You probably knew that Ed’s fans are called “Sheerios” but I did not until today and all I could do was shake my head. He seems so sweet, so kind (reminds of Samwise Gamghee for my fellow LOTR fans) and I’m sure you’re thinking, “What’s wrong with always being nice??” because no human is always nice and when that becomes the expectation, it gets old. Real old. Do I really need to remind you of all the other celebrities that have cracked under that kind of pressure?
The one day he’s a little grumpy, some fan and her mom are gonna say, “WE THOUGHT ED SHEERAN WAS A NICE GUY BUT APPARENTLY WE WERE WRONG!” or worse, Ed might completely go off the rails!
Tired of a life of nice, Ed’ll start being a jerk for sport.. Ie: mocking Sheerio tears, parking in handicapped spots, making babies cry, maybe even urinating on your flowers.
Next thing you know, Ed is playing the evil wizard in Grublets On Ice….freaking out, announcing to the audience he’s a “human onion” and puking in his mask….
and if/when it does happen, you’ll remember this post and his puke will be on our hands, you AND me.
At this point, Queens of the Stone Age is a project of Josh Homme and friends. From his stoner-rock beginnings in California’s Mojave Desert to his current status as a swaggering rock icon and sought-after guest star on numerous other projects, the Queens remain his most consistent outlet and output.
This week, Queens of the Stone Age release their 6th album—called “Like Clockwork.” It’s their first album since 2007; Dave Grohl played drums on 6 of the tracks, and the album includes guest appearances from Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, and even Elton John.
On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you’ll hear tracks from “…Like Clockwork”, along with a look at the music DNA of Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age- the artists they draw inspiration from and the many musicians that are directly influenced by their work.
Aleks Syntek has jumped ship from his old label and has a new home, Sony Latin Music- who rolled out the red carpet and had Syntek visit Los Angeles for some much needed radio schmoozing, album promoting and celebrating.
While in town, the Mexican musician-singer-songwriter offered a special showcase at the label’s Beverly Hills offices to present his new album “Syntek,” a throwback to the 80s with a synth-heavy sound throughout the 12 songs that the artist declared as “Mexican electronic music.” We had the opportunity to attend the showcase where the multi-talented pop singer gave us a sampling of some of the new tracks on the album, including the single “La Tormenta,” as well as some classics like “Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas.”
The special gathering brought together a who’s who of L.A.’s Spanish-language media and radio stations, including sponsoring outlet KSSE (Súper Estrella) and of course some of us at Slacker. Syntek’s friends, including Mexican actor Diego Boneta (that cutie from Rock of Ages), celebrity Michelle Salas (famous for being the daughter of superstar Luis Miguel and rumored to be dating Boneta), Edward James Olmos and a few other celebs.
It was a lively and fun night, which was refreshing to see in a day and age when labels don’t tend to throw these kinds of shindigs any more, at least not Latin labels. Times are tight in this “sequester” reality we live in so it was nice to experience a party reminiscent of music label glory days.
Slacker’s Hip Hop March Madness that is. All month long, Slacker is pitting Hip Hop’s greatest MC’s against each other in four regional brackets: East Coast, West Coast, North and South, and the winner in each match-up will be determined by your votes on our March Madness page.
Every day head over to our March Madness page to vote for your favorite artists for a chance to win a $500 StubHub gift certificate + year of Slacker Premium.
Will the top seeds in each region make it to the final four, or will they be upset along the way by one the tournament’s cagey upstarts? It will all boil down to one final battle, to be waged on the same day as the NCAA Basketball Championship.
March Madness ends April 8th so keep voting! Don’t let your favorite hip hop artists get bumped from the next round. Make sure to also check out our March Hip Hop Madness station on Slacker to hear music from all our contenders
Slacker’s Attack of the Boy Bands, a new station that simultaneously celebrates the new album from Justin Timberlake and the 15th anniversary of NSYNC’s debut album, takes listeners on a journey from the 90s explosion in popularity to the new generation of pop groups and even through the nostalgic reunions of our childhood faves.
During this exploration into the music that has sparked so many dance moves and pop hooks, a quick brush up of some facts and tidbits are in order. In fact, there are many reasons you may want to brush up on your Boy Band trivia:
1) For that one day our favorite bubble yum genre gets a dedicated category on Jeopardy.
