Tips and Tricks for the New Slacker

There’s a lot you can do on the new Slacker. So much in fact, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite features.

What’s your favorite feature? Leave it in the comments!

Here are some of our favorites:

1. Share what you’re listening to. 

Click your name or email address at the top of the page to access your settings. Then click “sharing settings” to link your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts.

New Slacker Player Settings

Or if you’d rather pick and choose what you share, click the share icon!

New Slacker Share

 

2. Fine tune your station just the way you like.

Click on the fine tune button:

Fine Tune Button

  • Looking to discover new artists? Move the “Related Artists” dial right. Keep it to the far left to only include the artists you love.
  • Your Hearted songs will play more often the further you move the dial to the right.
  • Move the “Popular Songs” dial right to hear what songs are popular on Slacker.
  • Choose if you want to hear new or old songs. Don’t have a preference? Keep it in the middle.
  • Toggle our DJs on or get hourly updates from ABC News and ESPN.

Fine Tuning

 

3. Don’t know the lyric? We’ve got you covered. 

Click on the song name:

Click on Song Name Lyrics New Slacker

Voila! No excuses to screw up the lyrics anymore. (Full lyrics are only available for Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium subscribers.) For more information and to see how you can get Radio Plus and Premium click here. 

Song Lyrics New Slacker

 

4. Get recommendations from our music experts.

Click the “Music Guide” for fun and easy music discovery.

Music Guide New Slacker

 

5. Find out what tracks are hot right now.

Also in the “Music Guide” section, you’ll find what’s hot on Slacker. Updated in real time!

New Slacker Hot Tracks Real Time

6. Looking for friend’s suggestions? We have that too! 

Scroll to the bottom of the “Music Guide” to see what your friends are listening to. Note: you must be connected via Facebook.

 New Slacker Friend Suggestions

 

We want to hear from you! Tell us your favorite features in the comments.

 

Slacker’s Attack of the Boy Bands Trivia

Attack of the Boy Bands Slacker’s Attack of the Boy Bands, a new station that simultaneously celebrates the new album from Justin Timberlake and the 15th anniversary of NSYNC’s debut album, takes listeners on a journey from the 90s explosion in popularity to the new generation of pop groups and even through the nostalgic reunions of our childhood faves.

During this exploration into the music that has sparked so many dance moves and pop hooks, a quick  brush up of some facts and tidbits are in order. In fact, there are many reasons you may want to brush up on your Boy Band trivia:

1) For that one day our favorite bubble yum genre gets a dedicated category on Jeopardy.

2) To sound cool to your nieces, nephews, kids, and any of your co-workers who have more dance skills in their pinky than you did even after that summer stint in musical theatre camp.

3) To acknowledge that you are a fan – indie street cred be damned. Admit it – you secretly get down to NKOTB, BSB and JT.

Here are some cool facts about our favorite Boy Bands you may not know:

In the UK, Take That is like the Beatles of the 21st Century

When Take That reunited in 2010, which included the return of Robbie Williams as icing on the cake, they released the band’s sixth studio album, Progress, which became the fastest selling album of the 21st century and the second fastest in British history. The tour that followed set the new record for the fastest selling tour of all time in the UK. In 2012 Forbes announced Take That as the 5th highest-earning music stars in the world, Amazon (UK) revealed they were their top selling music artist of all time and the Official Charts Company announced the biggest selling singles artists in British history with Take That placing 15th overall – the highest boy band in UK chart history. That is a lot history making and recording breaking for the vocal pop group. So much so that we can’t help but be reminded of the chart dominating tidal wave that was the Fab Four.

Nick Jonas is a Seasoned Broadway Veteran

Nick Jonas has some musical and acting chops that extend beyond the scope of the tween pop sensation that is the Jonas Brothers. After starting on Broadway at the tender young age of seven,  Nick went on to star in several acclaimed Broadway plays, including A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables (in 2003 as Gavroche and later as Marius for the 25th anniversary concert).

