This Week’s Movers and Shakers on the Slacker EQ

EQ PlayWelcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of September 22nd, where we measure the most listened to, “hearted,” and shared songs across all genres and amongst millions of Slacker listeners throughout the US and Canada. Take a look at the full charts here. 

A quick note–If you’ve upgraded to iOS7, then hopefully you’ve grabbed the new Slacker app, which features our new “My Vibe” feature, which matches you to you perfect playlist based on what you’re doing at any given moment. We launched My Vibe on the Slacker website this week as well, so even non-iPhone music fans can get this unique experience. And Android fans, never fear–we’ve got a major app update that includes My Vibe coming your way very soon!

In the meantime, here are some key insights from Slacker’s EQ charts this week.

Katy Perry continues to dominate both the Overall and Pop charts, holding down the #1 spot on both for the 3rd week in a row. However, Lorde’s “Royals” is poised to take over the #1 spot on the Overall chart next week if she continues to engage Slacker listeners as strongly as she did this week.

Britney Spears‘ “Work Bitch” makes a huge debut on the Pop chart, jumping 552 spots to crack the top 20. Millions of Slacker listeners heard this track featured as one of our “Songs Stuck In My Head” last week, and clearly, they approve!

We saw some major movement on Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart this week: Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal” speeds on to the charts, moving up 47 spots to debut at #27. Jay Z’s “Tom Ford” debuts at #40, and after a slow start with Slacker listeners, Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” is picking up steam, moving up 34 spots to crack the top 10.

Luke Bryan continues to engage Slacker’s country fans, as his “That’s My Kind of Night” holds the #1 spot for the second week in a row. The Band Perry make a big statement with their new single “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” as it moves up 28 spots to debut on the chart at #40.

The most notable thing about Slacker’s EDM chart this week is how a small handful of superstar DJs and acts are absolutely dominating it. Zedd, Krewella, and Avicii all have 3 songs on the chart; Tiesto and Baauer each have 2.

EDM’s massive popularity continues to cross over to other genres, as Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home” and Two Door Cinema Club’s “Changing Of The Seasons” (feat. Madeon) both make big debuts on Slacker’s Alt/Indie chart.

Slacker’s Rock curators have been championing Los Angeles’ Gemini Syndrome for years, and this week Slacker listeners responded, pushing their new track “Stardust” up 29 spots to land at #38. Meanwhile, the new Chester Bennington-led incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots moves up over 100 spots to crack the top 25 with their “Out of Time.”

You can hear Slacker’s top 40 songs this week on a countdown hosted by Parker here, and make sure to check back next Wednesday to see how your favorite songs engaged millions of Slacker music fans just like you!

Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

 

Taylor Swift Wraps Up Red Tour at Home

1379696341-t_swizz-2616Taylor Swift performed the first of three sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Thursday night Sept.19), with Saturday’s concert marking the end of the US leg of her Red Tour. Slacker joined the music superstar at a pre-show reception, where she explained the decision to wrap up the trek in the city she has called home for almost a decade.

“This is not only my hometown but is one of the craziest crowds that we play to. So on the last tour, I made a mental note: we need to end the tour in Nashville next time,” she told partygoers. “I see faces here I’ve known for years, and I’m so happy that you still want to come see me play a show. This is the most exciting night of the tour for me.”

The beaming beauty was presented with several plaques at the reception, commemorating her staggering album and single sales. Her latest album, “Red,” has now sold six million copies, and she was also surprised to discover Thursday that she’s up to four million in album sales in the U.K. alone.

Swift is hard at work to keep that momentum going. “Up next, I’m going to make another album,” she told the crowd, adding sarcastically, “I mean, I think I want to keep doing this.

“I really like to take two years to write a record. I’ve been writing for the last year, and this is the year that it goes into overdrive,” she continued. “It’s all I think about and I become obsessive over it … I’m hard to talk to. It’s a weird thing that I need to work on!”

taylor swift and luke bryan nashville Swift did a lot of talking to the thousands of fans packed in the downtown Nashville arena – telling stories behind the songs and profusely thanking everyone for their support over the years. Her high-energy, explosive set included fan favorites ranging from her very first No. 1 hit, “Our Song,” to her current duet with Red Tour opening act, Ed Sheeran, “Everything Has Changed.” A second duet partner was a huge surprise to the audience – country superstar Luke Bryan, who sang one of his biggest hits, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” with Taylor.

