Artist of the Week: Gwen Stefani

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 9.09.00 AMFrom Ska tomboy to Pop goddess, Gwen Stefani conquered the world with No Doubt, then dominated the charts with two solo albums, finally coming full circle to make another No Doubt album last year.

Stefani turns 44 on October 3rd, so what better time to celebrate her voice and style with a station that features music from her entire career as well as influences and contemporaries.

Gwen Stefani is Slacker’s Artist of the Week. Listen here. 

This Week’s Movers and Shakers on the Slacker EQ

EQ PlayWelcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of September 22nd, where we measure the most listened to, “hearted,” and shared songs across all genres and amongst millions of Slacker listeners throughout the US and Canada. Take a look at the full charts here. 

A quick note–If you’ve upgraded to iOS7, then hopefully you’ve grabbed the new Slacker app, which features our new “My Vibe” feature, which matches you to you perfect playlist based on what you’re doing at any given moment. We launched My Vibe on the Slacker website this week as well, so even non-iPhone music fans can get this unique experience. And Android fans, never fear–we’ve got a major app update that includes My Vibe coming your way very soon!

In the meantime, here are some key insights from Slacker’s EQ charts this week.

Katy Perry continues to dominate both the Overall and Pop charts, holding down the #1 spot on both for the 3rd week in a row. However, Lorde’s “Royals” is poised to take over the #1 spot on the Overall chart next week if she continues to engage Slacker listeners as strongly as she did this week.

Britney Spears‘ “Work Bitch” makes a huge debut on the Pop chart, jumping 552 spots to crack the top 20. Millions of Slacker listeners heard this track featured as one of our “Songs Stuck In My Head” last week, and clearly, they approve!

We saw some major movement on Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart this week: Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal” speeds on to the charts, moving up 47 spots to debut at #27. Jay Z’s “Tom Ford” debuts at #40, and after a slow start with Slacker listeners, Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” is picking up steam, moving up 34 spots to crack the top 10.

Luke Bryan continues to engage Slacker’s country fans, as his “That’s My Kind of Night” holds the #1 spot for the second week in a row. The Band Perry make a big statement with their new single “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” as it moves up 28 spots to debut on the chart at #40.

The most notable thing about Slacker’s EDM chart this week is how a small handful of superstar DJs and acts are absolutely dominating it. Zedd, Krewella, and Avicii all have 3 songs on the chart; Tiesto and Baauer each have 2.

EDM’s massive popularity continues to cross over to other genres, as Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home” and Two Door Cinema Club’s “Changing Of The Seasons” (feat. Madeon) both make big debuts on Slacker’s Alt/Indie chart.

Slacker’s Rock curators have been championing Los Angeles’ Gemini Syndrome for years, and this week Slacker listeners responded, pushing their new track “Stardust” up 29 spots to land at #38. Meanwhile, the new Chester Bennington-led incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots moves up over 100 spots to crack the top 25 with their “Out of Time.”

You can hear Slacker’s top 40 songs this week on a countdown hosted by Parker here, and make sure to check back next Wednesday to see how your favorite songs engaged millions of Slacker music fans just like you!

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


Song Stuck in My Head: The Killers “Shot at the Night”

The-Killers-472x472The Killers burst onto the scene back in 2003 with “Mr. Brightside.” Their debut album “Hot Fuss” ended up selling over 7 million copies worldwide. Appropriately enough, they’re releasing a greatest hits album on November 11th.

“Direct Hits” features two new songs including “Shot at the Night,” produced by Anthony Gonzalez a.k.a. M83.

Listen here: it’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

Bruce Springsteen is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

BruceNT-472x472Rebel. Patriot. American Icon. Bruce Springsteen celebrates his 64th birthday this week, and in honor of that milestone Slacker presents a station filled with music that expresses his honesty, passion and soul.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear songs from throughout Springsteen’s incredible career, as well as tracks from artists that inspired him like Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and Van Morrison, plus artists that share that same soulful sound like Bon Jovi, Nils Lofgren and Southside Johnny.

Bruce Springsteen is one of the great narrators of American life and he continues to represent the integrity of those that aren’t afraid to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty. That’s why he’s the boss.

Listen to Bruce Springsteen on Slacker’s artist of the week station here. 

Taylor Swift Wraps Up Red Tour at Home

1379696341-t_swizz-2616Taylor Swift performed the first of three sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Thursday night Sept.19), with Saturday’s concert marking the end of the US leg of her Red Tour. Slacker joined the music superstar at a pre-show reception, where she explained the decision to wrap up the trek in the city she has called home for almost a decade.

“This is not only my hometown but is one of the craziest crowds that we play to. So on the last tour, I made a mental note: we need to end the tour in Nashville next time,” she told partygoers. “I see faces here I’ve known for years, and I’m so happy that you still want to come see me play a show. This is the most exciting night of the tour for me.”

The beaming beauty was presented with several plaques at the reception, commemorating her staggering album and single sales. Her latest album, “Red,” has now sold six million copies, and she was also surprised to discover Thursday that she’s up to four million in album sales in the U.K. alone.

Swift is hard at work to keep that momentum going. “Up next, I’m going to make another album,” she told the crowd, adding sarcastically, “I mean, I think I want to keep doing this.

