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.

I’m Crying Laughing For Nicki Minaj…

…and not just for all that side eye she offered up at the AMAs last night.

Nope. Today I’m excited because Nicki’s absolute favorite emoji has been named The Oxford English Dictionary’s Word Of The Year for 2015. And which emoji is that?


The laughing crying emoji. Or as it’s officially called, “face with tears of joy”. But if you follow Nicki Minaj on twitter, you know that those tears are usually at someone else’s expense. Should be called face laughing at you.

I think you get the message. And although they’re not crediting her, now you know the truth about how this emoji got so crazy popular.

What will Nicki Minaj bring us in 2016? Only time will tell. But you’ll hear about it first on Today’s Hits!

Where The Hell Was Taylor Swift?

The 3+ hour spectacle that is the American Music Awards just wrapped up without a single Taylor Swift sighting – she wasn’t even in the audience for a reaction shot when One Direction sang that song that Harry Styles wrote about her. She clearly wasn’t in the building. So where was she?

Best guess? New Zealand. And I only know this thanks to some intrepid twitter reporters.

So it seems like she was spotted in Auckland this morning. Could be she’s just taking a well-deserved vacation after wrapping up her 1989 World Tour. She might also be hanging out with one of her innumerable BFFs, Lorde.

Luckily, Hailee Steinfeld was on hand to dance in the audience all night, Taylor style.

Good job, squad. Review the AMAs with me this week on Today’s Hits!

Well, One Thing’s For Sure About Adam Levine…

His pain tolerance is shockingly high. Adam debuted a huge new tattoo in an instagram post this week.

House call @bryanrandolph

A photo posted by Behati Prinsloo Levine (@behatiprinsloo) on

Or, more specifically, his wife, Behati Prinsloo revealed it to the world. And a quick look through her instagram feed shows us all kinds of stuff about adam that we didn’t know before. For example, that he didn’t even have that huge mermaid tattoo just one month ago.

When the jet lag is very real and all you want is this monkey #4am

A photo posted by Behati Prinsloo Levine (@behatiprinsloo) on

Or that he gets romantic with (what appear to be?) fake red roses.

Stop it I might puke

A photo posted by Behati Prinsloo Levine (@behatiprinsloo) on

But actually, Behati seems pretty cool and fascinating in her own right. She wears a necklace made out of her own wisdom tooth?!?

I dipped my wisdom in gold #boom

A photo posted by Behati Prinsloo Levine (@behatiprinsloo) on

Or when she posts pictures like this one, just for funsies.

LOL #pinkponyclub

A photo posted by Behati Prinsloo Levine (@behatiprinsloo) on

I think she and I would get along. OMG, I want to be besties with Adam Levine’s wife.

Check out both Maroon 5‘s latest song and his big hit with R. City over on Today’s Hits!

Joe Jonas Has Turned To A Life Of Crime

It’s true. He’s gone from purity rings to petty theft. And what is he stealing? Giant cardboard cutouts of other celebrities. It all started with this life sized Lady Gaga.


A photo posted by DNCE (@dnce) on

See, Joe and the rest of his band, DNCE, have been traveling around the country on a promo tour. And at each stop, or whenever they can get their hands on them, they’ve been picking up the cutouts and using them in shows. They’re even asking fans to bring them as their concert dates.

So who have they collected so far? Let’s check it out. There’s Adam Levine.

Hey @q100atlanta we took @adamlevine ✔️

A video posted by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on

This three-fer, with Sam Smith, Luke Bryan and Justin Timberlake.

A Modern Family… family.

but why and how ? #greatesttourevertour @dnce

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And this giant image of Britney Spears. Tbh, I don’t really want to count this one since it isn’t a life-sized cutout, but DNCE beggars can’t be choosers, I guess.

Takin @britneyspears for a trip out on the town #itsbritneybitch

A video posted by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on

They even scored this awkward lineup.

