Grammy’s A – Z!

GRAMMY A-ZSlacker serves up a sweeping retrospective of the biggest hits and misses in the history of the Grammy Awards–in alphabetical order! Join your hostess Red, as she recounts Grammy record-breakers from Adele to Kanye to Sinatra, with a barrage of Grammy trivia lining up with each letter of the alphabet. It’s the Grammy A-Z; something that could only happen on Slacker.

P!NK Top 33!

PINK 33Pink has become one of the biggest names in music by doing things her way. The uncompromising singer was named the #1 pop musician of the first decade of the 2000s by Billboard magazine. This week she releases her new “Truth About Love Tour” DVD, and in celebration Slacker has put together a station counting down your favorite Pink songs using our Engagement Quotient. Get the party started with the Pink Top 33!

Grammy Awards 2014!

GRAMMY 2014Hello and welcome to Slacker’s Grammys 2014! On this station Slacker celebrates the 56th annual Grammy Awards with a collection of this year’s major nominees from Daft Punk to Black Sabbath, as well as highly anticipated performers like Metallica and Eurythmics. It’s your home for all things Grammy, and you can listen here- it’s Slacker’s Grammys 2014.

This Week’s EQ Charts Are Here!

TOP 40-COver the Christmas holidays, Slacker’s EQ charts were overcome with holiday songs across nearly every genre. Who knew that there was such a thing as EDM Christmas music? Now that we’ve all settled in to 2014 and the seasonal songs have subsided, here are some insights from Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of 1/8/14:

Queen Bey is predictably taking Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart by storm—she moves up 14 spots to crack the top 10 with “Drunk In Love,” and her “XO” debuts this week at number 38, moving up 115 spots. And after being featured as the “New Music First” pick on last week’s Slacker Top 40 countdown, Jason Derülo’s “Talk Dirty” shoots up a remarkable 124 spots to debut on the chart.

Phantogram’s “Fall In Love” is the most engaging new song of 2014 thus far amongst Slacker’s Alt/Indie listeners—it moves up 48 spots to debut at number 31 this week. We also see significant spikes in listener engagement on Echosmith’s “Cool Kids,” and NoNoNo’s “Pumpin Blood.” This is likely due to these songs’ inclusion and exposure on Slacker’s new “Artists To Watch 2014” station.

At Pop, Katy Perry pulls an EQ hat-trick; her “Roar” continues to hang in the top 5, her “Unconditionally” moves up 7 spots to land at number 11, and her “Dark Horse” jumps up 16 to crack the top 20. That’s 3 songs in the top 20 for Ms. Perry. A favorite of your Slacker curators continues to win over new fans in the Slacker nation: John Newman’s “Love Me Again” moves up 13 spots to land at 26, and his new album “Tribute” is Slacker’s Album of the Week!

EDM is by no means a new art form, but the idea of DJ or producer as international mainstream superstar is a relatively new idea. And when it happens, it happens in a major way. To wit: based on Slacker EDM listeners’ preferences and engagement with individual artists and songs, 7 out of the top 10 songs on the chart belong to 3 artists: Avicii, Zedd, and Calvin Harris.

Two things have become clear when we analyze Slacker’s Country EQ charts over the last 6-9 months. Slacker country listeners are adventurous—they embrace new artists as much as the established super stars—and they are fully embracing the pop-crossover sound that is currently taking Nashville by storm. For example, Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It” is number 1 by a healthy margin for the 4th week in a row, Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life” is the fastest mover of 2014 thus far, as it moves up 6 spots and cracks the top 15 for the first time, and Luke Bryan has 2 songs in the top 10.

And finally, we predict that 2014 is the year that Rock evolves. Much like the Alternative charts of a few years ago, the Rock chart in 2013 was dominated by a small handful of legacy artists, like Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, and Three Days Grace. But in recent months, we’ve seen a shift: the Slacker rock audience is starting to engage with newer, more contemporary rock artists in a significant way. Artists like Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and Gemini Syndrome are all present on the chart as 2014 begins and they are all on the rise.

You can 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.

Coachella 2014!

HAIM-472x472The 15th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held over two consecutive weekends in Indio, CA- the first on April 11-13 and the second on April 18-20. The 2014 line-up includes headlining performances from OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire. Coachella 2014 also features some of the best EDM artists around like–The Knife, Zedd, Girl Talk, Skrillex, Pet Shop Boys, Disclosure, Alesso and much much more. Hear all of this year’s Coachella artists in one place- on the Coachella 2014 station on Slacker Radio!

Artist Of The Year: Florida Georgia Line!

FGL AOTYTwelve months ago, Slacker picked a new country duo by the name of Florida Georgia Line as an Artist to Watch in 2013. Not to brag or anything, but boy, we chose good. Their debut album “Here’s to the Good Times” generated four Country Top 10 singles, including “Cruise,” which spent 24 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a new record. That song’s remix with Nelly went on to win the American Music Award for Single of the Year. Thanks to their pop hooks, appealing personality, and let’s be honest, good looks, their popularity has grown way beyond just the country audience. This station features their music as well as influences, collaborators and inspirations. Florida Georgia Line is Slacker’s Artist of the Year.

