New on Slacker – Cafe Acoustic

Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 5.57.36 AMThink Sunday mornings. Think coffee and a quiet day with the reading material of your choice. Think the corner cafe in your neighborhood; a place where you can relax and be alone with your thoughts. That’s Café Acoustic, our new station on Slacker.

The expert Slacker curators have created a station that’s all about setting a mood, and as such, you’ll hear world-class acoustic songs from across the musical spectrum. From classic singer-songwriters to Nashville troubadours,  jam bands to today’s neo-folk stars – this station is a showcase of acoustic texture and great songwriting.

Listen to Cafe Acoustic here and let us know what you think!

“I am the DJ” Featuring Jillette Johnson

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 2.47.46 PMThe second installment of Slacker’s new series “I am the DJ” is out now with Jillette Johnson. Slacker sat down with New York singer/songwriter and mapped out an entire radio station comprised of her favorite songs.

This music journey includes stories about artists and songs that have inspired and helped shape the talented singer/songwriter into who she is today. Tune in to hear an amazing collection of songs, from The Beach Boys and Johnny Cash to Rufus Wainwright and Arcade Fire, with personal stories of why they are so special. Listen here.

Slacker’s Scott Riggs had an opportunity to sit down with Jillette recently in New York where they discussed her new album, DJ’ing her own Slacker station and more. Take a look.

You can also take a look at Jillette performing her song “Peter Pan” for her Slacker “I am the DJ” session.

For more on Jillette and other performances check out www.slacker.com/JilletteJohnson.

 

 

 

New Slacker EQ – The Official “Song of the Summer”

play-1It is Thursday and that means some new EQ charts for you to dig into. Check them out here. 

This weeks theme is clearly leading us into what is bound to be a big summer for music. So what’s the official “Song of the Summer” for 2013? Slacker’s EQ charts provide some early clues, as Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” remains the most engaging song for the fourth week in a row. You’ve also got Robin Thicke, who continues to show growth–which is insane, considering how much airplay “Blurred Lines” has been getting in the past few weeks. That track’s engagement scores continue to rise, rivaled in growth only by Calvin Harris’ “I Need Your Love.” We suggest you keep your eyes on that one.

Speaking of songs to keep your eyes on, check out “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington. It crashed our overall Top 40 this week, with big airplay rolling in from no less that eight Slacker stations. Billy is just the latest country artist to show impressive levels of early engagement, looking to eventually follow in the footsteps of Top 10 stalwarts Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and Randy Houser.

The official “Song of the Summer”…it’s lurking within the Slacker EQ charts somewhere. Dive in here and see what you can find.

Make sure to also check out our Slacker EQ Top 40 station, updated every week based on our EQ scores. Not sure what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

 

 

Celebrate LGBT Pride With Music on Slacker

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 1.18.18 PMJune is officially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) and the month has been ripe with milestone news, special events, and a massive amount of support for the LFBT community.

Celebrate LGBT Pride with a Slacker Radio station that’s as diverse as the gay community itself. On LGBT Pride, we’ve got anthems from “I Will Survive” to “Born This Way,” historical supporters like Judy Garland and Kylie Minogue, plus out and proud artists from Adam Lambert to Elton John, R.E.M to Frank Ocean.

And of course we’ve got all the hot dance tracks to soundtrack your Pride celebrations. As Pride month is ramping up to its climax this upcoming weekend, Slacker’s LGBT Pride will help you cultivate your party playlist and get pumped for a good time.  You can find Pride celebrations in your area happening this month and beyond  right here.

 

 

Artist of the Week: Prince

princeThe Purple One turned 55 this month, and he is celebrating by preparing to release a new album with his latest backing band, Minneapolis’ 3rdEyeGirl. On recording the new album, he said “I don’t have time for old people…I want to work with young people.” It’s a fitting approach, as his music is timeless and he continues to reinvent himself as an artist. That and he seems to lack the ability to age.

Our new Artist of the Week is as effervescent and energetic as ever. Along with the new album he just kicked off his North American tour and is lending his talent in a rare collaboration for Janelle Monáe’s new album. If you get a chance to, make sure to see Prince live on the tour – it will definitely be an experience of a lifetime.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear the best of Prince, his collaborations with artists like Sheila E, The Time, and Vanity 6, the artists that influenced him like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly Stone, and the artists that followed in his musical legacy like D’Angelo, Pharrell Williams, and Jaime Lidell.

