Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist to Watch for May: Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world! His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet, coming May 18th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays, Girlpool and Yvette.

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Joywave, Milo Greene and BANKS.

∞  May 4, 2015 — 6:42AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 28, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features hand-picked highlights from only the best releases of the week, such as the new EP from singer Rae Morris, piano compositions by Delia Gonzalez, and the return of rockers Everclear. There’s even more to discover that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes. You can listen to the full albums and EPs from these artists and much more on the Rdio New Releases. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a fresh set every Tuesday!


  • Blur - The Magic Whip
    The English act’s first album in 12 years, recorded on tour in Asia, injects electronic moments into the rock foundation.

  • Zac Brown Band - JEKYLL + HYDE
    The fourth album from Atlanta’s country rockers embraces collaborations with Chris Cornell and Sara Bareilles.

  • Raekwon - Fly International Luxurious Art
    Wu-Tang Clan’s charismatic MC celebrates his love for style and fashion with his sixth album, an acronym for F.I.L.A.

  • Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace
    Missouri’s “Redneck Crazy” country star reveals a more personal side on his followup album.

  • George FitzGerald - Fading Love
    The UK DJ/producer dedicates his debut album to documenting a relationship that is falling apart.

  • Braids - Deep In the Iris
    Montreal’s art rock band returns with a serious collection of songs inspired by Joni Mitchell's "Blue."

  • Josh Groban - Stages (Deluxe Version)
    LA’s winsome singer-songwriter performs his favorite songs taken from Broadway and film musicals.

∞  April 28, 2015 — 8:39AM

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#MonoMonday: Let Your "Hair" Down

Today we kick off the week by partying to the tribal love rock sounds from a classic American musical and movie! Take a trip back in time to greet the hippies of the freewheeling Sixties with Hair: Original Broadway/Off Broadway Cast Recordings. Whether you’re rediscovering these songs or hearing them for the first time, the messages of love, peace and social change in a time of strife still resonate today.

∞  April 27, 2015 — 1:57PM

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Rdio Bridges Music and Film with San Francisco Film Festival Partnership

Rdio is pleased to join the San Francisco Film Society as the exclusive Music in Film partner for the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015), providing the soundtrack to the festival and serving as the official presenter for Cibo Matto’s “Live and Onstage” program on May 5 at the historic Castro Theatre.

"Music and film have always been perfectly inextricably bound,” says Rdio CMO Marc Ruxin. “Finding and sharing the music that inspired the film, or that was used as a soundtrack has always been an expensive and challenging proposition. Rdio is providing the tools for directors, editors and actors to create new content around films that makes it easy to share and promote around.”

You don’t need to be in the City by the Bay to enjoy the action at the SFIFF! Tune in to the Rdio SF International Film Festival channel to listen to free stations curated by leading filmmakers and musical directors who are participating in the event:

Eden is an EDM adventure set around the thrilling world of Daft Punk and French dance music, fueled by sounds from the robots themselves, plus an eclectic mix from Viola, Bootsy Collins, The Style Council, Angie Stone, The Orb, Aly-Us, Frankie Knuckles and Joe Smooth.

Love & Mercy focuses on the unique story of musician Brian Wilson, portrayed by actor John Cusack. This playlist features Wilson and the Beach Boys as well as era acts like Sonny & Cher, The Astronauts, Frankie Valli, The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and The Mamas & the Papas.

Theory of Obscurity: a Film About the Residents takes an in-depth look at America’s most mysterious band, The Residents, with soundtrack help from iconoclastic talent like Sun Ra, Devo, Ween, Phish, Liberace, Kanye West, Yello and PJ Harvey.

What Happened, Miss Simone?, a deeply researched portrait of the legendary Nina Simone, is here supported by such enduring voices such as Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Minnie Riperton, Nancy Wilson, and Abbey Lincoln.

Follow Rdio on Twitter throughout the festival for your chance to stay up to date on events and win free film passes!

∞  April 23, 2015 — 9:31AM

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Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

As promised, today we’ve got even more for your fine ears from Rdio’s Artist to Watch act Milo Greene! This time LA’s cinematic pop band that’s been on everyone’s lips has recorded an exclusive Rdio Session for our intimate series. The four-song live set, recorded at Decibelle Studios in San Francisco, features “Lie To Me,” “On The Fence” and “White Lies” from the new album Control plus a fun surprise: their killer cover of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home!”

Need more Rdio Sessions in your life? Check out the Rdio Sessions Station featuring highlights from the archives.

∞  April 21, 2015 — 8:28AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 21, 2015

Take a spring fling with your latest New Music Weekly playlist! Chances are you’ll fall in love with the infectious rap cadence of Young Thug, the rock timelessness of Built To Spill, the pop-rock bounce of We Are Scientists and the indie/electronic rhythms of Australia’s Miami Horror, to name a few. Read the Playlist Notes below for more highlights from the current set and visit the Rdio New Releases to listen to the full albums.


  • Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    Brittany Howard and company fill their second album with an even wider spectrum of soul and rock.

  • Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
    The indie rock act fronted by Sadie Dupuis channels ‘90s fuzzy guitar anthems through a modern filter.

  • Yelawolf - Love Story
    The Nashville rapper’s second studio album features production by his label boss Eminem.

  • Passion Pit - Kindred
    Michael Angelakos injects a more emotional side to his synth-driven pop on the third album.

  • Joywave - How Do You Feel Now
    Our April Artist To Watch crafts the perfect line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro.

