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Our Taste in Music Is More Nurture Than Nature

Love or hate Bjork? Bach? Study refutes idea that preferences are hardwired

(Newser) - There's no accounting for taste—but if you want to blame anything on how you were raised, your taste in music could rank up there, a new study suggests. In music, chords can be broken down into many categories, two of which are called "consonant" and "dissonant.... More »

7 Musicians-Turned-Actors

You may have forgotten about some

(Newser) - Who says a celebrity can only do one thing? HLN rounds up 14 musicians who tried their hands at acting. A sampling:
  • Prince, Purple Rain
  • Mick Jagger, The Man From Elysian Fields
  • David Bowie, The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Michael Jackson, The Wiz
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562 Top Writers: Time for 'Bill of Digital Rights'

Authors from 81 countries cite surveillance concerns

(Newser) - Yesterday, these guys came together to call on the world to limit spying; today, the globe's leading writers are taking up the mantle. Some 562 authors, from Margaret Atwood to Don DeLillo to Ian McEwan, are following tech firms' anti-surveillance push with one of their own: They're calling... More »

Larry King Vs. the Volcano on SNL

Show opens with sketch about how Iceland ruins everything

(Newser) - For those pondering the tie between the Icelandic volcano and Larry King's eighth divorce, Saturday Night Live served up the answer last night. The show opened with a sketch of the CNN host exploring his newly single status, reports PopEater , before eventually casting his roving eye on Iceland's only known... More »

China Bans Bob Dylan Concerts

Officials worried about 'protest' singer

(Newser) - It doesn't take a Chinese weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Government officials are quite clear: "Protester" Bob Dylan, 68, will not be allowed to perform concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, reports the Guardian . The singer, whose biggest protest days are far behind him, is now calling... More »

Irish Atheists Use Carlin to Flout Law on Blasphemy

Zappa, Bjork and Jesus also make list of no-no quotations

(Newser) - An atheist group in Ireland thinks a new law against blasphemy is "silly and dangerous," and it's using everyone from Jesus to George Carlin to support its case. The Atheist Ireland website has put up 25 quotes it says would run afoul of the 2-day-old law, which forbids... More »

Top 10 Preggo Performances

Celebs don't let pregnancy keep them out of spotlight

(Newser) - Some women are born to perform, and they’re not gonna let a baby bump get in the way. Time lists the top 10 pregnant performers:
  1. MIA gave an impressive Grammy performance on her due date.
  2. Amy Poehler rapped alongside Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live with a big bulge.
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Bjork Banks on Girl Power to Save Iceland

Singer promotes venture-capital fund run by women

(Newser) - Quirky Icelandic singer Bjork is promoting a venture-capital fund run by women that will invest in socially and environmentally sustainable companies and, she hopes, help rebuild her economically stricken country. "Instead of talking about the problems we have, she is on a mission to build a sustainable Iceland that's... More »

Björk: Iceland Must Heal Itself

Singer rails against more aluminum smelters on island, pushes self-reliance

(Newser) - Given Iceland’s economic crisis, it would be madness to add to the country’s dependence on aluminum smelters, native singer Björk writes in the Times of London. In addition to environmental damage, lessons learned from the collapse of Iceland’s fishing industry should warn against putting “all... More »

Ban-Busting Sir Paul to Play Tel Aviv

McCarthy will rock Israel 43 years after Beatles were barred

(Newser) - Paul McCartney will perform in Tel Aviv 43 years after the Beatles were banned by the Israeli government because officials feared their music would corrupt Israeli youth. The only fear today is that ticket prices for the September 25 concert in Park Hayarkon will be too expensive for most Israelis,... More »

Take That Bjork: China Bans Performers Deemed a Threat

Protests, incendiary artists will not be allowed in the country, the new rules say

(Newser) - Entertainers deemed a threat to China’s sovereignty will not be allowed to perform in the country, the New York Times reports. The Ministry of Culture warned it will conduct background checks and ban those who “advocate obscenity or feudalism and superstition” or "take part in activities that... More »

Tibet Shoutout Spurs Crackdown

Cry supporting independence prompts threat of censorship

(Newser) - Beijing says it will toughen restrictions on visiting artists performing in China in response to Bjork's onstage expression of support for Tibetan independence, the London Times reports. “We shall never tolerate any attempt to separate Tibet from China and will no longer welcome any artists who deliberately do this,... More »

Björk Attacks New Zealand News Photographer

Leaps on photog and rips shirt in half

(Newser) - Icelandic pop star Björk leaped on a news photographer, knocked him to the ground, and ripped his shirt in half as she arrived in Auckland for a concert tour, reports the New Zealand Herald. The volatile singer “grabbed the back of my black skivvy and tore it down... More »

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