New Music Weekly – October 22, 2013

So far this week, we’ve been tuning in to the latest star-studded collaboration compilation from hip-hop giant DJ Khaled, albums from California acts like low-fi duo Best Coast and alt-rockers AFI, and a new EP from the hauntingly beautiful electronic artist Active Child

There are two ways to discover what’s just come out from these and many more artists: Take our personalized roadmap, the New Music Weekly playlist, to hear what we think are the best of the bunch, or chart your own course with the full collection in the Rdio New Releases section. The Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel on some of the key offerings of the week.


  • Katy PerryPrism
    The pop star’s fourth album is backed by the worldwide hit “Roar” and features a collaboration with twerk king Juicy J.
  • Waka Flocka FlameFrom Roaches to Rollies
    This new mixtape from Atlanta’s party starter keeps the energy up until the next album arrives.
  • Fifth HarmonyBetter Together
    A Simon Cowell creation formed from last season’s X-Factor in America gets a slickly produced debut to chart the course of good girls going (not too) bad.
  • POLIÇAShulasmith
    The eerie electro-indie pop act from Minneapolis takes a bow and arrow to the heart of materialism on the sophomore album.
  • Eric Church“The Outsiders”
    The Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter emerges with a taste of his fourth full-length.

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Noveda Technologies and ARAMARK Team Up to Increase Energy Awareness on Higher Education Campuses

Companies partner to develop and implement energy and water management solutions that drive sustainable change

BRANCHBURG, N.J., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Noveda Technologies, the leader in web-based, real-time energy and water management systems, and ARAMARK, a world leader in providing professional facilities management services, today announced a strategic partnership to develop solutions for managing energy and water consumption in real-time. This partnership is designed to deliver programs that drive and sustain behavioral change to reduce waste and optimize consumption of electricity, natural gas and water in Higher Education facilities managed by ARAMARK across North America. Continue reading

Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype

REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG — Oct. 13, 2011 Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) has closed its acquisition of Skype Global S.à r.l. Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype, an Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion were led by investor group Silver Lake and the transaction was originally announced on May 10, 2011. Boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype previously approved the acquisition.

Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies’ efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft. Continue reading

Rdio Launches First Ever Free, On-Demand Music Streaming – Without Ads

No Downloads, No Credit Cards Needed to Access More Than 12 Million Songs Instantly for Free

SAN FRANCISCO, October 6, 2011 – Rdio (, the digital music service created by the founders of Skype, today announced the launch of the first ever free, on-demand music offering with no ads. In a move that will redefine the digital music space, US users who sign up to Rdio on the web will now have access to full song streams for free while discovering and sharing music from a growing catalog of over 12 million songs. Only an email address or Facebook account is required to sign up and no software downloads or credit card information is needed to start instantly listening to music.

With Rdio’s free access, now anyone can share free, on-demand music with their friends. And with Rdio’s full integration into Facebook’s Open Graph platform, anyone on Facebook can instantly share and play any song in the News Feed, Ticker, or Timeline. Continue reading

Bayer to Use Noveda System to Monitor Energy Usage of EcoCommercial Building Projects

Bayer MaterialScience LLC announces it will utilize energy monitoring solutions from Noveda Technologies to optimize the energy performance of its EcoCommercial Building (ECB) projects around the world. Noveda, based in Branchburg, N.J., is the latest addition to the ECB Network, which brings together leading companies that provide state-of-the-art product and service technologies, making energy-efficient, sustainable and profitable building possible.

It’s estimated that buildings are currently responsible for more than 40 percent of the world’s energy use and roughly 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. These statistics are among those fueling an increased interest in the design, construction and ongoing operation of more sustainable structures. According to Noveda, use of its real-time energy and water monitoring solutions can slash energy and water consumption by an average of 15 percent, dramatically demonstrating the ROI of incorporating sustainable elements into new or retrofitted structures. Continue reading

Rdio Becomes One of the First Music Services to Launch on Facebook Open Graph

Now Instantly Play Music from Rdio Straight from Your Facebook Profile

SAN FRANCISCO, September 22, 2011 – Rdio (, the unlimited, on-demand social music service from the creators of Skype, today announced it is one of the first music services to launch on Facebook’s new music platform. With the integration of Rdio on Facebook, Facebook users now have an additional and established platform to share their musical tastes with their friends, regardless of whether or not those friends have an Rdio account. The announcement took place today in San Francisco at f8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, during the unveiling of the company’s much anticipated music platform.

“Rdio, like Facebook, was built from the ground up as a social service so this integration is a natural fit for us,” said Drew Larner, Rdio CEO. “Music has always been a social experience and Rdio has built the best social music discovery service. By combining our social DNA with the expansive reach of the world’s largest social network, we’ve made it even easier for consumers to use Rdio to discover music and share it instantly with their Facebook friends.” Continue reading

Telus and Rdio to Partner to Take the Social Music Experience to the Next Level

Music fans will easily enjoy Rdio’s unlimited, on-demand social music service on their smartphones through convenient direct billing

Toronto, ON, July 7, 2011 – TELUS and Rdio today announced that they intend to enter into an agreement that will give TELUS smartphone customers the ability to subscribe to Rdio, an unlimited, on-demand social music service, via their existing TELUS account. Rdio, founded by the creators of Skype, is the first service in Canada to bring social music discovery to mobile devices, giving users instant access to a growing catalogue of nearly nine million songs. Direct carrier billing will provide TELUS customers with a secure, convenient, and easy way to subscribe to Rdio, and to access and share their music on the go. Rdio is changing the way people discover, share and listen to music. For $10/month, Rdio users can play any song, album, artist and playlist as many times as they like, without ever hearing a single ad. Users also have access to new albums the day they are released. With Rdio, users can discover new and old favourites, and follow friends, people with similar musical tastes, recording artists and other influencers to see what they are listening to, and even collaborate on playlists. Rdio makes music sharing effortless thanks to integration with Facebook and Twitter which enables users to easily share their favourite songs, albums and playlists with friends. Continue reading