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Exclusive: Joywave’s Rdio Session Brings Happiness

Tapped into that brilliant line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro, Joywave has nailed the balance of making irresistibly fun songs that stay repeat-worthy. The Rochester, New York quintet (singer Daniel Armbruster, Joseph Morinelli on guitar, bassist Sean Donnelly, Benjamin Bailey on keys and drummer Paul Brenner) are behind the latest edition of our intimate live series known as Rdio Sessions. The set features the songs “Feels Like A Lie,” “Tongues,” “Traveling At the Speed of Light,” and “Nice House,” all taken from their recent album How Do You Feel Now?

∞  August 21, 2015 — 10:24AM

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Exclusive: Little Boots Works Her Rdio Session

British angel of electropop Little Boots is the latest artist to bless us with a live show to be recorded for our intimate Rdio Sessions series. Her set features "Taste It," which appears on her brand new album Working Girl and was previewed for Rdio fans first during the recording. Check out her session above and while you're in a live mode, turn on our Rdio Sessions Station for more exclusive performances from stars around the world.

∞  July 14, 2015 — 5:34PM

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Exclusive: Ryn Weaver Spreads Love On Her Rdio Session

After making international waves with her debut single, the electro pop anthem “OctaHate,” which was co-written by Charli XCX, Ryn Weaver now brings the love to our latest Rdio Session, recently recorded at SXSW. Enjoy her five song set culled from her debut album The Fool, which she created with the nimble production assistance of Benny Blanco and Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos. Her session also includes a live version of her latest single, “Promises.” Weaver’s music is a voyage of discovery both for herself and for listeners as she explores the full depth of where she is in life at age 22.

Tune in to our Rdio Sessions Station for more exclusive live sets performed just for you!

∞  July 10, 2015 — 10:32AM

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Exclusive: HOLYCHILD Brings Brat Pop to Rdio Sessions

Los Angeles duo Liz Nistico and Louie Diller aka HOLYCHILD like to call their irreverent blend of musical influences and sassiness “brat pop.” As you’ll hear on the latest Rdio Session, it’s a sound that they describe as “one-half rebellion and one-half entertainment,” and they give it their absolute all both live and on record! The five-song live set recorded at SXSW exclusively for Rdio listeners, features songs from their brand new album *The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, including the single “Money All Around.”

Hear more from our intimate live series on the Rdio Sessions Station, featuring a wide range of cutting edge artists from around the world.

∞  June 16, 2015 — 9:01AM

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Sneak Preview: Stream Calvin Love’s "Super Future" Early on Rdio

We're psyched to present a pre-streaming sneak preview of the new album by Arts & Crafts artist Calvin Love. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta in Canada, Calvin’s charisma and uniquely beautiful music has won him fans all over the world. He wrote, produced and recorded every song on Super Future in his own personal Cool Creep Studios. A clever exploration of the deep emotions of love, empathy and longing, Super Future captures a sense of otherworldly nostalgia while simultaneously pushing forward into the beyond with consummate cool. Enjoy it now before the official release date!

∞  June 9, 2015 — 7:17AM

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Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

As promised, today we’ve got even more for your fine ears from Rdio’s Artist to Watch act Milo Greene! This time LA’s cinematic pop band that’s been on everyone’s lips has recorded an exclusive Rdio Session for our intimate series. The four-song live set, recorded at Decibelle Studios in San Francisco, features “Lie To Me,” “On The Fence” and “White Lies” from the new album Control plus a fun surprise: their killer cover of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home!”

Need more Rdio Sessions in your life? Check out the Rdio Sessions Station featuring highlights from the archives.

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Rdio Sessions: Hear A New Session from Nashville Rising Star Mickey Guyton

If you haven’t yet met our Nashville Rising spotlight artist Mickey Guyton, get ready to be blown away by a futuristic Texas born country singer who sings like Loretta Lynn and cites Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston as influences. Listen to her Rdio Session performance, which includes “Forever Love” and her single “Better Than You Left Me.” The latter is one of country music’s biggest radio debuts — not only of this year, but of all time! We think you’ll fall in love quickly, too.

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more exclusive and intimate live performances by artists of all styles from all over the world.

∞  March 10, 2015 — 11:08AM

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Exclusive: Ty Dolla $ign Blazes Rdio Sessions

LA’s Ty Dolla $ign has created his own seductive musical space that straddles rap and R&B. The songwriter and producer considers himself a singer over a rapper, but he’s got bars that put average MCs to shame. If you’ve never heard him before, now is the time to get acquainted with this rising star, who plans to drop his debut album this year with expected collaborations from R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. His Rdio Sessions set, recorded live at SXSW, features the breakout songs from his premiere Beach House EP: the infectious top 40 hit “Paranoid” and sexy jams “Or Nah” and “Familiar.”

Hear more from our intimate live series on the Rdio Sessions Station, which features exclusive performances by artists from all over the world.

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Shawn Mendes, Twin Shadow, Fifth Harmony and More Stars Choose Their Favorite Songs of 2014

It’s time to recap the top tunes of the year, and who better to share their obsessions than the artists themselves? We asked friends like Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Ingrid Michaelson, East India Youth, Twin Shadow, Echosmith, and Vance Joy for the songs that they loved so much they practically wanted to marry ‘em. The results are both surprising and awesome, a collection of unique tracks that leap across genre boundaries. Hear their highlights now in the Artists' Year-Defining Songs.

We’ll be publishing these and more artists’ top 10 album lists throughout the next week, but here are some early teasers: Sam Smith is a beloved pick from Lauren of Fifth Harmony and all the members of Echosmith and Twin Shadow can’t get the brilliant simplicity of ILoveMakonen featuring Drake off the stereo. Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks loves Foxygen's "How You Can Really", Vance Joy spends umpteen moments dancing to Sylvan Esso while Sylvan Esso loves Caribou's "Can't Do Without You.. Stay tuned for more!

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Exclusive: Tensnake Mixes First DJ-Powered Rdio Session

Germany’s Marco Niemerski, better known as Tensnake, is the first artist in the world to present a DJ set for his Rdio Session. Recorded live at this year’s SXSW extravaganza, the performance includes songs from his album Glow. He also deftly weaves in extended club versions of career highlights like “Love Unlimited,” recorded with singer Fiora and legendary producer Nile Rodgers, with tracks from colleagues he admires. Check out more recordings from this up close and personal series over at the Rdio Sessions Station.