December 2012

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Explore Your Neighborhood's Trending Tunes with SoundHound's New Music Map


We’re teaming up with SoundHound, the sound search and discovery tool, to make music more social. SoundHound is introducing a new interactive music-mapping feature that allows users to explore the songs trending in their area, and then instantly listen to them on Rdio.

Starting today, you’ll have access to a localized map showing songs that have been discovered by other SoundHound users in your area. Feel free to wander around the country, or settle down in a city. Ready to go on an auditory exploration of your neighborhood? Tap any discovery on the map to listen to the song on Rdio.


The feature is available on SoundHound for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Remember to also follow SoundHound on Rdio to hear what music they’ve been discovering lately.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: Best of 2012

Every month, Rdio Recommends updates you with the breadth and depth of new music. We’ve introduced you to acts like Reptar, Sea Wolf, Maus Haus, and Dragonette over the last 12 months. Now, the very best of these songs that were released this year have been collected into the Best of 2012: Rdio Recommends.

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New Music Tuesday - December 11, 2012


As you ponder what to play at the next holiday party, this week’s batch of fresh releases satisfies a wide range of styles that are united in their potential to make people feel festive. UK indie band Singing Adams is back with a sophomore album, EDM DJ Steve Aoki drops a booty-rockin’ EP, Jamaican reggae star Jah Cure brings the uplifting island sounds, and hip-hop vets Game and Masta Killa rep for the West and East Coast crews with anticipated new heaters.

Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for more fun tunes dropping today. The Playlist Notes below provide context on some of the big releases of the week. And there’s still more music waiting for you in the complete listing of Rdio New Releases.


  • Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox
    It’s a tall order to follow up his smash debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans, but Mars is shooting for the stars with this sophomore effort. Luckily, he has the help of the meteoric lead single “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which manages to channel the best of early Eighties hits by The Police.

  • Green Day - ¡TRÉ!
    The year’s awesome pop-punk trilogy concludes with an epic, all-out free-for-all full of big songs. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has called this one a “mixed bag” and likened it to cleaning up the mess at the end of an amazing party.

  • Big Boi - Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Deluxe Explicit Version)
    OutKast’s streetwise half drops his second solo album with a surprisingly widescreen array of guests, including indie pop darlings Little Dragon and Phantogram, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, and rappers T.I., Killer Mike, and A$AP Rocky.

  • Boys Like Girls - Crazy World
    After more than a year hiatus as a band (and three years since the last album Love Drunk), the Massachusetts rockers return with renewed energy. #boyslikegirlsisback!

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Introducing New Release Notifications

New Release Notifications

With so many new releases each week on Rdio, it’s hard to keep up with all the artists in your Collection. So, we’re doing the work for you. Starting today, you’ll receive a notification whenever an artist in your Collection releases new music.

Notifications will alert you to the latest jams through the web and desktop apps as well as email. You’ll never be out of tune with your favorite artists again.

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Best of 2012: Staff Picks

The diverse Rdio staff has many teams and departments, but all share a deep love for music. We got everyone together — support, mobile, marketing, and more — and delved back into the past 12 months to pick our absolute top tunes of the year. Want to know the songs that we couldn’t take off of repeat? Hear the Best of 2012: Staff Picks playlist now.


The Giving Season: Retweet to Win Sweet Logitech UE Gear

Logitech UE Boombox

It’s December, and Rdio is filled with the spirit of giving. So, we’ve teamed up with our pals at Logitech to give you a few special gifts — the Logitech UE Boombox, Logitech UE Mobile Boombox, and Logitech UE 9000 Headphones. All three items connect to your music wirelessly, meaning you can bring the party big, small, or personal, as long as you have your mobile device (with Rdio!) handy.

Every Monday this December, we’re going to give away one of these bad boys. All you need to do is follow Rdio and Logitech UE on Twitter, and retweet our designated tweet to win. Winners will be announced every Monday, at which point the contest will restart for the next week. You must be 18 years or older and living in the United States to win.

Whether you give your winnings to a loved one or keep it as an early gift to yourself is up to you, but make sure somebody turns it up to share the musical goodness — ‘tis the season, after all.

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: NPR Music

NPR Music

Since launching in 2007, NPR Music has been a trusted source for discovering new music and artists, a place to preview albums before they’re released or to hear the inspirations behind the beats from the music-makers themselves. An offshoot of National Public Radio, NPR Music treats the subject with the same in-depth standards and an ear for what lies beneath the mainstream.

Follow NPR Music on Rdio to explore an eclectic collection of sounds. Hear playlists from the All Songs Considered broadcasts like Peter Gabriel’s guest DJ set, songs public radio can't stop playing, and explore the best from recent music events. But first, enjoy the NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 below — this definitely isn’t your grandfather’s National Public Radio.


Rdio Arrives to Estonia, Belgium, and the Netherlands

Rdio Map

We’re launching in Estonia, Belgium, and the Netherlands today! That means more people can find over 18 million songs to play, follow Influencers like Snoop Dogg, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, and Pitchfork, and take their favorite tunes wherever they go with any of our apps.

Try Rdio now by signing up using Facebook or your email address. Use Rdio on the web, a desktop app, and your mobile device.

Remember to follow @Rdio on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook for the latest music, Rdio-only exclusives, and news.


Listen to Passenger’s Exclusive Rdio Sessions


When folk singer-songwriter Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) came to our office back in September to perform live in his very own exclusive Rdio Sessions, he was so witty and charming that he left a trail of hearts in his wake — a trait likely honed while busking far away from home after the transition of Passenger from a group to a solo act.

Fortunately, just as we did on the debut Rdio Sessions recording, we captured the dreaminess for your musical pleasure. Check out Passenger’s Rdio Sessions, a five-song set that includes the recent European hit “Let Her Go.”

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New Music Tuesday - December 4, 2012

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The new releases continue to slow down to a holiday crawl, but there are still some lively offerings this week. Jamaican reggae and R&B artist Wayne Wonder returns with his first collection in five years, while Liverpool’s post-punk revivalists Clinic drops their seventh album and the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles brings a musical snapshot of Christmas songs old and new.

Check out our New Music Tuesday playlist for more songs that have just hatched, and read the Playlist Notes below that for more highlights. If you’re still starving for more music, let the full serving of Rdio New Releases feed you.


  • Mogwai - A Wrenched Virile Lore
    The lads from Scotland return with a remix collection featuring thoughtful new takes on their songs by a wide spectrum of producers including Cylob, Tim Hecker, and Robert Hampson.

  • Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. (Deluxe)
    The hotly anticipated fourth album from the Pittsburgh rapper includes collaborations with Akon, Cam’ron, 2 Chainz, and even his fiancé Amber Rose (who is currently expecting their first child). According to Khalifa, the initials stand for “One Night in First Class.”

  • Ke$ha - Warrior (Deluxe)
    The brash pop tart’s second album, featuring the lead single “Die Young” and surprising guest collaborations with Iggy Pop and the Strokes, represents a spiritual journey to find your inner badass. She started working on it while on her Get Sleazy Tour and finished it with the help of pop production titans like Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, and Max Martin.

  • Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights: The 10th Anniversary Edition (Remastered)
    It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Interpol released this seminal debut album and Gold seller. The Anniversary Edition includes bonus tracks, previously unreleased tunes, and B-Sides.

  • METZ - "Dirty Shirt"
    The lead single from this Canadian noise trio’s Sub Pop debut album is a rousing punk throwback containing carefully crafted chaos.