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#MonoMonday: The Holiday Magic of Burl Ives' Rudolph

For many, the warm vocal tones of legendary folk singer and actor Burl Ives is identified as the voice of Christmas through his songs and as the voice of Sam the Snowman. And it was for sure one of the late star's favorite occasions, having released albums about Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Today we revisit his classic 1967 album Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the soundtrack to the television special of the same name. It's overflowing with a bounty of familiar favorites like "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "The Most Wonderful Day of The Year" and, of course, "Rudolph" himself.

No matter where you are in the world, you'll be transported to an instant White Christmas. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Rdio!

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Rdio Year-End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favorites Lists

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As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honors internationally with her anthem “Drunk in Love,” which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the U.S. and global charts for her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!”

Before we bring you the full year-end lists, it’s time to glimpse the future: Get acquainted with singer/songwriter Bea Miller, our first Rdio Artist to Watch for January 2015. She leads the pack of a series of hand-picked artists that Rdio will support in their rise to the top next year. Don’t miss the Best of 2014: Rdio Recommends and Staff Picks lists, our hand-picked personal favorites. With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs and artists you loved the most in 2014.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

TOP GLOBAL ALBUMS:
1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Ed Sheeran, X
6. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
8. Jorge and Mateus, Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
9. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

TOP GLOBAL TRACKS:
1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Magic!, “Rude”
8. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
10. Jason DeRulo, “Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)”

TOP US ALBUMS:
1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
6. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
7. Trey Songz, Trigga
8. YG, My Krazy Life
9. August Alsina, Testimony
10. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet

TOP US TRACKS:
1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Lorde, “Team”
8. Magic!, “Rude”
9. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
10. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”

Check out all the above and more at rdio.com/2014.

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New Music Weekly - December 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist celebrates the past as well as the present with the inclusion of a rare selection from alt rock heroes Pixies and highlights from the latest Soul Jazz history of disco and boogie from 1978-82 alongside brand new tunes from Australian neo-soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote, British DJ/producer Bonobo, Jersey indie rock vets Yo La Tengo and more heavy hitters that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a brand new set every seven days and don’t forget to check out full albums and more in New Releases.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • She & Him - Classics
    This cover album by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward enlisted an orchestra for their tribute to icons like Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.

  • Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
    The queen of hip-hop soul went to England to collaborate with artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith on her 13th album.

  • The Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas
    A “secret” 2007 album of exotically-reworked Christmas standards is reissued, this time the band claiming credit.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
    The hip-hop supergroup’s first album in seven years features interludes and refrains by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

  • Owen - Other People’s Songs
    This solo album from Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan of Arc) covers songs by bands such as Depeche Mode, Promise Ring and Blake Babies.

  • Kristin Chenoweth - Coming Home
    The first live album by the Tony-winning singer and actress features songs from blockbuster musicals like My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera.

  • Erasure - Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)
    A new version of last year’s holiday-themed album by the synthpop duo features 16 bonus tracks.

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#MonoMonday: Dusty Springfield's "Dusty in Memphis"

So much has been written about Dusty Springfield’s seminal 1969 album Dusty in Memphis, and for good reason. Nearly half a century later, the 11 songs that make up the original release (the Deluxe version contains additional tracks) form a perfectly-realized, sweetly produced collection of songs written by the pop powerhouses of the day (Carole King, Randy Newman). Sure, this is the one with Son of a Preacher Man on it, but listen to the other tracks as well, where Dusty wraps her soulful, effortless vocals around lush, gorgeous arrangements. One of the finest pop recordings of its time - and ours.

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New Music Weekly - November 25, 2014

The latest edition of our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist (have you subscribed yet?) is a great way to familiarize yourself with the latest hot releases from some of the biggest names in the business as well as the artists who are creating a buzz right now, like New Zealand psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin, Omaha emo act Cursive and Flake Music (James Mercer’s pre-Shins band). Hit up the Rdio New Releases pages for more music from these artists and much more.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Beyoncé - Beyoncé
    An updated edition of last year’s surprise album brings six new tracks, including the insatiable "7-11," along with remixes of “Flawless” and “Drunk In Love.”

  • David Guetta - Listen (Deluxe)
    The French DJ/producer’s sixth album features guest stars like Sia, John Legend and Afrojack.

  • Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
    Miami’s reigning rap king collaborates with Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg on his seventh album.

  • Selena Gomez - For You
    The first collection of the Disney star’s greatest hits includes remixes and two new songs she co-wrote.

  • Pitbull - Globalization
    The Miami rapper’s dancefloor-ready eighth album features stars like Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown.

  • Cole Swindell - Down Home Sessions
    The country hitmaker drops a new EP featuring songs originally recorded for his debut album.

  • Various Artists - SHADY XV (Explicit)
    Eminem produced the majority of songs on this compilation album from his Shady label.

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#MonoMonday: Celebrating 45 Years of The Velvet Underground

Today we're celebrating the 45th anniversary of the self-titled third album by The Velvet Underground. Check out the brand new deluxe reissue of The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary/Deluxe Edition), featuring the original 10 songs (all penned by the late Lou Reed) and the addition of a dozen songs recorded live at The Matrix in San Francisco in 1969. At the time, the album was considered a stylistic departure for the influential band, showcasing a previously unheard range from ballads to rock.

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New Music Weekly - November 18, 2014

Soundtracks get some peak screen time in this week’s New Music Weekly playlist with highlights from Annie (featuring Sia) and the new concert film by Depeche Mode. There’s also a spotlight on veteran stars such as Bryan Ferry and international electronic acts like France’s Gotan Project and Canada’s Loscil, but you’ll hear much more once you press play. Subscribe to get the new playlist each week and hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • TV On The Radio - Seeds
    The Brooklyn indie rock act known for conscious chaos adopts a more melodic approach to love songs on the fifth album.

  • One Direction - Four (Deluxe)
    The fourth album from the English-Irish boy band titans topped pre-sale charts around the world before release.

  • Clean Bandit - New Eyes
    The debut album from the fusion-minded classical/electronic group hit number 3 in their native UK.

  • Ariel Pink - pom pom
    The provocative LA artist who is known for ruffling feathers returns with a new album of smart retro pop.

  • Thalia - Amore Mio (Deluxe Edition)
    The 12th studio album (and 17th overall) from the Latin pop siren features a more acoustic feel.

  • Willow - 3
    14-year-old actress and singer Willow Smith (daughter of Will and Jada) drops a sophisticated and soulful EP.

  • Nickelback - No Fixed Address (Explicit)
    The eighth album from the Canadian rockers tries on some stylistic departures, such as a collaboration with rapper Flo Rida.

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#MonoMonday: The Smiths - "Hatful of Hollow"

Less than a year after The Smiths released their self-titled debut album in 1984, the band emerged with Hatful of Hollow, a compilation album of singles, B-Sides and songs recorded at BBC Radio 1 that has come to be just as seminal. Though three decades have passed, this collection remains a timeless reminder of the potency of this legendary British act.

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#MonoMonday: Kraftwerk's "Autobahn"

Kraftwerk, the pioneering German act that has put its indelible stamp on hip-hop and electronic music for nearly half a century, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its fourth album Autobahn. The cruising 22-minute title track about the infamously fast motorway was an international hit and broke the group from experimental circles to mainstream exposure.

Listen to Autobahn (2009 Remastered Version) to hear how the “robots” were architects of sounds that are still relevant today with the benefit of modern engineering.

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#TGIF - Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

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Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s #TGIF, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favorite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”