Take a Look at the New EQ Charts for the Week!

EQ PlayWelcome to the first EQ charts for the week of October 13th! You can take a look at the full charts here. 

We know that when we feature a song or artist on Slacker as a “Song Stuck In My Head,” “Artist of the Week” or “Album of the Week,” that artist typically sees a big spike in our weekly EQ charts. But what happens when an artist is at the center of a pop culture phenomenon? We see Blake Shelton’s EQ scores ebb and flow depending on how his team performs on “The Voice” from week to week, and after Miley’s controversial VMA performance, she shot up the chart. This week, Drake was the beneficiary of a viral meme called #StarbucksDrakeHands, and as a result, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” got a significant boost on the charts. Details and key insights from this week’s EQ charts across all genres are below.

Within the EDM chart we observe several genres of electronic music co-existing peacefully, all enjoying equal enthusiasm and engagement of millions of Slacker music fans. We see the pop-dubstep of Krewella—who have 3 tracks on the chart, the indie-electronic sounds of Lorde--who holds the number one spot on the chart, the progressive trance of Tiesto and Armin van Buuren, and the house stylings of Avicii all represented here. Tiesto’s “Chasing Summers” makes the biggest jump of the week, moving up 11 spots to land at number 25.

On the Pop chart, for the first week in recent memory, the biggest movers are hip hop and R&B artists, rather than the recent EDM invaders. Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is up 17 spots to settle at number 11—this spike is in direct correlation with this week’s #StarbucksDrakeHands phenomenon on Instagram and Vine. J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” is up 19 spots to land at number 32, and Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla” makes a huge debut this week, moving 35 spots to number 33.

As is often the case, once Slacker listeners are introduced to a new artist that they love, they dive deeper to discover more of that artist’s music. That would explain why Lorde has a record 3 songs on the Alt/Indie chart this week. “Royals” is number one for the 4th week in a row, followed by “Tennis Court” at number 10, and “Team” makes its debut on the chart this week—moving up 23 spots to number 28.

At Hip Hop, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” takes the top spot—again, we see the power of the #StarbucksDrakeHands meme. Travie McCoy returns to the game after a lengthy absence, as his “Rough Water” makes the week’s biggest jump, moving up 65 spots to debut at number 27. Jay Z, as always, looms large over all of hip hop, as his “Holy Grail” holds down the top 5 while he’s got back to back spots at nos. 38 and 39 with “F**kwithmeyouknowigotit” and “Tom Ford.”

Pop Evil’s “Trenches” is the first song in weeks to challenge Black Veil Brides’ “In The End” for the number one spot on the Rock chart, and Pearl Jam’s “Sirens” makes a big jump to debut on the chart at number 29. Incidentally, Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” is Slacker’s Album Of The Week—so you can listen to the whole thing, as much as you would like, all week long!

Finally, Slacker’s Country chart has a new number 1 and a rootsy debut. Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind Of Night” knocks Florida Georgia Line out of the top spot, and Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” debuts at number 40.

Hear Lorde, Avicii, Luke Bryan, and Drake all living together in relative harmony on 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.

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.

Check Out This Week’s Slacker EQ Charts for the Top Songs of the Week!

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You’ve arrived at Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 25th! Take a look here. 

In this post-VMA edition of Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of August 25th, we are very interested in tracking and measuring any spikes that artists featured on MTV’s awards show may have received from Slacker listeners. As this data only reflects the 2 days following the VMAs, we will probably see more of this “bounce” effect next week; in the meantime, keep an eye on Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and of course—Miley Cyrus across Slacker’s 7 EQ charts.

On the Overall chart, where the biggest songs across all genres live together in relative harmony, we see Katy Perry’s “Roar” hit number 3 in only its second week on the chart. It’s officially the fastest-rising song in the history of the EQ Chart. Miley Cyrus’ VMA controversy doesn’t seem to have hurt her; ‘We Can’t Stop” is up 3 spots to crack the top 5. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” narrowly misses the top 40 this week. However, on the Pop chart, we see “Roar” within inches of unseating Robin Thicke for the top spot, and “Applause” is up 10 spots to crack the top 20.

Luke Bryan proves that he’s the biggest rising star in country music–after his new album “Crash My Party” was featured as Slacker’s Album of the Week, his new single “That’s My Kind of Night” shoots up 35 spots to debut at 19 on the Country chart. By featuring his new album as Slacker’s Album of the Week, it was exposed to millions of country fans over the course of 7 days, and they clearly loved what they heard!

