New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist will turn you on to artists like art punk act Half Japanese, a capella wonders Pentatonix and soul and jazz musician Diggs Duke. Mostly though, this will be remembered as the week that blessed us with not one but two releases from Prince. Thank you, Purple One! Plus don’t miss the long-awaited seventh album from Counting Crows. Read on for more info about that and other highlights of the playlist, and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll always have the latest one waiting for you. You can also visit the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to venture out on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sleater-Kinney - Sleater-Kinney (Remastered)
    A slew of newly remastered classic albums from the seminal female punk trio that was fronted by Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein begins with the vital 1995 debut.

  • Sinkane - Mean Love
    The London artist with roots in Sudan crafts a genre-blurring album of soulful Afrobeat, reggae and electronic pop.

  • Maroon 5 - V (Deluxe)
    The fifth album from the LA pop rock gods features more big hooks from frontman Adam Levine and a collaboration with Gwen Stefan written by Sia, plus three bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.

  • Prince - U KNOW and Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL - WHITECAPS
    The artist formerly known as The Artist is famously prolific, but he still took fans by surprise when he announced he’d return to his old label to drop a solo release and a funk rock collaboration with his touring band 3RDEYEGIRL at the very same time.

  • Haerts - Giving Up
    Another long-awaited EP from the Brooklyn indie pop act poises singer Nini Fabi and crew for more widescreen exposure.

  • Homeboy Sandman - Hallways
    The New York rapper’s second album for Stones Throw Records features production by DJ Spinna and Oh No and explores the fluctuating space between where you are and where you’re going.

  • TV on the Radio - Happy Idiot
    The boldly tripped-out single from the groundbreaking Brooklyn art rock act is the first release since the death of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011.

∞  September 2, 2014 — 9:41AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 26, 2014

Ready for the hottest songs of the week? Our New Music Weekly playlist is always hand-picked for your listening pleasure (don’t forget to subscribe so you can get it automatically each week). On the singles front, there’s a killer new ballad by Jessie Ware co-written by rising star/VMA winner Ed Sheeran, along with crazy infectious tunes by Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop and Calvin Harris featuring John Newman. The SoCal metal act Avenged Sevenfold revisits their 2003 album for a belated 10th anniversary edition plus look out for the first of several reissues from French electronic act M83.

But that’s just a little sample of what you are going to hear here — there’s much more to check out in the New Music Weekly Playlist and the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Royal Blood - Royal Blood (Explicit)
    The British rock duo set to tour with The Pixies drops a hard-hitting debut album with big sounds and memorable riffs.

  • Ariana Grande - My Everything
    America’s current pop sweetheart (and former Nickelodeon star) collaborates with Iggy Azalea, Big Sean and The Weeknd on her sophomore album.

  • Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk
    Duets with Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood highlight the country vet’s 10th album.

  • Basement Jaxx - Junto (Special Edition)
    The influential UK dance duo digs back underground for sexier sounds on their seventh album, the first since 2009’s Zephyr.

  • Chayanne - En Todo Estaré (Deluxe)
    The 17th studio album from the Puerto Rican star of Latin pop finds him riding a second wave of youthfulness despite over 30 years in the game.

  • The Rentals - Lost in Alphaville
    Matt Sharp and Lauren Chipman return with new bandmates culled from Lucius, Ozma and The Black Keys for their first album in 15 years.

  • The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
    The Canadian indie rock vanguards offer the most celebratory songs the group have ever conceived for album number six.

∞  August 26, 2014 — 8:20AM

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News

A Special Gift from Aether for Rdio Subscribers

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We are thrilled to announce that today Aether Cone will go on-sale exclusively to new and current Rdio Unlimited subscribers. Cone is the thinking music player that learns what you like and plays what you’ll love. Turn the dial and Cone automatically plays the perfect sound for the moment, selected from more than 25 million tracks on Rdio and filling any room with incredible sound. If you know exactly what you want to hear, tell Cone to “play” an artist, album, or title. As a thank you for being an Rdio subscriber, Cone is gifting a special offer of $5 off your Cone for every month you have subscribed to Rdio, up to $180 off the price. Visit Aether.com to take advantage of this limited time offer.

∞  August 25, 2014 — 11:00AM

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News

Get Connected To Rdio With SoundHound

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Today, we’re happy to announce a new milestone to Rdio’s integration within SoundHound, the revolutionary sound search mobile app. With the introduction of a new feature called “Connect to Rdio,” after you tag a song in SoundHound, it will be automatically placed in a “SoundHound" playlist accessed from Rdio. Along with this new update, SoundHound users will see a significant increase in the speed of their returned search results.

