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Who's Buzzing at SXSW: Rdio Influencers Share Lineups & Picks!

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As the music portion of South by Southwest gets underway this week our amazing Rdio Influencers have put together a buzzworthy swath of playlists that feature bands to see, lineups at the various SXSW parties, and picks for who to keep an eye on (whether you're in Austin or sitting in the comfort of your own home).

Check out these Rdio playlists to help guide your SXSW experience and check out the artists that will be blowing up this week in Austin — and beyond!

New York City based Music blog Brooklyn Vegan helps you cut through the SXSW clutter with 3 killer playlists that highlight their picks for Best of SXSW 2014, NYC Artists @ SXSW 2014, and a special edition for bubbling up metal bands, SXSW 2014 Metal.

Need an indie fix? The Dumbing of America brings you The Best SXSW Indie Bands featuring their favorite bands at the festival who will keep your indie cred alive and make your hipster heart go a-flutter. Check out tracks from Eagulls, Hospitality, OFF!, Ski Lodge and much more.

Our satirical friends at The Onion want you to take this playlist seriously! Music Editor Marah Eakin has put together a selection of favorite artists at SXSW 2014 to guide you through the SXSW noise with picks that include Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings, Speedy Ortiz, and Jarvis Cocker.

Press play on ModCloth's SXSW Lineup Favorites for a curated sampler of their favorite artists to to see live in Austin this year, including Wye Oak, St. Vincent and Phantogram.

If you're down in Austin, don't miss the Paste Magazine music day parties — and listen to the stellar lineup on Rdio with Paste's 2014 SXSW Day Parties playlist featuring Wild Club, Thumpers, Lucius, and gardens & villa.

Our friends at Hype Machine have put together a playlist to preview the Hype Hotel at SXSW which will showcase 5 days of music picked by awesome blogs. Check out the lineup with Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel 2014 playlist and RSVP here to drop by Hype Hotel.

Want more scoop from SXSW? Keep up with Rdio at SXSW on our Twitter and Instagram pages and check out the artists playing SXSW Rdio Sessions here.

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The Voice Is Back: Blake Shelton Picks His Favorite Songs

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The Voice returns to NBC tonight at 8pm/7pm CT with Shakira and Usher rejoining Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the superstar coaching panel. To celebrate the kick-off of our favorite TV singing competition (that doesn’t judge a book by its cover), we are turning our chairs around and thrilled to share this exclusive Rdio playlist from Blake Shelton himself.

Listen to Blake Shelton’s Favorite Songs for tunes by Team Blake singers and contestants from The Voice, along with songs from the show's coaches and advisors (including his wife Miranda Lambert).

Need more tunes to get in the mood for The Voice? Check out music from coaches Adam Levine of Maroon 5, R&B star Usher, and Latin sensation Shakira.

Want more Blake? Follow Blake Shelton’s artist page to hear more of his own catalog of work, including the hit album “Based On a True Story”.

Bring on the Blind Auditions!

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Sugarpie, Honeybunch — Sweet Tunes for Your Valentine’s Day

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You’ve bought the flowers and the candy and maybe even planned a romantic meal. But the most important element for your Valentine’s Day plan is, of course, the perfect soundtrack. Don't worry, we’ve taken care of that detail with the help of a select group of our cupid-approved Rdio Influencers. These four playlists are guaranteed to keep the love vibe flowing!

Dylan Lauren, owner of the epic sugar palace known as Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York (and daughter of designer Ralph Lauren), is the original Candy Girl and she’s sharing her sweetest tunes on Dylan’s Candy Bar Favorites. The playlist includes such dessert-forward favorites as “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies, “Milkshake” by Kelis, and “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow.

The dating experts at Howaboutwe have gifted us with a playlist of 21 Most Romantic Songs to fit any mood. Turn up the romance with tunes by Beyonce, John Legend, Frank Ocean and Bruno Mars.

Suave singer Jason Derulo melts hearts all year long with his music, but Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty on Valentine’s Day Playlist takes the passion to steamier heights with the help of Drake, Lorde, Childish Gambino, and Lady Gaga.

Fresh off of their soundtrack appearance on the new movie Endless Love, indie pop darlings Echosmith share 20 of their favorite lovey-dovey tunes on Echosmith Loves You: A Valentine’s Day Playlist. It’s a romp through ‘80s pop and modern indie rock via artists such as The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Berlin, The Smiths and Coldplay, all with a heaping helping of affection.

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Sochi Sounds: 2014 Olympic Athletes Share Music that Goes for Gold

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As the XXII Olympic Winter Games continue through February 23 in Sochi, Russia, three incredible American athletes have shared the tunes that help motivate them to win — and to relax afterwards — in these exclusive Rdio playlists.

Alpine ski cup racer Julia Mancuso has already snagged the bronze for the 2014 women’s combined event, a new medal to add to her collection of Olympic medals won in 2006 and 2010. She’s put together a wonderful playlist that reveals what she loves to listen to in her Down Time, which includes highlights from Lorde, Passion Pit, Haim, and Ellie Goulding.

Halfpipe snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler is an American and World champion and is also the first female athlete to have her own clothing line with Oakley. She chooses heady, adrenaline-pumping songs from the likes of Icona Pop, Avicii, M.I.A., Spank Rock, and Red Hot Chili Peppers in a playlist of current favorites that she calls My Tops.

Ice hockey forward Hilary Knight scored the first goal of the Olympics for the U.S. women’s team! Her Plane, Bus, Walk offers an exceptional two-plus hour look at the myriad of musical sounds that fill her ears when she’s traveling, including artists like Drake, Rudimental, Vybz Kartel, The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Lana Del Rey.

Play ‘em to feel like a champion!

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The GRAMMYs on Rdio: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night

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The countdown is on — In just a few days The 56th Annual GRAMMYs will take over the airwaves on CBS to reveal the big award winners plus a host of blow-out performances and eye popping wardrobe choices.

To get you in the mindset for Music’s Biggest Night, Follow The GRAMMYs on Rdio and check out their exclusive playlists for this year’s nominations, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Want more? Listen to a sampling of all the nominees including 52 songs from a variety of artists like Daft Punk, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, and many more.

Will Keith Urban sweep the country categories this year? The 56th GRAMMYs: Country Field Nominees features the superstar singer alongside colleagues such as Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Tim McGraw.

When it’s time to turn things up and move your body, put on 56th GRAMMYs: Dance Field Nominees. The set features EDM stars like Rdio Influencer Armin Van Buuren, ZEDD, Kaskade, and Calvin Harris. The competition is stiff this year, but it’s all love on the dancefloor.

The 56th GRAMMYs: Pop Field Nominees brings together megastars like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and newcomer Lorde. Who’s your pick for ultimate pop champ this year?

You can also listen to this year’s nominees and winners through the official GRAMMYs app powered by Rdio available for free download in the iTunes store.

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Influencer Spotlight: Armin van Buuren

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Long, long before the term EDM was coined, the popular Dutch DJ, producer, label owner, and radio host Armin van Buuren was captivating international dance floors and furthering the trance movement.

He continues to receive major acclaim for his work. His YouTube views number in the hundreds of millions and he was recently voted the second top DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, an annual ranking he’s topped five separate times and been included in for a dozen years. To top it all off — Armin is also an active member of the Rdio community who generously shares his playlists and passion for trance music with everyone.

Follow Armin van Buuren on Rdio and you won’t miss a beat, starting with these two exclusive playlists:

Who’s Afraid of 138? gets the heart pumping with almost three hours of trance music for die-hards, a set based on his own single of the same name and likeminded vibes.

A State of Trance Radio captures the tone and feeling of Armin’s weekly radio program that he has hosted since 2001. It has an estimated listenership of 20 million listeners across 50 countries and over 40 radio stations through both satellite and Internet radio stations.

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Influencer Spotlight: Skylar Grey

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If you don’t know Skylar Grey, well, you should. As a five-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Skylar Grey has long been a secret weapon of today’s hottest music stars, a true musician’s musician. She co-wrote “I Love The Way You Lie” for Eminem and Rihanna — the biggest-selling single of 2010 — and she co-wrote and performed on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor,” which earned two Grammy nominations.

If you were to keep count, the songs Skylar has touched have sold over 25 million copies across the world. Her versatility as an artist has allowed her to cross genres into a wide sensation where she has crafted or appeared on songs for the likes of Will.i.am, Cee-Lo, Lupe Fiasco, Diddy-Dirty Money, Zedd and Kaskade. You can hear her own take on some of these tracks on The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey.

Fresh off a hot performance with Eminem on Saturday Night Live, we are thrilled to welcome Skylar into the Rdio community as an Influencer to share her own exclusive playlists with you. Her first contribution is Skylar’s Rockin’ Playlist, an upbeat set that features her pal Eminem, current pop hits by One Republic and No Doubt, and captures her love for strong female soloists like Fiona Apple, Angel Haze, Alanis Morrissette, and Tori Amos.

Follow Skylar Grey on Rdio to catch all her upcoming playlists and music recommendations.

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Glamrock 2.0: Paris Hilton Is Ready to DJ Your New Year's Eve

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As you may (or may not) know, Paris Hilton is a music geek. When she is not busy running her billion-dollar empire, Paris DJs all over the world devoting herself to the dancefloor and selling out clubs. She recently performed in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai, St. Petersburg and Moscow. And now, she can be your personal New Year’s Eve DJ with her Ring in 2014 with Paris Hilton playlist.

Paris put this party-pumping playlist together exclusively for Rdio listeners, and it offers a great taste of the vibe she’s been creating in her DJ sets and in the studio for her upcoming album. Leading off with her own Afrojack-produced single “Good Time,” which features her Young Money boss Lil Wayne, this playlist is a perfect high-energy set for non-stop dancing that includes top EDM anthems and remixes of the year from the likes of ZEDD, Krewella, David Guetta, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix. There are also cameos from rappers like Kid Cudi and Jay Z and even classic feel-good hits from her family friend, Michael Jackson. Hear the full playlist below. Paris’ upcoming album features Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida and more and will be released in 2014.

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Crave A Different Kind of Buzz: Rdio Influencers Wrap Up Their Favorite Music of 2013

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We love our Rdio Influencers and are grateful for their contributions to this community all year long. Right around now, we’re especially excited about the slew of new playlists created to commemorate all the amazing music that came out in 2013. Hours and hours of interesting selections are all here for your listening enjoyment, including a few standouts that caught our eyes and ears:

"NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013" and "NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013" are enlightening mixes of popular and below-the-radar selections. One spoiler: They couldn’t resist “Blurred Lines,” either.

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There are many surprises to be found in Paste Magazine’s "The Best Songs of 2013" playlist, which brings a diverse group of artists together. The editors of the renowned music publication soundtracked their year with music by Okkervil River, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, Daft Punk, Kanye West and Pusha T.

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The Pretty Much Amazing blog contributes "PMA's Best Songs of 2013". It’s a super fun set where household names like Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus get down and party with should-be-household-names such as Autre Ne Veut and Rhye. There’s a lot of good music going on here.

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Hype Machine constantly tracks the artists, songs and remixes that are being blogged about the most at any given time. Their "Zeitgeist 2013 - Most Blogged Artists" playlist rounds up the champions of the whole year in one set. We won’t give away too much and spoil the reveal, but it’s a diverse mix with names like Lorde, Disclosure, and Haim.

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If you’re looking to dance the day (or night) away, press play on "Ultra Music's Best of 2013!" The leading New York dance label’s playlist includes anthems by EDM stars like Benny Benassi, Kaskade, and Tiesto.

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And don't forget to check out the Rdio year-in-review. 2013: Off the Charts reveals what the Rdio community couldn't stop playing this year. See who charted with top songs and top albums across the globe, plus our staff obsessions, artists to watch for 2014, and our exclusive #2013 Covers Project. It's all at your fingertips here.

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Get Off the Couch! A Holiday Work Out with Bob Harper

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Once the holiday turkey and trimmings have been eaten and you have enjoyed the requisite food coma it’s time to Get Off the Couch! Celebrity trainer Bob Harper of NBC’s The Biggest Loser created a playlist just for you filled with fun and upbeat tunes to motivate you to bounce back into fitness after all those holiday treats. A splash of Disclosure, a sprinkle of Kanye, and a dash of Little Dragon are among the lively ingredients that go into this personal pick-me-up. So put down that turkey sandwich and let’s get physical! Follow Bob Harper on Rdio for more music picks from this motivational hero all year long.