Album Of The Week: Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’

IOS BRUCEThere’s no one quite like the Boss. Bruce Springsteen has sold over 120 million albums worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down. His last album, 2012’s “Wrecking Ball,” was nominated for three Grammys, and now the Boss is back. His 18th studio album “High Hopes” comes out this week, it’s a collection of covers, outtakes and reworked versions of older songs. Listen all you want to “High Hopes” from Bruce Springsteen; it’s Slacker’s Album of the Week.

For a complete list of new releases check out the chart below for the week of 01/14/14.

Artist Album Title Genre
A Perfect Circle Stone & Echo: Live at Red Rocks Pop/Rock
AC Angry Black Denim Pop/Rock
Allah-Las Had It All Pop/Rock
Ariana & the Rose In Your Bed [Kevin Drew Remix] Pop/Rock
Audacity Power Drowning/ Mellow Cruisers Pop/Rock
Bad Religion / Beatsteaks / Emil Bulls / Thees Uhlmann RauteMusik.Rock, Vol. 1 Pop/Rock
Bastille All This Bad Blood Pop/Rock
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings South Pop/Rock
Blaine L. Reininger Commissions Pop/Rock
Bobb Trimble The Flying Spiders in Brooklyn Pop/Rock
Broncho Try Me Out Sometime Pop/Rock
Broods Bridges Pop/Rock
Chico Sonido Nalga Bass Pop/Rock
Chris Wallace Hits Like a Hurricane Pop/Rock
Chris Wilson It's Flamin' Groovy! Pop/Rock
Cocoanut Groove How to Build a Maze Pop/Rock
Dave Edmunds ...Again Pop/Rock
David Gunn Krom Monster Pop/Rock
Deals Death Point Zero Solution Pop/Rock
Destin Mirage (L'Amour Sur La Plage) Pop/Rock
Die Therapeuten Karamba Karacho Pop/Rock
Dirty Dreams / No Regrets, Coyote / O.G.G. / Weekend Babes Hits from the Streets, Vol. 1 Pop/Rock
Enjoy Mist Pop/Rock
Eros Ramazzotti Antes De Ti Pop/Rock
Fm359 Truth, Love and Liberty Pop/Rock
Gabriella Fighter Pop/Rock
Glossectomy Impediments From Dysplasia Pop/Rock
Golden Youth Quiet Frame Wild Light Pop/Rock
Gorevent Abnormal Exaggeration Pop/Rock
Gorevent Worship Paganism Pop/Rock
Hamilton Bohannon Gittin Off [Remastered] Pop/Rock
Harm Wulf There's Honey in the Soil So We Wait for the Till Pop/Rock
HeadShy La Belle Epoque Pop/Rock
Hell:On Hunt Pop/Rock
Hott Mt I Made This Pop/Rock
Ian Moore Aerie Pop/Rock
Jerry Lee Lewis Up Through the Years: 1956-1963 Pop/Rock
Joan Baez Oh Freedom: Live in London Pop/Rock
Judy Garland Lady on Stage Pop/Rock
Kim Herold Kaikki Okei Pop/Rock
Las Rosas Flower in the Sun Pop/Rock
Ludéal Paon d'Or Pop/Rock
Luna Luna Pop/Rock
Marathonmann Kein Rückzug Kein Aufgeben EP Pop/Rock
Marathonmann Holzschwert/Kein Rückzug Kein Aufgeben EP Pop/Rock
Maxime le Forestier Les Coups Pop/Rock
Milla Rumi Luulaulu Pop/Rock
Mina Best Of Pop/Rock
Mindless Self Indulgence Fuck Machine! Pop/Rock
Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel Nico and Her Psychedelic Subconsciousness Pop/Rock
Myocardial Infarction Revitalization of the Perniciousness Pop/Rock
Neck Deep A History of Bad Decisions Pop/Rock
Neck Deep Rain in July Pop/Rock
Nick Waterhouse This is a Game Pop/Rock
Nicole Sabouné Must Exist Pop/Rock
Nicole Sabouné Must Exist Pop/Rock
NightBus When The Night Time Comes Pop/Rock
Obvious Duress Pop/Rock
Outrageous Cherry Retrospective 1993-2010 Pop/Rock
Patrick Hawes Angel Pop/Rock
Pizza Time Quiero Mas Pop/Rock
Puzzle About You Pop/Rock
Rock Mafia I Am Pop/Rock
Selena Gomez Forever Pop/Rock
Skull Fist Chasing The Dream Pop/Rock
Sneakpeek Sneakpeek Pop/Rock
Suicidal Angels Divide And Conquer Pop/Rock
Sully Erna Avalon Live Pop/Rock
Sun Glitters Scattered into Light Pop/Rock
Sweet Hits Pop/Rock
Switchfoot Fading West Pop/Rock
Taxa Resurrection Year Pop/Rock
The Abigails Songs of Love and Despair/Tundra Pop/Rock
The Beginner's Mynd The Beginner's Mynd Pop/Rock
The Belle Brigade Ashes Pop/Rock
The Haunted Eye of the Storm Pop/Rock
The Niro 1969 Pop/Rock
The So So Glos Low Back Chain Shift Pop/Rock
Thee Goochi Boiz Fast Food For The Teenage Soul Pop/Rock
Tom the Lion Sleep Pop/Rock
Veronica De Simone Nuvole Che Passano Pop/Rock
We All Die (Laughing) Thoughtscanning Pop/Rock
Yo La Tengo Tree Pop/Rock
ZX81 Minyak Pop/Rock
Artist Album Title Genre
Adam Eckersley Band Give Her the World Country
Eric Church Give Me Back My Hometown Country
Glen Campbell Love & Life Country
Jennifer Nettles That Girl Country
Jon Pardi Write You a Song Country
Livy Jeanne Wrong Side of the Dirt Country
Mary Chapin Carpenter Songs from the Movie Country
The McClymonts Going Under (Didn't Have To) Country
Various Artists Legendary Country Blues Guitarists Country
Willie Nelson / Leon Russell Early Days Country
Artist Album Title Genre
Barbara Acklin I Did It [Remastered] R&B
Blush Ain't Nobody Got Time For That R&B
Eddie Murphy Temporary R&B
Jackie Wilson This Love Is Real [Remastered] R&B
James Brown 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of James Brown R&B
Nicole Willis Be It R&B
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Give the People What They Want R&B
Stevie Wonder The Definitive Collection R&B
The Artistics What Happened [Remastered] R&B
Touch Energizer [Remastered] R&B
Tyrone Davis Without You in My Life [Remastered] R&B
Young-Holt Unlimited Just a Melody [Remastered] R&B
360 Impossible Rap
3BallMTY La Noche Es Tuya Rap
Black Knights Medieval Chamber [Bonus Track] Rap
Death Grips Government Plates Rap
Naturally 7 Hidden In Plain Sight Rap
Public Enemy Rebels Without a Pause: Induction Celebration Rap
Various Artists Hip Hop Hooray: Old School Reunion Rap
Artist Album Title Genre
[Product] Shallow Graves EDM
Acylum / Totem Obscura Forgotten Time EDM
Android Spirit Synthetic Organism EDM
Blakopz As Nations Decay EDM
Bruderschaft Return EDM
Dada Life This Machine Kills Ravers EDM
Freakangel The Ones to Fall EDM
Henrik B Echoes EDM
Javeon Give Up EDM
John Wizards Muizenberg EDM
Junksista Bad Case of Fabulous EDM
Mario Massa / Saffronkeira Cause & Effect EDM
Moderat Last Time EDM
Nicole Willis Soul Makeover EDM
Shock Frontier Mancuerda Confessions EDM
Step by Step I Always Wanted to Be in the Band [Remastered] EDM
Tangerine Dream Thief EDM
Technoir We Fall Apart EDM
The Crystal Method The Crystal Method EDM
Virgins O.R. Pigeons Gotta Get Mad EDM

