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Rachel is Slacker's blog manager who, aside from being a professional writer and digital strategist, is willing to bet anyone she would beat them in a game of "Name That Tune."

Bjork is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 12.24.47 PMIs there any artist as unique, iconoclastic, and unconventional as Bjork? The Icelandic singer, songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist turns 48 years old this week, and Slacker celebrates her extraordinary work with a station featuring music from throughout her career, including her solo work, her three albums with The Sugarcubes, and collaborations with artists like 808 State.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you will also hear music from her many production partners from Matmos to Tricky to Kronos Quartet, as well as proteges like throat singer Tanya Tagaq and performance artist HK119.

Listen to this station to expand your mind. Bjork is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

This Week’s EQ Charts Are Here!

EQ PlayAs the end of the year approaches, we are looking at the EQ data for all of 2013, and some interesting insights appear. For example, even though it’s only been out for two weeks, Eminem’s  “The Monster” is already the 12th most “Hearted” song of 2013 on Slacker. And did you know that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” is both the 3rd most “Hearted” and the 2nd most “Banned” song of 2013? In the coming weeks we will be sharing more of this data, and more importantly—using it to create more great radio experiences. After all, Slacker’s EQ charts are a reflection of the songs that you, the music fan, care about most. In the meantime, here are some key insights from this week’s EQ charts, which you can see here. 
Amongst Slacker’s hip hop fans, Eminem still reigns supreme; 4 tracks from his new album “The Marshall Mathers Album II” made the Hip Hop/R&B chart this week, including his collab with Rihanna, “The Monster,” which is at number 2 and rising. Eminem’s invasion of the chart is likely due to his new album being featured as Slacker’s “Album Of The Week” last week; when given the opportunity to listen to the record in its entirety, Slacker listeners clearly singled out “Berzerk,“ “Rap God,” “Survival,” and “The Monster” as their favorite tracks—which directly led to their ranks on the chart this week. We also see that Sage The Gemini has another hit on his hands with “Red Nose,” as it moves up 21 spots to debut at 24.

On Slacker’s Rock chart, Chester Bennington appears to be the man of the hour. Linkin Park’s remix collaboration with Steve Aoki makes a huge debut; the EDM-meets-rock “A Light That Never Comes” is at number 16 this week. Meanwhile, his side work as Stone Temple Pilots’ new vocalist is clearly engaging Slacker’s rock fans—STP’s “Black Heart” makes a huge debut, moving up 60 spots to land at number 24.

At Country, we see the established superstars continuing to enjoy a post-CMA awards bounce alongside huge jumps from the next generation of young country artists. Tim McGrawKeith UrbanBlake Shelton, and Florida Georgia Line all moved up the charts after their wins at the CMAs, while Danielle Bradbury’s “The Heart Of Dixie” moves up 20 spots to debut at number 38 and Cassadee Pope’s “Wasting All These Tears” continues its ascent, landing at number 16 on Slacker’s Country chart this week.

When we look at the Alt/Indie chart as a whole, it’s remarkable how much the composition has changed, even compared to one year ago. The rock textures of long-time alternative staples like Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and even 30 Seconds To Mars are notably absent, replaced by the electro-pop sound of acts like SmallpoolsNoNoNoBastille, and of course, Lorde. No format that we track has so much variation in sound and style from year to year as our Alt/Indie chart. Notable movers this week include The Neighbourhood’s “Afraid,” which jumps 20 spots to land at number 12, and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” which jumps 8 spots to settle at number 29. Arcade Fire has seen a sustained spike on this chart since their feature as Slacker’s Album Of The Week, which exposed the entire album to millions of Slacker listeners that might not have otherwise discovered it via Slacker’s Alt and Indie station lineup.

Slacker’s Pop chart continues to be dominated by the usual suspects like Lorde, OneRepublic, and Katy Perry. But the alt-rock of AWOLNATION and the EDM of Avicii are poised to potentially upset the homogeny of the top 5 in the coming weeks. Zendaya makes her first appearance on the Pop chart as “Replay” jumps 15 spots to debut at number 35, and fueled by Rihanna’s assist, Eminem’s “The Monster” debuts this week at number 8—the first time he’s cracked the Pop chart in recent memory.

Finally, While the EDM chart continues to be dominated by international stars like Avicii, Zedd and Calvin Harris, this week we see some new names. These artists are bringing a diverse range of styles, with trap from Diplo, hard electro from Martin Garrix, and indie dance from RAC. And while neither artist is exactly “new,” the combination of Linkin Park and Steve Aoki on the remix of “ A Light That Never Comes” is clearly engaging Slacker music fans, as it makes a huge debut at number 12 this week. We see that EDM continues to be an umbrella term for a whole spectrum of subgenres, and Slacker’s human curation is key in taking all of these disparate sounds and making great radio!

Listen to the  Slacker Top 40 station here–a countdown featuring the 40 most engaging tracks of the week, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker. And check back next week to see how millions of Slacker music fans just like you push songs up and down the charts—just by listening, skipping, Hearting, and banning the songs that you hear!

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

Eminem’s Album of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 8.21.39 AMEminem recreates the nostalgia of his 2000 Grammy-winning album, “The Marshall Mathers LP,” with a new, 16-track collection that features guest vocals by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and many more.

Listen to the hip hop mogul’s “MMLP 2,” Slacker’s Album of the Week, on demand all week long here.

Spotlight on Artist of the Week Lady Gaga

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 8.16.47 AMThere’s no one who combines art, sex and substance like Lady Gaga. Today, November 5 we get our next Gaga fix with the release of her third album “Artpop.”

