Artist of the Week: Kanye West and His Musical Evolution

KanyeKanye West has entered into a new stage as an artist and as a public figure. On one hand, there is his public persona—outspoken self-promoter, generator of outrageous soundbytes, and Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy. On the other, there is Kanye the artist—one of the most accomplished rappers and producers in the history of hip hop, the man that single-handedly changed the way that hip hop sounded in the 2000’s, and now the artist that is making the most emotional and challenging albums in modern music.

With his latest album “Yeezus,” Kanye West has created an experimental, confrontational, minimalist, and genre-bending piece of work that requires repeat listens to fully comprehend everything that is going on. It’s a bleak, industrial sounding album that feels both expansive and claustrophobic; his rapping is often replaced by primal screaming, and his boasts are often followed by statements of insecurity and even self-loathing. The album features production from Rick Rubin and guest appearances from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, and more.

On this weeks Artist of the Week station, we pay tribute to Kanye’s musical evolution–from his early mainstream hits and the College trilogy through his more recent experiments. You’ll also hear his work as a producer, his collaborations, his influences, and his contemporaries.

Listen to Kanye West as Slacker’s Artist Of The Week here.

New Music by Britney Spears is the Song Stuck in My Head

BRITNEY-472x472America’s Sweetheart is back!

Britney Spears’ has a new song, “Ooh, La La,” which is the lead single from the upcoming Smurfs 2 soundtrack.

“Ooh La La” is an upbeat dance pop song with some electronic elements thanks to production work by Dr. Luke, Ammo, and Cirkut. The track does what Britney’s music is so famous for – catchy hooks and addicting melodies that get inside your head and stay there.

Spears is currently working on her 8th album with  but for now, you can check out her new song “Ooh La La” on demand now — it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

Special Album of the Week – Born in the U.S.A

BRUCE5-472x472To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, we’re featuring a classic American album, Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen.

Released in 1984, Born In The U.S.A. became the best-selling album of 1985 in the US,  produced a record seven Top 10 singles  – an achievement tied only with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.

The album also sold over 30 million copies worldwide and was rated the 86th-greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Aside from its mass appeal, critical acclaim and chart topping success, “The Boss” has always been a symbol of the American spirit and true American icon – making the album a perfect choice for this week.

You can hear “Born In The U.S.A.” all week on demand as the Album Of The Week on Slacker.

The Best American Divas of All Time

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 6.08.06 PMTo celebrate the 4th of July, we are presenting a patriotic, one-of-kind special that salutes the game-changing ladies of American pop. Hosted by Ciara, who’s new self-titled album drops on July 9th, 33 Greatest All American Divas is a countdown of the greatest divas from past and present.

What does it take to be one of the best American Divas? Take a look at five of the top ladies and see what makes them stand out as true divas and American icons.

Aretha Franklin
Aside from the massive hits spanning over three decades, 20 Grammy awards, and being the first female artist to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1981- there is that distinctive and timeless voice that puts Aretha at the top of the list. With classics such as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” loved by the young and old alike, the “Queen of Soul” is unquestionably the Queen American Diva.

barbra-streisand-7Barbara Streisand
Barbara Streisand isn’t just a pop diva. “Babs” is a singer, songwriter, author, actress, writer, film producer and director – and she happens to be great at doing it all. Streisand holds the record for the most top-ten albums of any female recording artist – a total of 32 since 1963. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers (less than 20) who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award – dubbed the EGOT.

It takes a real diva to dance in public wearing a coned bra and yet still be admired as one of the top businesswoman in the music industry – and Madonna pulls it off with chutzpah. Guinness Book of World Records considers Madonna the most successful female artist of all time – but we don’t need a book to tell us that. Madonna needs no explanation for being one of the greatest All American Divas. She is a true American icon like no other in pop music.

Mariah Carey
Let’s work out some numbers here. Mariah has more #1 pop hits in the US than anyone but the Beatles. Her voice can cover an unbelievable five octaves. She has won five Grammy awards and, after a few years in the early 2000s where her career faltered, she came back with “We Belong Together,” which went on to spend 14 weeks at #1 making it one of the biggest pop singles of all time. Not bad Mariah… not bad at all.

