Artist To Watch

January’s Rdio Artist to Watch: Bea Miller

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Rdio’s Artist to Watch for January has already kicked off the year with a powerful anthem for the new generation. Bea Miller, a self-taught singer with a knack for creating memorable songs that flirt with pop punk sensibilities. You’ll feel it on her fiery debut EP, where she co-wrote two of the four songs. Take a listen to her title song “Young Blood” and you’ll hear her gravelly, yet gorgeously powerful voice and world-wise lyrics.

Miller is as much of a music fan as she is a musician, and her exclusive Artists I’m Watching playlist reveals exquisite taste. Kick back and enjoy her hand-picked set that’s packed with acts like Daughter, Hozier, Wilkinson, Passenger, Alt-J and Ed Sheeran.

Stay tuned for more from Bea Miller, Rdio's Artist to Watch through the month of January.

∞  January 7, 2015 — 4:21PM

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News

New For 2015: Jaguar and Land Rover Integration and Partnerships with DTS, LG Electronics and Hisense

We’re happy to start 2015 with some exciting partnership news we’ve announced at CES, the International Consumer Electronics Show, that highlights our commitment to providing users around the world with access to music everywhere they are.

Today, we’re unveiling an exclusive partnership with Bosch that integrates Rdio into dashboards of vehicles internationally through the new Bosch mySPIN platform. The partnership adds Rdio as Jaguar and Land Rover’s first in-car on-demand music streaming service on the InControl Apps platform. Users can safely interact with our online and offline features through the vehicle’s infotainment system.

As part of the initial rollout, Rdio will be accessible to Unlimited subscribers in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles where InControl Apps is installed. Rdio on InControl Apps provides a safe way for drivers to easily access popular features, including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists and favorites.

We’re also extending our presence on connected home devices through a pre-loaded app on Hisense smart TVs and other connected devices, building on our current TV presence through Roku (the Roku remote control includes an Rdio button), its existing customized app on Google Chromecast, and upcoming HTML5-based smart TV compatibility.

Our new partnerships also extend our reach with in-home wireless speaker systems through integration in the LG Connect SDK home streaming platform for mobile devices interfacing with smart TVs, DTS Play-Fi® technology and Google Cast for audio (through the “Cast” button in the Rdio mobile app that automatically streams to Google Cast Ready speakers). These advancements add to our current wireless speaker partnerships, which includes Sonos, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook.

“Our vision is to offer every song ever recorded, on any device, anywhere in the world, instantly tuned to each listener. People listen to music wherever they are at work, in the car, on the go, and at home. Providing our customers with a simple, integrated and consistent music experience in their homes is a priority for us and one we are investing significant resources in,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio. “Dedicated audio devices as well as integrating music into the TV experience are priorities for Rdio, and we look forward to introducing Rdio on each of these exciting devices and platforms in 2015.”

∞  January 6, 2015 — 6:51PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - January 6, 2015

The first New Music Weekly playlist of the year is bursting with fresh sounds from all over the world! (Don’t forget to subscribe to the playlist so that you get each new one as it drops.)

2015 is off to a great start with new singles from artists like country hero Reba McEntire, X-Factor UK alum Ella Henderson, pop punk darlings Fall Out Boy, plus albums from African singer Kassé Mady Diabaté and a retrospective from hip-hop mixmaster DJ Shadow. Read on for more in the Playlist Notes below and hop on over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to delve deeper into these albums. And go!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife
    Brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy crank up infectious Southern rap party anthems on their debut album.

  • Ludacris - Burning Bridges
    An EP from the Atlanta rapper features appearances by Rick Ross, John Legend and an unlikely collaboration with country star Jason Aldean.

  • Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balcony
    The Welsh rock act and international festival favorite drops their debut album in North America.

  • A Skylit Drive - Rise Ascension
    A beautiful acoustic album from the surprising source of a Californian post-hardcore band.

  • The Ready Set - Celebrity - EP
    Electropop singer Jordan Witzigreuter crafts catchy songs about famous people.

