Influencer SpotlightsThis Week on Rdio

Crave A Different Kind of Buzz: Rdio Influencers Wrap Up Their Favorite Music of 2013

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We love our Rdio Influencers and are grateful for their contributions to this community all year long. Right around now, we’re especially excited about the slew of new playlists created to commemorate all the amazing music that came out in 2013. Hours and hours of interesting selections are all here for your listening enjoyment, including a few standouts that caught our eyes and ears:

"NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013" and "NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013" are enlightening mixes of popular and below-the-radar selections. One spoiler: They couldn’t resist “Blurred Lines,” either.

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There are many surprises to be found in Paste Magazine’s "The Best Songs of 2013" playlist, which brings a diverse group of artists together. The editors of the renowned music publication soundtracked their year with music by Okkervil River, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, Daft Punk, Kanye West and Pusha T.

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The Pretty Much Amazing blog contributes "PMA's Best Songs of 2013". It’s a super fun set where household names like Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus get down and party with should-be-household-names such as Autre Ne Veut and Rhye. There’s a lot of good music going on here.

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Hype Machine constantly tracks the artists, songs and remixes that are being blogged about the most at any given time. Their "Zeitgeist 2013 - Most Blogged Artists" playlist rounds up the champions of the whole year in one set. We won’t give away too much and spoil the reveal, but it’s a diverse mix with names like Lorde, Disclosure, and Haim.

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If you’re looking to dance the day (or night) away, press play on "Ultra Music's Best of 2013!" The leading New York dance label’s playlist includes anthems by EDM stars like Benny Benassi, Kaskade, and Tiesto.

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And don't forget to check out the Rdio year-in-review. 2013: Off the Charts reveals what the Rdio community couldn't stop playing this year. See who charted with top songs and top albums across the globe, plus our staff obsessions, artists to watch for 2014, and our exclusive #2013 Covers Project. It's all at your fingertips here.

∞  December 23, 2013 — 11:34AM

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2013: Off the Charts

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2013 was an incredible year for music. Revisit the top songs of the year and find out what to expect next with Rdio’s 2013: Off the Charts year-in-review, brimming with playlists that provide a thoughtful summary of what moved music culture this year and a look ahead to great music moments to come.

Rdio Top Charts showcases the songs and albums that the Rdio community played the most in 2013. Check out who topped the Rdio Charts worldwide and which artists were most popular by region. One artist scored twice this year by taking both the global top track and top album slot. Think you know who it is? Take a look and find out if you guessed right!

Our Staff Picks playlist reveals our office obsessions, those tunes we couldn’t take off repeat for pretty much the whole year, while Rdio Recommends highlights artists of note that we championed throughout 2013. And because we like to keep the needle moving forward, we put together a playlist of 2014 Artists to Watch to provide a jumpstart on what’s coming up next.

2013: Off the Charts is also the place to check out our exclusive Rdio Covers project. We took the songs you streamed most in 2013, plus a few we thought made the biggest impact, and put them in the creative hands of artists you should know for the new year. And they made magic! Miley Cyrus’ emotional hit “Wrecking Ball” gets a new beat in the hands of electro-pop duo Hi Fashion. Robin Thicke’s irrepressible “Blurred Lines” is re-envisioned by R&B singer Nylo. And Lorde’s breakthrough “Royals” has a whole new take when performed by UK band, Monarchy. Rdio listeners have exclusive access to these songs and many more Rdio Covers from Junior Prom, LIGHTS, Echosmith, Colette Carr, Au Revoir Simone, Bright Light Bright Light, and Polly Scattergood.

2013, thank you for the music. Time to play!

∞  December 19, 2013 — 6:01AM

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New Music Weekly

For Your Eyes and Ears: Snoopzilla on New Music Weekly

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with SoCal producer Dam-Funk and adopted the new moniker Snoopzilla to produce the smooth but hard hitting 7 Days of Funk, which is available to stream exclusively on Rdio two weeks early with an Rdio-only bonus track.

7 Days of Funk shines with Snoop’s self-assured smoothness and fresh beats that blend with the retro vibe layered throughout the album. The funk masterpiece was a natural pick to spotlight in this week’s New Music Weekly Video Series, where new music inspires new art. Taking the stage with Snoop is video artist Golden Wolf, who plays puppet master with the Doggfather and Dam-Funk to create this whimsical motion art companion piece for the funktastic track, "Do My Thang."

