There Are A Lot of Blurred Lines in This Week’s EQ Charts

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EQ PlayThis week the Slacker EQ Charts are all about blurred lines. Not Robin Thicke’s summer hit, but the increasingly blurry lines between music genres, and more importantly—music fans of different backgrounds.

You can take a look at the full charts here. 

We’ve known for a long time here at Slacker that contemporary music fans don’t limit themselves to just one kind of music, and you can see this play out on Slacker’s Overall EQ chart every week–where Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, and Lorde all live together in relative harmony. But this week, we see the EDM, Pop, Alt/Indie, and Overall charts sharing tracks and artists more than ever before, and it’s all being driven by the behavior and engagement of millions of Slacker listeners. Examples and insights from this week’s charts are below.

Lorde tops the Overall chart this week, as well as the Pop, EDM, and Alt/Indie charts. This song is one of the biggest hits of this year, not only because it’s really great, but because it has created consensus with music fans from so many different genres. Capital Cities is in a similar spot, occupying a position in the top 5 across the Overall, Pop, EDM, and Alt/Indie charts.

On the EDM chart, the lines continue to blur between mainstream pop and “pure” EDM, as Avicii, Zedd, and Calvin Harris continue to dominate this chart while also increasingly infiltrating the Pop charts.

At Pop, Lorde unseats Katy Perry for the number 1 spot, while Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” moves into the top 10 and AWOLNATION’s “Sail” debuts at number 25, nearly 3 years after its original release. This is another case of an artist from a different genre—in this case, Alt/Indie–writing a song that is so universally engaging that it ultimately gets discovered and elevated by music fans from all genres.

We see some significant movement and big debuts on the Alt/Indie chart this week, as NoNoNo’s “Pumpin Blood” rockets on to the chart, moving up 40 spots to debut at number 21. MS MR’s “Hurricane,” the 1975’s “Chocolate,” and Chvrches’ “The Mother We Share” all debut in the top 40 this week as well, based on their strong engagement with Slacker listeners.

Rich Homie Kwan’s “Type Of Way” continues to be one of the most engaging hip hop tracks of the year, moving up another 4 spots to crack the top 10 on Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart. The same goes for Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal”, which is up 11 spots. Jason Derulo’s new single “Marry Me” makes the biggest debut of the week on this chart, as Slacker listeners push it up 46 spots to debut at number 21.

On the Country chart, Florida Georgia Line is on top again, this time with “Round Here,” which narrowly bumps Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” for the number 1 spot. And fresh off making history with 6 nods in her first year as a nominee at the CMA’s, Kacey Musgraves debuts on the chart again, this time with “Merry Go ‘Round.”

Finally, at Rock, we see three songs debut on a chart that has been fairly static for the last few weeks; Volbeat’s “Lola Montez,” Skillet’s“American Noise,” and Escape the Fate’s “One For the Money” all crack the top 40 this week.

You can join Slacker DJ Parker as she hosts our weekly countdown of the top 40 most engaging songs on Slacker this week—listen here. Check back here next week to see how the songs that you listen to, Heart, and share the most move up and down the charts!

Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

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