Celebrate Placebo’s 20-Year Anniversary With A Catalog of Reissues

UK heroes Placebo are in the spotlight all this week here on Rdio as we celebrate their catalog, available for streaming for the first time. Listen to two decades of the band’s success with daily reissues of their vital catalog. Seven of Placebo’s albums (all but 2013’s Loud Like Love) are back to introduce to a whole new generation of listeners. Start the Placebo party with their 1996 self-titled debut, 1998’s Without You I’m Nothing, and 2000’s Black Market Music.

On Thursday, they will release 2003’s Sleeping With Ghosts; Friday, 2006’s Meds, Saturday, 2009’s Battle for the Sun and finally Sunday, Covers, the latter originally released as a bonus disc with Sleeping With Ghosts.

Throughout the band’s life, Placebo has continually defied categorization, throwing off initial pegs as a glam rock act to show an incredible diversity. You’ll hear this legacy unfold over the course of these albums and through the many bands that have been influenced by Placebo.

∞  February 18, 2015 — 8:58AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - February 17, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist, a handpicked set that globetrots across territories and genres to bring you the very best of what’s just dropped. This week, we’re vibing to the latest from Miami’s Latin rockabilly kings The Mavericks, soulful bilingual twins Ibeyi, a solo take from Bon Iver’s S. Carey and a live album of Bob Marley and the Wailers Easy Skanking in Boston '78. Visit the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection and hear more of this week’s sounds right now.


  • Imagine Dragons - Smoke & Mirrors (Deluxe)
    The sophomore album from the epic Vegas rockers is produced by UK hip-hop vet Alex Da Kid.

  • José González - Vestiges & Claws
    The third album from the Swedish singer and guitarist comes after an eight-year break to join the band Junip.

  • Karen O - Live from Crush Palace
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ lead singer drops a set culled from three shows at Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Masonic Lodge in LA.

  • Placebo - Without You I’m Nothing
    Re-releasing the UK alt rockers’ second album is part of a two-year celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary.

  • A Place to Bury Strangers - Transfixiation
    The return of the wall of sound from the New York noise act comes with a greater rhythmic emphasis.

  • Pops Staples - Don’t Lose This
    The final album from the patriarch of the musical Staples family was recorded with his daughters before his passing in 2000.

  • Glen Campbell, The Band Perry & Ashley Campbell - Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Soundtrack
    The soundtrack to a documentary about Campbell’s life includes his final recording plus a contribution from his daughter.

∞  February 17, 2015 — 8:16AM

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50 Shades of Grey: Rdio’s Steamy Color Playlist

50 Songs of Grey playlist will get you all hot and bothered, the perfect state to be in when you go see 50 Shades of Grey this weekend. But don’t worry, there’s nothing too racy in the actual music here — this is a playlist about the color grey!

Take our tour through the coolest color with the help of 50 songs from favorites like Elton John, Iron & Wine, Joni Mitchell and Modest Mouse — and of course what kind of grey party would it be without a little “Grey Goose” from Young Jeezy and Ying Yang Twins?

Mr. Grey will see you now!

∞  February 13, 2015 — 6:39AM

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

Today, in the US, we’re pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with AXS, an AEG joint venture. Now all 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 The trial period will not start until you activate your account, including by downloading the app or playing a song on Integrated billing through 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?


  • 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: 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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Beck Streams Up Almost 1000% After GRAMMY® Wins

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

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.


  • 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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