Artist To Watch

February’s Rdio Artist to Watch: Milo Greene

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Our February Artist to Watch is Milo Greene, who — despite the sounds of the alias — is not an actual person! This you’ll understand quickly when you listen to the unique harmonies on the brand new album Control. The follow-up to the four-piece band’s breakthrough eponymous 2012 debut features the voices of all members (Andrew Heringer, Robbie Arnett, Marlana Sheetz and Graham Fink). Produced by Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Foster The People, Ellie Goulding), the album heavily features drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms For Peace, R.E.M.), who helped the band craft deeper and more complex rhythmic layers to their self-described cinematic pop than ever before.

Rdio’s Artist to Watch list features a new, hand-picked musician or band each month; we only spotlight those who we feel will truly break through in 2015. Previous Artist to Watch acts include BANKS, London Grammar and Bea Miller. We’ll be bringing you more from Milo Greene this month, don’t miss a beat!

∞  February 4, 2015 — 1:01PM

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Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising Serves All Your Country, Rock and Americana Needs

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We’ve got a new program for you that will keep you on the pulse of country to Americana and everything in between: Nashville Rising. Each month we’ll spotlight a new Nashville Rising artist worthy of your immediate attention, kicking off with Michael Ray, a Florida charmer who first came to national prominence on The CW’s reality singing competition The Next, where he got to write with mentor John Rich. Listen to his first EP now, a taste of what’s coming soon on his debut album; and a new single to hit radio airwaves this month.

Follow Ray’s Influencer profile on Rdio to hear exclusive playlists that he has made just for you, beginning with Michael Ray’s Country Favorites, a set featuring legends like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Alabama.

To hear all the newest picks from Music City, turn on our Nashville Rising Station in our Spotlight and Country categories under Browse. You’ll want to stay locked!

∞  February 3, 2015 — 1:43PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - February 3, 2015

With tastes of jazz, pop, rock, metal, and even comedy, a real variety of tunes awaits you on the latest New Music Weekly playlist. Start off with some urban offerings from NY rapper Skizzy Mars and LA singer TeeFLii, then check out the latest solo effort from Dispatch and State Radio frontman Chadwick Stokes. If you’re brave enough, play a snippet of the Lost Themes from horror master John Carpenter!

Listen to the New Music Weekly playlist (supported by the Playlist Notes below) and subscribe so that you always know a fresh set is on the way every seven days. (It’s so nice to sit back and let someone else do the work for you for a change, isn’t it?) You can also explore the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page, which has our complete collection of newness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Fifth Harmony - Reflection
    The debut album from the X-Factor girl group features guest stars Tyga and Kid Ink, plus a song by Meghan Trainor.

  • Butch Walker - Afraid of Ghosts
    Johnny Depp and Bob Mould guest star on the former Marvelous 3 frontman’s Ryan Adams-produced seventh album.

  • Diana Krall - Wallflower (Deluxe Edition)
    The Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist covers Bob Dylan, Elton John and Paul McCartney on her 12th album.

  • Kid Ink - Full Speed
    The R&B-loving LA rapper’s third album features collaborations with Usher, Chris Brown and R. Kelly.

  • Aziz Ansari - Buried Alive
    Highlights from the popular comedian’s 2013 tour and special are now on an album.

  • Title Fight - Hyperview
    Surprising sounds like shoegaze and dream pop creep in to the Pennsylvania punk band’s third album.

  • Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King: Deathbat (Original Video Game Soundtrack)
    The LA heavy metal band releases the soundtrack to their own mobile video game.

∞  February 3, 2015 — 8:00AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Chic's "C'est Chic"

2015 is starting off to be a great year for Chic's Nile Rodgers. Fresh off of last year’s GRAMMY win for Record of the Year for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” the celebrated musician and producer is preparing to be honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing at a special tribute on February 3. He will also accept the Vanguard Award at this year’s MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Brunch, an annual event hosted by KCRW host Garth Trinidad.

As Rodgers prepares to drop a new album by Chic aptly titled It’s About Time later this year, it’s an excellent time to revisit the classic album C’est Chic*. Released in 1978, the group’s second album was a hit on pop and R&B charts. It was eventually certified Platinum thanks to the strength of still-enduring club hits like “Le Freak” and “I Want Your Love.” Press play and you’ll see why Rodgers’ grooves are so undeniable. Dance, dance, dance!

∞  February 2, 2015 — 3:39PM

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Events

Your Ultimate Guide to The GRAMMYs

Rdio has joined forces with The GRAMMYs to bring you the ultimate audio guide and soundtrack to build up to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which airs live on CBS on February 8. There's over a dozen GRAMMY-related stations and playlists available to hear. Tell your friends and tune in!

Behold your 2015 GRAMMY stations:

2015 GRAMMY Nominees is a genre-crossing, all-inclusive station that features all of this years nominees. It’s a great place to start because you can hear your favorites and discover all sorts of new music on one set.

90s GRAMMY Flashback takes you back to relive (or experience for the first time) the GRAMMY excitement of decades past courtesy of people like Madonna, Babyface, and even GRAMMY host LL Cool J. Nostalgia alert!

GRAMMY Awards Record of the Year directs you to the biggest albums of the last 57 years by paying tribute to each year’s GRAMMY Award-winner since the event’s inception in 1959. Honorees include Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Ray Charles.

57th GRAMMY Awards Blasts From the Past is a historical and fun look at the show’s shooting stars over the decades, from Anita Baker and Seal to Christopher Cross and Cher.

