Music

Celebrate Billie Holiday's Centenary

This week we celebrate the life and music of Billie Holiday, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday. She brought real emotion to the American songbook and set the standard for nearly every jazz vocalist to follow. Completely ahead of her time, Lady Day's struggles in her own life came through her art, creating a singular legacy that still moves listeners even today.

Generations of singers have also been moved by Billie’s talent. Artists as diverse as Bjork, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, and Sam Smith have all credited Billie Holiday as a formative influence in their own work.

To mark this centenary occasion, songstress Cassandra Wilson (who in the past has covered songs by U2, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and even the Monkees) has released a new album this week, Coming Forth by Day, featuring unique new interpretations of Billie Holiday’s signature songs with an innovative twist.

∞  April 9, 2015 — 12:57PM

Posted by Rdio at 12:57PM in Music |

New Features

From the Rdio page to the concert stage: Find out when your favorites are playing near you

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Rdio is bringing you even closer to your favorite bands. Now with our Songkick integration, you can easily see who’s scheduled to be in concert near you, as soon as tour dates are announced. You can even grab tickets while you listen!

Watch for tour dates in a couple of places:

  • Home.
    As you scroll through Home, look for a new story, “Concerts recommended for you.” Here you’ll find upcoming shows from your favorite bands at venues near you. As you favorite and listen more, we’ll recommend more shows.

  • Artist pages.
    If a favorite artist is playing near you, you’ll see a green “On Tour” icon at the top of their page, letting you know when and where you can see them live.

From either page, you can click through to purchase tickets. We’re rolling out this feature on web starting now, and will make it available on mobile in the coming months.

Enjoy the show!

∞  April 8, 2015 — 7:22AM

Posted by Rdio at 7:22AM in New Features |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 7, 2015

Play the latest New Music Weekly playlist for your personal tour of the best sounds dropping right now! This week, that means the return of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and other heavy hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below, plus buzzy acts like Sydney DJ Alison Wonderland, Nashville singer Jessie Baylin, UK electronic act East India Youth and LA groover Shlohmo.

Subscribe to get a new well-rounded, genre-hopping set each week and visit the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection of what’s just come out, including the full albums for all these projects mentioned here. Happy listening!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Toro Y Moi - What For?
    Nostalgic pop flows on the latest project by Chazwick Bundick’s one-man synth band.

  • Priory - Need To Know
    Portland’s “Weekend” warriors load their sophomore album with chilled pop, rock and dance beats.

  • Lord Huron - Strange Trails
    LA’s indie folk act diverts from its debut sound to take a darker path on the follow-up album.

  • Matt and Kim - New Glow
    The Brooklyn pop duo lets loose with an especially adventurous and eclectic album.

  • Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
    Katie Crutchfield broadens her sound while balancing themes of the past and the future.

  • All Time Low - Future Hearts
    Baltimore’s pop punk act joins forces with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden.

  • Say Lou Lou - Lucid Dreaming (Deluxe Edition)
    For their first album, Australian/Swedish twins Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson ride the dream wave.

∞  April 7, 2015 — 8:45AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:45AM in New Music Weekly |

Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising: Introducing Cam

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Tune in to our Nashville Rising station, featured in our Top Stations and Country categories under Browse, to stay on the pulse of what’s happening in Music City!

This month’s featured artist is Cam, a singer-songwriter who has been steadily drawing praise for her commitment to craftsmanship and quality. Rooted in country thanks to her family, this versatile lady has also penned songs from some of the biggest in the pop music business; her most visible contribution so far is “Maybe You’re Right” from Miley Cyrus’ 2013 album Bangerz. On the road, she’s opened for artists like Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, and Dan + Shay and performed on stage with Emmylou Harris, Heart and Jason Mraz in 2014.

Take a whirl with her first EP Welcome to Cam Country and get acquainted with this special artist who is rising to the top via her attention-demanding instrumentation, storytelling prowess and powerhouse production from GRAMMY® winner Jeff Bhasker (who’s worked with artists like Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, and Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Mikky Ekko). Stay tuned for news from Cam all month long on Rdio.

∞  April 7, 2015 — 8:00AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:00AM in Nashville Rising |

News

Experience the San Francisco Giants on Rdio

Today marks the opening of the world champion San Francisco Giants season. After winning the last World Series, this team is unstoppable! Rdio is thrilled to be the exclusive streaming music service for the team for 2015. During all 81 home games, you'll discover musical moments inside the ballpark with special in-game features using Rdio.

