Artists To Watch 2014!

ARTIST TO WATCH N&T2Welcome to the 2014 edition of Slacker’s Artists To Watch! At Slacker, we’ve got a team of expert curators—those are the real people that put together the hundreds of radio stations that you listen to. It’s their job to always be on top of new music, and here we’ve assembled their picks–across all genres–of artists that we think will go big in 2014. On last year’s Artist To Watch station, we introduced you to A$ap Rocky, Baauer, CHVRCHES, Alt- J, Thomas Rhett, Emeli Sande, Dustin Lynch, Kacey Musgraves, Passenger, HAIM, Icona Pop, and many more artists that went on to have big years in 2013. If you’re ready to discover what’s next, these are Slacker’s predictions for Artists To Watch in 2014.

Album Of The Year: Eminem – “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”

EM AOTYThere was no greater comeback in 2013 than the return of Eminem. In November he released  “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” a sequel to his classic album from 13 years ago. It debuted at #1, selling more records in 2013 than only Justin Timberlake. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny he’s at the top of his game; Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2” is Slacker’s Album of the Year.

Song Of The Year: Lorde – “Royals”

LORDER SOTYIn 2013, there’s just no question about the biggest song of the year. New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde was just 15 years old when she recorded “Royals.” The song was posted to Soundcloud as a free download back in November 2012, and got an official release in March. It finally hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 2nd, just a month before Lorde’s 17th birthday, and stayed there for nine weeks. Whether it’s her young age, the song’s anti-commercialism message, or its stripped down production, “Royals” is a unique phenomenon, and just a really good song. “Royals” by Lorde is Slacker’s Song of the Year.

Artist Of The Year: Florida Georgia Line!

FGL AOTYTwelve months ago, Slacker picked a new country duo by the name of Florida Georgia Line as an Artist to Watch in 2013. Not to brag or anything, but boy, we chose good. Their debut album “Here’s to the Good Times” generated four Country Top 10 singles, including “Cruise,” which spent 24 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a new record. That song’s remix with Nelly went on to win the American Music Award for Single of the Year. Thanks to their pop hooks, appealing personality, and let’s be honest, good looks, their popularity has grown way beyond just the country audience. This station features their music as well as influences, collaborators and inspirations. Florida Georgia Line is Slacker’s Artist of the Year.

ABC News: Top 20 Stories Of 2013

ABC TOP 20CThe Top 20 of 2013 is a high energy, fast paced and highly produced sound picture. Recall the extraordinary events of the last year in the Top 20 of 2013 from ABC News and Slacker. Click here to listen!

Album Of The Week: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

charliebrownFirst and foremost — Happy Holiday’s — from our Slacker family to yours. This week we’ve decided to take a cue from Charlie Brown, and focus on what Christmas is all about. We are talking, of course, about the 1965 soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Vince Guaraldi’s masterpiece features compositions that will both make you nostalgic for Christmas’ past and ensure that you never lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a small gift from Slacker to you—A Charlie Brown Christmas is the Album Of The Week.

Album Of The Week: Kelly Clarkson “Wrapped In Red”

png-6Kelly Clarkson has sold 20 million albums and won three Grammys since winning the first season of “American Idol” eleven years ago. Her sixth album “Wrapped In Red” came out in November, it’s her first foray into Christmas music, featuring both covers of holiday classics and originals. Listen as much as you want to “Wrapped in Red,” Slacker’s Album of the Week.

Will 2014 Be The Year Of Garth?

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Garth Brooks really knows how to stir things up, doesn’t he? He’s made the rounds of TV and radio all week to talk about his upcoming world tour — three years of it! He hasn’t revealed the cities or dates but we’re hearing it will start some time next Fall, allowing him to keep his promise not to go back on tour until his youngest daughter graduates. She’ll do that in the Spring.

He also dropped a new live duet with Trisha Yearwood, called “The Call”. Garth hinted at some other big news, saying it will be bigger than anything he’s ever done. All of this comes after he released his 8-disc box set, Blame It All On My Roots, at Walmart on Black Friday. And by the way, he’s been hiding under bulky sweatshirts, but it looks like Trisha isn’t the only one who’s lost some weight. Garth is looking good!

Listen to Garth and Trisha’s biggest hits here on Slacker’s ’90s Country and check back for more updates on Garth as we get all the juicy details!

[By Jess Wright – Slacker, Nashville Correspondent]

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