Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist to Watch for May: Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world! His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet, coming May 18th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays, Girlpool and Yvette.

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Joywave, Milo Greene and BANKS.

∞  04/05/2015 — 10:18AM

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Exclusives

Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

As promised, today we’ve got even more for your fine ears from Rdio’s Artist to Watch act Milo Greene! This time LA’s cinematic pop band that’s been on everyone’s lips has recorded an exclusive Rdio Session for our intimate series. The four-song live set, recorded at Decibelle Studios in San Francisco, features “Lie To Me,” “On The Fence” and “White Lies” from the new album Control plus a fun surprise: their killer cover of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home!”

Need more Rdio Sessions in your life? Check out the Rdio Sessions Station featuring highlights from the archives.

∞  21/04/2015 — 8:47AM

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New Features

From the Rdio page to the concert stage: Find out when your favourites are playing near you

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Rdio is bringing you even closer to your favourite bands. Now with our Songkick integration, you can easily see who’s scheduled to be in concert near you, as soon as tour dates are announced. You can even grab tickets while you listen!

Watch for tour dates in a couple of places:

  • Home.
    As you scroll through Home, look for a new story, “Concerts recommended for you.” Here you’ll find upcoming shows from your favourite bands at venues near you. As you favourite and listen more, we’ll recommend more shows.

  • Artist pages.
    If a favourite artist is playing near you, you’ll see a green “On Tour” icon at the top of their page, letting you know when and where you can see them live.

From either page, you can click through to purchase tickets. We’re rolling out this feature on web starting now, and will make it available on mobile in the coming months.

Enjoy the show!

∞  08/04/2015 — 7:24AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist To Watch for April: Joywave

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Joywave gets the spotlight in this month’s Artist To Watch program. The Rochester, New York quintet (singer Daniel Armbruster, Joseph Morinelli on guitar, bassist Sean Donnelly, Benjamin Bailey on keys and drummer Paul Brenner) are now five years into their career and making their most memorable, upbeat songs to date. Tapped into that brilliant line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro, the time for these genre-hoppers is now! Stay tuned throughout this month as we bring you all sorts of treats from Joywave, including exclusive playlists and their new album How Do You Feel Now? (due out April 21).

The best way to learn about musicians and bands that are really going to make an impact this year is to tune in to Rdio's Artist To Watch station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Catfish and the Bottlemen, BANKS and Milo Greene.

∞  01/04/2015 — 1:00PM

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Listen to New Label Stations on Rdio

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Today, we’re pleased to roll out new Label Stations on Rdio. Now you can listen to free radio stations individually curated by over 20 labels, like Merge Records, Domino Recording Co, Warp Records, Def Jam, MUTE, Sub Pop and Wichita Recordings. Each station picks handpicked songs that both reflect either the label's catalog, genre specialty or the music they're most excited about now. You’ll find all these stations in a new section under Browse called LABEL SPOTLIGHT. Play them now!

∞  26/03/2015 — 7:11AM

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New Features

Sharing Music Keeps Getting Better

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What’s more fun than enjoying your favourite music on Rdio? Enjoying it with a friend. Sharing is a unique part of the Rdio listening experience, and with three new features we’re introducing, you’ll find even more ways to share the sounds you love with your friends.

  • Share Replies Keep the Conversation Going
    Sharing is a conversation, and with our new share improvements, you can follow that conversation easily. Hit "reply" when a friend shares music with you to let them know what you think.

  • Smarter Sharing
    Find friends to share music with quickly and easily with new iOS improvements. Tap the new share icon on any album, playlist or station page — or press and hold on any song — then use the search filter to find a friend to share your music moment with.

  • Tweet the Artist
    Rdio listeners already love using Twitter to share music with their followers. Now, when you share a song to Twitter, the artist’s Twitter handle will be automatically included in your tweet so they know you’re listening along.Now available on iOS and the web. Coming soon to Android.

∞  17/03/2015 — 9:50AM

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Artist To Watch

Rdio’s Artist to Watch for March: LoneLady

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Our March Artist to Watch is LoneLady, the recording alias of Julie Campbell, a musician, singer, songwriter and visual artist who hails from Manchester and has drawn attention for her budding solo career as well as collaborations with Jah Wobble and Keith Levene. Her new album Hinterland is an exploration of the convergence of digital and analogue funk and will be released on 23 March, so stay locked for much more from LoneLady this month!

We feature musicians and bands that we truly feel will break through in 2015 on Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, and our track record is tight! Previous Artist to Watch acts include Milo Greene, BANKS and Darlia. Ladies and gentlemen, hear the future right now.

∞  04/03/2015 — 7:04AM

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EventsMusic

Celebrate 40 Years of Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" Today

Today’s release of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition) marks the 40th anniversary of this seminal double album. Everything has been completely remastered on this 16x Platinum powerhouse. The set includes the addition of seven previously unreleased versions of songs, including early takes on “Houses of the Holy” and “In The Light,” the latter with different lyrics!

As well, today we celebrate the amazing news that the whole Led Zeppelin catalog is now available for your rock music pleasure! Fans of the almighty band have also been enjoying a wave of remastered classics, which started in 2014 and continues on this year. Stay tuned for much more to come from the epic Led Zeppelin catalog!

∞  24/02/2015 — 11:16AM

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News

Celebrate Placebo’s 20-Year Anniversary With A Catalogue of Reissues

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UK heroes Placebo are in the spotlight all this week here on Rdio as we celebrate their catalogue, available for streaming for the first time. Listen to two decades of the band’s success with daily reissues of their vital catalogue. Seven of Placebo’s albums (all but 2013’s Loud Like Love) are back to introduce to a whole new generation of listeners. Start the Placebo party with their 1996 self-titled debut, 1998’s Without You I’m Nothing, and 2000’s Black Market Music.

On Thursday, they will release 2003’s Sleeping With Ghosts; Friday, 2006’s Meds, Saturday, 2009's Battle for the Sun and finally Sunday, Covers, the latter originally released as a bonus disc with Sleeping With Ghosts.

Throughout the band’s life, Placebo has continually defied categorization, throwing off initial pegs as a glam rock act to show an incredible diversity. You’ll hear this legacy unfold over the course of these albums and through the many bands that have been influenced by Placebo.

∞  18/02/2015 — 9:01AM

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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.

∞  22/01/2015 — 2:42PM

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