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Win a Weekend with Country’s Best Artists at Watershed Music Festival

Watershed Music Festival

The Gorge in Washington will provide a stellar natural backdrop for country music’s contemporary favorites at Watershed Music Festival on August 2-4. Watershed is an ideal place to discover the range of genre and its brightest new stars in their ascent as country’s leading men Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Shooter Jennings take over the outdoor amphitheater.

Festival passes are completely sold out, but we’ve got three pairs of three-day passes reserved for Rdio lovers. Throwing your hat into the ring is a breeze: Like Rdio’s Facebook page and hit enter here. Enter between now and July 24th and you could be on your way to Watershed. Read the Official Rules for more details.

While you’re waiting on your chance to win, follow Watershed on Rdio and listen to the mammoth Watershed Music Festival playlist, which contains songs from all the headliners plus a deep look at performers such as Terri Clark, Thompson Square, Blackberry Smoke, and more.

Picture it now: You and a friend could be experiencing one of country music’s leading fests in one of the most beautiful venues in the country. Good luck!

∞  July 17, 2013 — 11:00AM


For Your SDCC Trek: A Playlist to Save the World

Superhero Playlist

Do you have long underwear hiding under your threads? Thanks to Comic Con happening tomorrow in San Diego, you don’t need to keep your alter ego a secret. The largest science fiction, fantasy and superhero convention in the world is kicking off and we’ve got the unofficial soundtrack. Take a listen to Prince’s “Batdance”, the Ramones’ “Spiderman” and the instant classic “Wonderboy” from Tenacious D on our Songs to Save the World to Playlist. Each song pays tribute to the guys and gals that were spider bitten, hurled from space, or dropped in toxic waste only to brush themselves off and kick some butt. Listen now and wear your spandex with pride.

∞  July 17, 2013 — 9:00AM


Giddy Up: Take the Faster Horses Playlist For a Ride

Faster Horses

A galloping good time awaits at the Faster Horses Festival, the epic three-day camping and country music event stationed at Michigan International Speedway on July 19-21. We’ve rounded up the best songs from featured artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and Thompson Square in the official Faster Horses 2013 playlist. Follow Faster Horses on Rdio and press play for a taste of what revelers in Brooklyn, Michigan will be experiencing this weekend whether you’re off to the races or staying in with your headphones.

∞  July 15, 2013 — 1:00PM


Get Amped for Pitchfork Music Festival With The Official Playlist


The annual Pitchfork Music Festival comes to Chicago on July 19-21, and Rdio will be live on the scene so stop by and say hello! But for those of you outside Illinois, you don’t have to be in the Windy City to get in on the musical action.

Whether or not you’re planning to be with your 14,999 closest friends at Union Park, you can get ready for this momentous musical event with the official Pitchfork Festival 2013 playlist. Press play to rock over two and a half hours of headlining sounds from the likes of R. Kelly, Bjork, M.I.A., The Breeders, and Sky Ferreira, and follow Pitchfork on Rdio for more hand-picked sets.

∞  July 10, 2013 — 10:00AM


The Fall and Rise of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Film Opens Today

Big Star

The greatest band of the ‘70s may be one you’ve never heard of. Find out about the tragedy and legend of Memphis band, Big Star, in the new documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me. The film trains a lens on Big Star’s baffling commercial failure, unraveling of lead singer/guitarist, Alex Chilton, and sudden death of singer/songwriter Chris Bell. The band’s debut album, satirically titled #1 Record includes “In the Streets” later used for the popular TV show That ‘70s Show intro song and “Thirteen”, one of the most beautiful young love sonnets that’s been covered by a slew of artists including Elliott Smith, Wilco, Kathryn Williams, and Garbage.

What should have been a skyrocketing-to-fame debut of Big Star fizzled out quickly as distribution problems made it hard for anyone to find a copy of the album. The quartet’s next record, Radio City met the same sales disappointment. By the time Chilton recorded Third/Sister Lovers the Big Star sound had unwoven from Beatles-esque power pop into a haunting and open wound of a record.

The film, Nothing Can Hurt Me takes an unfiltered look at Chilton’s fall from the spotlight and the subsequent creation of a painfully honest album that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the ‘80s and ‘90s. It wasn’t until REM, The Bangles, Elliott Smith, Raconteurs, and others cited their inspiration from Big Star that their albums were salvaged from anonymity and recognized as pure vinyl gold. All three LPs now live on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Nothing Can Hurt Me premiers today in select theaters.

