New Music Weekly

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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News

Introducing Gapless Playback on Android

Android users who are Rdio Unlimited subscribers have a wonderful new feature that enhances overall listening pleasure. Gapless Playback allows for a seamless experience rather than the split-second gaps that can be a bumpy part of today’s digital music life.

Gapless Playback is especially noticeable when listening to live concerts, legendary retro concept albums, comedy shows, and classical music. Check out some examples below:

Play Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon (2011 Remaster) with Gapless Playback to hear a great example of how a band uses an uninterrupted flow of songs to thread together the pieces of a classic concept album.

A more contemporary example can be found by listening to live performances from Daft Punk in the duo’s concert album Alive 2007. In this case, Gapless Playback offers a more closely simulated experience of hearing the disco robots on stage. It’s really harder, better, faster, and stronger.

These two albums really illustrate the wonders of the new Gapless Playback feature — try it for yourself and hear the difference! Available for Android 4.1 and higher. iOS coming soon.

∞  May 29, 2014 — 3:21PM

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New Music Weekly

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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News

Express Yourself With Music on Facebook Mobile

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Sometimes a song says it all. Beyond a photo, a pin on the map, or even a smiley, sometimes a song is all you need to express yourself.  

Starting today, you do just that on the Facebook app on iOS and Android. Capture the moment with a song wherever you find yourself. Choose the “Listening To” icon in the composer status on the Facebook app. After you turn the feature on, Facebook will try to find a match for the song you’re listening to. You can then choose to post it to your friends, who will be able to listen to a 30-second preview of the song in News Feed.

As well, any time a song is shared from Rdio on Facebook, you’ll now see a preview button on your mobile timeline. Just hit play and you can quickly sample what your closest friends are listening to. 

It’s just another way that Rdio and Facebook are bringing music closer to you.

∞  May 22, 2014 — 7:58AM

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New Music Weekly

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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News

Rdio Expands To 60 Countries

Today, we're happy to announce Rdio has expanded into nine more countries around the world. We're now in 60 countries in six continents.

Welcome Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia in Europe as well as Indonesia, Philipines, Singapore, and Thailand in Asia.

In honor of our newest milestone, we've made a playlist of music from all the countries you can find Rdio. From Argentina's Soda Stereo to Venezuela's La Vida Boheme, uncover 60 tracks that are either current toppers, unforgettable classics, hometown anthems or just office favorites.

If you’re new to Rdio, welcome! Sign up at rdio.com right now and start streaming your favorite artist, song, album or over 400 genre stations. Discover new music and find your favorites with our web and desktop apps. You can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

∞  May 19, 2014 — 7:36PM

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ExclusivesLabel Spotlights

Exclusive: Journey Inside Stones Throw’s Headphones

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Stones Throw has created an incredible and diverse body of work over the past 18 years, a legacy that has been neatly summarized in a documentary called Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. The film offers an insider’s look at the Los Angeles label through never-before-seen archival footage, home videos and interviews with founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Common, Mayer Hawthorne and many more.

To celebrate the release of the soundtrack and the documentary on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital, the label has kindly created an exclusive playlist for Rdio listeners called In Stones Throw’s Headphones. The 50-minute set reveals some of the label office’s most frequently played tunes from the catalog, including songs from Hawthorne, Madlib, and the late producer J Dilla.

Follow Stones Throw on Rdio for this playlist and check out the soundtrack to Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton for new beats from Madlib, unreleased rarities, brand new tunes, and other songs from the documentary.

∞  May 14, 2014 — 9:02AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:02AM in Exclusives, Label Spotlights |

New Music Weekly

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

Posted by Rdio at 8:01AM in New Music Weekly |

New Music WeeklyThis Week on Rdio

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.

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand features and ad-free listening everywhere you go.

∞  May 7, 2014 — 1:11PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:11PM in New Music Weekly, This Week on Rdio |

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: BottleRock Napa Valley

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BottleRock Napa Valley will pop the cork on its second annual music, food and wine festival at Napa Valley Expo in beautiful California Wine Country on May 30-June 1. Forty-five bands are scheduled to play over four stages while attendees wine and dine with from the region’s up-and-coming purveyors.

The Napa area is booming with new sights and sounds, and this year’s fest promises to upstage last year’s inaugural event with a wide variety of top talent across musical genres such as The Cure, TV on the Radio, The Fray, Outkast, Weezer, Matt & Kim, Blues Traveler, Heart, Gin Blossoms, Sublime with Rome, Eric Church, and many more.

Whether or not you will be checking out BottleRock in person, you can follow BottleRock on Rdio for exclusive playlists starting now and leading up to the festival weekend. Each day’s lineup is a tempting mix of artists & genres.

BottleRock Day 1 will kick off the celebration with headlining sets from acts like The Cure, Sublime, TV On the Radio, Mayer Hawthorne, and Spin Doctors:

BottleRock Day 2 offers a perfect lineup mashup with legends like Outkast, indie darlings Weezer, iconic rockers Heart, plus Matt and Kim, Blues Traveler, Third Eye Blind and more:

BottleRock Day 3 says, “Turn down for what?” LL Cool J, Deerhunter, The Fray, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, and The Silverado Pickups will be guaranteed to keep the party going:

Ready to BottleRock? The pre-party starts right now on Rdio!

∞  May 1, 2014 — 2:15PM

Posted by Rdio at 2:15PM in Influencer Spotlights |