Whitney+Houston+Whitney+HQ+2Whitney Houston
The late great Whitney Houston was a true force of nature- with a flawless voice and staggering beauty that made her a sensation all over the globe. Her career saw six studio albums, three movie soundtracks, one holiday album and a greatest hits collection- all of which have sold over 200 million records worldwide. She is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most awarded female act of all time. This was a diva that sadly departed too soon.





They are back! New Music from Franz Ferdinand

Franz_Ferdinand_Launch__Photo_credit_Andy_Knowles_01-472x472Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand is back with their first new album since 2009.  “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” has been in the works since 2010, and is finally slated for release. The LP, which is the follow-up to their 2009 effort ‘Tonight’, will be released on August 26 and was recorded in frontman Alex Kapranos’ Scottish studio and guitarist Nick McCarthy’s Studios in London.

The album is set to have  number of collaborations but no names have been mentioned. However it has been reported that one such collaboration is Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls as a guest vocalist.

You can hear their new tracks “Right Action” and “Love Illumination” now on Slacker’s New Alternative First!

Check out the trailer and tracklisting for “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” below.




‘Right Action’
‘Evil Eye’
‘Love Illumination’
‘Stand On The Horizon’
‘Fresh Strawberries’
‘Treason! Animals’
‘The Universe Expanded’
‘Brief Encounters’
‘Goodbye Lovers & Friends’

New on Slacker – Cafe Acoustic

Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 5.57.36 AMThink Sunday mornings. Think coffee and a quiet day with the reading material of your choice. Think the corner cafe in your neighborhood; a place where you can relax and be alone with your thoughts. That’s Café Acoustic, our new station on Slacker.

The expert Slacker curators have created a station that’s all about setting a mood, and as such, you’ll hear world-class acoustic songs from across the musical spectrum. From classic singer-songwriters to Nashville troubadours,  jam bands to today’s neo-folk stars – this station is a showcase of acoustic texture and great songwriting.

Listen to Cafe Acoustic here and let us know what you think!

“Royals” is the Song Stuck in Our Heads

LORDE-472x472The 16-year-old singer/songwriter, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a.k.a. Lorde, is already a big deal in her home country of New Zealand.

Lorde was discovered by Universal when she was only 12 after a  performance at school talent show. Her record deal came shortly after and now the  soulful singer is set to release her debut album this September. Her first single, “Royals,” highlights her alluring singing style driven by an addictive groove.

Check out “Royals” now and listen on demand—it’s the Song Stuck In My Head (and soon to be stuck in your’s too) on Slacker.

Rock The Bells Festival Announce Artists Additions to Lineup

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 1.09.01 AMThe Rock The Bells festival announced a dozen additions to it’s 2013 lineup this week, including Riff Raff, Action Bronson, and Deltron 3030. Those acts join hip-hop stars like Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, and Kid Cudi. And to top it off: they are promising hologram performances from Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E.

Other additions include notable EDM artists Pretty Lights, Chase & Status and Mimosa.

Guerilla Union CEO and founder Chang Weisberg said of the new additions and EDM add ons, “It’s also important to acknowledge the gap being bridged between hip hop and EDM. They’re no longer two solitary genres and we’re starting to see major overlap between both styles, especially in areas like LA, NYC, and DMV. Rock The Bells tenth year marks the perfect time to celebrate that influence with acts like Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Chase & Status and Mimosa. Hip-hop is not one dimensional, it’s actually more diverse than it’s ever been, and I’m glad that we’re able to showcase and celebrate the many different sub-styles of the genre.”

In unprecedented hip-hop history, more than twenty artists on this year’s bill are releasing new albums this year including Curren$y, Danny Brown, Deltron 3030, Dom Kennedy, Earl Sweatshirt, Hopsin, Juicy J, Schoolboy Q, and many more.

The festival lands in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C and New York starting in September. Click here for dates and ticket info.

Hear the lineup on Slacker’s Hip Hop station.



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