Top 50 Hip Hop/R&B Songs of 2013!

Top HipHopSlacker DJ Coka Lani is your guide for this countdown–a true representation of the hip hop and R&B jams that you cared about most this year, based on the songs that you listened to (as opposed to skipped), “hearted,” and shared the most. It’s called EQ. Featuring the hottest artists of 2013 from A$AP Rocky to YG, with stops at Kendrick, Rihanna, Tamar, and Drake. It’s the Slacker Top 50 Hip Hop/R&B Songs of 2013!

The Top 13 Pop Songs of 2013…So Far

The anthems, the dance floor smashes, the songs that make the bedroom shake – we’ve got the top 13 (being that it’s 2013) pop songs of the year so far. We are only halfway through the year and the list was already almost too difficult to narrow down.  Here we go….

robinthickeRobin Thicke featuring Pharrell & T.I. “Blurred Lines”
The official (said by me) song of the 2013 summer because not only does this song make you want to take your clothes off but you want to dance your bootie off! Mr. Thicke and his buddies get into some serious sexy and dirty business…hey hey hey.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us” / “Same Love”
Coming from my hometown of Sea-Town, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have taken this world by a (no pun intended) Seattle storm with songs that frankly, mean something. It’s really hard to pick a best song from their forceful album “The Heist”. But these two songs in particular have made tremendous impact on not only the industry itself but with civil rights. Taking a stand with their beliefs make their force unstoppable.

calvin harris 2Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch “Sweet Nothing” 
Not only has 2013 been the year for DJ/Producers but this has been Calvin Harris’ year for sure. “Sweet Nothing” pairs Calvin with the ubër talented lead singer of Florence And The Machine with a build up of all build ups that cries of unfulfilled love.

Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven”
If I was a Grammy voter “Unorthodox Jukebox” would be my bet for best Pop album of the year. “Locked Out Of Heaven” screams with the super catchy, sing-a-long, get up out of your seat that stacks up with the best.

Zedd featuring Foxes “Clarity”
If you’re into EDM (Electronic Dance Music) then you know Zedd by his producing and DJing skills. But did know that he’s remixed songs for superstars Black Eyed Peas and Lady GaGa? He’s got skills to pay the bills. Anton Zaslavski aka Zedd created one of the hottest songs on the dance floors this year in full fist-pump style.

Drake “Started From The Bottom”
With his “whole team here”, Drake drops his story of the hard-work, determination and grind that took him from the Toronto streets to half a million for a show.

daft punkDaft Punk featuring Pharrell & Nile Rodgers “Get Lucky”
Who doesn’t love disco mixed with a little Pharrell and a funky Nile Rodgers baseline? I do, I do!!! We waited over 10 years for their futuristic sounds, space masks and man did they deliver with this one. The jury may still be out on the “Random Access Memory” album but this song was an instant classic.

Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”
As all child stars do, they grow up! We’ve seen Justin grow from teen boy band member to the biggest Pop superstar in the world. “Mirrors” follows Justin’s real life in finding his true love or his better half aka Jessica Biel. One of the best love songs of the year for sure!

Baauer “Harlem Shake”
In the social media world that we live in nothing can compare to the user created videos that made this song an internet smash.

swedish house mafiaSwedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child”
Any rave kid or EDM head would have been jumping up and down with glow sticks in hand at the super DJ groups “One Last Tour”. An anthem of child hood days, heartbreak and the memories that are everlasting in life. Even though Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso are no longer together this song will go down in Swedish house history.

P!nk Featuring Nate Ruess “Just Give Me A Reason”
I can’t remember the last great pop duet? Can you? With such strong voices and harmonies from both of the singers this song was written by Pink from her broken relationship with now husband Carey Hart. The song is true and is such a great reminder of why P!nk is and has been a force to be reckoned with.

Chainz “F*ckin’ Problems”
One of the best pop songs of the year you say? How can you not turn up this jam and not act like you have the same problem as all rappers on this song. I’d like to have problems like that. JK!

Icona Pop “I Love It”
Okay okay I don’t have to say a whole lot here because it’s pretty obvious right? When you hear this song, you turn it way up and just want to crash a car into a bridge right?!?

