January 2013

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Discover Atticus Ross’ Inspiration Behind Broken City

Broken City

Composer Atticus Ross is best known for his and Trent Reznor’s Oscar-winning score for The Social Network, not to mention his masterful work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Book of Eli. In honor of his new film, Broken City, Ross takes us through his inspirations behind the ominous, heart-pounding soundtrack.

Broken City, which opens today, follows a disgraced ex-cop turned private detective (Mark Walhberg) who uncovers a much grander scandal when he’s double-crossed by the mayor of New York (Russell Crowe). Ross drew inspiration from ‘80s glam rock, industrial new wave, and other beloved scores — bookending the playlist with David Bowie tracks and sprinkling his own signature haunting sound from the film in between — to build an equally compelling sound narrative.

Play Ross’ Broken City inspiration playlist below, then listen to the movie's soundtrack and see if you can put the pieces together.

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: BuzzFeed


BuzzFeed’s mission is to chart the most viral pop culture themes across the Internet while incorporating the witty observations and opinions of a sassy community of users. Its music section is a haven of hilarity; a typical day documents such oddities as a Tumblr imagining Adele as Mrs. Doubtfire, mashups of Miles Davis with LCD Soundsystem, Pete Wentz’s descent into dubstep, and a recreation of nasty rap songs re-enacted by cute cats.

Follow BuzzFeed on Rdio and you’ll find a number of amusing playlists organized around popular meme themes. Enjoy smartly-curated, genre-spanning soundtracks for concepts like FAIL, CUTE, and LOL. Warning: Like those viral Internet ideas they’re channeling, the playlists are all quite addicting and might end up making you exclaim something like, “OMGWTFBBQ!”


First Listen: Henry Wagons’ Expecting Company?

Henry Wagons

Henry Wagons, best known as the charismatic and memorable frontman of Australian country-rock band Wagons, has settled on the cutest album title for a solo effort in recent memory. After recording with his group for more than a decade, his own album Expecting Company? comes out on January 22, but you can listen to it a week early below, only on Rdio.


The Growlers’ New Album is on Rdio One Week Early


Everyone’s favorite Southern Californian “Beach Goth” band The Growlers is ready to drop its long-awaited third album Hung At Heart. It is a heady surf through the outer reaches of psychedelic rock madness honed from hundreds of shows on the road.

Hung At Heart won’t be released until January 22, but we’ve got your exclusive preview right here. Press play and get lost in the haze: Music from the OC has rarely sounded so deliciously twisted.

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - January 15, 2013


This week’s bounty of just-hatched releases include some familiar voices breaking out on their own. Former Danity Kane and Dirty Money singer Dawn Richard steps out with a first fiery solo effort, while Last December frontman Pete RG emerges with his second album. There are also unearthed rare grooves from Southern soul hero Lee Fields, a sophomore full-length from Philly rockers Free Energy, and an album from hip-hop collaborators Yung B Da Producer and J. Nolan.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist is bursting with fresh sounds for your ears. Read the Playlist Notes below while you listen for more of this week’s highlights, and since you can never have too much of a good thing, don’t forget to browse the full set of Rdio New Releases for even more music.


  • New Order - Lost Sirens
    Fans of the legendary UK group, which reunited last year without bassist Peter Hook, finally get to hear this album. It was recorded almost nine years ago and was shelved after the band’s breakup, but Hook’s iconic playing is here.

  • Teena Marie - Beautiful
    Before Teena Marie’s untimely passing in 2010, she left a gorgeous final album. We’re now hearing it thanks to the efforts of her daughter, who made sure it saw the light of day.

  • A$AP Rocky - LONG.LIVE.A$AP (Deluxe Version)
    The Harlem rapper’s first proper studio album is a sequel of sorts to his popular LIVE.LOVE.A$AP mixtape. It features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Santigold.

  • Yo La Tengo - Fade
    The band’s lucky thirteenth album arrives just in time to usher in the lucky thirteenth year of the 21st century. Produced by John McEntire of Tortoise, it’s the first record not produced by Roger Moutenot in 20 years.

  • Vacationer - Good As New Remixes - EP
    Kenny Vasoli, best known for singing and playing bass in The Starting Line, started this side project last year. Here he returns with new takes on songs from Vacationer’s debut album Good.


Hear the Exclusive Set from Reptar’s Rdio Live Performance


Last September, Georgia’s own Reptar played an exclusive show for fans at one of our Rdio Live events, in the heart of Hollywood, California. The psychedelic quartet played a five song set designed to make listeners move and groove, including several cuts taken from the group’s debut album, Body Faucet.

Listen to Reptar’s Rdio Live below and see if you can keep your foot and head — or whole body — still by the end.


Preview Brendan Benson’s New Single “Swimming” a Week Early

Brendan Benson

Last year, Michigan rocker Brendan Benson released his fifth solo album and started a new label called Readymade Records. Benson (also known for his work with The Raconteurs) shows no signs of slowing down in 2013, which will see a Readymade release from the label’s third signing, Nashville’s Howling Brothers as well as much more new music from Benson himself. In fact, we’ve got the premiere of Benson’s new single for your exclusive ears only.

Listen to “Swimming" a week before its official release below, and follow Brendan Benson on Rdio to dive into what he's listening to these days.


Sounds From The Silver Screen: Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globes

This year’s Golden Globe nominees include some of the most striking films in recent years. And because music can be so vital to the cinematic experience, it’s perhaps no surprise that these films come complete with top-notch soundtracks to match.

Listen to our 70th Golden Globes: The Music playlist for a handpicked selection of songs from this year’s Golden Globe-nominated films, including vivid moments from Taylor Swift (The Hunger Games), Danny Elfman (Silver Linings Playbook), and Keith Urban (Act of Valor).

Don’t forget to watch the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, airing on January 13 on NBC.

Tips & Tricks

Rdio Feature Spotlight: Remote Control

Back in November, we introduced our brand new Rdio apps for iOS and Android. Today we’re highlighting one of the most loved additions from our update to help make the most of your Rdio experience — with the remote control feature, your music is never out of reach.

When Rdio is in Remote Control Mode, you can still control the tunes playing from your phone with the web and desktop apps.

Remote Control

Clicking Play Here Instead will stop the song in its tracks. Press play to continue the same song on whichever app or browser you’re using.

Remote Control

On the flipside, now the mobile apps will let you know when “Rdio is playing elsewhere,” too. Tap the bottom to bring up the updated playback screen. From there, you can use your mobile phone to control Rdio if it’s playing on another device.

Remote Control

Listening to music on your laptop while getting ready to go out? Pause, skip, play a Station, modify your Queue, and more from the comfort of your palm. Ready to head out? Keep the jams going by tapping Play Here Instead and your mobile device will pick up where your laptop left off.

If you haven’t tried out the new Remote Control feature yet, download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now.


Win a Trip to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®


Rdio and the GRAMMY®s have joined forces to give you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience music’s biggest night®! We’re giving away a trip to Los Angeles for you and a guest to attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th.

This year’s ceremony promises to be nothing short of spectacular, but who will win? You might be able to find out firsthand!

The grand prize includes:

• A pair of tickets to the GRAMMY Awards®
• Two roundtrip tickets to Los Angeles
• Two-night hotel stay
• A one-year subscription to Rdio Unlimited

Entering is quick and easy — just like Rdio’s Facebook and enter via the Facebook page. Read the Official Rules for more details.

While you’re entering, follow the GRAMMY®s on Rdio and listen to their playlist of songs by this year’s nominees. Good luck!