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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!

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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

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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

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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - Heavenly Indie Pop from Lucius

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This year’s Rdio Sessions at SXSW featured a diverse lineup of up-and-comers performing exclusive live sets, with acts like Tokyo Police Club, Tensnake, Haerts, Little Boots and Ty Dolla $ign storming the stage. Now, for the first time since it all went down in Austin, you can hear the Rdio Sessions performance from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from last year’s stunning debut album Wildewoman.

If this is your first introduction to Lucius, expect to be completely charmed. As you’ll hear from breakout songs like “Go Home,” “Wildewoman,” “Turn It Around” and “Until We Get There,” the group’s two lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe have a playful rapport and an easy sense of humor. They also harmonize beautifully together, making each tune instantly memorable.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist for more from our intimate live series, including sets from Ivan & Alyosha, Guards and STRFKR.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 7:42AM

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Global Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - A Dance Party With STRFKR

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Portland’s STRFKR is a group that’s close to our hearts here at Rdio. We were the first to offer a preview of last year’s album Miracle Mile and are now thrilled to present the band’s contribution to Rdio Sessions, our set of intimate recordings available only on Rdio.

Recorded live in San Francisco, this exclusive STRFKR set includes highlights from Miracle Mile including the bright pop of “Malmö,” the swaggering “While I’m Alive,” and the discofied “Atlantis,” plus “Bury Us Alive” from 2011’s Reptilians and “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second,” the irresistibly bouncy song from the self-titled 2008 debut Starfucker that started it all. Go ahead and have a sweaty dance party, we won’t tell!

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more recordings from Rdio favorites such as Passenger, City and Colour and Shout Out Louds.

∞  June 10, 2014 — 8:13AM

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Exclusive: Journey Inside Stones Throw’s Headphones

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Stones Throw has created an incredible and diverse body of work over the past 18 years, a legacy that has been neatly summarized in a documentary called Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. The film offers an insider’s look at the Los Angeles label through never-before-seen archival footage, home videos and interviews with founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Common, Mayer Hawthorne and many more.

To celebrate the release of the soundtrack and the documentary on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital, the label has kindly created an exclusive playlist for Rdio listeners called In Stones Throw’s Headphones. The 50-minute set reveals some of the label office’s most frequently played tunes from the catalog, including songs from Hawthorne, Madlib, and the late producer J Dilla.

Follow Stones Throw on Rdio for this playlist and check out the soundtrack to Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton for new beats from Madlib, unreleased rarities, brand new tunes, and other songs from the documentary.

∞  May 14, 2014 — 9:02AM

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Worldwide Exclusive: Stream Snoop’s New Funk Masterpiece

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Just when you had gotten used to calling him Snoop Lion, the dee oh double gee has flipped it once again! Snoop Dogg’s latest alias is Snoopzilla, the insatiable funk monster who stars with SoCal producer Dam-Funk in 7 Days of Funk. The new album furthers Snoop’s career-long dedication to the G-Funk and the P-Funk as descended from his spiritual godfather George Clinton and his frequent collaborator Bootsy Collins (who Snoop tributes here with his Snoopy Collins guise). Bootsy himself guest stars on the album, as does Dogg Pound homies Daz and Kurupt and multi-instrumentalist Steve Arrington. In addition, the Rdio edition of 7 Days of Funk will feature an exclusive bonus track “Wingz,” which will continue to be available only on Rdio. Get into the funk and start to stream and share 7 Days of Funk below.