Check out all these songs on Today’s Hits on Slacker and let tell me what song is your favorite of 2013…so far?

The Best 90’s Nostalgia Tours For Festival Season

It’s officially concert and festival season i.e. SUMMERTIME!!! If you’re a ’90s music lover like I am you gotta check out tours from some of the biggest bands of the decade. Super boy bands New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are teaming up for a power house tour filled with their signature love songs and coordinated dance moves. Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be pounding out hit after hit after hit while the Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will be rocking it out. All three tours are (hopefully) coming to a city near you.

In true Slacker music sharing fashion I’ve got one new song from one classic song from all the bands plus links to get information and tickets to their show. So dig into your boxes in the attic, grab your Doc Martens, flannel shirts and overalls and get ready for these totally wicked ’90s tours.

New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are all touring for all the boy band lovers out there. Don’t be ashamed, we are fans too.

nkotb-new-kids-on-the-block-2314655-1280-960New Kids On The Block
New Music: “Summertime” 
The classic you need to know: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Boys II Men
New music: “More Than You’ll Ever Know” 
The classic you need to know: “Motownphilly” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

98 Degrees
New music: “Microphone” 
The classic you need to know: “Because Of You” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

For anyone wanting to dig deep into some 90s rock nostalgia, Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls are both on tour. Counting Crows are at on the road again and who can resist seeing The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan on stage again.

Matchbox Twenty
New music: “She’s So Mean” 
The classic you need to know: “Push” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

jakobdylan_bpGoo Goo Dolls
New music: “Rebel Beat”
The classic you need to know: “Black Balloon” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Counting Crows
New music: “Untitled (Love Song)” 
The classic you need to know: “Mr. Jones” 
For tour info and tickets click here.

The Wallflowers
New music: “Misfits And Lovers” 
The classic you need to know: “One Headlight” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Listen to all these ’90s bands on Slacker “90s Hits”  and on “’80s, ’90s & Today” 

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.

 

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.

Trinidad James is Slacker’s New Artist of The Week.

This week we would like to introduce you to Atlanta rapper Trinidad James- he is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week. I had the chance to interview Trinidad James at the Grammys this year, and it was there that I realized how truly eccentric and unique he is. Check it out:

 

 

Trinidad James is one of the most charismatic and distinctive new artists in Hip Hop, and this may be due to his background in fashion. Prior to persuing his rap career, he managed a high-end boutique in Atlanta, and he’s got his own line- called “Gold Gang”.

To get an idea of how quickly things happened for Trinidad James: in July of last year, he released his very first mixtape- Don’t Be S.A.F.E. By November, he had a hit with the track “All Gold Everything”, and in January, he signed with Def Jam Records, who re-released his one mixtape as a proper album- that’s how strong his debut tracks are.

Even with so much success so quickly, Trinidad James has a lot of powerful rappers in his corner. In a recent interview, T.I. had this to say about the possibility of James being a one hit wonder-

“When Atlanta first came out, it made a huge impact on the scene, but it was thought to be something that was gonna be fly-by-night — here today gone tomorrow, and we withstood the test of time.” Trinidad is an example of that new generation of what’s next to come, because there’s still a lot of talent out here,” he said. “He’s gonna be one of the ones spearheading the charge to the future.”

On this station, you’ll hear tracks from Don’t Be S.A.F.E.-  “All Gold Everything”, “Females Welcomed”, and “Gold On My Macbook”. You’ll also hear tracks from his extended Atlanta family- artists like T.I., Young Jeezy, and 2 Chainz. You’ll hear his influences- like Jay-Z and Eazy-E, and we will also give you a look at his equally eccentric and creative counterparts in the new Hip-Hop scene, like LA’s Black Hippy crew, New York’s A$AP Mob, and Danny Brown.

 

Who Should Win the Oscar for Best in Original Song

Oscars 2013 Best Original Song Slacker

So here we are.  Deep in the heart of awards season, with the Academy getting ready to pass out their golden statuettes this weekend.

As Slacker’s (arguably) most pop-culture obsessed curator, I want to talk to you about this year’s Academy Award nominated songs (best original song), and who I think will (probably)(maybe)(most likely) win.

