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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, 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


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


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.

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Happy Hanukkah: The Ben Show Hanukkah Playlist


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


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


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


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


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!”