Proving her concerts are as much of a theatrical event as they are a music show, Swift had no fewer than seven costume changes throughout the night (though we lost count!). She incorporated more choreography into the set than on any previous tour, and played out several songs as if she were creating their music videos right there on stage. For “You Belong With Me,” she and her backup singers wore red cocktail dresses with long red gloves and delivered the tune in ‘50s Motown girl group style — through both their vocals and dance moves. For “I Knew You Were Trouble,” the stage and backup dancers transformed into what looked like a scene from “Phantom of the Opera.” She literally flew while singing “Sparks Fly,” performing from a stage suspended over the audience. And she ended the show by taking fans to the circus – the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” circus, that is, complete with stilt-walkers, clowns and Swift herself dressed as the ringmaster for the colorful finale.

Up next for the Grammy winner is the Australian leg of her Red Tour, followed by stops in other parts of the world that have not yet been announced – all while feverishly writing for her next album, of course.

New Countdown: JT’s Top 33!

JT-iOS7b2-472x472Justin Timberlake is releasing The Twenty-Twenty Experience Part Two next week, so Slacker is counting down the top 33 J.T. songs–including solo singles, collaborations, and even hits from his Nsync’ days.

This countdown was created by calculating our “E.Q. Data” which measures how many times you’ve launched, “Hearted” and shared individual songs.

FYI, this JT-only station is a premium experience open to all Slacker users until Sunday, September 29th.

Enjoy JT’s Top 33 here. 

The New EQ Charts Are Here!

EQ PlayWelcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of Wednesday, September 15th. Take a look at the full charts here. 

These charts track the most listened to, “hearted,” and engaging tracks across all genres amongst millions of Slacker music fans. These are the only charts that truly measure how much you love the music that you hear on Slacker, instead of how much it gets played or promoted. Here are some insights from this week’s charts.

On the Overall EQ chart, which measures the most engaging songs with Slacker’s entire audience, across all genres, we see Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” debut on the chart in its first week of release. Lorde’s “Royals” continues its historic run up the charts, moving up 6 spots to crack the top 5, and Cedric Gervais’ remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” makes the biggest jump of the week, moving up 30 spots to land at #18.

Slacker’s Electronic chart is a case study in EDM’s continued crossover appeal and popularity. 7 of the top 10 songs on the Electronic chart also appear on Slacker’s Overall and Pop charts—most notably Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Lorde’s “Royals,” which check in at nos. 1 and 6, respectively.

Katy Perry’s “Roar” holds on to the number one spot on the Pop chart for the second week in a row, but she could be unseated next week if Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” continues to engage Slacker listeners as strongly as it did this week; it moves up 12 spots to number 3.

On the Alt/Indie chart, Lorde’s “Royals” is number 2 and her song “Bravado” debuts at number 38. And after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, Coldplay’s “Atlas” makes a massive debut at #5.

Rich Homie Quan makes the biggest jump on the Hip Hop/R&B chart—“Type Of Way” moves up 10 spots to land at number 28. On the Country chart, Dierks Bentley’s “I Hold On” makes it’s debut at number 40, up 13 spots.

You can hear Slacker’s top 40 songs this week on a countdown hosted by Parker here:, and you can check back next Wednesday to see how your favorite songs engaged millions of Slacker music fans throughout the US and Canada!

Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

P.S. Apple iOS users: please don”t forget to check out our brand new Slacker iOS7-optimized App. It’s slicker, faster, & filled with new content — including the debut of our My Vibe playlist offering. You can update now, and tell your Android friends that their version is on the way too!

 

David Nail Hints New Album Will Reflect New Mindset

davidnailCountry star David Nail has a good sense of humor about people who don’t realize that it’s him singing the infectious new song, “Whatever She’s Got.”

“At first, people were saying, ‘Is this really David Nail? But he only sings sad songs!’” the singer tells Slacker with a laugh.

Nail says “Whatever She’s Got” was a no-brainer when choosing the first radio single from his upcoming fourth studio album. Its romantic lyrics and up-tempo beat set the tone for the entire project, which he hints has much more of an energy boost than his previous efforts.

“I’ve had the reputation of being a balladeer, but I’m in a happier place in my life, both personally and professionally,” the vocal powerhouse reveals. “So with this record, we just wanted to have fun and that’s translated into the music.”

So far, so good. “Whatever She’s Got” is among the Top 5 highest-rated songs on our New Country First station. Nail has also been leaking other tracks from the album, which is due early next year, and has been getting great feedback.

