New Music Weekly - June 16, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist will introduce you to the absolute best tunes that have just dropped, including albums from German electronic producing legend Giorgio Moroder and DJ Koze, Aussie indie pop act Alpine, Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning, and British electronic duo [Monarchy6, plus more highlights you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Here’s some good news and even better news: You can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive it automatically each week and visit the Rdio New Releases page to hear these full albums and browse the complete collection.


  • Nate Ruess - Grand Romantic
    Fun’s lead singer takes a breather to step out for a solo debut album featuring a duet with Beck.

  • Hudson Mohawke - Lantern
    The Scottish producer’s second album sports bright collaborations with Miguel, Antony Hegarty and Jhené Aiko.

  • Active Child - Mercy
    Choral-rooted singer Pat Grossi’s sophomore album explores the emotions of love and longing over electronics.

  • HOLYCHILD - Rdio Sessions
    Rdio’s exclusive live music series gets sassy with five songs from the self-proclaimed “brat pop” duo.

  • Don Omar - The Last Don II
    The Puerto Rican reggaeton singer and actor’s fifth album revisits the concept of his debut for a modern sequel.

  • Adam Lambert - The Original High (Deluxe Version)
    The American Idol alum duets with Brian May and Tove Lo and flirts with rock, dance and R&B on his third album.

  • Ryn Weaver - The Fool
    The debut album from this budding pop singer features production by Benny Blanco and the Charli XCX-penned viral single “OctaHate.”

∞  June 16, 2015 — 10:13AM

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ExclusivesRdio Sessions

Exclusive: HOLYCHILD Brings Brat Pop to Rdio Sessions

Los Angeles duo Liz Nistico and Louie Diller aka HOLYCHILD like to call their irreverent blend of musical influences and sassiness “brat pop.” As you’ll hear on the latest Rdio Session, it’s a sound that they describe as “one-half rebellion and one-half entertainment,” and they give it their absolute all both live and on record! The five-song live set recorded at SXSW exclusively for Rdio listeners, features songs from their brand new album *The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, including the single “Money All Around.”

Hear more from our intimate live series on the Rdio Sessions Station, featuring a wide range of cutting edge artists from around the world.

∞  June 16, 2015 — 9:01AM

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#MonoMonday: Tears For Fears' Masterpiece Turns Thirty

Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, better known as the UK duo Tears for Fears, scored big on the pop charts in 1985 with Songs from the Big Chair. The album went to number one in the U.S. and featured two chart-topping singles: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout.” Other outstanding tracks include the majestic “Head Over Heels” (which had an unforgettable library-themed video), “I Believe,” and “The Working Hour.” Songs has gone on to be regarded as one of the best pop albums of the entire decade and still sounds fresh and exciting today. Take a listen to the super deluxe edition on Rdio for a complete portrait of this ‘80s classic.

∞  June 15, 2015 — 2:36PM

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Sneak Preview: Stream Calvin Love’s "Super Future" Early on Rdio

We're psyched to present a pre-streaming sneak preview of the new album by Arts & Crafts artist Calvin Love. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta in Canada, Calvin’s charisma and uniquely beautiful music has won him fans all over the world. He wrote, produced and recorded every song on Super Future in his own personal Cool Creep Studios. A clever exploration of the deep emotions of love, empathy and longing, Super Future captures a sense of otherworldly nostalgia while simultaneously pushing forward into the beyond with consummate cool. Enjoy it now before the official release date!

∞  June 9, 2015 — 7:17AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 9, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist looks at the past, present and future with the standout songs of the week from releases including a collection from the late Arthur Russell as well as the latest songs from the likes of San Francisco rock outfit Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, UK melodic hard rockers Young Guns, Nashville pop act Coin, breakout Latin singer Raquel Sofia, Canadian shoegazers No Joy and the anticipated artists you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

You can also listen to all the Rdio New Releases in one place when you’re ready to hear the full albums behind all of these selections. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll automatically receive a freshly curated set every seven days!


  • Muse - Drones
    Matthew Bellamy and company get back to the rock basics on their seventh studio album.

  • A Thousand Horses - Southernality
    The Nashville group’s second album is buoyed by the number one country hit single “Smoke.”

  • Galantis - Pharmacy
    A Swedish electronic duo responsible for global pop hits as producers use their songwriting magic for their own album of electro house bangers.

  • Of Monsters And Men - Beneath The Skin (Deluxe)
    Iceland’s indie folk ambassadors return with lush and dramatic arrangements on the sophomore album.

  • FFS - FFS (Deluxe Edition)
    Franz Ferdinand and Sparks meet for a surprise collaborative album melding their elegant and eclectic sensibilities.

