The Best 90’s Nostalgia Tours For Festival Season

It’s officially concert and festival season i.e. SUMMERTIME!!! If you’re a ’90s music lover like I am you gotta check out tours from some of the biggest bands of the decade. Super boy bands New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are teaming up for a power house tour filled with their signature love songs and coordinated dance moves. Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be pounding out hit after hit after hit while the Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will be rocking it out. All three tours are (hopefully) coming to a city near you.

In true Slacker music sharing fashion I’ve got one new song from one classic song from all the bands plus links to get information and tickets to their show. So dig into your boxes in the attic, grab your Doc Martens, flannel shirts and overalls and get ready for these totally wicked ’90s tours.

New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are all touring for all the boy band lovers out there. Don’t be ashamed, we are fans too.

nkotb-new-kids-on-the-block-2314655-1280-960New Kids On The Block
New Music: “Summertime” 
The classic you need to know: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Boys II Men
New music: “More Than You’ll Ever Know” 
The classic you need to know: “Motownphilly” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

98 Degrees
New music: “Microphone” 
The classic you need to know: “Because Of You” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

For anyone wanting to dig deep into some 90s rock nostalgia, Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls are both on tour. Counting Crows are at on the road again and who can resist seeing The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan on stage again.

Matchbox Twenty
New music: “She’s So Mean” 
The classic you need to know: “Push” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

jakobdylan_bpGoo Goo Dolls
New music: “Rebel Beat”
The classic you need to know: “Black Balloon” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Counting Crows
New music: “Untitled (Love Song)” 
The classic you need to know: “Mr. Jones” 
For tour info and tickets click here.

The Wallflowers
New music: “Misfits And Lovers” 
The classic you need to know: “One Headlight” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Listen to all these ’90s bands on Slacker “90s Hits”  and on “’80s, ’90s & Today” 

Monday Motivation Music: ’80s, ’90s, and Today

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 1.32.39 AMListening to Slacker at work is a proven way to make the day fly by and magically make certain co-workers more tolerable. ‘80s, ’90s, and Today on Slacker can be an upbeat, motivational soundtrack to your Monday- or any day you may need a little pick me up.

Slacker Radio DJ Parker is your guide to the hits from the last three decades on 80’s, 90’s, and Today. All of today’s hit music with a healthy dose of nostalgia.

Check it out here. Happy Monday!

 

 

 

10 Remixed Pop Songs in Heavy Rotation Right Now

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 3.10.59 PMHellllllloooo pop music fans! Live from the city of San Francisco where EDM lives and breathes. I’m Ms. Jackson…music head, DJ and pop music monster. I wanted to pull together a few of the hottest House, Electro, Hip-Hop and Pop remixes from the best DJ / Producers right now.

From the king of the remix, Diddy putting his magic touch on “Scream And Shout” to powerhouse producers and DJs, Sick Individuals, adding hard hitting electro sounds to Icona Pop’s dance anthem – the talent in remixing is alive and well.

Enjoy all these songs on Slacker’s Pop Remix station and let us know which ones are your favorites!

Bruno MarsBruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven (Sultan And Ned Shepard Remix)”
Yeah we have been singing along to this tune since it came out but this remix will make your heart buckle from all the bass. “Ah yeah yeah, ah yeah yeah yeah yeah…”

 

Rihanna “Diamonds (Dave Aude 100 Edit)”
Shining bright like a diamond with some beats added from the king of dance and house remixes.

 

Emeli Sandé “Next To Me (Kendrick Lamar Remix)”
The hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar adds his lyrical force to Britain’s rising pop star debut single.

 

Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera “Feel This Moment (Riddler & Reid Stefan Radio Mix)”
In straight 1980s synth style using A-Ha’s “Take On Me” sample, Riddler and Reid Stefan keep the fist pumping effect with a powerful electro house remix.

 

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris featuring Florence Welch “Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)”
Diplo and Grandtheft join forces to this already killer collaboration with trap style snares and synths.

Krewella “Alive (Cash Cash & Kalkutta Remix)”
Crank this one up and say Y.O.L.O.

