Tim McGraw Honored for “Highway” Milestone

Less than two dozen artists on the planet can boast 34 No. 1 singles, so there was a big reason for Tim McGraw to celebrate this week in Nashville. Friends and colleagues threw a party for the country superstar in midtown Music City to commemorate his 34th chart-topper, “Highway Don’t Care,” which also features Taylor Swift on vocals and Keith Urban on guitar.

Photo by Rick Diamond- Getty

Photo by Rick Diamond- Getty

“I’m a big fan of Keith’s and big fan of Taylor’s. They’re two of the best artists we have, not just in country but in music in general,” McGraw told Slacker and other partygoers, including Urban himself, who beamed at his friend on stage. “Keith is one of those guys who makes everyone look at us here in Nashville, and I’m so proud to have him represent us. And Taylor is so smart, talented, beautiful, and a spectacular songwriter. It was a big deal to have her on this record, and especially a big deal for my three daughters!”

Plaques commemorating the song’s rise to the top were presented to the singer, his producer Byron Gallimore and the “Highway Don’t Care” songwriters, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren. McGraw showed as much appreciation for the writers as he did his collaborators.

Brett Warren, Brad Warren, Mark Irwin, McGraw, Byron Gallimore; photo by Thien Phan

Brett Warren, Brad Warren, Mark Irwin, McGraw, Byron Gallimore; photo by Thien Phan

“There are people at 7-Eleven who can sing better than I can, but there are not a lot of people who can write a great song,” he mused. “This town is full of those people. They’re passionate about what they do and work hard at it. The best (songwriters) in this industry are right here in Nashville.”

McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill, was also at the party, as the couple shared a rare night out together in Nashville. They will resume their series of Soul2Soul shows at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel and Casino in October. McGraw is also working on a new movie but is keeping mum on details, joking that he’d lose his role if he said anything about it just yet.

Listen to McGraw’s latest No. 1, “Highway Don’t Care,” here.

 

Song Stuck in My Head: K. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.”

K-MICHELLE-472x472Memphis-based singer and songwriter K. Michelle has built a reputation on catchy singles (like her 2009 hit “Fakin’ It” featuring Missy Elliott) and attention-grabbing mixtapes, but we finally have her first full-length album.

The Album “Rebellious Soul” has touches of classic Motown mixed with a contemporary vibe, and the first single “V.S.O.P.” is Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

Listen to “V.S.O.P.” here on demand all week.

This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts Are Out Now!

EQ PlayYou’ve arrived at Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 18th! Take a look here. 

We look at the listening behavior of millions of Slacker music fans, and we measure what you listen to, skip, Heart, and Ban. Armed with that data, we are able to present these charts, which are a true measure of how engaged you and millions of music fans are with the songs that you hear. These are the songs that you love the most this week across all genres. Here are some insights from every genre:

This week Katy Perry “Roars” on to our overall chart with her latest single. It lands at number 8 in the highest debut that we’ve seen all year.  Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” also makes a huge jump, moving up 28 spots to land at number 15.

Over in Pop, this week saw two major releases by superstar artists, which left us asking the question: “Katy or Gaga?” Slacker listeners answered with a resounding “KATY.” Ms. Perry’s “Roar” makes the biggest debut in Slacker EQ history, landing at number 4 in its first week of release, which was aided by its feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” on the day of it’s release. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” was also featured as a “Song Stuck In My Head” and had a very respectable debut, bowing at number 29 in its first week.

Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” continues to be a big hit with Slacker’s country fans, as it moves up 9 spots to crack the top 10, and could be a number one record on the Country chart within a few weeks. After hosting an “I Am The DJ” station for Slacker in July, Eli Young Band’s songs have been shooting up the EQ Charts, and this week their latest track “Drunk Last Night” moves up 12 spots to land at number 28.

Amongst Slacker’s EDM fans, Zedd reigns supreme at the moment, as his “Clarity” is close to unseating Daft Punk at the number 1 spot, and his “Fall Into the Sky” makes its debut this week at number 40.

