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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.

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Exclusive: SOHN Shakes Up Rdio Sessions

You can hear the world-wise poise in the music of English electronic artist SOHN (aka Christopher Taylor). Since 2010, he has called Vienna his home, where his work as a producer for himself as well as for rising stars like Banks along with remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Disclosure have earned him shout outs from unique artists like Lorde and Miguel.

SOHN’s exclusive Rdio Sessions was performed at Decibelle Recording Studio in San Francisco and features highlights from his deliciously dark and soulful debut album Tremors, including the singles “Bloodflows” and “Lessons.” Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more live sets from this eclectic series, including recent performances by Daughtry, Jon Pardi, Lucius, and many more.

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Exclusive: Wave Hello To Switchfoot's Rdio Session

San Diego’s surf-loving rockers Switchfoot took to waves all over the world to explore the connection across foreign lands and bodies of water before writing and releasing the ninth album Fading West earlier this year. The quintet (brothers Jon and Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley) have blessed their Rdio Sessions with songs from this most recent album, including “When We Come Alive,” “The World You Want” and “Love Alone is Worth The Fight,” as well as early cuts like “Dare You to Move” and their acclaimed cover of The Verve’s “Lucky Man.”

The set, like all in this up close and personal series, was recorded live exclusively for the enjoyment of the Rdio community. Turn on our Rdio Sessions station for a continually updated set of highlights from these concerts.

∞  October 7, 2014 — 11:27AM

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Exclusive: Country Star Jon Pardi Rocks His Rdio Sessions

Jon Pardi isn’t your typical country music crooner; he’s the guy to go to when you’re ready to get the rowdy party started. Check out the Nashville singer-songwriter’s contribution to our live Rdio Sessions series for irrefutable proof. On it, he delivers new takes of some of his biggest hits from his debut album, Write You a Song including “Up All Night,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin’,” “What I Can’t Put Down” and “Trash a Hotel Room.”

Click on the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more excellent and diverse editions of this exclusive live series performed all over the world just for Rdio fans; recent additions include Sessions from Tokyo Police Club, Strange Talk and The 1975.

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Exclusive: Snoop Dogg's Soulful #TMTTR Playlist

The new music documentary Take Me To The River is a quintessential journey into America’s musical soul. The story of how Memphis and Mississippi Delta music legends came together with modern rap and R&B stars to record a new album features a rich soundtrack of well-known talent like Mavis Staples and The Bar-Kays, alongside less familiar names including Otis Clay and Bobby “Blue Bland.. Recorded at Willie Mitchell's legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, director Martin Shore describes the album as, “Music that moves your soul. That’s why it’s called soul music, it’s genre-less, crosses all lines, is the foundation of popular music and knows no boundaries.”

A prominent participant in the project, Snoop Dogg created an exclusive #TMTTR playlist, filled with selections from the Take Me To the River soundtrack, alongside some of his favorite music and inspirations from the era.

Take Me To The River is now in theaters around the US.

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Exclusive: Strange Talk's Effortlessly Cool Rdio Session

Melbourne’s Strange Talk has gotten rave reviews for their concerts, where their energy and charisma has won them a growing legion of fans. We’re excited to now have an opportunity to share their special onstage synth pop magic with listeners all around the world.

The quartet (Stephen Docker, Gerard Sidhu, Travis Constable and Gillian Gregory) brings their sunny beats and memorable melodies to the latest Rdio Sessions performance. The five-song set draws from the band’s killer debut album Cast Away, including the propulsive debut single “Climbing Walls” and the most recent sizzler “Young Hearts.”

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more from this international live series that’s exclusively for you!

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Exclusive: Go Back To The Future With The 1975's Rdio Session

In their brief two-year history, British breakout band The 1975 have already reached heights that most artists dream of achieving with their era-blurring blend of rock, pop and New Wave. Turns out the youthful quartet (Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel) have played together in various guises for a decade, so it wasn’t quite an overnight success.

The 1975 recently traveled Down Under for their Rdio Sessions, which was recorded live in Australia. The three-song mini-set features “Sex,” “Chocolate” and “Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You,” all taken from last year’s self-titled debut album, which entered the UK charts straight at number one.

We’ve got even more installments of Rdio Sessions on the way for your ears; in the meantime, listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.