Is Rock Dead? Not in North Dakota.

Music critics (and Gene Simmons) claim that rock is dead. Here at Slacker Radio, we call B.S. on that…and we can prove that rock is, indeed, alive and kicking.

Our fancy data scientists tirelessly agonized over our users’ listening behavior to determine the states that rock the hardest. Throw up those horns and check out our map to see if your state truly rocks.

States That Rock

 

Top 5 States That Rock:

  1. North Dakota (Most-listened-to rock band: Five Finger Death Punch)
  2. Maine
  3. Iowa
  4. West Virginia
  5. Nebraska

 

Top 5 States That Rock the Least:

  1. Hawaii (Most-listened-to rock band: Journey)
  2. California
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia

 

Keeping Rock Alive:

Whether you’re listening to your favorite rock band on Slacker or seeing them live this summer, there are plenty of ways to keep rock alive. Slacker host Fitz takes a look at what’s happening in the world of rock this summer with insider info on the best rock festivals all over the country.

We’ve stocked this station with bands who are (or are about to be) out on tour, including Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Korn, Three Days Grace, and tons more.

Listen here: Summer Rock Fest Station

Data Source:

Slacker analyzed hundreds of millions of data points to uncover how our users are engaging with rock music across our entire service. We then parsed this data based on location to identify the states within the US that most actively engaged with rock music. In the case of the top 5 most and least engaged states— we drilled further down to identify the specific artists who drove engagement based on streams, custom-station creation, “hearts”, “bans”, skips etc.

Need more info? Contact: Marketing@Slacker.com

 

Countdown Tom Petty’s Top 33 for a Limited Time!

TOM-PETTY-TOP-33-472x472Few artists reach the status of icon, but Tom Petty definitely qualifies.

He turned 62 on Sunday, and to celebrate we’ve created a station counting down his biggest songs, as determined by you and millions of Slacker listeners.

Single artist stations are usually reserved for premium subscribers, but thanks to a special agreement, everyone can listen for a limited time.

Listen to Tom Petty’s Top 33 here.

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.

Listen to Avenged Sevenfold’s New Album of the Week!

8.27.13-Aveneged-Sevenfold-Hail-to-the-King-472x472Avenged Sevenfold is following their chart-topping, 2010 album, “Nightmare” with more of an ode to classic metal this time around.

The hard-rocking metal band is back with their sixth studio album, “Hail to the King,” which is more reminiscent of old-school Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

Listen on-demand to each track on “Hail to the King” on Slacker’s Album of the Week!

 

Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

ZEP AOTWThis week marks the 65th birthday of one of the most legendary frontmen in Rock and Roll. To properly celebrate Robert Plant’s birthday and in recognition of Led Zeppelin’s status as one of the greatest and most culturally important bands of all time, Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Without Led Zeppelin there would be no Heavy Metal, no Grunge, no Alternative rock as we know it. Rolling Stone called them “The heaviest band of all time,” and their entry in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame notes that they were “as influential in the 1970’s as the Beatles were in the prior decade.”

You’ll hear the best of Led Zeppelin as well as tracks from their individual projects; Page & Plant, Jimmy Page’s solo work, Robert Plant’s work with The Honeydrippers and Allison Krauss, John Paul Jones’ work with Diamanda Galas and Them Crooked Vultures, and the bands that preceded Led Zeppelin like The Yardbirds. You’ll also hear the many artists that were directly influenced by Led Zeppelin, like Soundgarden, Wolfmother, Jane’s Addiction, and The Black Crowes.

In celebration of Robert Plant’s 65th birthday, Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

New Music: Arctic Monkeys “Do I Wanna Know?”

ArcticMonkeys-472x472It seems like it was only a few years ago that Arctic Monkeys were being hyped as the saviors of rock and roll. NME even infamously named their debut “the 5th greatest British album of all time.”

Six years later, the hype has subsided, yet the lads are as fresh as ever. Their new single, “Do I Wanna Know?”, from their upcoming 5th studio album “AM” due out later this year, was first debuted as an opening number during their North American tour over the summer.

Hear the glam stomp and infectious melody of their new single “Do I Wanna Know?” now on Slacker’s New Alternative First.

 

Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” is the Song Stuck in our Head

PEARL-JAM2-472x472Seattle’s Pearl Jam have sold 60 million albums worldwide and garnered 14 Grammy nominations since their formation in 1990, and they’re still going strong.

Their first album in four years, “Lightning Bolt,” is set for an October 24 release, and we’ve already got the first single, “Mind Your Manners.”

It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head so you can listen on demand and on repeat – we definitely are!

 

The Grateful Dead is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week to Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday

GRATEFULThis week would have been Jerry Garcia’s 71st birthday, and Slacker is joining music fans all over the globe in celebrating his life, memory, and music.

As a founder of the Grateful Dead, he wrote and performed songs that galvanized an entire community. His musical legacy spans 4 decades and transcends generations. He was incredibly prolific, and even though he rejected the title, he is the center of a musical universe that produced hundreds of players and dozens of side projects.

This week’s Artist of the Week station is an expertly-curated overview of all things Dead, from their studio albums and legendary live sets, to individual members’ solo projects, collaborations, and session work.

You’ll hear classic Dead tracks along with music from New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Other Ones, Mickey Hart Band, RatDog, Furthur, and the numerous artists they influenced like String Cheese, Widespread, Phish, and many more. Jerry, Phil, Mickey, Bob, Pigpen, and their merry band of misfits—the gang’s all here to celebrate Jerry Week.

The Grateful Dead is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

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