Parker

Parker

Parker is Slacker's curator of all things pop, such as Today's Hits, Hits of the 2000's. She is a professional pop music sponge who tends to say yes to every opportunity that comes her way, which translates to a life of fun - like playing bass in an Elvis Presley cover band called The Pelvis Breastlies.

We’re Starting To Hear Musical Tributes To Orlando

Just a week after the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, artists all over the country are starting to release tribute tracks. Christina Aguilera dropped a new song calling for (and called) Change:

Melissa Etheridge performed her new song, Pulse, live this weeekend.

And some of the biggest Broadway stars got together to record this tribute – all of the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

Here at Slacker, our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy as well. We’ll keep you up to date on further benefit tracks as they become available.

Nick Jonas Teaches Us A New Word

We’re always learning new things here at Slacker! So when we heard Nick Jonas use a term we’ve never heard before, we just had to dive deeper.

The whole thing went down on The Tonight Show this week, when Nick talked to Jimmy about the aftermath of a bad edible. (Note: he takes a minute to get to the details – skip ahead to about 1:25 for the vocab lesson. Also, this is probably NSFW, so use your headphones.)

But if this pose indicates “NARB”…

What does that mean for THIS red carpet look?

Also, is that what this giant camo coat is all about?

Maybe Nick just gets turned on by red carpet events? Hear how far He jumped on this week’s Slacker Top 40 – it’s made it into the top 15!

Rihanna’s Most Shocking Look Yet

Seems like Rihanna isn’t just creating art with her music – she’s also inspiring it. Don’t believe me? Just check out the giant, headless cutout of Ri that’s on display at The Berlin Biennale For Contemporary Art.

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Sooooo… arty.

The work is from Columbian artist Juan Sebastian Pelaez, who has been making waves since 2014 with his unusual offerings. This is the artist’s first piece to be unveiled from his latest collection, and is titled Ewaipanoma (Rihanna). But Rihanna isn’t the only celeb getting decapitated for art.

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The 2015 Miss Universe Pageant

“Ewaipanoma” is the name of a mythical race of headless humanoids supposedly discovered by English explorer Walter Raleigh in Venezuela at the end of the 16th century. Berlin Biennale’s website notes that Peláez’s work features “upright, oversize photo-cutouts of headless human bodies—captured in athletic positions, sporting bikini swimwear, or posing in the limelight in glitzy, bling gowns—with faces surreally integrated into their chests. Both the bodies and faces are sourced from pop queens and soccer stars from the Caribbean or Latin America.”

What do you think? Creepy or cool? No comment so far from Ri-Ri herself, but I imagine her response looks something like this.

Listen to Rihanna – head included – on this week’s Slacker Top 40!

Lukas Graham Has A Doppelgänger

This has been driving me crazy since Lukas Graham hit it big, and I finally figured out who he looks just like! Taran Killam from Saturday Night Live! Don’t believe me? Check them out side by side:

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Pretty close? Yes? How about this set?

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And Lukas is such a naturally fun and wacky guy that, subconsciously, I’ve been wondering this whole time if this is some kind of expanded SNL prank. The makings of the next digital short!

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We’ll have to wait until the show comes back this fall to see if Lukas Graham can get a musical guest spot, but if they do, I’m hoping for some kind of epic 7 Years sketch. Or at the very least, something about long lost twins.

Who’s your celebrity doppelgänger? Share your pictures with me on Instagram – follow @parkeronslacker – and check out 7 Years now on Today’s Hits!

Beyoncé Gets Her Own Holiday – FINALLY

Beyoncé Day is a real thing – finally this graphic I made when I saw The Formation World Tour May 1 comes in handy.

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At least, for the segment of the Beyhive that resides in Minnesota, where the Governor named May 23, 2016 “Beyonce Day” – noting that she has “influenced many young girls and women with powerful, positive messages in her songs” – giving a fancy proclamation and everything!


There are only a couple of problems with this –

1.) Pretty much immediately after this announcement was made, her show in Minneapolis was evacuated due to severe weather.


(Eventually, the weather passed, and fans were given the all clear to return to their seats. Close one. But did you really think Bey would let the WEATHER stop her? Come on now.)

2.) This is intended as a one time event, NOT the annual celebration of everything Beyoncé Knowles this country really needs. Just imagine if we all took one day each year to listen to her catalogue and reflect on how she might be the greatest performer of our generation.

We can make #BeyDay a thing! Starting now, with Slacker’s Beyonce: DNA station!

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Video Premiere!

Music video releases are so complicated in 2016. A single video isn’t good enough – no one wants to wait around while you get a full production team together to shoot that. Enter the lyric video. And Justin Timberlake is taking it one step further – he gave us a “first listen” to his song from the Upcoming Trolls movie:

Then we got a “teaser” for the official vid:

And now, it’s finally here! Watch this one & dance your butt off!

And if that’s not enough, watch this JT medley including Can’t Stop The Feeling from the Eurovision finals!

Still can’t get enough Justin? Hear his new track on Today’s Hits now!

Gravity: 1, Meghan Trainor: 0

Oh no, Megs. Oh no.

Meghan Trainor had a big appearance on The Tonight Show Thursday night. And her heels might have been just a tiny bit too high.

In awesome Meghan style, she had a sense of humor about it – accepting the fall and lying flat on the floor, where Jimmy Fallon joined her. And then she walked it off! Or something.


Watch the full performance of her insanely catchy new song “Me Too” and try not to feel too much schadenfreude.

Listen to Slacker for Meghan’s latest and all your favourite songs on Today’s Hits!

As We Say In The South… Bless His Heart

The Biebs debuted his latest tattoo this week… on his face.


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A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

I know, a little hard to see in that pic. But it’s a cross. According to Us Weekly, he got it with a friend in NYC last week, and his tattoo artist claims “It represents his journey in finding purpose with God.”

Earlier this year, JB told GQ that he would consider getting a face tattoo when he’s “really old, not super old, but maybe, like, forties or fifties or something.” Oops. Guess he just couldn’t wait.

But hang on… just yesterday he posted this picture, with the tattoo conspicuously missing. [ETA: or is that it over there on the right? Maybe this image is just flipped? Hard to tell.]


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A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

Is this going to turn into another Ed Sheerandid he or didn’t he” debacle?

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Whatever he’s up to, The Slacker Nation can’t be too mad about it. He’s still got 2 songs on this week’s Slacker Top 40 – check it out to hear the biggest songs of the week according to your listening behavior!

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