MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Party with the Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club​ kicks off the week with some of the most iconic international ambience of the past 20 years. Listen to the self-titled and Platinum certified Buena Vista Social Club album, which topped the Billboard Latin, Tropical and World Album charts when it was released in 1997, for an unprecedented overview of Cuban music in all its glory. This jamming time capsule of Havana's members club spawned an international phenomenon with a lasting legacy. And stay tuned for Tuesday's release of Lost and Found, a collection featuring concert performances outside Cuba as well as rare outtakes.

∞  March 23, 2015 — 11:00AM

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New Features

Sharing Music Keeps Getting Better

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What’s more fun than enjoying your favorite music on Rdio? Enjoying it with a friend. Sharing is a unique part of the Rdio listening experience, and with three new features we’re introducing, you’ll find even more ways to share the sounds you love with your friends.

  • Share Replies Keep the Conversation Going
    Sharing is a conversation, and with our new share improvements, you can follow that conversation easily. Hit "reply" when a friend shares music with you to let them know what you think.

  • Smarter Sharing
    Find friends to share music with quickly and easily with new iOS improvements. Tap the new share icon on any album, playlist or station page — or press and hold on any song — then use the search filter to find a friend to share your music moment with.

  • Tweet the Artist
    Rdio listeners already love using Twitter to share music with their followers. Now, when you share a song to Twitter, the artist’s Twitter handle will be automatically included in your tweet so they know you’re listening along.Now available on iOS and the web. Coming soon to Android.

∞  March 17, 2015 — 9:44AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - March 17, 2015

Subscribe to our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always be right on the pulse of the freshest releases. This week, that includes acts like rapper Flo Rida, alt-country mavericks Houndmouth, Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott leading The Chopin Project and the duo of Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield taking on the emotional work of the late Elliott Smith. Read about the week’s biggest highlights in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready for more, head over to the Rdio New Releases page to listen to the full albums and EPs. The joy of discovery starts now!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly The LA rapper's third album delves even deeper into honest issues socio-political awareness with the help of guests like George Clinton, Bilal and Snoop Dogg.

  • Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves
    Washington’s indie rock act explores disco, psychedelia and other fun rhythms for their first album in eight years.

  • Marina and The Diamonds - FROOT
    The third album from Wales’ dream pop queen finds her happier and more reflective than ever.

  • Twin Shadow - Eclipse
    Brooklyn’s master of indie pop drama returns with big emotional songs on his third album.

  • AWOLNATION - Run
    The sophomore album from the LA electronic rock act ventures into more aggressive territory.

  • Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
    A rising Canadian singer-songwriter captures Seventies quaintness on his debut album.

  • Mark Knopfler - Tracker (Deluxe)
    The former Dire Straits frontman’s eighth album showcases his storytelling, blues-tinged guitar and Celtic influences.

  • Sleeping With Sirens - Madness
    The band’s Epitaph debut ventures from post-hardcore territory into a more pop rock sound.

∞  March 17, 2015 — 7:33AM

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Exclusives

Rdio Sessions: Hear A New Session from Nashville Rising Star Mickey Guyton

If you haven’t yet met our Nashville Rising spotlight artist Mickey Guyton, get ready to be blown away by a futuristic Texas born country singer who sings like Loretta Lynn and cites Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston as influences. Listen to her Rdio Session performance, which includes “Forever Love” and her single “Better Than You Left Me.” The latter is one of country music’s biggest radio debuts — not only of this year, but of all time! We think you’ll fall in love quickly, too.

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more exclusive and intimate live performances by artists of all styles from all over the world.

∞  March 10, 2015 — 11:08AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - March 10, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist contains a wonderful assortment of tunes. Press play and discover both seasoned and fresh voices like Lieutenant, the new solo project from Foo Fighters’ bassist Nate Mendel; Gang of Four, the post-punk vets who are now collaborating with Alison Mosshart of The Kills; Australia-via-England synth pop slash celebrity remix duo Monarchy, psychedelic Southern rockers The Bright Light Social Hour, Americana preservationists The Devil Makes Three and even a saucy live Vegas show from country star Shania Twain. Variety is the spice of life!

And guess what? We haven’t even talked about Madonna yet! Read more about her and the week’s other key highlights in the Playlist Notes below and visit the Rdio New Releases page to hear more from each album.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Madonna - Rebel Heart
    The star’s 13th album features production by Diplo and Avicii and surprise appearances by Nicki Minaj and Mike Tyson.

  • Will Butler - Policy
    Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist plays with different styles and fanciful lyrics on his quirky solo debut.

  • Luke Bryan - Spring Break…Checkin’ Out
    The country star collects up his Spring Break-themed EPs alongside new songs “Just a Sip” and “Buzzkill.”

  • Empire Cast - Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire
    With over a dozen songs produced by Timbaland, the entire first season of music from FOX's hit musical drama "Empire" gets a full release.

  • Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
    Spacebomb Records’ founder explores the intersection between rock and jazz on his sophomore album.

  • Fences - Lesser Oceans (Explicit)
    The Seattle indie act’s second album features a collaboration with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and production by members of Death Cab for Cutie and Of Monsters and Men.

  • Olly Murs - Never Been Better
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    alum’s fourth album features two UK top 5 hits, including a collaboration with Demi Lovato.

∞  March 10, 2015 — 8:24AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Take it All the Way Back with Madonna

Madonna is finally about to drop her highly anticipated 13th album Rebel Heart tomorrow, but today we're taking it all the way back to the very beginning of her memorable career. Her self-titled album Madonna was first released on July 27, 1983, about nine months after her debut single "Everybody" dropped. You'll find that consummate dance classic on this album alongside enduring hits like "Lucky Star," "Burning Up," "Borderline" and "Holiday." This album stayed in the Billboard charts for more than a year and later went on to earn a 5 x Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than five million copies. Today it stands as a fresh document of the emergence of an American music icon.

Since all things Madonna are top of mind this week, we've also done a deep dive on your favorite Madonna songs on Rdio. Explore our Top 10 list of favorite Madonna songs of all time, chosen by you.

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∞  March 9, 2015 — 12:53PM

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Artist To Watch

Rdio’s Artist to Watch for March: Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Our March Artist to Watch is Catfish and the Bottlemen, the Welsh garage rock act and international festival favorite that recently dropped their debut album The Balcony in North America. Produced by Jim Abbis (who’s worked with Adele, The Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics, among others), The Balcony is a passionate and emotionally-charged album that you will feel all the way down to the tips of your toes!

We feature musicians and bands that we truly feel will break through in 2015 on Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, and our track record is tight! Previous Artist to Watch acts include Milo Greene, BANKS and London Grammar. Ladies and gentlemen, hear the future right now. Listen to our Artist To Watch station to hear all our picks.

∞  March 4, 2015 — 10:29AM

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Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising: Meet Mickey Guyton

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Mickey Guyton is a breath of fresh air in country music, a gorgeous Texas native who grew up singing gospel from the age of five while taking on popular music’s biggest divas like Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston. Guyton’s pure country vocals have rare force and projection. Her debut EP in 2011 helped land her a spot performing at a White House concert that year. Her powerful single “Better Than You Left Me” got international attention when it recently hit airwaves; The Guardian in England even called it “the biggest radio debut in country history” and declared her among the “trailblazing black women of country music.” She also recently made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

All month long, we'll be debuting surprises from Mickey, but get started by following Mickey on Rdio and listening to her "Nashville Rising" picks on our exclusive playlist.

Experience all the latest tunes from Music City by pressing play on our Nashville Rising Station featured in our Top Stations and Country categories under Browse.

∞  March 3, 2015 — 9:37AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - March 3, 2015

Hear ye, hear ye, the latest New Music Weekly playlist is now ready for your immediate and repeated consumption! This week, we’re vibing to a brand new EP from Ringo Starr, digging the dancier sounds of the third album from Moon Duo, rocking out with a little help from the UK’s To Kill a King and catching up with the latest in Timbaland’s catchy tunes for the Empire Cast. (It’s okay to admit it’s your favorite guilty pleasure show on TV!)

There's even more heavy hitters in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the playlist to never miss another beat the moment it drops, and visit the Rdio New Releases page to browse this week’s complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Purity Ring - Another Eternity
    The followup to 2012’s Shrines finds the Canadian duo firmly in electro pop territory.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Piece By Piece (Deluxe Version)
    The seventh album from the American Idol and new mother features the US hit “Heartbeat Song” and a collaboration with crooner John Legend.

  • of Montreal - Aureate Gloom
    A lucky 13th album from the ever-evolving Athens, Georgia group mines funk and psychedelic influences.

  • Rixton - Let The Road
    Pop, rock and R&B unfold in this UK act’s debut album featuring the number one hit “Me and My Broken Heart.”

  • Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher’s Daughter
    The Seattle singer-songwriter best known in alt-country circles takes on a more rock ‘n roll feel on her sixth album.

  • Tuxedo - Tuxedo
    Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One join forces for a debut album that travels the lineage of funk.

  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
    The sophomore project from the former Oasis legend features former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and tries on styles like jazz and dance rock.

∞  March 2, 2015 — 11:28PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Celebrate Lou Reed’s Birthday With "Transformer"

Today (March 2) marks what would have been the 73rd birthday of the late music icon Lou Reed. We’re remembering his legacy through Transformer, his second solo studio album. Released in November 1972, Transformer was produced by none other than David Bowie and Mick Ronson. Here’s where you’ll find what are now known as Reed’s signature cuts: “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Perfect Day” and “Satellite of Love.”

Happy Birthday, Lou! We miss you!

∞  March 2, 2015 — 8:18AM

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