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Discover the George Harrison Solo Catalog

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George Harrison, the “quiet Beatle,” amassed a solo catalog that has captured the hearts and minds of fans for decades. Rdio is proud to announce that George’s solo albums are now available for discovering — and rediscovering. Check out the acclaimed 1970 triple-album All Things Must Pass, 1973’s Living In the Material World and Dark Horse, released a year later. With the addition of Harrison’s solo albums, you can now listen to solo work by all the Fab Four right here on Rdio.

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New Music Weekly Is Now Friday - But We've Got A Surprise For You Today

For the past five years, we know you've looked forward to hearing new music on Rdio every Tuesday in the US, Canada and many other parts of the world. Starting this week, all new releases will now go live on Fridays around the world. No longer will you be jealous of your friends elsewhere that can hear an album a few days early. Now we can all have one global listening party every week.

While there's no New Music Weekly today, there's still plenty of new content to discover on Rdio. Just this morning, we launched new label and influencer stations from some of our favorite community members like Hype Machine, Blue Note Records and Yelp NYC. They're free to access either through the players below or in their respective Stations topic.

Most importantly, our Nashville Rising artist for July, The Railers, have just released a brand new and exclusive Rdio Session, recorded at Sound Stage Nashville. Enjoy their new single, "Kinda Dig The Feeling," and a wicked cover of Faces' classic "Ooh La La" alongside two brand new tracks, "Something Borrowed" and "Mugshots."

We'll be back on Friday morning with all this week's new releases, including the much anticipated debut from our July Artist To Watch: Years & Years. Until then!

∞  July 7, 2015 — 1:52PM


Plug Into AC/DC — Now on Rdio!

We are thrilled to welcome the deep catalog of AC/DC, Australia’s greatest hard rock import of all time, to Rdio — it’s now streaming for the first time!

The group’s 17 studio albums, four live albums and two soundtracks are all here, starting from 1975’s debut High Voltage and running all the way to last year’s Rock or Bust. This is an influential and extensive discography that has allowed AC/DC to sell more than 200 million albums across the world.

Don’t miss iconic releases like Highway to Hell, featuring the late great vocalist Bon Scott; Back in Black, the band’s bestseller which also happens to be of the top selling albums of all time; and the monster number one album Black Ice, the band’s first chart-topper in over two decades.

Let there be rock in your ears!

∞  June 30, 2015 — 8:08AM


"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" - An Unflinching Look At An Influential Genius

The legacy of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is indisputable. And with the new film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which premiered recently on HBO, filmmaker Brett Morgen gives the world an unflinching, powerful, and often moving glimpse into the life and the art of this reluctant “voice of a generation.”

Through never-before-seen home movies, journal entries and recordings, along with interviews with Cobain’s family and wife Courtney Love, Montage of Heck paints a complete picture of Cobain the man and Cobain the artist.

We see Kurt as a toddler, Kurt as a troubled teen, Kurt as a superstar and finally Kurt as a husband and father, playing with his daughter (and the film’s executive producer) Frances Bean. The result is a sometimes troubling but always affecting look at a complex life.

From the early days of Nirvana—bandmate Krist Novoselic gives insight into the beginnings of the band—to the meteoric rise to fame, to his untimely death 21 years ago, the music Cobain created is at the forefront of this film.

We’ve compiled a special companion playlist featuring not only music featured in Montage of Heck but also some classic Nirvana tracks that bring Kurt Cobain’s legacy full circle to the present day.

“Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.” — Kurt Cobain

∞  May 13, 2015 — 9:22AM


Girl in a Band: A Kim Gordon playlist

Musician, visual artist, fashion designer, mom, best-selling author: Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon is all those things, and more.

Kim’s recent memoir, Girl in a Band, documents her career as an artist and musician, as well as her marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore. It's an international success, inspiring legions of new fans to explore her work.

Much of the book chronicles Kim’s inspirations and recollections on some seminal Sonic Youth tracks recorded during the band’s 30-year career.

For old fans, it’s an opportunity to revisit classic Sonic Youth tracks and learn the stories behind them. For new fans, these songs are a great introduction to a truly influential band.

Check out Rdio’s curated playlist of songs Kim discusses in the book here.

Shaking Hell (Confusion is Sex) “On a more personal level, ‘Shaking Hell’ mirrors my struggle with my own identity and the anger I felt at who I was.”

Death Valley ‘69 (Bad Moon Rising) “[I] preferred to sing about the darkness shimmering beneath the shiny quilt of American pop culture.”

Shadow of a Doubt (Evol) “I was trying to describe the connection you feel when your eyes meet another person’s.”

Schizophrenia (Sister) “Oddly enough, [Thurston] was the one who wrote the lyrics to “Schizophrenia,” somehow making the words sound as though they were mine.”

Addicted to Love (Ciccone Youth: The Whitey Album) “I chose ‘Addicted to Love’ because I liked Robert Palmer’s video, with its background cast of zombie models identically dressed and holding guitars.”

The Sprawl (Daydream Nation) “The whole time I was writing it, I was thinking back on what it felt like being a teenager in Southern California…”

Tunic (Song for Karen) (Goo) “Who is Karen Carpenter, really, besides the sad girl with the extraordinarily beautiful, soulful voice?”

Kool Thing (Goo) “If the song made people uneasy, or if it caused them to question things, well, good, even if they got it wrong.”

Swimsuit Issue (Dirty) “I found it strange that Geffen, like a lot of companies, had a ‘Secretary’s Day,’ but secretaries never seemed to get promoted to anything above that level. “

Little Trouble Girl (Washing Machine) “ ultimate homage to the Shangri-La’s half singing, half speaking style.”

