News

Rdio Partners with AXS Ticketing: Concertgoers Will Automatically be Eligible to Receive Free 30-Day Trial of Rdio Unlimited

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Today, in the US, we’re pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with AXS, an AEG joint venture. Now all AXS.com ticket buyers will automatically be eligible to receive a free, trial subscription to Rdio Unlimited. This deep integration with the live music experience will allow direct engagement with fans, notifying you immediately when new music from bands you’ve enjoyed live is added to our catalog and will help you discover new music that is similar to the artists for whom you’ve purchased concert tickets. Each new Rdio account will be personalized based on prior concert purchases in order to create the best listening experience, bringing artists and their fans closer together.

“We are thrilled to partner with AXS to provide millions of concert goers access to our vast music library of over 32 million songs through this seamless integration with the live performance purchase experience,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio. “Rdio’s music discovery features and unlimited streaming service will provide AXS customers a unique and always‑on experience that is second only to hearing your favorite music live.”

Rdio Unlimited will be offered as a free, 30-day trial during the ticket checkout process on AXS.com. The trial period will not start until you activate your account, including by downloading the app or playing a song on Rdio.com. Integrated billing through AXS.com will make it simple to extend your Rdio Unlimited subscriptions beyond the trial period if you choose not to cancel. New users who choose not to receive the free trial of Rdio Unlimited, will receive access to our free ad-supported Internet radio service, offering a wide range of curated and personalized stations.

This innovative partnership is believed to be the first between a major live event company and a music streaming service, connecting passionate concert-going music fans closer to the benefits of music streaming. It’s just another way that we’re bringing music to you everywhere.

∞  February 11, 2015 — 1:28PM

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New Music Weekly - February 10, 2015

There are so many treats to discover in the current edition of the handpicked New Music Weekly playlist. Jump right in and learn how French-Finnish duo The Dø are breaking out of their folk-tinged roots, take in the intense new collaboration from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and multi-instrumentalist John Moloney and hear some rare, never released tracks by lady phenom St. Vincent for the first time. Read about more of this week’s highlights in the Playlist Notes below.

There’s good news and good news here, friends: If you subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist you’ll always be on top of the latest tunes across genres. And if you visit the Rdio New Releases page you will find full albums highlighted here and much more. Let’s get started, shall we?

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
    Carolina Chocolate Drops’ frontwoman covers songs by Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Nina Simone on her solo debut.

  • Ricky Martin - A Quien Quiera Escuchar
    The bilingual star records a romantic, all-Spanish language set for his 10th album.

  • Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
    Folk singer-songwriter J. Tillman of Fleet Foxes fame returns with a sophomore album for his exuberant alter ego.

  • The Districts - A Flourish and A Spoil
    The sound of busting out of small town conventions channels through these young rockers.

  • Various Artists - Fifty Shades of Grey
    Make some sexy time for this film soundtrack with smoldering contributions by Sia, The Weeknd and more.

  • Robert Earl Keen - Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions
    Duets with Lyle Lovett and Natalie Maines dot the Texas hill country singer’s album of bluegrass covers.

  • JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll
    The return of Oklahoma’s retro rocker is soaked in moody blues and early pop influences.

∞  February 10, 2015 — 9:08AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Experience The Magic of Electric Light Orchestra's "Out Of The Blue"

Whether you're an old-school fan of Electric Light Orchestra or are just learning about this legendary group through their appearance with Ed Sheeran at the GRAMMYs, now is a perfect time to listen to Out Of The Blue. Originally released in 1977, this epic double album was one of the group's biggest sellers and contains some of ELO's last musings in symphonic rock. In a feat that would be unheard of today, the Multi-Platinum certified album had more than four million pre-release orders back in the day. Listen to this consummate classic and feel the future as was conceived back in the Seventies!

∞  February 9, 2015 — 5:12PM

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News

Beck Streams Up Almost 1000% After GRAMMY® Wins

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Last night, before, during and after the GRAMMYs®, you turned on Rdio to hear more of the night's top performers and winners, including Beck, St. Vincent and Sam Smith. Streams of Beck were up almost 1000% after the 16-time GRAMMY® nominated singer accepted his awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album and then later performed “Heart is a Drum” with Chris Martin.

Who were the big winners on Rdio during The 57th GRAMMY® Awards?

