Artist of the Week – Pharrell Williams

pharrell-472x472Slacker’s Artist of the Week is Pharrell Williams.

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” may be the song of the summer, but the summer belongs to Pharrell Williams – besides producing and providing vocals on the current #1 song in the world, he’s featured on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Frank Ocean’s upcoming record, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail,  Kelly Rowland’s new album, and he even sings the hook on 2Chainz’ new single “Feds Watching.”  You may have also heard his work in the movies—he composed the soundtrack for “Despicable Me, “ and assisted Hans Zimmer on the “Man of Steel Score.”

Pharrell’s sound as a producer is unmistakable, and his work across genres–with hundreds of artists—makes this station that much more fun to listen to. You’ll hear his work as a solo artist, with the Neptunes and N.E.R.D., and you’ll hear his work as a producer and contributor- from his 1992 debut on Wreckx-N-Effect’s party classic “Rump Shaker” to his work on Jay-Z’s latest record, this station represents the musical DNA of one of the most talented artists in the game. This is the summer of Pharrell Williams, and he is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Enjoy New Countdowns on Slacker Radio

We know you love countdowns and Slacker has just launched some new countdowns we are sure you will enjoy. Take a look!

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 5.59.29 PMThe Twitter Top 50
Welcome to the Twitter Top 50 on Slacker. This station is based on the top 50 songs on the “Superstars” chart, representing the most tweeted-about and shared songs from today’s biggest artists on Twitter. This countdown is updated every Wednesday, so check back every week to hear the hottest music in social discovery.


EAGLES-MUSIC-GUIDE-472x472The Eagles Top 33
The Eagles have finally made their entire catalogue available for streaming, and to celebrate, Slacker has created a station that is filled with the most-loved Eagles songs, as determined by our exclusive E.Q. methodology that measures how often our listeners play, “heart,” and share songs. This is Eagles Top 33: the biggest songs by one of the world’s most beloved bands, as chosen by you!


66-METALmusicguide-472x47266 Greatest Metal Songs of all time
First, your Slacker curators conspired and argued over the 66 Greatest Metal Songs of all time. Then, we asked Metal God Dave Mustaine to host this countdown, which he graciously agreed to. Finally, we asked bands like Korn, Device, Sick Puppies, and Steel Panther to weigh in with their commentary. Put it all together and you’ve got an unholy countdown of 66 songs that are Louder Than Hell.



I Am The DJ Featuring Sara Bareilles

BAREILLES-472x472Slacker sat down with singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles and worked with her to create a radio station of her favorite music.

On her featured I Am The DJ station, you’ll hear the stories about artists and songs that inspired her to become the star she is today, from Tom Waits and Animal Collective to Fiona Apple and Justin Timberlake.

Check out this exclusive look into the musical soul of Sara Bareilles—it’s I Am The DJ on Slacker.

Franz Ferdinand’s “Right Action” is the Song Stuck in Our Heads

FRANZ-472x472Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand is back with their first new album since 2009.

The album, titled Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, has been in the works since 2010 and will finally be released on August 26th.

Check out the first single, “Right Action” now—it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

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.


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