Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Top 33 on Slacker for a Limited Time

CARRIE KENNY TOP 33Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the 47th annual CMA awards on Wednesday; It’s their 6th year in a row! To celebrate, we’ve created a station counting down their biggest hits, as determined by you, Slacker users.
It’s something we call E.Q., the Engagement Quotient. It just means these are your most hearted, least-banned and most-shared songs by Carrie and Brad. By the way, single-artist stations like these are usually reserved for our premium users, but thanks to a special agreement, everyone can listen for a limited time.
The Carrie and Brad E.Q. Top 33, something that could only happen on Slacker. Check it out here.


Kenny Rogers Hosts Country Duets Station on Slacker

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 2.36.49 PMThere is no artist more fitting to host Slacker’s brand-new 77 Greatest Country Duets station than The Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers. The music legend has recorded some of the most beloved collaborations in both country and pop history, and has made entire albums of duets. Just a few of the many we all know by heart are “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton, “Everytime Two Fools Collide” with Dottie West, “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton and “Lady” with his old buddy, Lionel Richie.

In hosting our new 77 Greatest Country Duets station, Rogers tells the stories behind some of his own duets and gives commentary on a wide range of other country collaborations, from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” to Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift’s “Highway Don’t Care.” We also hear personal stories about some of his friends on the countdown, including Reba McEntire, Naomi Judd and, of course, Miss Dolly.

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 2.32.05 PMRogers and Parton have a new duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” on his new album of the same name. The song comes three decades after “Islands in the Stream” and reunites the platonic friends who have weathered 30 years of romantic rumors.

“People always thought we were having an affair and we didn’t want to ruin it because if we’d had an affair, we’d lose that spark. We just flirted a lot,” Rogers tells the Associated Press. “I can’t explain it but flirting is more electric than passion, it’s the anticipation … She does it better than anybody I’ve ever seen, and it’s just fun.”

Tune in to our 77 Greatest Country Duets station, hosted by Kenny Rogers, here.

Top Songs on the Slacker EQ!

EQ PlayAs 2013 comes to a close, the artists that made the biggest impact with Slacker listeners become clear–Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Avicii and more. However, there are major new releases still on the way–from established stars Eminem, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Eric Church, and more. You can track all of these artists and their engagement with millions of Slacker music fans here; key insights from this week’s EQ charts, which you can check out here. 

Country fans made the biggest impact on Slacker’s Overall top 40 chart this week, as they push David Nail’s “Whatever She’s Got up 11 spots to number 23, and Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” moves up 10 spots to number 27. At the top of the chart, Lorde, Katy Perry, and Avicii continue hold down the top 3 spots, but it is nearly a statistical dead heat, which leads us to believe that there may be a new number 1 next week. EDM fans joined forces with Slacker’s Pop constituency this week to propel Ellie Goulding’s new track on to the chart; “Burn” is up 6 spots to debut at number 36.

Speaking of EDM fans—as those producers and performers continue to become part of the mainstream consciousness, we see this reflected on Slacker’s EQ charts. For example, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Avicii, and Krewella each have 3 songs on the EDM chart, giving those 4 artists a 30% total share of the most engaging EDM songs among Slacker listeners. That’s not to say that Slacker listeners aren’t engaging with lesser-known artists; new tracks from RAC, Xilent, and Keys N Krates all move up the chart this week.

Predictably, Eminem is the big story on the Hip Hop/R&B chart. 3 tracks from his upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” make the chart this week; “Berzerk” is number 14, “Survival” is number 35, and “Rap God” moves up 115 spots to debut at number 40. And the great thing about Slacker’s engagement data is that it allows your curators to immediately respond to listener demand. To that end, we are featuring a special “Eminem 33” station this week, which counts down his 33 most popular songs, as determined by millions of Slacker listeners. And next week, we are featuring “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as our Album of the Week, which will allow all Slacker listeners to listen to the entire thing, as much as they like!

