March 2014

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Cast a Wider Net: Introducing Rdio on Google Chromecast

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We are thrilled to share news that starting today you can listen to Rdio on Google Chromecast. Chromecast allows you to cast songs, albums, stations, and playlists to your TV — then control playback from anywhere in your house and enjoy a beautiful display of album art on your big screen. This means you now have a whole new way to surround yourself with your music in the comfort of your home.

Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Once the Chromecast device is setup, simply press the cast icon in the Rdio iOS, Android or Web apps. You won't have to learn anything new. If you’re new to Rdio, you can start a free trial by simply downloading the Rdio app and registering.

“Rdio on Google Chromecast marks another milestone in Rdio’s commitment to delivering the best music experience everywhere,” said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. “Music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalogue of over 20 million songs or start a station easily, all from Chromecast on their TV.”

We are very excited about this awesome new way to play Rdio at home and unleash your favourite music, check out new releases, and stream an endless variety of Stations from anywhere in the house right to your TV with Chromecast’s bold new technology. It’s not only easy, but with a starting price of £30 Chromecast is also affordable.

Ready to cast your first song? Learn how to connect Google Chromecast to your TV and Rdio app.

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand listening everywhere you go.

∞  31/03/2014 — 8:01AM

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Rdio Heads to South by Southwest!

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The South by Southwest Music Festival takes over Austin, TX this month with musicians, industry reps, music fans, and media coming together for what has become the United State's biggest music event and conference.

Rdio will be heading to SXSW to join the fun and capture a truckoad of exclusive performances as part of our Rdio Sessions series, the SXSW 2014 edition. Each live session will be released as an exclusive live set on Rdio, bringing these unique and intimate performances back home to Rdio listeners.

Rdio Sessions at SXSW will feature a stellar lineup of up-and-coming artists including Lucius, Ty Dolla $ign, David Nail, Bad Suns, Haerts, Tensnake, Strange Talk, Little Boots, and Tokyo Police Club. Many of these acts are also part of Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, our handpicked tipsheet of musicians and bands that Rdio anticipates to break through in 2014 and who we think fans will love.

Curious to hear these artists now? Check out our SXSW lineup right here with the Rdio Sessions + SXSW 2014 playlist:

Want more? Stay tuned for the release of each SXSW Session on Rdio and be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for daily updates and sneak peeks of Rdio Sessions from SXSW!

SXSW Artists Recording Rdio Sessions

Lucius - Berklee College of Music voice majors Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig make up the Brooklyn-based indie pop quintet Lucius.

Ty Dolla $ign – Ty is a Los Angeles-based singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and multi- instrumentalist.

David Nail - Born and raised in Kennett, Missouri, David is a country singer songwriter with recent the hit single, "Whatever She's Got" which made it to Billboard’s country airplay number one spot.

Bad Suns - Comprising vocalist Christo Bowman, drummer Miles Morris, guitarist Ray Libby, and bassist Gavin Bennett, Bad Suns formed in 2012 in Woodland Hills, California.

Haerts – The long-distance collaborative project Haerts came into formation when childhood friends Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert started working on music together in a small apartment in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tensnake – The electro producer Tensnake from Hamburg, Germany recently released the single “Love Sublime” featuring Nile Rodgers of Daft Punk.

Strange Talk - An Australian synthpop band from Melbourne, Victoria, Strange Talk consists of Gerard Sidhu, Stephen Docker, Travis Constable and Gillan Gregory. The band will be releasing their debut album Cast Away in 2014.

Little Boots - Blackpool. England’s Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, makes sleek. exquisite electropop with friends from LCD Soundsystem Hercules and Love Affair. Catch her on the mike, the moog, the keys and the dancefloor.

Tokyo Police Club - The Toronto band was described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the greatest thing to come out of Canada since Molson”. Their new album, Forcefield, comes out right after SXSW.

∞  07/03/2014 — 6:05PM

Influencer SpotlightsWeekly New Music

New Music: The 405 Recommends

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Here at Rdio, we believe you can never have enough new music and we’re always on the lookout for impressive fresh talent. Luckily, there’s no shortage out there, and our friends over at online music and culture mag The 405 are also on a mission to seek out the very best.

As a treat for Rdio listeners, The 405 have shared their top picks of the most intriguing and exciting new artists of the moment for your listening pleasure. Read on to hear what sets these artists apart, then turn them up and enjoy on Rdio!

Ian Isiah
New York City singer Ian Isiah is an exhilarating prospect in the R&B world. Full of slick production (from ShyGuy, Brenmar and Sinjin Hawke) with a silver-tongued gift of the gab, Isiah's recent album The Love Champion went down a storm with fans, onlookers and critics alike. The track “Sweat” is a particular stand out and a dancefloor-ready, honest-to-God banger.

Fifi Rong
Fifi Rong is an exciting prospect in the world of electronic music. Fusing satin-sleek R&B vocals, reminiscent of the late ‘90s trip-hop, she creates a progressive kind of downtempo, dub-slathered post-electronica that also skirts pop and soul. High profile collaborations and her well-received debut album, Wrong, demonstrate she’s already garnering attention from bigger players and it’s only a matter of time before we see her burst forth into the limelight.

The Casket Girls
The Casket Girls are a trio comprised of Ryan Graveface (Black Moth Super Rainbow) and sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene, who met in Georgia under a tree while the sisters were busking with an autoharp. They’re prepping their second LP, True Love Kills The Fairy Tale, for release as we speak, and when you hear efforts like their track “Same Side,” you'll wonder why they’re not the outfit on everyone’s lips.

Clarence Clarity
Haywire R&B enigma Clarence Clarity is set to leave a scorched wasteland in his wake this year. He is silver-tongued and maniacal. His tracks “The Gospel Truth” and “Alive In The Septic Tank” are elysian delusions, assuming a horror-hop guise. Join his cult today and save yourself from being enslaved when he conquers the planet!

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∞  04/03/2014 — 10:03PM