November 2012

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Celebrate the Season With Rdio's New Holiday Music Mix

If you can’t bear another year of listening to the same old Christmas carols, Rdio’s New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist has four dozen hand-picked audio treats to help you get into the spirit without putting “Jingle Bells” in your head in an incessant loop.

The holidays bring out the tender side of some, as on Paul McCartney’s breathlessly romantic version of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).” It also can ignite hot-rockin’ passion, like James Durbin’s version of “Santa Claus Is Back in Town,” or push a person to the heights of their abilities — just listen to Kelly Clarkson’s diva-tastic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

A newly remastered version of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Great Pumpkin Waltz” and a duet of “This Christmas” by Grease co-stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta tug at nostalgic heartstrings, while contemporary acts like Victoria Justice, Far East Movement, Cee-Lo and Christina Aguilera keep the party grounded in the present tense.

The season sounds bold and bright on the New Holiday Music - 2012 Edition playlist.

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Pitchfork


Tony Montana’s pitchfork-shaped tattoo in the classic film Scarface provided the inspiration for the name of this 17-year-old Chicago-based website. And like Montana, Pitchfork has developed an almost fearsome reputation, but for its honest criticism of songs and albums across a span of adventurous musical genres. If you want real-deal honest and thorough opinions about the latest indie rock or electronic effort, there are few that are more respected than those that belong to Pitchfork.

Since launching right after high school, publisher Ryan Schreiber has grown the site and Pitchfork Media into a trusted lifestyle brand with ventures both on and offline. The annual Pitchfork Music Festival, now a three-day affair, sells out months in advance and draws thousands to Chicago, with a winter sister event held in Paris each year.

Follow Pitchfork on Rdio to sneak a peek of the site’s favorite singles from the past decade. There, you’ll also find quirky playlists, like an R&B-inspired “Do you like hugs?” mix which you can play below. Pitchfork is more than just a site that skewers — it’s a collective of true music fans, too.

Developer App

Developer App: Eavesdrop

This month’s Developer App turns your friends into an army of personal DJs. Eavesdrop lets you listen in on any mate’s music in real time.

Connect your Rdio account to Eavesdrop and then tune into anyone you follow. Kick back as your bud navigates the jams — when their tracks change, so do yours. Music plays directly on Eavesdrop. Although Eavesdrop won’t notify your friends that you’ve been nosey, the tracks will appear in your listening history.

Want to learn more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and start building. Feel free to check out our sample code and libraries on Github and join our API Google Group. Need more incentive? You can even earn some cash via the Rdio Affiliate Program.

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New Music Tuesday - November 27, 2012


As the holidays near and the record releases slow down, we get a chance to look back on our favorite artists and their careers. In that spirit, both UK pop quartet McFly and operatic pop outfit Il Divo have best of releases to hear this week. And, of course, there’s a little holiday music, too: grab a mug of hot cocoa and curl up with Michael Bublé’s new Christmas album.

Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for more music from this week, and consult our Playlist Notes below that for more highlights. As always, the entirety of the week’s new music is in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
    The piano-based R’n’B chanteuse releases her fifth studio album this week. It comes after a number of firsts for Keys, including the birth of her first child. We expect plenty of inspired songwriting on this one.

  • Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
    The most revered rap-rock combo of all time gets their debut album remastered for release today. Whether you’ve long been a fan and you’ve got your fingers crossed for reunion, or you’re just hearing about them now, it’s the perfect time to dive into this classic album.

  • 50 Cent - “My Life”
    50 Cent’s long-awaited fifth album might not come out until next year, but this new single should whet appetites: the bumping track features guest spots from Eminem and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

New FeaturesNews

New Rdio Apps for iOS and Android Are Here

Rdio for iOS and Android

Take everything you love about Rdio with you wherever you go on your iOS or Android device. Say hello to the new Rdio for iOS and Rdio for Android apps — they're faster, sleeker, and easier to use.


  • A new look and feel — The latest update includes design elements similar to our desktop and web experience: clean and minimal.
  • New side-bar navigation — A new navigation panel pops open on the left side of the app to bring you to Your Music, Settings, Playlists, and other features.
  • Remote control — The app will notify you if “Rdio is playing elsewhere.” Pause, skip, or play a station from wherever you are, or click “Play Here Instead” and your mobile device will pick up right where your laptop left off.
  • Infinite scroll — You’ll never run out of new music to explore. Rdio loads more content as you scroll through Heavy Rotation, Top Charts, and New Releases.