On what inspired the concept video, Golden Wolf reminisced:

"We got a pretty instantaneous hit of visuals when we first heard "Do My Thang." Being children of the 80s it was a nostalgic mix of our parents' vinyl collection and kids TV like the Muppets and Fraggle rock. Building on this we knew we had to transport Snoopzilla and Dam Funk into the world of puppets. We felt that a track as simple and smooth as this needed a video that stripped away all the fuss and really let Dam and Snoop do their thing, 80s style."

∞  December 11, 2013 — 1:00PM

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News

Rdio Expands to 20 New Territories: Now Available in 51 Countries

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We’ve got the whole world in our hands... or getting close!

We are excited to share Rdio with more music fans today as Rdio expands to 20 new territories around the world. Rdio’s global footprint now reaches people in 51 countries across six continents, making Rdio the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela as they join the Rdio family.

If you’re new to Rdio, welcome! Sign up at rdio.com right now and start streaming your favorite artist, song, album or over 400 genre stations. Discover new music and find your favorites with our web and desktop apps and you can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

Rdio is constantly expanding to more international territories so let us know here where you’d like to see Rdio available next.

∞  December 11, 2013 — 2:58AM

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Exclusives

Worldwide Exclusive: Stream Snoop’s New Funk Masterpiece

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Just when you had gotten used to calling him Snoop Lion, the dee oh double gee has flipped it once again! Snoop Dogg’s latest alias is Snoopzilla, the insatiable funk monster who stars with SoCal producer Dam-Funk in 7 Days of Funk. The new album furthers Snoop’s career-long dedication to the G-Funk and the P-Funk as descended from his spiritual godfather George Clinton and his frequent collaborator Bootsy Collins (who Snoop tributes here with his Snoopy Collins guise). Bootsy himself guest stars on the album, as does Dogg Pound homies Daz and Kurupt and multi-instrumentalist Steve Arrington. In addition, the Rdio edition of 7 Days of Funk will feature an exclusive bonus track “Wingz,” which will continue to be available only on Rdio. Get into the funk and start to stream and share 7 Days of Funk below.

∞  December 9, 2013 — 9:02PM

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The Holiday Hookup on Rdio

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All of your musical needs for the holidays can be found right here on Rdio. Put on one of our Christmas-themed stations, explore our hand-picked holiday playlists, and discover the latest seasonal themed releases from your favorite artists.

Holiday stations: Powering your holiday party with tunes couldn’t be easier. We’ve got over a dozen holiday music stations to choose from, all themed by genre. You can pogo to a Punk Christmas, two-step with a Country Christmas, riverdance during a Celtic Christmas, carol your way through a station of traditional holiday tunes and more. Check out the Holiday Stations page for the full lineup.

Hand-picked playlists: Fast forward to the heart of the latest seasonal releases with our New Holiday Music - 2013 Edition playlist, which features songs from the likes of Iggy Pop, Leona Lewis, Bad Religion, and Trace Adkins. Our Holiday Favorites playlist keeps the party going with modern classics by Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Too $hort, and Bryan Adams. Both offer several hours of fun, eclectic tunes. Listen below:

New holiday releases: 2013 wouldn't be complete without the release of a few shiny new Christmas albums! Take in the classics and fresh fare from Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige, Tamar Braxton, Erasure, and Bright Eyes.

Classic favorites: Michael Buble’s Christmas or Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas are guaranteed to keep the party festive. If you haven’t heard these beloved holiday releases, don’t miss out.

And if you’re still looking for great presents for your friends and family, consider giving the gift of Rdio. You can set your Rdio gift certificate in any amount, and whatever you choose will be the guaranteed way to make sure everyone gets exactly what they want for the holidays.

∞  December 7, 2013 — 5:00AM

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Label Spotlights

Label Spotlight: Hopeless Records 20th Anniversary

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Formed in 1993 by Louis Posen, Southern California-based independent label Hopeless Records has been guiding and supporting artists for two decades. Known best for fostering the careers of rocker stalwarts All Time Low, The Used, and Yellowcard, and breaking acts like Air Dubai and The Wonder Years, the next 20 years only seem like they can get bigger and brighter for this hard-working and accomplished label. The essential Hopeless Records releases detailed below are a great starting point in order to delve deeply into the label’s musical history and explore the sonic connections these albums share. You can also follow Hopeless Records on Rdio for the label’s hand-picked playlists that share new songs, Yellowcard’s favorite pre-concert jams, and more.