GRAMMY Awards Biggest Hits features the chart topping, GRAMMY winning musical moments that you know and love brought to you by people like Lady Gaga, Eminem and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The GRAMMYs have also created a series of new playlists around the 57th GRAMMY Awards. Here’s where to go if you want to take a deep dive into difference genre-specific sets (country, R&B, dance/electronic, alternative, rap, and more). You can even check out soundtrack nominees such as Frozen and Guardians of the Galaxy.

But wait, there’s more: We’ll be launching a new radio station dedicated exclusively to the 2015 GRAMMY winners immediately following the big show so you’ll be able to hear all the champion sounds.

∞  February 2, 2015 — 12:04PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - January 27, 2015

The New Music Weekly playlist will make you dance, rock and swoon. The hand-picked mix features only the very best of the latest offerings, including the unexpectedly fast return of British electronic idol Aphex Twin, a beautiful techno mix from DJ Nina Kraviz, a new EP from anti-folk hero Emmy The Great and the debut album from Swedish soul pop siren Seinabo Sey. If the New Music Weekly playlist makes you want to hear more, subscribe to get a new set each week and head over to the Rdio New Releases page in order to listen to the full albums right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction (Deluxe)
    Collaborations with rappers T.I., Schoolboy Q, Jeezy, Juicy J and Pitbull feature heavily on the R&B star’s sixth album.

  • Milo Greene - Control
    The cinematic pop group with four singers spin dark tales over light uptempo beats on their second album.

  • Kenny G - Brazilian Nights
    The king of smooth jazz plays bossa nova classics like “The Girl From Ipanema” alongside original works on his 14th album.

  • Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)
    Originally released in 1967, the country star’s seventh album brought her first hit and now makes its digital debut.

  • The Dodos - Individ
    Personal pain and loss are channeled through the San Francisco indie rock duo’s sixth album.

  • Pond - Man, It Feels Like Space Again
    The Australian psychedelic rock act sharing members with Tame Impala present a fun and weird sixth album.

  • Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
    The Nashville singer-songwriter dedicates her debut album to unraveling the emotions involved in heartbreak.

∞  January 27, 2015 — 8:17AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Surf The Sounds of Antônio Carlos Jobim's "Wave"

The late composer and artist Antônio Carlos Jobim did more to put Brazilian music on the world map than almost anyone before him or since his passing. (He would have turned 88 on January 25.) The man behind the music for the bossa nova classic "The Girl From Ipanema" amassed a catalog that included 13 original studio albums, five soundtracks and five live albums. Ride his most popular album Wave (1967) to hear the essence of Jobim, a buoyant collection of songs led by a 17-piece string ensemble. His third release, Wave soared to the Top 5 jazz charts in America and remains one of Brazil's best-known musical exports.

∞  January 26, 2015 — 12:59PM

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News

Rdio Expands To 24 New International Markets

Today, we’re pleased to announce our expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Through our exclusive partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, Rdio will be available in 24 new markets and an additional seven regions.

In the coming weeks, Digicel will offer all prepaid data customers 30 minutes of free Rdio Internet radio listening per day on their mobile phones without accruing data usage charges – all through the exclusive partnership. Digicel will also be collaborating closely with us to infuse local influence in each of our new territories, curating playlists and stations together with Digicel Brand Ambassadors in each country and territory. Through this unprecedented arrangement, listeners in each market will have convenient access to popular music from around the world in addition to local artists they already enjoy.

Effective today, Rdio is available in the following new markets: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. In addition to the new markets where Rdio is launching, Rdio’s exclusive partnership with Digicel is effective in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique, Bonaire, El Salvador and Panama.

This latest expansion continues our vision to deliver the best music streaming experience on mobile phones, on the web, and on connected devices to an expanding international audience. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you.

∞  January 22, 2015 — 11:57AM

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New Features

New Features Add Functionality to Favorites

Last September we introduced Favorites on Rdio, allowing listeners to quickly collect their favorite songs, albums, stations, artists and playlists with the tap of a button. Now we’re adding even more functionality to Favorites — four new features make it easier than ever to listen to the songs you love the most.

  • Multi-Select Your Favorite Tracks
    On the web, you can quickly select multiple tracks from an album or playlist to add them to your Favorites. Command+click the tracks you like, then right click to favorite them.

  • Play Just Your Favorites
    Want to play only your favorite tracks on an album? Check out the “Play favorite songs” option on web and mobile.

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  • Start Exploring With Listener Favorites
    Introduce yourself to new music on Rdio by starting with the most popular songs on an album to find your own hits (or misses). The most favorited songs on an album are now easy to find with the new Listener Favorite icon.

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  • Sort Your Favorites by Most Played
    It’s now easy to find your favorite Favorites. Back by popular demand, you can sort your favorite tracks by the number of times you’ve listened to them. On the web, choose “Most Played” to order your top tracks by play count.

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We'll continue to roll out more new features in the coming weeks, based on your listener feedback. We're dedicated to making Rdio the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

∞  January 21, 2015 — 10:48AM

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ExclusivesRdio Sessions

Exclusive: Ty Dolla $ign Blazes Rdio Sessions

LA’s Ty Dolla $ign has created his own seductive musical space that straddles rap and R&B. The songwriter and producer considers himself a singer over a rapper, but he’s got bars that put average MCs to shame. If you’ve never heard him before, now is the time to get acquainted with this rising star, who plans to drop his debut album this year with expected collaborations from R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. His Rdio Sessions set, recorded live at SXSW, features the breakout songs from his premiere Beach House EP: the infectious top 40 hit “Paranoid” and sexy jams “Or Nah” and “Familiar.”

Hear more from our intimate live series on the Rdio Sessions Station, which features exclusive performances by artists from all over the world.

∞  January 21, 2015 — 10:28AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:28AM in Exclusives, Rdio Sessions |