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Trick or Treat: Rdio’s Halloween Stations Are Alive!

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Relax, Rdio’s Halloween Stations have you so completely covered for the holiday, all you really have to worry about now is what your costume will be and how much candy you plan on eating. (Pro tip: The calories don’t really count when everything is “fun sized.”)

Whether you are having a Halloween party, looking for the perfect soundtrack to wait for your trick or treaters or simply want to be filled with the spirit of the occasion, there are plenty of options to consider:

Halloween Hits Station – A genre - and sometimes gender-bending mix of hallowed hits by everyone from Marilyn Manson to Johnny Cash.

Heavy Halloween Station – Black Sabbath, KISS and Iron Maiden lead the hard rock Halloween charge.

Halloween Party Station – Let Michael Jackson, Outkast, New Order and other party kings pump up your crowd.

Hipster Halloween Station – Beach House, Echo & the Bunnymen and more spin the indie take on All Saints’ Eve.

Country Halloween Station – Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn herald the holiday with a country twist.

Halloween Sounds Station – Tune in for all the creepy sounds of Halloween horror from things that go bump in the night that you could possibly need.

Kids’ Halloween Station – Disney favorites, the cast of Glee and more make for a child-friendly playlist.

Happy Halloween Week!

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#MonoMonday: Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Though Thriller wasn't released until a month after Halloween in 1982, Michael Jackson's seminal album is still an ardent tribute to the holiday that embraced the King of Pop's passions for costume and fantasy — as best evidenced in the glorious 14-minute music video for the title track that's replete with dancing zombies shaking their dead thangs. Halloween week is the perfect time to relive the Jackson magic or discover this mega-classic and best-selling album of all time for the very first time.

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#MonoMonday: John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy"

Time to turn back the clocks to 1980 to experience Double Fantasy, the epic final release by John Lennon. A double album recorded with his wife Yoko Ono, it marked a renaissance in creativity for the artist, who hadn’t released any albums in five years and who had also had a near-death sailing experience. It is also the tragic last output from the beloved artist, who was killed just a few weeks after the release. Happily, the musical legacy of John Lennon will live on forever. Double Fantasy is just your starting point for his work that’s now available on Rdio, including eight studio albums and collector’s compilations. Listen to them all today.

Studio Albums
Double Fantasy
Milk And Honey
Plastic Ono Band
Rock 'N' Roll
Imagine
Mind Games
Sometime In New York City
Walls And Bridges

Compilations
Gimme Some Truth
Signature Box
Power To The People - The Hits

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5 Questions with Cliff Martinez, Composer of "The Knick"

Film composer Cliff Martinez may have begun his career as the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but in the past two decades, he has emerged as one of Hollywood's most prolific film composers. A long-time relationship with the director Steven Soderbergh has led him to collaborate on over a dozen projects from Sex, Lies & Videotape to Solaris and Contagion. Recent acclaimed work includes his score for Spring Breakers and Drive. Out today is his latest project for Soderbergh's new medical drama, The Knick, currently on Cinemax.

1. When you think of a TV show set in turn of the 20th century New York, you don’t normally imagine a very modern score full of haunting synths. What made you choose this sound?

The choice to go modern was Steven’s idea. Many of the ideas for sounds came from Steven’s temp score, which included Contagion, Spring Breakers and Only God Forgives.

2. You began your career as a drummer (for the Red Hot Chili Peppers) before you became a composer. Do you think first and foremost in beats and rhythm? Or has that changed over time?

Sometimes, yes. Tempo is one of the first parameters I try to figure out before any actual writing begins. If rhythm or beats feel like they will be dominant elements in a scene, then I will often start with that.

3. Do you imagine the sound of it evolving as the show transpires? What new sound elements would you like to add?

I can’t say for sure until I see it. I can imagine another minimal electronic score but perhaps with a hint of the diverse ethnicity that was transforming New York in 1900.

4. You’ve worked with Steven Soderbergh almost a dozen times over many decades. What have been your favorite musical moments together?

One that comes to mind is Kafka. I went to Prague to watch the film being shot. Steven introduced me to a Czech bar band (that is featured in the film) and we both fell in love with an exotic East European folk instrument called the cimbalom. We both knew that that would be the dominant instrument to be used in the score.

5. The Knick has already been picked up for a 2nd season. Are you going to continue with the project?

I haven’t been asked officially but if I was, yes I would continue with it.

Watch The Knick Fridays at 10pm ET/PT on Cinemax.

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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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Super Bowl Sound-Off: Are You Team Denver or Team Seattle?

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The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off at NFL Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2. But here at Rdio, we’re ready to battle it out right now with these super playlists supporting each team, featuring music from each squad’s hometown state.

The competition is stiff so we want YOU to weigh in. Share your team’s playlist from our Facebook or Twitter pages. Whichever playlist gets the most shares, retweets, and plays wins the very official status as “most loved team” on Rdio. Now isn’t that worth two minutes of your day?

Go Broncos! features a dream team lineup that includes OneRepublic, The Lumineers, Dead Kennedys, Flobots, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and The Fray. Get ready for red zone action with a no-huddle attack on this Denver soundtrack as you cheer on Peyton Manning and the Rocky Mountain faithful.

Go Seahawks! is aiming for sonic touchdowns with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, and Jimi Hendrix. Pass rush this hard hitting playlist and show Russell Wilson and Seattle’s hopeful that you’ve got their back.

Get your favorite team into the Rdio end zone by sharing these playlists with your friends. Added bonus: When your team takes the championship, you’ll have the perfect music to play during your celebration!

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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.