We don’t want to spoil all the new surprises so head to the iTunes App Store or Google Play, and try out the apps for yourself.


Festival Watch: Manchester Orchestra Bring The Stuffing to Atlanta

The Stuffing

Like any polite Thanksgiving potluck attendee, Atlanta indie rockers Manchester Orchestra are once again bringing The Stuffing. Just as palatable but without the butter — the annual day-long festival brings together some of today’s brightest folk-based artists, curated by Manchester Orchestra themselves. The third annual event goes down on November 21, at Atlanta’s Music Complex, and features Cage the Elephant, Kevin Devine, Royal Thunder, Manchester Orchestra, and Grouplove.

Since Rdio is getting in on the festival fun this year, the festival is getting in on ours: below, find The Stuffing 2012 playlist, chock full of the tunes you can expect to hear at the event. Though Thanksgiving is around the corner, remember: The Stuffing is always better than the turkey!


Don Caballero Unveil New Live Album a Week Early on Rdio


It’s been four years since Don Caballero released a full-length, but the instrumental Pittsburgh post-punk outfit is bridging the gap with a new live album. The set, titled Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live, was recorded in 2003, and captures the well-trained musicians at the peak of their performing powers.

Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live is out next week, but you can preview the live album a week early on Rdio, below. Get ready — it’s like a mosh pit in your headphones:

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New Music Tuesday - November 20, 2012


Like yams without marshmallow, it’s just not a Tuesday without a slathering of sweet new music to jam. Kid Rock and his buddy Uncle Kracker both have new albums out this week, as does veteran singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj and Björk have both released updates to previously-released material: the former has supplemented her album Roman Reloaded with another set of new singles and bonus tracks, while the latter has provided a series of remixes from the recent Biophilia.

There’s more below on our New Music Tuesday playlist, in the Playlist Notes below that, and in the compiled Rdio New Releases. Don’t miss out on all that this week has to offer.

Playlist Notes

  • Coldplay - Live 2012
    The arena-rockers release their first live album in over a decade, featuring the best songs of their recent catalog delivered to a cheering, enthusiastic stadium full of fans. Fans of Mylo Xyloto would be well-advised to give it a listen.

  • Kid Rock - Rebel Soul
    The hard-rockin’ country-rap star’s ninth album finds him reveling in his booze’n’broads lifestyle while also paying homage to his country’s troops via single “Let’s Ride.”

  • 3 Doors Down - The Greatest Hits
    The post-grunge alt-rockers that brought you “Kyptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” and “It’s Not My Time” put all their singles in one place. For new fans, it’s a broad view of what 3 Doors Down are about while diehards will want to hear new single “One Light.”

  • Kelly Clarkson - Greatest Hits
    The pop singer has earned millions of fans for her down to earth personality and magnificent voice. The span of singles on her new Greatest Hits comp — “Since U Been Gone,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and “Stronger,” among them — reflect her success since winning American Idol a decade ago.

  • Pitbull - Global Warming
    The club-music hit-maker keeps up his prolific pace with his seventh album in eight years. Global Warming is chock full of more club bangers featuring guests like Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias.


Listen to Missy Higgins’ Exclusive Rdio Sessions Performance

Missy Higgins

Back in June, Aussie singer-songwriter Missy Higgins dropped by the Rdio HQ Penthouse for an exclusive performance as part of our Rdio Sessions. The performance was too good to keep to ourselves, so we’re sharing it: Higgins’ Rdio Sessions: June 21, 2012 is now available to hear below.

The four-song set includes the single “Hello Hello” and three other album tracks from her 2012 full-length The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle. It’s only on Rdio — play it now.


Give the Gift of Rdio on Facebook

Facebook Gift

Music should be social. That’s why we encourage users to share music they love, collaborate on awesome playlists, and discover new gems through their Rdio network. Let’s face it — music just sounds better with friends. Thanks to our new partnership with Facebook, now you can give the gift of Rdio to all your friends.

Starting as soon as tonight, you can instantly gift Rdio to any friend on Facebook. Need a present for a pal in a pinch? Don’t sweat it — Rdio has your back. Send an Rdio subscription using the reminders on your news feed, privately through a message, or post it directly onto your friends’ timeline whenever an important life event pops up.

Even if your pal loves Lil’ Kim but you’re into Kimbra, you can both share with the gift of music.