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Send a Raven! Game of Thrones Characters Battle it Out on Rdio

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Not that we are obsessed or anything, but Game of Thrones will be upon us in mere hours (yes, we are counting). In the preamble to this auspicious event fans of the immensely popular HBO show have gotten creative this week and descended on Rdio to create a slice of Westeros by building in-character profiles and playlists for the show's protagonists and antagonists. And we are loving it!

As you patiently await the Season 4 premiere this Sunday, check out some true fan obsession with these playlists from your favorite Game of Thrones characters. Rdio’s "GoT" the perfect distraction — and accompaniment to your viewing parties — with these clever profiles from Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, King Joffrey, Jon Snow, and Hodor of Winterfell that are stirring up the drama and laughs.

And for more amusement, be sure to read the hilarious playlist comments posted from one in-character profile to another. See King Joffrey’s sociopathic and tyrannical jab on Arya Stark’s "Stick 'Em With The Pointy End" playlist here and what our favorite Mother of Dragons thinks of Jon Snow (even though they’ve never met) here.

Game of Thrones, Season 4 premieres this Sunday, April 6 on HBO. Follow your favorite characters on Rdio throughout the season to see new music and playlists added from the Seven Kingdoms, Essos, and beyond the Wall.

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Daenerys Targaryen unleashes a fierce set of queen tunes on Ascending and compiles a hilarious set of Mother’s Day Songs — no surprise she’s really into dragon songs.

It’s not easy being drunk all the time, but Tyrion Lannister makes it look effortless. J. Cole, UB40, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars are on hand to help him celebrate wine, women, and money on his Things I Like a Lot and I Prefer Fun Sized playlists.

Arya Stark's been kicking ass and taking names all over Westeros. Check out the music that preps our favorite spitfire for revenge on her Stick ‘Em with the Pointy End playlist and her collection of favorite Girl vs Boy tomboy theme songs.

It’s good to be King Joffrey, and he gives it up to his all-time favorite person with his Me, Myself & I and Inspiration playlists.

Our favorite handsome bastard and member of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow knows how to stay warm while bumping his Night’s Watch Slow Jamz and Just Chilln’ playlists.

Loyal servant and Big Man Hodor of Winterfell is always at the side of young Bran Stark. He doesn’t say much, but we love tha drops and big bodied, hip-hop beats on Hodurrrrrr.

∞  April 4, 2014 — 3:08PM

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The Voice Is Back: Blake Shelton Picks His Favorite Songs

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The Voice returns to NBC tonight at 8pm/7pm CT with Shakira and Usher rejoining Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the superstar coaching panel. To celebrate the kick-off of our favorite TV singing competition (that doesn’t judge a book by its cover), we are turning our chairs around and thrilled to share this exclusive Rdio playlist from Blake Shelton himself.

Listen to Blake Shelton’s Favorite Songs for tunes by Team Blake singers and contestants from The Voice, along with songs from the show's coaches and advisors (including his wife Miranda Lambert).

Need more tunes to get in the mood for The Voice? Check out music from coaches Adam Levine of Maroon 5, R&B star Usher, and Latin sensation Shakira.

Want more Blake? Follow Blake Shelton’s artist page to hear more of his own catalog of work, including the hit album “Based On a True Story”.

Bring on the Blind Auditions!

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Sugarpie, Honeybunch — Sweet Tunes for Your Valentine’s Day

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You’ve bought the flowers and the candy and maybe even planned a romantic meal. But the most important element for your Valentine’s Day plan is, of course, the perfect soundtrack. Don't worry, we’ve taken care of that detail with the help of a select group of our cupid-approved Rdio Influencers. These four playlists are guaranteed to keep the love vibe flowing!

Dylan Lauren, owner of the epic sugar palace known as Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York (and daughter of designer Ralph Lauren), is the original Candy Girl and she’s sharing her sweetest tunes on Dylan’s Candy Bar Favorites. The playlist includes such dessert-forward favorites as “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies, “Milkshake” by Kelis, and “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow.

The dating experts at Howaboutwe have gifted us with a playlist of 21 Most Romantic Songs to fit any mood. Turn up the romance with tunes by Beyonce, John Legend, Frank Ocean and Bruno Mars.