Artist Of The Week: Aaliyah!

IOS7 ALIYAHSinger Aaliyah was one of pop music’s hottest rising stars at the time of her death in a plane crash in 2001. Even at her young age, she had already managed to pave the way for R&B artists like Beyoncé and Ciara to cross over to pop success. Aaliyah would have turned 34 years old this week, and so in celebration of her life and work, Slacker has created a station with her music as well as collaborators like Missy Elliott and Timbaland, influences like Whitney Houston, and the many artists she’s inspired. Aaliyah is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Foo Fighters Top 33!

Foo333Who doesn’t love Dave Grohl? The Foo Fighters front man turns 45 this week, and since he’s currently in the studio hard at work on the band’s eighth album, Slacker celebrates with a station counting down your favorite Foo Fighters tracks. That’s right, this countdown uses what we call the Engagement Quotient, or EQ, which just tallies up the plays, hearts, skips and bans to get a definitive Top 33. By the way, a single artist station like this is usually only available for our Premium users but thanks to a special arrangement, we can offer this station to everyone for a limited time. It’s the Foo Fighters Top 33, something that could only happen on Slacker.

This Week’s EQ Charts Are Here!

TOP 40-COver the Christmas holidays, Slacker’s EQ charts were overcome with holiday songs across nearly every genre. Who knew that there was such a thing as EDM Christmas music? Now that we’ve all settled in to 2014 and the seasonal songs have subsided, here are some insights from Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of 1/8/14:

Queen Bey is predictably taking Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart by storm—she moves up 14 spots to crack the top 10 with “Drunk In Love,” and her “XO” debuts this week at number 38, moving up 115 spots. And after being featured as the “New Music First” pick on last week’s Slacker Top 40 countdown, Jason Derülo’s “Talk Dirty” shoots up a remarkable 124 spots to debut on the chart.