Being that it’s Halloween week, it’s only appropriate that we feature a song that has risen from the dead. Nearly 2 years after it topped the Alt/Indie chart, AWOLNATION’s “Sail” makes like a zombie and breaks in to the top 10 on the Pop chart. Big Sean’s “Beware” makes the biggest debut of the week, moving up 14 spots to land at number 31.

On the Rock chart, we have a new number one for the first time in 2 months, as Pop Evil’s “Trenches” finally unseats Black Veil Brides’ “In The End.” And supergroup Eye Empire debut on the chart at number 34 with “More Than Fate.”

At Country, Thomas Rhett takes over the number 1 spot with his “It Goes Like This,” Dustin Lynch’s “Wild In Your Smile” and Randy Houser’s“Goodnight Kiss” see the biggest spike in listener engagement this week, and after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” makes a big debut at number 33.

And finally, we know that Lorde is perhaps the most engaging artist of the year amongst Slacker music fans. She tops 4 of our 7 charts this week. But amongst Alt/Indie fans, she is truly dominating. For the first time in Slacker EQ history, one artist has 3 different songs in the top 15–and it’s Lorde. Her “Royals” is number 1, “Tennis Court” is number 7, and new single “Team” is number 11 on the Alt/Indie chart. In a remarkably short period of time, Lorde has proven that she is no one-hit-wonder–at least amongst the millions of Slacker listeners that determine the EQ scores that these charts are based from.

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.




Artist of the Week Tribute to Lou Reed

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 8.40.07 AMIt’s difficult to properly eulogize an artist as impactful as Lou Reed. So-we are going to pay tribute to Lou Reed the best way we know how—via music.

On this week’s Artist of the Weekstation dedicated to the icon, you’ll hear work from all eras of his career- with the Velvet Underground, as a solo artist, and his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear work from the many, many artists that he directly influenced, and even some of his own early influences.

He was immensely quotable, and we think he sums up his body of work nicely with a series of quotes. On his approach to rock and roll, he said “One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” And on his career in retrospective, he said “All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter. They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”

This is Slacker’s tribute to Lou Reed, our Artist of the Week. Listen here.

“There’s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It’s your time.”

CMA Awards Preview: Country Music’s Biggest Night!

1378839266_stretchCountry music’s biggest night is right around the corner! The CMA Awards (basically the Oscars of country music) will air live from Nashville on Nov. 6. The star-studded show will be co-hosted for the sixth straight year by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, and will feature performances by Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw and many more. Listed below are some of our early thoughts about the show. And be sure to listen to New Country on Slacker to hear all of the nominees!

lukebryan2Most Predictable Category: Male Vocalist of the Year. We will be shocked if Luke Bryan doesn’t walk away with this honor for the first time in his career. The Georgia native has dominated the charts in the past year, shattered sales records with his “Crash My Party” album and has sold out show after show on the road. Blake Shelton has had Male Vocalist bragging rights for the past three years in a row and is Luke’s biggest competition, but don’t expect a Shelton fourpeat. Other nominees are all dark horses in the category: Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Keith Urban.

carrie-underwood-2013-cma-music-festival-04Most Unpredictable Category: Album of the Year. All five nominees in this category are equally strong contenders. Sure, some projects sold triple the amount of copies than others, but keep in mind that the CMA Awards are voted on by people who work in the industry, and they always love a critic darling as much as a sales titan. The nominees are Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story,” Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Taylor Swift’s “Red,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Same Trailer Different Park” and Little Big Town’s “Tornado.”

Most Unique Performance to Watch: Taylor Swift’s collaboration with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. Sure, they’re all lumped into the country genre together, but let’s face it, Swift’s signature sound is about as similar to Gill and Krauss’ style of music as Lil Wayne is to Little Jimmy Dickens. Still, that’s all the more reason to expect this performance to be spectacular, and most likely more country-friendly than anything Swift has had on the radio this year. Other noteworthy collaborations will include Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl, and Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz.

Most Fabulous Fashionista to Watch: Carrie Underwood.  At last year’s CMA Awards, the blond beauty changed clothes 12 times! Expect no less this year, as the night’s hostess is sure to dazzle us with fantastic frocks, flowing locks and a whole lotta leg.