Justin Timberlake is a Mouseketeer

Yes ladies and gents, it is true. As if Justin being a singer/songwriter, actor, producer, restaurant owner, fashion designer and philanthropist were not enough  – he also has Mouseketeer listed on his resume. If he were not one of the most envied individuals in the world before – he definitely is now. Being a Mousketeer is almost as cool as being a Disney Imagineer. Take a look at Justin Timberlake, along with fellow peers Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling, in the 90s hit tv show The New Mickey Mouse Club.

One Direction didn’t start out as a group.

X-Factor, has introduced some natural born superstars and serious talent to the world (remember Susan Boyle?), and perhaps one of their biggest success stories has been boy band sensation One Direction. But did you know the group of five originally auditioned for the hit TV show as individuals? It was only after they were not progressing as individuals did producer Simon Cowell rework them into a group. A big kudos to Simon for seeing the hidden potential and possibility in One Direction- who are now often described as sparking the resurgence in the boy band concept and creating a new “British Invasion” in the United States.

Here are their first auditions:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzO6x81zvNU

And after Simon’s creation:

Music Festival Roundup – The Festival Season’s Best

Polish off your bedazzled culottes and cowboy boots; music festival season is here. It’s that glorious time when legacy meets novelty in the musical arena. We come, we dance, we listen to music, we fall in love.

In an effort to streamline your party-planning, here’s a little guide to shed some light on the hottest music festivals this season:

Coachella – Indio, CA (April 12-14 and April 19-21)

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Slacker Each year, Goldenvoice litters the desert with spectacular musical talent, the best and worst dressed celebrities, and mind-blowing installation art. Some past Coachella unforgettable moments include: the resurrection of Tupac, Daft Punk headlining, Roger Waters playing Dark Side of the Moon, and the sounds of Radiohead penetrating the desert atmosphere.

This year’s lineup, albeit heavy on the alt-rock, is wonderfully eclectic at heart. From trip-hop to hip-hop, there’s something for everyone. The headliners are Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Highlights:

– Check out the living, breathing art installations that are scattered across the dusty desert. Each piece will pair perfectly well with your heat-induced megalomania.

– The Heineken Dome is a must-see for the 21 and up crowd. When the temperatures rise to the triple digits, cool-off in the Heineken Dome and get your electro-dance fill.

– The lineup is packed with lesser-known acts too, be sure to check out these artists: Beach House (Dream Pop), Alt-J (Experimental), Baauer aka the DJ that brought you the 2012 hit “Harlem Shake” (Trap/Bass), Yeasayer (Psychedelic Pop), Wild Belle (Indie Rock), and the Neighbourhood (Indie Pop).

 

Governors Ball – Randall’s Island, NYC (June 7,8 & 9)

This is only the third installment of the Governor’s Ball, but the lineup is stacked. Kuddos to Founders Entertainment for securing power players like Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Guns n’ Roses to headline. The Governor’s Ball is a multi-sensory experience with fun-tivities, local eats, and an impossibly cool lineup, all set against the sparkly backdrop of New York City.

Highlights

– NYC food trucks — enough said. Take a break from your head-bobbing and fist-pumping to savor some culinary magic.

– The Silent Disco, a Governor’s Ball tradition, is a must-see. Picture this – hundreds of people dancing their pants off while wearing wireless headphones that play music from live DJs.

– Everyone loves a good photo op. So take some photos on the Governor’s Ball’s dime.

– Frat parties aren’t the only place you can enjoy a casual game of corn hole or ping pong. Check out all the lawn games the Governor’s Ball has in store.

– The headliners are massive, but be sure to check out these acts too: Of Monsters and Men (Indie/Folk), Animal Collective (Experimental), Cut Copy (Electronic), Icona Pop (Synth Pop), the Lumineers (Folk Rock), Kendrick Lamar (Hip Hop), and Azealia Banks (Rap) to name a few.

Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN (June 13-16)

Imagine a festival set amidst lush greens, massive trees, blue skies, fresh air and flying songbirds. If Mother Nature herself could put on a music festival, it would be Bonnaroo. This Tennessee music festival runs for four glorious days across 700 acres of beautiful naturescape with over 10 music stages, a mini film festival and thousands of happy campers. This year’s main acts include: Sir Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Bjork. Take a look at the Slacker Bonnaroo Station to hear more from this years artist lineup.

