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#TGIF - Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

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Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s #TGIF, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favorite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”

∞  07/11/2014 — 9:35AM

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New Music: The 405 Recommends

The 405 Recommends

Last month, music gurus The 405 gave our ears a treat with their recommendations for the very best new tracks. We think they’ve outdone themselves with these latest picks and can’t wait for you to give them a whirl.

Here are The 405’s top finds, all ready for you to enjoy on Rdio!

Ang Low
Brooklyn's brightest R&B talent is Ang Low, a platinum-gulleted dude supreme with a penchant for soul, indie-pop and electronica. Firmly hitched to the '90s revival bandwagon, Ang Low stands out head and shoulders above the common rabble. Heavy on emotional content, pop pizazz and ingenuity, he is a prime example of how to be a true original in a saturated genre. “Can't Describe Her” and the twinkling parade “Life Goes Down” are essential listens.

Sylvan Esso
North Carolina twosome Sylvan Esso came together serendipitously back in 2012. The pair swiftly began doodling with noise, sculpting sublime synthpop that careens between skulking dance lurches (“Coffee”) and quaint folk handclappery (“Hey Mami”) – the combinations they make are both fascinating sonic explorations and technically flawless ditties, showcasing Nick Sanborn's eclectic genre-hopping penchant and Amelia Meath's golden pipes. 2014 is set to be a big year, and it's easy to hear why.

Zhala
Like Naomi Pilgrim, Swedish singer Zhala once got her kicks as a backup vocalist for Lykke Li, but is now striving to create her own pop dynasty. Unlike Pilgrim, Zhala's manic electro-pop skirts demonic rather than sweet; tracks like the distorted dance-pop barrage “Prophet,” with its rhythmic flippancy and gyrating synth pulses, prove Zhala to be a more tarnished force. These are otherworldly musings, drenched in '90s house. Her oldest cut, “Slippin Around,” is less frenetic, and her distinct vocal tones shine through amongst the glitches, digi-blips and tribal beats.

Check back for more recommendations from Rdio influencers and Follow The 405 on Rdio for more essential emerging music.

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∞  11/04/2014 — 11:10AM

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Send a Raven! Game of Thrones Characters Battle it Out on Rdio

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Not that we are obsessed or anything, but Game of Thrones will be upon us in mere hours (yes, we are counting). In the preamble to this auspicious event fans of the immensely popular show have gotten creative and descended on Rdio to create a slice of Westeros by building in-character profiles and playlists for the show's protagonists and antagonists. And we are loving it!

As you enjoy the Season 4 premiere tonight, check out some true fan obsession with these playlists from your favourite Game of Thrones characters. Rdio’s "GoT" the perfect distraction — and accompaniment to your viewing parties — with these clever profiles from Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, King Joffrey, Jon Snow, and Hodor of Winterfell that are stirring up the drama and laughs.

And for more amusement, be sure to read the hilarious playlist comments posted from one in-character profile to another. See King Joffrey’s sociopathic and tyrannical jab on Arya Stark’s "Stick 'Em With The Pointy End" playlist here and what our favourite Mother of Dragons thinks of Jon Snow (even though they’ve never met) here.

Follow your favourite characters on Rdio throughout the season to see new music and playlists added from the Seven Kingdoms, Essos, and beyond the Wall.

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.

Daenerys Targaryen unleashes a fierce set of queen tunes on Ascending and compiles a hilarious set of Mother’s Day Songs — no surprise she’s really into dragon songs.

It’s not easy being drunk all the time, but Tyrion Lannister makes it look effortless. J. Cole, UB40, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars are on hand to help him celebrate wine, women, and money on his Things I Like a Lot and I Prefer Fun Sized playlists.

Arya Stark's been kicking ass and taking names all over Westeros. Check out the music that preps our favourite spitfire for revenge on her Stick ‘Em with the Pointy End playlist and her collection of favourite Girl vs Boy tomboy theme songs.

It’s good to be King Joffrey, and he gives it up to his all-time favourite person with his Me, Myself & I and Inspiration playlists.

Our favourite handsome bastard and member of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow knows how to stay warm while bumping his Night’s Watch Slow Jamz and Just Chilln’ playlists.

Loyal servant and Big Man Hodor of Winterfell is always at the side of young Bran Stark. He doesn’t say much, but we love tha drops and big bodied, hip-hop beats on Hodurrrrrr.

∞  07/04/2014 — 12:00PM

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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

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Strike a Pose: New York Fashion Week

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As any good Fashion lover can tell you, the international fashion weeks are upon us! The season kicks off today with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York running February 6-13. To honour the longstanding relationship between fashion and music, we’re looking back at the sounds from the Spring/Summer 2014 catwalk in New York to inspire your stylish side.

