Luke Bryan ‘Tailgates’ in Nashville

When it comes to his whirlwind success, Luke Bryan insists it takes a village. The country music superstar was celebrated at a party Wednesday (July 10) in Nashville, where Slacker joined about 200 music industry colleagues in raising a glass to the double platinum sales status of Bryan’s Tailgates and Tanlines album. Photo by Alan PoiznerThe humble singer used his time in the spotlight to thank everyone from his road crew and co-writers to the head of Universal Music Group Nashville, Mike Dungan (pictured left with Bryan), whom he called a “whiskey drinkin’, partyin’, runnin’ the biggest label in the world kind of guy.”

Tailgates and Tanlines was the eighth biggest-selling album of any genre in 2012 and spawned three No. 1 hits. It was nominated for Album of the Year at both the Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards. Yet selling two million copies of the project is a feat Bryan admits he can’t really grasp.

“I remember when we were celebrating one million. I never imagined getting to two million,” he said from the stage. “It takes so many people to make this happen. Thanks to everyone who helped me do what I’ve always dreamed of. So many people in this room have watched me go from somebody who was so ignorant and naïve to somebody that’s … well, maybe not naïve but there’s still a lot of ignorance. [laughs]”

And a lot of days away from home. Bryan is currently on his sold-out Dirt Road Diaries tour and credits wife Caroline with holding down the fort in Nashville, chasing after their two sons, Bo (5) and Tate (2).

“I want to thank my wife for letting me be on the road and shake my butt,” laughed the “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” singer. “Caroline busts her butt with the boys and is the perfect wife to let me have this career. We were down in Grayton Beach (Florida) last night, and we had the boys on the bus … Tate was sleeping in the bottom bunk and woke up about what, three times?”

“About 30 times,” Caroline corrected him from the audience.

“Thirty? Well, I was up for two of them,” the singer joked in response, then continuing his little family story with something that might make his youngest child blush in a few years. Bryan was excited to report that Tate “poo pooed on the potty” for the first time last week – another feat to which he credits the tireless parenting of his better half.

Bryan will have very little downtime between his current tour and promotion of his next album. Crash My Party is set to hit stores Aug. 13, and we’re betting it will be another two million-seller. Its title track, which you can hear on our New Country First station, is already No. 4 on the Slacker EQ chart.

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.

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