Highlights

– We’ve already mentioned it, but there are over 10 music stages. For those with festival ADD, your needs will be more than sated.

– There’s a comedy tent because Bonnaroo celebrates talent across a rainbow of genres.

– Bonnaroo’s got swagger — it was named one of the “50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll” by Rolling Stone.

– Attractions for days — Bonnaroo has craft vendors, a silent disco, a cinema tent and an obligatory music festival ferris wheel.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA (April 26-May 5)

The New Orleans Jazz Fest is a whopping 10-day festivus that celebrates all that is good in this world: music, cajun food, craft shops, art, mint juleps and partying. There’s heavy emphasis on the indigenous music and culture of good ol’ New Orleans, but new-age music styles influenced by bluegrass and jazz are also welcomed. The event is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course and is hailed as having a “wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation..” by Life magazine (nbd).

Highlights

– Eclectic food items from local businesses including: alligator sausage po’boys, Jambalaya, Oyster patties, boiled crawfish, muffulettas, beignets, fried green tomatoes and cochon de lait. You must try all of these items.

– Each day of festival attendance includes a history lesson, access to crafts and immersion into Cajun culture.

– There are several colorful parades that deck the streets, as well as marching brass bands, social aids and pleasure clubs.

– This year’s lineup includes: Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, the Black Keys, John Mayer, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Willie Nelson & Family, Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Jimmy Cliff, B.B King, Widespread Panic and more.

Stagecoach – Indio, CA (April 26-28)

Stagecoach on SlackerStagecoach is not your average rodeo. Set against the backdrop of Palm Desert at the Empire Polo Club, also home to Coachella, is an outdoor country music festival of epic proportions. Cowboy boots, hats and flannel are recommended for this celebration of folk, bluegrass, country, roots, rock and alternative country. Prepare to be serenaded til sun down by some of the hottest country crooners in the world.

Highlights

– This year’s already announced lineup includes: Toby Keith, Lonestar, Hank William Jr., Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Riders in the Sky, Maggie Rose, Zac Brown Band and many more to come.

– It wouldn’t be a country music festival without a BBQ contest, BBQ vendors and a pancake breakfast in the campgrounds. Noteworthy vendors include: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Fisherman’s Market & Grill, Spicy Pie, Waffleman Ice Cream Sandwiches and Jackelope Ranch.

– For all the aspiring stars and wannabes, there’s Karaoke in the RV Resort from 10 pm- 1:30 am.

– Be sure to checkout the Country DJ also in the RV Resort located in the Dome near the General Store.

Movement – Detroit, MI (May 25-27)

This massive festival was dubbed best Music Fest of 2010 by the New York Post. Aptly named, Movement, is more than just a music festival –it’s a sound, dance and technology revolution. With over 100 artists and over 107,000 attendees, things are gonna get weird (in a good way). The production is grandiose to say the least, with state-of-the-art interactive stages that will literally melt your mind. The phase I & II lineups are already looking pretty legit  with: Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Big Gigantic, Andy C, Amtrac, John Digweed, Noisia, Soul Clap and Adult.

Highlights

– The stages are seriously high-tech. You will be shot into outer space and floating around the atmosphere. Lights shoot out from every square inch of the stage, while glowing mass dance the night away.

– The festival is dedicated to electronica and technology, and the beautiful offspring they’ve procured. From electro legends to trap bass newcomers, Movement will accommodate EDM lovers across genres, ages and ethnicities.

– The location is prime Detroit real-estate. Your partying will be accompanied with views of the glittery city. You’re hard pressed to find a better melange of technology, music, human and metropolis.

 

Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, NV (June 21-23)

Electric Daisy Carnival Now the largest North American music festival, this is EDC’s 17th annual celebration. It is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and an incredible 3-day exploration of electronic dance music. Thirsty souls and music lovers can satisfy their wanderlust among a sea glittery faces, laser light shows and deeply penetrating bass. Born in LA, EDC has transformed itself into a brand new experience with every new chapter. This year’s festival attendees can expect over 150 musical acts, 500 theatrical performers, 12 massive interactive art installations, exhilarating pyrotechnics and over 300,000 music fans.