2) To sound cool to your nieces, nephews, kids, and any of your co-workers who have more dance skills in their pinky than you did even after that summer stint in musical theatre camp.
3) To acknowledge that you are a fan – indie street cred be damned. Admit it – you secretly get down to NKOTB, BSB and JT.
Here are some cool facts about our favorite Boy Bands you may not know:
In the UK, Take That is like the Beatles of the 21st Century
When Take That reunited in 2010, which included the return of Robbie Williams as icing on the cake, they released the band’s sixth studio album, Progress, which became the fastest selling album of the 21st century and the second fastest in British history. The tour that followed set the new record for the fastest selling tour of all time in the UK. In 2012 Forbes announced Take That as the 5th highest-earning music stars in the world, Amazon (UK) revealed they were their top selling music artist of all time and the Official Charts Company announced the biggest selling singles artists in British history with Take That placing 15th overall – the highest boy band in UK chart history. That is a lot history making and recording breaking for the vocal pop group. So much so that we can’t help but be reminded of the chart dominating tidal wave that was the Fab Four.
Nick Jonas is a Seasoned Broadway Veteran
Nick Jonas has some musical and acting chops that extend beyond the scope of the tween pop sensation that is the Jonas Brothers. After starting on Broadway at the tender young age of seven, Nick went on to star in several acclaimed Broadway plays, including A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables (in 2003 as Gavroche and later as Marius for the 25th anniversary concert).
Justin Timberlake is a Mouseketeer
Yes ladies and gents, it is true. As if Justin being a singer/songwriter, actor, producer, restaurant owner, fashion designer and philanthropist were not enough – he also has Mouseketeer listed on his resume. If he were not one of the most envied individuals in the world before – he definitely is now. Being a Mousketeer is almost as cool as being a Disney Imagineer. Take a look at Justin Timberlake, along with fellow peers Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling, in the 90s hit tv show The New Mickey Mouse Club.
One Direction didn’t start out as a group.
X-Factor, has introduced some natural born superstars and serious talent to the world (remember Susan Boyle?), and perhaps one of their biggest success stories has been boy band sensation One Direction. But did you know the group of five originally auditioned for the hit TV show as individuals? It was only after they were not progressing as individuals did producer Simon Cowell rework them into a group. A big kudos to Simon for seeing the hidden potential and possibility in One Direction- who are now often described as sparking the resurgence in the boy band concept and creating a new “British Invasion” in the United States.
Spring is here! It’s time to shed our winter coats, opt for cocktails that slush and add a shiny new playlist to our respective iPods. With back-to-back music festivals underway (ie SXSW, Ultra and Coachella), it’s not surprising that we’re being pleasantly inundated with sweet new tunes for all to enjoy.
In order to preemptively honor your booze-fueled, poolside shenanigans this weekend, here is a compilation of the top five new dance songs that are getting a lot of repeat play right now. These songs will have you fist pumping in your sleep. Grab your dancing cleats, turn up the volume, press play and enjoy!
1. “Meet Her in Miami” – Gareth Emery First up is Brit DJ and one of a few personal favorites, Gareth Emery, who has revamped the classic dance beat “Meet Her at the Love Parade” from Da Hool. The song is masterfully re-purposed and designed to really get you off your feet and onto the dancefloor. How fitting that he’s changed it to “Miami”, since he will be spending a solid chunk of spring break time in the Magic City. Challenge accepted Gareth, we’d love to meet you in Miami.
2. “Summertime Sadness” – Cedric Gervais French House DJ, Cedric Gervais, also has a new song for us this spring. It’s a slight diversion from last year’s controversial hit “Molly”, but just as play-worthy. Here he is, adding some sultry beats to the already enchanting “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey. Is anyone else in love? *Swoon*
3. “Together We Are” – Arty (Featuring Chris James) Feel good jams are far and few between – but the universe has done us a solid with Arty’s new dance hit “Together We Are” featuring Chris James. At only 23, Arty has already made an indelible mark on the dance music scene and this song is only one in a succession of chart-toppers from Arty the Great. “Together We Are” will no doubt penetrate the club circuit in no time. Prepare to see glittery masses hand-in-hand, dance-battling it out with smiles from ear to cocktail.