“People are either really good liars or they like it,” he says. “I choose to think the latter!”

 

Slacker Honors Tupac Shakur With the 2Pac Top 33

2PAC-472x472 (1)It was 17 years ago this week that we lost one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Tupac Shakur’s legacy continues to inspire, and in celebration of his amazing career, Slacker presents The 2Pac Top 33.

This countdown is determined by Slacker listeners and what we call “E.Q.,” an “Engagement Quotient” that indicates the most played, most hearted, and most shared 2Pac songs of all time.

Listen here as we celebrate a true artist gone much too soon.

Jason Derülo Curates Exclusive Station With Slacker’s “I Am The DJ”

DERULO-DJ-472x472Chances are you have heard of R&B vocalist Jason Derülo. The singer, songwriter, dancer and actor launched his career while still in his teens, first as a songwriter for others and later as a solo artist, which has propelled him to new heights in popularity. His hit single, “The Other Side,” has had a steady spot on the Slacker EQ Top 40 Charts for weeks with no signs of slowing down.

Recently, Slacker sat down with pop superstar Jason Derülo to create a radio station comprised of his favorite artists, from Missy Elliott and Michael Jackson to Madonna and Daft Punk.

Check out this exclusive look into the musical soul of Jason Derülo on his dedicated “I Am The DJ” station as we prepare ourselves for his new album, Tattoos, out on September 24th.

Listen to Jason’s “I Am The DJ” here! 

Check Out This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts for the Top Songs of the Week!

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You’ve arrived at Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 25th! Take a look here. 

In this post-VMA edition of Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 25th, we are very interested in tracking and measuring any spikes that artists featured on MTV’s awards show may have received from Slacker listeners. As this data only reflects the 2 days following the VMAs, we will probably see more of this “bounce” effect next week; in the meantime, keep an eye on Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and of course—Miley Cyrus across Slacker’s 7 EQ charts.

On the Overall chart, where the biggest songs across all genres live together in relative harmony, we see Katy Perry’s “Roar” hit number 3 in only its second week on the chart. It’s officially the fastest-rising song in the history of the EQ Chart. Miley Cyrus’ VMA controversy doesn’t seem to have hurt her; ‘We Can’t Stop” is up 3 spots to crack the top 5. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” narrowly misses the top 40 this week. However, on the Pop chart, we see “Roar” within inches of unseating Robin Thicke for the top spot, and “Applause” is up 10 spots to crack the top 20.

Luke Bryan proves that he’s the biggest rising star in country music–after his new album “Crash My Party” was featured as Slacker’s Album of the Week, his new single “That’s My Kind of Night” shoots up 35 spots to debut at 19 on the Country chart. By featuring his new album as Slacker’s Album of the Week, it was exposed to millions of country fans over the course of 7 days, and they clearly loved what they heard!

On Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart, we see two debuts this week: J Cole’s “Crooked Smile” and Rich Homie Quan’s “Type Of Way” are both engaging and winning over Slacker’s hip hop fans. Additionally, Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” has the biggest jump of the week on this chart, up 10 spots to land at number 26.

Look for Avenged Sevenfold’s “Carry On” to make a big jump on the Rock chart next week; their new album “Hail To The King” is currently featured as Slacker’s Album of the Week. This week, Three Days Grace’s “Misery Loves My Company” jumps 3 spots to take the number 1 spot this week; this is the 3rd song they’ve had a #1 hit with on Slacker’s Rock EQ charts.

Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” holds the top spot on Slacker’s Alt/Indie chart for the 3rd week in a row, and their latest single “Kangaroo Court” makes its debut on the other end of the chart, landing at number 39. And as we predicted, Cage The Elephant’s “Come a Little Closer” makes a huge jump after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week; it’s up 17 spots to land at number 25.

Finally, on Slacker’s EDM chart, we see Sub Focus’ ‘Endorphins” (ft. Alex Clare) and TyDi’s “Something About You” both make debuts, itself an illustration of the wide variety of sounds and styles underneath the “EDM” umbrella. Slacker has over 15 different Dance/Electronic stations for every kind of EDM fan–from Trap to Club Hits.

Check back next Thursday for updated charts–including more post-VMA data—and to see how millions of Slacker music fans are engaging with their favorite music. You can also hear the top 40 Overall tracks from Slacker’s EQ charts in countdown form, on the Slacker Top 40 station, hosted by Parker. Listen here! 

Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

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