David Nail Hints New Album Will Reflect New Mindset

davidnailCountry star David Nail has a good sense of humor about people who don’t realize that it’s him singing the infectious new song, “Whatever She’s Got.”

“At first, people were saying, ‘Is this really David Nail? But he only sings sad songs!’” the singer tells Slacker with a laugh.

Nail says “Whatever She’s Got” was a no-brainer when choosing the first radio single from his upcoming fourth studio album. Its romantic lyrics and up-tempo beat set the tone for the entire project, which he hints has much more of an energy boost than his previous efforts.

“I’ve had the reputation of being a balladeer, but I’m in a happier place in my life, both personally and professionally,” the vocal powerhouse reveals. “So with this record, we just wanted to have fun and that’s translated into the music.”

So far, so good. “Whatever She’s Got” is among the Top 5 highest-rated songs on our New Country First station. Nail has also been leaking other tracks from the album, which is due early next year, and has been getting great feedback.

“People are either really good liars or they like it,” he says. “I choose to think the latter!”

 

R. Kelly’s New Single is the Song Stuck in our Head

SongStuck-RKelly-472x472Chicago native R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard magazine.

He’s hard at work on his 12th solo studio album, to be called “Black Panties” and set for a release later this summer. No need to be patient though, because we’ve already got the first single! It’s called “My Story,” and features a guest appearance from 2 Chainz.

Listen to “My Story” on demand right here – It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

Jennifer Nettles’ Solo Album Merges Mix of Influences

179521_569869983053192_436173243_nDynamo country duo Sugarland has always incorporated a hodgepodge of influences in their platinum-selling music, blending country with pop, rock and soul, and even going so far as to cover Beyonce and Pearl Jam. So it’s no surprise that when lead singer Jennifer Nettles stepped out on her own to make a solo album, she colored outside the country lines.

“I started writing for this project a few years ago, leaving myself open as a writer and not wanting to stagnate, not wanting to become a caricature of myself,” the singer told Slacker and other music industry friends at a recent party previewing her upcoming album. “I wanted to take the risk of recreation, and that’s what this record turned out to be.”

Teaming with famed rock producer Rick Rubin and recording at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, Calif., Jennifer didn’t have much of a rulebook to play by when it came to making the album. But she was adamant about one thing: keeping production to a minimum.

“Rick is wonderful at capturing the most live sound that we can,” explains the 38-year-old musician. “We have all this technology, but it’s a performing art that’s meant to be experienced live. And to capture that live performance sound is sometimes illusive, especially with technology now because you can auto-tune it to death.”

While its track list incorporates influences ranging from gospel to classic rock, the yet-to-be-titled album will most surely be embraced by country radio. In fact, its first single, “That Girl,” serves as a long-awaited response to country queen Dolly Parton’s iconic tune, “Jolene.”

“It’s the story of a woman who doesn’t realize that the person she’s just been with has somebody else,” says Nettles. “And then when she does, she calls her immediately and says, ‘Even though I had my eye on this guy, I don’t want to be that girl. I don’t want your man.’ Consequently, we’ve taken to calling it ‘The Ballad of Jolene.’”

Another song that will fit right in on country radio is one the lauded vocalist co-wrote with ‘80s and ‘90s pop legend, Richard Marx. “Know You Want to Know” is a toe-tapping tune that pokes fun of the magnification of celebrity through social media and tabloid journalism. (It’s certainly a far cry from “Hold On to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting,” so Nettles jokes that Marx is quite proud of stepping outside the box himself, as well.) Other songs previewed at the party in Nashville included a soulful cover of Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock,” along with a few touching, powerful ballads written by Jennifer.

Jennifer Nettles’ “That Girl” is set to hit country radio on Aug. 19. There’s no word yet on a release date for the full album but in the meantime, check out Sugarland and other hits on Slacker’s New Country station.

