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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.

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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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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.

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∞  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

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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

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Rdio Pushes for Net Neutrality in Europe

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At Rdio, we believe there should be a level playing field on the internet, in order to provide the best experience for consumers, with seamless and reliable access to their favourite content, whether it is video, music, web pages or simple information. That is the future of online, and it’s something that can be achieved – or at least significantly improved – through net neutrality.

Because of our passion for this issue, Rdio today joined industry peers Netflix, Soundcloud, and 22tracks to sign an open letter to the European Parliament to further Net Neutrality protection. The European Commission’s proposal for the “Connected Continent” is a strong push in the right direction, but we’ve joined with our peers in the industry to argue for revisions that pursue net neutrality while safeguarding innovation in Europe.

We believe that a level playing field, with no special exemptions for one company or sector or another, is crucial to delivering the best experiences online for consumers. That’s what matters. People want content delivered smoothly and reliably over the internet – that is without question the future, and we believe it is important that nothing hinders this.

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∞  18/02/2014 — 10:18AM

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Rdio for iOS: It’s Getting Better All the Time

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Rdio is already the best music app available (just ask the New York Times), but that’s not good enough for us — we’re always looking for ways to make our mobile app even better.

So today, we’re excited to launch two new features on the Rdio app for iOS.

First up is playlist editing. Now, you can update your playlists from your iPhone or iPod touch — in addition to creating playlists and adding new tracks, you can now remove and rearrange tracks until you’ve made the best playlist ever (or it’s dethroned by your next playlist, of course). You can also customize the playlist artwork, change its visibility and collaboration settings, and more.

The other big addition is reviews. You can now write album and playlist reviews right from the iOS app, and read reviews by critics and other people on Rdio. It’s a great way to see what other listeners think of your favourite albums and let your own voice be heard.

We’ve also made tweaks to the app’s design, user interface, and overall performance — all the little details that make Rdio so enjoyable to use.

We hope you enjoy the updates on Rdio for iOS. We look forward to bringing these new features to Android down the road.

Haven’t tried Rdio on mobile yet? Download our apps for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

∞  11/02/2014 — 10:19AM

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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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Rdio + Shazam Go Global

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We’ve been incredibly thrilled about working with Shazam the past year to power music discovery in new and creative ways. Earlier this month we announced our latest integration with Shazam to offer a personal playlist of your Shazamed songs in the Rdio App. This playlist updates automatically with every new song you tag in Shazam, making it easy to relive a brilliant night out, track for track, on Rdio. Music fans can also instantly listen to entire songs right after tagging them in Shazam by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link within the app.

Now Rdio and Shazam are taking these integrations around the world to 29 additional countries including France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.

“Working together in major countries across the globe, we are now providing more than 270 million Shazam users the ability to instantly listen to an entire song they just identified exclusively on Rdio and seamlessly build playlists on Rdio,” said Daniel Danker, chief product officer of Shazam.

“Music lovers around the globe can now connect Shazam's tagging feature with Rdio's digital music service. All the songs tagged in Shazam are automatically added to a 'My Shazam Tracks' playlist in Rdio, making it easy to identify, save, and organise their music discoveries,” said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. “Rdio and Shazam are at the forefront of how people are discovering new music.”

Here is the complete list of the 35 countries where the Shazam and Rdio integration is now available: United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Venezuela.

Our partnership with Shazam is one of the many ways we are dedicated to bringing the Rdio experience to music lovers everywhere. Paired with our web, desktop, and mobile apps that serve up any song, album, artist or station we can proudly say the music never stops when you listen to Rdio! Sign up for a trial or subscribe today with the plan that's right for you.

∞  29/01/2014 — 3:58PM

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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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