December 2012

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Developer App

Developer App: Synco

Synco

Syncing just got a whole lot simpler thanks to this month’s Developer App. Synco helps manage and update your offline music on mobile devices.

Head over to synco.fm and connect your Rdio account. Choose any or all of the four categories to sync — your favorite artists, favorite albums, trending artists, and trending albums. The favorite and trending albums categories are populated by the track listings from the actual albums. Favorite and trending artists pulls the top tracks from the artist’s Top Songs Station, mixing your most loved tracks with new discoveries.

No need to fuss if you have an ever changing queue of trending artists and albums — Synco will automatically update your offline music periodically according to your listening habits.

Follow Synco on Twitter for updates including news on upcoming features like the ability to add and remove more music from each category.

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.

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Free People

Free People

Free People began as Urban Outfitter’s sister brand but the label’s contemporary bohemian style has attracted a fanbase of trendsetters who aren’t afraid to mix patterns or play something new. There’s no denying that music and fashion go hand-in-hand. With over 40 playlists already on Rdio, Free People is outfitted to be your fashion and music guide to every festival.

As one of Rdio’s most active influencers, be sure to follow Free People for their top picks in tunes, like their beautifully weaved Holiday Mix below:

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Rdio’s Top Charts of 2012

Most Played Tracks 2012

As 2012 winds down, it’s time to look back on our musical journey and reflect on all jams past. This was a year full of heavy-hitting new releases but the most shared album in the world was a powerful contender from 2011. Adele’s 21 never left our charts in ‘12 — neither did Icelandic indie troupe Of Monsters and Men’s debut album, Alt-J’s Mercury Prize winning LP, and the soundtrack to Brazilian soap opera, Avenida Brasil.

Take a look below to see who else ruled the global Top Shared Albums on Rdio.

TOP SHARED ALBUMS — GLOBAL
1. Adele - 21
2. Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal
3. Various Artists - Avenida Brasil EP
4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
5. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
6. Gotye - Making Mirrors
7. Paula Fernandes - Meus Encantos
8. Thiaguinho - Ousadia & Alegria
9. Audiogroove - 100% Top 40 Summer 2012
10. fun. - Some Nights

Naturally, these results are reflected back here at home, too, with the aforementioned artists and more making plenty of waves. Take a look at the Top Played Tracks in the U.S. to see who else made the grade:

TOP PLAYED TRACKS - U.S.

  1. 1. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  2. 2. fun. featuring Janelle Monae - “We Are Young”
  3. 3. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
  4. 4. fun. - “Some Nights”
  5. 5. Drake featuring Rihanna - “Take Care”
  6. 6. Jay-Z and Kanye West - “Ni***s in Paris”
  7. 7. Adele - “Set Fire To The Rain”
  8. 8. M83 - “Midnight City”
  9. 9. Ellie Goulding - “Lights”
  10. 10. Adele - “Rolling in The Deep”

Loved the list? Then listen to the 20 Most Played Tracks on Rdio 2012 in the U.S. below and discover how many of the words you may already know by heart.

Music

Best of 2012: Playlists From NPR Music, Pitchfork, and More


The last 12 months of music have been amazing, with shooting stars bursting from pretty much every corner of the sonic universe. And when it’s such a stellar year for sounds, it’s certainly not easy to pick favorites.

Some of our Rdio Influencers have tackled the challenge to bring you the songs they consider the best in the galaxy:

  • Horrorshow
    This year, Sydney’s hip-hop duo loved tunes from American counterparts like A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, and Brother Ali.

  • Y La Bamba
    Bassist Ben Meyercord picks his favorite full-length albums of the year from buzzed-about bands like Tame Impala, Purity Ring, and The Lumineers.

  • Babydaddy
    Scissor Sisters’ multi-instrumentalist shook what his mama gave him to the tune of Usher, Bat of Lashes, and even his own band.

  • Rolling Stone
    When it came to choose the singles of the year, the magazine turned to hitmakers like Van Halen, Usher, Maroon 5, and Taylor Swift.

  • NPR Music
    Take in 100 favorite songs of all flavors from the National Public Radio department of good tunes.

