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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 29, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always know the best highlights of the moment. This week, we’re tasting some Canadian delights, including the debut album from Drake-affiliated singer PARTYNEXTDOOR, previously unheard songs from extinct indie rockers The Unicorns, and an infectious new single from Fences featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. We’re also rocking out to the return of the old school sound from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and reveling in the guilty pleasure of the new pop collabo between Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

There’s a lot more to hear in this set, so press play and check out the Playlist Notes for more tidbits — including an amazing social media music success story. Want to do your own picking? The Rdio New Releases section gives you the unfiltered access to everything.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
    The American singer-songwriter worked with fellow recording artist Ryan Adams to produce her first album in six years, the creative result of a difficult period of insomnia that has turned pain into some of her poppiest and happiest sounding work to date.

  • James Brown - Get On Up - The James Brown Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The soundtrack for the Godfather of Soul’s new biopic features studio and live takes of seminal cuts as well as previously unreleased live recordings.

  • Tweedy - “Fake Fur Coat”
    Fresh off having the song “Summer Noon” in the new movie Boyhood, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer tease out another taste of their upcoming fall album.

  • Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    The hotly buzzed intergalactic hip-hop duo of Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler (known as Butterfly in the Nineties) and Tendai Maraire created seven suites of songs on their second album.

  • Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes EP
    A first collection of songs from the 15-year-old Canadian singer who went from posting six-second covers on Vine to a record-breaking debut single (“Life of the Party”) that hit the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of social media.

∞  July 29, 2014 — 7:12AM

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New Music Weekly - July 22, 2014

Time is precious, so why not cut to the chase and just hear the best new songs of the week right away? Riders of the fast lane, kindly direct your listening attention to the New Music Weekly playlist, which features the first taste of upcoming albums by Jessie Ware and Weezer, plus the latest party banger from Lil Jon featuring Tyga, a new single from Jason Aldean, and the Record Store Day EP release from The Black Angels; read the Playlist Notes below for some fun facts on some of the biggies.

Listen below and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to automatically get the new playlist every Tuesday. Looking for more, more more? The Rdio New Releases page houses all the latest offerings unfiltered for your limitless exploration.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Alvvays - Alvvays
    The Toronto-based quartet pronounced always emerges with a debut album of timeless, sun-soaked indie pop that’s been compared to California act Best Coast despite its Canadian origin.

  • Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again
    Southern California-reared pop punk specialists join Epitaph Records (home of Rancid, Weezer and Social Distortion) for their third album, which at 19 minutes is the band’s longest release to date.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - 5 Seconds of Summer (Deluxe Edition)
    The Aussie YouTube stars known for their pop cover tunes finally emerge with a debut album of original songs.

  • Banks - “Beggin for Thread”
    A haunting new single from the Los Angeles singer-songwriter born Jillian Banks and one of Rdio's 2014 Artists To Watch is a preview from her forthcoming debut album Goddess, which is expected in September.

  • The Raveonettes - Pe’ahi
    The Danish indie rock duo of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner name their seventh album after a Hawaiian surf spot.

∞  July 22, 2014 — 8:51AM

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New Music Weekly - July 15, 2014

We listen to everything that comes out each week in order to assemble the best songs in one place just for you. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a new hand-picked set each Tuesday.

This week’s edition brings a taste of the first album in five years from British crooner Morrissey and debuts from his electronic-leaning countrymen The Acid and Jungle, plus the return of modern goth queen Zola Jesus and the introduction of new country duo Maddie and Tae.

Read the Playlist Notes below for more highlights from this week’s best offerings, and click over to the Rdio New Releases when you’re ready to do even more exploring on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Deluxe)
    The deluxe version of the UK singer’s long-awaited debut contains an acoustic version of “Latch,” his hit with dance duo Disclosure.

  • Jason Mraz - Yes!
    Love and happiness are explored on the pop rock singer’s fifth album with the help of all-female band Raining Jane.

  • Rise Against - The Black Market
    Chicago’s veteran punk act takes a surprisingly introspective turn for the seventh album, melding the political with the personal.

  • Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath
    The Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist experiments with melding classic music with his sampled heartbeats and breaths on his debut solo album.

  • Bleachers - Strange Desire
    Another high-profile solo debut this week is an Eighties-inspired full-length from Jack Antonoff of fun.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:11AM

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New Music Weekly - July 8, 2014

The mercury is steadily rising on a blazing summer of music and the best way to know what’s hot is to subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist. It refreshes automatically every Tuesday, so check back to hear the latest.

For a taste of what’s happening this week, we’re grooving to songs such as the sizzling Disclosure remix of “Good Kisser” by Usher, “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis (the title track to her upcoming album) and “Summer Noon” by Tweedy, the duo of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer. The Mexican Summer label also drops an EP by Canadian post-punk group Viet Cong and the metal icons known as Judas Priest return strong even without a founding member. But those are just some of the highlights that await; read the Playlist Notes below for more artists we don’t want you to miss.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
    Buoyed by the international hit “Chandelier,” the notoriously shy Australian songwriter behind anthems for Rihanna and Beyoncé steps into the limelight in her own way on her sixth solo album.

  • Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979
    The Canadian noise act drops a new single in advance of The Physical World. The sophomore album will be first in 10 years (and the first since reforming in 2011 following a breakup in 2006).

  • Fifth Harmony - “BO$$”
    Oprah and Michelle Obama get name checked in this peppy piece of empowerment pop from the diverse five-member girl group assembled by Simon Cowell on season 2 of The X Factor.

  • Florida Georgia Line - “Dirt”
    The country pop duo known for experimenting with different styles (including rap!) offer what they describe as a “good life ballad” as a teaser from the upcoming sophomore album.

  • Martin Garrix - Gold Skies
    The teenage EDM titan’s omnipresent “Animals” is beefed up with an EP featuring collaborations with fellow movers and shakers Sander van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas and Jay Hardway.

Looking for more sizzling songs? Click over to the Rdio New Releases to view a comprehensive selection of everything new in music this week.

∞  July 8, 2014 — 7:52AM

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New Music Weekly - July 1, 2014

July begins with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine contributing a tune for the hot new film Begin Again, the first release in a series of anticipated soundtracks coming this month. It’s also a week when R&B and soul are front and center, with new albums by Trey Songz and Robin Thicke, the latter an impassioned plea for his estranged wife to return.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these and other key offerings (read more in the Playlist Notes below). Subscribe to this playlist so that you never miss a week of fresh tunes, and hit the Rdio New Releases page for even more music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • NONONO - We Are Only What We Feel
    The Swedish alternative trio behind the whistle-inducing international anthem “Pumping Blood” repeats the feat of that single’s catchiness with their debut album.

  • Magic! - Don't Kill the Magic
    This young reggae fusion act from Canada has already had surprise hits in Australia and New Zealand.

  • David Guetta - “Lovers on the Sun (feat. Sam Martin)”
    The EDM kingpin recruits a frequent Maroon 5 collaborator to make a bid to break out of the clubs with this single.

  • Ryan Adams - “Gimme Something Good”
    The singer-songwriter returns with a Glyn Johns produced song, the first of a series of new singles on his own label.

  • Bad Suns - Language & Perspective
    The LA indie rockers and labelmates to Eels, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The 1975 (with whom the quartet recently toured) craft a cohesive debut album meant to be absorbed as a whole.

∞  July 1, 2014 — 10:07AM

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New Music Weekly - June 24, 2014

This week is a particularly fruitful one in the land of new music releases. For example, Phish comes back jamming after a five-year recorded absence, Atlanta’s shining metal band Mastodon drops a sixth full-length, LA indie rock act Kitten nails down a full length amidst lineup shuffles, smoldering soul singer Sebastien Mikael drops a hot debut and the Broadway musical and film Jersey Boys emerges to fulfill all your guilty pleasures.

Our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these and many more releases; you can read about the key ones in the Playlist Notes below. You can also subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically see a new one each week. Pro tip: After you check out this playlist, hit up the Rdio New Releases page to see everything that’s come out this week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Ed Sheeran - X (Deluxe)
    The UK’s hot singer-songwriter, most recently seen touring with Taylor Swift, drops a third album pronounced “multiply.”

  • Jamie xx - “All Under One Roof Raving”
    One-third of the British sensation The xx, Jamie strikes out on his own with this single, a slice of laidback retro rave funk tinged with steel drums.

  • Riff Raff - Neon Icon
    The colorful reality and Internet star said to inspire James Franco’s Spring Breakers role snags heavyweight collaborations from Childish Gambino, Mac Miller and DJ Mustard for his debut album.

  • Lucius - Rdio Sessions
    Hear the first of Rdio's SXSW Sessions from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform songs from 2013's debut album Wildewoman.

  • How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
    Stylish avant soul producer Tom Krell draws from influences as diverse as The Velvet Underground and Backstreet Boys for his third album of experimental pop tunes.

∞  June 24, 2014 — 9:30AM

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New Music Weekly - June 17, 2014

We listen to all of the latest releases and select only the best for your New Music Weekly playlist. This week, we’re excited to share songs by Brooklyn indie rock acts The Antlers, Miniature Tigers, British sensation Ed Sheeran and LA punk band Joyce Manor. There are also several heavy hitters on shameless repeat right now — read the Playlist Notes below for more intel.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
    The band’s self-produced sixth album is a return to the roots of their rock sound.

  • Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
    Produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, Del Rey's much anticipated second album is a moody tour de force.

  • Tiësto - A Town Called Paradise (Deluxe)
    Icona Pop, DBX, Hardwell, and Krewella are among the high-profile guests for the Dutch superstar DJ’s fifth high-energy full-length.

  • Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers
    This album of original songs is reportedly the first of two new albums that will be released by the country legend this year.

  • Maroon 5 - “Maps”
    With the band’s fifth album V not scheduled to drop until September, this new single is most welcome.

  • Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A. (Deluxe)
    Ms. Triple Threat herself returns with an eighth album that’s heavy on rapper guest stars (T.I., Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, French Montana, and Rick Ross).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the playlist so that you’ll automatically have the new one to listen to each week. You can also hop over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of fresh music.

∞  June 17, 2014 — 10:23AM

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New Music Weekly - June 10, 2014

Have you subscribed to our New Music Weekly playlist yet? We carefully pick a set of fresh songs each week to give you a jump on the best of all that’s out there. This week, we’re digging on guilty pleasure singles by rockers The Flaming Lips (featuring Miley and Moby!) Internet wunderkind Psy (featuring Snoop Dogg!) and Banks, new albums from First Aid Kit, Spoon and a recording of The Who’s seminal Quadrophenia album live in London.

As you’ll note when you press play and read the accompanying Playlist Notes below, there’s much more to enjoy right now! Remember to head over to the Rdio New Releases page to do even more exploring on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jack White - Lazaretto
    The enigmatic frontman of The White Stripes, Dead Weather and The Raconteurs based his second solo album largely off stories he wrote as a teenager and more recently discovered in an attic.

  • Passenger - Whispers (Deluxe)
    For his fifth album, Michael David Rosenberg, the British folk singer behind the heartbreaking international hit “Let Her Go,” made an effort to craft more upbeat songs.

  • Poliça - Shulasmith (Deluxe)
    The Minneapolis synthpop act’s sophomore album is beefed up with four brand new songs.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - “American Dream Plan B”
    The first single off of the forthcoming Hypnotic Eye is a catchy hint at the album’s straight-ahead hard rock direction.

  • Florida Georgia Line - "This Is How We Roll” [Remix Feat. Jason Derulo & Luke Bryan]”
    The funky country stars enlist crooner Luke Bryan and R&B heartthrob for Jason Derulo for a catchy ode to pop music.

∞  June 10, 2014 — 7:49AM

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New Music Weekly - June 3, 2014

Subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll automatically get a lovingly curated set every Tuesday. This week, we’re celebrating new albums from former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, punk acts Parquet Courts and Fucked Up, and the country debut of actress Lucy Hale, plus the ultimate party collection from the King, Elvis Presley. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg that’s waiting for you in the music department. Listen to the latest from these artists and more who are highlighted in the Playlist Notes below, and then click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Birdy - Fire Within
    One of our 2014 Artists To Watch, the British chanteuse who first broke out via her creative covers returns with a new album of all-original songs that she wrote.

  • Migos - No Label II
    The Atlanta trio behind the infectious rap single “Versace” releases a mixtape with cameos from Meek Mill, MGK and Rich Homie Quan.

  • 50 Cent - Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win
    The rapper-turned-entrepreneur’s fifth album is his first since splitting from Interscope Records.

  • Miranda Lambert - Platinum
    The country star is also releasing a fifth album; hers features a duet with Carrie Underwood and the top 10 hit “Automatic.”

  • Imagine Dragons - “Battle Cry”
    The latest single from the Vegas crew is a prominent part of the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack.

∞  June 3, 2014 — 5:57AM

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New Music Weekly - May 27, 2014

Here’s a pro tip for finding the best songs each week: Subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll get a hand-picked set updated every Tuesday. If you’ve never checked it out before, this is a great week to start. We’re currently excited about the 40th anniversary album from the masked marauders of KISS, a super-hip Scandinavian collaboration between Royksopp & Robyn, and new singles from pop heroine Lana Del Rey (break out the flower crowns!), country star Jana Kramer, and Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer. Speaking of summer, it’s not even here yet, but you wouldn’t know it from all this heat.

The Playlist Notes below offer more information about some of the week’s key highlights. Check out the New Music Weekly playlist below and if you’re ready for even more music after that, hop over to the Rdio New Releases and get busy!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Neil Young - A Letter Home
    Young covers fellow legends like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson on his 35th studio album.

  • Austin Mahone - The Secret EP
    Young Money’s irresistible pop star on the rise teams up with Lady Gaga producer RedOne for an EDM-leaning second EP.

  • Mariah Carey - Me I Am Mariah . . . The Elusive Chanteuse
    Longtime collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox and collaborators like Nas, Miguel, and Fabolous make this long-awaited album a shining example of Mariah’s versatility.

  • Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    The title of the Brooklyn singer-songwriter’s fourth album leaves off a question mark as a symbol of exploring herself in transition and on the road.

  • Cher Lloyd - Sorry I’m Late
    The 20-year-old British chart topper (and X Factor UK winner) returns with a sophomore album after three years and splitting from impresario Simon Cowell.

∞  May 27, 2014 — 7:40AM