The Top Five Hits on Twitter

Screen Shot 2013-08-16 at 1.10.01 AMQuick: Tell us what your newest favorite song is and why in 140 characters or less.

Twitter has become a major player in the music business, with millions of users tweeting about what they’re listening to and sharing songs with their followers. Slacker has our ears open to what’s chirping, so we’ve created a Twitter Top 50 station to bring you the most popular tunes on the social network.

We update the station every Wednesday to reflect the current Twitter “Superstars” chart, which counts down Twitter users’ most listened-to tracks. Check out which hits are getting the most tweets this week by tuning in here.

While you’re listening, here are our favorite five hits from Twitter Top 50 this week:

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton): “Looking for a better way to get out of bed,” raps Macklemore in this caffeinated track. Dude, just play your own song. The energy in this collaboration is infectious and anything but cliché. Just try to keep your hands down.

2. Bruno Mars, “Treasure”:  It’s vintage Michael Jackson meets ‘70s disco when Mars croons about the woman of his dreams. The harmonies on this track rival anything on the singer’s stellar debut album, and if it’s possible to out-sexy himself, he’s done that too.

3. Cher, “Woman’s World”: Note to Madonna: this is how you stay relevant. Cher’s new girl-power anthem fits right in any dance club mix alongside Ke$ha, P!nk and other pop tarts half her age. The first single from her 26th studio album, this track reminds us why Cher has been a musical force to be reckoned with for almost half a century.

4. Hunter Hayes, “I Want Crazy”: In the lyrics of this song, we learn that country music’s newest heartthrob isn’t a fan of vanilla relationships – he’s more of a rocky road guy. In the melody, we hear the multi-instrumentalist play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and drums. This song proves why he should’ve been voted Biggest Flirt and Most Likely to Succeed in high school (which was just a few years ago).

5. One Republic, “Counting Stars”: When a commercially successful pop/rock band tries to sound more indie, it usually doesn’t work. One Republic proves the exception with this song, which relies just as much on its introspective lyrics as it does a catchy beat.

Check out all of these songs and more on Slacker’s Twitter Top 50.

 

Listen to Panic! at the Disco’s New Single “This is Gospel”

PANIC-472x472Las Vegas band Panic! At the Disco have been called pop punk, emo and even “baroque pop,” but they refuse to be pinned down.

Their upcoming fourth album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” sees the band again venturing into new stylistic territory, with more synthesizers and darker lyrics.

We’ve already got the first single on Slacker and you can listen to it now on demand. “This Is Gospel” is Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head!

Check it out here. 

This Week’s Movers and Shakers on the Slacker EQ Charts

EQ PlayThe Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 11th are out now! Take a look here. 

Millions of Slacker music fans determine how these charts are ordered. By measuring how listeners listen to, skip, Heart, and Ban songs on Slacker, we are able to present these charts, which are a true measure of how engaged music fans are with the songs that they hear. Simply put: here are the songs that you love the most this week across all genres.

You’ll see just how hot country music is with Slacker listeners on the Overall chart, as Easton Corbin’s “All Over The Road” jumps up 11 spots to land in the top 10, and Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” debuts at #32. We also see big moves from EMD and Indie artists, as Zedd and Capital Cities continue rising through the top 15 with the assistance of millions of Slacker music fans throughout the US and Canada.

Speaking of country, Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl” continues to be one of the most engaging songs of the year with Slacker’s country audience. It’s up 8 spots to crack the top 20 in only it’s 3rd week on the Country chart. Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” and Charlie Worsham’s “Could It Be” also make their debuts on that chart this week.

Among Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B fans, Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” makes a major statement by debuting at #11. K. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” also debuts at #40; Slacker listeners have been responding to this song very positively for weeks, and it has finally reached a large enough audience to elevate it in to the top 40.

Over at Alt/Indie, Bastille’s “Pompeii” makes the biggest jump of the week, up 7 spots to land at #21. And The Neighbourhood’s latest single “Afraid” makes its debut at #34. On the EDM chart, we see tracks from Knife Party, Hot Chip, and Unicorn Kid starting to resonate with Slacker listeners in a big way and making their respective chart debuts.

At Rock, we see two new entrants on to the chart with Papa Roach’s “Still Swinging” debuting at #35, and 10 Years’ “Backlash” checking in at #37. We also see a shift at the top, as Black Veil Brides’ “In the End” moves up 3 spots to take the #1 position.

And finally, the stars are out on the Pop chart, as Justin Timberlake’s new single “Take Back the Night” debuts at #28, and Pink’s latest “True Love” has the biggest jump of the week, moving up 33 spots to debut at #29.

Check back next week to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are most engaged with; the Slacker EQ charts are updated every Wednesday evening. And you can hear all of these songs on the Slacker Top 40, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker—listen here! 

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

Listen to New Music from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga on Demand!

gaga-472x472It is a big Tuesday for new music with new singles from some of the biggest ladies of pop.