“I really like to take two years to write a record. I’ve been writing for the last year, and this is the year that it goes into overdrive,” she continued. “It’s all I think about and I become obsessive over it … I’m hard to talk to. It’s a weird thing that I need to work on!”

taylor swift and luke bryan nashville Swift did a lot of talking to the thousands of fans packed in the downtown Nashville arena – telling stories behind the songs and profusely thanking everyone for their support over the years. Her high-energy, explosive set included fan favorites ranging from her very first No. 1 hit, “Our Song,” to her current duet with Red Tour opening act, Ed Sheeran, “Everything Has Changed.” A second duet partner was a huge surprise to the audience – country superstar Luke Bryan, who sang one of his biggest hits, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” with Taylor.

Proving her concerts are as much of a theatrical event as they are a music show, Swift had no fewer than seven costume changes throughout the night (though we lost count!). She incorporated more choreography into the set than on any previous tour, and played out several songs as if she were creating their music videos right there on stage. For “You Belong With Me,” she and her backup singers wore red cocktail dresses with long red gloves and delivered the tune in ‘50s Motown girl group style — through both their vocals and dance moves. For “I Knew You Were Trouble,” the stage and backup dancers transformed into what looked like a scene from “Phantom of the Opera.” She literally flew while singing “Sparks Fly,” performing from a stage suspended over the audience. And she ended the show by taking fans to the circus – the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” circus, that is, complete with stilt-walkers, clowns and Swift herself dressed as the ringmaster for the colorful finale.

Up next for the Grammy winner is the Australian leg of her Red Tour, followed by stops in other parts of the world that have not yet been announced – all while feverishly writing for her next album, of course.

New Countdown: JT’s Top 33!

JT-iOS7b2-472x472Justin Timberlake is releasing The Twenty-Twenty Experience Part Two next week, so Slacker is counting down the top 33 J.T. songs–including solo singles, collaborations, and even hits from his Nsync’ days.

This countdown was created by calculating our “E.Q. Data” which measures how many times you’ve launched, “Hearted” and shared individual songs.

FYI, this JT-only station is a premium experience open to all Slacker users until Sunday, September 29th.

Enjoy JT’s Top 33 here. 

The New EQ Charts Are Here!

EQ PlayWelcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of Wednesday, September 15th. Take a look at the full charts here. 

These charts track the most listened to, “hearted,” and engaging tracks across all genres amongst millions of Slacker music fans. These are the only charts that truly measure how much you love the music that you hear on Slacker, instead of how much it gets played or promoted. Here are some insights from this week’s charts.

On the Overall EQ chart, which measures the most engaging songs with Slacker’s entire audience, across all genres, we see Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” debut on the chart in its first week of release. Lorde’s “Royals” continues its historic run up the charts, moving up 6 spots to crack the top 5, and Cedric Gervais’ remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” makes the biggest jump of the week, moving up 30 spots to land at #18.

Slacker’s Electronic chart is a case study in EDM’s continued crossover appeal and popularity. 7 of the top 10 songs on the Electronic chart also appear on Slacker’s Overall and Pop charts—most notably Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Lorde’s “Royals,” which check in at nos. 1 and 6, respectively.

Katy Perry’s “Roar” holds on to the number one spot on the Pop chart for the second week in a row, but she could be unseated next week if Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” continues to engage Slacker listeners as strongly as it did this week; it moves up 12 spots to number 3.

On the Alt/Indie chart, Lorde’s “Royals” is number 2 and her song “Bravado” debuts at number 38. And after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, Coldplay’s “Atlas” makes a massive debut at #5.

Rich Homie Quan makes the biggest jump on the Hip Hop/R&B chart—“Type Of Way” moves up 10 spots to land at number 28. On the Country chart, Dierks Bentley’s “I Hold On” makes it’s debut at number 40, up 13 spots.

You can hear Slacker’s top 40 songs this week on a countdown hosted by Parker here:, and you can check back next Wednesday to see how your favorite songs engaged millions of Slacker music fans throughout the US and Canada!

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

P.S. Apple iOS users: please don”t forget to check out our brand new Slacker iOS7-optimized App. It’s slicker, faster, & filled with new content — including the debut of our My Vibe playlist offering. You can update now, and tell your Android friends that their version is on the way too!


Artist Profile: Jack Johnson

AOTW-JACK-JOHNSON-472x472Surfer, activist, and mellow troubadour Jack Johnson releases his 6th studio album, called “From Here to Now to You.”

As he recently stated in an interview, “I play around with stuff but I don’t really feel the need to reinvent myself to remain relevant. I feel part of a tradition of singer-songwriters, of playing acoustic guitar and sharing songs. I’ve always felt like a traditionalist. I appreciate other people pushing boundaries but I never really felt like doing that with my own music.”

And in keeping with that spirit, the new album is a collection of Jack Johnson’s reliably mellow acoustic style and observational narratives. Let by the single “I Got You,” his new album is a perfect way to send off the remaining, lazy days of summer.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you’ll hear the musical DNA of Jack Johnson: his biggest hits along with tracks from his kindred spirits like Donovan Frankenreiter, G. Love, Matt Costa, and Ben Harper to his forbearers like Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Neil Young, and Bob Marley. You’ll also hear his collaborations and music from the artists that he’s influenced.

Listen to Jack Johnson on Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

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