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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

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New Music Weekly - May 20, 2014

Subscribe to our lovingly hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always be right on top of the best offerings. This week, we’re digging new albums by EDM star Afrojack and Mr. Bright Eyes Conor Oberst, singles from Keith Urban tourmate Jerrod Niemann and Chicago rap titan Lupe Fiasco, and delicious demos from seminal rockers Green Day. Plus we've got Miranda Lambert's new duet with Carrie Underwood performed at Sunday night's BBMA's.

Press play for highlights from these works and more illuminated in the Playlist Notes below and check back next Tuesday for a fresh set. And when you’re ready to tackle the complete collection, jump over to the Rdio New Releases and go crazy!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye (LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden)
    James Murphy’s acclaimed alt-dance act retired in 2011, but that final performance is finally available to relive or experience for the first time.

  • Phillip Phillips - Behind The Lights (Deluxe)
    The 2012 American Idol champ explores the power of love on his sophomore album.

  • Jason Mraz - “Love Someone”
    The singer-songwriter returns with an all-girl backing band called Raining Jane and the first single to the summer album YES!

  • Lady Antebellum - “Bartender”
    Belly up to the first taste from the country trio’s forthcoming sixth album as they look for love at the bottom of a bottle.

∞  May 20, 2014 — 8:56AM

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New Music Weekly - May 13, 2014

With so many new releases emerging in all genres, it’s a great time to be a listener with broad tastes. This week, it’s time to explore the highly anticipated debut from Southern electronic duo Sylvan Esso, take in the latest efforts from New York indie pop act Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Regina Spektor and Of Montreal collaborator Kishi Bashi and rising country star Sturgill Simpson. Also, pay tribute to the late Lou Reed with a new collection of his songs performed by Peter Gabriel protege Joseph Arthur.

Tune in to the New Music Weekly playlist to hear curated highlights from these and other artists who have just dropped fresh material. If you want to stay in the groove, you can now subscribe to the playlist, then check back each Tuesday as a fresh set drops. Don’t forget to visit the Rdio New Releases for the wide view of all the latest songs!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
    The soulful Swedish electronic act’s fourth album breaks out beyond the dancefloor into even more experimental territory.

  • Michael Jackson - Xscape
    The King of Pop’s prolific nature in the studio and some modern finesse from executive producers Timbaland and L.A. Reid made this second posthumous album of previously unreleased songs possible.

  • Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
    The incomparable singer unleashes an incredible 42nd album that includes a duet with Kenny Rogers and covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi.

  • Chromeo - White Women
    The cheeky electro duo’s fourth album is fleshed out with guitars and strings and features a motley crew of collaborators including Toro Y Moi, Solange Knowles, LCD Soundsystem and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

  • Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
    With songs inspired by visual artists like post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and photographer Diane Arbus, the singer-songwriter’s 14th full-length is an exploration of art pop.

∞  May 13, 2014 — 8:01AM

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New Music Weekly — May 6, 2014

This week's new releases mark the return of icons and classics, plus plenty of fresh and exciting faces. A great way to start tackling it all is with a little guidance.

First, try reacquainting yourself with Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li, British alt-rockers Morning Parade, the ultimate guitar hero Santana, or the always rock-chic Garbage.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these artists plus more picks for the most compelling songs that have just come out. After listening, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to explore even more.

And now our New Music Weekly playlist is dynamically updated each Tuesday. So subscribe once then check back to the playlist (from the left hand nav) each week for the latest new releases!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Hunter Hayes - Storyline
    The 22-year-old country singer and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana expands from his one-man-band self-sufficiency and brings in guest musicians for his sophomore album.

  • Lily Allen - Sheezus
    The British pop star with a knack for tongue in cheek grooves and courting controversy comes back all guns blazing, Yeezus style.

  • Tune-Yards - Nikki Nack
    Merrill Garbus’ third album (and second since 2011’s international breakout Whokill) reflects on time spent in Haiti and focuses on simple yet honest and dark messages.

  • Usher - “Good Kisser”
    It’s been two years since the R&B heartthrob (and coach on The Voice) has dropped an album, but he’s teasing his next full-length with this naughty sizzler.

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∞  May 7, 2014 — 1:11PM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Snoopzilla on New Music Weekly

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with SoCal producer Dam-Funk and adopted the new moniker Snoopzilla to produce the smooth but hard hitting 7 Days of Funk, which is available to stream exclusively on Rdio two weeks early with an Rdio-only bonus track.

