Artist Of The Week: Bruno Mars

png-2This week, singer Bruno Mars performs on one of the biggest stages an artist ever gets, the Super Bowl Half Time show. It’s the culmination of a great year for the 28 year old singer, named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine and scoring five Grammy nominations. In celebration, Slacker has put together a station just for Bruno Mars fans, featuring music from his two multi-platinum albums as well as inspirations and collaborators. Bruno Mars is Slacker’s Artist of the Week and you can listen here!

Artist Of The Week: Aaliyah!

IOS7 ALIYAHSinger Aaliyah was one of pop music’s hottest rising stars at the time of her death in a plane crash in 2001. Even at her young age, she had already managed to pave the way for R&B artists like Beyoncé and Ciara to cross over to pop success. Aaliyah would have turned 34 years old this week, and so in celebration of her life and work, Slacker has created a station with her music as well as collaborators like Missy Elliott and Timbaland, influences like Whitney Houston, and the many artists she’s inspired. Aaliyah is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Artist Of The Week: Dave Matthews Band!

AOTW DAVELegendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews may have a light touch musically, but he’s had a huge impact on the world of music. The Dave Matthews Band was the highest grossing touring act of the first decade of the 21st century, and they’ve been nominated for 14 Grammys over their career. Dave himself turns 47 this week, and in celebration, Slacker has created a station that includes his own discography as well as inspirations, collaborators, and musical kin. Dave Matthews Band is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week!

Bjork is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 12.24.47 PMIs there any artist as unique, iconoclastic, and unconventional as Bjork? The Icelandic singer, songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist turns 48 years old this week, and Slacker celebrates her extraordinary work with a station featuring music from throughout her career, including her solo work, her three albums with The Sugarcubes, and collaborations with artists like 808 State.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you will also hear music from her many production partners from Matmos to Tricky to Kronos Quartet, as well as proteges like throat singer Tanya Tagaq and performance artist HK119.

Listen to this station to expand your mind. Bjork is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Spotlight on Artist of the Week Lady Gaga

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 8.16.47 AMThere’s no one who combines art, sex and substance like Lady Gaga. Today, November 5 we get our next Gaga fix with the release of her third album “Artpop.”

Slacker’s celebrating with a station featuring all things Gaga, including music from her prolific career, influences and collaborators.

Listen to Lady Gaga on Slacker’s Artist of the Week righthere.

Artist of the Week Tribute to Lou Reed

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 8.40.07 AMIt’s difficult to properly eulogize an artist as impactful as Lou Reed. So-we are going to pay tribute to Lou Reed the best way we know how—via music.

On this week’s Artist of the Weekstation dedicated to the icon, you’ll hear work from all eras of his career- with the Velvet Underground, as a solo artist, and his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear work from the many, many artists that he directly influenced, and even some of his own early influences.

He was immensely quotable, and we think he sums up his body of work nicely with a series of quotes. On his approach to rock and roll, he said “One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” And on his career in retrospective, he said “All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter. They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”

This is Slacker’s tribute to Lou Reed, our Artist of the Week. Listen here.

“There’s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It’s your time.”

AFI is the Artist of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 1.33.30 AMIf you can keep a band together for one decade you’re lucky…but two decades? Why that’s outlandish! Good for AFI that was always kind of the goal.

They started in high school with a hardcore punk sound and basically took that sound and threw it in the washing machine with a load of darkness. After 20 years their live shows are still melting faces. Call it punk integrity or musical sagacity. Although having a frontman that looks like Tegan and Sara’s hot sister can’t be bad for business either.

AFI just released their 9th studio album Burials this week and this week’s Artist of the Week station includes the artists they inspired, influenced and collaborated with.

Listen to AFI on Slacker’s Artist of the Week 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.

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