This Week’s EQ Charts Are Here!

TOP 40-COver the Christmas holidays, Slacker’s EQ charts were overcome with holiday songs across nearly every genre. Who knew that there was such a thing as EDM Christmas music? Now that we’ve all settled in to 2014 and the seasonal songs have subsided, here are some insights from Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of 1/8/14:

Queen Bey is predictably taking Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart by storm—she moves up 14 spots to crack the top 10 with “Drunk In Love,” and her “XO” debuts this week at number 38, moving up 115 spots. And after being featured as the “New Music First” pick on last week’s Slacker Top 40 countdown, Jason Derülo’s “Talk Dirty” shoots up a remarkable 124 spots to debut on the chart.

Phantogram’s “Fall In Love” is the most engaging new song of 2014 thus far amongst Slacker’s Alt/Indie listeners—it moves up 48 spots to debut at number 31 this week. We also see significant spikes in listener engagement on Echosmith’s “Cool Kids,” and NoNoNo’s “Pumpin Blood.” This is likely due to these songs’ inclusion and exposure on Slacker’s new “Artists To Watch 2014” station.

At Pop, Katy Perry pulls an EQ hat-trick; her “Roar” continues to hang in the top 5, her “Unconditionally” moves up 7 spots to land at number 11, and her “Dark Horse” jumps up 16 to crack the top 20. That’s 3 songs in the top 20 for Ms. Perry. A favorite of your Slacker curators continues to win over new fans in the Slacker nation: John Newman’s “Love Me Again” moves up 13 spots to land at 26, and his new album “Tribute” is Slacker’s Album of the Week!

EDM is by no means a new art form, but the idea of DJ or producer as international mainstream superstar is a relatively new idea. And when it happens, it happens in a major way. To wit: based on Slacker EDM listeners’ preferences and engagement with individual artists and songs, 7 out of the top 10 songs on the chart belong to 3 artists: Avicii, Zedd, and Calvin Harris.

Two things have become clear when we analyze Slacker’s Country EQ charts over the last 6-9 months. Slacker country listeners are adventurous—they embrace new artists as much as the established super stars—and they are fully embracing the pop-crossover sound that is currently taking Nashville by storm. For example, Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It” is number 1 by a healthy margin for the 4th week in a row, Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life” is the fastest mover of 2014 thus far, as it moves up 6 spots and cracks the top 15 for the first time, and Luke Bryan has 2 songs in the top 10.

And finally, we predict that 2014 is the year that Rock evolves. Much like the Alternative charts of a few years ago, the Rock chart in 2013 was dominated by a small handful of legacy artists, like Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, and Three Days Grace. But in recent months, we’ve seen a shift: the Slacker rock audience is starting to engage with newer, more contemporary rock artists in a significant way. Artists like Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and Gemini Syndrome are all present on the chart as 2014 begins and they are all on the rise.

You can listen to the  Slacker Top 40 station here–a countdown featuring the 40 most engaging tracks of the week, hosted by Slacker DJ Parker. And check back next week to see how millions of Slacker music fans just like you push songs up and down the charts—just by listening, skipping, Hearting, and banning the songs that you hear!

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

Take a Look at the Movers and Shakers on This Week’s EQ Charts

EQ PlayWelcome to the first EQ charts for October! You can take a look at the full charts here. 

One of the interesting patterns that emerges on Slacker’s EQ charts is how arbitrary tags that we use to describe bands and genres seem to disappear when we measure actual listener engagement instead of media coverage, FM radio airplay, and the opinions of music critics. Is CHVRCHES “indie” or “alternative?” Those tags clearly don’t matter, as millions of Slacker listeners push them up the Alt/Indie chart this week. Is Kacey Musgraves too “progressive” for country radio? Slacker listeners say no, as she makes the chart for the second week in a row. Is Lorde “alt,” “pop,” “indie” or something else altogether? It doesn’t matter, as she appears on charts for 4 different genres this week, including the Overall charts. More examples and insights from this week’s charts are below.

AWOLNATION continues their improbable rise up the Pop chart with “Sail,” over a year after it peaked on the Alt/Indie chart. It makes the biggest jump this week, up 20 spots to land at number 11. Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” is also enjoying a similar reemergence at Pop—it holds its spot in the top 10 for the 2nd week in a row, aided by its Cedric Gervais remix.

