November 2013

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Influencer Spotlights

Get Off the Couch! A Holiday Work Out with Bob Harper


Once the holiday turkey and trimmings have been eaten and you have enjoyed the requisite food coma it’s time to Get Off the Couch! Celebrity trainer Bob Harper of NBC’s The Biggest Loser created a playlist just for you filled with fun and upbeat tunes to motivate you to bounce back into fitness after all those holiday treats. A splash of Disclosure, a sprinkle of Kanye, and a dash of Little Dragon are among the lively ingredients that go into this personal pick-me-up. So put down that turkey sandwich and let’s get physical! Follow Bob Harper on Rdio for more music picks from this motivational hero all year long.

Retail Therapy: Music to Inspire Your Black Friday Shopping


Are you hitting the stores tomorrow to partake in a bit of Black Friday madness and early holiday shopping? Our stylish friends at Marc Jacobs, Free People, Modcloth, and White Girl Problems have handcrafted these playlists to help inspire your retail adventures and survive Black Friday with your sanity intact.

Marc Jacobs knows how to kick off your retail efforts with this “imPULSE Buy Black Friday Playlist.” Let the music play and embrace the frenzy with cash-spending tunes from funky fellows like Disclosure, Booka Shade, Toro Y Moi, and araabMUZIK. Dance, feel good, and just throw it in the bag!

Free People have put together a “Stay Zen” playlist, perfect to put on when the madness of Black Friday feels like just a little bit too much. Listen to the soothing sounds of acts like Rhye, Washed Out, and Belle and Sebastian to find yourself calm and collected amidst the chaos.

Gloria Gaynor’s enduring disco anthem inspires the title of Modcloth’s playlist, “I Will Survive Black Friday.” The retro clothing e-tailer also serves up focused inspiration via classics like ABBA’s “Super Trouper,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

Last (but never least!) fashion blogger Babe Walker contributes a sassy White Girl Problems take on Black Friday with her aptly titled playlist, “I'd Like This More If It Wasn't On Sale.” Tracks from Cut Copy, Sky Ferreira, The Smiths and Cults will fuel your shopping excursions and fashion obsessions.

Have fun, keep calm, and shop on!

Influencer Spotlights

Happy Hanukkah: The Ben Show Hanukkah Playlist


Ben Hoffman stars in The Ben Show, Comedy Central’s original hybrid series that combines sketch comedy and man-on-the-street reality. He’s also a die-hard music aficionado and brother of Baby Daddy from the Scissor Sisters who loves sharing songs with the Rdio community. “Ben’s All-Jew Hanukkah Playlist” celebrates the Festival of Lights with iconic Jewish musicians such as the late Lou Reed and Johnny Ramone and living legends like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. As Ben describes it… “My favorite Jewish artists singing my favorite songs on my favorite holiday. Oy vey!” You can find even more song picks from this outrageously funny dude when you follow Ben Hoffman on Rdio.

Give the gift of Rdio this Hanukkah. With eight days to shop for, Rdio gift cards are an easy and thoughtful way to keep the music going all year long.

New Music Weekly

For Your Eyes and Ears: alt-J on New Music Weekly


It may be Thanksgiving this week, but alt-J’s new Summer Remix EP feels perfectly timed. The new EP compiles remixes by Jim James, Dave Sitek, Ben Lovett, The Internet of Odd Future, Hanz, and Ben De Vries. We are especially excited about the treatment “Dissolve Me” (Ben Lovett Remix) gets in this week’s extended-length New Music Weekly video. Where does your mind go when you listen and watch? Video Artist Oskar Wrangö tells the story of this week’s motion art:

"Great music always takes my imagination to new and interesting places. With this song Dissolve Me, I envisioned a fragile and special visual character. We embodied chemical substances and created something we have never seen before. It was also important for the narration to give this character a context as a strong contrast to it's appearance. Contrasts, form and color are always very important to me. Special things happen when music meet images, something bigger can appear if you are lucky. This short piece is an open story."

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World Exclusive: Celine Dion Shares Album Commentary

Celine Dion

Celine Dion is back with her first English language album in five years. Loved Me Back to Life features duets with Stevie Wonder and Ne-Yo and was produced by a team of top producers including Babyface and Tricky Stewart. It’s a very fresh feeling and new release for the timeless diva, and now she’s sharing a behind the scenes view of it with you. Listen to the Loved Me Back to Life - RDIO Exclusive Commentary Version to hear Celine discuss her thoughts, feelings and motivations behind her latest release.

