Slacker Honors Tupac Shakur With the 2Pac Top 33

2PAC-472x472 (1)It was 17 years ago this week that we lost one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Tupac Shakur’s legacy continues to inspire, and in celebration of his amazing career, Slacker presents The 2Pac Top 33.

This countdown is determined by Slacker listeners and what we call “E.Q.,” an “Engagement Quotient” that indicates the most played, most hearted, and most shared 2Pac songs of all time.

Listen here as we celebrate a true artist gone much too soon.

Keith Urban’s New Album “Fuse” is Slacker’s Album of the Week

9.10.13-Keith-Urban-Fuse-472x472 (1)Country superstar Keith Urban is back with his first new set of tunes in three years, “Fuse,” Slacker’s Album of the Week.

While his seventh studio album is quite different from anything else in his catalog, it’s still unmistakably Urban, with its masterful guitar solos and upbeat grooves as well as notable guests, such as  Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, which are featured duets on “Fuse.”

You can listen to Keith Urban’s new album “Fuse” on demand all week on Slacker’s Album of the Week station here. 

Nirvana is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

NIRVANA1-472x47222 years ago this week, Nirvana released “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was meant to be an introduction to Nirvana’s soon-to-be-released “Nevermind” album, and as hard as it is to believe today, the song was not an instant hit, nor did the band or their record label expect it to be.

Flash forward several months later, and by the end of 1991, it was the biggest song in the United States. By 1992, it was clear that Nirvana had released one of the greatest rock albums of all time, and in doing so, they permanently altered the musical landscape, the way the music fans defined “Alternative Rock”, and as an unintentional side-effect, they single-handedly ended the era of big hair and glam metal in favor of something more raw and authentic.

To mark this important anniversary in music history, Nirvana is Slacker’s artist of the week.

This station is an overview of Nirvana’s musical DNA; you’ll hear their biggest hits, deep album tracks and rarities, and you’ll also hear from the bands that influenced their sound and development as well as their Seattle contemporaries and the legions of artists that followed in their footsteps.

New “I Am The DJ” Featuring Country Superstar Justin Moore

JUSTIN-MOORE-DJ-472x472One of our newest features over on Slacker is “I Am The DJ,” where your favorite artists and bands get to create their own exclusive station.

This week we have a new DJ and it is Justin Moore.

Slacker sat down with the country superstar to create a radio station comprised of his favorite artists, from Willie Nelson and Eli Young Band to The Allman Brothers Band and Randy Houser.

Check out this exclusive look into the musical soul of Justin Moore as we prepare ourselves for his new album, Off The Beaten Path.

Listen to “I Am The DJ” on Slacker here. 

Kelly Clarkson Announces Holiday Album

Kelly-Clarkson-Wrapped-in-RedChristmas is coming a little early for Kelly Clarkson. “Wrapped in Red,” the singer’s first collection of holiday tunes, will hit stores Oct. 29.

“I have been dying to make this album since I was a kid!” Clarkson tweeted this week.

The pop star recruited some of her country heroes to lend their voices to the project. She duets with Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire, who just happens to be her future stepmother-in-law. (Clarkson is engaged to the country icon’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock.) Additionally, Ronnie Dunn recently revealed on Facebook that he sang on the album.

“Wrapped in Red” includes Clarkson’s take on holiday classics such as “Silent Night, “Blue Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Original songs include the title track and “Underneath the Tree.”

While it may be a bit early for holiday tunes, you can hear Kelly Clarkson 365 days a year on our Ladies That Rock station, and also check her out on Slacker’s countdown of the 33 Greatest All-American Divas.

Two Door Cinema Club Team Up With Madeon for a Song Stuck in Our Heads

2DOOR-472x472We have a new song stuck in our heads today and it comes from Northern Ireland three-piece Two Door Cinema Club.

Two Door Cinema Club always had some dance influence in their indie rock sound, but for their latest single “Changing of the Seasons” they brought on French producer Madeon, a rising star in the electronic dance music scene, for an even more electronic vibe. Combining these two power players has resulted in a track that is beautifully composed with an uplifting dance vibe.

Listen to “Changing of the Seasons” here as much as you want this week, and hear an exclusive clip of the band talking about working with Madeon below.

 

New EQ Top 40 Charts for the Week are Here!

EQ PlayWelcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of September 1st. Take a look at the full charts here. 

Here, you’ll see the songs that millions of Slacker listeners are engaging with the most this week across all genres, as measured by how frequently they listen to, skip, ban, “Heart”, and share their music. Here are some key insights from the songs that made the charts.

This week on Slacker’s Overall chart—which measures the most engaging songs across all genres with Slacker’s entire audience—Lady Gaga finally makes her debut; “Applause” checks in at number 40. Also on the Overall chart, Chris Young’s “Aw Naw” takes a huge leap up, moving 20 spots to land at number 17, and Miley Cyrus’s forward momentum with “We Can’t Stop” has reversed, as it drops 4 spots this week, possibly due to continued fallout from her VMA performance.

Slacker’s country music fans appear to be excited about the return of NBC’s The Voice and judge Blake Shelton; his “Mine Would Be You” jumps up 7 spots this week to break into the top 15. Darius Rucker has historically been one of the most engaging artists amongst Slacker listeners, and his new single “Radio” makes its debut on the Country EQ chart this week, jumping up 25 spots to land at number 37.

Eminem’s new throwback track “Berzerk” was featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” as soon as it dropped last week, and Slacker music fans responded in a big way. It debuts on the Hip Hop/R&B chart this week at number 7; the only track that comes close to engaging Slacker’s hip hop audience this quickly is Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which is up 4 spots to land at number 6.

Other songs making their debuts this week on Slacker’s EQ charts include The 1975’s “Chocolate,” which lands at number 40 on the Alt/Indie chart this week, and Enrique Iglesias’ “Turn The Night Up”, which debuts in the same spot on Slacker’s Pop Chart. Also on the Pop chart, Eminem’s “Berzerk” debuts at number 20 this week.

Finally, At EDM, Baauer’s follow-up to his global hit “Harlem Shake” makes its debut on the chart. “Higher,” which features Just Blaze and Jay Z, checks in at number 24.

Check back next week to track the progress of new music across all genres, as determined by the engagement of millions of Slacker listeners throughout the US and Canada. You can also join Slacker DJ Parker for a weekly countdown station featuring the top 40 most engaging songs on Slacker this week right here. 

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

Jason Derülo Curates Exclusive Station With Slacker’s “I Am The DJ”

DERULO-DJ-472x472Chances are you have heard of R&B vocalist Jason Derülo. The singer, songwriter, dancer and actor launched his career while still in his teens, first as a songwriter for others and later as a solo artist, which has propelled him to new heights in popularity. His hit single, “The Other Side,” has had a steady spot on the Slacker EQ Top 40 Charts for weeks with no signs of slowing down.

Recently, Slacker sat down with pop superstar Jason Derülo to create a radio station comprised of his favorite artists, from Missy Elliott and Michael Jackson to Madonna and Daft Punk.

Check out this exclusive look into the musical soul of Jason Derülo on his dedicated “I Am The DJ” station as we prepare ourselves for his new album, Tattoos, out on September 24th.

Listen to Jason’s “I Am The DJ” here! 

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