April 2013

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Celebrate 45 Years of Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias

Music legend and ladies’ man Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide in his 45-year career by singing about the international language of love. What’s more, he’s even recorded songs in six different languages (Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian) and gave the world the gift of musical children, most notably Julio Iglesias Jr. and Enrique Iglesias. Besides his kids, his other Greatest Hits are his songs that captivate romantic hearts in any continent. Excuse us while we swoon.


Party With Free People’s Coachella Playlist

The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is set to take Southern California (and, with the help of online streaming, the world) on two consecutive weekends, April 12-14 and April 19-21.

Our stylish friends at Free People are helping us to get ready for the hot event with this cool Coachella playlist. Whether you’re actually going to be on the polo fields or plan on enjoying Coachella through its YouTube channel (a pastime we like to call “Couchella”), press play to start feeling the spirit now with the help of artists like Grimes, The Stone Roses, The xx, Blur, New Order, and Grizzly Bear.

∞  April 11, 2013 — 10:00AM


An Rdio Exclusive: Jim James’ First Live Recording Goes To Charity

Jim James

The multi-talented Jim James is many things: My Morning Jacket's singer and guitarist, wildly inspiring solo artist, and now philanthropist.

Earlier this year, James dropped his stunning debut solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God. James teamed up with Rdio to put on an an intimate and truly one-of-a kind concert at Manhattan’s McKittrick Hotel. We're now very proud to exclusively present that night’s set to you in the first-ever solo recording of Jim James live, Sleep No More: Live at the McKittrick Hotel.

James will donate all proceeds from his participation in the Rdio Artist Program to the life-saving MusiCares charity, the GRAMMY®-affiliated non-profit dedicated to providing critical assistance for music people in times of need.

Once you’ve finished the live experience here, follow Jim James on Rdio to discover his plethora of playlists including a mix of his favorite songs.

∞  April 9, 2013 — 1:00PM

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New Music Tuesday - April 9, 2013

ParamoreTygaJake Bugg

This week is a particularly good one for fresh and distinctive voices in music, including the debut from young French dance producer Breakbot, Swedish electro duo The Knife’s first album in seven years, the fifth solo album by indie rock star Kurt Vile, and M83’s thrilling soundtrack to Tom Cruise’s new film Oblivion.

Don’t be intimidated by the volume of what’s out there (or the volume you choose to play it at); the New Music Tuesday playlist, assisted by the Playlist Notes below, will get you up to speed with the best of the new bunch right away. And there’s even more to consider over in the Rdio New Releases.


  • Paramore - Paramore
    Rdio, we’re happy to say, is the only place where you can hear the band’s genre-breaking fourth album (and first in four years) in its entirety for free. As a special bonus, Rdio listeners get the chance to hear two unreleased songs, "Escape Route" and "Native Tongue," that are only on Rdio.

  • Brad Paisley - Wheelhouse (Deluxe)
    The handsome country star’s ninth album is receiving praise for its mission to earn the genre a wider audience.

  • Tyga - Hotel California
    The L.A. rapper tries flying like Eagles with his third album, which features collaborations with label boss Lil Wayne, Game, and 2 Chainz.

  • Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
    The British singer-songwriter has stolen critics’ hearts with his debut album, which has already gone to the top of the U.K. charts.

  • The Postal Service - Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition)
    It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis first got us swooning to their electronic pop on this platinum-selling debut.

∞  April 9, 2013 — 10:00AM


Fall in Love With Paramore All Over Again


Paramore’s long-awaited fourth album is self-titled and aims to show a reinvention of the band. Hayley, Jeremy, and Taylor last dropped an album in 2009 with Brand New Eyes, so to say this album is hotly anticipated is an understatement. Luckily, Rdio is the only place where you can listen to the entirety of Paramore for free. As a special bonus, Rdio listeners get the chance to hear two unreleased songs, "Escape Route" and "Native Tongue," that are exclusively on Rdio.

“These tracks are both songs we adore, but we felt they deserved to live in their own space compared to the rest of the record," says Hayley. "I’m happy everyone will have a deeper look into who we were as people when these songs originated in the beginning stages of the album.”

Turn up Paramore and catch both Paramore commercials on the small screen all week long. You’ll be reminded why you fell in love with the quintessentially American rock band all over again.

Follow Hayley on Rdio to see what's spinning in her Heavy Rotation.

∞  April 9, 2013 — 9:00AM


The Black Angels Reveal The Current Soundtrack To Their Lives

The Black Angels

Austin band The Black Angels recently released the fourth studio album Indigo Meadow to the delight of a growing legion of fans of their honest psychedelic rock sound. The members of the group, which was named after Velvet Underground’s song “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” are voracious listeners and fans of other artists. They have been cool enough to reveal some personal favorites in this exclusive playlist, which includes artists like Ty Segall, Deerhunter, Silver Apples, and even legendary throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu. Alex Maas, Christian Bland, and Kyle Hunt also share some thoughts about the wide array of tunes in the Playlist Notes below.


  • Silver Apples - "Oscillations” and “I Have Known Love”
    Way to create something that is 100 years before your time. Way to go. Yes, I’m kind of jealous...

  • Huun-huur Tu - "Taraan-Taraam"
    A taste of Mongolia. Great groove, beautiful melodies. I want them to play for me in my home or at Austin Psych Fest 7.

  • Tricky - "Christiansands"
    Dark, honest, brooding, amazing in depth sonically. It’s Tricky's Mona Lisa.

  • Juan Trip - "Acid Cat"
    Put this on when you get home with your partner. The rest is history.

