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New Music: The 405 Recommends

The 405 Recommends

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

Posted by Rdio at 10:03PM in Influencer Spotlights, Weekly New Music |

News

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.

Rdio is available in 51 countries across 6 continents. If you're new to Rdio, start listening for free today to your favourite artist, song, album, or more than 400 stations. Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited anytime for unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

∞  18/02/2014 — 10:18AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:18AM in News |

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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

Posted by Rdio at 10:19AM in New Features, News |

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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

Posted by Rdio at 2:01AM in Events, Music |

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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

Posted by Rdio at 3:58PM in New Features, News, Tips & Tricks |

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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

Posted by Rdio at 11:59PM in Music, Rdio Recommends |

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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

Posted by Rdio at 11:31PM in Artist Spotlights, Music, News |

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Rdio + Shazam: Making Playlist Magic Together

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Last year, we teamed up with Shazam to make it easier than ever to listen to music you discover at clubs, shops and restaurants with the Listen Free on Rdio link, available from Shazam’s Tag screen. Now we’re taking our integration one step further with the latest Shazam mobile update, available on Android and iOS. Connect your Rdio account in a few simple steps and all of your Shazamed songs will be added to a new playlist in Rdio called “My Shazam Tracks.” And the playlist will automatically update with every new song you Shazam, making it easy to relive an amazing night out, track for track, through the Rdio app.

The Shazam playlist feature is exclusive to Rdio and instantly ready for you to use. Just update to the latest version of the Shazam app, connect your Rdio account, and your playlist awaits!

This integration is the latest example of one of our developer partners extending the Rdio experience through our powerful, best-in-class API. Over a thousand developers are actively creating a huge variety of apps using the Rdio API, making it easier for Rdio users to discover new music, attend concerts, create playlists, listen collaboratively, learn about their favorite artist, and more. Check out our API Gallery for more innovative examples of the Rdio API at work.

The latest Shazam update is available in both Free and Encore versions for iOS and Android. To connect your account, follow the instructions in your Shazam newsfeed or go to your Shazam settings and select Connect to Rdio.

∞  06/01/2014 — 6:02AM

Posted by Rdio at 6:02AM in New Features, News |

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Snoopzilla on New Music Weekly

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with SoCal producer Dam-Funk and adopted the new moniker Snoopzilla to produce the smooth but hard hitting 7 Days of Funk, which is available to stream exclusively on Rdio two weeks early with an Rdio-only bonus track.

7 Days of Funk shines with Snoop’s self-assured smoothness and fresh beats that blend with the retro vibe layered throughout the album. The funk masterpiece was a natural pick to spotlight in this week’s New Music Weekly Video Series, where new music inspires new art. Taking the stage with Snoop is video artist Golden Wolf, who plays puppet master with the Doggfather and Dam-Funk to create this whimsical motion art companion piece for the funktastic track, "Do My Thang."

On what inspired the concept video, Golden Wolf reminisced:

"We got a pretty instantaneous hit of visuals when we first heard "Do My Thang." Being children of the 80s it was a nostalgic mix of our parents' vinyl collection and kids TV like the Muppets and Fraggle rock. Building on this we knew we had to transport Snoopzilla and Dam Funk into the world of puppets. We felt that a track as simple and smooth as this needed a video that stripped away all the fuss and really let Dam and Snoop do their thing, 80s style."

∞  12/12/2013 — 5:00AM

Posted by Rdio at 5:00AM in Weekly New Music |

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Rdio Expands to 20 New Territories: Now Available in 51 Countries

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We’ve got the whole world in our hands... or getting close!

We are excited to share Rdio with more music fans today as Rdio expands to 20 new territories around the world. Rdio’s global footprint now reaches people in 51 countries across six continents, making Rdio the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela as they join the Rdio family.

If you’re new to Rdio, welcome! Sign up at rdio.com right now and start streaming your favourite artist, song, album or over 400 genre stations. Discover new music and find your favourites with our web and desktop apps and you can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

Rdio is constantly expanding to more international territories so let us know here where you’d like to see Rdio available next.

∞  11/12/2013 — 3:01AM

Posted by Rdio at 3:01AM in News |