Festival News: Catch Culture Collide Around The US

Rdio is proud to be the official streaming partner of Culture Collide, the epic global music festival billed as a “convergence of inspiration.” After four years of running strong in Echo Park in Los Angeles, this year Culture Collide expands to three cities, hitting San Francisco (October 14-15), Los Angeles (October 16-18) and New York (October 23-24).

Nearly 17,000 fans of indie rock and international music will be treated to live performances from artists like Cloud Nothings, Alphabetics, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hunters, Gringo Star and Flowers. We’ll be bringing you right in the center of all the action. Tune in to the Culture Collide Station for previews and highlights from this unique event and you’ll open your ears to a whole new world of music.

∞  October 14, 2014 — 10:53AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:53AM in Events |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 14, 2014

The New Music Weekly playlist is hand-picked just for you every seven days and is the best way to test drive the very latest standouts across genres. The Playlist Notes below break down some of the week’s most vital albums, but don’t miss fresh debuts from Museum Of Love (a groovy minimalist project from members of LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean), country duo/The Voice contestants The Swon Brothers, German reggae-folk act Milky Chance, plus a soulful sophomore album from UK singer Kindness and the ultimate retrospective from the original madman Ozzy Osbourne; highlights from each are all included in the playlist.


  • You + Me - rose ave.
    P!nk and City and Colour join forces for an irresistible album of melodic folk songs, named after the street in Los Angeles where they recorded them.

  • Foxygen - ...And Star Power
    The SoCal duo’s third album is a 24-track opus of lo-fi quirkiness with a dash of soft rock indulgence.

  • Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes
    The second album from country’s hottest duo is a fresh batch of fun and upbeat party tunes.

  • Nico & Vinz - Black Star Elephant
    The duo behind the international hit “Am I Wrong” fill their sophomore album with catchy urban pop.

  • Jessie J - Sweet Talker (Deluxe)
    The sassy UK pop star’s third full-length features upbeat contributions from Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and 2 Chainz.

  • Stars - No One Is Lost
    Canada’s indie pop darlings take a light spin around the dancefloor for the seventh album.

  • Hoodie Allen - People Keep Talking (Explicit)
    The long-awaited album from the irreverent rapper includes cameos by Ed Sheeran and Juicy J.

Here’s a friendly reminder that you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and automatically get an updated set every seven days, or if you’re the type who prefers to cruise without a road map, check out the complete collection of Rdio New Releases. Ladies and gentlemen, time to start your engines!

∞  October 14, 2014 — 9:35AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:35AM in New Music Weekly |

ExclusivesRdio Recommends

Exclusive: Wave Hello To Switchfoot's Rdio Session

San Diego’s surf-loving rockers Switchfoot took to waves all over the world to explore the connection across foreign lands and bodies of water before writing and releasing the ninth album Fading West earlier this year. The quintet (brothers Jon and Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley) have blessed their Rdio Sessions with songs from this most recent album, including “When We Come Alive,” “The World You Want” and “Love Alone is Worth The Fight,” as well as early cuts like “Dare You to Move” and their acclaimed cover of The Verve’s “Lucky Man.”

The set, like all in this up close and personal series, was recorded live exclusively for the enjoyment of the Rdio community. Turn on our Rdio Sessions station for a continually updated set of highlights from these concerts.

∞  October 7, 2014 — 11:27AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:27AM in Exclusives, Rdio Recommends |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 7, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is a satisfying way to sample the best from several genres all at once. This week, we’re vibing with upbeat R&B singer Tinashe, Norway's Erlend Øye, Austin’s bluesy folk vanguard Shakey Graves, Florida rockers New Found Glory and Yellowcard and sounds from down under like sassy Aussie pop star Betty Who and New Zealand electropop duo Broods.

Hey, did we hear that you want even MOAR? Take the massive global collection of Rdio New Releases for a spin!


  • Jason Aldean - Old Boots, New Dirt
    The radio smash and country chart topper “Burning It Down” paved the way for a hot sixth album from one of country music's brightest stars.