Stefani Germanotta, otherwise known as Lady Gaga, has five Grammys to her name and has sold an estimated 23 million albums worldwide. Her third full length album “Artpop” is set for a November release but we’ve got the first single, released today, for you here now.

Listen to “Applause” here.  

KATY-472x472Singer Katy Perry currently holds the record as the artist who has spent the most consecutive weeks in the Billboard Top 10: 69 weeks total, back in 2010-11. She’s hard at work on her fourth album “Prism,” due later this year, but we’ve already got the first single, which was also released today.

“Roar” is Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head as well. Listen here.

Madonna is Slacker’s Artist of the Week!

MADONNA-AOTW1-472x472This week, Madonna will celebrate her 55th birthday and Slacker is honoring the influential material girl by making her Artist of the Week. 

Her early saccharine pop delivery mixed with sexual undertones continues to influence artists like Katy Perry and Ke$ha. The influence that her over-the-top stage show and choreography had can be seen today at any Britney Spears concert. Her ability to stir controversy and draw attention to social issues of the day is unparalleled, although performers like Lady Gaga have clearly taken notes.

Upon her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, the Museum’s curator noted: “Today’s more-flamboyant female pop stars enjoy the freedom to make music and perform the way they do, but they didn’t create that freedom. Madonna did…”

She is a cultural icon, the reigning Queen of Pop, and our Artist of the Week. Check out the station here. 

New Music: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”

ArcticMonkeys-472x472It seems like it was only a few years ago that Arctic Monkeys were being hyped as the saviors of rock and roll. NME even infamously named their debut “the 5th greatest British album of all time.”

Six years later, the hype has subsided, yet the lads are as fresh as ever. Their new single, “Do I Wanna Know?”, from their upcoming 5th studio album “AM” due out later this year, was first debuted as an opening number during their North American tour over the summer.

Hear the glam stomp and infectious melody of their new single “Do I Wanna Know?” now on Slacker’s New Alternative First.

 

Song Stuck in our Head: Bonnie McKee’s “American Girl”

BONNIE-472x472California native Bonnie McKee has co-written eight #1 singles (like Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”) but she’s finally getting back to her solo work.

Her debut album “Trouble” came out way back in 2004, but she’s working on her second, due later this year.

We already have the first single on Slacker and you can now listen to it on demand. It’s called “American Girl” and it’s Slacker’s “Song Stuck In My Head”!

 

This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts Are Here!

EQ PlayThe Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 4th are out now! Take a look here. 

Millions of Slacker music fans determine how these charts are ordered. By measuring how listeners listen to, skip, Heart, and Ban songs on Slacker, we are able to present these charts, which are a true measure of how engaged music fans are, with the songs that they hear. Simply put: here are the songs that you love the most this week across all genres.

On the Overall chart, Robin Thicke narrowly maintains the #1 spot with “Blurred Lines.” He got an extra boost from last week’s feature as Slacker’s “Album Of The Week,” which allowed millions of Slacker listeners to listen to his entire album on-demand. Also on the Overall chart, Zedd’s “Clarity” continues to crossover from the EDM chart in a major way; it’s up 15 spots to break into the top 15.

We see three new songs that Slacker listeners are pushing up the Hip Hop/R&B chart. Wale’s “LoveHate Thing,” Big Sean’s “Beware,” and B.o.B.’s “Headband” all make their debut this week. Imagine Dragons continue to jam up the Alt/Indie chart; 3 of the top 5 songs belong to the band. Panic At The Disco’s “Miss Jackson” and Sick Puppies’ “There’s No Going Back” both make their debut on the chart this week.

Meanwhile, on the EDM chart, we see two massive debuts as Martin Garrix’s “Animals” debuts at #20, and Run DMT’s “Starlight” debuts at #27. At Rock, Three Days Grace’s new single “Misery Loves My Company” makes a huge debut–up 41 spots to land at #9. Papa Roach’s “Leader Of The Broken Hearts” is up 78 spots to break into the top 15.

Over on the Pop chart, One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” makes a huge debut—up 29 spots to land at #39. This huge jump is largely due it’s feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week. The same goes for Avicii; his “Wake Me Up” debuts at #40. We had initially projected Bruno Mars to overtake Robin Thicke for the #1 spot this week, but Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” has jumped 2 spots to land at #2, very close to unseating “Blurred Lines.”

Finally, on the Country chart, Tim McGraw has the biggest debut of the week; his new single “Southern Girl” is a hit with Slacker music fans, as it jumps 46 spots to land at #27. Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” and Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” both jump 8 spots to break into the top 15. A favorite of your Slacker curators, Kacey Musgraves makes her Country chart debut, with “Blowin’ Smoke” landing at #39.

Check back next week to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are most engaged with; the Slacker EQ charts are updated every Wednesday evening. And you can hear all of these songs on the Slacker Top 40, hosted by Slacker DJ 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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