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Maryland's State Song May Lose 'Northern Scum' Dig

State Senate passes bill to modify Confederate-slanted Civil War anthem

(Newser) - No one seems to take issue with Maryland's state flower (the black-eyed Susan), dog (the Chesapeake Bay retriever), or even dessert (the multi-layer Smith Island cake). But the state's Department of Legislative Services tells NBC News that lawmakers have tried more than once to dump "Maryland! My... More »

Lyrics Tupac Wrote in Jail Going Up for Auction

One set could fetch nearly $80K

(Newser) - While Tupac Shakur was in jail in 1995, a year before his shooting death, he hand-wrote lyrics that are now going up for auction, ITV News reports. The original penned lyrics for "Ambitionz Az a Ridah" and "Tradin' War Stories" are expected to fetch high prices (as much... More »

New Yorker's Pop Critic Leaves for Lyrics Startup

Sasha Frere-Jones joins annotating site Genius

(Newser) - After 11 years at the New Yorker, the magazine's pop music critic is departing to join a startup. Sasha Frere-Jones' new job is as executive editor for Genius , a startup that annotates lyrics and other material online, the New York Times reports; he will focus on annotating lyrics. Genius,... More »

Court: Rapper's Lyrics Aren't Evidence

'One would not presume' Bob Marley actually shot the sheriff

(Newser) - Disturbing though they may be, justices say, a man's violent rap lyrics can't be used as evidence that he tried to kill someone. New Jersey's Supreme Court reached a 6-0 decision in the case of Vonte Skinner, who is accused of shooting and paralyzing a man. Skinner... More »

The 10 Most- Misheard Song Lyrics

Starring Abba, Queen, Bon Jovi

(Newser) - "See that girl, watch her scream": British music website Blinkbox has polled 2,000 adults on the most-misheard pop lyrics ever, and the results are amusing. While Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, and Shaggy topped the list of least-understandable singers, it was Abba, Queen, and Bon Jovi whose individual songs... More »

What Bieber, the Beatles Share in Common

Canadian singer and classic band like the same rhymes

(Newser) - Think the Beatles and Justin Bieber have nothing in common? Not so: They each used do/you more than any other rhyme, which isn't so odd considering that Madonna, Prince, Kanye West, Bob Dylan, and most other top-selling pop musicians between 1960 and 2013 favored it too, reports Slate . According... More »

Dear Prosecutors, Rap Lyrics Aren't Actual Confessions

Let's keep them out of courtrooms: Erik Nielson and Charis Kubrin

(Newser) - When Vonte Skinner was convicted of attempted murder in 2008, the evidence against him included 13 pages of violent rap lyrics. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but four years later, an appellate court ruled that the lyrics weren’t admissible evidence—and it overturned his conviction. New... More »

Celebs Who've Been Bashed in Songs

Chris Brown, Drake not the first to feud via music

(Newser) - Chris Brown burned Drake via rap after the recent nightclub brawl between their entourages (sample lyric: "They throwin' bottles, I'm throwin' models"), and if that's the sort of spiteful gossip you can't help but love, you're in luck: The Huffington Post rounds up 14... More »

As Americans Get More Self-Centered, So Do Lyrics

Study finds increasingly narcissistic words in top 10 hits

(Newser) - Today’s hit songs aren’t about “us”—they’re just about “me,” a study finds. Researchers examined Billboard’s top 10 songs in the US each year from 1980 to 2007, and found that “popular music lyrics now include more words related to a... More »

So, Do You Actually Know the National Anthem?

Aguilera takes flak, but most Americans don't know lyrics

(Newser) - OK, so by this point pretty much every American knows that Christina Aguilera butchered the national anthem. But could you do any better? The Daily Beast set to find out by asking a random sampling of Americans (living in the "random, well-educated, professional city" of Portland) to sing the... More »

Top 10 Misinterpreted Songs

Lyrics by Lennon, the Boss and others make the list

(Newser) - "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" and other misheard song lyrics, it turns out, are just the tip of the iceberg. List Universe runs down what it calls 10 of the most misinterpreted songs in music. Some highlights to see if you agree:
  • "Hotel California": Listeners think
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Wendy's Yanks 'So Horny' CDs From Kids Meals

Disco disc used adult version of Donna Summer's 'Last Dance'

(Newser) - Red-faced Wendy's is yanking a disco CD from its kids' meals after parents complained that their wee ones were rocking out to lyrics that included a reference to "so horny," reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Apparently the company that made the CDs for Wendy's accidentally grabbed the, er, adult... More »

Lennon's Scribbled 'Day in the Life' Lyrics on Sale

Handwritten sheet expected to fetch $700K

(Newser) - Sotheby's is about to auction off a kind of Dead Sea Scroll for Beatles fans: John Lennon's handwritten—in felt marker and blue ink—lyrics sheet for “Day in the Life,” the revered final track from Sgt. Pepper that, in the words of the auction house's marketing department,... More »

Ten Dumbest Ke$ha Lyrics

She's no Bob Dylan.

(Newser) - Ke$ha's name may isn't exactly poetry in motion, and her lyrics aren't exactly, either, writes Matt Stopera on Buzzfeed . But here's a list of the creme de la creme:
  • "I threw up in the closet and I don't care."
  • Boots n' boys/They bring me so much joy/I wear
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20 Songs That Make No Sense

I want it that way. Wait, you want what what way?

(Newser) - Some lyrics are just so ambiguous you have no idea what you’re singing about when you sing along. Willa Paskin lists 20 “songs that make you go, huh?” on BlackBook :
  • “I Want It That Way,” Backstreet Boys: “Make up your minds dudes, is ‘that
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Arab Singer's 'Monkey' Lyric Enrages Nubians

Black Egyptians demand song be banned

(Newser) - Egypt's 2 million-strong black community has been outraged by a Lebanese pop song that refers to them as monkeys. The song by Haifa Wehbe, one of the Arab's world's biggest stars, includes a child singing: "Where is my teddy bear and the Nubian monkey?" Nubian lawyers have filed an... More »

Gangsta Rap Has Nothing on Filthy Blues of Old

(Newser) - Some complain about the explicit lyrics in rap, but modern MCs have nothing on early-20th-century blues singers. Compared to them, “the members of NWA are levelheaded concerned citizens,” says Cracked. A sampling:
  • "A to Z Blues," Blind Willie McTell, 1956: "I'm gonna cut A, B,
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The Worst Lyrics of All Time

'I feel real phoney when my name is Bill... or was that Phil' and more

(Newser) - Great music can inspire, but even the greats have thought up some atrocious lyrics. NME mines these gems:
  • "What else could I say? Everyone is gay." (Nirvana, All Apologies)
  • "I met a girl. She asked me my name. I told her what it was." 
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Bob Dylan: Teen Plagiarist

(Newser) - Was the young Bob Dylan a plagiarist? A piece that Christie’s auction house has been touting as Dylan’s first known poem turns out to be the lyrics to a country song by the late Hank Snow, Reuters reports. A 16-year-old Dylan submitted the pilfered verses, which tell the... More »

Eminem 'Nails' Palin in New Song

Rapper to Alaska guv: 'Say hello to my little friend'

(Newser) - Eminem’s back, and he’s got a political message: He wants to sleep with Sarah Palin. In the song We Made You, off his forthcoming album Relapse, Eminem asks for “my venom, an inhaler, and two Xenadrine/ And I’ll invite Sarah Palin out to dinner, then/Nail her.... More »

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