1. Beck
-Winner of Album of the Year and Best Rock Album
-Performed “Heart is a Drum"
-Streams of Beck increased by almost 1000%

2. St. Vincent
-Nominated and won 1 Award (Best Alternative Music Album)
-Streams of St. Vincent increased by 265% following her win**

3. Sam Smith
-Winner of 4 Awards (Record of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artists, Best Pop Vocal Album)
-Performed “Stay With Me"
-Streams of Sam Smith increased by 152%.

Congratulations to all the winners! From bluegrass and jazz to dance, r&b and pop, be sure to check out our 2015 GRAMMY® Winners Station on Rdio.

(Please note, Rdio compared 7 hours prior to the East Coast broadcast of the Grammy’s and 7 hours after the East Coast broadcast began.)

∞  February 9, 2015 — 3:31PM

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Artist To Watch

February’s Rdio Artist to Watch: Milo Greene

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Our February Artist to Watch is Milo Greene, who — despite the sounds of the alias — is not an actual person! This you’ll understand quickly when you listen to the unique harmonies on the brand new album Control. The follow-up to the four-piece band’s breakthrough eponymous 2012 debut features the voices of all members (Andrew Heringer, Robbie Arnett, Marlana Sheetz and Graham Fink). Produced by Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Foster The People, Ellie Goulding), the album heavily features drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms For Peace, R.E.M.), who helped the band craft deeper and more complex rhythmic layers to their self-described cinematic pop than ever before.

Rdio’s Artist to Watch list features a new, hand-picked musician or band each month; we only spotlight those who we feel will truly break through in 2015. Previous Artist to Watch acts include BANKS, London Grammar and Bea Miller. We’ll be bringing you more from Milo Greene this month, don’t miss a beat!

∞  February 4, 2015 — 1:01PM

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Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising Serves All Your Country, Rock and Americana Needs

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We’ve got a new program for you that will keep you on the pulse of country to Americana and everything in between: Nashville Rising. Each month we’ll spotlight a new Nashville Rising artist worthy of your immediate attention, kicking off with Michael Ray, a Florida charmer who first came to national prominence on The CW’s reality singing competition The Next, where he got to write with mentor John Rich. Listen to his first EP now, a taste of what’s coming soon on his debut album; and a new single to hit radio airwaves this month.

Follow Ray’s Influencer profile on Rdio to hear exclusive playlists that he has made just for you, beginning with Michael Ray’s Country Favorites, a set featuring legends like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Alabama.

To hear all the newest picks from Music City, turn on our Nashville Rising Station in our Spotlight and Country categories under Browse. You’ll want to stay locked!

∞  February 3, 2015 — 1:43PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - February 3, 2015

With tastes of jazz, pop, rock, metal, and even comedy, a real variety of tunes awaits you on the latest New Music Weekly playlist. Start off with some urban offerings from NY rapper Skizzy Mars and LA singer TeeFLii, then check out the latest solo effort from Dispatch and State Radio frontman Chadwick Stokes. If you’re brave enough, play a snippet of the Lost Themes from horror master John Carpenter!

Listen to the New Music Weekly playlist (supported by the Playlist Notes below) and subscribe so that you always know a fresh set is on the way every seven days. (It’s so nice to sit back and let someone else do the work for you for a change, isn’t it?) You can also explore the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page, which has our complete collection of newness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Fifth Harmony - Reflection
    The debut album from the X-Factor girl group features guest stars Tyga and Kid Ink, plus a song by Meghan Trainor.

  • Butch Walker - Afraid of Ghosts
    Johnny Depp and Bob Mould guest star on the former Marvelous 3 frontman’s Ryan Adams-produced seventh album.

  • Diana Krall - Wallflower (Deluxe Edition)
    The Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist covers Bob Dylan, Elton John and Paul McCartney on her 12th album.

  • Kid Ink - Full Speed
    The R&B-loving LA rapper’s third album features collaborations with Usher, Chris Brown and R. Kelly.

  • Aziz Ansari - Buried Alive
    Highlights from the popular comedian’s 2013 tour and special are now on an album.

  • Title Fight - Hyperview
    Surprising sounds like shoegaze and dream pop creep in to the Pennsylvania punk band’s third album.

  • Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King: Deathbat (Original Video Game Soundtrack)
    The LA heavy metal band releases the soundtrack to their own mobile video game.

∞  February 3, 2015 — 8:00AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Chic's "C'est Chic"

2015 is starting off to be a great year for Chic's Nile Rodgers. Fresh off of last year’s GRAMMY win for Record of the Year for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” the celebrated musician and producer is preparing to be honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing at a special tribute on February 3. He will also accept the Vanguard Award at this year’s MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Brunch, an annual event hosted by KCRW host Garth Trinidad.

As Rodgers prepares to drop a new album by Chic aptly titled It’s About Time later this year, it’s an excellent time to revisit the classic album C’est Chic*. Released in 1978, the group’s second album was a hit on pop and R&B charts. It was eventually certified Platinum thanks to the strength of still-enduring club hits like “Le Freak” and “I Want Your Love.” Press play and you’ll see why Rodgers’ grooves are so undeniable. Dance, dance, dance!

∞  February 2, 2015 — 3:39PM

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Events

Your Ultimate Guide to The GRAMMYs

Rdio has joined forces with The GRAMMYs to bring you the ultimate audio guide and soundtrack to build up to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which airs live on CBS on February 8. There's over a dozen GRAMMY-related stations and playlists available to hear. Tell your friends and tune in!

Behold your 2015 GRAMMY stations:

2015 GRAMMY Nominees is a genre-crossing, all-inclusive station that features all of this years nominees. It’s a great place to start because you can hear your favorites and discover all sorts of new music on one set.

90s GRAMMY Flashback takes you back to relive (or experience for the first time) the GRAMMY excitement of decades past courtesy of people like Madonna, Babyface, and even GRAMMY host LL Cool J. Nostalgia alert!

GRAMMY Awards Record of the Year directs you to the biggest albums of the last 57 years by paying tribute to each year’s GRAMMY Award-winner since the event’s inception in 1959. Honorees include Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Ray Charles.

57th GRAMMY Awards Blasts From the Past is a historical and fun look at the show’s shooting stars over the decades, from Anita Baker and Seal to Christopher Cross and Cher.

GRAMMY Awards Biggest Hits features the chart topping, GRAMMY winning musical moments that you know and love brought to you by people like Lady Gaga, Eminem and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The GRAMMYs have also created a series of new playlists around the 57th GRAMMY Awards. Here’s where to go if you want to take a deep dive into difference genre-specific sets (country, R&B, dance/electronic, alternative, rap, and more). You can even check out soundtrack nominees such as Frozen and Guardians of the Galaxy.

But wait, there’s more: We’ll be launching a new radio station dedicated exclusively to the 2015 GRAMMY winners immediately following the big show so you’ll be able to hear all the champion sounds.

∞  February 2, 2015 — 12:04PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - January 27, 2015

The New Music Weekly playlist will make you dance, rock and swoon. The hand-picked mix features only the very best of the latest offerings, including the unexpectedly fast return of British electronic idol Aphex Twin, a beautiful techno mix from DJ Nina Kraviz, a new EP from anti-folk hero Emmy The Great and the debut album from Swedish soul pop siren Seinabo Sey. If the New Music Weekly playlist makes you want to hear more, subscribe to get a new set each week and head over to the Rdio New Releases page in order to listen to the full albums right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction (Deluxe)
    Collaborations with rappers T.I., Schoolboy Q, Jeezy, Juicy J and Pitbull feature heavily on the R&B star’s sixth album.

  • Milo Greene - Control
    The cinematic pop group with four singers spin dark tales over light uptempo beats on their second album.

  • Kenny G - Brazilian Nights
    The king of smooth jazz plays bossa nova classics like “The Girl From Ipanema” alongside original works on his 14th album.

  • Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)
    Originally released in 1967, the country star’s seventh album brought her first hit and now makes its digital debut.

  • The Dodos - Individ
    Personal pain and loss are channeled through the San Francisco indie rock duo’s sixth album.

  • Pond - Man, It Feels Like Space Again
    The Australian psychedelic rock act sharing members with Tame Impala present a fun and weird sixth album.

  • Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
    The Nashville singer-songwriter dedicates her debut album to unraveling the emotions involved in heartbreak.

∞  January 27, 2015 — 8:17AM

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