Highlights

– The EDC celebrations extend further than the Motor Speedway with daytime pool parties at some of the hottest clubs on the strip. For example, Kaskade will be playing EDC weekend at Marquee Dayclub for his Summer Lovin’ residency.

– You’re hard pressed to find a more accommodating hostess than Miss Sin City herself. You can literally party 24/7 (not that we recommend it), but from after hour clubs to daybeds that open at 10 am, it’s nearly impossible to not party your face off.

– The Discovery Stage is a must-see; in an effort to recognize talent in all forms, Insomniac hosts a DJ talent contest and amasses the winners to play on this stage. It’s refreshing, progressive and entirely spellbinding.

– Neatly organized chaos. There are seven stages including: the kineticFIELD, cosmicMEADOW, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD, heinekenDOMES, and Q-Dance Stage. Each stage has a unique theme, style and genre specific talent.

– Thirty hours of EDM, ‘nuf said.

Five New Dance Music Songs in Heavy Rotation Right Now

Spring is here! It’s time to shed our winter coats, opt for cocktails that slush and add a shiny new playlist to our respective iPods. With back-to-back music festivals underway (ie SXSW, Ultra and Coachella), it’s not surprising that we’re being pleasantly inundated with sweet new tunes for all to enjoy.

In order to preemptively honor your booze-fueled, poolside shenanigans this weekend, here is a compilation of the top five new dance songs that are getting a lot of repeat play right now. These songs will have you fist pumping in your sleep. Grab your dancing cleats, turn up the volume, press play and enjoy!

1. “Meet Her in Miami” – Gareth Emery
First up is Brit DJ and one of a few personal favorites, Gareth Emery, who has revamped the classic dance beat “Meet Her at the Love Parade” from Da Hool. The song is masterfully re-purposed and designed to really get you off your feet and onto the dancefloor. How fitting that he’s changed it to “Miami”, since he will be spending a solid chunk of spring break time in the Magic City. Challenge accepted Gareth, we’d love to meet you in Miami.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwvOFdX1Xrg

 

2. “Summertime Sadness” – Cedric Gervais
French House DJ, Cedric Gervais, also has a new song for us this spring. It’s a slight diversion from last year’s controversial hit “Molly”, but just as play-worthy. Here he is, adding some sultry beats to the already enchanting “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey. Is anyone else in love? *Swoon*

 

3. “Together We Are” – Arty (Featuring Chris James)
Feel good jams are far and few between – but the universe has done us a solid with Arty’s new dance hit “Together We Are” featuring Chris James. At only 23, Arty has already made an indelible mark on the dance music scene and this song is only one in a succession of chart-toppers from Arty the Great. “Together We Are” will no doubt penetrate the club circuit in no time. Prepare to see glittery masses hand-in-hand, dance-battling it out with smiles from ear to cocktail.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsIr877r4SM

 

4. “Black Room Boy” – Above & Beyond
Never ceasing to amaze, Above & Beyond has remained en pointe since their inception.  “Black Room Boy”, their latest single, is no exception. The delicious vocals are driven from Above & Beyond’s Tony McGuinness for your voracious consumption. Music that is entertaining and transformative is a rarity, but leave it up to the trance trio to give birth to the musical equivalent of a unicorn. This song will be all the “group therapy” you need this spring.

 

5. “Clarity” – Zedd Featuring Foxes
“Clarity” is third single from Zedd’s Clarity album, and already a chart-topping success. This song is dangerously addictive and easily one of the favorite songs of 2013 so far. Equal parts club banger and poignant ballad, this hit is a music lover’s dream. To further show off his musical prowess, Zedd released a stripped-down version of “Clarity” relying solely on a piano and the angel sounds of Foxes. Perfection!

 

Check out all these songs and more on Slacker’s 2013 Ultra Music Festival Station, which is set for two weekends this month: the 15th through the 17th, and the 22nd through the 24th.

Announcing the Slacker Tour 2013 Kick Off

Slacker Tour at SXSW 2013We have some news that we just can’t wait any longer to share. All of us at Slacker have decided to take the show on the road. Literally. Thats right – Slacker is going on tour.

It’s going to be like the circus – but better.

