As the end of the year approaches, we are looking at the EQ data for all of 2013, and some interesting insights appear. For example, even though it’s only been out for two weeks, Eminem’s “The Monster” is already the 12th most “Hearted” song of 2013 on Slacker. And did you know that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” is both the 3rd most “Hearted” and the 2nd most “Banned” song of 2013? In the coming weeks we will be sharing more of this data, and more importantly—using it to create more great radio experiences. After all, Slacker’s EQ charts are a reflection of the songs that you, the music fan, care about most. In the meantime, here are some key insights from this week’s EQ charts, which you can see here.
Amongst Slacker’s hip hop fans, Eminem still reigns supreme; 4 tracks from his new album “The Marshall Mathers Album II” made the Hip Hop/R&B chart this week, including his collab with Rihanna, “The Monster,” which is at number 2 and rising. Eminem’s invasion of the chart is likely due to his new album being featured as Slacker’s “Album Of The Week” last week; when given the opportunity to listen to the record in its entirety, Slacker listeners clearly singled out “Berzerk,“ “Rap God,” “Survival,” and “The Monster” as their favorite tracks—which directly led to their ranks on the chart this week. We also see that Sage The Gemini has another hit on his hands with “Red Nose,” as it moves up 21 spots to debut at 24.
On Slacker’s Rock chart, Chester Bennington appears to be the man of the hour. Linkin Park’s remix collaboration with Steve Aoki makes a huge debut; the EDM-meets-rock “A Light That Never Comes” is at number 16 this week. Meanwhile, his side work as Stone Temple Pilots’ new vocalist is clearly engaging Slacker’s rock fans—STP’s “Black Heart” makes a huge debut, moving up 60 spots to land at number 24.
At Country, we see the established superstars continuing to enjoy a post-CMA awards bounce alongside huge jumps from the next generation of young country artists. Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, and Florida Georgia Line all moved up the charts after their wins at the CMAs, while Danielle Bradbury’s “The Heart Of Dixie” moves up 20 spots to debut at number 38 and Cassadee Pope’s “Wasting All These Tears” continues its ascent, landing at number 16 on Slacker’s Country chart this week.
When we look at the Alt/Indie chart as a whole, it’s remarkable how much the composition has changed, even compared to one year ago. The rock textures of long-time alternative staples like Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and even 30 Seconds To Mars are notably absent, replaced by the electro-pop sound of acts like Smallpools, NoNoNo, Bastille, and of course, Lorde. No format that we track has so much variation in sound and style from year to year as our Alt/Indie chart. Notable movers this week include The Neighbourhood’s “Afraid,” which jumps 20 spots to land at number 12, and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” which jumps 8 spots to settle at number 29. Arcade Fire has seen a sustained spike on this chart since their feature as Slacker’s Album Of The Week, which exposed the entire album to millions of Slacker listeners that might not have otherwise discovered it via Slacker’s Alt and Indie station lineup.
Slacker’s Pop chart continues to be dominated by the usual suspects like Lorde, OneRepublic, and Katy Perry. But the alt-rock of AWOLNATION and the EDM of Avicii are poised to potentially upset the homogeny of the top 5 in the coming weeks. Zendaya makes her first appearance on the Pop chart as “Replay” jumps 15 spots to debut at number 35, and fueled by Rihanna’s assist, Eminem’s “The Monster” debuts this week at number 8—the first time he’s cracked the Pop chart in recent memory.
Finally, While the EDM chart continues to be dominated by international stars like Avicii, Zedd and Calvin Harris, this week we see some new names. These artists are bringing a diverse range of styles, with trap from Diplo, hard electro from Martin Garrix, and indie dance from RAC. And while neither artist is exactly “new,” the combination of Linkin Park and Steve Aoki on the remix of “ A Light That Never Comes” is clearly engaging Slacker music fans, as it makes a huge debut at number 12 this week. We see that EDM continues to be an umbrella term for a whole spectrum of subgenres, and Slacker’s human curation is key in taking all of these disparate sounds and making great radio!
Listen to the Slacker Top 40 station here–a countdown featuring the 40 most engaging tracks of the week, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker. And check back next week to see how millions of Slacker music fans just like you push songs up and down the charts—just by listening, skipping, Hearting, and banning the songs that you hear!
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