Take a Look at the New EQ Charts for the Week!

EQ PlayWelcome to the first EQ charts for the week of October 13th! You can take a look at the full charts here. 

We know that when we feature a song or artist on Slacker as a “Song Stuck In My Head,” “Artist of the Week” or “Album of the Week,” that artist typically sees a big spike in our weekly EQ charts. But what happens when an artist is at the center of a pop culture phenomenon? We see Blake Shelton’s EQ scores ebb and flow depending on how his team performs on “The Voice” from week to week, and after Miley’s controversial VMA performance, she shot up the chart. This week, Drake was the beneficiary of a viral meme called #StarbucksDrakeHands, and as a result, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” got a significant boost on the charts. Details and key insights from this week’s EQ charts across all genres are below.

Within the EDM chart we observe several genres of electronic music co-existing peacefully, all enjoying equal enthusiasm and engagement of millions of Slacker music fans. We see the pop-dubstep of Krewella—who have 3 tracks on the chart, the indie-electronic sounds of Lorde--who holds the number one spot on the chart, the progressive trance of Tiesto and Armin van Buuren, and the house stylings of Avicii all represented here. Tiesto’s “Chasing Summers” makes the biggest jump of the week, moving up 11 spots to land at number 25.

On the Pop chart, for the first week in recent memory, the biggest movers are hip hop and R&B artists, rather than the recent EDM invaders. Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is up 17 spots to settle at number 11—this spike is in direct correlation with this week’s #StarbucksDrakeHands phenomenon on Instagram and Vine. J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” is up 19 spots to land at number 32, and Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla” makes a huge debut this week, moving 35 spots to number 33.

As is often the case, once Slacker listeners are introduced to a new artist that they love, they dive deeper to discover more of that artist’s music. That would explain why Lorde has a record 3 songs on the Alt/Indie chart this week. “Royals” is number one for the 4th week in a row, followed by “Tennis Court” at number 10, and “Team” makes its debut on the chart this week—moving up 23 spots to number 28.

At Hip Hop, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” takes the top spot—again, we see the power of the #StarbucksDrakeHands meme. Travie McCoy returns to the game after a lengthy absence, as his “Rough Water” makes the week’s biggest jump, moving up 65 spots to debut at number 27. Jay Z, as always, looms large over all of hip hop, as his “Holy Grail” holds down the top 5 while he’s got back to back spots at nos. 38 and 39 with “F**kwithmeyouknowigotit” and “Tom Ford.”

Pop Evil’s “Trenches” is the first song in weeks to challenge Black Veil Brides’ “In The End” for the number one spot on the Rock chart, and Pearl Jam’s “Sirens” makes a big jump to debut on the chart at number 29. Incidentally, Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” is Slacker’s Album Of The Week—so you can listen to the whole thing, as much as you would like, all week long!

Finally, Slacker’s Country chart has a new number 1 and a rootsy debut. Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind Of Night” knocks Florida Georgia Line out of the top spot, and Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” debuts at number 40.

Hear Lorde, Avicii, Luke Bryan, and Drake all living together in relative harmony on 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!

Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

Stagecoach Music Festival Reveals Star-Studded 2014 Lineup

Three guys at the top of their country music game will co-headline the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church lead the names on a long roster of talent for the three day event, set for April 25-27 at the Polo Empire Club.

The full lineup of more than 60 artists includes mainstream country singers along with Americana and Alt-Country acts, plus a few country legends. Eric Church will close Friday’s show, after performances by Loretta Lynn, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Thomas Rhett and more.

Jason Aldean has headlining duties Saturday night, with his opening acts including Ashley Monroe, Crystal Gayle, Danielle Bradbery, Holly Williams, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among many others.

Luke Bryan will close the festival Sunday after sets by Asleep at the Wheel, Charlie Worsham, Dustin Lynch, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and more. See a full roster for all three nights here.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 18, with the three-day general admission price set at $249. Get tickets here, and get the party started early by listening to our Stagecoach 2013 station here.

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Pearl Jam’s “Lightening Bolt” is Slacker’s Album of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 11.24.46 AMPearl Jam proves its 23-year secret to longevity with “Lightning Bolt,” the Seattle-based rock legends’ tenth studio album.

The collection is reminiscent of what fans love about classic Pearl Jam, with its contemplative lyrics and unique, grunge-rock style. The album is Pearl Jam at their best.

Listen to “Lightning Bolt,” Slacker’s Album of the Week, all week long on demand.

 

 

 

Paul McCartney is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 11.15.26 PMHe was in a boy band and survived, and managed to live through the ‘60s, ‘70s and even the ‘80s.

He can make a mammoth arena feel like the tiniest club and still manages to be the biggest act at any music festival.

Paul McCartney is still going strong at age 71, making him perhaps the only artist three generations can agree on. He just released his 24th solo album, simply titled “New.”

Paul McCartney needs no explanation. He is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Listen to Paul’s exclusive Artist of the Week station here.

Slacker Celebrates Disney’s 90th Birthday on the Top Disney Classics

TopDisneyClassics4-472x472As the Walt Disney Studio celebrates it’s 90th anniversary, Slacker brings you the greatest 90 songs in Disney’s storied history on the Top Disney Classics. 