Sympathy for the Strawberry (Murray St.) “I remember what a challenge it was coming up with vocal ideas of large masses of abstract music.”

Cotton Crown (Sister) New York City is forever kitty/I’m wasted in time and you’re never ready/Fading fading celebrating/I got your cotton crown.

Girl in a Band is out now, published by Dey Street, $27.99.


Celebrate Billie Holiday's Centenary

This week we celebrate the life and music of Billie Holiday, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday. She brought real emotion to the American songbook and set the standard for nearly every jazz vocalist to follow. Completely ahead of her time, Lady Day's struggles in her own life came through her art, creating a singular legacy that still moves listeners even today.

Generations of singers have also been moved by Billie’s talent. Artists as diverse as Bjork, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, and Sam Smith have all credited Billie Holiday as a formative influence in their own work.

To mark this centenary occasion, songstress Cassandra Wilson (who in the past has covered songs by U2, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and even the Monkees) has released a new album this week, Coming Forth by Day, featuring unique new interpretations of Billie Holiday’s signature songs with an innovative twist.

∞  April 9, 2015 — 12:57PM


Artists’ Favorite 2014 Albums, Part 2: Sylvan Esso, Twin Shadow and More

Before we blast off into the sounds of 2015, we’ve still got time to check out a few dozen more of the most epic albums of this year! Check out these Top 10 Albums of 2014 as decided by some of our favorite young artists:

Electropop duo Sylvan Esso had a huge year that was soundtracked by the beats of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Run The Jewels and Caribou.

Dntel - Human Voice
Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
Caribou - Our Love
Wye Oak - Shriek
Mr. Twin Sister - Mr. Twin Sister
Run the Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
Clark - Clark
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
John Lurie National Orchestra - Invention of Animals

Singer Twin Shadow dug the raw funk of artists such as D’Angelo And The Vanguard, Future, and The War on Drugs.

Clark - Clark
Fka Twigs- LP1
Arca - Xen
D’Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah
The War on Drugs - Lost In A Dream
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Future - Honest

Jack Dolan of Chicago lo-fi act Twin Peaks got turned on to sounds from groups like Black Lips, Parquet Courts and Foxygen.

Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow
Eagulls - Eagulls
Mac Demarco - Salad Days
Foxygen - And Star Power…
Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust
Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Real Estate - Atlas
Tweens - Tweens
Together Pangea - Badillac

Country newcomer Mickey Guyton found inspiration in albums by Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert.

Dierks Bentley - RISER
Little Big Town - Pain Killer
Eric Paslay - Eric Paslay
Miranda Lambert - Platinum
Lady Antebellum - 747
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town
Sam Hunt - Montevallo
Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin
Eric Church - Outsiders

Roc Nation’s rising star Sam Romans kicked back to music from Mary J Blige, alt-J and Coldplay.

Beyoncé - Beyonce
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
Jungle - Jungle
Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
alt-J - This Is All Yours
Twenty One Pilots - Vessel
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

See also: Part 1 with year-end Top 10 charts by Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes and more! Happy New Year!

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East India Youth, Fifth Harmony and More Stars Choose Their Favorite Albums of 2014

We continue our look back on the year in music with some personal favorites from artists we loved in 2014. Below you’ll find an incredible portrait of how vibrant the sounds have been over the last 12 months thanks to our first set of artist Top 10 charts:

LA rockers Echosmith praises buzzworthy albums from the likes of St. Vincent, Interpol and Little Dragon.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Interpol- El Pintor
Little Dragon - Nabuna Rubberband
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
London Grammar - If You Wait
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Bleachers - Strange Desire
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away

X-Factor stars Fifth Harmony serves up a girl power-packed playlist featuring Ariana Grande, Jhene Aiko and Lana Del Rey.

Lana del Rey - Ultraviolence
Ed Sheeran- X
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Ariana Grande - My Everything
Adele - 19
Jhene Aiko - Souled Out
Alt J - This is All Yours
The 1975 - The 1975
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away

Electropop darling Little Boots features body movers by Todd Terje, Royksopp & Robyn and Metronomy.

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Kindness - Otherness
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Honeyblood - Honeyblood
Ariana Grande - My Everything
Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Tomas Barfod - Love Me
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Metronomy - Love Letters

Her fellow British electronic producer East India Youth contributes an esoteric set thanks to contributions from FKA Twigs, Caribou and Eno/Hyde.

FKA Twigs - LP1
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Grouper - Ruins
Caribou - Our Love
The Bug - Angels & Devils
Eno/Hyde - High Life
St Vincent - St Vincent
Dean Blunt - Black Metal
Perc -The Power and The Glory
Mica Levi - Under The Skin (Original Soundtrack)

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes reveals that he couldn’t stop playing albums by Foo Fighters, Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas.

Ed Sheeran - X
Hozier - Hozier
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Various Artists - Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Maroon 5 - V
Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas
5 Seconds Of Summer - 5 Seconds Of Summer

And Aussie synth wizard Luke Million gives it up for international colleagues including La Roux, Tensnake and Chromeo.

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
Justin Faust - Spellbound
Tensnake - Glow
La Roux - Trouble In Paradise
Royksopp - The Inevitable End
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Chromeo - White Women
Caribou - Our Love
The Juan MacLean - In A Dream

Stay tuned for more top 10s from artists like Sylvan Esso, Mickey Guyton and Sam Romans in Part 2!


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

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:

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

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)”

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

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


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.


  • 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.