June 2013

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Heat Up With Empire Of The Sun’s Hand-Picked Playlist

Empire Of The Sun

In honor of their brand new album Ice On The Dune, Australian electronic duo Empire Of The Sun has shared this exclusive playlist with you. And as you’ll discover, they’re currently enjoying a wide range of sounds, including gems from classic singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and UK electronic act Plaid to Bjork’s old band The Sugarcubes and even “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Press play for insight into the creative minds behind Empire Of The Sun.

∞  June 19, 2013 — 9:00AM


Now Watching: Vdio


We gave Rdio Unlimited subscribers an early screening of Vdio, our online television and movie service, but starting today, you don't have to be an Rdio listener to buy, rent, and share your favorite movies and shows with friends. Grab some popcorn and scroll through our Spotlight or some Sets to discover something new to watch now.

Currently, Vdio is available in the US and UK. Try Vdio on the web here and download the iPad app here.

∞  June 19, 2013 — 6:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 18, 2013

Sigur RosKanye WestJ.Cole

We’ve made this New Music Weekly playlist to give you the jump on the best of all the hot beats that just dropped, which includes selections from the first album in five years from UK icons Primal Scream, the revealing full-length release from former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, a new set of songs from newly-appointed brewmasters Hanson (who are also putting out a beer called MMMHops), the fifth album in two years from Philadelphia’s prolific dream pop act Work Drugs, and the sophomore effort from Australian electronic duo Empire Of The Sun.

If you find it whets your sonic appetite, there’s much more waiting for you to devour over in the Rdio New Releases. Time for new tunes!


  • Kanye West - Yeezus
    The brand new daddy shifts into what he tells New York Times is “Black New Wave” and punk territory for an epic release.

  • J. Cole - Born Sinner
    The North Carolina rapper and producer boldly moved this album up to battle Kanye West, and he’s giving it a major go with songs like “Power Trip.”

  • Mac Miller - Watching Movies With The Sound Off
    The Pittsburgh rapper and reality star collaborates with Jay Electronica, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt on his sophomore album.

  • Sigur Rós - Kveikur
    Iceland’s second most famous musical export tries on a more aggressive and industrial sound for a milestone seventh album.

  • Falling In Reverse - Fashionably Late
    Epitaph’s post-hardcore crew follow up the acclaimed 2011 debut with songs written after extensive live performances on the Warped Tour, which they’ll hit again this summer.

∞  June 18, 2013 — 1:00PM


Pete Yorn and J.D. King of The Olms In Between Sets

The Olms

Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn and guitarist (and commercial illustrator) J.D. King have joined forces as The Olms. In honor of the release of the debut self-titled album, the two artists have joined the Rdio community as fellow music fans. The duo are sharing their House Mix, a playful collection of songs from old-school acts like The Tokens, Fats Domino and The Temptations that are played before and in between their live sets.

Follow The Olms on Rdio to hear what else they’re spinning.

∞  June 14, 2013 — 9:00AM


Father’s Day Sounds Fantastic With Dads Who Rock

Dads Who Rock

What do Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Fela Kuti, and Neil Young have in common? They’re some of the coolest fathers the music business has ever seen, and we love to pay tribute to them and other Dads Who Rock with our new Father’s Day playlist. Press play for a manly mix covering a ton of sonic territory ranging from rock and metal to rap and soul. Oh, and don’t forget to call dear ol’ pops this Sunday!

∞  June 13, 2013 — 1:00PM


Hear That? That’s The New Sound of Gay Pride

New Sound Of Gay Pride

June is here which means it’s Gay Pride Month! We’re celebrating love and equality for all by breaking out some festive tunes from queer-friendly artists and bands once again. This year’s edition of our annual New Sound of Gay Pride 2013 playlist has five hours of party tunes with strong beats and positive messages from artists such as Pet Shop Boys, Little Boots, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and Disclosure.

We've got more fun playlists for Gay Pride Month every week but for now, familiarize yourself and fellow Pride pals with our New Sound of Gay Pride playlist.

∞  June 13, 2013 — 10:00AM


Rdio Arrives To Asia and Adds Seven New Territories

Rdio Map

We’re thrilled to welcome Malaysia, Hong Kong, Colombia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Poland to Rdio today! This step not only represents our deeper journey into South America and Europe, but also marks Rdio’s first step into Asia!

If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com right now and we’ll gift you up to six months of free music. Discover old favorites and new jams with our web and desktop apps without ever pulling out the plastic. At any time you can upgrade to Rdio Web or Rdio Unlimited to stream unlimited music everywhere you go.

This exciting milestone brings Rdio to 31 countries in five continents! We’re constantly expanding our reach so let us know here where you’d like to see Rdio available next.

∞  June 13, 2013 — 6:00AM


Hans Zimmer Scores the Soundtrack for Man of Steel

Man Of Steel

It took nothing less than a Superman of a composer to take on the music for the summer blockbuster Man of Steel. Luckily Hans Zimmer, who has scored more than 100 films including The Dark Knight and The Lion King and won big at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and GRAMMYs, was up for the challenge. Listen to his heroic soundtrack below and get ready for Man of Steel, which flies into theaters on June 14.

∞  June 12, 2013 — 10:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly: June 11, 2013

DisclosureGold PandaBlack Sabbath

Another wonderfully diverse week in the world of music brings albums from Jason Isbell (formerly of Drive-By Truckers), Motown singer Chrisette Michele, Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale, and Christian rock specialists The Almost.

Don’t delay, play the New Music Weekly playlist right away for our hand-picked overview of the best songs from these and other just-minted offerings that range from hard rock and rap to folk and minimal techno. After that, head over to Rdio New Releases to start finding even more fresh favorites.


  • Action Bronson - SAAAB Stories produced by Harry Fraud
    The Queens rapper presents seven new songs, including collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan.

  • Disclosure - Settle
    Fueled by the recent single “When a Fire Starts to Burn” and top 10 hits in their native UK, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence unleash a full-length debut.

  • Black Sabbath - 13 (Deluxe Version)
    The almighty Ozzy Osbourne rejoins the Sabbath for a holy mother of a 19th album, their first recorded collaboration in 15 years.

  • Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live
    The British-born and Japanese-reared minimal techno producer whose debut earned a coveted Mercury Prize nomination returns for a sophomore album.

  • The Civil Wars - “The One That Got Away”
    Nashville folk duo Joy Williams and John Paul White tease out a taste of the upcoming second album with this tale of unrequited love.

∞  June 11, 2013 — 11:00AM


Have a Bonnaroo Listening Party on Rdio


Bonnaroo takes place this year on June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee, and we’ve got a fresh 2013 lineup playlist of music from artists expected to steal the show this year, like R. Kelly, Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, and Wilco. Press play and hear some examples of how this acclaimed annual festival brings together diverse and talented artists in a grand celebration of the most important sonic genre: Good music!

∞  June 10, 2013 — 1:00PM