SXSW Rdio Sessions with Ty Dolla $ign, Tensnake, David Nail and More!

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South by Southwest takes over Austin, TX this month with musicians, industry reps, music fans, and media of all types coming together for what has become the country’s biggest music festival and conference.

Rdio will be heading to Austin to join the fun and capture a truckoad of exclusive performances as part of our Rdio Sessions series, the SXSW 2014 edition. Each live session will be released as an exclusive live set on Rdio, bringing these unique and intimate performances back home to Rdio listeners.

Rdio Sessions at SXSW will feature a stellar lineup of up-and-coming artists including Lucius, Ty Dolla $ign, David Nail, Bad Suns, Haerts, Tensnake, and Strange Talk. Many of these acts are also part of Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, our handpicked tipsheet of musicians and bands that Rdio anticipates to break through in 2014 and who we think fans will love.

Curious to hear these artists now? Check out our SXSW lineup right here with the Rdio Sessions + SXSW 2014 playlist:

Want more? Stay tuned for the release of each SXSW Session on Rdio and be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for daily updates and sneak peeks of Rdio Sessions from SXSW!

SXSW Artists Recording Rdio Sessions

Lucius – Berklee College of Music voice majors Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig make up the Brooklyn-based indie pop quintet Lucius.

Ty Dolla $ign – Ty is a Los Angeles-based singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and multi- instrumentalist.

David Nail – Born and raised in Kennett, Missouri, David is a country singer songwriter with recent the hit single, “Whatever She’s Got” which made it to Billboard’s country airplay number one spot.

Bad Suns – Comprising vocalist Christo Bowman, drummer Miles Morris, guitarist Ray Libby, and bassist Gavin Bennett, Bad Suns formed in 2012 in Woodland Hills, California.

Haerts – The long-distance collaborative project Haerts came into formation when childhood friends Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert started working on music together in a small apartment in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tensnake – The electro producer Tensnake from Hamburg, Germany recently released the single “Love Sublime” featuring Nile Rodgers of Daft Punk.

Strange Talk – An Australian synthpop band from Melbourne, Victoria, Strange Talk consists of Gerard Sidhu, Stephen Docker, Travis Constable and Gillan Gregory. The band will be releasing their debut album Cast Away in 2014.


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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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Rdio CEO to Speak at Digital Entertainment World on "The State of the Music Industry"

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This week, Rdio CEO Anthony Bay will participate in a panel at the inaugural Digital Entertainment World conference on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Bay will join industry colleagues for “The State of the Music Industry,” to discuss the future of the music business and technology — what’s working and what’s not — as well as the innovations and business models that will help fuel growth in the digital music marketplace.

Bay will share insights from Rdio’s innovation in the subscription music industry along with perspective from two decades of experience as a former digital executive at Amazon, Microsoft and Apple where he took companies to the next level helping to expand global reach and subscriber base growth.

If you are attending DEW, be sure to join for the discussion. Or check back here on the Rdio Bog later this week for a recap of the panel session.

“The State of the Music Industry”
Digital Entertainment World
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles Room

Other panelists include:

Rio Caraeff, CEO, VEVO
Jordan Berliant, Partner/Head of Music Management, The Collective
Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin
Moderator: Alex Pham, Senior Correspondent, Billboard


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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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Rdio for iOS: It’s Getting Better All the Time

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Rdio is already the best music app available (just ask the New York Times), but that’s not good enough for us — we’re always looking for ways to make our mobile app even better.

So today, we’re excited to launch two new features on the Rdio app for iOS.

First up is playlist editing. Now, you can update your playlists from your iPhone or iPod touch — in addition to creating playlists and adding new tracks, you can now remove and rearrange tracks until you’ve made the best playlist ever (or it’s dethroned by your next playlist, of course). You can also customize the playlist artwork, change its visibility and collaboration settings, and more.

The other big addition is reviews. You can now write album and playlist reviews right from the iOS app, and read reviews by critics and other people on Rdio. It’s a great way to see what other listeners think of your favorite albums and let your own voice be heard.

We’ve also made tweaks to the app’s design, user interface, and overall performance — all the little details that make Rdio so enjoyable to use.

We hope you enjoy the updates on Rdio for iOS. We look forward to bringing these new features to Android down the road.

Haven’t tried Rdio on mobile yet? Download our apps for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.


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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!

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited or our Family Plan, for mobile on-demand features and ad-free listening everywhere you go.


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Rdio + Shazam Go Global

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We’ve been incredibly stoked about working with Shazam the past year to power music discovery in new and creative ways. Earlier this month we announced our latest integration with Shazam to offer a personal playlist of your Shazamed songs in the Rdio App. This playlist automatically updates with every new song you tag in Shazam, making it easy to relive an amazing night out, track for track, on Rdio. Music fans can also instantly listen to entire songs on the fly right after tagging them in Shazam by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link within the app.

Now Rdio and Shazam are taking these integrations around the world to 29 additional countries including France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.

“Working together in major countries across the globe, we are now providing more than 270 million Shazam users the ability to instantly listen to an entire song they just identified exclusively on Rdio and seamlessly build playlists on Rdio,” said Daniel Danker, chief product officer of Shazam.

“Music lovers around the globe can now connect Shazam's tagging feature with Rdio's digital music service. All the songs tagged in Shazam are automatically added to a 'My Shazam Tracks' playlist in Rdio, making it easy to identify, save, and organize their music discoveries,” said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. “Rdio and Shazam are at the forefront of how people are discovering new music.”

Here is the complete list of the 35 countries where the Shazam and Rdio integration is now available: United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Venezuela.

Our partnership with Shazam is one of the many ways we are dedicated to bringing the Rdio experience to music lovers everywhere. Paired with our new option to listen to Rdio for free on web or mobile in the United States, we can proudly say the music never stops! And for on-demand listening everywhere you go, upgrade to Rdio Unlimited, our Family Plan, or grab a Student Discount.


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Pass It On: Drag & Share the Music You Love

When you stumble upon music that feels new and noteworthy, the desire to share it with friends comes pretty easily. That’s why we’ve made it simpler than ever to share music you discover on Rdio with the new Drag & Share feature, available on Rdio web and desktop apps.

Here’s how it works: Click the album, playlist, or song you want to share, drag it to the right side of your Rdio screen, and choose how you want to share it — on Twitter, on Facebook, or with a friend on Rdio. You can quickly drag music to a playlist, too.

Whether you’re repping your new jam on Twitter and Facebook or telling your best friend about an album they just gotta hear, Drag & Share is a faster, fun way to spread the word about the music you love. And that’s not a drag at all.


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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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