On the EDM chart, we continue to track the crossover of “pure” EDM to Pop and beyond. RAC’s “Let Go” appears to be a good candidate to crossover beyond the world of electronic music–in addition to being one of the top-rated songs on several of Slacker’s individual EDM and Indie stations, it makes the second-biggest jump on the EDM chart this week, moving up 21 spots to debut at number 28.

The “blogbands” are taking over on the Alt/Indie chart, as MS MR’s “Hurricane” moves up 11 spots to land at number 22, and a band that your Slacker curators first introduced you to on our “Artists to Watch 2013” station back in January—CHVRCHES—moves up 10 spots to number 32. American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” makes its EQ debut this week, moving up 9 spots to crack the top 40.

We’ve been tracking the rise of two new artists on the Hip Hop/R&B chart for the last month; this week Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way” moves up 2 spots to number 6, and Sage the Gemini’s “Gas Pedal” moves up 7 spots to crack the top 10. These two artists are engaging Slacker listeners more powerfully than any new hip hop artists in recent chart history. Miley Cyrus also somehow (t)works her way on to the Hip Hop/R&B chart, via her guest spot on Mike Will Made-It’s “23,” which debuts at number 40 this week.

At Country, the chart is relatively stable, although Keith Urban’s “We Were Us” makes a big jump, moving up 17 spots to number 29. Blake Shelton’s performance on the chart seems to mirror his performance on “The Voice” from week to week, and as he filled out his team this week, his “Mine Would Be You” moves up one spot to crack the top 10!

Finally, congratulations are in order to Black Veil Brides, who break a record this week—their “In The End” has held the top spot on the Rock chart for 8 weeks now. This is perfect example of a song that received limited consideration and airplay on FM radio, but because Slacker’s EQ charts measure actual listener engagement—not “spins” or airplay—it is allowed to rise to the top of the chart on its own merits and based on the strength of its fanbase.

Take a listen to this week’s Overall chart here, in the form of a countdown hosted by Slacker DJ Parker. And check back next week to see how millions of Slacker music fans just like you push songs up and down the charts—just by listening, skipping, Hearting, and banning the songs that you hear!

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

Listen to the Exclusive “Sting Top 33″

STINGiOS7b-472x472Sting has a busy week ahead of him-he turns 62 on October 2nd and he released his 14th album this week: “The Last Ship.”

Slacker is counting down the top 33 songs by Sting—including the songs of The Police.

Created using our “E.Q. Data” which measures how many times listeners play, “heart,” and share his songs, the Sting 33 countdown is a premium experience open to all Slacker users for one week only so enjoy it while you can!

Listen to Sting’s Exclusive Top 33 here. 

This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts Are Out Now!

EQ PlayYou’ve arrived at Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 18th! Take a look here. 

We look at the listening behavior of millions of Slacker music fans, and we measure what you listen to, skip, Heart, and Ban. Armed with that data, we are able to present these charts, which are a true measure of how engaged you and millions of music fans are with the songs that you hear. These are the songs that you love the most this week across all genres. Here are some insights from every genre:

This week Katy Perry “Roars” on to our overall chart with her latest single. It lands at number 8 in the highest debut that we’ve seen all year.  Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” also makes a huge jump, moving up 28 spots to land at number 15.

Over in Pop, this week saw two major releases by superstar artists, which left us asking the question: “Katy or Gaga?” Slacker listeners answered with a resounding “KATY.” Ms. Perry’s “Roar” makes the biggest debut in Slacker EQ history, landing at number 4 in its first week of release, which was aided by its feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” on the day of it’s release. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” was also featured as a “Song Stuck In My Head” and had a very respectable debut, bowing at number 29 in its first week.

Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” continues to be a big hit with Slacker’s country fans, as it moves up 9 spots to crack the top 10, and could be a number one record on the Country chart within a few weeks. After hosting an “I Am The DJ” station for Slacker in July, Eli Young Band’s songs have been shooting up the EQ Charts, and this week their latest track “Drunk Last Night” moves up 12 spots to land at number 28.

Amongst Slacker’s EDM fans, Zedd reigns supreme at the moment, as his “Clarity” is close to unseating Daft Punk at the number 1 spot, and his “Fall Into the Sky” makes its debut this week at number 40.

