Selena Gomez Grows Up with New Album of the Week

SELENA-472x472Selena Gomez has graduated from Disney princess to club queen with her new album “Stars Dance.” Led by the top 10 hit “Come & Get It,” her first solo album is full of EDM-leaning dance pop that is perfectly suited for summer fun.

From the throbbing bass of the dance flavored “B.E.A.T.” to the all star hit “Like a Champion,” this album has a solid mix of dubstep, house and even Bollywood like influences.

“Stars Dance” is Slacker’s Album of the Week. Listen here!

The Top 13 Pop Songs of 2013…So Far

The anthems, the dance floor smashes, the songs that make the bedroom shake – we’ve got the top 13 (being that it’s 2013) pop songs of the year so far. We are only halfway through the year and the list was already almost too difficult to narrow down.  Here we go….

robinthickeRobin Thicke featuring Pharrell & T.I. “Blurred Lines”
The official (said by me) song of the 2013 summer because not only does this song make you want to take your clothes off but you want to dance your bootie off! Mr. Thicke and his buddies get into some serious sexy and dirty business…hey hey hey.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us” / “Same Love”
Coming from my hometown of Sea-Town, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have taken this world by a (no pun intended) Seattle storm with songs that frankly, mean something. It’s really hard to pick a best song from their forceful album “The Heist”. But these two songs in particular have made tremendous impact on not only the industry itself but with civil rights. Taking a stand with their beliefs make their force unstoppable.

calvin harris 2Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch “Sweet Nothing” 
Not only has 2013 been the year for DJ/Producers but this has been Calvin Harris’ year for sure. “Sweet Nothing” pairs Calvin with the ubër talented lead singer of Florence And The Machine with a build up of all build ups that cries of unfulfilled love.

Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven”
If I was a Grammy voter “Unorthodox Jukebox” would be my bet for best Pop album of the year. “Locked Out Of Heaven” screams with the super catchy, sing-a-long, get up out of your seat that stacks up with the best.

Zedd featuring Foxes “Clarity”
If you’re into EDM (Electronic Dance Music) then you know Zedd by his producing and DJing skills. But did know that he’s remixed songs for superstars Black Eyed Peas and Lady GaGa? He’s got skills to pay the bills. Anton Zaslavski aka Zedd created one of the hottest songs on the dance floors this year in full fist-pump style.

Drake “Started From The Bottom”
With his “whole team here”, Drake drops his story of the hard-work, determination and grind that took him from the Toronto streets to half a million for a show.

daft punkDaft Punk featuring Pharrell & Nile Rodgers “Get Lucky”
Who doesn’t love disco mixed with a little Pharrell and a funky Nile Rodgers baseline? I do, I do!!! We waited over 10 years for their futuristic sounds, space masks and man did they deliver with this one. The jury may still be out on the “Random Access Memory” album but this song was an instant classic.

Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”
As all child stars do, they grow up! We’ve seen Justin grow from teen boy band member to the biggest Pop superstar in the world. “Mirrors” follows Justin’s real life in finding his true love or his better half aka Jessica Biel. One of the best love songs of the year for sure!

Baauer “Harlem Shake”
In the social media world that we live in nothing can compare to the user created videos that made this song an internet smash.

swedish house mafiaSwedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child”
Any rave kid or EDM head would have been jumping up and down with glow sticks in hand at the super DJ groups “One Last Tour”. An anthem of child hood days, heartbreak and the memories that are everlasting in life. Even though Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso are no longer together this song will go down in Swedish house history.

P!nk Featuring Nate Ruess “Just Give Me A Reason”
I can’t remember the last great pop duet? Can you? With such strong voices and harmonies from both of the singers this song was written by Pink from her broken relationship with now husband Carey Hart. The song is true and is such a great reminder of why P!nk is and has been a force to be reckoned with.

Chainz “F*ckin’ Problems”
One of the best pop songs of the year you say? How can you not turn up this jam and not act like you have the same problem as all rappers on this song. I’d like to have problems like that. JK!

Icona Pop “I Love It”
Okay okay I don’t have to say a whole lot here because it’s pretty obvious right? When you hear this song, you turn it way up and just want to crash a car into a bridge right?!?

Check out all these songs on Today’s Hits on Slacker and let tell me what song is your favorite of 2013…so far?

Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” is the Song Stuck in Our Heads

JT-472x472The power of Justin Timberlake’s talent elevated his latest release, The 20/20 Experience, from a soulful R&B album with an infectious groove to a major pop event. It turns out the second part of his musical journey, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, won’t be out until September 30, but we already have the first single.

“Take Back the Night” gets into the groove and stays there. Between the slick lead vocals from Timberlake and the hook heavy bass line  – this single is bound to be another hit in JT’s arsenal.

Check out “Take Back the Night”  here and listen on demand – it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

 

Hear New Music From Pop’s Biggest New Artists

RobinThicke-472x472We’ve got new music from some of pop music’s powerhouse artists on Slacker’s New Pop First! 

Even though Robin Thicke has the #1 song in the country right now with “Blurred Lines,” but he’s not wasting any time. He’s released a new single that features Kendrick Lamar called “Give It 2 U.” In a recent interview, he said: “It’s very Michael Jackson, Prince but also pretty hip-hop. It’s a big, shiny pop record.”

Janelle Monáe is also gearing up for the release of her second album “The Electric Lady,” which drops September 10th. She recently announced that Prince will guest on the new record, and she’s released a new track from the album, called “Dance Apocalyptic.”

You can hear Robin Thicke, Janelle Monáe and other tracks that your Slacker curators think will be tomorrow’s hits today on New Pop First.

 

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 will.i.am  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.

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.

Madonna
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.

 

 

 

 

“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.

Bastille’s Single “Pompeii” is the New Song Stuck in My Head

BASTILLE-472x472When British band Bastille released their latest single, “Pompeii,” adoring fans throughout the UK and Europe were clamoring for it, pushing it to number two on the UK charts.

Pompeii’ is an addicting combo of catchy infectious pop, complex arrangements with Dan Smith’s beautiful lyrics to appeal to an indie crowd, and even Gregorian style chanting.

 

While Bastille have been slowly bubbling under the surface and building a steady fan base – we think this may be the single that sends them over the edge. They are your new favorite band – you just don’t know it yet.

Check out “Pompeii” by Bastille now—it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

 

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