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Influencer Spotlight: Armin van Buuren

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Long, long before the term EDM was coined, the popular Dutch DJ, producer, label owner, and radio host Armin van Buuren was captivating international dance floors and furthering the trance movement.

He continues to receive major acclaim for his work. His YouTube views number in the hundreds of millions and he was recently voted the second top DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, an annual ranking he’s topped five separate times and been included in for a dozen years. To top it all off — Armin is also an active member of the Rdio community who generously shares his playlists and passion for trance music with everyone.

Follow Armin van Buuren on Rdio and you won’t miss a beat, starting with these two exclusive playlists:

Who’s Afraid of 138? gets the heart pumping with almost three hours of trance music for die-hards, a set based on his own single of the same name and likeminded vibes.

A State of Trance Radio captures the tone and feeling of Armin’s weekly radio program that he has hosted since 2001. It has an estimated listenership of 20 million listeners across 50 countries and over 40 radio stations through both satellite and Internet radio stations.

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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 Will.i.am, 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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World Exclusive: Celine Dion Shares Album Commentary

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Celine Dion is back with her first English language album in five years. Loved Me Back to Life features duets with Stevie Wonder and Ne-Yo and was produced by a team of top producers including Babyface and Tricky Stewart. It’s a very fresh feeling and new release for the timeless diva, and now she’s sharing a behind the scenes view of it with you. Listen to the Loved Me Back to Life - RDIO Exclusive Commentary Version to hear Celine discuss her thoughts, feelings and motivations behind her latest release.

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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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CeeLo Selects the Best of Goodie Mob

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Long before the incomparable CeeLo was judging singing contestants on The Voice and starring in a dazzling Las Vegas revue, he was one-quarter of Goodie Mob, Atlanta’s seminal rap group that coined the “Dirty South” genre with an early song of the same name and rose to prominence alongside the likes of Dungeon Family affiliates OutKast. Now, for the first time since 1999’s World Party album, Cee Lo has joined Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp for Age Against the Machine, Goodie Mob’s fifth album and first in nine years.

Cee-Lo’s hand-picked Best of Goodie Mob playlist will get you up to speed with the group’s legacy whether you’re discovering them for the first time or have been down since day one. Goodie Mob’s impact on Southern rap music still resonates today. Press play for timeless lyrical wisdom and “Soul Food” for your ears.

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Billboard Brings The Hits To Michael Jackson's Birthday

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In honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday today, we’ve teamed up with Billboard to assemble a playlist of the King of Pop’s biggest Billboard hits. We think you’ll agree that it is an impressive collection of favorites that are forever woven into the fabric of time. These songs span over the course of two decades and include his legendary solo hits as well as hits recorded with his brothers both as the Jackson Five and the Jacksons.

How many do you know by heart? It’s time to relive the magic in tribute to MJ’s amazing musical legacy.

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Black Joe Lewis Turns Up His Favorite Songs

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Austin blues luminary Black Joe Lewis is known for a certain soul-stirring sound and now he is revealing many of his surprising influences for the ears of Rdio listeners only. In honor of the new album that just dropped yesterday, Electric Slave, he’s mixed this playlist of favorite songs that contains a ton of wild cards. Listen and see if you can connect the dots between the soul of artists like Betty Wright, ZZ Top, and Bill Withers.

∞  August 28, 2013 — 11:00AM

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: Smithsonian Folkways Remembers Through Music

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the largest rallies for rights in U.S. history and where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his unforgettable “I Have A Dream” speech. Our friends at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are looking back at the Civil Rights Movement through the key music that soundtracked the events, protests, and strides.

In the curators’ own words, the Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement from Smithsonian Folkways playlist is composed of “seminal recordings that highlight the important role that music played in uniting, energizing, expressing, and sustaining momentum among participants in the African American civil rights movement.”

Listen to the emotions and the messages, and never forget how far we have come. In the word of the Broadside Singers, who close out this important set, “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.”

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It’s Gonna Be VMAs: *NSYNC Reunion and Playlist

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Break out the body glitter and practice the “Bye Bye Bye” choreography (not that you ever forgot it) — the MTV VMAs this Sunday may be winding back the clock to the early 2000s with the reunion of boy band behemoth *NSYNC. It’s rumored that the former bandmates will make a surprise appearance during Justin Timberlake’s performance at the award show. Whether or not that’s true, we threw together a Dirty Pop: An *NSYNC Retrospective playlist to highlight the hits and solo endeavors from one of our all-time favorite bubblegum pop groups.

Hit play below — you won’t be disappointed (this we promise you).

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Parachute’s Will Anderson Unleashes His Summer Jams

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In honor of the release of the third album Overnight, frontman Will Anderson of Virginia pop-rock band Parachute has made this irresistible Summer Jams playlist just for you. Anderson’s idea of a hot summer involves healthy doses of Ray Charles, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and John Mayer. How about yours? What makes your “Hearts Go Crazy?”

Listen to the playlist and offer your thoughts in the comments!