  • Hozier - Hozier
    The debut album from a blues-loving young Irish singer features the provocative smash single “Take Me to Church.”

  • SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe)
    Masked London producer Aaron Jerome’s second album features appearances from frequent collaborator Sampha plus Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg and singer Jessie Ware.

  • Caribou - Our Love
    Canadian producer Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, returns with a genre-defying electronic record that includes collaborations with rising stars Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett.

  • Zola Jesus - Taiga
    On her astonishing fifth album at only 25-years-old, the Phoenix-born singer-songwriter explores man’s perceived place in nature.

  • Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault (Deluxe Version)
    The Fleetwood Mac icon’s eighth solo album features fresh recordings of demo songs that she penned between 1969 and 1987.

  • Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
    The long-awaited ninth album from the alt-rock heroes is the third produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars, entrusted to help them return to their roots.

∞  October 7, 2014 — 9:01AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:01AM in New Music Weekly |

ExclusivesRdio Sessions

Exclusive: Country Star Jon Pardi Rocks His Rdio Sessions

Jon Pardi isn’t your typical country music crooner; he’s the guy to go to when you’re ready to get the rowdy party started. Check out the Nashville singer-songwriter’s contribution to our live Rdio Sessions series for irrefutable proof. On it, he delivers new takes of some of his biggest hits from his debut album, Write You a Song including “Up All Night,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin’,” “What I Can’t Put Down” and “Trash a Hotel Room.”

Click on the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more excellent and diverse editions of this exclusive live series performed all over the world just for Rdio fans; recent additions include Sessions from Tokyo Police Club, Strange Talk and The 1975.

∞  September 30, 2014 — 10:13AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:13AM in Exclusives, Rdio Sessions |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 30, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features an international roster of fresh music, including just-dropped releases from American artists Kat Edmonson, Colbie Caillat, Finch, American-Chilean artist Nicolas Jaar, and transcontinental act The Black Opera. But that’s just the beginning; press play and read the Playlist Notes below for the rundown on the week’s key offerings. And when you’re ready to handle even more sounds, don’t forget to browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases.


  • Blake Shelton - Bringing Back The Sunshine
    Taking a break from his judging duties on "The Voice," the country star drops his ninth album with the help of guest stars Ashley Monroe and “The Voice" competitor RaeLynn.

  • Tove Lo - Queen Of The Clouds
    The Swedish singer-songwriter who has penned songs for Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd finally makes her solo debut.

  • Lady Antebellum - 747 (Deluxe)
    The country act’s fifth album flies past preconceived boundaries with the help of one of their fastest-growing singles ever, “Bartender.”

    The artist formerly known as The Artist hands in a funky 34th studio album on the heels of "Plectrum Electrum," his collaboration with female band 3rdEyeGirl.

  • Steve Aoki - Neon Future I
    The cake-throwing EDM DJ’s second studio album features party-ready collaborations with Fall Out Boy, Waka Flocka Flame and Machine Gun Kelly.

  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Gone Girl (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
    The third collaboration between Nine Inch Nails’ Reznor and engineer Ross is a haunting soundtrack to the mystery thriller starring Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris.

  • The Script - No Sound Without Silence
    Following an Irish chart-topping 2012 album "#3," the Dublin rockers unleash a fourth album of big tunes written on the road after coming offstage playing to sold out arenas.

∞  September 30, 2014 — 9:31AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:31AM in New Music Weekly |


Exclusive: Snoop Dogg's Soulful #TMTTR Playlist

The new music documentary Take Me To The River is a quintessential journey into America’s musical soul. The story of how Memphis and Mississippi Delta music legends came together with modern rap and R&B stars to record a new album features a rich soundtrack of well-known talent like Mavis Staples and The Bar-Kays, alongside less familiar names including Otis Clay and Bobby “Blue Bland.. Recorded at Willie Mitchell's legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, director Martin Shore describes the album as, “Music that moves your soul. That’s why it’s called soul music, it’s genre-less, crosses all lines, is the foundation of popular music and knows no boundaries.”