Slacker’s celebrating with a station featuring all things Gaga, including music from her prolific career, influences and collaborators.

Listen to Lady Gaga on Slacker’s Artist of the Week righthere.

Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Top 33 on Slacker for a Limited Time

CARRIE KENNY TOP 33Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the 47th annual CMA awards on Wednesday; It’s their 6th year in a row! To celebrate, we’ve created a station counting down their biggest hits, as determined by you, Slacker users.
It’s something we call E.Q., the Engagement Quotient. It just means these are your most hearted, least-banned and most-shared songs by Carrie and Brad. By the way, single-artist stations like these are usually reserved for our premium users, but thanks to a special agreement, everyone can listen for a limited time.
The Carrie and Brad E.Q. Top 33, something that could only happen on Slacker. Check it out here.

 

Top Songs on the Slacker EQ!

EQ PlayAs 2013 comes to a close, the artists that made the biggest impact with Slacker listeners become clear–Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Avicii and more. However, there are major new releases still on the way–from established stars Eminem, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Eric Church, and more. You can track all of these artists and their engagement with millions of Slacker music fans here; key insights from this week’s EQ charts, which you can check out here. 

Country fans made the biggest impact on Slacker’s Overall top 40 chart this week, as they push David Nail’s “Whatever She’s Got up 11 spots to number 23, and Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” moves up 10 spots to number 27. At the top of the chart, Lorde, Katy Perry, and Avicii continue hold down the top 3 spots, but it is nearly a statistical dead heat, which leads us to believe that there may be a new number 1 next week. EDM fans joined forces with Slacker’s Pop constituency this week to propel Ellie Goulding’s new track on to the chart; “Burn” is up 6 spots to debut at number 36.

Speaking of EDM fans—as those producers and performers continue to become part of the mainstream consciousness, we see this reflected on Slacker’s EQ charts. For example, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Avicii, and Krewella each have 3 songs on the EDM chart, giving those 4 artists a 30% total share of the most engaging EDM songs among Slacker listeners. That’s not to say that Slacker listeners aren’t engaging with lesser-known artists; new tracks from RAC, Xilent, and Keys N Krates all move up the chart this week.

Predictably, Eminem is the big story on the Hip Hop/R&B chart. 3 tracks from his upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” make the chart this week; “Berzerk” is number 14, “Survival” is number 35, and “Rap God” moves up 115 spots to debut at number 40. And the great thing about Slacker’s engagement data is that it allows your curators to immediately respond to listener demand. To that end, we are featuring a special “Eminem 33” station this week, which counts down his 33 most popular songs, as determined by millions of Slacker listeners. And next week, we are featuring “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as our Album of the Week, which will allow all Slacker listeners to listen to the entire thing, as much as they like!

Being that it’s Halloween week, it’s only appropriate that we feature a song that has risen from the dead. Nearly 2 years after it topped the Alt/Indie chart, AWOLNATION’s “Sail” makes like a zombie and breaks in to the top 10 on the Pop chart. Big Sean’s “Beware” makes the biggest debut of the week, moving up 14 spots to land at number 31.

On the Rock chart, we have a new number one for the first time in 2 months, as Pop Evil’s “Trenches” finally unseats Black Veil Brides’ “In The End.” And supergroup Eye Empire debut on the chart at number 34 with “More Than Fate.”

At Country, Thomas Rhett takes over the number 1 spot with his “It Goes Like This,” Dustin Lynch’s “Wild In Your Smile” and Randy Houser’s“Goodnight Kiss” see the biggest spike in listener engagement this week, and after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” makes a big debut at number 33.

And finally, we know that Lorde is perhaps the most engaging artist of the year amongst Slacker music fans. She tops 4 of our 7 charts this week. But amongst Alt/Indie fans, she is truly dominating. For the first time in Slacker EQ history, one artist has 3 different songs in the top 15–and it’s Lorde. Her “Royals” is number 1, “Tennis Court” is number 7, and new single “Team” is number 11 on the Alt/Indie chart. In a remarkably short period of time, Lorde has proven that she is no one-hit-wonder–at least amongst the millions of Slacker listeners that determine the EQ scores that these charts are based from.

Listen to the  Slacker Top 40 station here–a countdown featuring the 40 most engaging tracks of the week, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker. And check back next week to see how millions of Slacker music fans just like you push songs up and down the charts—just by listening, skipping, Hearting, and banning the songs that you hear!

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

 

 

 

“Drinks After Work” is the Song Stuck in our Head

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 12.02.46 PM52-year-old Country superstar Toby Keith shows no signs of slowing down and continues to be one of the biggest stars in Country.

He just released his 17th studio album, named after one of the Slacker staff’s favorite activities, “Drinks After Work.”

This is the title track, it’s Toby Keith and Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head. Listen to “Drinks After Work” on demand all weekhere.

Artist of the Week Tribute to Lou Reed

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 8.40.07 AMIt’s difficult to properly eulogize an artist as impactful as Lou Reed. So-we are going to pay tribute to Lou Reed the best way we know how—via music.

On this week’s Artist of the Weekstation dedicated to the icon, you’ll hear work from all eras of his career- with the Velvet Underground, as a solo artist, and his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear work from the many, many artists that he directly influenced, and even some of his own early influences.

He was immensely quotable, and we think he sums up his body of work nicely with a series of quotes. On his approach to rock and roll, he said “One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” And on his career in retrospective, he said “All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter. They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”

This is Slacker’s tribute to Lou Reed, our Artist of the Week. Listen here.

“There’s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It’s your time.”

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