 

Will.I.Am ft. Britney Spears Diddy Hit Boy Lil Wayne and Waka Flocka “Scream and Shout (Remix)”
Diddy calls this the “Super Black Man Remix”….OKAY (in my Lil’ Jon voice)?!?!

 

Icona Pop “I Love It (Sick Individuals Remix)”
I don’t think there could be a mix to top this pop dance anthem but (no pun intended) this is SICK.

 

David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo and Akon “Play Hard (R3hab Remix)”
Maybe Mr. Guetta didn’t mean to straight pull the hook from Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” but dang R3hab (that’s the number 3 instead of an ‘e’ for all that don’t know) kills it as always with this electro banger.

 

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding “Anything Could Happen (Alex Metric Remix)”
Her voice is undeniable as is her blonde, half shaved head…I wish I had the balls to do that btw. Fellow Brit, Alex Metric created this lush and pulsating song and made it into an electro dance jem.

 

Artist of the Week Demi Lovato Grows Up

LOVATODemi Lovato is one of those artists that is frequently referred to as an “old soul”. From her beginnings as a Disney princess, her public battles with an eating disorder, her recovery–and now with the release of her new album “Demi”—her redemption.

At only 20 years old, she has made a remarkably candid, emotional, and mature album—led by the single Heart Attack. It’s also been announced that she will stay on as a judge for the next season of “X-Factor”

On this station you’ll hear tracks from the new album as well as the songs and artists that influenced and inspired her. Demi Lovato is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Michael Jackson is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

MJIt was 30 years ago that a 26-year old Michael Jackson surprised and delighted the world when he first publicly performed his” Moonwalk” dance move on the Motown 25 anniversary television special.

At the time, “Thriller” was his latest record, and it was on the way to becoming the all-time classic that we know it to be even today- going Platinum 29 times over and earing him 8 Grammys.

Watch his legendary performance and think what it must have been like to see for the first time – wow!

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pCySo1DjME

A few months after his televised moonwalk, he released a 14 minute video for the track “Thriller”, which went on to become the most influential pop video of all time.

On the 30th anniversary of what was arguably Michael Jackson’s most impactful year as an artist, Slacker has created a station that pays tribute to his legacy—including his best work as a solo artist, with the Jackson 5, and in his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear the artists that inspired him along with the numerous artists that he directly inspired. Michael Jackson is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Song Stuck in Our Head – Janelle Monáe’s “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Janelle MonáeFresh off of her stellar performance at the Coachella Music Festival, Janelle Monáe is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming album, The Electric Lady.

Monáe’s first single is a funky collaboration with Erykah Badu called “Q.U.E.E.N.” which she says is an acronym inspired by personal conversations between her and Badu.

Remember, you can listen to “Q.U.E.E.N.” as many times as you want–it’s the Song Stuck in My Head on Slacker.

 

Update: The week to listen to “Q.U.E.E.N.” on demand has passed- but you can still hear the tune (plus all of Janelle) on Slacker here.

 

New Weekly Series Spotlights Artists With On-Demand Music

We have a few new additions to our weekly spotlights here at Slacker that we are extremely excited about. Our Artist of the Week station has been such a big hit that we decided to also spotlight an album as well as a few songs we have on heavy rotation each week.

Best part?  ALL Slacker users have  on-demand access to our Album of the Week and Song stuck in my Head for the entire week. Hit play- hear the song. Listen to the entire album from beginning to end. Press repeat as much as you want – for the entire week!

Album of the Week and Song Stuck in my Head kick off today along with a new Artist of the Week – who is definitely an icon in the making. Take a look:

The time to listen to these on demand has passed, but make sure to check out the artist’s stations below.

Album of the Week – Michael Bublé sixth studio album “To Be Loved.”

Slacker Album of the Week Michael Buble

This week, Michael Bublé releases his sixth studio album called “To Be Loved.” The Grammy Award winning superstar has included a mix of standards as well as four original songs.

The new album also includes hits previously recorded by some of Buble’s musical heroes. Listen now to every track of his new album. “To Be Loved” by Michael Bublé is Album of the Week on Slacker.

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Slacker Song of the Week Paramore Still into You

Song Stuck in My Head – Paramore “Still Into You.”

