December 2012

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Music

Indulge in Rdio’s NYE: Guilty Pleasures 2013 Playlist


In the spirit of New Year’s Eve, we’ve decided to share some sweet secrets with you. Rdio’s NYE: Guilty Pleasures 2013 Playlist contains songs that we are finally ready to admit make us dance.

Normally, we’d be more than a little bit embarrassed about many of these songs, but it’s nothing that a little bit of courage as the clock strikes midnight won’t cure. At the very least, you’ll get to hear Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” with fresh, unashamed ears.

Happy New Year from all of us at Rdio!

∞  28/12/2012 — 2:00AM

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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 the U.K. to see who else made the grade:

TOP PLAYED TRACKS - U.K.

  1. 1. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
  2. 2. Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  3. 3. fun. featuring Janelle Monae - “We Are Young”
  4. 4. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  5. 5. Psy - "Gangnam Style"
  6. 6. Alex Clare - "Too Close"
  7. 7. Coldplay - "Paradise"
  8. 8. Jay-Z and Kanye West - “Ni***s in Paris”
  9. 9. Skrillex featuring Sirah - "Bangarang”
  10. 10. Coldplay - "Princess of China"

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

∞  21/12/2012 — 3:00AM

Music

‘Tis the Season for Rdio’s Christmas Playlist


Here’s something you can cross off your list: Nothing makes a holiday celebration more festive than the perfect music, and we’ve taken care of all of the groundwork. Press play on Rdio’s Christmas 2012 Playlist and you’ll be on the way to achieving the right spirit straightaway.

The set above offers a subtle yet playful collection of sophisticated holiday classics from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and Louis Prima, shaken and stirred with a dash of modern revelry from Eels, The Killers, of Montreal, and so much more.

Enjoy the songs and have a merry Christmas!

∞  21/12/2012 — 1:00AM

Giveaways

Win Six Months of Rdio Unlimited

Win Rdio

We’re starting to feel the holiday spirit pretty hard over here at Rdio HQ, and we want to spread that goodwill all around. What better way, we thought, than to share it with you?

It’s simple: follow @RdioUK on Twitter, and retweet our designated contest tweet for your chance to win one of ten six-month Rdio Unlimited subscriptions! The fun will begin Monday, December 17, and winners will be announced on Christmas Eve, giving you 24 hours to decide whether to gift it or keep it for yourself.

Either way, it’s our way of sharing the holiday spirit, Rdio-style: through music.

∞  17/12/2012 — 1:00AM

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Best of 2012: The Albums Of The Year


For most people December is about avoiding brussel sprouts, searching for the most symmetrical tree, and desperately trying to brainstorm the perfect gift for that special someone. But for music lovers it’s all about the list — yes, the list. We delved back into the past 12 months to pick the standout albums of the year and turned them into a playlist of perfection. Want to know which albums made the cut? Hear our Best of 2012 playlist now.

∞  14/12/2012 — 2:00AM

New FeaturesNews

Introducing New Release Notifications

New Release Notifications

With so many new releases each week on Rdio, it’s hard to keep up with all the artists in your Collection. So, we’re doing the work for you. Starting today, you’ll receive a notification whenever an artist in your Collection releases new music.

Notifications will alert you to the latest jams through the web and desktop apps as well as email. You’ll never be out of tune with your favourite artists again.

∞  11/12/2012 — 12:00AM

News

Rdio Arrives to Estonia, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Rdio Map

We’re launching in Estonia, Belgium, and the Netherlands today! That means more people can find over 18 million songs to play, follow Influencers like Snoop Dogg, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, and Pitchfork, and take their favourite tunes wherever they go with any of our apps.

Try Rdio now by signing up using Facebook or your email address for a 7-day free trial. Use Rdio on the web, a desktop app, and your mobile device.

Remember to follow Rdio on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook for the latest music, Rdio-only exclusives, and news.

∞  06/12/2012 — 12:00AM