Mumbai born designer Naeem Khan chose English bands Rudimental and Disclosure to provide the musical backdrop to his Spring/Summer collection. Rudimental’s chart topping track “Waiting All Night” feat. Ella Eyre and Disclosure’s “Latch” feat. Critics’ Choice winner Sam Smith supplied their distinctive drum-step beats for the models to strut along with down the catwalk.

French house DJ Kavinsky’s electro-pop beats accompanied the classic French clothing label Lacoste for the Spring/Summer collection with the ironically named track “Odd Look.”

Spanish brand Desigual showcased their signature flamboyant designs to the high energy sounds of Empire of the Sun’s “Alive.”

And finally, enjoy the bopping-electronic sound of Joywave’s “Tongues” as heard on the Tanya Taylor catwalk — a great track for practicing practice your fashion week strut.

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∞  06/02/2014 — 2:01AM

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BAFTA Original Music Nominees on Rdio

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Many of the most memorable moments in film are all about the music, with some movie soundtracks becoming even more popular than the on-screen action. Now that awards season is getting into full swing and the nominations are out for the esteemed BAFTA Best Original Film Music category, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some of the most epic film music from the past year on Rdio.

Last year’s winning composer Tom Newman (for Skyfall) has gone and got himself nominated again with his supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical accompaniment to Saving Mr Banks. It’s a bit of a nostalgic nod to the original Walt Disney score with an added twist (namely the Colin Farrell voiceover on Chim Chim Cher – ee).

Other nominees include John Williams, who has stepped away from the Spielberg-esque Hollywood soundtracks he is famed for and composed the stunning and subtle soundtrack to The Book Thief. Brit composer (and ex Seal songwriter) Henry Jackman’s epic accompaniment to Captain Phillips is also a strong contender. Gravity, this year’s most nominated film at the BAFTAs, has also made the shortlist with Steven Price’s minimalist and otherworldly composition.

Movie of the moment, 12 Years a Slave finishes off the nominees list with big names such as John Legend, Alicia Keys and Laura Mvula featuring on this poignant soundtrack.

Have a listen and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

∞  21/01/2014 — 11:59PM

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Today Is Gonna Be the Day: Oasis Catalogue Arrives On Rdio

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2014 is already looking to be an excellent year for music. It is the 20th anniversary of Oasis’ seminal debut album “Definitely Maybe” and to kick-off the celebration the band is now making their entire catalogue available for streaming on Rdio. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the news.

You’ve surely kept up with the ongoing antics of brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher in the press, and now you can listen (or re-listen) to every record they’ve released — including eight (yes eight!) UK #1 albums and eight #1 singles.

As leaders in the early 90’s post-grunge Britpop phenomenon — which included archrivals Blur — Oasis’ guitar-driven sound showcases clear inspiration from original British Invasion acts like the Kinks, David Bowie, and the Beatles while layering on the more modern influences of fellow Mancunian bands like The Smiths, Happy Mondays, and the Stone Roses.

One listen to Oasis reminds you why their music has made them one of the most influential and successful UK bands of all time. And now you can play their stellar catalogue right here on Rdio. The only thing left to do is wonder about those 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour rumours.

Listen to the band’s breakout albums Definitely Maybe and [What’s the Story] Morning Glory, or browse through the complete Oasis collection here.

And — as a tribute to the band’s enduring influence and to salute his Gallagher mates, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has shared this playlist of favourite Oasis tracks to take you through the Oasis journey, from Rock ‘N’ Roll Star to the Masterplan:

∞  12/01/2014 — 11:31PM

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Black Joe Lewis Turns Up His Favourite Songs

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Austin blues luminary Black Joe Lewis is known for a certain soul-stirring sound and now he is revealing many of his surprising influences for the ears of Rdio listeners only. In honor of the new album that just dropped yesterday, Electric Slave, he’s mixed this playlist of favourite songs that contains a ton of wild cards. Listen and see if you can connect the dots between the soul of artists like Betty Wright, ZZ Top, and Bill Withers.

∞  28/08/2013 — 2:00AM

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Oh, Baby: A Playlist for the New Prince

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How often do you get to cheer on the birth of a prince? With Kate and William’s new addition to the royal family, we made an Oh Baby! playlist to get you in the celebratory mood. Go ga-ga over classics like Prince’s “Baby, I’m A Star” and Mariah’s “Always Be My Baby” while you wait in baited breath to find out the Prince of Cambridge’s official name. Take a listen and get babies off the brain and into your headphones.

∞  23/07/2013 — 5:00AM

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Deftones and ISIS Create New Supergroup Palms, and This Playlist

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Palms is the new heavy rock supergroup featuring members of Deftones and ISIS. The band, which just stepped out with a self-titled debut album last week, looks to unexpected places for inspiration, as seen with this new playlist thoughtfully assembled for Rdio listeners by Palms keyboardist Cliff Meyer. The two-hour set is highlighted by the classic rock of Pink Floyd, Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah, and German techno minimalists Basic Channel, but there’s much more. Turn it up until you can feel it.

∞  10/07/2013 — 2:00AM