Inside of Rdio, press play on the new and free San Francisco Giants radio station at rdio.com/sfgiants. You’ll hear a fun lineup of classic baseball anthems like Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” alongside the latest walk-up songs from star pitchers like Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Fans can also follow the team at rdio.com/people/sfgiants where they’ll be revealing exclusive playlists throughout the season, including their first selection below. We Are SF, We Are Giant!

∞  April 6, 2015 — 12:59PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: "Smile" With Brian Wilson

Today we look back at a remarkable album that almost never saw the light of day! Brian Wilson first created Smile for the Beach Boys in 1966 and hoped to release it after their iconic Pet Sounds album, but the project was ultimately shelved due to a series of obstacles. Decades later, Wilson revisited the material live in concert with his chief collaborator Van Dyke Parks and then revitalized the material for this 2004 release. Enjoy all three movements and bonus songs from this modern classic with an extraordinary story.

Good news: Wilson will release his 11th album No Pier Pressure tomorrow, featuring collaborations with Zooey Deschanel, Kasey Musgraves, Sebu Simonian from Capital Cities and Nate Reuss of Fun.

∞  April 6, 2015 — 9:00AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist To Watch for April: Joywave

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Joywave gets the spotlight in this month’s Artist To Watch program. The Rochester, New York quintet (singer Daniel Armbruster, Joseph Morinelli on guitar, bassist Sean Donnelly, Benjamin Bailey on keys and drummer Paul Brenner) are now five years into their career and making their most memorable, upbeat songs to date. Tapped into that brilliant line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro, the time for these genre-hoppers is now! Stay tuned throughout this month as we bring you all sorts of treats from Joywave, including exclusive playlists and their new album How Do You Feel Now? (due out April 21).

The best way to learn about musicians and bands that are really going to make an impact this year is to tune in to Rdio's Artist To Watch station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Catfish and the Bottlemen, BANKS and Milo Greene.

∞  April 1, 2015 — 1:00PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:00PM in Artist To Watch |

News

Mice Better Have My Money

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Everyone here at Rdio couldn't be more excited to announce our partnership with the most famous cats on the block! We've teamed up with founders Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Piano Cat, I Can Has Cheezburger cat, Maru, and Nyan Cat, to release a new service specifically for cats.

After meeting up for dinner in LA, (after The Grammys) the cats decided they'd had enough of being misrepresented in the music world and needed to close the gap. Their goal was to bring their fellow felines access to kitty curated tracks. Thus, Rdio-Meowz was born.

In celebration, purr to the "Meow Mix" station, and welcome Rdio-Meowz.

∞  April 1, 2015 — 6:00AM

Posted by Rdio at 6:00AM in News |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - March 31, 2015

Ready for some fresh tunes? It’s time for your brand new, lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist, the set that turns you on to the biggest and brightest offerings of the week. Today you’ll hear the buzzing country artist Cam, Canadian indie rockers Hollerado, Christian rapper NF, English acoustic folk trio The Staves and Athens alt-rock act Reptar.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to enjoy each updated set as it drops every seven days. You can also listen to these full albums in the Rdio New Releases section and read the Playlist Notes below for more info on this week’s key players.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi
    With a title that describes a Japanese artistic craft of repairing broken pottery, the band's eighth album reveals personal stories of love and loss gently and honestly.

  • Hollywood Undead - Day Of The Dead (Deluxe Version)
    LA’s masked marauders solidify their hard rock and rap intensity on their fourth album.

  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
    The singer-songwriter’s first album in five years provides a return to his indie folk leanings.

  • Ludacris - Ludaversal (Deluxe)
    The Atlanta rapper/actor’s long anticipated ninth album features Usher, Monica, Miguel and David Guetta.

  • Darius - Southern Style
    Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker continues his country crossover on his fifth solo effort.

  • Wale - The Album About Nothing
    The fourth album from the Washington DC rapper is an extension of a mixtape inspired by the television series Seinfeld.

  • Madeon - Adventure
    The French DJ known for live mash-ups collaborates with Kyan, Passion Pit and more on his first album.

∞  March 31, 2015 — 7:30AM

Posted by Rdio at 7:30AM in New Music Weekly |

MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Unplug With Eric Clapton on His Birthday

Today we are celebrating the 70th birthday of the mighty Eric Clapton here on Rdio!

Travel back with us to 1992 and press play on Clapton's seminal Unplugged (Deluxe). It is a pivotal album in his catalog, one that earned the artist an impressive six Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance and Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. It's got classics like "Layla," "Tears in Heaven," "Old Love," "Alberta" and "Walkin' Blues," all performed in an intimate live acoustic setting.

Happy Birthday, Slowhand!

∞  March 30, 2015 — 9:38AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:38AM in MonoMonday |