Florida Georgia Line Announces Dates for First Headlining Tour

FGL_Hi-Res_Photo_8.29.12-1024x682It’s been a long time since an act has shot to superstardom as quickly as Florida Georgia Line. The country duo, comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, signed their first major label record deal just one year ago … and what a year it’s been! They have already scored quadruple platinum sales of their debut single, “Cruise,” which stayed at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart for a whopping 19 straight weeks, and their debut album is closing in on platinum sales. That’s on top of ACM and CMT award wins and yet another chart-topper with “Get Your Shine On.”

After opening two of the hottest tours of the year, Taylor Swift’s Red Tour and Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diaries trek, the guys’ next road trip will feature their own name at the top of the bill. This fall, Florida Georgia Line will embark on their first headlining run, the Here’s to the Good Times Tour 2013. “This is another dream of ours coming true,” says Kelley. “I couldn’t be more excited and more proud of the tour.”

Kicking off Oct. 3 in Brookings, SD, the trek will hit 32 cities before wrapping up Dec. 14 in Kent, WA. (See below for a full list of cities and dates on the tour.) Colt Ford will open, along with Tyler Farr on select dates and Dallas Smith on alternate dates. The first show to go on sale – the Oct. 19 stop in Lexington, KY – sold out in just 23 minutes.

While we wait for this fall’s high-energy shows, savor the rest of summer with Florida Georgia Line on our Country Summer station. Along with “Cruise,” you’ll find several other songs on the station that are perfect for an August road trip, including Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer,” Easton Corbin’s “All Over the Road,” Jake Owen’s “Summer Jam” and more.

Click here for a full list of tour dates and listen to Florida Georgia Line’s hits on Slacker’s New Country First and Country Hits now.

R. Kelly’s New Single is the Song Stuck in our Head

SongStuck-RKelly-472x472Chicago native R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard magazine.

He’s hard at work on his 12th solo studio album, to be called “Black Panties” and set for a release later this summer. No need to be patient though, because we’ve already got the first single! It’s called “My Story,” and features a guest appearance from 2 Chainz.

Listen to “My Story” on demand right here – It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

New Releases Shake Up This Week’s EQ Charts

play-1Welcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of July 28th! Take a look here. 

On this week’s EQ Charts, major new releases from Jay Z, Kings Of Leon, and Justin Timberlake have shaken things up. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” continues to dominate the Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, and Overall Top 40 charts, but Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” is within striking distance of that #1 spot, possibly by next week.

On the Overall chart, Jay-Z makes a big debut at #32 with “Holy Grail”, up 30 spots. And, after weeks of rising on Slacker’s EDM chart, Zedd’s “Clarity” crosses over to the Overall chart to debut at number 28, with an incredible 97.1 EQ score. Basically, this means that almost everyone that hears this song on Slacker likes it a whole lot.

Last week, a song from the UK that our Slacker curators discovered and featured on several stations started to resonate with Slacker listeners, debuting on the Alt/Indie chart at #40. This week, Passenger’s “Let Her Go” jumps a remarkable 26 spots to land at #13 on that chart. Not bad for a song that had barely been played in the US before Slacker jumped in. Also on the Alt/Indie chart, Kings Of Leon’s new track “Supersoaker” makes it’s debut at #31 in only it’s second week of release. This huge jump is due in part to it’s feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” this week, allowing millions of listeners to hear the new song on demand.

Over on the country chart, Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” moves up 4 spots to take over at number 1. In response to Slacker listeners’ overwhelming positive response to this country star, we have invited him to host and curate an “I Am The DJ” special, which will launch in September.

Elsewhere, Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” makes it’s debut on the Rock chart, largely driven by it’s feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” this week. Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back The Night” is already #13 on the Hip Hop/R&B chart in it’s first week of release, and it also debuts on the Pop chart at #28.

All of this data is great, but it would be meaningless without the millions of Slacker listeners that power it. Check back next week to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are engaged with the most! Make sure to also check out our Slacker EQ Top 40 station, updated every week based on our EQ scores. Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

Exclusive: The Cure’s Greatest Hits on Slacker

CURE MUSIC GUIDE3As The Cure prepares to headline Lollapalooza this Sunday night, Slacker celebrates with an exclusive station built out of their greatest hits.

This all-Cure countdown 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 classics.

Stations built from the music of one artist is a listening experience usually reserved for premium users but, thanks to a special arrangement with the band, all users are welcome to enjoy The Cure’s greatest through Sunday, 8/4.

