“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.

New Album of the Week is John Mayer’s “Paradise Valley”

MAYER-472x472John Mayer won his first of seven Grammys in 2003 for his breakout hit, “Your Body Is a Wonderland.” This week he released his sixth album, “Paradise Valley,” whose name comes from the area of Montana where Mayer has made a home between tours recently.

Appropriately, the album has a folksy, Americana feel to it.

Click here to check out “Paradise Valley” on Slacker. Listen as much as you want, it’s Slacker’s Album 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.


Tiesto’s “Take Me” is the New Song Stuck in our Head

TIESTO3-1-472x47244-year-old Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto is one of the most successful electronic musicians of all time.

His latest mix album, “Club Life Vol. 3 – Stockholm,” proves he is not slowing down anytime soon. The hit album features quite a few original Tiësto remixes and productions, including “Take Me” featuring Kyler England on vocals.

Listen to “Take Me” on demand now – It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head!

Jennifer Nettles’ Solo Album Merges Mix of Influences

179521_569869983053192_436173243_nDynamo country duo Sugarland has always incorporated a hodgepodge of influences in their platinum-selling music, blending country with pop, rock and soul, and even going so far as to cover Beyonce and Pearl Jam. So it’s no surprise that when lead singer Jennifer Nettles stepped out on her own to make a solo album, she colored outside the country lines.

“I started writing for this project a few years ago, leaving myself open as a writer and not wanting to stagnate, not wanting to become a caricature of myself,” the singer told Slacker and other music industry friends at a recent party previewing her upcoming album. “I wanted to take the risk of recreation, and that’s what this record turned out to be.”

Teaming with famed rock producer Rick Rubin and recording at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, Calif., Jennifer didn’t have much of a rulebook to play by when it came to making the album. But she was adamant about one thing: keeping production to a minimum.

“Rick is wonderful at capturing the most live sound that we can,” explains the 38-year-old musician. “We have all this technology, but it’s a performing art that’s meant to be experienced live. And to capture that live performance sound is sometimes illusive, especially with technology now because you can auto-tune it to death.”

While its track list incorporates influences ranging from gospel to classic rock, the yet-to-be-titled album will most surely be embraced by country radio. In fact, its first single, “That Girl,” serves as a long-awaited response to country queen Dolly Parton’s iconic tune, “Jolene.”

“It’s the story of a woman who doesn’t realize that the person she’s just been with has somebody else,” says Nettles. “And then when she does, she calls her immediately and says, ‘Even though I had my eye on this guy, I don’t want to be that girl. I don’t want your man.’ Consequently, we’ve taken to calling it ‘The Ballad of Jolene.’”

Another song that will fit right in on country radio is one the lauded vocalist co-wrote with ‘80s and ‘90s pop legend, Richard Marx. “Know You Want to Know” is a toe-tapping tune that pokes fun of the magnification of celebrity through social media and tabloid journalism. (It’s certainly a far cry from “Hold On to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting,” so Nettles jokes that Marx is quite proud of stepping outside the box himself, as well.) Other songs previewed at the party in Nashville included a soulful cover of Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock,” along with a few touching, powerful ballads written by Jennifer.

Jennifer Nettles’ “That Girl” is set to hit country radio on Aug. 19. There’s no word yet on a release date for the full album but in the meantime, check out Sugarland and other hits on Slacker’s New Country station.

Introducing Kito & Reija Lee

Kito-Reja-lee-472x472Diplo’s Mad Decent record label recently released the debut EP from Australian “Popstep” duo Kito & Reija Lee.

Kito provides the production, Reija Lee brings the voice, and you may have heard their single “Sweet Talk” prominently sampled recently on Trinidad James’ “Females Welcomed.”

You can hear their unique take on Dubstep on Slacker’s Electronic Hits here. 


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 From Country’s Biggest Stars

Justin-Moore1-472x472September is shaping up to be a big month, with two of country’s biggest stars releasing highly anticipated new albums. Chris Young’s “A.M.” and Justin Moore’s  “Off the Beaten Path” will both be released on the 17th.

You can hear both of their new singles–Young’s “Aw Naw” and Moore’s “Point at You” on Slacker’s New Country First here. 

Shania Twain will also release new music as took a break from her residency at Caesars Palace to announce her first new album since 2002’s ‘Up!”

She posted this to her Facebook page: “I will spend a lot of the summer working out what to put on my next album…A break from the stage gets me back to writing the songs.” You can hear the hits that helped her sell 75 million albums and win 5 Grammys on Slacker’s ‘90s Country while we anticipate what is bound to be an amazing new album.

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