As a tribute to the new film and our love for Big Star we’ve put together 13 Going on 13: A Big Star Tribute featuring a few of their seminal songs covered by some all-time great artists. You can also check out the soundtrack for the film with previously unreleased tracks.

∞  July 3, 2013 — 3:00PM


Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The Classic Sound of Pride

Classic Sound of Gay Pride

Listen up, young'uns! While you’re celebrating this week’s step forward for marriage equality and getting gussied up for Pride Weekend, don’t forget the LGBTs and allies that paved the yellow brick road behind us. We highlight the musicians and songs that championed same-sex equality with our third Pride focused playlist, The Classic Sound of Gay Pride. At the forefront is Sylvester, known as the Queen of Disco, who was out, proud, and dominating disco when being gay was law-breaking. He’s joined by legends like Queen, Melissa Etheridge, Erasure, Janis Joplin, and George Michael. It’s the biggest reunion of gay icons since Dorothy went over the rainbow so sing along to The Classic Sound of Gay Pride from Rdio.

Don’t miss our other pride playlists, The New Sound of Gay Pride 2013 and The Year in Queer.

∞  June 27, 2013 — 9:00AM


The Year in Queer

Year In Queer

Hot on the drag-queen-heels of last week’s New Sound of Gay Pride playlist, we’re rolling out the biggest gay moments of the year in our Year In Queer playlist. Voices from rap to country join with LGBT legends to bring gay life in front of the mic in 2013: Frank Ocean and Jenny Owen Youngs come out, equality ballads hit the charts, TIME’s cover goes gay, and Madonna gets booted from Russia for touting gay rights. While there’s not room for every song, we hope this shoutout highlights a truly unprecedented year in queer. Share this playlist to get the word out and Happy Pride from Rdio!

  • Frank Ocean comes out on Tumblr in poetic fashion: “Most of the day I’d see him and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him.”

  • Macklemore pairs up with out singer Mary Lambert to make “Same Love,” a marriage equality video for same-sex marriages in Washington that immediately goes viral. fun. founds The Ally Coalition to fight anti-gay bullying.

  • Lesbian twins Tegan and Sara hit it big this year with Heartthrob.

  • Sara Bareilles, inspired by her friend’s struggle, urge those coming out to be “Brave”.

  • Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace announces she is transgender.

  • Alt-Country singer Kacey Musgraves tells fans to “Love who you love 'cause you just get so many trips 'round the sun” in “Follow Your Arrow”.

  • Folk singer Jenny Owen Youngs comes out on the blog Everyone is Gay: “I think it is damaging and isolating for young people to look out into the world and not see a representation of their experience. To encounter others who are like you is to know that you are not alone.”

  • Country artist Chely Wright and her wife, LGBT advocate Lauren Blitzer, give birth to twin boys.

  • Elton John and partner David Furnish welcome baby Elijah, the couple’s second son, into the world.

  • Kristen Ellis Henderson of Antigone Rising is on the cover of TIME’s marriage equality issue with her wife Sarah: “I'm kissing my wife on the cover because it's time for every American to have their civil rights. And, let's be honest, I'm kissing my wife on the cover because Portia and Ellen probably weren't available..."

  • During the presidential election, Kelly Clarkson announces that she won’t be voting for Mitt Romney because of his stance against marriage equality.

  • Out artist Adam Lambert hits #1 with his album, Trespassing.

  • Jinkx Monsoon, Seattle’s “premier narcoleptic drag queen”, wins RuPaul’s Drag Race.

  • Gender-bending rapper Mykki Blanco rises to hip hop prominence with the video for “Wavvy”.

  • The Lonely Island, James Franco, and Zach Galifianakis release a satirical mashup of alpha-bro spring break partying and support for marriage equality in their music video for “Spring Break Anthem”.

  • Beyonce comes out in support of marriage equality by Instagramming a handwritten message: “If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it. #WeWillUnite4MarriageEquality!”

  • Prominent artists oppose the Boy Scouts of America’s leadership for their anti-gay policies including Carly Rae Jepsen, Train, and Madonna.

  • Madonna is also banned from Russia for publicly supporting gay rights on her MDNA world tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

∞  June 20, 2013 — 9:07AM


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


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