As one of the most beloved brands in the world, with countless movies, shows, and characters giving us some of the most memorable music in history, coming up with just 90 songs for the Top Disney Classics was no easy feat. Luckily, veteran Disney producer Randy Thornton was up to the task of curating the exclusive station.

On the Disney Classics station, you’ll hear all the magical, nostalgic songs from classic films like “Snow White,”The Jungle Book,” and “Mary Poppins,” to modern hits like “Monsters Inc,” “Toy Story,” and so many more!

Listen to the magic here. 

Countdown Kanye West’s Top 33 Songs

KANYE-NT-472x472Kanye West embarks on his first tour in five years starting this Saturday, and Slacker celebrates with a station counting down his 33 most popular songs, as determined by you and millions of Slacker listeners.

You’ll notice that we’ve even got special artwork for this station from Kanye himself!

This exclusive station is available for all Slacker listeners but remember, listeners with “explicit content” set to “off” wont be able to hear the Kanye West Top 33.

Listen to the Top 33 here.

Take a Look at the Movers and Shakers on This Week’s EQ Charts

EQ PlayWelcome to the first EQ charts for October! You can take a look at the full charts here. 

One of the interesting patterns that emerges on Slacker’s EQ charts is how arbitrary tags that we use to describe bands and genres seem to disappear when we measure actual listener engagement instead of media coverage, FM radio airplay, and the opinions of music critics. Is CHVRCHES “indie” or “alternative?” Those tags clearly don’t matter, as millions of Slacker listeners push them up the Alt/Indie chart this week. Is Kacey Musgraves too “progressive” for country radio? Slacker listeners say no, as she makes the chart for the second week in a row. Is Lorde “alt,” “pop,” “indie” or something else altogether? It doesn’t matter, as she appears on charts for 4 different genres this week, including the Overall charts. More examples and insights from this week’s charts are below.

AWOLNATION continues their improbable rise up the Pop chart with “Sail,” over a year after it peaked on the Alt/Indie chart. It makes the biggest jump this week, up 20 spots to land at number 11. Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” is also enjoying a similar reemergence at Pop—it holds its spot in the top 10 for the 2nd week in a row, aided by its Cedric Gervais remix.

On the EDM chart, we continue to track the crossover of “pure” EDM to Pop and beyond. RAC’s “Let Go” appears to be a good candidate to crossover beyond the world of electronic music–in addition to being one of the top-rated songs on several of Slacker’s individual EDM and Indie stations, it makes the second-biggest jump on the EDM chart this week, moving up 21 spots to debut at number 28.

The “blogbands” are taking over on the Alt/Indie chart, as MS MR’s “Hurricane” moves up 11 spots to land at number 22, and a band that your Slacker curators first introduced you to on our “Artists to Watch 2013” station back in January—CHVRCHES—moves up 10 spots to number 32. American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” makes its EQ debut this week, moving up 9 spots to crack the top 40.

We’ve been tracking the rise of two new artists on the Hip Hop/R&B chart for the last month; this week Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way” moves up 2 spots to number 6, and Sage the Gemini’s “Gas Pedal” moves up 7 spots to crack the top 10. These two artists are engaging Slacker listeners more powerfully than any new hip hop artists in recent chart history. Miley Cyrus also somehow (t)works her way on to the Hip Hop/R&B chart, via her guest spot on Mike Will Made-It’s “23,” which debuts at number 40 this week.

At Country, the chart is relatively stable, although Keith Urban’s “We Were Us” makes a big jump, moving up 17 spots to number 29. Blake Shelton’s performance on the chart seems to mirror his performance on “The Voice” from week to week, and as he filled out his team this week, his “Mine Would Be You” moves up one spot to crack the top 10!

Finally, congratulations are in order to Black Veil Brides, who break a record this week—their “In The End” has held the top spot on the Rock chart for 8 weeks now. This is perfect example of a song that received limited consideration and airplay on FM radio, but because Slacker’s EQ charts measure actual listener engagement—not “spins” or airplay—it is allowed to rise to the top of the chart on its own merits and based on the strength of its fanbase.

Take a listen to this week’s Overall chart here, in the form of a countdown 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!

Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

“The Voice” Winner Danielle Bradbery Announces Debut Album

Danielle-Bradbery-album-coverJust as Season 5 of “The Voice” is heating up, the show’s Season 4 winner is making fireworks in country music. Danielle Bradbery has revealed the cover art (left) and Nov. 19 release date for her self-titled debut album.

“It feels like I just walked off ‘The Voice’ stage, so it’s crazy to think I’m about to release my first album,” says the 17-year-old singer. “Nashville has been so welcoming to me throughout this entire process and I couldn’t be more proud of the music we’ve created. I am so excited to get all the songs into the hands of the fans who gave me this amazing opportunity in the first place!”

Produced by legendary musician Dann Huff (Faith Hill, Keith Urban), the album features Bradbery’s debut single, “The Heart of Dixie,” along with a soaring ballad called “Never Like This,” the fun-loving “Young in America” and sentimental tearjerker, “Daughter of a Working Man.” A full track list should be released soon.

The high school junior will have a busy November. In addition to what’s bound to be a whirlwind media tour in support of the new album, she is also set to start opening shows on Brad Paisley’s Beat This Summer tour next month.

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