The arrangement will lead to a new iteration of Rdio this summer, which will include a free, ad-supported streaming music service, according to Dickey. “This will make it a level playing field in terms of the offerings of Spotify or Pandora,” he said. “This is a necessity to be competitive in the U.S. market.” The first version of its free, ad-supported service appeared in January.
In addition, the two companies are "in discussions" to include non-music programming, including content from properties Cumulus acquired when it paid $260 million for the Dial Global radio network -- since rebranded as...
Friends In America released their fantastic debut, What It Is To Be, last year and are now gearing up for the release of their new single "The More I Have, The Less I Own (The More I Learn, The Less I Know)" on May 15th. Head over to Made of Chalk to stream the new track now as well as read an introduction from lead singer, guitarist and Absolutepunk member, Matt Rawlings.
Pittsburgh jingle-jangle rock act (this is srs business) Brightside are putting out a record called Now And Loud and it kind of sounds like 90's Modest Mouse-meets-Foals sometimes. The album releases May 19th via Derek of The World Is...'s Broken World Media label, and you can hear "Circa 2006" in the replies.
Stream Michael Jackson's first single from Xscape, "Love Never Felt So Good," in the replies. The track, originally recorded in 1983, is available as a standalone song and as a duet with Justin Timberlake.