  • Joshua Radin - Onward and Sideways
    The sixth album from the Cleveland born rootsy pop artist features an appearance by Sheryl Crow.

  • Kid Rock - “First Kiss”
    The title track from the Detroit rocker’s forthcoming 10th album oozes nostalgic guilty pleasure.

∞  January 6, 2015 — 10:17AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: "Frampton Comes Alive!"

Today we are flicking our invisible lighters high in the air for one of the most important live albums of all time. It’s been 39 years this week since English guitar hero Peter Frampton dropped Frampton Comes Alive! (Deluxe Edition). Recorded live in San Francisco, New York and Pittsburgh, the album is not only his seminal release, it’s also one of the best-selling live albums in America thanks to songs like “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Show Me the Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” Even if you’ve never heard it before, you’ll be able to feel the heart and energy behind the album!

∞  January 5, 2015 — 12:40PM

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Music

Artists’ Favorite 2014 Albums, Part 2: Sylvan Esso, Twin Shadow and More

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Before we blast off into the sounds of 2015, we’ve still got time to check out a few dozen more of the most epic albums of this year! Check out these Top 10 Albums of 2014 as decided by some of our favorite young artists:

Electropop duo Sylvan Esso had a huge year that was soundtracked by the beats of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Run The Jewels and Caribou.

Dntel - Human Voice
Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
Caribou - Our Love
Wye Oak - Shriek
Mr. Twin Sister - Mr. Twin Sister
Run the Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
Clark - Clark
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
John Lurie National Orchestra - Invention of Animals

Singer Twin Shadow dug the raw funk of artists such as D’Angelo And The Vanguard, Future, and The War on Drugs.

Clark - Clark
Fka Twigs- LP1
Arca - Xen
D’Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah
The War on Drugs - Lost In A Dream
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Future - Honest

Jack Dolan of Chicago lo-fi act Twin Peaks got turned on to sounds from groups like Black Lips, Parquet Courts and Foxygen.

Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow
Eagulls - Eagulls
Mac Demarco - Salad Days
Foxygen - And Star Power…
Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust
Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Real Estate - Atlas
Tweens - Tweens
Together Pangea - Badillac

Country newcomer Mickey Guyton found inspiration in albums by Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert.

Dierks Bentley - RISER
Little Big Town - Pain Killer
Eric Paslay - Eric Paslay
Miranda Lambert - Platinum
Lady Antebellum - 747
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town
Sam Hunt - Montevallo
Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin
Eric Church - Outsiders

Roc Nation’s rising star Sam Romans kicked back to music from Mary J Blige, alt-J and Coldplay.

Beyoncé - Beyonce
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
Jungle - Jungle
Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
alt-J - This Is All Yours
Twenty One Pilots - Vessel
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

See also: Part 1 with year-end Top 10 charts by Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes and more! Happy New Year!

∞  December 30, 2014 — 6:13PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Joni Mitchell’s Classic Self-Portrait, “Blue”

Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue is considered to be one of the finest in the singer/songwriter genre. It’s a stark, brutally honest work that continues to inspire both listeners and other musicians today. From the opening strains of “All I Want” to the classic cuts “River” and “A Case of You,” Blue cuts to the soul and sticks around long after its final piano chord. A masterclass in confessional writing, Blue is an album to savor and return to for repeated listenings.

∞  December 29, 2014 — 5:59PM

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Artist SpotlightsMusic

East India Youth, Fifth Harmony and More Stars Choose Their Favorite Albums of 2014

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We continue our look back on the year in music with some personal favorites from artists we loved in 2014. Below you’ll find an incredible portrait of how vibrant the sounds have been over the last 12 months thanks to our first set of artist Top 10 charts:

LA rockers Echosmith praises buzzworthy albums from the likes of St. Vincent, Interpol and Little Dragon.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Interpol- El Pintor
Little Dragon - Nabuna Rubberband
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
London Grammar - If You Wait
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Bleachers - Strange Desire
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away

X-Factor stars Fifth Harmony serves up a girl power-packed playlist featuring Ariana Grande, Jhene Aiko and Lana Del Rey.