New Music Weekly

For Your Eyes and Ears: Grizzly Bear on New Music Weekly

Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear is back with Shields: B-Sides, offering new tracks, demos, and remixes from their 2012 studio album. These songs are so stark and beautiful, we had to give Grizzly Bear the stage in this week’s New Music Weekly video. Artists Nessim Higson and Camille Herren shine the spotlight on the concept art:

"We took two bodies and wanted to morph them into an ecstatic, surreal and abstract dance performance that evolved over time. In order to abstract the film further and give it a unique look, we decided to distort, print, xerox and scan in every frame (yes, laborious) resulting in a starker contrast and unique texture."

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - November 12, 2013

FlumeLady GagaThe Killers

This is the week that all the Little Monsters have been waiting for: Lady Gaga’s album release week. But before we get to ARTPOP, we’re enjoying a holiday offering from her pal Tamar Braxton, the new album from Mexican singer-songwriter Horacio Palencia, a 10th anniversary re-release from Southern metal act Lamb of God, and B-sides from Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear. (You can’t say we don’t have eclectic tastes around here!)

Our New Music Weekly playlist will get you acquainted with selections from these artists and more (Mother Monster, too!) and the Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel. You can also click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse even more songs and albums.


  • Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    Mother Monster’s highly anticipated third album features guest appearances by R&B crooner R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Twista, and Too $hort.

  • The Killers - Direct Hits
    Almost a decade after the first album Hot Fuss was released, the Vegas rockers have amassed enough successful singles for this retrospective including two new tracks, produced by M83 and Stuart Price respectively.

  • Flume - Flume: Deluxe Edition
    The Australian electronic producer who made international waves with his single “Holdin On” enlists Ghostface Killah, How To Dress Well, and Twin Shadow for his new mixtape.

  • Mariah Carey - “The Art Of Letting Go”
    Mimi returns with a classy taste of her upcoming album, an epic ballad about moving on from relationships.

New Music Weekly

For Your Eyes and Ears: Cut Copy on New Music Weekly

Let’s get metaphysical in this week’s New Music Weekly video. What do you get when you combine Cut Copy’s track off their new album, Free Your Mind, with the mind-expanding artists at Geremy & Georgie:

*“Don't think we're alone in saying that Cut Copy's “Dark Corners And Mountain Tops” conjures up images of bearded female gurus levitating into the 4th dimension while rainbow skeletons do rhythmic elliptical cardio in low rent gym monasteries ordained by day glow CPR angels puking up white flowers. It's just that kind of tune.”

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New Music Weekly - November 5, 2013

EminemCut CopyM.I.A.

November’s off to a great musical start on our stereo with the third album by dreamy English-Irish boy band The Wanted, the first new solo album in eight years from Creed frontman Scott Stapp, the return of mighty Bay Area rap duo Latyryx, and the latest from New Zealand’s psychedelic pop star Connan Mockasin. Our New Music Weekly playlist is an express route to the cream of the crop from these and other artists releasing music right now. You can also chart your own course through the latest and greatest by taking on the entire collection of Rdio New Releases. Choose your own adventure!


  • Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
    The reclusive rapper tries to capture lightning in a bottle again with the help of super-producer Rick Rubin and sequel-like references to his most important album.

  • Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
    The Australian synth-pop favorites unleash a fourth album with a clever international campaign involving billboards and a loosened-up vibe.

  • M.I.A. - Matangi
    The British singer and producer’s long-awaited fourth album features two duets with Canadian artist The Weeknd.

  • Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album
    Originally recorded in 2002 and sold exclusively through Saddle Creek’s store to benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project, this holiday album is finally receiving its first wide release.

  • Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne
    Duets with husband and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger highlight Lavigne’s fifth full-length.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends - October 2013


Some people don’t like to share their guilty pleasure tunes, but we honestly enjoy making it a regular habit every month. Our Rdio Recommends: October 2013 playlist recaps what we think are the strongest songs of the past 31 days. We’d also love to hear about your October favorites. Share your top picks with us by adding a comment to our playlist.

About Rdio Recommends: The first week of every month, we review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.