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.

The TWENTY: Hamilton

So there seem to be 3 camps of people when it comes to the Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical – Those who are obsessed with it, those who have friends who are obsessed – or they’ve kind of heard about it, but haven’t really checked it out, and those who are still in the dark. I’m Parker – I belong to that first group, and I’m here to clear up some of the mystery behind Hamilton’s popularity.

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Maybe you’re trying to figure out who this Lin-Manuel Miranda guy is – he’s been popping up on The Tonight Show, Drunk History, Carpool Karaoke, Inside Amy Schumer – and EVERYONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHO HE IS. Because never in the history of Broadway theater has a musical crossed into the mainstream in the way that Hamilton has! Not even Cats, although it probably came the closest.

So, let’s start at the beginning – literally. This is the first song Lin wrote after reading an Alexander Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow. He took it to an open mic night at the White House in 2009, where he debuted it for President Obama and the First Lady – and sang all the roles himself.

SO MUCH HAMILTON behind this link!

Bruno Mars Has Been Writing Hits Since He Was 4 Years Old!

So Bruno Mars is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and inside he talks about the pressure to finish up his new album and make it his best work yet.

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But there’s a hidden gem in this interview – he mentions the first song he ever wrote, for his Mom, when he was just 4 years old, saying:

“I think it was for her birthday or Mother’s Day,” Mars says, smiling at the memory. “I gave it to her on cassette. I don’t remember her reaction, but she probably bit my face off.” He smiles again. “She played that song forever.”

Rolling Stone also says it’s worth finding on Youtube if you like cute things, or life. And hey! I like both of those things! So I figured I’d save you the effort and share it here.

BRB, dying of adorableness.

Don’t forget to check out this week’s Slacker Top 40 to hear where Bruno’s latest song shows up on the chart of the most popular pop songs, according to the Slacker Nation!

Twenty One Pilots Covered In Twenty One Different Ways!

Well, well, well… here we are at another #CoverWednesday. I’m parker and every Wednesday I share some of the coolest covers of hot songs or by major artists. And this week, TWENTY ØNE PILØTSHeathens got the 10 Second Songs treatment!

To get the latest #CoverWednesday features, follow me on Twitter (I’m @ParkerOnSlacker) or like me on Facebook! And to hear the biggest songs of the week according to our listeners, check out the Slacker Top 40 – new every Thursday!

AMA Nominations are out! Is Drake The New King of Pop?

Drake‘s got to be feeling pretty good about himself today – he just broke a record held by Michael Jackson since 1984. That’s back when Thriller changed the music business and MJ was nominated for 11 AMAs in a single year. But Drizzy just blew that record out of the water – this year he’s scored 13 (THIRTEEN!) nominations! Everything from Artist of the Year to Favorite Male Artist plus Favorite Album, Favorite Rap Artist, Favorite Rap Song… you get the idea.


Who, ME???

Check out all of the Nominees below, and let us know how many of those awards Drake will actually end up taking home in the comments!

2016 American Music Award Nominations!

Sia’s New Video Is A Tribute To Orlando Shooting Victims

Sia‘s got a new album on the way, called We Are Your Children, and dropped the first taste of what’s in store this week, with a new song and a video that appears to pay tribute to victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting that happened back in June.

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This video, like so many of her others, features her “mini-me”, Maddie Ziegler, who wears a dark wig and cries rainbow tears before leading a group of 48 other children in a dance routine. 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting.

One of the dancers from the project shared this instagram video, saying he is “humbled” to be involved.


Maddie’s mom also shared a still from the video.


Hear Sia’s latest, and more potential hits as they drop on Slacker’s New Pop Now station!

Kanye’s VMA Speech Could’ve Used A Good Editor

So rumor has it, MTV gave Kanye West license to do whatever he wanted with his 4 minutes onstage last night. And in typical ‘Ye style, he used it to make what was supposed to be an inspirational speech.

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Exceeeeeeeept… something got lost in translation. While Kanye started to tell a few stories, or seemed to have a good point to make, he never actually completed those thoughts. He seems to be referencing his Famous video – although he never tells us that’s what he’s doing – and his ill-fated call to Taylor Swift.

Check out the full transcript, courtesy of Time Magazine:

I am Kanye West, and that feels especially great to say this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I’mma talk. Now, later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win, so.

But for people to understand just how blessed we are… It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. You know, just to put… the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Drumpf. I mean, like, I put Ray J in it, bro. This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber. My wife is a G. Not a lot of peoples’ wives would let them say that right there. We came over in the same boat. Now we all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats, but uh.

But if you think about last week, there were 22 people murdered in Chicago. You know, like, people come up to me like, ‘Yeah, that’s right! Take Taylor!’ But bro, like, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.

So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year, and a kid came up to me and said ‘Three of my friends died, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be the next.’ And it has to, you know you have to think, like, when you’re a senior and it’s the last month and you just don’t feel like doing any more work. If you feel like you seeing people dying right next to you, you might feel like, what’s the point? You know like life could be like, starting to feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older, like, like, rich people. You know, a.k.a. white, you know. And they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney,’ and my friend Zekiah[sp?] told me… they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to these people, right.’ My friend Zekiah[sp?] told me there’s three keys to keeping people impoverished: that’s taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models. My role models are artists, merchants. There’s less than ten that I can name in history. Truman. Ford. Hughes. Disney. Jobs. West.

Bro. Bro! Tonight, we here to have fun. I’m standing in front of my idol, Puff Daddy. I’m standing in front of my wife, Kim Kardashian West. I’m standing in front of the future: Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz, Jaden Smith. Bro, we are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders. I’m gonna play y’all a piece of my art, and I just hope y’all have a good time. Play that.

Honestly, I see what he’s going for here – especially when he starts to tell the story about the kids in Chicago – but he keeps getting lost along the way. I’m sure this was an amazing speech in his head, but if he really wants to inspire us, he needs to give us complete thoughts, not just an outline.

Of course, right after that he premiered the new video for Fade, which basically wiped all of our memories anyway.


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But maybe I’m wrong! Maybe you WERE inspired by Kanye’s speech! Tell me how you feel below, and get your Yeezy fix with Slacker’s Kanye West: DNA station!

Dog Blog

Hey guys! It’s #NationalDogDay today, so we’re celebrating with a station full of dog songs – The Twenty: Dog Days – and with a blog post full of some of our favorite viral dog moments!

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#NationalDogDay – The Dogs of Slacker!

We’re celebrating #NationalDogDay on Friday, along with the rest of the internet, and you can listen to our station full of dog songs – The Twenty: Dog Days – now! But we also wanted to take this chance to show off our own dogs, so I asked my Slacker coworkers to send me pictures and blurbs about their 4 legged friends.

First and foremost, you need to see this picture of my dog, Yuri, dressed as Marty McFly on Back To The Future Day last year.

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That’s right, I dress my dogs up in costumes sometimes. I’m THAT person.

Click here for more DOGS OF SLACKER!!!

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