Exclusive: for King & Country’s Uplifting Rdio Session

Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, once known simply as Joel & Luke, are now called for King & Country. The duo beautifully balances romantic tunes with spiritual songs, as you’ll hear on their Rdio Sessions performance, which features tracks from their second album, the Grammy Award-winning RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. Their honest and personal approach has won them millions of fans around the world. Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear all the live shows in our exclusive international series.

∞  October 30, 2015 — 8:38AM

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#MonoMonday: George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass"

It’s been 45 years since former Beatle George Harrison released his solo masterpiece, All Things Must Pass. By the time the Beatles broke up early that year, Harrison had plenty of his own material stored up, dozens of songs never used by the Beatles during their late era. Hence this album was a triple-disc box when it came out in November of 1970. Produced by Phil Spector, famous for his “Wall of Sound” productions, the album involved a huge number of musicians playing in the studio, most clearly heard on tracks like “What is Life” and “Awaiting on You All”. All Things Must Pass also features artists such as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, and Klaus Voormann — in fact, the Clapton-led Derek and the Dominos, who’d release the classic “Layla” just a year later, formed while playing backup. Propelled by the single “My Sweet Lord”, the first international number one by a former Beatle, the album also features standout tracks such as “Isn’t it a Pity” and “I’d Have You Anytime,” which Harrison co-wrote with Bob Dylan.

All Things Must Pass went on to become the biggest selling solo Beatles album of them all. With its impeccable and timeless sound, and its peerless pedigree, it's a must-listen for anyone who appreciates the transcendent nature of pop music.

∞  October 26, 2015 — 9:14AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 23, 2015

Today’s New Music Weekly playlist takes you across genres and around the world in search of the best tunes. Here you’ll find the latest from Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, a rarity from Scotland’s Mogwai, fresh funk and soul from New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop, an instrumental offering from hip-hop producer RJD2 and more key highlights described in the Playlist Notes. When you’re ready for much more (we’re not kidding), the Rdio New Releases page is a great place to go. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive an updated set every Friday!


  • 5 Seconds of Summer - Sounds Good, Feels Good
    The sophomore album from Sydney’s charismatic pop punk act features co-writing by Joel and Benji Madden.

  • Fuzz - II
    Ty Segall takes the drums in his hard rocking trio with bassist Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies and guitarist Charlie Mootheart of Moonhearts.

  • DJ Khaled - I’ve Changed a Lot
    Stars including Jay Z, Chris Brown, Future and Fetty Wap are front and center for the Miami DJ/producer’s latest collaboration-heavy album.

  • Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
    The country star’s fifth album dips into personal territory and dabbles with styles like pop and R&B.

  • Seinabo Sey - Pretend
    A soul pop siren from Sweden laces her debut album with uplifting and emotionally timeless tracks.

  • Rod Stewart - Another Country (Deluxe)
    Reggae, ska and Celtic influences pop up on the British rock star’s stylistically diverse 29th studio album.

  • Pure Bathing Culture - Pray For Rain
    Portland duo Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman drift from dream pop to a new analog sound.

∞  October 23, 2015 — 8:55AM

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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.

∞  October 20, 2015 — 5:01PM

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#MonoMonday: Revisit Ryan Adams' Debut Solo Album "Heartbreaker"

With his new album, 1989, an extraordinary song-by-song cover of Taylor Swift’s iconic LP tearing up the charts, it may be time to take a look back at the album that started it all for singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. Fifteen years ago, Ryan burst on the scene with his debut solo album Heartbreaker. Recorded in a period of 14 days, and featuring such powerhouse backing musicians as Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings, Heartbreaker marked a definitive artistic split from Adams’ former band Whiskeytown, and included beloved tracks “Come Pick Me Up” and “Oh My Sweet Carolina.” Heartbreaker is a personal record, though powerful, and paved the way for a succession of terrific solo albums for this “bad boy of alt country.” Recorded in Nashville, Heartbreaker’s tone and lyrical theme document a breakup. Revisit this now-classic album and have your heart broken all over again.

∞  October 19, 2015 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 16, 2015

Want to keep up with the best of the best? Subscribe to our New Music Weekly playlist and receive a new set of hand-picked tunes every Friday. This week, we’re loving the big sounds of Brooklyn’s Small Black, Golden State dance punks !!!, Atlanta hip-hop shaman Raury, Texan vocal powerhouse Pentatonix, and UK singer Jamie Lawson, plus the marquee names you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes. There’s much more waiting for you in the Rdio New Releases department, where you can hear these full albums and browse the complete collection of fresh tunes.


  • Demi Lovato - Confident (Deluxe Edition)
    The former Disney star plays with pop, rock and EDM styles for the mature songs on her fifth album.

  • Omi - Me 4 U
    Reggae and pop fuse on the first album by the Jamaican American singer behind the international hit “Cheerleader.”

  • Game - The Documentary 2.5
    One week after The Documentary 2 was released, Game surprises his fans with a follow-up featuring Lil Wayne, E-40 and Schoolboy Q.

  • Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
    The dream pop duo’s sixth album quickly follows the fifth album Depression Cherry, also released in 2015.

  • BØRNS - Dopamine
    Honest and love-drenched California rock songs fill the debut from Rdio’s October Artist to Watch.

  • Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
    Atlanta’s indie rock act led by Bradford Cox explore the beautiful briefness of pop songs on the seventh album.

  • Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before The Sun
    The sci-fi leaning progressive rock act’s sixth album is the first that’s not part of The Amory Wars saga.

  • Machine Gun Kelly - General Admission
    Midwestern Bad Boy rapper examines internal demons and external pressures on his sophomore album.

