Introducing Kito & Reija Lee

Kito-Reja-lee-472x472Diplo’s Mad Decent record label recently released the debut EP from Australian “Popstep” duo Kito & Reija Lee.

Kito provides the production, Reija Lee brings the voice, and you may have heard their single “Sweet Talk” prominently sampled recently on Trinidad James’ “Females Welcomed.”

You can hear their unique take on Dubstep on Slacker’s Electronic Hits here. 

 

New Stations on Slacker Honor the Legends and Divas

We have some new stations on Slacker that truly pay homage to some of the nations greatest. Check them out!

LegendsofMotownThe Legends of Motown

Motown defined an era and dazzled the world with a steady stream of superstars from Marvin Gaye to the Supremes to “Little” Stevie Wonder to the Temptations. Slacker has assembled all of these legends on one station, filled to the brim with beloved hits and classic deep cuts. THIS is Motown like you’ve never heard it before.

 

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 6.08.06 PM33 Greatest All American Divas

Last week, to celebrate the 4th of July, we presented a patriotic, one-of-kind special that salutes the game-changing ladies of American pop, which we highlighted with a feature on five of the greatest here. Now you can dive a little deeper and see just what Slacker listeners think it takes to be one of the Greatest All American Divas. 

Our host Ciara, who’s new self-titled album drops on July 9th, countdowns the greatest–from Mariah to Aretha to Whitney right here. 

This Week’s Slacker EQ is Here!

play-1Welcome to your post-holiday edition of the Slacker EQ chart,which you can check out here. 

Lots of movement this week; we are seeing some emerging artists starting to break through with millions of Slacker listeners as well as the continued dominance of established superstars.

After a relatively slow start, Nine Inch Nails‘ first new song in 5 years is starting to resonate with Slacker listeners. “Came Back Haunted” makes a huge debut on our Rock chart at number 24.

The big story in country music on Slacker this week is Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” Not only did it move up 11 spots to crack the top 10 on the Country chart, but Slacker listeners gave it the strongest debut of the week overall, moving up 19 spots to land at number 26.

Over in the Alt/Indie world, a band that your Slacker curators first highlighted on the “Bands To Watch 2013″ station back in January makes it’s first apparence on the chart. London lads Bastille are up 14 spots to debut at number 34 with “Pompeii.”

And finally, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” has caught it’s second wind. Even though the song was released over a year ago, Slacker listeners are pushing it back up in a big way, moving up 10 spots on the Pop chart and moving up 5 spots to crack the top 15 on the Hip Hop/R&B chart!

As always, these charts are based on the true engagement of the Slacker audience, so check back next week to see how these songs continue to develop.

Make sure to also check out our Slacker EQ Top 40 station, updated every week based on our EQ scores. Not sure what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

 

Hear New Music From Pop’s Biggest New Artists

RobinThicke-472x472We’ve got new music from some of pop music’s powerhouse artists on Slacker’s New Pop First! 

Even though Robin Thicke has the #1 song in the country right now with “Blurred Lines,” but he’s not wasting any time. He’s released a new single that features Kendrick Lamar called “Give It 2 U.” In a recent interview, he said: “It’s very Michael Jackson, Prince but also pretty hip-hop. It’s a big, shiny pop record.”

Janelle Monáe is also gearing up for the release of her second album “The Electric Lady,” which drops September 10th. She recently announced that Prince will guest on the new record, and she’s released a new track from the album, called “Dance Apocalyptic.”

You can hear Robin Thicke, Janelle Monáe and other tracks that your Slacker curators think will be tomorrow’s hits today on New Pop First.

 

Ciara’s Reinvention With New Album Of The Week

CIARA-472x472Ciara’s new album is this week’s Album of the Week!

Over the last nine years, R&B star Ciara has experienced a healthy does of success, selling over seven million albums worldwide. But, it was her recent move to a new label and a bit of a reinvention that has empowered Ciara to make her most daring and forward-thinking album to date.

Her self-titled, fifth studio album includes the hit single “Body Party” featuring her boyfriend, Future, as well as some thumping R&B tracks like “Sophomore” that are sure to be fan favorites. However, the  EDM infused “Overdose” and collaboration with Nicki Minaj on “I’m Out” are bold moves that truly make the album stand out.

Hear all of Ciara’s brand new self-titled album on demand now on Album Of The Week on Slacker.

 

New Song Stuck In My Head – Karmin’s “Brokenhearted”

KARMIN-472x472The duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan—better known as Karmin—rose to fame via YouTube, Reddit and the Ellen DeGeneres show, eventually signing to Epic and reaching the US Top 20 with their single “Brokenhearted.”

They’re hard at work on their debut album, due out this fall, but you can hear the first single “Acapella” now on demand. It’s the new Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

 

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Slacker’s Artist of the Week is Cultural Icon Jack White

JACK WHITEJack White is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week! 

This week marks Jack White’s 38th birthday, and to try to summarize his work as a musician, producer, entrepreneur, actor, and all-around cultural icon is a daunting task. Simply put: he is a true Rock and Roll renaissance man. As the front man of the White Stripes, he reintroduced an entire generation to traditional blues and forgotten garage rock, and in the process reminded us of Detroit’s importance in the history of American music. He filtered these traditional American artforms through a distinctively punk rock approach to music, and the result was a sound that defined a decade and spawned countless copy-cat bands.

One of modern music’s most prolific artists, he’s gone on to form other bands like The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, he has produced critical albums for the likes of Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, and he’s collaborated with artists like Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan, Danger Mouse, and Jimmy Page. His Nashville-based Third Man record label and recording studio is quickly becoming one of the most reliable sources of new American music, and he’s even found time to show off his acting chops in films like “Cold Mountain” and “Walk Hard.”

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, your Slacker curators have attempted to provide an overview of all things Jack White. You’ll hear his music–with his many bands and as a solo artist—along with the music that influenced him, his contemporaries, and his collaborations.

New Music From Country’s Biggest Stars

Justin-Moore1-472x472September is shaping up to be a big month, with two of country’s biggest stars releasing highly anticipated new albums. Chris Young’s “A.M.” and Justin Moore’s  “Off the Beaten Path” will both be released on the 17th.

You can hear both of their new singles–Young’s “Aw Naw” and Moore’s “Point at You” on Slacker’s New Country First here. 

Shania Twain will also release new music as took a break from her residency at Caesars Palace to announce her first new album since 2002’s ‘Up!”

She posted this to her Facebook page: “I will spend a lot of the summer working out what to put on my next album…A break from the stage gets me back to writing the songs.” You can hear the hits that helped her sell 75 million albums and win 5 Grammys on Slacker’s ‘90s Country while we anticipate what is bound to be an amazing new album.

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