  • Tamia - Love Life
    The Canadian R&B singer fills her sixth album with bright and happy love songs.

  • Tove Styrke - Kiddo
    Effervescent electropop beats accompany the bubbly Swedish singer on her second album.

∞  June 9, 2015 — 7:13AM

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#MonoMonday: The Rolling Stones' "Exile On Main Street"

The Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour continues this summer, so today we’re heading back to Memory Lane via Main Street — Exile On Main Street, that is! A number one hit around the world when it was first released in 1972, it has subsequently landed on countless lists praising the best albums of all time. The Deluxe Edition of this seminal double album remains an incredible testament to the breadth and depth of the Stones sound as they explore their influences and interests in soul, gospel and even country within their consummate rock framework. Let today’s #MonoMonday selection brighten your ears whether you plan to see the Stones in your Zip Code or prefer a more private audience with the band in your headphones.

∞  June 8, 2015 — 10:52AM

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Nashville Rising

June's Nashville Rising Artist Brandi Carlile Brings Back Honest Rock ‘N Roll

June’s Nashville Rising artist is Brandi Carlile! Known for years for an ever-evolving sound on the alt-country and folk rock spectrums, her new album The Firewatcher’s Daughter is a breakthrough work for Brandi and long-time collaborators The Twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth). Recorded live at Seattle’s Bear Creek Studio, the songs soar to a new level of freedom and creativity, capturing the truth and honesty behind Brandi’s rock ‘n roll soul from stadium-sized jams to tough yet tender balladry.

Brandi is also a member of the Rdio listening community. Follow Brandi Carlile on Rdio to hear her exclusive Influencer playlists — and stay tuned for her Bonnaroo playlist coming soon!

Music City is the place to be for the latest in country, rock and Americana. Keep it locked to our Nashville Rising Station, found in our Spotlight and Country categories under Browse, to stay on the pulse!

∞  June 3, 2015 — 11:26AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 2, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist provides a fresh opportunity to meet emerging artists and welcome back familiar favorites. If you click subscribe, you’ll automatically get each new one, handpicked by us for you to stay on top of the best each week. Right now, that means the latest tunes from folk band Dawes, jazz singer Melody Gardot, self-described “brat pop” act HOLYCHILD, alt-rockers Born Cages, and ethereal singer-songwriter Zella Day, not to mention the heavy-hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below.

Discover what you like here before heading over to the new Rdio New Releases page. There you’ll find the full albums and much more. Happy exploring!


  • Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe)
    Florence Welch opens up with songs that reveal more of her reality than ever before on her third album.

  • Billy Currington - Summer Forever
    The Georgia singer’s sixth album is buoyed by good time tracks, including the number one country hit “Don’t It.”

  • Jason Derulo - Everything Is 4
    The R&B star’s fourth album features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Meghan Trainor.

  • Jamie xx - In Colour
    Party jams, including cameos by Young Thug and Popcaan, fuel The xx member’s first solo album.

  • Major Lazer - Peace Is The Mission
    The third album from Diplo’s dancehall-flavored act grooves with the help of guests like 2 Chainz, DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding.

  • Lil Durk - Remember My Name (Deluxe)
    The Chicago street rapper’s first studio album features R&B crooner Jeremih and rapper Logic.

  • Bomba Estéreo - Amanecer
    The Colombian duo infuses tropical rhythms with an international palette of party sounds on their fourth album.

∞  June 2, 2015 — 9:03AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio's Artist to Watch for June: Hiatus Kaiyote

Since debuting in 2012, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote has made some notable fans worldwide, including Questlove and Prince. The Purple One even tweeted about them! Now it’s time to hear why this neo-soul act is truly buzzing.

The band’s latest effort is the cinematic second album Choose Your Weapon, which applies their transcendent and totally immersive hybrid of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia, electronics and world beat polyrhythms to topics such as love and technology. The intention was to make each song as lush and visual as possible within the audio realm, so let your mind wander as you listen.

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Shamir, BANKS and Joywave.

∞  June 1, 2015 — 12:01PM

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#MonoMonday: Merle and Willie, Reunited!

This week marks the return of the legendary musical partnership of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson for the new album Django and Jimmie — so today we turn the clock back to 1983 to relive their first collaborative masterpiece, Pancho And Lefty! Though more than three decades have since passed, the excitement of these two icons joining forces is still as potent as ever when listening to this album. Start with this classic country full-length and you’ll be prepped for their latest explorations and experiments into jazz and beyond.

∞  June 1, 2015 — 11:19AM

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