  • Paste Magazine
    Among the veteran publication’s 50 favorite songs of 2012 are diverse gems by Frank Ocean, Leonard Cohen, and Alabama Shakes.

  • Consequence of Sound
    What tracks not only represented 2012 but the act’s ability to grow into the next year? You’ll find them on Consequence of Sound’s top 50 songs mix.

  • BuzzFeed
    The pop culture enthusiasts spent the year appreciating new music by artists such as Fiona Apple, Ke$ha, Icona Pop, and Skrillex.

  • PopMatters
    Grimes, Plan B, and Taylor Swift battle it out for PopMatter's best songs of 2012.

  • Pitchfork
    2012 was a year for familiar faces but indie tastemakers Pitchfork scope out this year’s rising artists like Metz, AlunaGeorge, and Savages. Keep your eyes — and ears — open for these names in 2013.

Music

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Mixes from Influencers Rolling Stone, DeVotchKa, and More


Several of our Rdio Influencers have gotten into the holiday spirit and curated playlists of their favorite tunes to play at this time of year. Worrying about what to play at your next holiday party? Whether you favor traditional or unconventional spins on the classics, these amazingly diverse sets should do the trick:

  • Y La Bamba
    From the maker of “Senor Santa” comes this spicy way to say “Feliz Navidad!”

  • The Hush Sound
    The indie band puts down a fierce selection of spirit-movers from Nat “King” Cole to Wham!

  • DeVotchKa
    Band member Shawn King gifts us all with the most creative and non-traditional holiday playlist of the bunch, digging up “Holidoddities” by James Brown, Sergio Mendes, and Esquivel, among others.

  • Tom Dumont
    No Doubt’s guitarist and producer crafts an epic set of holiday jams with multiple offerings by The Chieftains, She & Him, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Bing Crosby, and so much more.

  • The AV Club/Tracey Thorn
    The AV Club kindly asks Everything But The Girl’s lead singer Tracey Thorn, who is fresh from a winter collection of her own, for her favorite seasonal songs.

  • Rolling Stone
    Celebrate holidays in several tempos and ways, courtesy of artists such as Beck, Kanye West, Chuck Berry, and Sufjan Stevens.

  • Complex
    These tastemakers are typically known for a hip-hop angle (repped here by artists like Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky), but this playlist has unexpected twists and turns like Crystal Castles and Lana Del Rey.

  • Free People
    Feist, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Elton John, and beyond — this fashion company knows how to select stylish holiday hits.

Exclusives

Preview Hood Internet’s FEAT Remixes a Week Early

HoodInternet

Chicago duo Hood Internet (Aaron “ABX” Brink and Steve “STV SLV” Reidell) have been most prominently known as experts in the art of mash-up tracks. But now, after five successful years creating imaginary supergroups with their tunes, Hood Internet dropped FEAT, an album of all original songs, in September.

Today we’ve got the brand-new FEAT Remixes a week early for your audio enjoyment, featuring re-works from Hood Internet pals like Oscillator Bug, Skinny Friedman, and Lazerbeak. It’s a fitting way to revisit these tracks from the cut-and-paste masters.

Exclusives

Listen to Dent May’s Exclusive Rdio Sessions

DentMay

With or without the use of his trusty ukulele, Mississippi’s own Dent May plucks at the heartstrings with his sweet, psychedelia-tinged pop. He stopped in our office back in June and blessed us with an exclusive Rdio Sessions including songs from his latest album Do Things.

This is the third edition of Rdio Sessions, following live sets from Missy Higgins and Passenger. Listen to Dent May’s Rdio Sessions for the chilled out and happy sounds of a musician who once told our Rdio Survey that he might have become a yoga instructor had he chosen another direction.

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New Music Tuesday - December 18, 2012

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The last week before Christmas brings a number of early holiday presents for your ears. 12th Planet fires up some doomsday dubstep with The End, while Fool’s Gold Presents: Loosies assembles a reveling collection of beats and rhymes from Danny Brown, Freeway, Flatbush Zombies and more. Nashville’s The Henningsens celebrate patriotism with “American Beautiful” and Denver’s Air Dubai fire off a “Warning.” Of course don't forget to swim through the new Frank Zappa catalog now on Rdio.

Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for peeks of these releases and much more. The Playlist Notes below offer some additional info on some of the week’s can’t-miss highlights. And don’t forget to peruse the full collection of Rdio New Releases for even more fresh tunes.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
    The Atlanta rapper’s eighth album brings him back to his trap glory while also broadening his sound with the help of guests like R. Kelly, Pink, and Andre 3000.

  • The-Dream - Terius Nash: 1977
    The R&B hitmaker offers “Tender Tendencies” and more sweet songs, including collabos with Pharrell and Big Sean, on his most personal effort yet — titled with his government name and his birth date.

  • Bad Religion - “True North”
    Get your first taste of the legendary punk band’s sweet sixteenth album True North (due out in January) with the lead single of the same name.

  • Various Artists - Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Tarantino’s spaghetti Western comes armed with a soundtrack featuring unlikely partners James Brown, 2 Pac, and Ennio Morricone.

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Play Frank Zappa’s Epic Catalog on Rdio

Frank Zappa

Get ready to Freak Out! Now, for the first time, you can hear the much anticipated Frank Zappa catalog on Rdio.

Zappa left a legacy of albums that explored the far reaches of music, with extended forays into rock, jazz, and even the orchestral world. Relive or discover the classics like Lumpy Gravy, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and Weasels Ripped My Flesh — they’re all here, alongside multi-album collections such as We’re Only In It For The Money and You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer received many interesting honors and accolades for his work after his passing, including having a species of jellyfish named after him — which we think he would have appreciated. From Absolutely Free to Zoot Allures (and much more in between), it’s your turn to appreciate the work of one of America’s most daring musicians of all time.

If you’ve never heard of the legend (gasp!), then you’ll need our Introduction to Frank Zappa playlist pronto:

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Announcing Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Award Winners

Best of 2012

Move over, Grammys — Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Awards are here! It took a lot of statistical (and, um, creative) research to determine the winner of such categories as Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest and Album With The Most Swag, but we finally have the definitive answers.

Without further ado, it’s time for a drumroll. Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of Rdio’s Best Of 2012 are ready for their closeups:

Album That Never Left Your Heavy Rotation
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
From “Super Rich Kids” and “Thinkin’ Bout You” to “Pyramids” and “Forrest Gump,” Ocean kept us pressing play over and over again.

Best Reason to Wait for the Beat to Drop
18 Months - Calvin Harris
The Scottish DJ/producer kept hands in the air with meteoric anthems like “Feel So Close” and “Sweet Nothing.”

Album With the Most Swag
Based on a T.R.U. Story - 2 Chainz
The Atlanta rapper has had a huge year, with a gold single (“No Lie”) and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, but this honor is his most effortless.

Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest
Cobra Juicy - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburgh’s strangest act will help you come of age with its fifth album.

Album You Can’t Resist Singing Along To
Tornado - Little Big Town
The fifth album from the Nashville country heroes is undeniably their most infectious.

Best Reason Not to Skip Through the Commercials
“The Scientist” - Willie Nelson
Nelson’s astonishing cover of Coldplay’s song is one of the year’s great surprises.

They Brought The Rock in 2012
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
The Canadian duo handily avoids the sophomore slump by truly throwing down on this album.

Supergroup Album of the Year
A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits
A dash of Spoon and a heap of Wolf Parade equals an indie giant mix.

Best Music to Walk Home To
Lonerism - Tame Impala
The sophomore album from the Australian psychdelic rockers is perfect for your most introspective stroll.

Most Enchanting Album of the Year
Bloom - Beach House
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally stole our hearts with their first new album in two years, a project that brought the Baltimore duo to Texas to record.

Breakout Album of the Year
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
A return to simplicity and sincerity took this folk rock debut to the far reaches.

If We Could Recommend One Album To You This Year It Would Be
Mia Pharoah - Miniature Tigers
Keep in mind how many thousands of titles come across our headphones each year, but seriously, check out this dreamy Brooklyn indie pop immediately.

Bask in the aural glory of the winners circle with our Best of 2012: Award Winners playlist below: