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Happy Hanukkah: The Ben Show Hanukkah Playlist

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Ben Hoffman stars in The Ben Show, Comedy Central’s original hybrid series that combines sketch comedy and man-on-the-street reality. He’s also a die-hard music aficionado and brother of Baby Daddy from the Scissor Sisters who loves sharing songs with the Rdio community. “Ben’s All-Jew Hanukkah Playlist” celebrates the Festival of Lights with iconic Jewish musicians such as the late Lou Reed and Johnny Ramone and living legends like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. As Ben describes it… “My favorite Jewish artists singing my favorite songs on my favorite holiday. Oy vey!” You can find even more song picks from this outrageously funny dude when you follow Ben Hoffman on Rdio.

Give the gift of Rdio this Hanukkah. With eight days to shop for, Rdio gift cards are an easy and thoughtful way to keep the music going all year long.

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Influencer Spotlight: Ultra Music

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We’re thrilled to welcome Ultra Music to the Rdio Influencer dancefloor! EDM enthusiasts across the world have looked to this New York-based label for vital anthems for nearly two decades. Ultra’s YouTube channel is one of the most popular on the site and has logged well over two billion views (yep, we said billion). Thanks to this year’s deal with Sony, the company is reaching even greater heights.

Newcomers and old-school listeners alike can learn about a wide variety of EDM styles by following Ultra Music on Rdio to stay in step with the label’s latest playlists. We hope you’ve got a lot of energy because there’s already a lot to discover here. Maybe consider starting with The Pregame - Progressive Party Starters before moving onto Arena Trance, Dance Hits, and Dark Underground Club Nights, but that’s just us thinking like DJs.

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Caroline de Maigret and Madewell Kick It Old School On Rdio

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We’re proud to say that Madewell has joined the Rdio community to share stylish playlists with you. For their first contribution, they’ve turned to the face of their fall campaign, French model and record label maven Caroline de Maigret. Like this iconic brand, which was established in 1937, de Maigret reaches back over 80 years for inspiration for her playlist, which explores a continuum between great voices like Blind Willie Johnson, John Lennon, Neil Young, and, um, Digital Underground. Try the mix on for size now!

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Hood By Air and More Design Sounds for MADE Fashion Week

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As the catwalks of MADE Fashion Week wind down, we’ve partnered with MilkMADE and Jawbone to discover the sounds that inspire the fashion artistry with exclusive playlists from three hot designers who have revealed their sonic influences for the Rdio community:

Creatures of the Wind

The label known for achieving the enviable task of bringing fantastically mystical creations to the realm of real people wearability offers a fun playlist with iconic ladies like Patti Smith and Siouxsie And The Banshees mixed with up-and-coming names Tirzah and Lower Dens.

Pamela Love

This New York-based jewelry company stands out not only for its stunning designs but for the use of ethically-sourced stones and recycled metal. Love shows in her playlist that she grooves to the beat of a wide variety of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Roxy Music, and the Black Angels.

Hood By Air

The cult streetwear label has taken over the world with the wry HBA-stamped brand that has significantly grown in influence internationally. The company’s playlist is as surprising as the subtle yet meaningful tweaks on Americana outfits, lingering with ladies like Anita Baker, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.

Like what you hear? Follow Jawbone on Rdio for more stylish playlists from their friends.

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Influencer Spotlight: Billboard Charts Come Alive on Rdio

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We are thrilled to welcome music-ranking influencer Billboard to the Rdio community! Originally established way back in 1894 (no, that’s not a typo), Billboard is not only one of the oldest trade magazines in the United States, it remains the authority on popular music hits with their distinguished charts. Follow Billboard on Rdio for their weekly playlists illuminating the latest winners on the Hot 100 and in genres like country, rock, and R&B/hip-hop. Subscribe to any and all of Billboard’s playlists — that way you’ll always know what’s on top.