Here’s how it works — existing SoundHounders will see a plus sign (+) in the results page if they have not connected to Rdio. When the Plus (+) is tapped, SoundHounders will be directed to the set-up page for “Connect To Rdio.” By enabling this feature, users will see all of the songs they identified through SoundHound as a playlist inside Rdio.

“We are always looking for additional ways to enable music discovery for our listeners,” said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "We’re excited to be working with the SoundHound team to create a dynamic listening experience around songs identified in the real world, right inside Rdio.”

This new update is available now on iOS and Android.

∞  August 20, 2014 — 3:07PM

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Artist SpotlightsMusic

5 Questions with Cliff Martinez, Composer of "The Knick"

Film composer Cliff Martinez may have begun his career as the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but in the past two decades, he has emerged as one of Hollywood's most prolific film composers. A long-time relationship with the director Steven Soderbergh has led him to collaborate on over a dozen projects from Sex, Lies & Videotape to Solaris and Contagion. Recent acclaimed work includes his score for Spring Breakers and Drive. Out today is his latest project for Soderbergh's new medical drama, The Knick, currently on Cinemax.

1. When you think of a TV show set in turn of the 20th century New York, you don’t normally imagine a very modern score full of haunting synths. What made you choose this sound?

The choice to go modern was Steven’s idea. Many of the ideas for sounds came from Steven’s temp score, which included Contagion, Spring Breakers and Only God Forgives.

2. You began your career as a drummer (for the Red Hot Chili Peppers) before you became a composer. Do you think first and foremost in beats and rhythm? Or has that changed over time?

Sometimes, yes. Tempo is one of the first parameters I try to figure out before any actual writing begins. If rhythm or beats feel like they will be dominant elements in a scene, then I will often start with that.

3. Do you imagine the sound of it evolving as the show transpires? What new sound elements would you like to add?

I can’t say for sure until I see it. I can imagine another minimal electronic score but perhaps with a hint of the diverse ethnicity that was transforming New York in 1900.

4. You’ve worked with Steven Soderbergh almost a dozen times over many decades. What have been your favorite musical moments together?

One that comes to mind is Kafka. I went to Prague to watch the film being shot. Steven introduced me to a Czech bar band (that is featured in the film) and we both fell in love with an exotic East European folk instrument called the cimbalom. We both knew that that would be the dominant instrument to be used in the score.

5. The Knick has already been picked up for a 2nd season. Are you going to continue with the project?

I haven’t been asked officially but if I was, yes I would continue with it.

Watch The Knick Fridays at 10pm ET/PT on Cinemax.

∞  August 19, 2014 — 1:05PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 19, 2014

A lot of songs are considered for each New Music Weekly playlist, but only the best and most repeat-worthy ones make the cut. This week, we’re digging some pretty unique country releases thanks to a new album from The Voice judge Blake Shelton and an unlikely yet awesome compilation of country artists paying tribute to Motley Crue. We’ve also got pep in our step thanks to the latest full-length from Swedish indie duo JJ and a big single from Netsky featuring Beth Ditto.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist, which is automatically refreshed every week, and you’ll always be on top of the latest tunes across genres. Hit up the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready for even more freshly hatched music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe)
    Hot on the heels of the buzzing single “We Dem Boyz,” the rapper’s fifth album features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj and his Taylor Gang brethren Juicy J and Ty Dolla Sign.

  • Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
    The debut album from a young New Orleans singer-songwriter with an old soul, fresh off a tour with Jack White.

  • Kimbra - The Golden Echo (Deluxe Version)
    The New Zealand singer’s sophomore album, the first since she achieved worldwide success with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” takes on a more adventurous pop direction.

  • Chase Rice - Ignite The Night
    The North Carolina singer-songwriter’s third album and major label debut is buoyed by the country hit “Ready Set Roll.”

  • The Last Internationale - We Will Reign
    The rebellious New York rock trio featuring Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine on drums drops their first album.

  • Various Artists - If I Stay (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    The soundtrack to the gripping adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel stars young actress Chloë Grace Moretz and features acts like Sonic Youth, Beck, Tanlines, Lucius and our favorite fictional band of the summer, Williamette Stone.

∞  August 19, 2014 — 8:49AM

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Exclusives

Happy Birthday Madonna!

It’s safe to say that the topic of women in pop music – if not pop culture – can be broken down into two distinct categories: before Madonna and after Madonna.

Artists from across the spectrum have long cited Madge for her groundbreaking music videos, longevity, for breaking down stereotypes, for shepherding female empowerment and for infusing pop music with some good old fashioned sex…and never being ashamed of it.

Liz Phair: “You know who I think doesn't get enough credit? Madonna for her giant, wide, swath of road she paved for us all after her to travel on, you know? Madonna is the speedboat, and the rest of us are just the Go-Go's on water skis.”

Ariana Grande: "She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody's comprehension.”

