Madonna is Slacker’s Artist of the Week!

MADONNA-AOTW1-472x472This week, Madonna will celebrate her 55th birthday and Slacker is honoring the influential material girl by making her Artist of the Week. 

Her early saccharine pop delivery mixed with sexual undertones continues to influence artists like Katy Perry and Ke$ha. The influence that her over-the-top stage show and choreography had can be seen today at any Britney Spears concert. Her ability to stir controversy and draw attention to social issues of the day is unparalleled, although performers like Lady Gaga have clearly taken notes.

Upon her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, the Museum’s curator noted: “Today’s more-flamboyant female pop stars enjoy the freedom to make music and perform the way they do, but they didn’t create that freedom. Madonna did…”

She is a cultural icon, the reigning Queen of Pop, and our Artist of the Week. Check out the station here. 

New Music: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”

ArcticMonkeys-472x472It seems like it was only a few years ago that Arctic Monkeys were being hyped as the saviors of rock and roll. NME even infamously named their debut “the 5th greatest British album of all time.”

Six years later, the hype has subsided, yet the lads are as fresh as ever. Their new single, “Do I Wanna Know?”, from their upcoming 5th studio album “AM” due out later this year, was first debuted as an opening number during their North American tour over the summer.

Hear the glam stomp and infectious melody of their new single “Do I Wanna Know?” now on Slacker’s New Alternative First.

 

Song Stuck in our Head: Bonnie McKee’s “American Girl”

BONNIE-472x472California native Bonnie McKee has co-written eight #1 singles (like Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”) but she’s finally getting back to her solo work.

Her debut album “Trouble” came out way back in 2004, but she’s working on her second, due later this year.

We already have the first single on Slacker and you can now listen to it on demand. It’s called “American Girl” and it’s Slacker’s “Song Stuck In My Head”!

 

This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts Are Here!

EQ PlayThe Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 4th are out now! Take a look here. 

Millions of Slacker music fans determine how these charts are ordered. By measuring how listeners listen to, skip, Heart, and Ban songs on Slacker, we are able to present these charts, which are a true measure of how engaged music fans are, with the songs that they hear. Simply put: here are the songs that you love the most this week across all genres.

On the Overall chart, Robin Thicke narrowly maintains the #1 spot with “Blurred Lines.” He got an extra boost from last week’s feature as Slacker’s “Album Of The Week,” which allowed millions of Slacker listeners to listen to his entire album on-demand. Also on the Overall chart, Zedd’s “Clarity” continues to crossover from the EDM chart in a major way; it’s up 15 spots to break into the top 15.

We see three new songs that Slacker listeners are pushing up the Hip Hop/R&B chart. Wale’s “LoveHate Thing,” Big Sean’s “Beware,” and B.o.B.’s “Headband” all make their debut this week. Imagine Dragons continue to jam up the Alt/Indie chart; 3 of the top 5 songs belong to the band. Panic At The Disco’s “Miss Jackson” and Sick Puppies’ “There’s No Going Back” both make their debut on the chart this week.

Meanwhile, on the EDM chart, we see two massive debuts as Martin Garrix’s “Animals” debuts at #20, and Run DMT’s “Starlight” debuts at #27. At Rock, Three Days Grace’s new single “Misery Loves My Company” makes a huge debut–up 41 spots to land at #9. Papa Roach’s “Leader Of The Broken Hearts” is up 78 spots to break into the top 15.

Over on the Pop chart, One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” makes a huge debut—up 29 spots to land at #39. This huge jump is largely due it’s feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week. The same goes for Avicii; his “Wake Me Up” debuts at #40. We had initially projected Bruno Mars to overtake Robin Thicke for the #1 spot this week, but Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” has jumped 2 spots to land at #2, very close to unseating “Blurred Lines.”

Finally, on the Country chart, Tim McGraw has the biggest debut of the week; his new single “Southern Girl” is a hit with Slacker music fans, as it jumps 46 spots to land at #27. Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” and Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” both jump 8 spots to break into the top 15. A favorite of your Slacker curators, Kacey Musgraves makes her Country chart debut, with “Blowin’ Smoke” landing at #39.

Check back next week to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are most engaged with; the Slacker EQ charts are updated every Wednesday evening. And you can hear all of these songs on the Slacker Top 40, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker—listen here! 

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

Song Stuck in our Head: Jake Owen’s “Days of Gold”

Jake-Owen-472x472Florida-born country star Jake Owen picked up the guitar after a wakeboarding accident sidelined him from sports. He eventually made his way to Nashville and released his debut single “Yee Haw” in 2006.

His as-yet-untitled fourth album is set for a December release but we’ve already got the first single.

Listen to the new single, “Days of Gold” on demand now – it is Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head. 

Brett Eldredge’s “Bring You Back” is Slacker’s Album of the Week

BRETT-472x472Country newcomer Brett Eldredge proves a man of many moods on his debut album, “Bring You Back.”

He first made us cry with the sentimental “Raymond,” then turned charming flirt with his catchy “Don’t Ya.” The album features diverse songs delivered in that soulful voice that has seen Eldredge deemed country’s next big thing and “Bring You Back” deemed Slacker’s Album of the Week.

Listen to “Bring You Back” on demand this week on Slacker’s Album of the Week station here. 

 

Hip Hop Game Changer N.W.A is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

NWAAOTW2This week marks the 25th anniversary of N.W.A’s legendary “Straight Outta Compton.” In 1988, rap music sounded nothing like N.W.A. To the mainstream music fan, rap was the frat-boy antics of the Beastie Boys, the hardline political activism of Public Enemy, and an assortment of jokers and boastful urban youth.

It’s hard to put “Straight Out Of Compton” into perspective today, but at the time it was the most dangerous, confrontational, and controversial music of the decade. N.W.A shifted the focus from the East coast to the West as the epicenter of hip hop, and set the tone for what the genre would become over the following decade.

To celebrate the anniversary of this landmark album, your Slacker curators have put together a station that features N.W.A’s most critical tracks, solo tracks from Eazy, Dre, and Ice Cube, and all of the artists that they came up with and influenced. Listen here. 

N.W.A changed hip hop forever, and they are Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Tiesto’s “Take Me” is the New Song Stuck in our Head

TIESTO3-1-472x47244-year-old Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto is one of the most successful electronic musicians of all time.

His latest mix album, “Club Life Vol. 3 – Stockholm,” proves he is not slowing down anytime soon. The hit album features quite a few original Tiësto remixes and productions, including “Take Me” featuring Kyler England on vocals.

Listen to “Take Me” on demand now – It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head!

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