Suave singer Jason Derulo melts hearts all year long with his music, but Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty on Valentine’s Day Playlist takes the passion to steamier heights with the help of Drake, Lorde, Childish Gambino, and Lady Gaga.

Fresh off of their soundtrack appearance on the new movie Endless Love, indie pop darlings Echosmith share 20 of their favorite lovey-dovey tunes on Echosmith Loves You: A Valentine’s Day Playlist. It’s a romp through ‘80s pop and modern indie rock via artists such as The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Berlin, The Smiths and Coldplay, all with a heaping helping of affection.

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Sochi Sounds: 2014 Olympic Athletes Share Music that Goes for Gold

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As the XXII Olympic Winter Games continue through February 23 in Sochi, Russia, three incredible American athletes have shared the tunes that help motivate them to win — and to relax afterwards — in these exclusive Rdio playlists.

Alpine ski cup racer Julia Mancuso has already snagged the bronze for the 2014 women’s combined event, a new medal to add to her collection of Olympic medals won in 2006 and 2010. She’s put together a wonderful playlist that reveals what she loves to listen to in her Down Time, which includes highlights from Lorde, Passion Pit, Haim, and Ellie Goulding.

Halfpipe snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler is an American and World champion and is also the first female athlete to have her own clothing line with Oakley. She chooses heady, adrenaline-pumping songs from the likes of Icona Pop, Avicii, M.I.A., Spank Rock, and Red Hot Chili Peppers in a playlist of current favorites that she calls My Tops.

Ice hockey forward Hilary Knight scored the first goal of the Olympics for the U.S. women’s team! Her Plane, Bus, Walk offers an exceptional two-plus hour look at the myriad of musical sounds that fill her ears when she’s traveling, including artists like Drake, Rudimental, Vybz Kartel, The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Lana Del Rey.

Play ‘em to feel like a champion!

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Super Bowl Sound-Off: Are You Team Denver or Team Seattle?

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The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off at NFL Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2. But here at Rdio, we’re ready to battle it out right now with these super playlists supporting each team, featuring music from each squad’s hometown state.

The competition is stiff so we want YOU to weigh in. Share your team’s playlist from our Facebook or Twitter pages. Whichever playlist gets the most shares, retweets, and plays wins the very official status as “most loved team” on Rdio. Now isn’t that worth two minutes of your day?

Go Broncos! features a dream team lineup that includes OneRepublic, The Lumineers, Dead Kennedys, Flobots, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and The Fray. Get ready for red zone action with a no-huddle attack on this Denver soundtrack as you cheer on Peyton Manning and the Rocky Mountain faithful.

Go Seahawks! is aiming for sonic touchdowns with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, and Jimi Hendrix. Pass rush this hard hitting playlist and show Russell Wilson and Seattle’s hopeful that you’ve got their back.

Get your favorite team into the Rdio end zone by sharing these playlists with your friends. Added bonus: When your team takes the championship, you’ll have the perfect music to play during your celebration!

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The GRAMMYs on Rdio: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night

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The countdown is on — In just a few days The 56th Annual GRAMMYs will take over the airwaves on CBS to reveal the big award winners plus a host of blow-out performances and eye popping wardrobe choices.

To get you in the mindset for Music’s Biggest Night, Follow The GRAMMYs on Rdio and check out their exclusive playlists for this year’s nominations, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Want more? Listen to a sampling of all the nominees including 52 songs from a variety of artists like Daft Punk, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, and many more.

Will Keith Urban sweep the country categories this year? The 56th GRAMMYs: Country Field Nominees features the superstar singer alongside colleagues such as Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Tim McGraw.

When it’s time to turn things up and move your body, put on 56th GRAMMYs: Dance Field Nominees. The set features EDM stars like Rdio Influencer Armin Van Buuren, ZEDD, Kaskade, and Calvin Harris. The competition is stiff this year, but it’s all love on the dancefloor.

The 56th GRAMMYs: Pop Field Nominees brings together megastars like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and newcomer Lorde. Who’s your pick for ultimate pop champ this year?

You can also listen to this year’s nominees and winners through the official GRAMMYs app powered by Rdio available for free download in the iTunes store.