4. “Black Room Boy” – Above & Beyond Never ceasing to amaze, Above & Beyond has remained en pointe since their inception. “Black Room Boy”, their latest single, is no exception. The delicious vocals are driven from Above & Beyond’s Tony McGuinness for your voracious consumption. Music that is entertaining and transformative is a rarity, but leave it up to the trance trio to give birth to the musical equivalent of a unicorn. This song will be all the “group therapy” you need this spring.
5. “Clarity” – Zedd Featuring Foxes “Clarity” is third single from Zedd’s Clarity album, and already a chart-topping success. This song is dangerously addictive and easily one of the favorite songs of 2013 so far. Equal parts club banger and poignant ballad, this hit is a music lover’s dream. To further show off his musical prowess, Zedd released a stripped-down version of “Clarity” relying solely on a piano and the angel sounds of Foxes. Perfection!
Check out all these songs and more on Slacker’s 2013 Ultra Music Festival Station, which is set for two weekends this month: the 15th through the 17th, and the 22nd through the 24th.
Slacker’s Artist Of The Week is Justin Timberlake. From his boy-band beginnings to rocking both SNL and the hipsters at SXSW in the last week- JT has done a remarkable job of trading his frosted tips for a suit and tie.
His new album- The 20/20 Experience– dropped this week, and a co-headlining tour with Jay-Z will follow. On this station, Slacker explores his beginnings with NSYNC, his biggest hits as a solo artist, his collabs with artists like Timbaland, his influences, and his musical peers.
So here we are. Deep in the heart of awards season, with the Academy getting ready to pass out their golden statuettes this weekend.
As Slacker’s (arguably) most pop-culture obsessed curator, I want to talk to you about this year’s Academy Award nominated songs (best original song), and who I think will (probably)(maybe)(most likely) win.
Let’s start at the top, alphabetically speaking:
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
This song features Scarlett Johansson & Joshua Bell – the latter, in case you don’t recognize the name, is a grammy award winning violinist. Scarlett sings this haunting track that plays over the credits of the documentary about climate change in Greenland, which was expected to earn a nomination for Best Documentary Feature, but was left off of that list. The academy might want to throw it a bone in this category, but more likely this just wasn’t high profile enough to win this year. You never know. Could be a dark horse.
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Can I be honest here and say that if Seth MacFarlane wins an oscar I’m probably going to boycott these awards for the rest of my life? That being said, this is a sweet throwback to the 40’s sung by Norah Jones. Despite the fact that he’s hosting this year, I just feel like the Academy knows better than to RECOGNIZE SETH MACFARLANE. EVER. Or I hope so, at least.
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Everyone I know who read this book (including myself) got super excited about the movie, and then came out of it feeling… OK? Not amazing, not entirely disappointed, just… I think at that point we all finally recognized the challenges of making a story almost entirely set in a boat in the middle of the ocean interesting for 2 hours. Anyway, this song is ok, but it’s nothing compared to the final contenders.
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Listen, nobody ever likes the new song added to these productions, especially one as tried and true as Les Mis. I’ve been a fan of the musical since 8th grade and there’s no way this song was going to stir me in the way “I Dreamed A Dream” or “On My Own” would. It’s not even exhilarating in the way “Do You Hear The People Sing” is. But they had to nominate something in this category from the film (or look kind of silly) and this is the only new, original song in it. Probably added explicitly for the purpose of getting nominated for this exact award. This song could win – it’s got the star power and the promotion behind it, but my bet is safely on…
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Awards shows love Adele. They don’t just love her, they luuuuuuuuve her. They want to marry her. And not only do we have a big ol’ crush on Adele, we have a societal obligation to love James Bond films. This was an amazing flick, with a perfect, old school sounding theme song. It’s *almost* too obvious, but I think Adele is going to win it (as usual.) It’s not so hard to imagine Adele going on to perform on Broadway at some point, where she’ll win a Tony. Then just throw a television appearance or two into the mix, and Adele is certain to be the world’s next EGOT winner.
But before I get ahead of myself, let’s review.
Will win: “Skyfall”
Could win: “Suddenly”
Should win: “Skyfall”
Obviously I could be wrong about all of this, so feel free to speak up and share your predictions – plus your arguments for or against – in the comments! Also make sure to check out the new Oscar Movie Music Station on Slacker Radio for more scores, themes and songs of the greatest cinematic masterpieces