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.

New EQ Top 40 Charts for the Week are Here!

EQ PlayWelcome to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of September 1st. Take a look at the full charts here. 

Here, you’ll see the songs that millions of Slacker listeners are engaging with the most this week across all genres, as measured by how frequently they listen to, skip, ban, “Heart”, and share their music. Here are some key insights from the songs that made the charts.

This week on Slacker’s Overall chart—which measures the most engaging songs across all genres with Slacker’s entire audience—Lady Gaga finally makes her debut; “Applause” checks in at number 40. Also on the Overall chart, Chris Young’s “Aw Naw” takes a huge leap up, moving 20 spots to land at number 17, and Miley Cyrus’s forward momentum with “We Can’t Stop” has reversed, as it drops 4 spots this week, possibly due to continued fallout from her VMA performance.

Slacker’s country music fans appear to be excited about the return of NBC’s The Voice and judge Blake Shelton; his “Mine Would Be You” jumps up 7 spots this week to break into the top 15. Darius Rucker has historically been one of the most engaging artists amongst Slacker listeners, and his new single “Radio” makes its debut on the Country EQ chart this week, jumping up 25 spots to land at number 37.

Eminem’s new throwback track “Berzerk” was featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” as soon as it dropped last week, and Slacker music fans responded in a big way. It debuts on the Hip Hop/R&B chart this week at number 7; the only track that comes close to engaging Slacker’s hip hop audience this quickly is Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which is up 4 spots to land at number 6.

Other songs making their debuts this week on Slacker’s EQ charts include The 1975’s “Chocolate,” which lands at number 40 on the Alt/Indie chart this week, and Enrique Iglesias’ “Turn The Night Up”, which debuts in the same spot on Slacker’s Pop Chart. Also on the Pop chart, Eminem’s “Berzerk” debuts at number 20 this week.

Finally, At EDM, Baauer’s follow-up to his global hit “Harlem Shake” makes its debut on the chart. “Higher,” which features Just Blaze and Jay Z, checks in at number 24.

Check back next week to track the progress of new music across all genres, as determined by the engagement of millions of Slacker listeners throughout the US and Canada. You can also join Slacker DJ Parker for a weekly countdown station featuring the top 40 most engaging songs on Slacker this week right 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 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.

New Slacker EQ Charts for America’s Birthday

play-1Welcome to the 4th of July version of the Slacker EQ chart, which you can check out here.  Insert your own, clever patriotic verbiage here…while we just get to the business at hand.

For starters, take one quick glance at the Country chart, and you’ll see Little Big Town making the leap of the week with “Your Side of the Bed.” The song is just getting started in the broadcast world, but our rabid country fans are already giving it heavy a thumbs up. This one will contend for #1 someday soon.

As long as we’re making predictions, allow us to point out that Philip Philips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” is now hanging out in our Pop Top 10. Again we have the case of a song that is pulling in EQ scores that exceed its progress in the non-Slacker world. Since EQ is powered by actual audience engagement rather sales or spins, we’re thinking this song is destined for big-ish things.

And on the Electronic front, this is what our in-house expert, Party Ben, thinks you should know: “Look out for Sebastian Ingrosso ‘Reload.’ This is a member of the gargantuan and recently disbanded Swedish House Mafia making a track that aims right at the ‘Save the World’/’Don’t You Worry Child’ type of epic festival jam. Oh yeah and Bastille ‘Pompeii,’ a recent Slacker Song Stuck in My Head feature, is perhaps destined for some out-of-left-field success (already a top 5 hit around Europe).”

Make sure to also check out our Slacker EQ Top 40 station, updated every week based on our EQ scores. Not sure what the EQ score is? Read more here or check out our nifty infographic here.

Happy 4th!