Exclusive: Rdio Covers Reimagine All Of 2014's Anthems

We’re thrilled to present Rdio Covers: 2014, an incredibly fun and unique way to enjoy the year’s hottest songs. We've commissioned many of our favorite emerging artists to cover the undeniable anthems of 2014 and the results are surprising and wonderful!

Among the highlights to expect with Rdio Covers 2014 are a mind-blowing version of Future Islands’ “Seasons” as reimagined by LIGHTS and Milo Greene pulling a role reversal by taking on “Bang Bang” by Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J. You’ll also want to hear Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” in the hands of the mighty Rush Midnight, Jon Pardi bringing a new level of joy to Pharrell’s “Happy,” Eleven Past One channeling Charli XCX’s infectious “Boom Clap” and Rdio’s first Artist to Watch 2015 Bea Miller taking on Sam Smith’s emotive “Stay With Me.” Check out the two dozen songs in the playlist and let us know your favorites!

∞  December 9, 2014 — 1:29PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - December 9, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist now to receive a hand-picked playlist of the latest tunes each week. This week’s set includes funniness courtesy of The Kroll Show, a brand new song from Sir Paul McCartney, a techno-fied EP from James Blake, plus reissued goodies from Otis Redding and Warren G and the heavy-hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready to explore even more, saunter over to the Rdio New Releases and browse the complete collection of freshness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Bastille - VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III)
    The UK indie rock act’s latest release carries on a theme begun with the 2010 debut, this time with a more stripped down sound.

  • Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons
    The Wu-Tang Clan member’s lively 11th solo album features unexpected collaborations with Kool G Rap and AZ.

  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
    Melodic love songs and trippy guitars abound on the band's ninth album.

  • J.Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive
    The rapper/producer names his third album after the home where he grew up, which he was able to buy back last year after it was foreclosed upon as a kid.

  • Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits Decade #1
    The American Idol star’s first compilation of hits features the new single “Something in the Water.”

  • K. Michelle - Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart
    The R&B singer-songwriter and VH1 reality star unleashes raw ballads and funky cuts.

  • E-40 - Sharp On All Corners: Corner 1 [Explicit]
    The Bay Area rapper with tongue-twisting linguistics drops the first of what will be four new themed albums.

∞  December 9, 2014 — 8:06AM

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Music

New Music Weekly - December 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist celebrates the past as well as the present with the inclusion of a rare selection from alt rock heroes Pixies and highlights from the latest Soul Jazz history of disco and boogie from 1978-82 alongside brand new tunes from Australian neo-soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote, British DJ/producer Bonobo, Jersey indie rock vets Yo La Tengo and more heavy hitters that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a brand new set every seven days and don’t forget to check out full albums and more in New Releases.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • She & Him - Classics
    This cover album by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward enlisted an orchestra for their tribute to icons like Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.

  • Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
    The queen of hip-hop soul went to England to collaborate with artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith on her 13th album.

  • The Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas
    A “secret” 2007 album of exotically-reworked Christmas standards is reissued, this time the band claiming credit.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
    The hip-hop supergroup’s first album in seven years features interludes and refrains by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

  • Owen - Other People’s Songs
    This solo album from Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan of Arc) covers songs by bands such as Depeche Mode, Promise Ring and Blake Babies.

  • Kristin Chenoweth - Coming Home
    The first live album by the Tony-winning singer and actress features songs from blockbuster musicals like My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera.

  • Erasure - Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)
    A new version of last year’s holiday-themed album by the synthpop duo features 16 bonus tracks.

∞  December 2, 2014 — 6:57AM

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Events

Your Cyber Monday Soundtrack

You dug our Black Friday playlists so much last year that we decided to focus on Cyber Monday for this spin around the Earth! Soundtrack your surfing and shopping with the help of some of our friends who have compiled exclusive playlists for you:

Cyber Motown Monday is a fun nod to the classic Detroit soul label. Compiled by vintage and vintage-inspired indie clothing retailer Modcloth, it features legends like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Rick James and Stevie Wonder.

Travel offers a virtual vacation courtesy of superstar DJ A-Trak’s travel blog Infinite Legroom and artists like Big K.R.I.T., Jack White, Ed Sheeran and Lykke Li.

Cyber Monday was curated by low-fi Southern bred luxury brand Billy Reid and features some of their favorite tunes from good friends like Leagues, Nikki Lane, Jessie Baylin and Charlie Mars.

Happy shopping!