The Cure 33, powered by real user engagement…something that could only happen on Slacker right here. 

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is the Album of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 3.23.47 PMRobin Thicke maintains his rule-breaker status with his sixth studio album, “Blurred Lines,” which is now available to listen on demand on Slacker’s Album of the Week here.

The 11-songs represent a genre-mixing blend of R&B, pop, soul, hip-hop and dance music. Pour in his smooth vocals, and you’ll either want to dance or relax with a glass of wine.

Listen in its entirety, as Robin Thicke channels both Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye. “Blurred Lines,” Slacker’s Album of the Week.

Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” is the Song Stuck in our Head

PEARL-JAM2-472x472Seattle’s Pearl Jam have sold 60 million albums worldwide and garnered 14 Grammy nominations since their formation in 1990, and they’re still going strong.

Their first album in four years, “Lightning Bolt,” is set for an October 24 release, and we’ve already got the first single, “Mind Your Manners.”

It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head so you can listen on demand and on repeat – we definitely are!

 

The Grateful Dead is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week to Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday

GRATEFULThis week would have been Jerry Garcia’s 71st birthday, and Slacker is joining music fans all over the globe in celebrating his life, memory, and music.

As a founder of the Grateful Dead, he wrote and performed songs that galvanized an entire community. His musical legacy spans 4 decades and transcends generations. He was incredibly prolific, and even though he rejected the title, he is the center of a musical universe that produced hundreds of players and dozens of side projects.

This week’s Artist of the Week station is an expertly-curated overview of all things Dead, from their studio albums and legendary live sets, to individual members’ solo projects, collaborations, and session work.

You’ll hear classic Dead tracks along with music from New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Other Ones, Mickey Hart Band, RatDog, Furthur, and the numerous artists they influenced like String Cheese, Widespread, Phish, and many more. Jerry, Phil, Mickey, Bob, Pigpen, and their merry band of misfits—the gang’s all here to celebrate Jerry Week.

The Grateful Dead is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Jennifer Nettles’ Solo Album Merges Mix of Influences

179521_569869983053192_436173243_nDynamo country duo Sugarland has always incorporated a hodgepodge of influences in their platinum-selling music, blending country with pop, rock and soul, and even going so far as to cover Beyonce and Pearl Jam. So it’s no surprise that when lead singer Jennifer Nettles stepped out on her own to make a solo album, she colored outside the country lines.

“I started writing for this project a few years ago, leaving myself open as a writer and not wanting to stagnate, not wanting to become a caricature of myself,” the singer told Slacker and other music industry friends at a recent party previewing her upcoming album. “I wanted to take the risk of recreation, and that’s what this record turned out to be.”

Teaming with famed rock producer Rick Rubin and recording at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, Calif., Jennifer didn’t have much of a rulebook to play by when it came to making the album. But she was adamant about one thing: keeping production to a minimum.

“Rick is wonderful at capturing the most live sound that we can,” explains the 38-year-old musician. “We have all this technology, but it’s a performing art that’s meant to be experienced live. And to capture that live performance sound is sometimes illusive, especially with technology now because you can auto-tune it to death.”

While its track list incorporates influences ranging from gospel to classic rock, the yet-to-be-titled album will most surely be embraced by country radio. In fact, its first single, “That Girl,” serves as a long-awaited response to country queen Dolly Parton’s iconic tune, “Jolene.”

“It’s the story of a woman who doesn’t realize that the person she’s just been with has somebody else,” says Nettles. “And then when she does, she calls her immediately and says, ‘Even though I had my eye on this guy, I don’t want to be that girl. I don’t want your man.’ Consequently, we’ve taken to calling it ‘The Ballad of Jolene.’”

Another song that will fit right in on country radio is one the lauded vocalist co-wrote with ‘80s and ‘90s pop legend, Richard Marx. “Know You Want to Know” is a toe-tapping tune that pokes fun of the magnification of celebrity through social media and tabloid journalism. (It’s certainly a far cry from “Hold On to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting,” so Nettles jokes that Marx is quite proud of stepping outside the box himself, as well.) Other songs previewed at the party in Nashville included a soulful cover of Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock,” along with a few touching, powerful ballads written by Jennifer.

Jennifer Nettles’ “That Girl” is set to hit country radio on Aug. 19. There’s no word yet on a release date for the full album but in the meantime, check out Sugarland and other hits on Slacker’s New Country station.

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