Click here to listen to Price’s Artist of the Week station.

 

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!

 

 

 

Dive into the new Summer of Slacker Radio

Today marks the first day of summer and with it comes the onslaught of summer parties and excitement over the bright days ahead. To celebrate, Slacker has launched a treasure trove of new stations dedicated to the pool parties, daytime dance parties, BBQ campouts, and all things that make this season the happiest of them all.

Take a look at the Summer of Slacker and get ready to have what is bound to be a fantastic sunny season.

PoolPartyMUSICGUIDE-472x472Pop Pool Party

From reigning queens of the “summer song” like Katy Perry to newcomers like Icona Pop, all of the latest and greatest summer pop jams live on Pop Pool Party. Your Slacker curators have taken the hard work out of creating a playlist for your summer parties; this is the perfect soundtrack to pool parties with your closest friends. Listen here.

 

COUNTRY-SUMMER-MUSIC-GUIDE-472x472Country Summer

Your Slacker curators have put together a station full of the best country hits to provide the soundtrack for an all-American summer. Camping, BBQs, fireworks, and watching the sunset from the back of a pickup truck. On Country Summer you’ll hear upbeat summer hits from artists like Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert (pictured), and more!

 

ROCK-AND-ROLL-BBQmuisc-guide-472x472Rock n’ Roll BBQ

There’s nothing more American than a summertime BBQ with family, friends, food, and great music. Fire up your summer with classic tracks from AC/DC, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, and more. Listen to Rock n’ Roll BBQ here. 

 

yolo-musicguide-472x472YOLO Radio

The latest addition to the Summer of Slacker is YOLO Radio. Your Slacker curators have selected the greatest hip hop party jams; perfect for a weekend in Vegas or a pool party in your neighborhood. Poppin’ bottles, living reckless, and enjoying summer to the fullest: That’s YOLO Radio on Slacker. Featuring tracks from Drake, Ke$ha, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, and more!

 

HOTEL-POOLSIDE-music-guide-472x472Hotel Poolside

You know the vibe: boutique hotels from New York to San Francisco with rooftop pools staffed by impossibly attractive people. A perfect place to relax, have a cocktail, and spend a summer weekend living like a celebrity. This is the soundtrack to Hotel Poolside: featuring swanky exotica, modern chill-out, and sophisticated electronica – where all songs set an extravagant and luxurious mood.

YACHT-ROCK4-472x472Yacht Rock

In the late 70s and early 80s, some of the most accomplished songwriters in music set sail on a voyage that produced some of the smoothest songs of all time. Their nautical explorations resulted in classic tracks like Christopher Cross’ “Sailing,” the Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes,” and everything Hall and Oates ever wrote. Hear the smoothest Yacht Rock hits here.

 

DAYTIME-DANCE6-472x472Daytime Dance – Nu Disco

Need a soundtrack for your poolside dance party or sunset beach soiree? Slacker’s Daytime Dance has the perfect vibe. With sunny nu-disco sounds from Classixx, Poolside, Du Tonc and Gigamesh, plus groovy deep house from Breach, Disclosure and Justin Martin, Daytime Dance has an upbeat rhythm while still keeping things cool. Perfect for Sunday Fundays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the new Slacker EQ!

We’ve got a whole new way for you to experience the “Top 40” here at Slacker as we bring the top 40 charts into the digital age with the Slacker EQ score.

PrintThese are no ordinary music charts. In a world where access to music is quickly trumping ownership, the Slacker EQ is the most accurate reflection of a song’s trending popularity and listener engagement in today’s world of streaming music.

So what exactly is the “EQ”?

“EQ” stands for “Engagement Quotient,” and a Slacker EQ score measures hundreds of millions of weekly data points to indicate how our users are engaging with any particular song. This includes hearts, plays, bans and more.

Check out the infographic to learn more about how we measure a songs EQ score.

Click here to check out this weeks Slacker EQ music charts, which will be released every Thursday and include the 40 most engaging tracks across multiple genres from the previous week.

You can also listen to this weeks Top 40 on the new Slacker EQ station here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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