“Country A – Z” Gives Alphabetical Snapshot of Nashville’s Greatest Music

COUNTRY A-Z Music Guide2How about a history lesson that doesn’t make you fall asleep? On our brand-new station, Country A-Z, Slacker gives you a compelling country music history lesson that spans almost a century, from the genre’s earliest roots to the pop-laden tunes of today.

Our country experts have gone through the alphabet and chosen for each letter one artist, song, album or event that has defined the genre. We’ve included the music your grandparents probably loved, from the likes of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, all the way to the Taylor Swift tween-country phenomenon of today. There are the quintessential country heartbreakers, like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” mixed in with tracks for your party playlist, such as Kenny Chesney’s “Young,” and everything in between. There’s even a classic movie and TV show thrown into the mix, both of which helped popularize tunes with twang.

If you’re a fan of country music, you’ll probably know the lyrics to each song played on Country A-Z by heart. And if you’re not a fan, we challenge you to listen with your most critical cap on … and maybe you’ll find that country is pretty cool after all.

Tune in to Country A-Z on Slacker here.

Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” is the Song Stuck in Our Head

SongStuck-EllieGouldingBurn-472x472English singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding’s first big hit “Lights” holds the record for slowest climb into the US Top 5, reaching its #2 chart peak two years after its release.

We’ll see if her latest single “Burn” moves a little faster! Based on the singer’s success since that first single, we are willing to bet it will.

Listen to Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” all week on demand over on Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head

Shania Twain is the Artist of the Week

SHANIA TWAIN AOTW15 years ago, Shania Twain scored her sixth number-one country single with “You’re Still the One”. This song went on to become an international mega-hit, and it earned her 4 Grammy nominations, of which she won 2. This week, she celebrates her 48th birthday, and Slacker is paying tribute the Queen of Country Pop.

Shania’s album “Come On Over” is still the best-selling album by a female and the top-selling country album of all time. She was one of the leaders of country music’s renaissance in the 1990s, introducing millions of new listeners to the genre. In 2004, she went on hiatus until she started her “Still the One” residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last year. She is currently working on her fifth studio album, and her fans anxiously await her new music.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear her biggest hits, the music that influenced her as a child when she was singing in bars, and the hundreds of artists that she influenced and inspired.

Listen to Shania Twain on Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Listen to Avenged Sevenfold’s New Album of the Week!

8.27.13-Aveneged-Sevenfold-Hail-to-the-King-472x472Avenged Sevenfold is following their chart-topping, 2010 album, “Nightmare” with more of an ode to classic metal this time around.

The hard-rocking metal band is back with their sixth studio album, “Hail to the King,” which is more reminiscent of old-school Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

Listen on-demand to each track on “Hail to the King” on Slacker’s Album of the Week!


Avril Lavigne’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the Song Stuck in Our Heads

AVRIL-472x472Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

She recently married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, who worked with her on her upcoming fifth album, titled simply “Avril Lavigne,” which is set for a September 24 release.

We’ve already got the first single, called “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” on Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head. Listen on demand right here. 

Tim McGraw Honored for “Highway” Milestone

Less than two dozen artists on the planet can boast 34 No. 1 singles, so there was a big reason for Tim McGraw to celebrate this week in Nashville. Friends and colleagues threw a party for the country superstar in midtown Music City to commemorate his 34th chart-topper, “Highway Don’t Care,” which also features Taylor Swift on vocals and Keith Urban on guitar.

Photo by Rick Diamond- Getty

Photo by Rick Diamond- Getty

“I’m a big fan of Keith’s and big fan of Taylor’s. They’re two of the best artists we have, not just in country but in music in general,” McGraw told Slacker and other partygoers, including Urban himself, who beamed at his friend on stage. “Keith is one of those guys who makes everyone look at us here in Nashville, and I’m so proud to have him represent us. And Taylor is so smart, talented, beautiful, and a spectacular songwriter. It was a big deal to have her on this record, and especially a big deal for my three daughters!”

