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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.

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Exclusive: Tokyo Police Club’s Arresting Rdio Sessions

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Indie rockers Tokyo Police Club returned to the world earlier this year with an album of bright and fun songs with polished pop leanings that hit the top 20 in their native Canada. Recorded live at South By Southwest in Austin earlier this year, the band’s contribution to our Rdio Sessions series features some of the most memorable offerings from Forcefield, their most recent and favorite album.

Want more Rdio Sessions? Play our Rdio Sessions station to hear more exclusive live recordings from Rdio favorites like Cayucas, Lucius and STRFKR.

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Exclusive: Dan + Shay Take on Tom Petty in Rdio Sessions

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Rising Nashville stars Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, better known as Dan + Shay, have graced us with the first country edition of Rdio Sessions, our intimate live series performed for listeners like you. The set, recorded in Nashville, features songs from their debut album Where It All Began, including the singles “19 You + Me” and “Show You Off,” and a soulful cover version of Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Free Fallin’.”

If you’ve yet to be acquainted with these two charmers, you’ll instantly hear why their youthful songs about love and fun have been a welcome wave in country and their songwriting skills have already been utilized by big acts like Rascal Flatts. Play our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more highlights from this one-of-a-kind performance series.

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Happy Birthday Madonna!

It’s safe to say that the topic of women in pop music – if not pop culture – can be broken down into two distinct categories: before Madonna and after Madonna.

Artists from across the spectrum have long cited Madge for her groundbreaking music videos, longevity, for breaking down stereotypes, for shepherding female empowerment and for infusing pop music with some good old fashioned sex…and never being ashamed of it.

Liz Phair: “You know who I think doesn't get enough credit? Madonna for her giant, wide, swath of road she paved for us all after her to travel on, you know? Madonna is the speedboat, and the rest of us are just the Go-Go's on water skis.”

Ariana Grande: "She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody's comprehension.”

Paulina Rubio: "I've admired her since I was a little girl and I love her because she is strong, she's a warrior, and she doesn't let anybody tell her what to do and she's an inspiration."

Beyonce: "I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. She showed other women when you get to a point in your career, you don't have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself."

Cher: "Actually I think Madge might be one of the most amazing artists I've known. She always saw trends WAY before anyone else, and had great videos."

Mary J. Blige: “I don't think the music business, as far as females, would be anything without Madonna”

Sinéad O'Connor: "I love her, I adore her and I respect her. I pity her for all the analysis she has to put up with.”

Bjork: “She made it look good to control your own life when that was something that was not supposed to be very sexy for a woman. She's one of the few women who has remained true to herself.”

Christina Aguilera: "I do look up to Madonna as a businesswoman. I enjoy looking back at the body of her work and the different changes. I love the fact that she’s been a risk-taker, and pretty fearless in some of her choices.”

Katy Perry: “If I could, I'd have Madonna's career. She is the ultimate in female pop music, and she's like the Energizer bunny.”

And one of Rdio’s Artists To Watch, Sky Ferreira, has said, “She inspires me to be strong, fearless and smart. She’s more than just sexy or someone with good songs; she’s the type of woman I want to be. I want to inspire people the way she has.” Lucky for us, Sky has inspired us with an exclusive playlist of her favorites by The Material Girl, right on time for the Queen Of Pop’s birthday.

And since it’s birthday cake time, we compiled a 56-song playlist of Madonna songs you might not have heard; one for every year of her life. Happy Birthday!