Essential Releases on Hopeless Records

The second album from this Irvine crew provides a melodic hardcore welcome to the O.C. and was conceived as a benefit record for a South Central-based youth center.

The hardest band ever to emerge from Huntington Beach delves into metalcore territory in this early release.

The Warped Tour faves’ sophomore album is buoyed by the gold-selling single “Dear Maria, Count Me In.”

The Jacksonville-based group that proved how much violins can rock got back together after a two-year break to release this seventh album.

After a career spent under major label guidance, the Utah powerhouse moved to the independent world with Hopeless to find the freedom to record an emotionally complex and beat-driven fifth album.

∞  December 4, 2013 — 6:12PM

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Influencer Spotlights

Get Off the Couch! A Holiday Work Out with Bob Harper

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Once the holiday turkey and trimmings have been eaten and you have enjoyed the requisite food coma it’s time to Get Off the Couch! Celebrity trainer Bob Harper of NBC’s The Biggest Loser created a playlist just for you filled with fun and upbeat tunes to motivate you to bounce back into fitness after all those holiday treats. A splash of Disclosure, a sprinkle of Kanye, and a dash of Little Dragon are among the lively ingredients that go into this personal pick-me-up. So put down that turkey sandwich and let’s get physical! Follow Bob Harper on Rdio for more music picks from this motivational hero all year long.

∞  November 29, 2013 — 10:48AM

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Retail Therapy: Music to Inspire Your Black Friday Shopping

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Are you hitting the stores tomorrow to partake in a bit of Black Friday madness and early holiday shopping? Our stylish friends at Marc Jacobs, Free People, Modcloth, and White Girl Problems have handcrafted these playlists to help inspire your retail adventures and survive Black Friday with your sanity intact.

Marc Jacobs knows how to kick off your retail efforts with this “imPULSE Buy Black Friday Playlist.” Let the music play and embrace the frenzy with cash-spending tunes from funky fellows like Disclosure, Booka Shade, Toro Y Moi, and araabMUZIK. Dance, feel good, and just throw it in the bag!

Free People have put together a “Stay Zen” playlist, perfect to put on when the madness of Black Friday feels like just a little bit too much. Listen to the soothing sounds of acts like Rhye, Washed Out, and Belle and Sebastian to find yourself calm and collected amidst the chaos.

Gloria Gaynor’s enduring disco anthem inspires the title of Modcloth’s playlist, “I Will Survive Black Friday.” The retro clothing e-tailer also serves up focused inspiration via classics like ABBA’s “Super Trouper,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

Last (but never least!) fashion blogger Babe Walker contributes a sassy White Girl Problems take on Black Friday with her aptly titled playlist, “I'd Like This More If It Wasn't On Sale.” Tracks from Cut Copy, Sky Ferreira, The Smiths and Cults will fuel your shopping excursions and fashion obsessions.

Have fun, keep calm, and shop on!

∞  November 28, 2013 — 9:46PM

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Influencer Spotlights

Happy Hanukkah: The Ben Show Hanukkah Playlist

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Ben Hoffman stars in The Ben Show, Comedy Central’s original hybrid series that combines sketch comedy and man-on-the-street reality. He’s also a die-hard music aficionado and brother of Baby Daddy from the Scissor Sisters who loves sharing songs with the Rdio community. “Ben’s All-Jew Hanukkah Playlist” celebrates the Festival of Lights with iconic Jewish musicians such as the late Lou Reed and Johnny Ramone and living legends like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. As Ben describes it… “My favorite Jewish artists singing my favorite songs on my favorite holiday. Oy vey!” You can find even more song picks from this outrageously funny dude when you follow Ben Hoffman on Rdio.

Give the gift of Rdio this Hanukkah. With eight days to shop for, Rdio gift cards are an easy and thoughtful way to keep the music going all year long.

∞  November 27, 2013 — 4:44PM

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