December 2011

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New Music Tuesday, December 6, 2011


This week’s New Releases have an urban flavor: hip-hop vets The Roots return with their thirteenth studio album, with R&B standbys Robin Thicke and T-Pain dropping new ones as well.

There’s also a smorgasbord of new music from a wide variety of genres, including nu-metal troupe Korn, DJ deadmau5, Latina-pop queen Shakira, drone-rock experimentalists Boris, and the latest from the Glee kids. Rounding out the week's releases is a compendium of music left behind by late pop diva Amy Winehouse. Hear these artists and more on the New Music Tuesday playlist for December 6, 2011.

Playlist Notes

  • Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures
    Following neo-soul singer Amy Winehouse’s tragic passing this summer, the London chanteuse left behind a batch of songs that never saw the light of day. Alternate takes, covers, and of course a handful of new tracks round out this memorial for the late young musician.

  • The Roots - undun
    One of the most musically gifted and respected hip-hop troupes of all time returns this week with their thirteenth studio album. undun is the band’s first concept album, about a character whose life path hinges on his decisions, right or wrong. Hear the story now.

  • Robin Thicke - Love After War
    L.A.-based singer-songwriter Robin Thicke releases his fifth LP today, including collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Faith Evans, Usher, Maxwell, and Lil Wayne. His silky-smooth vocal delivery over sexy, soulful beats should move any R&B fan.

  • T-Pain - rEVOLVEr
    Autotune-lovin’ R&B crooner T-Pain drops rEVOLVEr today, his fourth studio album. The singer himself has claimed that the word “evolve” in the album’s title refers to his growth as both a person and artist since 2008’s Thr33 Ringz, but you’ll have to tune into the album to hear exactly how.

  • American Music Club Reissues - Mercury, California, United Kingdom, San Francisco, Hello Amsterdam, Engine
    From 1982 to 1994, San Francisco alt-rockers American Music Club covered quite a bit of musical turf. It makes sense that the austere, guitar-based tunes from their earliest days should be due for reissue. Enjoy six of their best albums today.


Kavinsky Celebrates Nightcall EP Anniversary


French electro-house artist Kavinsky’s Nightcall EP was originally released a year ago, but a feature in the film Drive renewed interest in it. To commemorate the occasion, Kavinsky and his label, Record Makers released an Anniversary Edition of the EP, produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and mixed by SebastiAn — it features three brand-new “Nightcall” remixes.

Rdio is lucky to have the EP as well as an exclusive playlist of Kavinsky’s favorite tracks. Queue up Nightcall now, and listen to Kavinsky’s hand-picked tunes below.

MusicRdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: November 2011

Welcome to the second edition of Rdio Recommends, a monthly music digest featuring the best of last month’s incredibly listenable tunes. While you’re putting together your year-end Best Of list, don’t overlook this collection of great new November music. Just when you think you’ve heard everything, there’s Rdio Recommends.

What do you think of Rdio Recommends: November? Let us know by reviewing the playlist.

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: November 28 - December 2, 2011

This Week on Rdio

Starting today we’ll be posting a week-end roundup of music, Rdio news, and new Influencers so you can browse what's happening on Rdio at a glance. For the most update-to-date fun, follow @Rdio on Twitter, like Rdio on Facebook, follow us on Rdio and subscribe to the Rdio blog feed.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week.

Follow this week's newest influencers.


Now Available: Privacy Controls for Facebook and Scrobbling

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For the times when you’d rather your friends not know what you’re listening to, you can now disable Rdio's Facebook sharing and scrobbling.

To manage these privacy settings, visit your External account settings on Use the checkbox to toggle sharing and scrobbling — you can change this setting at any time.

In case you weren’t already aware, connecting Rdio with your Facebook and Twitter accounts makes sharing music with your friends a breeze. It also makes finding people to follow on Rdio effortless — once your accounts are connected, it’s easy to find Twitter and Facebook friends to follow on Rdio and they can find you too. If you want an additional layer of music tracking, connect Rdio and to scrobble all the songs you play.


Celebrate the Ha Ha Holidays

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Whether the day after Thanksgiving or December 1st is your signal to kick off the festivities, most people would agree that it's time to start piping holiday tunes through the house. To celebrate the season Rdio-style, there'll be a weekly sprinkling of holiday spirit until the New Year.

Today's playlist features the best of funny-Ha Ha Holiday music. These provocative, twisted and sometimes sacrilegious songs are both the deliciously humorous holiday hits, and under-appreciated Christmas comedy gold.

You won't find a sappy song in the mix, unless you have a soft spot for roasted chipmunks, foul-mouthed television characters or critter-sung carols. Listen now to be holiday-inspired by Weird Al, the Lonely Island, Monty Python, Dr. Elmo, and many others.

Is the Ha Ha Holiday playlist missing your favorite novelty tune? Share it in this post's comments.


Hear Eric Paslay’s Exclusive Capitol Street Party EP


The next exclusive from September’s rollicking Capitol Street Party comes courtesy of silver-tongued crooner Eric Paslay. The recently-signed singer and songwriter hasn’t yet recorded a debut album, but with anticipation reaching a fevered pitch we’re happy to announce that, like Eric Church and Luke Bryan before him, Paslay’s set from the Nashville event was recorded and is exclusively available to you right now on Rdio.

Paslay’s Live From Capitol Street Party EP features a slew of his genuine, heartfelt country music, unavailable in recorded form anywhere else. Click to hear Live From Capitol Street Party now.

Not enough for you? Check out Paslay’s debut single “Never Really Wanted” for a taste of Paslay’s in-studio panache.