It will unfold like an adventurous road trip – but in a much bigger car.

Most importantly –  it will bring Slacker, the world’s most complete music service, directly into the hands of all you music fans and listeners.

We kick off next week at South By Southwest, where we will unveil our custom 75-foot touring rig, complete with a concert stage, demo stations and a luxury VIP lounge. Take a look!

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The rig will travel the country with stops at top music festivals, sporting events, and entertainment destinations where we will host exclusive concerts, parties and showcases with some of your favorite artists and bands. The Slacker 2013 Tour will make dozens of stops – from Beale Street Music Festival to Country Jam Colorado.

Our first shows are being announced soon so make sure to check back here for the complete tour schedule as well as event recaps, videos, live performances and show information.

This is going to be one hell of a party and we hope you join us along the way!

Meet us in Austin at SXSW!

Heading to SXSW? Hey, we are too! We’d love to see your lovely faces.

Plus, it’s your chance to see our shiny brand new Slacker truck.

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Make sure to come by and say hello!

Where we’ll be at SXSW: 

90 Rainey Street, across from Clive Bar

Why you should come:

See you there! We’ll make it worth your while.

This Week in Music News

Some sleeping giants wake from hibernation and the industry says goodbye to a legend in Motown highlight this weeks round up of music news.

Daft Punk Teases New Music and Album Cover
Daft Punk New HelmetsRumors of Daft Punk’s new record deal with Columbia, and subsequent new album, have been rampant for a while now. But as we all have come to realize over the past few years – a Daft Punk rumor is more common than pictures of food on Instagram. Gone were the days where rumblings of a tour ignited a public spaz attack full of high hopes and giddy expectation, which slowly progressed to the passing shrugs and a heard-it-before yawns in present day. So when the official Daft Punk Web site changed to a splash landing page showcasing their new album cover – the excitement was cautious, still afraid to believe it could be true. It was not until the french duo teased a mysterious trailer during Saturday Night Live that the social Web and collective electronic music fans across the globe went into a frenzy.

Daft Punk is back.  All is right with the world.

 

Miracles Founding Member Bobby Rogers Dead at 73Bobby Rogers
Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the soul group the Miracles, died on Sunday morning at the age of 73. Rogers and Smokey Robinson formed the Miracles with his cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White and were a staple in the Motown Empire after having met Berry Gordy Jr. in 1957.

The Miracles first hit “Shop Around” became the first Motown record to sell a million copies and their long catalog of classics included “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”, in which Rogers is best known for singing the two-part Harmony with Robinson. The group was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

David Bowie’s Streams New Album ‘The Next Day’ Before Release
David Bowie The Next Day David Bowie’s new album The Next Day is now streaming on iTunes. The stream will be up until the album’s release on March 12th. Earlier this year, Bowie surprised fans on January 8th,  his 66th birthday, with a video release of “Where Are We Now?”  – which was a surprise announcement for The Next Day, Bowie’s  first album since 2003’s Reality. Click here to listen to the album that many are already calling Bowie’s triumphant comeback.

 

 

 

 

Brit Sensation Emeli Sandé is Artist of the Week

Slacker's Artist of the Week

Emeli Sandé is a 25 year old British/Scottish artist that is poised to make a major impression in the US this year and is spotlighted as our new artist of the week.

After dropping out of medical school in her 4th year, she went on to become one of the biggest artists in the UK.

Since its release in February, her debut album, ‘Our Version Of Events’, went on to become the UK’s biggest selling debut album of 2012, winning Emeli the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award as well as the Best British Female and Best British Album of the Year at the 2013 Brit Awards.

She’s now set her sights on the US. After securing the coveted support act spot on Coldplay’s US tour, Coca-Cola’s Olympic Torch Relay City Celebrations, and public support from the likes of Bono and Elton John – we doubt it will take long for the US to catch on to this powerhouse.

Take a look at her recent performance on Ellen this past month:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGSLMH1OLtE&feature=youtu.be

 

On Slacker’s Artist of the Week station, you will hear Emeli Sandé as well as other collaborators, influences, and contemporaries. Just think – in a few months you’ll be able to say you heard her here first.

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