  • of Montreal - Snare Lustrous Doomings
    The Georgia rockers drop a live album recorded in Portland and San Francisco highlighting the band’s whole catalog.

  • Maná - Cama Incendiada
    Mexico’s popular live rock band collaborates with Shakira and for the first time works with an outside producer, George Noriega.

∞  April 21, 2015 — 8:05AM

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#MonoMonday: Go Around The World With Sinatra

This year marks Frank Sinatra's centennial and we wanted to celebrate an iconic release from Ol' Blue Eyes. Released in 1958 and nominated for a GRAMMY for Album of the Year, Come Fly With Me was Sinatra's first collaboration with the arranger and conductor, Billy May. The album was themed with songs that capture the soundtrack of destinations like Paris, London and New York. From "April In Paris" to "Blue Hawaii," come fly with us as we kick back and relax to the timeless sounds of the legendary Frank Sinatra!

∞  April 20, 2015 — 12:37PM

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Girl in a Band: A Kim Gordon playlist

Musician, visual artist, fashion designer, mom, best-selling author: Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon is all those things, and more.

Kim’s recent memoir, Girl in a Band, documents her career as an artist and musician, as well as her marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore. It's an international success, inspiring legions of new fans to explore her work.

Much of the book chronicles Kim’s inspirations and recollections on some seminal Sonic Youth tracks recorded during the band’s 30-year career.

For old fans, it’s an opportunity to revisit classic Sonic Youth tracks and learn the stories behind them. For new fans, these songs are a great introduction to a truly influential band.

Check out Rdio’s curated playlist of songs Kim discusses in the book here.

Shaking Hell (Confusion is Sex) “On a more personal level, ‘Shaking Hell’ mirrors my struggle with my own identity and the anger I felt at who I was.”

Death Valley ‘69 (Bad Moon Rising) “[I] preferred to sing about the darkness shimmering beneath the shiny quilt of American pop culture.”

Shadow of a Doubt (Evol) “I was trying to describe the connection you feel when your eyes meet another person’s.”

Schizophrenia (Sister) “Oddly enough, [Thurston] was the one who wrote the lyrics to “Schizophrenia,” somehow making the words sound as though they were mine.”

Addicted to Love (Ciccone Youth: The Whitey Album) “I chose ‘Addicted to Love’ because I liked Robert Palmer’s video, with its background cast of zombie models identically dressed and holding guitars.”

The Sprawl (Daydream Nation) “The whole time I was writing it, I was thinking back on what it felt like being a teenager in Southern California…”

Tunic (Song for Karen) (Goo) “Who is Karen Carpenter, really, besides the sad girl with the extraordinarily beautiful, soulful voice?”

Kool Thing (Goo) “If the song made people uneasy, or if it caused them to question things, well, good, even if they got it wrong.”

Swimsuit Issue (Dirty) “I found it strange that Geffen, like a lot of companies, had a ‘Secretary’s Day,’ but secretaries never seemed to get promoted to anything above that level. “

Little Trouble Girl (Washing Machine) “ ultimate homage to the Shangri-La’s half singing, half speaking style.”

Sympathy for the Strawberry (Murray St.) “I remember what a challenge it was coming up with vocal ideas of large masses of abstract music.”

Cotton Crown (Sister) New York City is forever kitty/I’m wasted in time and you’re never ready/Fading fading celebrating/I got your cotton crown.

Girl in a Band is out now, published by Dey Street, $27.99.

∞  April 14, 2015 — 1:37PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 14, 2015

Subscribe to the lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll never miss another beat from the best sound picks of the week! This week, we’re welcoming back acts like legendary English rockers Wire, road trip gurus Dwight Yoakam and Calexico and New York rhythm mavericks Ava Luna, plus more heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Love what you hear? Tune in to the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page!


  • Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb
    Odd Future’s irreverent rap leader collaborates with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Schoolboy Q on his third album.

  • Reba McEntire - Love Somebody
    The country star listened to thousands of songs to find the best eclectic mix for her first album in five years.

  • Shawn Mendes - Handwritten (Deluxe)
    Canada’s latest teen heartthrob with a guitar, known for “Life of the Party,” plays a romantic on his first album.

  • Halestorm - Into The Wild Life (Deluxe) [Explicit]
    The third full-length from Lizzy Hale’s hard rock act features a new level of polished power chords and hot guitar solos.

  • The Wombats - Glitterbug (Deluxe Version)
    Liverpool’s indie rock darlings pack the third album with big singalong songs with heavy repeat appeal.

  • Sabrina Carpenter - Eyes Wide Open
    A pop music debut from the young Disney Channel actress who plays Maya Hart on Girl Meets World.

  • Kodaline - Coming Up for Air
    The Irish rockers hand in big and emotional anthems for the sophomore album.

∞  April 14, 2015 — 8:55AM

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#MonoMonday: The Replacements - "Pleased To Meet Me"

The Replacements are currently re-energized and on the first tour in 25 years, which makes it a perfect time to spotlight this important band’s career with the help of today’s MonoMonday, their 1987 release, Pleased To Meet Me. Recorded in Memphis, this album featured Big Star singer Alex Chilton on Can’t Hardly Wait and includes the now iconic track, Alex Chilton. Tomorrow finds the band releasing The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990, which encompasses all seven seminal studio releases of the alternative rock icons in one package: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Hootenanny, Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don’t Tell a Soul and All Shook Down. Get ready to hear in one place how The Replacements provided the roots for a lush family tree of influenced bands all over the world.

∞  April 13, 2015 — 10:01AM

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