∞  December 1, 2014 — 1:36PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Dusty Springfield's "Dusty in Memphis"

So much has been written about Dusty Springfield’s seminal 1969 album Dusty in Memphis, and for good reason. Nearly half a century later, the 11 songs that make up the original release (the Deluxe version contains additional tracks) form a perfectly-realized, sweetly produced collection of songs written by the pop powerhouses of the day (Carole King, Randy Newman). Sure, this is the one with Son of a Preacher Man on it, but listen to the other tracks as well, where Dusty wraps her soulful, effortless vocals around lush, gorgeous arrangements. One of the finest pop recordings of its time - and ours.

∞  December 1, 2014 — 11:26AM

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Music

New Music Weekly - November 25, 2014

The latest edition of our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist (have you subscribed yet?) is a great way to familiarize yourself with the latest hot releases from some of the biggest names in the business as well as the artists who are creating a buzz right now, like New Zealand psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin, Omaha emo act Cursive and Flake Music (James Mercer’s pre-Shins band). Hit up the Rdio New Releases pages for more music from these artists and much more.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Beyoncé - Beyoncé
    An updated edition of last year’s surprise album brings six new tracks, including the insatiable "7-11," along with remixes of “Flawless” and “Drunk In Love.”

  • David Guetta - Listen (Deluxe)
    The French DJ/producer’s sixth album features guest stars like Sia, John Legend and Afrojack.

  • Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
    Miami’s reigning rap king collaborates with Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg on his seventh album.

  • Selena Gomez - For You
    The first collection of the Disney star’s greatest hits includes remixes and two new songs she co-wrote.

  • Pitbull - Globalization
    The Miami rapper’s dancefloor-ready eighth album features stars like Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown.

  • Cole Swindell - Down Home Sessions
    The country hitmaker drops a new EP featuring songs originally recorded for his debut album.

  • Various Artists - SHADY XV (Explicit)
    Eminem produced the majority of songs on this compilation album from his Shady label.

∞  November 25, 2014 — 9:44AM

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Music

#MonoMonday: Celebrating 45 Years of The Velvet Underground

Today we're celebrating the 45th anniversary of the self-titled third album by The Velvet Underground. Check out the brand new deluxe reissue of The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary/Deluxe Edition), featuring the original 10 songs (all penned by the late Lou Reed) and the addition of a dozen songs recorded live at The Matrix in San Francisco in 1969. At the time, the album was considered a stylistic departure for the influential band, showcasing a previously unheard range from ballads to rock.

∞  November 24, 2014 — 10:54AM

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Music

New Music Weekly - November 18, 2014

Soundtracks get some peak screen time in this week’s New Music Weekly playlist with highlights from Annie (featuring Sia) and the new concert film by Depeche Mode. There’s also a spotlight on veteran stars such as Bryan Ferry and international electronic acts like France’s Gotan Project and Canada’s Loscil, but you’ll hear much more once you press play. Subscribe to get the new playlist each week and hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • TV On The Radio - Seeds
    The Brooklyn indie rock act known for conscious chaos adopts a more melodic approach to love songs on the fifth album.

  • One Direction - Four (Deluxe)
    The fourth album from the English-Irish boy band titans topped pre-sale charts around the world before release.

  • Clean Bandit - New Eyes
    The debut album from the fusion-minded classical/electronic group hit number 3 in their native UK.

  • Ariel Pink - pom pom
    The provocative LA artist who is known for ruffling feathers returns with a new album of smart retro pop.

  • Thalia - Amore Mio (Deluxe Edition)
    The 12th studio album (and 17th overall) from the Latin pop siren features a more acoustic feel.

  • Willow - 3
    14-year-old actress and singer Willow Smith (daughter of Will and Jada) drops a sophisticated and soulful EP.

  • Nickelback - No Fixed Address (Explicit)
    The eighth album from the Canadian rockers tries on some stylistic departures, such as a collaboration with rapper Flo Rida.

∞  November 18, 2014 — 8:36AM

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Music

#MonoMonday: The Smiths - "Hatful of Hollow"

Less than a year after The Smiths released their self-titled debut album in 1984, the band emerged with Hatful of Hollow, a compilation album of singles, B-Sides and songs recorded at BBC Radio 1 that has come to be just as seminal. Though three decades have passed, this collection remains a timeless reminder of the potency of this legendary British act.

∞  November 17, 2014 — 1:17PM

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New Feature: Like and Reply to Comments

You asked, we responded. Now you can start a conversation within Rdio by replying directly to any comment left on songs, albums and playlists. Or simply click the Like button on any comment if you just want to show your support. We’ll notify you when someone’s replied to or liked a comment you wrote.

We know you have a lot to say about your favorite tunes, and these new features help keep the conversation going while you’re listening, without ever having to leave Rdio.

Now available on the web and desktop app, coming soon to mobile!

∞  November 14, 2014 — 9:47AM

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