Take a Look at the Movers and Shakers on This Week’s EQ Charts

EQ PlayWelcome to the first EQ charts for October! You can take a look at the full charts here. 

One of the interesting patterns that emerges on Slacker’s EQ charts is how arbitrary tags that we use to describe bands and genres seem to disappear when we measure actual listener engagement instead of media coverage, FM radio airplay, and the opinions of music critics. Is CHVRCHES “indie” or “alternative?” Those tags clearly don’t matter, as millions of Slacker listeners push them up the Alt/Indie chart this week. Is Kacey Musgraves too “progressive” for country radio? Slacker listeners say no, as she makes the chart for the second week in a row. Is Lorde “alt,” “pop,” “indie” or something else altogether? It doesn’t matter, as she appears on charts for 4 different genres this week, including the Overall charts. More examples and insights from this week’s charts are below.

AWOLNATION continues their improbable rise up the Pop chart with “Sail,” over a year after it peaked on the Alt/Indie chart. It makes the biggest jump this week, up 20 spots to land at number 11. Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” is also enjoying a similar reemergence at Pop—it holds its spot in the top 10 for the 2nd week in a row, aided by its Cedric Gervais remix.

On the EDM chart, we continue to track the crossover of “pure” EDM to Pop and beyond. RAC’s “Let Go” appears to be a good candidate to crossover beyond the world of electronic music–in addition to being one of the top-rated songs on several of Slacker’s individual EDM and Indie stations, it makes the second-biggest jump on the EDM chart this week, moving up 21 spots to debut at number 28.

The “blogbands” are taking over on the Alt/Indie chart, as MS MR’s “Hurricane” moves up 11 spots to land at number 22, and a band that your Slacker curators first introduced you to on our “Artists to Watch 2013” station back in January—CHVRCHES—moves up 10 spots to number 32. American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” makes its EQ debut this week, moving up 9 spots to crack the top 40.

We’ve been tracking the rise of two new artists on the Hip Hop/R&B chart for the last month; this week Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way” moves up 2 spots to number 6, and Sage the Gemini’s “Gas Pedal” moves up 7 spots to crack the top 10. These two artists are engaging Slacker listeners more powerfully than any new hip hop artists in recent chart history. Miley Cyrus also somehow (t)works her way on to the Hip Hop/R&B chart, via her guest spot on Mike Will Made-It’s “23,” which debuts at number 40 this week.

At Country, the chart is relatively stable, although Keith Urban’s “We Were Us” makes a big jump, moving up 17 spots to number 29. Blake Shelton’s performance on the chart seems to mirror his performance on “The Voice” from week to week, and as he filled out his team this week, his “Mine Would Be You” moves up one spot to crack the top 10!

Finally, congratulations are in order to Black Veil Brides, who break a record this week—their “In The End” has held the top spot on the Rock chart for 8 weeks now. This is perfect example of a song that received limited consideration and airplay on FM radio, but because Slacker’s EQ charts measure actual listener engagement—not “spins” or airplay—it is allowed to rise to the top of the chart on its own merits and based on the strength of its fanbase.

Take a listen to this week’s Overall chart here, in the form of a countdown 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.

“The Voice” Winner Danielle Bradbery Announces Debut Album

Danielle-Bradbery-album-coverJust as Season 5 of “The Voice” is heating up, the show’s Season 4 winner is making fireworks in country music. Danielle Bradbery has revealed the cover art (left) and Nov. 19 release date for her self-titled debut album.

“It feels like I just walked off ‘The Voice’ stage, so it’s crazy to think I’m about to release my first album,” says the 17-year-old singer. “Nashville has been so welcoming to me throughout this entire process and I couldn’t be more proud of the music we’ve created. I am so excited to get all the songs into the hands of the fans who gave me this amazing opportunity in the first place!”

Produced by legendary musician Dann Huff (Faith Hill, Keith Urban), the album features Bradbery’s debut single, “The Heart of Dixie,” along with a soaring ballad called “Never Like This,” the fun-loving “Young in America” and sentimental tearjerker, “Daughter of a Working Man.” A full track list should be released soon.

The high school junior will have a busy November. In addition to what’s bound to be a whirlwind media tour in support of the new album, she is also set to start opening shows on Brad Paisley’s Beat This Summer tour next month.

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!



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.

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