Lana del Rey - Ultraviolence
Ed Sheeran- X
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Ariana Grande - My Everything
Adele - 19
Jhene Aiko - Souled Out
Alt J - This is All Yours
The 1975 - The 1975
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away

Electropop darling Little Boots features body movers by Todd Terje, Royksopp & Robyn and Metronomy.

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Kindness - Otherness
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Honeyblood - Honeyblood
Ariana Grande - My Everything
Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Tomas Barfod - Love Me
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Metronomy - Love Letters

Her fellow British electronic producer East India Youth contributes an esoteric set thanks to contributions from FKA Twigs, Caribou and Eno/Hyde.

FKA Twigs - LP1
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Grouper - Ruins
Caribou - Our Love
The Bug - Angels & Devils
Eno/Hyde - High Life
St Vincent - St Vincent
Dean Blunt - Black Metal
Perc -The Power and The Glory
Mica Levi - Under The Skin (Original Soundtrack)

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes reveals that he couldn’t stop playing albums by Foo Fighters, Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas.

Ed Sheeran - X
Hozier - Hozier
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Various Artists - Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Maroon 5 - V
Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas
5 Seconds Of Summer - 5 Seconds Of Summer

And Aussie synth wizard Luke Million gives it up for international colleagues including La Roux, Tensnake and Chromeo.

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
Justin Faust - Spellbound
Tensnake - Glow
La Roux - Trouble In Paradise
Royksopp - The Inevitable End
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Chromeo - White Women
Caribou - Our Love
The Juan MacLean - In A Dream

Stay tuned for more top 10s from artists like Sylvan Esso, Mickey Guyton and Sam Romans in Part 2!

∞  December 29, 2014 — 3:30PM

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New Features

Rdio on iOS - Now with Search and Play & Comment Likes

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Today, we’re releasing a new update to our iOS devices with some brand new search and social features we’ve know you’ve been waiting for:

  • Search and Play. Tap the new play button in search results to instantly play music.
  • Comment Likes. Tap Like on any comment to give others some positive feedback.

We continue our commitment to creating the best music service in the world, tuned to you. Download Rdio for iOS and try out these new features today. We’ll be rolling out Comment Likes on Android soon.

∞  December 22, 2014 — 10:19PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: The Holiday Magic of Burl Ives' Rudolph

For many, the warm vocal tones of legendary folk singer and actor Burl Ives is identified as the voice of Christmas through his songs and as the voice of Sam the Snowman. And it was for sure one of the late star's favorite occasions, having released albums about Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Today we revisit his classic 1967 album Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the soundtrack to the television special of the same name. It's overflowing with a bounty of familiar favorites like "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "The Most Wonderful Day of The Year" and, of course, "Rudolph" himself.

No matter where you are in the world, you'll be transported to an instant White Christmas. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Rdio!

∞  December 22, 2014 — 10:08AM

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Exclusives

Shawn Mendes, Twin Shadow, Fifth Harmony and More Stars Choose Their Favorite Songs of 2014

It’s time to recap the top tunes of the year, and who better to share their obsessions than the artists themselves? We asked friends like Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Ingrid Michaelson, East India Youth, Twin Shadow, Echosmith, and Vance Joy for the songs that they loved so much they practically wanted to marry ‘em. The results are both surprising and awesome, a collection of unique tracks that leap across genre boundaries. Hear their highlights now in the Artists' Year-Defining Songs.

We’ll be publishing these and more artists’ top 10 album lists throughout the next week, but here are some early teasers: Sam Smith is a beloved pick from Lauren of Fifth Harmony and all the members of Echosmith and Twin Shadow can’t get the brilliant simplicity of ILoveMakonen featuring Drake off the stereo. Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks loves Foxygen's "How You Can Really", Vance Joy spends umpteen moments dancing to Sylvan Esso while Sylvan Esso loves Caribou's "Can't Do Without You.. Stay tuned for more!

∞  December 17, 2014 — 10:42AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:42AM in Exclusives |