A prominent participant in the project, Snoop Dogg created an exclusive #TMTTR playlist, filled with selections from the Take Me To the River soundtrack, alongside some of his favorite music and inspirations from the era.

Take Me To The River is now in theaters around the US.

∞  September 26, 2014 — 11:35AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:35AM in Exclusives |

Influencer Spotlights

Experience Jimi: All Is By My Side on Rdio

Are you experienced with Jimi Hendrix? Load up on great moments from the guitar god and the many artists he has influenced now in honor of today's opening of the motion picture Jimi: All Is By My Side, which stars Andre “3000” Benjamin of Outkast fame and is directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley.

Enjoy an extended mix of all things Hendrix inspired and play our specially crafted Jimi: All Is By My Side station. Have fun, kiss the sky, and unleash your best air guitar as you enjoy the legacy of Jimi Hendrix!

For fans wanting to dive even deeper, follow Jimi: All Is By My Side on Rdio to hear dozens of hours of carefully curated playlists including:

The Blues Heritage of Jimi Hendrix compares his blues-drenched work to that of some of his early favorites, including Muddy Waters, Duke Ellington, Albert King and Elmore James.

Songs That Jimi Hendrix Covered reveals even more of his influences as he took on songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and Big Mama Thornton and gave them a unique spin.

Jimi Hendrix Songs Covered By Others refracts the Hendrix experience through the imaginations of legends in their own right such as Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Rickie Lee Jones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hendrix Admirers, Contemporaries, and More explores the work of artists who Hendrix influenced during and after his life, like Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Living Colour and Janelle Monae. The playlist was curated by Earl Douglas, the executive director of Black Rock Coalition.

The film opens in theaters around the US today.

∞  September 26, 2014 — 9:06AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:06AM in Influencer Spotlights |

Label Spotlights

Label Spotlight: Hyperdub Turns 10

For the past decade, London’s Hyperdub has brought the emerging sounds of the electronic underground to light. The label takes listeners on a tour of the soulful edge of genres big and small, from footwork and garage to techno and R&B. An unspoken soulful quality brings together what is on the surface a wildly varied catalog.

Steve Goodman, who is better known to music lovers as Kode9, started the label as we know it in 2004, making this the 10-year anniversary. But Hyperdub’s roots go even further back into the electronic music world as a webzine that launched in 2001; Goodman’s keen ear for talent was starting to develop even before the label officially began. Not only has Kode9 become a worldwide force in the past decade, he has helped to nurture and grow international names like the mysterious Burial and Cooly G.

With a North American tour in progress and a series of four anniversary compilations featuring soundtracks to invisible films and never-before-heard material from key acts like Kode9 & The Spaceape, Quarta 330 and the late DJ Rashad, Hyperdub is doing it up large for this milestone birthday. Listen to this exclusive playlist commemorating a decade of releases and be sure to check out 10.1, 10.2, and their latest 10.3 for an epic overview of the many moods and grooves from this deep label.

∞  September 23, 2014 — 4:54PM

Posted by Rdio at 4:54PM in Label Spotlights |


Exclusive: Strange Talk's Effortlessly Cool Rdio Session

Melbourne’s Strange Talk has gotten rave reviews for their concerts, where their energy and charisma has won them a growing legion of fans. We’re excited to now have an opportunity to share their special onstage synth pop magic with listeners all around the world.

The quartet (Stephen Docker, Gerard Sidhu, Travis Constable and Gillian Gregory) brings their sunny beats and memorable melodies to the latest Rdio Sessions performance. The five-song set draws from the band’s killer debut album Cast Away, including the propulsive debut single “Climbing Walls” and the most recent sizzler “Young Hearts.”

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more from this international live series that’s exclusively for you!

∞  September 23, 2014 — 12:22PM

Posted by Rdio at 12:22PM in Exclusives |