New Top 33 Station Featuring Eminem

EMINEM-TOP-33-472x472Eminem releases his eighth album “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” next week, and to celebrate we’ve created a station counting down his biggest songs, as determined by you and millions of Slacker listeners.

Single artist stations are usually reserved for premium subscribers, but thanks to a special agreement, everyone can listen for a limited time.

Take a look at the Eminem Top 33 here. 

Countdown Tom Petty’s Top 33 for a Limited Time!

TOM-PETTY-TOP-33-472x472Few artists reach the status of icon, but Tom Petty definitely qualifies.

He turned 62 on Sunday, and to celebrate we’ve created a station counting down his biggest songs, as determined by you and millions of Slacker listeners.

Single artist stations are usually reserved for premium subscribers, but thanks to a special agreement, everyone can listen for a limited time.

Listen to Tom Petty’s Top 33 here.

Take a Look at the New EQ Charts for the Week!

EQ PlayWelcome to the first EQ charts for the week of October 13th! You can take a look at the full charts here. 

We know that when we feature a song or artist on Slacker as a “Song Stuck In My Head,” “Artist of the Week” or “Album of the Week,” that artist typically sees a big spike in our weekly EQ charts. But what happens when an artist is at the center of a pop culture phenomenon? We see Blake Shelton’s EQ scores ebb and flow depending on how his team performs on “The Voice” from week to week, and after Miley’s controversial VMA performance, she shot up the chart. This week, Drake was the beneficiary of a viral meme called #StarbucksDrakeHands, and as a result, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” got a significant boost on the charts. Details and key insights from this week’s EQ charts across all genres are below.

Within the EDM chart we observe several genres of electronic music co-existing peacefully, all enjoying equal enthusiasm and engagement of millions of Slacker music fans. We see the pop-dubstep of Krewella—who have 3 tracks on the chart, the indie-electronic sounds of Lorde--who holds the number one spot on the chart, the progressive trance of Tiesto and Armin van Buuren, and the house stylings of Avicii all represented here. Tiesto’s “Chasing Summers” makes the biggest jump of the week, moving up 11 spots to land at number 25.

On the Pop chart, for the first week in recent memory, the biggest movers are hip hop and R&B artists, rather than the recent EDM invaders. Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is up 17 spots to settle at number 11—this spike is in direct correlation with this week’s #StarbucksDrakeHands phenomenon on Instagram and Vine. J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” is up 19 spots to land at number 32, and Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla” makes a huge debut this week, moving 35 spots to number 33.

As is often the case, once Slacker listeners are introduced to a new artist that they love, they dive deeper to discover more of that artist’s music. That would explain why Lorde has a record 3 songs on the Alt/Indie chart this week. “Royals” is number one for the 4th week in a row, followed by “Tennis Court” at number 10, and “Team” makes its debut on the chart this week—moving up 23 spots to number 28.

At Hip Hop, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” takes the top spot—again, we see the power of the #StarbucksDrakeHands meme. Travie McCoy returns to the game after a lengthy absence, as his “Rough Water” makes the week’s biggest jump, moving up 65 spots to debut at number 27. Jay Z, as always, looms large over all of hip hop, as his “Holy Grail” holds down the top 5 while he’s got back to back spots at nos. 38 and 39 with “F**kwithmeyouknowigotit” and “Tom Ford.”

Pop Evil’s “Trenches” is the first song in weeks to challenge Black Veil Brides’ “In The End” for the number one spot on the Rock chart, and Pearl Jam’s “Sirens” makes a big jump to debut on the chart at number 29. Incidentally, Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” is Slacker’s Album Of The Week—so you can listen to the whole thing, as much as you would like, all week long!

Finally, Slacker’s Country chart has a new number 1 and a rootsy debut. Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind Of Night” knocks Florida Georgia Line out of the top spot, and Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” debuts at number 40.

Hear Lorde, Avicii, Luke Bryan, and Drake all living together in relative harmony on 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.

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