Top Songs on the Slacker EQ!

EQ PlayAs 2013 comes to a close, the artists that made the biggest impact with Slacker listeners become clear–Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Avicii and more. However, there are major new releases still on the way–from established stars Eminem, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Eric Church, and more. You can track all of these artists and their engagement with millions of Slacker music fans here; key insights from this week’s EQ charts, which you can check out here. 

Country fans made the biggest impact on Slacker’s Overall top 40 chart this week, as they push David Nail’s “Whatever She’s Got up 11 spots to number 23, and Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” moves up 10 spots to number 27. At the top of the chart, Lorde, Katy Perry, and Avicii continue hold down the top 3 spots, but it is nearly a statistical dead heat, which leads us to believe that there may be a new number 1 next week. EDM fans joined forces with Slacker’s Pop constituency this week to propel Ellie Goulding’s new track on to the chart; “Burn” is up 6 spots to debut at number 36.

Speaking of EDM fans—as those producers and performers continue to become part of the mainstream consciousness, we see this reflected on Slacker’s EQ charts. For example, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Avicii, and Krewella each have 3 songs on the EDM chart, giving those 4 artists a 30% total share of the most engaging EDM songs among Slacker listeners. That’s not to say that Slacker listeners aren’t engaging with lesser-known artists; new tracks from RAC, Xilent, and Keys N Krates all move up the chart this week.

Predictably, Eminem is the big story on the Hip Hop/R&B chart. 3 tracks from his upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” make the chart this week; “Berzerk” is number 14, “Survival” is number 35, and “Rap God” moves up 115 spots to debut at number 40. And the great thing about Slacker’s engagement data is that it allows your curators to immediately respond to listener demand. To that end, we are featuring a special “Eminem 33” station this week, which counts down his 33 most popular songs, as determined by millions of Slacker listeners. And next week, we are featuring “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as our Album of the Week, which will allow all Slacker listeners to listen to the entire thing, as much as they like!

Being that it’s Halloween week, it’s only appropriate that we feature a song that has risen from the dead. Nearly 2 years after it topped the Alt/Indie chart, AWOLNATION’s “Sail” makes like a zombie and breaks in to the top 10 on the Pop chart. Big Sean’s “Beware” makes the biggest debut of the week, moving up 14 spots to land at number 31.

On the Rock chart, we have a new number one for the first time in 2 months, as Pop Evil’s “Trenches” finally unseats Black Veil Brides’ “In The End.” And supergroup Eye Empire debut on the chart at number 34 with “More Than Fate.”

At Country, Thomas Rhett takes over the number 1 spot with his “It Goes Like This,” Dustin Lynch’s “Wild In Your Smile” and Randy Houser’s“Goodnight Kiss” see the biggest spike in listener engagement this week, and after being featured as a Slacker “Song Stuck In My Head” last week, Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” makes a big debut at number 33.

And finally, we know that Lorde is perhaps the most engaging artist of the year amongst Slacker music fans. She tops 4 of our 7 charts this week. But amongst Alt/Indie fans, she is truly dominating. For the first time in Slacker EQ history, one artist has 3 different songs in the top 15–and it’s Lorde. Her “Royals” is number 1, “Tennis Court” is number 7, and new single “Team” is number 11 on the Alt/Indie chart. In a remarkably short period of time, Lorde has proven that she is no one-hit-wonder–at least amongst the millions of Slacker listeners that determine the EQ scores that these charts are based from.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Week’s Slacker EQ is Here!

play-1Welcome to your post-holiday edition of the Slacker EQ chart,which you can check out here. 

Lots of movement this week; we are seeing some emerging artists starting to break through with millions of Slacker listeners as well as the continued dominance of established superstars.

After a relatively slow start, Nine Inch Nails‘ first new song in 5 years is starting to resonate with Slacker listeners. “Came Back Haunted” makes a huge debut on our Rock chart at number 24.

The big story in country music on Slacker this week is Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” Not only did it move up 11 spots to crack the top 10 on the Country chart, but Slacker listeners gave it the strongest debut of the week overall, moving up 19 spots to land at number 26.

Over in the Alt/Indie world, a band that your Slacker curators first highlighted on the “Bands To Watch 2013″ station back in January makes it’s first apparence on the chart. London lads Bastille are up 14 spots to debut at number 34 with “Pompeii.”

And finally, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” has caught it’s second wind. Even though the song was released over a year ago, Slacker listeners are pushing it back up in a big way, moving up 10 spots on the Pop chart and moving up 5 spots to crack the top 15 on the Hip Hop/R&B chart!

As always, these charts are based on the true engagement of the Slacker audience, so check back next week to see how these songs continue to develop.

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.

 

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