On The Hip Hop/R&B chart, Robin Thicke still holds the number 1 spot with “Blurred Lines,” but his new track “Give It 2 U” jumps up a remarkable 289 spots to debut at number 37. Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” moves up to number 3 on it’s inevitable march to the top, and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” has the biggest debut of the week, landing at number 15 in its first week on the chart.

Slacker’s rock fans have driven two notable debuts on the Rock chart; Stone Sour’s “Tired” and Skillet’s “American Noise” both crack the top 40 this week. On the Alt/Indie chart, Cage The Elephant’s “Come a Little Closer” debuts at number 40 after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, which exposed the song to millions of listeners throughout the US and Canada. And after being championed by Slacker’s Indie curators since March, The Unlikely Candidates’ “Follow My Feet” is starting to engage Slacker listeners, as it debuts at number 37.

This chart will be updated next week–Check back next Wednesday to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are most engaged with! You can also 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.

Phoenix and R. Kelly Collaboration is the Song Stuck in My Head

PHXKELLY-472x472French band Phoenix and R&B star R. Kelly are fast becoming transatlantic musical chums. Kelly made a surprise appearance with Phoenix at this year’s Coachella festival, and now he’s put his own spin on the band’s new single, “Trying To Be Cool.”

Listen to the “Trying To Be Cool” as much as you want this week because it is Slacker’s Song Stuck in my Head. 

Make sure to also check out the exclusive Slacker interview clip where the band says how they really feel about Kelly!

 

 

Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

ZEP AOTWThis week marks the 65th birthday of one of the most legendary frontmen in Rock and Roll. To properly celebrate Robert Plant’s birthday and in recognition of Led Zeppelin’s status as one of the greatest and most culturally important bands of all time, Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Without Led Zeppelin there would be no Heavy Metal, no Grunge, no Alternative rock as we know it. Rolling Stone called them “The heaviest band of all time,” and their entry in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame notes that they were “as influential in the 1970’s as the Beatles were in the prior decade.”

You’ll hear the best of Led Zeppelin as well as tracks from their individual projects; Page & Plant, Jimmy Page’s solo work, Robert Plant’s work with The Honeydrippers and Allison Krauss, John Paul Jones’ work with Diamanda Galas and Them Crooked Vultures, and the bands that preceded Led Zeppelin like The Yardbirds. You’ll also hear the many artists that were directly influenced by Led Zeppelin, like Soundgarden, Wolfmother, Jane’s Addiction, and The Black Crowes.

In celebration of Robert Plant’s 65th birthday, Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

New Album of the Week is John Mayer’s “Paradise Valley”

MAYER-472x472John Mayer won his first of seven Grammys in 2003 for his breakout hit, “Your Body Is a Wonderland.” This week he released his sixth album, “Paradise Valley,” whose name comes from the area of Montana where Mayer has made a home between tours recently.

Appropriately, the album has a folksy, Americana feel to it.

Click here to check out “Paradise Valley” on Slacker. Listen as much as you want, it’s Slacker’s Album of the Week!

Get Exclusive Access to the Pearl Jam Top 33!

PEARL JAM MUSIC GUIDEThis week marks the 22nd anniversary of the release of Pearl Jam’s classic debut album, “Ten.” Slacker celebrates with an exclusive station built out of their greatest hits including “Even Flow” and “Better Man,” as well as lesser known fan favorites like “Crazy Mary.”

This countdown of Pearl Jam’s Top 33 is determined by Slacker users via our E.Q. (“Engagement Quotient”) methodology, allowing us to rank their 33 most played, most hearted and most shared tracks.

Such one-artist stations are usually reserved for premium users but, thanks to a special arrangement with the band, everybody on Slacker can listen through Sunday 8/25.

The Pearl Jam Top 33, powered by real user engagement–something that could only happen on Slacker. Listen here. 

Song Stuck in My Head: Cage the Elephant “Come a Little Closer”

CAGE-472x472Kentucky combo Cage the Elephant hit it big with their blues-inflected 2011 hit “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked.”

Their third album “Melophobia” is set for an October release, but we’ve already got the first single on Slacker.

It’s called “Come a Little Closer,” and it’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head so you can listen to it on demand here. 

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