New Music First: Pixies & Beck Release First Tracks in Years

We’ve got some new music for you on Slacker and right now from some indie/alternative favorites. It seems some artists are dusting off the studio pipes and getting back down to business. Pixies-472x472

First, we have the Pixies. Just two weeks after announcing that Kim Deal had left the band, Pixies have released “Bagboy”, their first new song in 9 years.

They’ve also announced that Kim Shattuck of the Muffs will replace Deal for their upcoming world tour. The band says they will be playing “the most wide-ranging concert set-lists of Pixies music in the band’s career.” You can hear “Bagboy” now on Slacker’s New Indie First!

Beck-472x472Beck is also back at it with his first new music since 2008’s “Modern Guilt.”

His new track “Defriended” was released as a single; he plans to release two albums this year, one acoustic and one more in line with Beck’s electro/avant-pop style. You can hear Beck’s new music–including “Defriended”– and more of tomorrow’s biggest songs today on Slacker’s New Alternative First here.

More new music coming your way on Slacker. Stay tuned!

New Artist to Watch: Introducing RaVaughn

RaVaughn-472x472Accomplished studio vocalist and current Ne-Yo protégé RaVaughn is preparing her debut album that will be released soon.

RaVaughn brings a unique twist to R&B mixing in pop and rock elements of her own. She got her break as a background vocalist on the hit TV show Glee and has recorded demos and background vocals for multiple artists including Celine Dion, Natasha Bedingfield and Jennifer Hudson.

On her debut album, she told S2S: “…it’s definitely about trying to get back to that classic R&B. Back when the words really meant something other than ‘turning up’ or ‘being in the club.”

RaVaughn is most definitely an artist to keep an eye on. You can hear her new tracks “Better Be Good” (featuring Wale) and “Best Friend” now on Slacker’s New R&B First here.

Artist of the Week: Kanye West and His Musical Evolution

KanyeKanye West has entered into a new stage as an artist and as a public figure. On one hand, there is his public persona—outspoken self-promoter, generator of outrageous soundbytes, and Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy. On the other, there is Kanye the artist—one of the most accomplished rappers and producers in the history of hip hop, the man that single-handedly changed the way that hip hop sounded in the 2000’s, and now the artist that is making the most emotional and challenging albums in modern music.

With his latest album “Yeezus,” Kanye West has created an experimental, confrontational, minimalist, and genre-bending piece of work that requires repeat listens to fully comprehend everything that is going on. It’s a bleak, industrial sounding album that feels both expansive and claustrophobic; his rapping is often replaced by primal screaming, and his boasts are often followed by statements of insecurity and even self-loathing. The album features production from Rick Rubin and guest appearances from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, and more.

On this weeks Artist of the Week station, we pay tribute to Kanye’s musical evolution–from his early mainstream hits and the College trilogy through his more recent experiments. You’ll also hear his work as a producer, his collaborations, his influences, and his contemporaries.

Listen to Kanye West as Slacker’s Artist Of The Week here.

New Music by Britney Spears is the Song Stuck in My Head

BRITNEY-472x472America’s Sweetheart is back!

Britney Spears’ has a new song, “Ooh, La La,” which is the lead single from the upcoming Smurfs 2 soundtrack.

“Ooh La La” is an upbeat dance pop song with some electronic elements thanks to production work by Dr. Luke, Ammo, and Cirkut. The track does what Britney’s music is so famous for – catchy hooks and addicting melodies that get inside your head and stay there.

Spears is currently working on her 8th album with will.i.am  but for now, you can check out her new song “Ooh La La” on demand now — it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

Kelly Clarkson Goes Country with “Tie It Up”

clarkson-472x472Kelly Clarkson has been flirting with country music for the past few years and her new single, “Tie It Up” finds her extending that flirtation.

A little bit of country, a heavy dose of catchy pop hooks and that amazing voice that has won her so many fans. Kelly Clarkson definitely croons her best Southern charm with this refreshingly upbeat wedding song.

Her new album isn’t due until early 2014, but, you can hear her new song, “Tie It Up” now on demand. It is the new Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

 

 

 

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