7 Days of Funk shines with Snoop’s self-assured smoothness and fresh beats that blend with the retro vibe layered throughout the album. The funk masterpiece was a natural pick to spotlight in this week’s New Music Weekly Video Series, where new music inspires new art. Taking the stage with Snoop is video artist Golden Wolf, who plays puppet master with the Doggfather and Dam-Funk to create this whimsical motion art companion piece for the funktastic track, "Do My Thang."

On what inspired the concept video, Golden Wolf reminisced:

"We got a pretty instantaneous hit of visuals when we first heard "Do My Thang." Being children of the 80s it was a nostalgic mix of our parents' vinyl collection and kids TV like the Muppets and Fraggle rock. Building on this we knew we had to transport Snoopzilla and Dam Funk into the world of puppets. We felt that a track as simple and smooth as this needed a video that stripped away all the fuss and really let Dam and Snoop do their thing, 80s style."

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For Your Eyes and Ears: alt-J on New Music Weekly

 

It may be Thanksgiving this week, but alt-J’s new Summer Remix EP feels perfectly timed. The new EP compiles remixes by Jim James, Dave Sitek, Ben Lovett, The Internet of Odd Future, Hanz, and Ben De Vries. We are especially excited about the treatment “Dissolve Me” (Ben Lovett Remix) gets in this week’s extended-length New Music Weekly video. Where does your mind go when you listen and watch? Video Artist Oskar Wrangö tells the story of this week’s motion art:

"Great music always takes my imagination to new and interesting places. With this song Dissolve Me, I envisioned a fragile and special visual character. We embodied chemical substances and created something we have never seen before. It was also important for the narration to give this character a context as a strong contrast to it's appearance. Contrasts, form and color are always very important to me. Special things happen when music meet images, something bigger can appear if you are lucky. This short piece is an open story."

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Grizzly Bear on New Music Weekly

Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear is back with Shields: B-Sides, offering new tracks, demos, and remixes from their 2012 studio album. These songs are so stark and beautiful, we had to give Grizzly Bear the stage in this week’s New Music Weekly video. Artists Nessim Higson and Camille Herren shine the spotlight on the concept art:

"We took two bodies and wanted to morph them into an ecstatic, surreal and abstract dance performance that evolved over time. In order to abstract the film further and give it a unique look, we decided to distort, print, xerox and scan in every frame (yes, laborious) resulting in a starker contrast and unique texture."

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New Music Weekly - November 12, 2013

FlumeLady GagaThe Killers

This is the week that all the Little Monsters have been waiting for: Lady Gaga’s album release week. But before we get to ARTPOP, we’re enjoying a holiday offering from her pal Tamar Braxton, the new album from Mexican singer-songwriter Horacio Palencia, a 10th anniversary re-release from Southern metal act Lamb of God, and B-sides from Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear. (You can’t say we don’t have eclectic tastes around here!)

Our New Music Weekly playlist will get you acquainted with selections from these artists and more (Mother Monster, too!) and the Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel. You can also click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse even more songs and albums.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    Mother Monster’s highly anticipated third album features guest appearances by R&B crooner R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Twista, and Too $hort.

  • The Killers - Direct Hits
    Almost a decade after the first album Hot Fuss was released, the Vegas rockers have amassed enough successful singles for this retrospective including two new tracks, produced by M83 and Stuart Price respectively.

  • Flume - Flume: Deluxe Edition
    The Australian electronic producer who made international waves with his single “Holdin On” enlists Ghostface Killah, How To Dress Well, and Twin Shadow for his new mixtape.

  • Mariah Carey - “The Art Of Letting Go”
    Mimi returns with a classy taste of her upcoming album, an epic ballad about moving on from relationships.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Cut Copy on New Music Weekly

Let’s get metaphysical in this week’s New Music Weekly video. What do you get when you combine Cut Copy’s track off their new album, Free Your Mind, with the mind-expanding artists at Geremy & Georgie:

*“Don't think we're alone in saying that Cut Copy's “Dark Corners And Mountain Tops” conjures up images of bearded female gurus levitating into the 4th dimension while rainbow skeletons do rhythmic elliptical cardio in low rent gym monasteries ordained by day glow CPR angels puking up white flowers. It's just that kind of tune.”