Over the last 25 years SXSW has proven its cultural impact through catapulting the musical artists of the fest into the mainstream.  This year, regardless on being on the ground at the SXSW, people can discover the hottest music the fest has to offer in real-time through Monstro’s SXSW Social Music Chart and premier digital music service Rdio. Using SXSW Twitter data, Monstro’s chart provides up-to-date information about the artists and music events that are trending at any given moment . Anyone who wants to listen to these trending music artists can simply click on the artist to stream in their top songs on Rdio.

Facilitating people discovering the hottest music at SXSW is not the only way Rdio was involved in the interactive and music festivals this year. Rdio also unveiled a completely redesigned Rdio yesterday at the #Feed powered by Twitter interactive exhibition at the AMOA Arthouse. The New Rdio provides an even faster, simpler and more social music experience.  Beginning immediately, current and new Rdio subscribers can experience the new design and access the enhanced features. Rdio also announced at SXSW, that the digital music service marked the major milestone of having more than 15 million songs now available in its global catalogue.

For more information on New Rdio please visit: or check out the New Rdio press release.

Listen to what’s trending at SXSW now via Rdio:


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