  • Billy Nicholls - “Feeling Easy”
    Lost album from 1968’s Would You Believe — a good tune to listen to after a hard day’s work is behind you.

  • Holy Wave - “Golden Truth”
    Latest release on The Reverberation Appreciation Society. A new band from Austin, Texas with hints of Crystal Stilts and early Pink Floyd.

  • Clinic - “See Saw”
    Off their 2012 album Free Reign. These guys have been a big influence on the Black Angels’ sound since the beginning.

  • Deerhunter - "Revival" and "Coronado"
    I have been digging the Dearhunter album Halcyon Digest lately. They are playing Psych fest this year. I love the instrumentation, pianos, acoustics, sax, and synth bass all working well together, sometimes sounding lo-fi and gritty as well as lush and vibrant — reminiscent of Pet Sounds. Just good songs!

∞  April 5, 2013 — 10:00AM


Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Other Country Stars Vie for ACM


Hosted by country stars Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, The Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) will take place this Sunday, April 7. Our Academy of Country Music Awards: The 2013 Nominees playlist gathers up highlights from the recently-announced group of hopefuls. The television broadcast on CBS will provide at least one can’t-miss highlight as the two handsome hosts go head-to-head for the honor of being crowned the Male Vocalist of the Year.

To decide for yourself who should emerge victorious and to hear more of this year’s nominees, just press play.

∞  April 4, 2013 — 10:00AM


Introducing Vdio

When we launched in 2010, our ambition was to design the best experience for the watch-and-listen-anywhere, share-everything, stream-it-now era of content distribution. We started with Rdio and built the most beautiful way to discover, listen, and share an endless stream of music — 18 million songs. Today, we’re previewing our next step on that journey, Vdio, a beautiful new way to buy, rent, and share your favorite movies and TV shows with your friends, in real-time. We’re offering Rdio Unlimited subscribers a special preview of Vdio, right now, right here.


The first thing you’ll notice about Vdio is that it’s designed to solve the “what to watch” problem. It’s not just that we’ve got amazing content, but that the experience is now geared to get you from searching to watching faster. We’re introducing the notion of Sets — playlists for TV shows and movies — so anyone can make and share lists of their favorites, making it easier than ever to discover new stuff. Or, you can just check out what your friends are watching in the moment and jump in. Beyond that, Vdio has the beautiful design and social features that people love about Rdio, with plenty more to come.

So, what exactly can you watch on Vdio? Everything from the newest releases to cult classics and a whole lot in between from the major studios and networks. Right now, you can watch Skyfall, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, The Hobbit, and thousands of other hit movies. You can also watch zombie heads explode on The Walking Dead, tune in to the Dowager’s latest quip on Downton Abbey, death-grip your armchair during Homeland, or marvel at the jaw-dropping perfection of Breaking Bad. TV shows are available the day after they air and you can subscribe to seasons at a discount. We plan on adding new titles and bonus content daily, so be sure to check back regularly to see what’s new.

For the moment, Vdio is only available to Rdio Unlimited subscribers in the US and UK. To get you rolling, we’re giving all Rdio Unlimited subscribers a $25 credit to use on Vdio (same goes for anyone who subscribes in the next 60 days). Vdio currently works on the Web and iPad, with other devices and platforms in the plan.

So, find a comfy chair, grab your iPad or PC, and catch up on the TV episodes you missed last season or watch Daniel Day-Lewis channel Abraham Lincoln, brilliantly — all on us, of course.

Thanks for being an Rdio fan. Enjoy!

∞  April 3, 2013 — 9:41AM

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New Music Tuesday - April 2, 2013


The new month begins strong with more releases than one pair of ears can handle. Some great places to start include the debut album from the British psychedelic electro-rock band Dark Horses, the hopefully-not-last-album from New York folk outfit Hem, and the latest full-lengths from Scottish deathcore act Bleed From Within and Seattle rock supergroup Mad Season.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist brings you the best of the bunch for the week. Read the Playlist Notes below for a little extra info as you listen, and click over to the Rdio New Releases for the full shebang of what’s out right now.


  • Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal (Deluxe Edition)
    The British metalcore band reaches out into softer sonic territory like ambient and even pop for the fourth album.

  • The Band Perry - Pioneer
    Following the number one country hit single “Better Dig Two,” these three siblings release the anticipated followup to their 2010 self-titled debut.

  • Tyler, The Creator - Wolf
    The third album from Odd Future’s provocative poster child features collaborations with Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean.

  • The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow
    The Austin-based group named after Velvet Underground’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song” drops a fifth album of psychedelic bliss.

  • Snoop Lion - “No Guns Allowed” (feat. Drake & Cori B)
    The former Doggfather enlists his own daughter Cori B. to sing and Drake to rap a guest verse in this uplifting tease from his forthcoming reggae album.

∞  April 2, 2013 — 9:00AM


Cee Lo Green Is The Vegas Machine

Cee Lo Green is Loberace

From hard-edged street rapper to Las Vegas showman, Cee Lo Green is currently enjoying a catlike nine lives in entertainment. His Sin City show “Cee Lo Green Is Loberace” continues through April 13 at Planet Hollywood, and the star now shares an exclusive Vegas playlist that he uses to get in the mood to shine.

The set includes his own songs “Bright Lights Bigger City” and “Fool for You” and even tunes he penned, like the irrepressible “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls. These glide alongside neon classics by the likes of Elvis, Prince, Rod Stewart, The Clash, and the Rolling Stones.

Follow Cee Lo on Rdio for even more of his personal playlist picks, including the high-energy songs he puts on when it’s time for a workout.

∞  April 1, 2013 — 4:00PM