Phantogram’s “Fall In Love” is the most engaging new song of 2014 thus far amongst Slacker’s Alt/Indie listeners—it moves up 48 spots to debut at number 31 this week. We also see significant spikes in listener engagement on Echosmith’s “Cool Kids,” and NoNoNo’s “Pumpin Blood.” This is likely due to these songs’ inclusion and exposure on Slacker’s new “Artists To Watch 2014” station.

At Pop, Katy Perry pulls an EQ hat-trick; her “Roar” continues to hang in the top 5, her “Unconditionally” moves up 7 spots to land at number 11, and her “Dark Horse” jumps up 16 to crack the top 20. That’s 3 songs in the top 20 for Ms. Perry. A favorite of your Slacker curators continues to win over new fans in the Slacker nation: John Newman’s “Love Me Again” moves up 13 spots to land at 26, and his new album “Tribute” is Slacker’s Album of the Week!

EDM is by no means a new art form, but the idea of DJ or producer as international mainstream superstar is a relatively new idea. And when it happens, it happens in a major way. To wit: based on Slacker EDM listeners’ preferences and engagement with individual artists and songs, 7 out of the top 10 songs on the chart belong to 3 artists: Avicii, Zedd, and Calvin Harris.

Two things have become clear when we analyze Slacker’s Country EQ charts over the last 6-9 months. Slacker country listeners are adventurous—they embrace new artists as much as the established super stars—and they are fully embracing the pop-crossover sound that is currently taking Nashville by storm. For example, Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It” is number 1 by a healthy margin for the 4th week in a row, Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life” is the fastest mover of 2014 thus far, as it moves up 6 spots and cracks the top 15 for the first time, and Luke Bryan has 2 songs in the top 10.

And finally, we predict that 2014 is the year that Rock evolves. Much like the Alternative charts of a few years ago, the Rock chart in 2013 was dominated by a small handful of legacy artists, like Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, and Three Days Grace. But in recent months, we’ve seen a shift: the Slacker rock audience is starting to engage with newer, more contemporary rock artists in a significant way. Artists like Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and Gemini Syndrome are all present on the chart as 2014 begins and they are all on the rise.

You can 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.

Coachella 2014!

HAIM-472x472The 15th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held over two consecutive weekends in Indio, CA- the first on April 11-13 and the second on April 18-20. The 2014 line-up includes headlining performances from OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire. Coachella 2014 also features some of the best EDM artists around like–The Knife, Zedd, Girl Talk, Skrillex, Pet Shop Boys, Disclosure, Alesso and much much more. Hear all of this year’s Coachella artists in one place- on the Coachella 2014 station on Slacker Radio!

Album Of The Week: ‘Tribute’ from John Newman

AOTW NEWMANAs we kick off the new year, your Slacker curators are focused on finding the best new music for 2014. Enter John Newman—he’s a soulful singer from the UK, and his vocals have been in high demand; he sang on Rudimental’s “Feel The Love” and “Not Giving In,” both of which were international hits. We introduced you to his first single “Love Me Again” last year, and it’s gone on to be a number one record in the UK and beyond. This week he releases his debut album, called Tribute. It’s an apt title, as it mixes the sound of ‘90s house music and classic soul in a very modern context, and we think that he is poised to break out in the US in 2014. John Newman’s Tribute is Slacker’s Album Of The Week.

Links:

Rudimental’s “Feel The Love”

Rudimental’s “Not Giving In”

Artists To Watch 2014!

ARTIST TO WATCH N&T2Welcome to the 2014 edition of Slacker’s Artists To Watch! At Slacker, we’ve got a team of expert curators—those are the real people that put together the hundreds of radio stations that you listen to. It’s their job to always be on top of new music, and here we’ve assembled their picks–across all genres–of artists that we think will go big in 2014. On last year’s Artist To Watch station, we introduced you to A$ap Rocky, Baauer, CHVRCHES, Alt- J, Thomas Rhett, Emeli Sande, Dustin Lynch, Kacey Musgraves, Passenger, HAIM, Icona Pop, and many more artists that went on to have big years in 2013. If you’re ready to discover what’s next, these are Slacker’s predictions for Artists To Watch in 2014.

Album Of The Year: Eminem – “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″

EM AOTYThere was no greater comeback in 2013 than the return of Eminem. In November he released  “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” a sequel to his classic album from 13 years ago. It debuted at #1, selling more records in 2013 than only Justin Timberlake. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny he’s at the top of his game; Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2” is Slacker’s Album of the Year.

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