It’s here, and it’s HOT.

11067645_828726487218113_9173937992353866201_nJust in time for today’s start of CMA Music Festival (which will forever be known to me as Fan Fair), the temperatures are sweltering hot as usual.

If you’re not here in Nashville for the Fest, there’s good and bad. I mean, the good is, you’re probably sitting all up in your office or house enjoying some air conditioning and only breaking a sweat if you have to get up for more beer, amiright?

The bad? EVERY. BODY. In country music is here right now. There are free concerts literally all over downtown Nashville. New artists you might not have heard of yet, already up-and-coming artists and even artists you know pretty well are playing on stages at just about every corner. Tonight, the BIG concerts start at LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans play. These shows are a parade of country music superstars, four nights in a row. If there was any such thing as concert overload (and there’s not, in my book), this is where you’d get it.

If you want to torture yourself you can see the full lineup here. I’d also suggest you use that link to get your tickets for NEXT YEAR’s CMA Music Festival as soon as humanly possible, because those things sell out super fast and I don’t want you to miss it again. Cool? Cool.

Is Rock Dead? Not in North Dakota.

Music critics (and Gene Simmons) claim that rock is dead. Here at Slacker Radio, we call B.S. on that…and we can prove that rock is, indeed, alive and kicking.

Our fancy data scientists tirelessly agonized over our users’ listening behavior to determine the states that rock the hardest. Throw up those horns and check out our map to see if your state truly rocks.

States That Rock


Top 5 States That Rock:

  1. North Dakota (Most-listened-to rock band: Five Finger Death Punch)
  2. Maine
  3. Iowa
  4. West Virginia
  5. Nebraska


Top 5 States That Rock the Least:

  1. Hawaii (Most-listened-to rock band: Journey)
  2. California
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia


Keeping Rock Alive:

Whether you’re listening to your favorite rock band on Slacker or seeing them live this summer, there are plenty of ways to keep rock alive. Slacker host Fitz takes a look at what’s happening in the world of rock this summer with insider info on the best rock festivals all over the country.

We’ve stocked this station with bands who are (or are about to be) out on tour, including Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Korn, Three Days Grace, and tons more.

Listen here: Summer Rock Fest Station

Data Source:

Slacker analyzed hundreds of millions of data points to uncover how our users are engaging with rock music across our entire service. We then parsed this data based on location to identify the states within the US that most actively engaged with rock music. In the case of the top 5 most and least engaged states— we drilled further down to identify the specific artists who drove engagement based on streams, custom-station creation, “hearts”, “bans”, skips etc.

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Prince Harry’s Gaga Faux Pas.

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Photo Credit: Mark Allan/Invision-AP
Source: Time

Dear Prince Harry,

Although Time Magazine thought Lady Gaga was under-dressed when you met her backstage, I think it was you that was ill-clad. If you’re going to meet Gaga, be all about it! Throw on a boa or maybe Sparkle Panties??  That being said, she also missed an opportunity by not drawing double-eyebrows on you.

Chalk this up to a learning experience and next time, call me! You’re probably just sheltered being royal and all.



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Kendrick Lamar One-Ups Cliche School Assembly Wildlife Guy Who Let You Pet The Python.


Image: Twitter/Colleen Wright via

Did you have a teacher who used music in class to help you better understand a story/lesson?

I had one…only one. Mr. Collins. My High School History teacher and I never forgot it.

So take that feeling, multiply it by 100 and we might be able to imagine how the kids at High Tech High School felt when Kendrick Lamar walked into class.  All thanks to Mr. Mooney, English teacher and Poetry Club organizer at High Tech who used To Pimp A Butterfly to help analyze the 1970 novel, The Bluest Eye.

Kendrick found out about Mr. Mooney’s lesson after his blog post about using hip hop as a teaching tool went viral and the next thing you know, Kendrick is in the classroom with these kids.

As a college dropout myself who knows just how real the struggle is, it is so encouraging to know there is a teacher out there who gets it. We all learn differently…and just because you learn differently doesn’t mean you’re not intelligent.

Now thinking about it, the python was a perfect metaphor for my entire school career. Thx Wildlife Guy.

Ps – Tell Mr. Mooney, I think he’s got “Favorite Teacher” on lock.


Brantley Gilbert shows again that he’s a class act.

As if it’s not enough that he’s openly a mama’s boy, says romantic things about his fianceé and is a huge supporter of our military, Brantley Gilbert has taken things one step further to show he’s just a good guy.

It started when Wounded Warrior Staff Sgt. Justin Patterson gave Brantley his first purple heart as a thank you for his support of veterans, and for joining the Wounded Warriors motorcycle ride, Project Odyssey.

So, awesome dude that he is, Brantley then went on Fox & Friends and said, while he knows he can never repay a gift like that, he’s giving Staff Sgt. Patterson his two tickets to the CMT Music Awards in Nashville this week.

Watch it here, and then go ahead and swoon.

“Damn Daddy” Indeed.


Source: MTV

Clearly “Champagne Papi” has been workin’ on his fitness! Drake Instagrammed this hot shot and no you weren’t the only one fanning your undercarriage.

Justin Bieber was so impressed he felt compelled to comment but the only words he could muster?

“Damn Daddy.”

Well said Biebs…

Ps – how do you get those muscle lines under your belly button without drawing them in?

Where Has Akon Been? Oh Just Figuring Out A Way To Bring Electricity To Africa. NBD.

Source: The Root

You could use your celebrity superpowers to get a table in the middle of a fancy restaurant or you could use them to light an entire continent. Akon opted for the latter.

The hip hop singer has been working on an initiative that will not only bring electricity to 600 million people but a “Solar Academy” that will create jobs as well.


So think good thoughts! and fingers crossed for once, lets see if humans can create something potentially wonderful without ruining it with corruption and greed…for once.

Ps – “Solar Academy” is really fun to say.


the 1975 comic


“I’m making jokes about this whole situation but really if The 1975 don’t come back I’ve lost absolutely everything” – @trumanchlo 

By the looks of twitter, 1975 fans are taking the news of their “makeover” pretty hard :/

Look they’re not “going away”! It appears they want to do something different.

Don’t assume it’s a bad thing…we don’t know the whole story, maybe their label wants them to be the next Jonas Brothers?? Or maybe they’re tired of having the same fanbase as The Jonas Brothers because I saw FAR too many tweets like this:


if that’s the reason, I’m behind the band 100%.

Hey and please know I am a fan too. I’ve daydreamed about watching 80s movies with Matt Healy (self-proclaimed huge 80s movie lover) a lot and the thought of not reenacting the last scene of Sixteen Candles with him pains me…

I get it! So let’s process this with a proper tantrum

and then, let’s try to have an open mind because we might love their next album as much as the first.

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