This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts Are Here!

EQ PlayThe Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 4th are out now! Take a look here. 

Millions of Slacker music fans determine how these charts are ordered. By measuring how listeners listen to, skip, Heart, and Ban songs on Slacker, we are able to present these charts, which are a true measure of how engaged music fans are, with the songs that they hear. Simply put: here are the songs that you love the most this week across all genres.

On the Overall chart, Robin Thicke narrowly maintains the #1 spot with “Blurred Lines.” He got an extra boost from last week’s feature as Slacker’s “Album Of The Week,” which allowed millions of Slacker listeners to listen to his entire album on-demand. Also on the Overall chart, Zedd’s “Clarity” continues to crossover from the EDM chart in a major way; it’s up 15 spots to break into the top 15.

We see three new songs that Slacker listeners are pushing up the Hip Hop/R&B chart. Wale’s “LoveHate Thing,” Big Sean’s “Beware,” and B.o.B.’s “Headband” all make their debut this week. Imagine Dragons continue to jam up the Alt/Indie chart; 3 of the top 5 songs belong to the band. Panic At The Disco’s “Miss Jackson” and Sick Puppies’ “There’s No Going Back” both make their debut on the chart this week.

Meanwhile, on the EDM chart, we see two massive debuts as Martin Garrix’s “Animals” debuts at #20, and Run DMT’s “Starlight” debuts at #27. At Rock, Three Days Grace’s new single “Misery Loves My Company” makes a huge debut–up 41 spots to land at #9. Papa Roach’s “Leader Of The Broken Hearts” is up 78 spots to break into the top 15.

Over on the Pop chart, One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” makes a huge debut—up 29 spots to land at #39. This huge jump is largely due it’s feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week. The same goes for Avicii; his “Wake Me Up” debuts at #40. We had initially projected Bruno Mars to overtake Robin Thicke for the #1 spot this week, but Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” has jumped 2 spots to land at #2, very close to unseating “Blurred Lines.”

Finally, on the Country chart, Tim McGraw has the biggest debut of the week; his new single “Southern Girl” is a hit with Slacker music fans, as it jumps 46 spots to land at #27. Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” and Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” both jump 8 spots to break into the top 15. A favorite of your Slacker curators, Kacey Musgraves makes her Country chart debut, with “Blowin’ Smoke” landing at #39.

Check back next week to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are most engaged with; the Slacker EQ charts are updated every Wednesday evening. And you can hear all of these songs on the Slacker Top 40, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker—listen here! 

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

Hip Hop Game Changer N.W.A is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

NWAAOTW2This week marks the 25th anniversary of N.W.A’s legendary “Straight Outta Compton.” In 1988, rap music sounded nothing like N.W.A. To the mainstream music fan, rap was the frat-boy antics of the Beastie Boys, the hardline political activism of Public Enemy, and an assortment of jokers and boastful urban youth.

It’s hard to put “Straight Out Of Compton” into perspective today, but at the time it was the most dangerous, confrontational, and controversial music of the decade. N.W.A shifted the focus from the East coast to the West as the epicenter of hip hop, and set the tone for what the genre would become over the following decade.

To celebrate the anniversary of this landmark album, your Slacker curators have put together a station that features N.W.A’s most critical tracks, solo tracks from Eazy, Dre, and Ice Cube, and all of the artists that they came up with and influenced. Listen here. 

N.W.A changed hip hop forever, and they are Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Florida Georgia Line Announces Dates for First Headlining Tour

FGL_Hi-Res_Photo_8.29.12-1024x682It’s been a long time since an act has shot to superstardom as quickly as Florida Georgia Line. The country duo, comprised of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, signed their first major label record deal just one year ago … and what a year it’s been! They have already scored quadruple platinum sales of their debut single, “Cruise,” which stayed at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart for a whopping 19 straight weeks, and their debut album is closing in on platinum sales. That’s on top of ACM and CMT award wins and yet another chart-topper with “Get Your Shine On.”

After opening two of the hottest tours of the year, Taylor Swift’s Red Tour and Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diaries trek, the guys’ next road trip will feature their own name at the top of the bill. This fall, Florida Georgia Line will embark on their first headlining run, the Here’s to the Good Times Tour 2013. “This is another dream of ours coming true,” says Kelley. “I couldn’t be more excited and more proud of the tour.”

Kicking off Oct. 3 in Brookings, SD, the trek will hit 32 cities before wrapping up Dec. 14 in Kent, WA. (See below for a full list of cities and dates on the tour.) Colt Ford will open, along with Tyler Farr on select dates and Dallas Smith on alternate dates. The first show to go on sale – the Oct. 19 stop in Lexington, KY – sold out in just 23 minutes.

