Rdio is laying off employees today to "improve its cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long-term."
Rdio isn't revealing any specific numbers to counteract the bad news, but the company insists things are looking up. "Since the end of last year, we’ve tripled our number of new users," a spokesperson told TechCrunch. Rdio also says that 90 percent of users now subscribe to its $9.99 unlimited streaming plan, a healthy conversion rate by any standard.
Christopher Minor of Time Will Tell has released a new lyric video for his first solo song called "The Watchful." It's in the replies. He will be releasing a short film music video for it in a few weeks.
Southern California hardcore band Seizures is streaming their full-length The Sanity Universal. It can be heard in the replies. The band is opening up for American Nightmare on 12/13 at Chain Reaction.
From now until December 2nd, the city of Boston is calling on local talent to submit music to be its hold music for the city's 24-hour hotline.
Musicians are encouraged to send in links to their original music to city officials at the DoIT Twitter and Facebook pages with the #BOStunes hashtag, allowing Boston city hall to create a new "transfer music playlist." So far, Bostonians seem happy to oblige: a handful of musicians have already taken to Twitter to submit their Soundcloud and Bandcamp tracks.
Backtrack have premiered the title track from their forthcoming full-length, Lost In Life, due out January 14th, 2014. It'll also be on the Can't Escape teaser EP, out December 17th, which can be pre-ordered here.