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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 HBO show have gotten creative this week 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 patiently await the Season 4 premiere this Sunday, check out some true fan obsession with these playlists from your favorite 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 favorite Mother of Dragons thinks of Jon Snow (even though they’ve never met) here.

Game of Thrones, Season 4 premieres this Sunday, April 6 on HBO. Follow your favorite 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 favorite spitfire for revenge on her Stick ‘Em with the Pointy End playlist and her collection of favorite Girl vs Boy tomboy theme songs.

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

Our favorite 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.

∞  April 4, 2014 — 3:08PM

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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 catalog 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 favorite 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 $35 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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∞  March 31, 2014 — 8:01AM

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Rdio + Shazam: Now With More Power

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The magical power of the Shazam app, which allows you to identify, explore and listen to music, has just gotten stronger with a fresh and full redesign that includes enhanced functionality for Rdio users.

Shazam fans can already use the Listen Free on Rdio mode on Shazam’s tag screen to hear full length versions of songs identified with the app and every song you Shazam is stored automatically in a personal playlist on Rdio called “My Shazam Tracks” — allowing you to revisit all the music that catches your ear and made you pull out your phone.

Now with the latest update, Rdio users can add any song on Shazam to any Rdio playlist, whether they Shazamed the song or found it in Pulse, Shazam’s music discovery feed of popular and trending music. We’re excited for you to try it out and see how much this opens up your playlist possibilities.

The most recent Shazam update is available now in both Free and Encore versions for iOS; the Android version will be available in a few weeks.

To connect your Rdio account with Shazam, follow the instructions in your Shazam newsfeed or go into your Shazam settings and select Connect to Rdio.

Happy Shazaming!

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∞  March 28, 2014 — 2:31PM

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Who's Buzzing at SXSW: Rdio Influencers Share Lineups & Picks!

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As the music portion of South by Southwest gets underway this week our amazing Rdio Influencers have put together a buzzworthy swath of playlists that feature bands to see, lineups at the various SXSW parties, and picks for who to keep an eye on (whether you're in Austin or sitting in the comfort of your own home).

Check out these Rdio playlists to help guide your SXSW experience and check out the artists that will be blowing up this week in Austin — and beyond!

New York City based Music blog Brooklyn Vegan helps you cut through the SXSW clutter with 3 killer playlists that highlight their picks for Best of SXSW 2014, NYC Artists @ SXSW 2014, and a special edition for bubbling up metal bands, SXSW 2014 Metal.

Need an indie fix? The Dumbing of America brings you The Best SXSW Indie Bands featuring their favorite bands at the festival who will keep your indie cred alive and make your hipster heart go a-flutter. Check out tracks from Eagulls, Hospitality, OFF!, Ski Lodge and much more.

Our satirical friends at The Onion want you to take this playlist seriously! Music Editor Marah Eakin has put together a selection of favorite artists at SXSW 2014 to guide you through the SXSW noise with picks that include Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings, Speedy Ortiz, and Jarvis Cocker.

Press play on ModCloth's SXSW Lineup Favorites for a curated sampler of their favorite artists to to see live in Austin this year, including Wye Oak, St. Vincent and Phantogram.

If you're down in Austin, don't miss the Paste Magazine music day parties — and listen to the stellar lineup on Rdio with Paste's 2014 SXSW Day Parties playlist featuring Wild Club, Thumpers, Lucius, and gardens & villa.

Our friends at Hype Machine have put together a playlist to preview the Hype Hotel at SXSW which will showcase 5 days of music picked by awesome blogs. Check out the lineup with Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel 2014 playlist and RSVP here to drop by Hype Hotel.

Want more scoop from SXSW? Keep up with Rdio at SXSW on our Twitter and Instagram pages and check out the artists playing SXSW Rdio Sessions here.

∞  March 12, 2014 — 4:27PM

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Lean Back and Listen: New Stations on Sonos

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We love Sonos. Thanks to its multi-room music system, you can play Rdio’s huge catalog of songs and albums in every room of the house, from the kitchen to the living room. And now, Rdio Stations on Sonos are new and improved giving you even more to love when you play music at home.

In the new Stations section, you can now start up a station based on any genre; listen to You FM, your personalized station, or play a friend’s FM station; listen to your Collection or Heavy Rotation station; and find a list of stations you’ve recently played on another device and pick up where you left off.

Want to hear an artist station? Just search for the artist you’re in the mood to hear. Once you’ve started your station, lean back and listen while Rdio plays a mix of your favorites and related tracks all through the house.

Of course, you can still play all the songs and albums on Sonos that you want, browse and listen to playlists, and check out what your friends are listening to. But now when Sonos turns your house into a concert hall, stations can give you the perfect mix of headlining acts.

Want to fill the room with music? Learn how to connect Sonos to your Rdio account.

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∞  March 11, 2014 — 1:55PM

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SXSW Rdio Sessions with Ty Dolla $ign, Tensnake, David Nail and More!

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South by Southwest takes over Austin, TX this month with musicians, industry reps, music fans, and media of all types coming together for what has become the country’s biggest music festival and conference.

