July 2014

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Merge Picks a Quarter Century of Essential Songs

The mighty Merge Records turns 25 this year, and hot on the heels of the label’s anniversary festival, they’ve created an exclusive playlist of their must-hear songs just for Rdio listeners.

Clocking in at over 400 minutes (!), Merge25: The Essentials spans the label’s history, which grew from a tiny indie label pressing up 7-inch records in 1989 to the internationally respected music company it is today. The playlist brings together more than 100 tracks from key artists like Arcade Fire, Redd Kross, Lou Barlow, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and, of course, Superchunk (whose members Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan started the label). You’ll find all you need here to become a Merge expert right away! Follow Merge Records on Rdio for more playlists from the label.

∞  July 30, 2014 — 4:48PM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 29, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always know the best highlights of the moment. This week, we’re tasting some Canadian delights, including the debut album from Drake-affiliated singer PARTYNEXTDOOR, previously unheard songs from extinct indie rockers The Unicorns, and an infectious new single from Fences featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. We’re also rocking out to the return of the old school sound from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and reveling in the guilty pleasure of the new pop collabo between Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

There’s a lot more to hear in this set, so press play and check out the Playlist Notes for more tidbits — including an amazing social media music success story. Want to do your own picking? The Rdio New Releases section gives you the unfiltered access to everything.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
    The American singer-songwriter worked with fellow recording artist Ryan Adams to produce her first album in six years, the creative result of a difficult period of insomnia that has turned pain into some of her poppiest and happiest sounding work to date.

  • James Brown - Get On Up - The James Brown Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The soundtrack for the Godfather of Soul’s new biopic features studio and live takes of seminal cuts as well as previously unreleased live recordings.

  • Tweedy - “Fake Fur Coat”
    Fresh off having the song “Summer Noon” in the new movie Boyhood, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer tease out another taste of their upcoming fall album.

  • Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    The hotly buzzed intergalactic hip-hop duo of Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler (known as Butterfly in the Nineties) and Tendai Maraire created seven suites of songs on their second album.

  • Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes EP
    A first collection of songs from the 15-year-old Canadian singer who went from posting six-second covers on Vine to a record-breaking debut single (“Life of the Party”) that hit the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of social media.

∞  July 29, 2014 — 7:12AM

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Ethan Hawke Shares His Black Album Playlist from "Boyhood"

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Richard Linklater’s acclaimed film Boyhood was shot over the course of a dozen years, so you can see actor Ellar Coltrane age from 6 to 18 in a dizzying flash. This is not the only powerful dose of reality in this movie by a long shot, and you’re about to hear one of the most special examples.

In the movie, star Ethan Hawke shares a special playlist called The Black Album with his son (played by Coltrane), a set culling all the best solo tunes from each member of The Beatles. Hawke actually created this playlist for his daughter in real life, modifying it slightly for the film but preserving the same magic of sharing timeless music across generations. As much as we love hearing John, Paul, George and Ringo together, Hawke’s loving collection shows the strength that each musician has as a solo artist.

Follow Boyhood on Rdio for more playlists from this extraordinary cinematic release, including one charting the musical highlights from each year of the film. Boyhood is in theaters now.

∞  July 25, 2014 — 3:25PM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 22, 2014

Time is precious, so why not cut to the chase and just hear the best new songs of the week right away? Riders of the fast lane, kindly direct your listening attention to the New Music Weekly playlist, which features the first taste of upcoming albums by Jessie Ware and Weezer, plus the latest party banger from Lil Jon featuring Tyga, a new single from Jason Aldean, and the Record Store Day EP release from The Black Angels; read the Playlist Notes below for some fun facts on some of the biggies.

Listen below and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to automatically get the new playlist every Tuesday. Looking for more, more more? The Rdio New Releases page houses all the latest offerings unfiltered for your limitless exploration.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Alvvays - Alvvays
    The Toronto-based quartet pronounced always emerges with a debut album of timeless, sun-soaked indie pop that’s been compared to California act Best Coast despite its Canadian origin.

  • Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again
    Southern California-reared pop punk specialists join Epitaph Records (home of Rancid, Weezer and Social Distortion) for their third album, which at 19 minutes is the band’s longest release to date.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - 5 Seconds of Summer (Deluxe Edition)
    The Aussie YouTube stars known for their pop cover tunes finally emerge with a debut album of original songs.

  • Banks - “Beggin for Thread”
    A haunting new single from the Los Angeles singer-songwriter born Jillian Banks and one of Rdio's 2014 Artists To Watch is a preview from her forthcoming debut album Goddess, which is expected in September.

  • The Raveonettes - Pe’ahi
    The Danish indie rock duo of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner name their seventh album after a Hawaiian surf spot.

∞  July 22, 2014 — 8:51AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 15, 2014

We listen to everything that comes out each week in order to assemble the best songs in one place just for you. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a new hand-picked set each Tuesday.

This week’s edition brings a taste of the first album in five years from British crooner Morrissey and debuts from his electronic-leaning countrymen The Acid and Jungle, plus the return of modern goth queen Zola Jesus and the introduction of new country duo Maddie and Tae.

Read the Playlist Notes below for more highlights from this week’s best offerings, and click over to the Rdio New Releases when you’re ready to do even more exploring on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Deluxe)
    The deluxe version of the UK singer’s long-awaited debut contains an acoustic version of “Latch,” his hit with dance duo Disclosure.

  • Jason Mraz - Yes!
    Love and happiness are explored on the pop rock singer’s fifth album with the help of all-female band Raining Jane.

  • Rise Against - The Black Market
    Chicago’s veteran punk act takes a surprisingly introspective turn for the seventh album, melding the political with the personal.

  • Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath
    The Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist experiments with melding classic music with his sampled heartbeats and breaths on his debut solo album.

  • Bleachers - Strange Desire
    Another high-profile solo debut this week is an Eighties-inspired full-length from Jack Antonoff of fun.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:11AM

Exclusives

Exclusive: The Maine Unleashes Surprises On Rdio Sessions

One of our most special types of exclusives is the Rdio Sessions series, which captures live recordings of intimate sets played for Rdio fans. Arizona rockers and Warped Tour favorites The Maine recently stopped by Faultline Studios in San Francisco to play a concert comprised of surprises.

Listen to Rdio Sessions by The Maine to hear the band’s unexpected set list, which bypasses the singles from 2013’s Forever Halloween (produced by Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs) in favor of less-spotlighted gems like “Kennedy Curse” and “F--ked Up Kids” and even unearths a previously hidden song from 2011’s Pioneer.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more cool sets from Rdio favorites like Passenger, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and STRFKR.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:02AM

News

Rdio Becomes First Streaming Service To Power Full Song Playback Within Shazam

Starting today, Rdio users on Shazam can finally go beyond the preview with full song playback on Shazam. Rdio subscribers that update your Shazam app can stream entire songs without ever leaving Shazam, making it even more seamless to discover and explore music.

Plus you can continue to add your favorite songs to your choice of playlist or automatically add all the tracks you have Shazamed to an Rdio playlist.

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"We are thrilled to be the first streaming service to power Shazam's new in-app song playback," said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "This partnership helps us deliver on our promise to be everywhere music is being discovered."

This update is available now on iOS and Android.

∞  July 14, 2014 — 3:13PM

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Hear a Dozen Years of Music From Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" Opening Today

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Director Richard Linklater’s latest film Boyhood packs groundbreaking reality into a fictional film. American actor Ellar Coltrane, who stars with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, was cast at age six in 2002 with filming took place one week a year over the course of a dozen years.