On Slacker’s Hip Hop/R&B chart, we see two debuts this week: J Cole’s “Crooked Smile” and Rich Homie Quan’s “Type Of Way” are both engaging and winning over Slacker’s hip hop fans. Additionally, Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” has the biggest jump of the week on this chart, up 10 spots to land at number 26.

Look for Avenged Sevenfold’s “Carry On” to make a big jump on the Rock chart next week; their new album “Hail To The King” is currently featured as Slacker’s Album of the Week. This week, Three Days Grace’s “Misery Loves My Company” jumps 3 spots to take the number 1 spot this week; this is the 3rd song they’ve had a #1 hit with on Slacker’s Rock EQ charts.

Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” holds the top spot on Slacker’s Alt/Indie chart for the 3rd week in a row, and their latest single “Kangaroo Court” makes its debut on the other end of the chart, landing at number 39. And as we predicted, Cage The Elephant’s “Come a Little Closer” makes a huge jump after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week; it’s up 17 spots to land at number 25.

Finally, on Slacker’s EDM chart, we see Sub Focus’ ‘Endorphins” (ft. Alex Clare) and TyDi’s “Something About You” both make debuts, itself an illustration of the wide variety of sounds and styles underneath the “EDM” umbrella. Slacker has over 15 different Dance/Electronic stations for every kind of EDM fan–from Trap to Club Hits.

Check back next Thursday for updated charts–including more post-VMA data—and to see how millions of Slacker music fans are engaging with their favorite music. You can also hear the top 40 Overall tracks from Slacker’s EQ charts in countdown form, on the Slacker Top 40 station, hosted by Parker. Listen here! 

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

Check Out This Week’s Slacker EQ!

play-1Welcome back to Slacker’s EQ charts for the week of July 14th!

This week, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” tops 3 separate charts! He’s #1 on Pop, Hip Hop/R&B and, most notably, he finally knocked Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” out of the top spot on the overall chart after an 8 week run.

Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey is back on the Slacker charts after a long absence. The Cedric Gervais Remix of 2012’s “Summertime Sadness” has given the song a second life with Slacker listeners, making a big debut on the Alt/Indie chart at number 27 with a bullet. The Lumineers’ latest single “Submarines” also makes its debut on the Alt/Indie chart this week. Meanwhile, although our initial audience feedback showed that it was a very polarizing song, Deftones’ “Swerve City” saw a huge boost in favorability this week with Slacker’s Rock audience; it moves up 12 spots on the Rock chart to land in the top 25.

Over on Slacker’s EDM charts, it’s all about Krewella. Not only do they have three songs in the top 20, their new single “Live For The Night” makes a huge debut at #20 in only its second week of release! Slacker listeners are also responding positively to anything summer-themed, and Joe Nichols’ “Sunny & 75” continues to resonate with our country audience. It’s up 10 spots this week to crack the top 30 on the Country chart. Pitbull, always a reliable source of summer jams, sees his latest single “Outta Nowhere” up 11 spots to debut in the top 40 on the Hip Hop/R&B Chart.

And finally, we’ve got two big debuts on the Pop chart. After a slow start, Slacker listeners squeaked Britney Spears’ “Ooh La La” in to the top 40 at #38, and Karmin’s “Acapella” debuts at #24 in its first week of release. The song’s huge jump is due in part to its feature as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” this week, which exposed it to millions of listeners over the course of 2 days.

Slacker’s EQ charts are a measure of true audience engagement, not estimates or airplay. Check back next week to see what songs continue to resonate with millions of Slacker music fans! 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.

Check out the new Slacker EQ!

We’ve got a whole new way for you to experience the “Top 40” here at Slacker as we bring the top 40 charts into the digital age with the Slacker EQ score.

PrintThese are no ordinary music charts. In a world where access to music is quickly trumping ownership, the Slacker EQ is the most accurate reflection of a song’s trending popularity and listener engagement in today’s world of streaming music.

So what exactly is the “EQ”?

“EQ” stands for “Engagement Quotient,” and a Slacker EQ score measures hundreds of millions of weekly data points to indicate how our users are engaging with any particular song. This includes hearts, plays, bans and more.

Check out the infographic to learn more about how we measure a songs EQ score.

Click here to check out this weeks Slacker EQ music charts, which will be released every Thursday and include the 40 most engaging tracks across multiple genres from the previous week.

You can also listen to this weeks Top 40 on the new Slacker EQ station here.