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Influencer Spotlight: Armin van Buuren

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Long, long before the term EDM was coined, the popular Dutch DJ, producer, label owner, and radio host Armin van Buuren was captivating international dance floors and furthering the trance movement.

He continues to receive major acclaim for his work. His YouTube views number in the hundreds of millions and he was recently voted the second top DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, an annual ranking he’s topped five separate times and been included in for a dozen years. To top it all off — Armin is also an active member of the Rdio community who generously shares his playlists and passion for trance music with everyone.

Follow Armin van Buuren on Rdio and you won’t miss a beat, starting with these two exclusive playlists:

Who’s Afraid of 138? gets the heart pumping with almost three hours of trance music for die-hards, a set based on his own single of the same name and likeminded vibes.

A State of Trance Radio captures the tone and feeling of Armin’s weekly radio program that he has hosted since 2001. It has an estimated listenership of 20 million listeners across 50 countries and over 40 radio stations through both satellite and Internet radio stations.

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Keep The Music Playing: Rdio is Now Free on the Web

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If you love something, set it free. Well, we couldn't agree more. So starting today Rdio is free in the U.S. on the web. That means you can listen to 20 million songs plus all the albums, playlists, and stations you love anywhere there’s a computer. Absolutely free.

As part of this update, we’ve added in-stream messaging to Rdio on the web. These new ads are short and sweet. Free listeners will hear a mix of new feature announcements, messages from partner brands, notifications about exclusive content, and other helpful tips.

Our ad-free option, Rdio Unlimited, will still be available for $9.99 a month for mobile and web access. If you’re already an Rdio Unlimited subscriber, your listening experience will stay exactly the same.

And don’t forget that Stations are always free on your phone. So now you can hear music you love, whether you’re walking around town or listening through your computer, without paying a thing.

To celebrate our new found freedom, we figured there is no better mode of expression than music. Turn up these songs and let freedom reign:

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Influencer Spotlight: Skylar Grey

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If you don’t know Skylar Grey, well, you should. As a five-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Skylar Grey has long been a secret weapon of today’s hottest music stars, a true musician’s musician. She co-wrote “I Love The Way You Lie” for Eminem and Rihanna — the biggest-selling single of 2010 — and she co-wrote and performed on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor,” which earned two Grammy nominations.

If you were to keep count, the songs Skylar has touched have sold over 25 million copies across the world. Her versatility as an artist has allowed her to cross genres into a wide sensation where she has crafted or appeared on songs for the likes of Will.i.am, Cee-Lo, Lupe Fiasco, Diddy-Dirty Money, Zedd and Kaskade. You can hear her own take on some of these tracks on The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey.

Fresh off a hot performance with Eminem on Saturday Night Live, we are thrilled to welcome Skylar into the Rdio community as an Influencer to share her own exclusive playlists with you. Her first contribution is Skylar’s Rockin’ Playlist, an upbeat set that features her pal Eminem, current pop hits by One Republic and No Doubt, and captures her love for strong female soloists like Fiona Apple, Angel Haze, Alanis Morrissette, and Tori Amos.

Follow Skylar Grey on Rdio to catch all her upcoming playlists and music recommendations.

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Glamrock 2.0: Paris Hilton Is Ready to DJ Your New Year's Eve

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As you may (or may not) know, Paris Hilton is a music geek. When she is not busy running her billion-dollar empire, Paris DJs all over the world devoting herself to the dancefloor and selling out clubs. She recently performed in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai, St. Petersburg and Moscow. And now, she can be your personal New Year’s Eve DJ with her Ring in 2014 with Paris Hilton playlist.

Paris put this party-pumping playlist together exclusively for Rdio listeners, and it offers a great taste of the vibe she’s been creating in her DJ sets and in the studio for her upcoming album. Leading off with her own Afrojack-produced single “Good Time,” which features her Young Money boss Lil Wayne, this playlist is a perfect high-energy set for non-stop dancing that includes top EDM anthems and remixes of the year from the likes of ZEDD, Krewella, David Guetta, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix. There are also cameos from rappers like Kid Cudi and Jay Z and even classic feel-good hits from her family friend, Michael Jackson. Hear the full playlist below. Paris’ upcoming album features Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida and more and will be released in 2014.