Radiohead is Slacker’s Artist of the Week!

RADIOHEADIOS7-472x472Since their 1992 debut, Radiohead has constantly redefined their sound, staking their claim as one of the most progressive bands today, breaking barriers not only with their music, but also how they sold it.

The second week in October happens to be a big one for Radiohead, frontman Thom Yorke’s birthday was yesterday October 7th, and they released “In Rainbows” and “Kid A” this week, 6 and 13 years ago respectively.

It’s as good a time as any to celebrate these musical pioneers with a specially dedicated station full of their hits, groundbreaking tracks, as well as music from their influencers and contemporaries.

Radiohead is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

 

Album of the Week: Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz

MILEY-IOS7-472x472You’ve likely made up your mind about Miley Cyrus’ recent, controversial behavior, but how about her music?

Does her new album, “Bangerz,” have the same devil-may-care attitude and risqué demeanor? How does it rate artistically in your opinion?

Listen to the 20-year-old singer’s fourth studio effort track-by-track to judge for yourself. Listen to the entire album on demand all week.

The boundary-pushing “Bangerz” is Slacker’s Album of the Week.

The Slacker Tour is Heading to Los Angeles for Culture Collide 2013!

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 9.27.07 AMThe days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and that means it’s almost time for FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide 2013.

The fourth annual Culture Collide Festival returns to Los Angeles this October 10-12, bringing three days of incredible music, art, film and more to Echo Park. As one of the most buzzed about festivals of the fall season, Culture Collide will welcome performances by some of our favorite international artists – and Slacker will be there to take part in the festivities.

We are gearing up the Slacker Tour truck so make sure to stop by! The truck will be in the parking lot of Taix French Restaurant located at 1911 W. Sunset Blvd. 

We will be handing out free 1 month premium memberships to Slacker Radio as well as tons of goodies like bags, t-shirts, and cool SWAG. Plus, high score winners of our High Striker Guitar Game can win one full year of Slacker Premium.

Take a look at the lineup full of more diversity and ear candy than we know what to do with. Prepare your ears with Slacker’s Culture Collide 2013 Station here. 

Download the full schedule for the international event of the year here, which also has the detailed schedule for the 2013 Creative Summit, maps and important info. Click here to purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!

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Listen to the Exclusive “Sting Top 33″

STINGiOS7b-472x472Sting has a busy week ahead of him-he turns 62 on October 2nd and he released his 14th album this week: “The Last Ship.”

Slacker is counting down the top 33 songs by Sting—including the songs of The Police.

Created using our “E.Q. Data” which measures how many times listeners play, “heart,” and share his songs, the Sting 33 countdown is a premium experience open to all Slacker users for one week only so enjoy it while you can!

Listen to Sting’s Exclusive Top 33 here. 

Foxes’ “Youth” is the Song Stuck in My Head

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 8.15.50 AMEnglish singer Louisa Rose Allen, otherwise known as Foxes, released her single “Youth” way back in early 2012. But now that Zedd’s “Clarity” (on which she sings vocals) has become a worldwide smash, there’s suddenly a little more interest in Foxes.

“Youth” is now being re-released, and its dramatic style should please fans of Lorde or Lana Del Rey.

Listen to “Youth” on demand now on Slacker’s “Song Stuck In My Head.”

There Are A Lot of Blurred Lines in This Week’s EQ Charts

EQ PlayThis week the Slacker EQ Charts are all about blurred lines. Not Robin Thicke’s summer hit, but the increasingly blurry lines between music genres, and more importantly—music fans of different backgrounds.

You can take a look at the full charts here. 

We’ve known for a long time here at Slacker that contemporary music fans don’t limit themselves to just one kind of music, and you can see this play out on Slacker’s Overall EQ chart every week–where Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, and Lorde all live together in relative harmony. But this week, we see the EDM, Pop, Alt/Indie, and Overall charts sharing tracks and artists more than ever before, and it’s all being driven by the behavior and engagement of millions of Slacker listeners. Examples and insights from this week’s charts are below.

Lorde tops the Overall chart this week, as well as the Pop, EDM, and Alt/Indie charts. This song is one of the biggest hits of this year, not only because it’s really great, but because it has created consensus with music fans from so many different genres. Capital Cities is in a similar spot, occupying a position in the top 5 across the Overall, Pop, EDM, and Alt/Indie charts.

On the EDM chart, the lines continue to blur between mainstream pop and “pure” EDM, as Avicii, Zedd, and Calvin Harris continue to dominate this chart while also increasingly infiltrating the Pop charts.

At Pop, Lorde unseats Katy Perry for the number 1 spot, while Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” moves into the top 10 and AWOLNATION’s “Sail” debuts at number 25, nearly 3 years after its original release. This is another case of an artist from a different genre—in this case, Alt/Indie–writing a song that is so universally engaging that it ultimately gets discovered and elevated by music fans from all genres.

We see some significant movement and big debuts on the Alt/Indie chart this week, as NoNoNo’s “Pumpin Blood” rockets on to the chart, moving up 40 spots to debut at number 21. MS MR’s “Hurricane,” the 1975’s “Chocolate,” and Chvrches’ “The Mother We Share” all debut in the top 40 this week as well, based on their strong engagement with Slacker listeners.

Rich Homie Kwan’s “Type Of Way” continues to be one of the most engaging hip hop tracks of the year, moving up another 4 spots to crack the top 10 on Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart. The same goes for Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal”, which is up 11 spots. Jason Derulo’s new single “Marry Me” makes the biggest debut of the week on this chart, as Slacker listeners push it up 46 spots to debut at number 21.

On the Country chart, Florida Georgia Line is on top again, this time with “Round Here,” which narrowly bumps Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” for the number 1 spot. And fresh off making history with 6 nods in her first year as a nominee at the CMA’s, Kacey Musgraves debuts on the chart again, this time with “Merry Go ‘Round.”

Finally, at Rock, we see three songs debut on a chart that has been fairly static for the last few weeks; Volbeat’s “Lola Montez,” Skillet’s“American Noise,” and Escape the Fate’s “One For the Money” all crack the top 40 this week.

You can join Slacker DJ Parker as she hosts our weekly countdown of the top 40 most engaging songs on Slacker this week—listen here. Check back here next week to see how the songs that you listen to, Heart, and share the most move up and down the charts!

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

Artist of the Week: Gwen Stefani

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 9.09.00 AMFrom Ska tomboy to Pop goddess, Gwen Stefani conquered the world with No Doubt, then dominated the charts with two solo albums, finally coming full circle to make another No Doubt album last year.

Stefani turns 44 on October 3rd, so what better time to celebrate her voice and style with a station that features music from her entire career as well as influences and contemporaries.

Gwen Stefani is Slacker’s Artist of the Week. Listen here. 

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.

 

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