Paulina Rubio: "I've admired her since I was a little girl and I love her because she is strong, she's a warrior, and she doesn't let anybody tell her what to do and she's an inspiration."

Beyonce: "I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. She showed other women when you get to a point in your career, you don't have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself."

Cher: "Actually I think Madge might be one of the most amazing artists I've known. She always saw trends WAY before anyone else, and had great videos."

Mary J. Blige: “I don't think the music business, as far as females, would be anything without Madonna”

Sinéad O'Connor: "I love her, I adore her and I respect her. I pity her for all the analysis she has to put up with.”

Bjork: “She made it look good to control your own life when that was something that was not supposed to be very sexy for a woman. She's one of the few women who has remained true to herself.”

Christina Aguilera: "I do look up to Madonna as a businesswoman. I enjoy looking back at the body of her work and the different changes. I love the fact that she’s been a risk-taker, and pretty fearless in some of her choices.”

Katy Perry: “If I could, I'd have Madonna's career. She is the ultimate in female pop music, and she's like the Energizer bunny.”

And one of Rdio’s Artists To Watch, Sky Ferreira, has said, “She inspires me to be strong, fearless and smart. She’s more than just sexy or someone with good songs; she’s the type of woman I want to be. I want to inspire people the way she has.” Lucky for us, Sky has inspired us with an exclusive playlist of her favorites by The Material Girl, right on time for the Queen Of Pop’s birthday.

And since it’s birthday cake time, we compiled a 56-song playlist of Madonna songs you might not have heard; one for every year of her life. Happy Birthday!

∞  August 16, 2014 — 9:28AM

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Developer App

Experience Rdio on U Browser

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We're excited to announce that Rdio is now available on U, an innovative new browser that lets you control your music while you check your email, chat with friends or read the news. With Rdio’s app on U, you can pull up your favorite music and take it with you while you keep browsing. Volume control, album artwork, and play/pause/skip buttons are always right where you want them. It's being called CrossOver™ browsing, and once you experience it you’ll never look back. U is available for download now.

∞  August 14, 2014 — 4:15PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 12, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new hand-picked set every seven days. This week, we’re dancing to the digital debut of Benny Benassi featuring John Legend, taking in the sophomore album by British singer-songwriter Alex Clare and the first EP by Southern country singer Sam Hunt and trying to play it cool and not like we have the new Ryan Adams song on repeat. You can read about more highlights from this week’s set in the Playlist Notes below and click over to the Rdio New Releases page to do more browsing.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • FKA twigs - LP1
    A British singer also known for her extensive experience as a dancer is about to leap out in a big way with this boundary-pushing debut album.

  • The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (Deluxe)
    The New Jersey rockers take a departure from their homegrown sound with an album overtly inspired by Pearl Jam and Northwest grunge.

  • Porter Robinson - Worlds
    One of American EDM’s brightest young stars unveils his long-awaited debut album, featuring guest appearances by indie pop acts Urban Cone and Imaginary Cities.

  • Tank - Stronger
    R&B’s rugged ladies’ man drops a sixth solo album following his TGT collaboration with Tyrese and Ginuwine.

  • Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (Deluxe)
    Also on a sixth album is LA’s renowned hip-hop trio, back for the first time in eight years with heavyweight production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder and Alchemist.

  • Kenny Chesney - Flora-Bama
    The country crooner’s latest single is a tribute to his August beach concert Flora-Bama-Jama.

∞  August 12, 2014 — 9:09AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 5, 2014

This week’s New Music Weekly playlist is a super lively one, and we’ve been practicing our dance moves with the help of the Step Up: All In Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and some hip-shaking retro tunes from Elvis Presley. We have also been getting loud with the latest long player from Florida rockers New Found Glory, basking in the cool weirdness from UK singer FKA twigs and taking in the soothing tones of a new single from “Same Love” singer Mary Lambert. For more on the best tunes of the week, press play and check out the Playlist Notes below.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Spoon - They Want My Soul
    The indie rockers’ eighth album is the first for their new record label Loma Vista Recordings, a bright recharge after taking a few years off that can be heard through the joy of clever lyrics, raw melodies and wonderfully loud walls of sound.

  • Godsmack - 1000hp
    The Seattle metal gods sought an even rawer sound for their first album in four years, created in their brand new recording studio.

  • Nicki Minaj - “Anaconda”
    A sassy single freaked over samples from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” provides a taste of Nicki’s next album The Pink Print.

  • Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
    The Chicago act’s second album bears audible influence from big name legends like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys.

  • Arkells - High Noon
    The multiple Juno Award-winning rockers deliver power pop choruses and big room sounds on their third album.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll never miss a new one! And don’t forget that the Rdio New Releases page is your gateway to the full kingdom of fresh offerings.

∞  August 5, 2014 — 9:21AM

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