April has been a busy month for Paramore. The Nashville band released their fourth album, “Paramore,” and, soon after, the video for their second single, “Still Into You.”

Lead singer Hayley Williams also graces the April cover of Nylon Magazine.  “Still Into You” is a great pop song that’s incredibly catchy and the Song Stuck in My Head on Slacker.

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Artist of the Week  – will.i.am

artist of the week will.i.am

Nobody can ever accuse will.i.am of being unmotivated.  In addition to his many guest appearances (11 in the last 2 years), his numerous production credits (21 over the last 2 years), and his work with Black Eyed Peas, he somehow found time to put together one of the most star-studded albums in recent memory, which was released this week,” and to celebrate- will.i.am is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

“#willpower” features appearances from Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Scherzinger, Skylar Grey, and he even found room for his fellow Black Eyed Pea—apl.de.ap.

His track “Scream and Shout” with Britney Spears is already an international hit, and on this station you’ll hear that song and more new tracks from “#willpower”, his biggest hits, collaborations, and songs from his biggest influences and contemporaries.

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Slacker’s Attack of the Boy Bands Trivia

Attack of the Boy Bands Slacker’s Attack of the Boy Bands, a new station that simultaneously celebrates the new album from Justin Timberlake and the 15th anniversary of NSYNC’s debut album, takes listeners on a journey from the 90s explosion in popularity to the new generation of pop groups and even through the nostalgic reunions of our childhood faves.

During this exploration into the music that has sparked so many dance moves and pop hooks, a quick  brush up of some facts and tidbits are in order. In fact, there are many reasons you may want to brush up on your Boy Band trivia:

1) For that one day our favorite bubble yum genre gets a dedicated category on Jeopardy.

2) To sound cool to your nieces, nephews, kids, and any of your co-workers who have more dance skills in their pinky than you did even after that summer stint in musical theatre camp.

3) To acknowledge that you are a fan – indie street cred be damned. Admit it – you secretly get down to NKOTB, BSB and JT.

Here are some cool facts about our favorite Boy Bands you may not know:

In the UK, Take That is like the Beatles of the 21st Century

When Take That reunited in 2010, which included the return of Robbie Williams as icing on the cake, they released the band’s sixth studio album, Progress, which became the fastest selling album of the 21st century and the second fastest in British history. The tour that followed set the new record for the fastest selling tour of all time in the UK. In 2012 Forbes announced Take That as the 5th highest-earning music stars in the world, Amazon (UK) revealed they were their top selling music artist of all time and the Official Charts Company announced the biggest selling singles artists in British history with Take That placing 15th overall – the highest boy band in UK chart history. That is a lot history making and recording breaking for the vocal pop group. So much so that we can’t help but be reminded of the chart dominating tidal wave that was the Fab Four.

Nick Jonas is a Seasoned Broadway Veteran

Nick Jonas has some musical and acting chops that extend beyond the scope of the tween pop sensation that is the Jonas Brothers. After starting on Broadway at the tender young age of seven,  Nick went on to star in several acclaimed Broadway plays, including A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables (in 2003 as Gavroche and later as Marius for the 25th anniversary concert).

Justin Timberlake is a Mouseketeer

Yes ladies and gents, it is true. As if Justin being a singer/songwriter, actor, producer, restaurant owner, fashion designer and philanthropist were not enough  – he also has Mouseketeer listed on his resume. If he were not one of the most envied individuals in the world before – he definitely is now. Being a Mousketeer is almost as cool as being a Disney Imagineer. Take a look at Justin Timberlake, along with fellow peers Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling, in the 90s hit tv show The New Mickey Mouse Club.

One Direction didn’t start out as a group.

X-Factor, has introduced some natural born superstars and serious talent to the world (remember Susan Boyle?), and perhaps one of their biggest success stories has been boy band sensation One Direction. But did you know the group of five originally auditioned for the hit TV show as individuals? It was only after they were not progressing as individuals did producer Simon Cowell rework them into a group. A big kudos to Simon for seeing the hidden potential and possibility in One Direction- who are now often described as sparking the resurgence in the boy band concept and creating a new “British Invasion” in the United States.

Here are their first auditions:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzO6x81zvNU

And after Simon’s creation:

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