Will 2014 Be The Year Of Garth?

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Garth Brooks really knows how to stir things up, doesn’t he? He’s made the rounds of TV and radio all week to talk about his upcoming world tour — three years of it! He hasn’t revealed the cities or dates but we’re hearing it will start some time next Fall, allowing him to keep his promise not to go back on tour until his youngest daughter graduates. She’ll do that in the Spring.

He also dropped a new live duet with Trisha Yearwood, called “The Call”. Garth hinted at some other big news, saying it will be bigger than anything he’s ever done. All of this comes after he released his 8-disc box set, Blame It All On My Roots, at Walmart on Black Friday. And by the way, he’s been hiding under bulky sweatshirts, but it looks like Trisha isn’t the only one who’s lost some weight. Garth is looking good!

Listen to Garth and Trisha’s biggest hits here on Slacker’s ’90s Country and check back for more updates on Garth as we get all the juicy details!

[By Jess Wright – Slacker, Nashville Correspondent]

This Week’s EQ Charts Are Here!

EQ PlayAs the end of the year approaches, we are looking at the EQ data for all of 2013, and some interesting insights appear. For example, even though it’s only been out for two weeks, Eminem’s  “The Monster” is already the 12th most “Hearted” song of 2013 on Slacker. And did you know that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” is both the 3rd most “Hearted” and the 2nd most “Banned” song of 2013? In the coming weeks we will be sharing more of this data, and more importantly—using it to create more great radio experiences. After all, Slacker’s EQ charts are a reflection of the songs that you, the music fan, care about most. In the meantime, here are some key insights from this week’s EQ charts, which you can see here. 
Amongst Slacker’s hip hop fans, Eminem still reigns supreme; 4 tracks from his new album “The Marshall Mathers Album II” made the Hip Hop/R&B chart this week, including his collab with Rihanna, “The Monster,” which is at number 2 and rising. Eminem’s invasion of the chart is likely due to his new album being featured as Slacker’s “Album Of The Week” last week; when given the opportunity to listen to the record in its entirety, Slacker listeners clearly singled out “Berzerk,“ “Rap God,” “Survival,” and “The Monster” as their favorite tracks—which directly led to their ranks on the chart this week. We also see that Sage The Gemini has another hit on his hands with “Red Nose,” as it moves up 21 spots to debut at 24.

On Slacker’s Rock chart, Chester Bennington appears to be the man of the hour. Linkin Park’s remix collaboration with Steve Aoki makes a huge debut; the EDM-meets-rock “A Light That Never Comes” is at number 16 this week. Meanwhile, his side work as Stone Temple Pilots’ new vocalist is clearly engaging Slacker’s rock fans—STP’s “Black Heart” makes a huge debut, moving up 60 spots to land at number 24.

At Country, we see the established superstars continuing to enjoy a post-CMA awards bounce alongside huge jumps from the next generation of young country artists. Tim McGrawKeith UrbanBlake Shelton, and Florida Georgia Line all moved up the charts after their wins at the CMAs, while Danielle Bradbury’s “The Heart Of Dixie” moves up 20 spots to debut at number 38 and Cassadee Pope’s “Wasting All These Tears” continues its ascent, landing at number 16 on Slacker’s Country chart this week.

When we look at the Alt/Indie chart as a whole, it’s remarkable how much the composition has changed, even compared to one year ago. The rock textures of long-time alternative staples like Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and even 30 Seconds To Mars are notably absent, replaced by the electro-pop sound of acts like SmallpoolsNoNoNoBastille, and of course, Lorde. No format that we track has so much variation in sound and style from year to year as our Alt/Indie chart. Notable movers this week include The Neighbourhood’s “Afraid,” which jumps 20 spots to land at number 12, and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” which jumps 8 spots to settle at number 29. Arcade Fire has seen a sustained spike on this chart since their feature as Slacker’s Album Of The Week, which exposed the entire album to millions of Slacker listeners that might not have otherwise discovered it via Slacker’s Alt and Indie station lineup.

Slacker’s Pop chart continues to be dominated by the usual suspects like Lorde, OneRepublic, and Katy Perry. But the alt-rock of AWOLNATION and the EDM of Avicii are poised to potentially upset the homogeny of the top 5 in the coming weeks. Zendaya makes her first appearance on the Pop chart as “Replay” jumps 15 spots to debut at number 35, and fueled by Rihanna’s assist, Eminem’s “The Monster” debuts this week at number 8—the first time he’s cracked the Pop chart in recent memory.

Finally, While the EDM chart continues to be dominated by international stars like Avicii, Zedd and Calvin Harris, this week we see some new names. These artists are bringing a diverse range of styles, with trap from Diplo, hard electro from Martin Garrix, and indie dance from RAC. And while neither artist is exactly “new,” the combination of Linkin Park and Steve Aoki on the remix of “ A Light That Never Comes” is clearly engaging Slacker music fans, as it makes a huge debut at number 12 this week. We see that EDM continues to be an umbrella term for a whole spectrum of subgenres, and Slacker’s human curation is key in taking all of these disparate sounds and making great radio!

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.

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