MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: The Golden Anniversary of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go" Arrives

“When Smokey sings, I hear violins,” sang Martin Fry of ABC in one of that band’s late 80s singles. Mr. Fry was right, no other Motown singer sounded quite like Smokey Robinson. His tight tenor and soulful, pleading lyrics propelled Smokey Robinson and the Miracles to an eternal pop pedestal. This year, their Going to a Go-Go album turns 50 years old. It’s a classic soul masterpiece, including the hit title single, as well as “Tracks of My Tears” and the unforgettable “Ooh Baby Baby” (covered by Linda Ronstadt - in the same key, mind you just a decade later). Motown singles were perfect pop snapshots. Going to a Go-Go is one of the finest full albums of the golden 60s era. Listen and discover now...and “hear violins.”

∞  June 29, 2015 — 10:20AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 23, 2015

This New Music Weekly playlist packs in bright tunes just in time for summer! Take in the key offerings from this week’s heavy hitters (described in the Playlist Notes below) and discover some acts that may be new to you. Bask in sunny West Coast vibes from the twins in Cayucas, rock with Pennsylvania’s Breaking Benjamin, groove with Venezuelan pop duo Chino y Nacho, and meet the “grunge punk” of Nashville’s Bully.

And there’s much more! Hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to hear these full albums and discover even more new music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Kasey Musgraves - Pageant Material
    The country star’s followup to 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park features a hidden track with Willie Nelson.

  • Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile
    The YouTube sensation’s debut album includes guest appearances by Ed Sheeran and LL Cool J.

  • Desaparecidos - Payola
    The second album by the Conor Oberst-fronted band takes aim at racial profiling and the treatment of immigrants.

  • Trey Songz - Trigga Reloaded
    Last year’s Trigga album by the R&B star is enhanced with four new songs for the ladies.

  • Taking Back Sunday - Rdio Sessions
    The Long Island rockers cover Tom Petty and provide track-by-track commentary for the latest in Rdio’s exclusive live series.

  • Leon Bridges - Coming Home
    Throwback soul in the vein of Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye is channeled through this up-and-coming Texan singer.

  • Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
    Folk sensibilities mesh with big, stirring guitars on the debut album from the buzzing British band.

∞  June 23, 2015 — 11:37AM

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Rdio Sessions

Exclusive: Taking Back Sunday Rocks Our Rdio Session

Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday are the latest to do the Rdio Sessions honors and perform a live set for your ears only! Recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, the four-song set is performed by the band’s classic lineup and features commentary for each track, including a playful cover of Tom Petty’s “Yer So Bad.” Explore more exclusive editions on the Rdio Sessions Station!

∞  June 23, 2015 — 5:24AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: The Pretenders Self-Titled Debut Continues To Impress

Very few rock bands leap into the public eye as fully-formed icons. Chrissie Hynde and Pretenders did just that with their self-titled 1980 debut, which turns 35 years old this year. Pretenders featured three singles: a cover of the Kinks’ “Stop Your Sobbing” (produced by Nick Lowe), “Kid,” and the international hit “Brass in Pocket.” But it’s in the album’s deeper tracks where something really interesting was going on. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott’s take-no-prisoners approach in songs such as “The Wait,” “The Phone Call,” and “Tattooed Love Boys” combines punk, new wave, and straight-up rock and roll. And of course, Chrissie Hynde purrs and screams, enticing all in her path. Pretenders broke barriers and sounds as fresh today as it did upon its release. “Stop Your Sobbing” and listen.

∞  June 22, 2015 — 10:00AM

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News

Music, Tuned to Your Living Room: It’s Easy With Rdio’s New Amazon Fire TV App

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Now there are even more ways to enjoy the music on Rdio from your easy chair. We— along with our partner Amazon—are proud to announce Rdio for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick!

Amazon Fire TV connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment, offering on demand music, movies, TV episodes, photos, games, and more. Rdio has long been available on Fire phones and tablets, and with the addition of Fire TV, Rdio is now supported across the entire Amazon Fire device family.

As soon as you open the Rdio app, you’ll be instantly welcomed by an all-new design, built specifically for TV, with all the music that interests you front and center. Rdio’s immersive design lends itself naturally to your TV screen. The music will look as good as it sounds.

Whether you’re a free stations listener or an Rdio Unlimited subscriber, you’ll enjoy the same features you already know and love. And if you’re not currently an Rdio listener, you can sign up directly through the app.

Some of the features you’ll enjoy with the Amazon Fire TV app include:

  • Home. Start with your dynamic Home screen and easily access recently played songs, your own station (You FM), find out what’s new and trending, get recommendations, and discover top stations.

  • Collection. Access all your favorite stations, albums, songs, playlists, and more.

  • Browse Stations. Choose from any of Rdio’s expertly curated stations.

  • Search. Easily navigate Rdio’s catalog of over 35 million songs.

    Rdio is available in the Amazon Fire app store today.

∞  June 22, 2015 — 5:37AM

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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.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • 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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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

#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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Exclusives

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!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • 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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