While we wait for this fall’s high-energy shows, savor the rest of summer with Florida Georgia Line on our Country Summer station. Along with “Cruise,” you’ll find several other songs on the station that are perfect for an August road trip, including Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer,” Easton Corbin’s “All Over the Road,” Jake Owen’s “Summer Jam” and more.

Click here for a full list of tour dates and listen to Florida Georgia Line’s hits on Slacker’s New Country First and Country Hits now.

Win a Free Pair of Passes to Loufest!

The Slacker Tour is heading to Loufest next month and now you may have the opportunity to join us! Starting today (8/1) through August 16th, enter Slacker’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free pair of two day passes to Loufest.

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Click on the picture or here to enter the sweepstakes on Slacker’s Facebook page.

The Killers, Wilco, The National, Robert DeLong, Alabama Shakes and many more will be playing Loufest at the St. Louis Central Fields in Forest Park September 7-8, 2013 and it is set to be a solid weekend of music, art and fantastic food.  The full lineup is available for Friday here and Saturday here. 

Listen to all of this year’s artists at Slacker’s Loufest 2013 station here. We hope to see you there!

 

R. Kelly’s New Single is the Song Stuck in our Head

SongStuck-RKelly-472x472Chicago native R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard magazine.

He’s hard at work on his 12th solo studio album, to be called “Black Panties” and set for a release later this summer. No need to be patient though, because we’ve already got the first single! It’s called “My Story,” and features a guest appearance from 2 Chainz.

Listen to “My Story” on demand right here – It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

New Releases Shake Up This Week’s EQ Charts

play-1Welcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of July 28th! Take a look here. 

On this week’s EQ Charts, major new releases from Jay Z, Kings Of Leon, and Justin Timberlake have shaken things up. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” continues to dominate the Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, and Overall Top 40 charts, but Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” is within striking distance of that #1 spot, possibly by next week.

On the Overall chart, Jay-Z makes a big debut at #32 with “Holy Grail”, up 30 spots. And, after weeks of rising on Slacker’s EDM chart, Zedd’s “Clarity” crosses over to the Overall chart to debut at number 28, with an incredible 97.1 EQ score. Basically, this means that almost everyone that hears this song on Slacker likes it a whole lot.

Last week, a song from the UK that our Slacker curators discovered and featured on several stations started to resonate with Slacker listeners, debuting on the Alt/Indie chart at #40. This week, Passenger’s “Let Her Go” jumps a remarkable 26 spots to land at #13 on that chart. Not bad for a song that had barely been played in the US before Slacker jumped in. Also on the Alt/Indie chart, Kings Of Leon’s new track “Supersoaker” makes it’s debut at #31 in only it’s second week of release. This huge jump is due in part to it’s feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” this week, allowing millions of listeners to hear the new song on demand.

Over on the country chart, Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” moves up 4 spots to take over at number 1. In response to Slacker listeners’ overwhelming positive response to this country star, we have invited him to host and curate an “I Am The DJ” special, which will launch in September.

Elsewhere, Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” makes it’s debut on the Rock chart, largely driven by it’s feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” this week. Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back The Night” is already #13 on the Hip Hop/R&B chart in it’s first week of release, and it also debuts on the Pop chart at #28.

All of this data is great, but it would be meaningless without the millions of Slacker listeners that power it. Check back next week to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are engaged with the most! Make sure to also check out our Slacker EQ Top 40 station, updated every week based on our EQ scores. Want to learn more about what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

Hip Hop Supergroup Rich Gang is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

RICH GANGRich Gang is the hottest hip hop supergroup we’ve seen in over a decade.

Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment have come together under the ubiquitous YMCMB umbrella—AKA Young Money Cash Money Billionaires—and this week they’ve released an album that is absolutely stacked with today’s hottest rappers.

Featuring YMCMB members Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Ace Hood, Tyga, Mystikal, Birdman, and even Limp Bizkit (!) along with friends and associates like T.I., Future, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, and R. Kelly, Rich Gang is a who’s who of today’s biggest hip hop and R&B stars.

On this station, you’ll hear Rich Gang’s collaborative work—like their hit singles “Tapout” and “We Been On”—along with hits from the entire YMCMB family. You’ll also hear tracks from the hip hop legends that influenced the crew, and songs that Rich Gang members have appeared on.

The end result is a station full of some the biggest hip hop hits of this decade. Rich Gang is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

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?

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