∞  July 8, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Influencer Spotlight: BuzzFeed

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BuzzFeed’s mission is to chart the most viral pop culture themes across the Internet while incorporating the witty observations and opinions of a sassy community of users. Its music section is a haven of hilarity; a typical day documents such oddities as a Tumblr imagining Adele as Mrs. Doubtfire, mashups of Miles Davis with LCD Soundsystem, Pete Wentz’s descent into dubstep, and a recreation of nasty rap songs re-enacted by cute cats.

Follow BuzzFeed on Rdio and you’ll find a number of amusing playlists organized around popular meme themes. Enjoy smartly-curated, genre-spanning soundtracks for concepts like FAIL, CUTE, and LOL. Warning: Like those viral Internet ideas they’re channeling, the playlists are all quite addicting and might end up making you exclaim something like, “OMGWTFBBQ!”

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Influencer Spotlight: Free People

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Free People began as Urban Outfitter’s sister brand but the label’s contemporary bohemian style has attracted a fanbase of trendsetters who aren’t afraid to mix patterns or play something new. There’s no denying that music and fashion go hand-in-hand. With over 40 playlists already on Rdio, Free People is outfitted to be your fashion and music guide to every festival.

As one of Rdio’s most active influencers, be sure to follow Free People for their top picks in tunes, like their beautifully weaved Holiday Mix below:

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Influencer Spotlight: NPR Music

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Since launching in 2007, NPR Music has been a trusted source for discovering new music and artists, a place to preview albums before they’re released or to hear the inspirations behind the beats from the music-makers themselves. An offshoot of National Public Radio, NPR Music treats the subject with the same in-depth standards and an ear for what lies beneath the mainstream.

Follow NPR Music on Rdio to explore an eclectic collection of sounds. Hear playlists from the All Songs Considered broadcasts like Peter Gabriel’s guest DJ set, songs public radio can't stop playing, and explore the best from recent music events. But first, enjoy the NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 below — this definitely isn’t your grandfather’s National Public Radio.

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Influencer Spotlight: Pitchfork

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Tony Montana’s pitchfork-shaped tattoo in the classic film Scarface provided the inspiration for the name of this 17-year-old Chicago-based website. And like Montana, Pitchfork has developed an almost fearsome reputation, but for its honest criticism of songs and albums across a span of adventurous musical genres. If you want real-deal honest and thorough opinions about the latest indie rock or electronic effort, there are few that are more respected than those that belong to Pitchfork.

Since launching right after high school, publisher Ryan Schreiber has grown the site and Pitchfork Media into a trusted lifestyle brand with ventures both on and offline. The annual Pitchfork Music Festival, now a three-day affair, sells out months in advance and draws thousands to Chicago, with a winter sister event held in Paris each year.

Follow Pitchfork on Rdio to sneak a peek of the site’s favorite singles from the past decade. There, you’ll also find quirky playlists, like an R&B-inspired “Do you like hugs?” mix which you can play below. Pitchfork is more than just a site that skewers — it’s a collective of true music fans, too.

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Rdio Influencer: Follow Soundway Records

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If you’ve ever had your mind blown by a Soundway Records release, you know just how founder Miles Cleret felt ten years ago in Ghana, when he heard a local DJ spinning African funk, soul and blues. He was inspired to start Soundway, and since then, the label has released albums and compilations featuring genres from all over the world: afro-beat, funk, highlife, ethio-jazz, molam, calypso, cumbia, champeta, biguine, and latin-jazz.

The label has traditionally been known as the go-to for reissues of out-of-print albums that, in some cases, were never released outside of their native countries, and has focused on modern DJ culture and dance-music. 2012 finds Soundway in a new frame of mind, shifting from exclusively reissuing albums of the past to pushing music into the future. New albums like Ondatropica, on which modern DJ Quantic and veteran Colombian musician Mario Galeano collaborated, demonstrate the kind of forward-thinking releases that the label is pursuing this year.

Be sure to follow Soundway Records on Rdio to hear all of the label’s recent and forthcoming releases, including those by Batida, Edzayawa, and KonKoma, the latter of which can be heard below.