Let’s start at the top, alphabetically speaking:

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph

This song features Scarlett Johansson & Joshua Bell – the latter, in case you don’t recognize the name, is a grammy award winning violinist.  Scarlett sings this haunting track that plays over the credits of the documentary about climate change in Greenland, which was expected to earn a nomination for Best Documentary Feature, but was left off of that list.  The academy might want to throw it a bone in this category, but more likely this just wasn’t high profile enough to win this year.  You never know.  Could be a dark horse.

 

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”

Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane

Can I be honest here and say that if Seth MacFarlane wins an oscar I’m probably going to boycott these awards for the rest of my life?  That being said, this is a sweet throwback to the 40’s sung by Norah Jones.  Despite the fact that he’s hosting this year, I just feel like the Academy knows better than to RECOGNIZE SETH MACFARLANE.  EVER.  Or I hope so, at least.

 

“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”

Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

Everyone I know who read this book (including myself) got super excited about the movie, and then came out of it feeling… OK?  Not amazing, not entirely disappointed, just…  I think at that point we all finally recognized the challenges of making a story almost entirely set in a boat in the middle of the ocean interesting for 2 hours.  Anyway, this song is ok, but it’s nothing compared to the final contenders.

 

“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Listen, nobody ever likes the new song added to these productions, especially one as tried and true as Les Mis.  I’ve been a fan of the musical since 8th grade and there’s no way this song was going to stir me in the way “I Dreamed A Dream” or “On My Own” would.  It’s not even exhilarating in the way “Do You Hear The People Sing” is.  But they had to nominate something in this category from the film (or look kind of silly) and this is the only new, original song in it.  Probably added explicitly for the purpose of getting nominated for this exact award.  This song could win – it’s got the star power and the promotion behind it, but my bet is safely on…

 

“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”

Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Awards shows love Adele.  They don’t just love her, they luuuuuuuuve her.  They want to marry her.  And not only do we have a big ol’ crush on Adele, we have a societal obligation to love James Bond films.  This was an amazing flick, with a perfect, old school sounding theme song.  It’s *almost* too obvious, but I think Adele is going to win it (as usual.)  It’s not so hard to imagine Adele going on to perform on Broadway at some point, where she’ll win a Tony.  Then just throw a television appearance or two into the mix, and Adele is certain to be the world’s next EGOT winner.

 

But before I get ahead of myself, let’s review.

Will win: “Skyfall”

Could win: “Suddenly”

Should win: “Skyfall”

Obviously I could be wrong about all of this, so feel free to speak up and share your predictions – plus your arguments for or against  – in the comments! Also make sure to check out the new Oscar Movie Music Station on Slacker Radio for more scores, themes and songs of the greatest cinematic masterpieces

Artist of the Week’s Florida Georgia Line are Country’s New Stars

Florida Georgia Line - Slacker's Artist of the WeekSlacker’s new Artist of the Week is Florida Georgia Line. The band is composed of two friends that met in college: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. Brian’s from Florida and Tyler’s from Georgia, hence the name. And when they meet in the middle, they make some of the biggest hits in Country music right now.

Even though they’ve been releasing their own music since 2010, this time last year the band didnt have a record deal and they were touring the country in a used SUV. Their first proper album “Here’s To The Good Times” came out 3 months ago, and they’ve already scored a number 1, Double Platinum song with “Cruise”. They’re also up for the “New Artist Of The Year” and “Vocal Duo of the Year” awards at this year’s Academy of Country Music awards. They’ve spent the last few months touring non-stop, and it was their fans’ response at the live shows that lead them to pick their new single, “Get Your Shine On”.

The band’s rise was so quick that they have the distinction of scoring a spot on both Slacker’s Top 50 Country Songs of 2012 countdown AND our Artists To Watch 2013 station.

The boys make feel-good Country- not unlike Jason Aldean or Eric Church- with an occasional hip hop twist. On their station you’ll hear their hits- like “Cruise”, their influences- like Jimmy Buffett and Garth Brooks- and music from their contemporaries like Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert.

 

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