Snapchat: joseadam

I can’t wait to see their collection grow. But it’s slow going, with Joe explaining:

“We probably have collected about 10 and six have survived. There’s been a couple casualties. They like to crowd surf. The fans at shows like to take them home… The arms, heads, whatever they can get. Kids are actually bringing them to the shows now so we encourage it. We got Edward Cullen last night.

And if, for whatever reason, you happen to have one of these giant cutouts of Shaquille O’Neal? DNCE will take him off your hands, no questions asked. They’ve been looking for him everywhere.

Check out DNCE’s new song Cake By The Ocean over on Today’s Hits!

Ariana Grande Was Holding Back Some Important Info

Ariana Grande just dropped a brand new song, Focus, and a video where she went platinum blonde.


And just when I had thought that was the most exciting Ariana news of the week, she dropped a bombshell on us – revealing the mystery man who provided the chorus vocals is none other than Jamie Foxx.

jamie foxx

Proving once again that Jamie is a man of many talents. He can even pull off a blonde wig! So WHY wasn’t he in the video, again?

jamie blonde wig

Check out Ariana’s Focus video below, then listen to more of the best new music on Today’s Hits!

Politicians and Halloween – A Truly Terrifying Mix

Just in time for Halloween, the latest Obama dub is here, and it’s perfect.

If you’re looking for a politically inspired halloween costume, the Internet is full of ideas for you. How about Paul Ryan – our new Speaker of The House and all around swole dude?

paul ryan

Or the ridiculous “Sexy Donald Trump” – extra points to guys who rock this costume.

sexy donald trump

I asked the Internet for good Bernie Sanders costume ideas, but all it came back with is this. Bonus! You’ve already got this wig on hand from that time you played Benjamin Franklin in a school play.


Now that I think about it, maybe just go as one of the Kardashians.

Slacker’s got your Halloween parties covered with a whole collection of Halloween stations!

That’s Dr. Sheeran To You

So wow, Ed Sheeran is a doctor now?



OK, wait… not THAT kind of doctor. But he did get an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk for his “outstanding contribution to music”. And how cute does he look in his graduation ceremony gear?!?

I graduated today, I am now officially Dr. Sheeran

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Yeah, it’s pretty crazy. Even he says so.


Here he is deep in thought about his contributions to the world.


ed deep thought


And here he is during the ceremony. I just have one question.


ed manspreading


What’s with the manspreading, Ed? You’re a respectable adult with a PhD now. Keep your body parts out of other people’s personal space.

Hear some of those “outstanding contributions to music” on Slacker’s 80’s, 90’s & Today station!

Does It Seem Like I Write About Taylor Swift A Lot?

It kind of does, doesn’t it? But I promise, this blog post isn’t about my obsession with Taylor Swift.

It’s about Harry Styles’ obsession with Taylor Swift.

harry taylor


Flashback to fall of 2012, when Tarry (or Haylor, whatever your preference) fell for each other. Their relationship only lasted through January of 2013, but that was enough time for Taylor to source some new song material. 2 years later she released 1989, which had one track, Style, that seemed like it could have been about Harry, just a guess, IDK. Style was a pretty big hit for Tay, which is why this weekend, when One Direction released their new song Perfect, it sounded strangely familiar. Click on their smirking faces below to hear it.


one direction perfect


Just in case you couldn’t quite tell from the song alone, check out this mashup of the two tracks that one fan created – give it at least until “You’ve got that James Dean daydream look in your eye…” vs. “But if you like causing trouble up in hotel rooms…” and tell me you don’t hear the similarities. TELL ME YOU DON’T HEAR IT.


For the record, Harry DID write Perfect, and says:

“‘Perfect’ is for sure a love song, but it’s quite a spontaneous love song. It’s not one about thinking through too much, being like, ‘Hey, I want to be with you for the rest of my life.’ It’s like well, you know, ‘This could be fun.’”

So this is kind of nice. They’re mutually acknowledging that they had fun together, and for once, Taylor isn’t the creepy ex who made things weird by writing a song about a guy, because he wrote one about her too. Awwww… Tay, you know what’s up.



Hear more from Taylor, One Direction, and the rest of the biggest songs around by checking out Slacker’s Today’s Hits station now!


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