Rdio will be heading to Austin 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.

∞  March 5, 2014 — 5:01AM

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The Voice Is Back: Blake Shelton Picks His Favorite Songs

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The Voice returns to NBC tonight at 8pm/7pm CT with Shakira and Usher rejoining Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the superstar coaching panel. To celebrate the kick-off of our favorite TV singing competition (that doesn’t judge a book by its cover), we are turning our chairs around and thrilled to share this exclusive Rdio playlist from Blake Shelton himself.

Listen to Blake Shelton’s Favorite Songs for tunes by Team Blake singers and contestants from The Voice, along with songs from the show's coaches and advisors (including his wife Miranda Lambert).

Need more tunes to get in the mood for The Voice? Check out music from coaches Adam Levine of Maroon 5, R&B star Usher, and Latin sensation Shakira.

Want more Blake? Follow Blake Shelton’s artist page to hear more of his own catalog of work, including the hit album “Based On a True Story”.

Bring on the Blind Auditions!

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∞  February 24, 2014 — 1:17PM

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Rdio CEO to Speak at Digital Entertainment World on "The State of the Music Industry"

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This week, Rdio CEO Anthony Bay will participate in a panel at the inaugural Digital Entertainment World conference on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Bay will join industry colleagues for "The State of the Music Industry," to discuss the future of the music business and technology — what's working and what's not — as well as the innovations and business models that will help fuel growth in the digital music marketplace.

Bay will share insights from Rdio’s innovation in the subscription music industry along with perspective from two decades of experience as a former digital executive at Amazon, Microsoft and Apple where he took companies to the next level helping to expand global reach and subscriber base growth.

If you are attending DEW, be sure to join for the discussion. Or check back here on the Rdio Bog later this week for a recap of the panel session.

"The State of the Music Industry"
Digital Entertainment World
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles Room

Other panelists include:

Rio Caraeff, CEO, VEVO
Jordan Berliant, Partner/Head of Music Management, The Collective
Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin
Moderator: Alex Pham, Senior Correspondent, Billboard

∞  February 18, 2014 — 9:11AM

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Sugarpie, Honeybunch — Sweet Tunes for Your Valentine’s Day

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You’ve bought the flowers and the candy and maybe even planned a romantic meal. But the most important element for your Valentine’s Day plan is, of course, the perfect soundtrack. Don't worry, we’ve taken care of that detail with the help of a select group of our cupid-approved Rdio Influencers. These four playlists are guaranteed to keep the love vibe flowing!

Dylan Lauren, owner of the epic sugar palace known as Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York (and daughter of designer Ralph Lauren), is the original Candy Girl and she’s sharing her sweetest tunes on Dylan’s Candy Bar Favorites. The playlist includes such dessert-forward favorites as “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies, “Milkshake” by Kelis, and “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow.

The dating experts at Howaboutwe have gifted us with a playlist of 21 Most Romantic Songs to fit any mood. Turn up the romance with tunes by Beyonce, John Legend, Frank Ocean and Bruno Mars.

Suave singer Jason Derulo melts hearts all year long with his music, but Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty on Valentine’s Day Playlist takes the passion to steamier heights with the help of Drake, Lorde, Childish Gambino, and Lady Gaga.

Fresh off of their soundtrack appearance on the new movie Endless Love, indie pop darlings Echosmith share 20 of their favorite lovey-dovey tunes on Echosmith Loves You: A Valentine’s Day Playlist. It’s a romp through ‘80s pop and modern indie rock via artists such as The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Berlin, The Smiths and Coldplay, all with a heaping helping of affection.

∞  February 13, 2014 — 4:01PM

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Sochi Sounds: 2014 Olympic Athletes Share Music that Goes for Gold

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As the XXII Olympic Winter Games continue through February 23 in Sochi, Russia, three incredible American athletes have shared the tunes that help motivate them to win — and to relax afterwards — in these exclusive Rdio playlists.

Alpine ski cup racer Julia Mancuso has already snagged the bronze for the 2014 women’s combined event, a new medal to add to her collection of Olympic medals won in 2006 and 2010. She’s put together a wonderful playlist that reveals what she loves to listen to in her Down Time, which includes highlights from Lorde, Passion Pit, Haim, and Ellie Goulding.

Halfpipe snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler is an American and World champion and is also the first female athlete to have her own clothing line with Oakley. She chooses heady, adrenaline-pumping songs from the likes of Icona Pop, Avicii, M.I.A., Spank Rock, and Red Hot Chili Peppers in a playlist of current favorites that she calls My Tops.

Ice hockey forward Hilary Knight scored the first goal of the Olympics for the U.S. women’s team! Her Plane, Bus, Walk offers an exceptional two-plus hour look at the myriad of musical sounds that fill her ears when she’s traveling, including artists like Drake, Rudimental, Vybz Kartel, The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Lana Del Rey.

Play ‘em to feel like a champion!

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∞  February 13, 2014 — 1:36PM

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