Plaques commemorating the song’s rise to the top were presented to the singer, his producer Byron Gallimore and the “Highway Don’t Care” songwriters, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren. McGraw showed as much appreciation for the writers as he did his collaborators.

Brett Warren, Brad Warren, Mark Irwin, McGraw, Byron Gallimore; photo by Thien Phan

Brett Warren, Brad Warren, Mark Irwin, McGraw, Byron Gallimore; photo by Thien Phan

“There are people at 7-Eleven who can sing better than I can, but there are not a lot of people who can write a great song,” he mused. “This town is full of those people. They’re passionate about what they do and work hard at it. The best (songwriters) in this industry are right here in Nashville.”

McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill, was also at the party, as the couple shared a rare night out together in Nashville. They will resume their series of Soul2Soul shows at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel and Casino in October. McGraw is also working on a new movie but is keeping mum on details, joking that he’d lose his role if he said anything about it just yet.

Listen to McGraw’s latest No. 1, “Highway Don’t Care,” here.


Song Stuck in My Head: K. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.”

K-MICHELLE-472x472Memphis-based singer and songwriter K. Michelle has built a reputation on catchy singles (like her 2009 hit “Fakin’ It” featuring Missy Elliott) and attention-grabbing mixtapes, but we finally have her first full-length album.

The Album “Rebellious Soul” has touches of classic Motown mixed with a contemporary vibe, and the first single “V.S.O.P.” is Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

Listen to “V.S.O.P.” here on demand all week.

This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts Are Out Now!

EQ PlayYou’ve arrived at Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 18th! Take a look here. 

We look at the listening behavior of millions of Slacker music fans, and we measure what you listen to, skip, Heart, and Ban. Armed with that data, we are able to present these charts, which are a true measure of how engaged you and millions of music fans are with the songs that you hear. These are the songs that you love the most this week across all genres. Here are some insights from every genre:

This week Katy Perry “Roars” on to our overall chart with her latest single. It lands at number 8 in the highest debut that we’ve seen all year.  Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” also makes a huge jump, moving up 28 spots to land at number 15.

Over in Pop, this week saw two major releases by superstar artists, which left us asking the question: “Katy or Gaga?” Slacker listeners answered with a resounding “KATY.” Ms. Perry’s “Roar” makes the biggest debut in Slacker EQ history, landing at number 4 in its first week of release, which was aided by its feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” on the day of it’s release. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” was also featured as a “Song Stuck In My Head” and had a very respectable debut, bowing at number 29 in its first week.

Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” continues to be a big hit with Slacker’s country fans, as it moves up 9 spots to crack the top 10, and could be a number one record on the Country chart within a few weeks. After hosting an “I Am The DJ” station for Slacker in July, Eli Young Band’s songs have been shooting up the EQ Charts, and this week their latest track “Drunk Last Night” moves up 12 spots to land at number 28.

Amongst Slacker’s EDM fans, Zedd reigns supreme at the moment, as his “Clarity” is close to unseating Daft Punk at the number 1 spot, and his “Fall Into the Sky” makes its debut this week at number 40.

On The Hip Hop/R&B chart, Robin Thicke still holds the number 1 spot with “Blurred Lines,” but his new track “Give It 2 U” jumps up a remarkable 289 spots to debut at number 37. Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” moves up to number 3 on it’s inevitable march to the top, and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” has the biggest debut of the week, landing at number 15 in its first week on the chart.

Slacker’s rock fans have driven two notable debuts on the Rock chart; Stone Sour’s “Tired” and Skillet’s “American Noise” both crack the top 40 this week. On the Alt/Indie chart, Cage The Elephant’s “Come a Little Closer” debuts at number 40 after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, which exposed the song to millions of listeners throughout the US and Canada. And after being championed by Slacker’s Indie curators since March, The Unlikely Candidates’ “Follow My Feet” is starting to engage Slacker listeners, as it debuts at number 37.

This chart will be updated next week–Check back next Wednesday to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are most engaged with! You can also 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.

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