On The Hip Hop/R&B chart, Robin Thicke still holds the number 1 spot with “Blurred Lines,” but his new track “Give It 2 U” jumps up a remarkable 289 spots to debut at number 37. Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” moves up to number 3 on it’s inevitable march to the top, and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” has the biggest debut of the week, landing at number 15 in its first week on the chart.

Slacker’s rock fans have driven two notable debuts on the Rock chart; Stone Sour’s “Tired” and Skillet’s “American Noise” both crack the top 40 this week. On the Alt/Indie chart, Cage The Elephant’s “Come a Little Closer” debuts at number 40 after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, which exposed the song to millions of listeners throughout the US and Canada. And after being championed by Slacker’s Indie curators since March, The Unlikely Candidates’ “Follow My Feet” is starting to engage Slacker listeners, as it debuts at number 37.

This chart will be updated next week–Check back next Wednesday to see which songs music fans all over the US and Canada are most engaged with! You can also 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.

Get Exclusive Access to the Pearl Jam Top 33!

PEARL JAM MUSIC GUIDEThis week marks the 22nd anniversary of the release of Pearl Jam’s classic debut album, “Ten.” Slacker celebrates with an exclusive station built out of their greatest hits including “Even Flow” and “Better Man,” as well as lesser known fan favorites like “Crazy Mary.”

This countdown of Pearl Jam’s Top 33 is determined by Slacker users via our E.Q. (“Engagement Quotient”) methodology, allowing us to rank their 33 most played, most hearted and most shared tracks.

Such one-artist stations are usually reserved for premium users but, thanks to a special arrangement with the band, everybody on Slacker can listen through Sunday 8/25.

The Pearl Jam Top 33, powered by real user engagement–something that could only happen on Slacker. Listen here. 

This Week’s Movers and Shakers on the Slacker EQ Charts

EQ PlayThe Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 11th 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.

You’ll see just how hot country music is with Slacker listeners on the Overall chart, as Easton Corbin’s “All Over The Road” jumps up 11 spots to land in the top 10, and Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” debuts at #32. We also see big moves from EMD and Indie artists, as Zedd and Capital Cities continue rising through the top 15 with the assistance of millions of Slacker music fans throughout the US and Canada.

Speaking of country, Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl” continues to be one of the most engaging songs of the year with Slacker’s country audience. It’s up 8 spots to crack the top 20 in only it’s 3rd week on the Country chart. Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” and Charlie Worsham’s “Could It Be” also make their debuts on that chart this week.

Among Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B fans, Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” makes a major statement by debuting at #11. K. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” also debuts at #40; Slacker listeners have been responding to this song very positively for weeks, and it has finally reached a large enough audience to elevate it in to the top 40.

Over at Alt/Indie, Bastille’s “Pompeii” makes the biggest jump of the week, up 7 spots to land at #21. And The Neighbourhood’s latest single “Afraid” makes its debut at #34. On the EDM chart, we see tracks from Knife Party, Hot Chip, and Unicorn Kid starting to resonate with Slacker listeners in a big way and making their respective chart debuts.

At Rock, we see two new entrants on to the chart with Papa Roach’s “Still Swinging” debuting at #35, and 10 Years’ “Backlash” checking in at #37. We also see a shift at the top, as Black Veil Brides’ “In the End” moves up 3 spots to take the #1 position.

And finally, the stars are out on the Pop chart, as Justin Timberlake’s new single “Take Back the Night” debuts at #28, and Pink’s latest “True Love” has the biggest jump of the week, moving up 33 spots to debut at #29.

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.

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.

Exclusive: The Cure’s Greatest Hits on Slacker

CURE MUSIC GUIDE3As The Cure prepares to headline Lollapalooza this Sunday night, Slacker celebrates with an exclusive station built out of their greatest hits.

This all-Cure countdown is determined by Slacker users, via our E.Q. (“Engagement Quotient”) methodology—allowing us to rank their 33 most played, most hearted and most shared classics.

Stations built from the music of one artist is a listening experience usually reserved for premium users but, thanks to a special arrangement with the band, all users are welcome to enjoy The Cure’s greatest through Sunday, 8/4.

The Cure 33, powered by real user engagement…something that could only happen on Slacker right here. 

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