  • Joe Budden - All Love Lost
    The New Jersey MC and reality star’s third studio album examines hard times and depression.

  • Josh Ritter - Sermon On The Rocks
    Eloquent tales of dark humor characterize the eighth album from the Americana-steeped singer-songwriter.

  • Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School
    The synthpop act’s third album envisions retro-minded afterhours beats with saucy sensibilities.

∞  October 16, 2015 — 9:00AM

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ExclusivesNashville Rising

Five Questions with Nashville Rising's Lauren Alaina

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Get to know Lauren Alaina, our October pick for Nashville Rising, and read our exclusive interview with her below!

1. What does it mean to you to be chosen as one of Rdio’s 2015 Nashville Rising artists?

Alaina: I worked on this new music for two and a half years writing over 200 songs. It's so rewarding for me to finally be back with new music and being recognized for it. I am so excited to see what the next year holds.

2. How has the city of Nashville affected your work and your songwriting?

Alaina: Nashville has completely transformed my artistry and songwriting. I have been fortunate enough to write with the best of the best in town and learn from them. I feel honored to be in such great company.

 3. You were handpicked by ESPN, along with Imagine Dragons, to contribute new music for the college football season. What was your inspiration behind the songs you wrote for this project? 

Alaina: I feel like "History" is a completely different accomplishment than I have made in my career so far.  I usually go into every opportunity as an artist, but I wrote for this project from more of a songwriter's standpoint. I love the song so much, but it's not something I would write for my album. I had a ton of fun creating it because it's so different than everything I am working on with my new music. I'm super proud and honored to have this opportunity. Let's be real. I'm a Georgia girl; which  means football is LIFE. Lol.

 4. Why do you think music and football go so well together?

Alaina: Music and football both have a unique way of bringing extreme emotions out of people. There's nothing like getting fired up about your favorite song or favorite football team.

5. Who are your Nashville Rising artists for 2015? Who do you think is poised to break out of this town?

Alaina: I think Danielle Bradbery has a great shot at becoming a female front runner in our format. She is super cute and has a beautiful voice. I love her to death.

Tune in to the Nashville Rising station, featured in our Country category, to stay on the pulse of what’s happening in Music City!

∞  October 15, 2015 — 10:00AM

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#MonoMonday: The Classic R&B Album “Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul” Turns 50

Fifty years ago, Otis Redding released the classic R&B album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. Called one of the greatest studio-recorded albums of the 1960s, Otis Blue was a triumph for the singer/songwriter from Georgia. Recorded in a single 24-hour period at Stax Recording Studios in Memphis, Otis Blue includes songs written by Redding, as well as Sam Cooke (who had died just a few months earlier). The musicianship, sound and soul evident on this recording make the album a must-listen. Booker T. & the M.G.’s were his backing band, joined by Isaac Hayes, who played piano on the album. Among the standout tracks is “Respect”6, the same song Aretha Franklin would make her own two years later. Redding said of it, “...It took a day to write, 20 minutes to arrange, and one take to record.” Other singles released from Otis Blue were “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Shake.” A perfect slice of 1960s soul, artists from Janis Joplin to Leon Bridges have cited Redding as an influence, and on Otis Blue, it’s easy to see why.

∞  October 12, 2015 — 9:00AM

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ExclusivesRdio Sessions

Rdio Sessions: Michael Ray

Earlier this year, Michael Ray kicked off our Nashville Rising station and spotlight on Music City’s hottest artists. The country rockin' Florida charmer first came into American homes in 2012 when he won the TV singing competition The Next, where he was mentored by John Rich of Big & Rich. Now he’s written for Big & Rich and developed a thriving career as an artist in his own right!

Michael now graces us with his own edition of our intimate live series that we call Rdio Sessions. His six-song set includes highlights like “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Run Away With You” and “This Love” from his self-titled summer album and an exclusive cover of Porter Wagoner’s classic “Green Green Grass of Home.”

∞  October 9, 2015 — 12:00PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 9, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is chock full of goodies for your ear, a handpicked set that transcends genres and just brings you good music. This week, that means artists like pop punk heroes New Found Glory and psychedelic specialists Oberhofer, plus indie rock folk from Boy & Bear, lo fi deliciousness by Alex G, synthpop from Hurts and other key releases noted below in the Playlist Notes. Hit up the Rdio New Releases section to browse the complete collection of what has just dropped, including the full albums by all the artists mentioned here. And don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new set every Friday.


  • Selena Gomez - Revival (Deluxe)
    The pop star’s second solo studio album explores a new maturity with the help of Charli XCX and A$AP Rocky.

  • Mayday Parade - Black Lines
    The fifth album from the Tallahassee rockers marks 10 years of pop punk greatness.

  • Toby Keith - 35 mph Town
    Surprisingly tender and soulful tunes dot the country star’s short and sweet 18th studio album.

  • Game - The Documentary
    10 years after his G Unit debut The Documentary, the LA rapper creates a sequel with heavy-hitters like Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and Drake.

  • City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You
    Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green expands into soulful new territory on his fifth album.

  • Michael Ray - Rdio Sessions
    The country rocker’s performance for Rdio’s exclusive live series features songs from his self-titled album and a Porter Wagoner cover.

  • R. City - What Dreams Are Made Of
    Brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas offer the type of memorable hooks and melodies that they’ve written for Rihanna, Nicki and Miley.

  • John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
    The third solo album from the former frontman of The Czars takes on the angry moodiness of hitting middle age.

  • A Skylit Drive - ASD
    Five albums in, this California post-hardcore act still balances melody with fury.

∞  October 9, 2015 — 8:54AM

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