the early ‘80s. I'm hearing all sorts of odd references here: Arthur Russell, Flat Earth Society, Dick Dale, Radiophonic Workshop, DJ Rush, Bush Tetras, Elephant 6, and, yes, the aforementioned Beta Band. Best of all, these guys sound like they are having a blast making music: this record is resplendent with joyous, youthful sonic adventure.”

Tod Nelson

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Listen to Sufjan Stevens on Rdio

Sufjan

The wait is over for Sufjan Stevens fans — you can now listen to his music on Rdio.

The Michigan-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is the mind behind acclaimed gems like Michigan, Illinois, and Seven Swans. Stevens is responsible for some of the most beloved music of the past decade, and has continued to lead fans down his intriguing rabbit-hole in the new decade — 2010’s genre-bending The Age of Adz was Steven’s most ambitious record to date, ending with a 25-minute suite that included auto-tuned vocals.

Add the Sufjan Stevens discography to your collection today, and share his music with your friends. If you haven’t listened to Stevens yet, today is a good time to start.

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This Week on Rdio: January 16 - 20, 2012

This Week on Rdio

If you don’t get the chance to check the Rdio blog on a regular basis, we’ve got you covered. Like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio to get up-to-the-minute news.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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Listen to Gotye’s Making Mirrors on Rdio

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When not recording with his three-piece pop band The Basics, multi-instrumentalist Wally De Backer writes and performs as Gotye. This Australian phenomenon has already recorded three albums under the moniker — Making Mirrors is his third.

Making Mirrors is now available on Rdio for your listening pleasure — don’t let this gem go unheard.