Follow Boyhood on Rdio and celebrate each year caught in the movie through a musical soundtrack. A few choice yearly highlights of the Boyhood playlists include:

2002: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Kylie Minogue
2003: Outkast, Evanescence, Kelis
2004: Britney Spears, Usher, M.I.A.
2005: Kanye West, Bloc Party, Gorillaz
2006: Neko Case, Rihanna, My Chemical Romance
2007: Amy Winehouse, Vampire Weekend, Alicia Keys
2008: Katy Perry, Soulja Boy, MGMT
2009: Cobra Starship, Flo Rida, Animal Collective
2010: Ke$ha, Arcade Fire, Robyn
2011: Adele, Gotye, LMFAO
2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, DIIV, fun.
2013: Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Washed Out

This trip through the musical eras will help you chart Mason’s growth from a little kid to the brink of being an adult in the most fun way possible. Don’t worry, though; you clearly haven’t aged a day.

Boyhood opens in limited release today in New York and Los Angeles and will expand to more US cities on July 19th.

∞  July 11, 2014 — 9:03AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 8, 2014

The mercury is steadily rising on a blazing summer of music and the best way to know what’s hot is to subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist. It refreshes automatically every Tuesday, so check back to hear the latest.

For a taste of what’s happening this week, we’re grooving to songs such as the sizzling Disclosure remix of “Good Kisser” by Usher, “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis (the title track to her upcoming album) and “Summer Noon” by Tweedy, the duo of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer. The Mexican Summer label also drops an EP by Canadian post-punk group Viet Cong and the metal icons known as Judas Priest return strong even without a founding member. But those are just some of the highlights that await; read the Playlist Notes below for more artists we don’t want you to miss.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
    Buoyed by the international hit “Chandelier,” the notoriously shy Australian songwriter behind anthems for Rihanna and Beyoncé steps into the limelight in her own way on her sixth solo album.

  • Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979
    The Canadian noise act drops a new single in advance of The Physical World. The sophomore album will be first in 10 years (and the first since reforming in 2011 following a breakup in 2006).

  • Fifth Harmony - “BO$$”
    Oprah and Michelle Obama get name checked in this peppy piece of empowerment pop from the diverse five-member girl group assembled by Simon Cowell on season 2 of The X Factor.

  • Florida Georgia Line - “Dirt”
    The country pop duo known for experimenting with different styles (including rap!) offer what they describe as a “good life ballad” as a teaser from the upcoming sophomore album.

  • Martin Garrix - Gold Skies
    The teenage EDM titan’s omnipresent “Animals” is beefed up with an EP featuring collaborations with fellow movers and shakers Sander van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas and Jay Hardway.

Looking for more sizzling songs? Click over to the Rdio New Releases to view a comprehensive selection of everything new in music this week.

∞  July 8, 2014 — 7:52AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 1, 2014

July begins with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine contributing a tune for the hot new film Begin Again, the first release in a series of anticipated soundtracks coming this month. It’s also a week when R&B and soul are front and center, with new albums by Trey Songz and Robin Thicke, the latter an impassioned plea for his estranged wife to return.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these and other key offerings (read more in the Playlist Notes below). Subscribe to this playlist so that you never miss a week of fresh tunes, and hit the Rdio New Releases page for even more music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • NONONO - We Are Only What We Feel
    The Swedish alternative trio behind the whistle-inducing international anthem “Pumping Blood” repeats the feat of that single’s catchiness with their debut album.

  • Magic! - Don't Kill the Magic
    This young reggae fusion act from Canada has already had surprise hits in Australia and New Zealand.

  • David Guetta - “Lovers on the Sun (feat. Sam Martin)”
    The EDM kingpin recruits a frequent Maroon 5 collaborator to make a bid to break out of the clubs with this single.

  • Ryan Adams - “Gimme Something Good”
    The singer-songwriter returns with a Glyn Johns produced song, the first of a series of new singles on his own label.

  • Bad Suns - Language & Perspective
    The LA indie rockers and labelmates to Eels, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The 1975 (with whom the quartet recently toured) craft a cohesive debut album meant to be absorbed as a whole.

∞  July 1, 2014 — 10:07AM