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Kids Song 'as Infectious as Anthrax' Is Climbing the Charts

You'll be hearing 'Baby Shark' in your head all weekend now

(Newser) - If you're a fan of fins, or under the age of 5, you'll be pleased with one of the Billboard Hot 100's newest hits. Otherwise, you'll likely just be fascinated at how "Baby Shark," a children's song about sharks, is now making its... More »

One Book Was 'Obviously' Obama's Favorite in 2018

Former president gives thumbs-up to his wife's 'Becoming,' plus other favorite books, songs, and films

(Newser) - Barack Obama on Friday offered on Facebook what has become a tradition for him: a list of his favorite books, songs, and movies for the year. Obama not only includes picks that he found "most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved"—he also places a spotlight on "... More »

No. 1 Song of Year: the 'Anthem 2018 Deserves'

According to Digg, Ariana Grande rules the roost with 'Thank U, Next'

(Newser) - "Everyone" has weighed in, and they've told Digg what the best songs of 2018 are. The site confesses it didn't use a "super fancy algorithm" to figure out what tunes were resonating with the people at large. Instead, a "human Digg Editor" pored over a... More »

After 43 Years, a New Honor for Queen's Iconic Hit

'Bohemian Rhapsody' becomes most-streamed song out of 20th century

(Newser) - Queen's " Bohemian Rhapsody " came out in 1975, but it just earned a new honor. The song passed 1.6 billion global streams, according to label Universal Music Group, making it the most streamed song out of the 20th century. The count includes streams on Spotify, Apple Music,... More »

Cosby 'Ruined' 'Baby, It's Cold Outside': Songwriter's Daughter

Susan Loesser says father Frank Loesser would've been 'furious' at the hubbub over his song

(Newser) - A new person is weighing in on the controversy over a Christmas classic : the daughter of the man who wrote the song. Susan Loesser, 74, tells NBC News that songwriter Frank Loesser would've been "furious" at his tune being pulled from the radio, noting that it was a... More »

Student Performance of Disney Song Called a 'Violating Ritual'

Princeton's Tigertones regret causing offense

(Newser) - An all-male a cappella group at Princeton University has temporarily pulled The Little Mermaid's "Kiss the Girl" from its set list after its performance of the song was declared an "offensive and violating ritual." Sophomore Noa Wollstein argued in an op-ed in the Daily Princetonian that... More »

Popular Holiday Song Cut in #MeToo Era

Cleveland's WDOK says 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' is 'inappropriate'

(Newser) - A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate. They're certainly not the first to question the song's undertones and criticize the duet, in which one singer tries to persuade... More »

Mariah Carey Proves the Christmas Creep Is Real

'All I Want for Christmas Is You' has already cracked Billboard Hot 100

(Newser) - It's Nov. 29. If you've already had enough of the decorations and Christmas music, it's possible you're not a Scrooge—you're just suffering from overexposure. The "Christmas creep" appears to have begun earlier than usual this year, if Mariah Carey's "All I... More »

Auschwitz Inmates' Song Tells of 'Most Beautiful Time of Life'

It's been recorded for first time since WWII

(Newser) - Patricia Hall went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in 2016 hoping to learn more about the music performed by prisoners in World War II death camps. The University of Michigan music theory professor heard there were manuscripts, but she was "completely thrown" by what she found in the card catalogs:... More »

Marching Band Delivers Big Game's Most Touching Moment

Washington State plays University of Washington's fight song after UW bus accident

(Newser) - The Washington State University Cougars faced off Friday against the University of Washington's Huskies during their annual Apple Cup football matchup, but it was the Cougars' marching band that ended up generating the most buzz. That's because they played "Bow Down to Washington," the opposing team'... More »

Drake Just Broke an Old Beatles Record

He notches his 12th top-10 hit of the year

(Newser) - Drake is averaging more than one top-10 hit per month in 2018, and his remarkable roll just allowed him to surpass a long-standing milestone of the Beatles. Drake just notched his 12th top 10 in a single year, beating the 11 put up by the Beatles in 1964, reports Billboard ... More »

He's Singing One Garth Brooks Song for 36 Hours Straight

Cliff Satterwhite is singing 'Friends in Low Places' over and over and over again

(Newser) - As we write this, Cliff Satterwhite is in the home stretch of an epic karaoke marathon: He's singing Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" for 36 hours straight. Why? The Seattle-area karaoke host is performing the feat as part of the breast cancer awareness fundraiser he's hosting... More »

ABBA Went Into the Studio, Came Out With 2 New Songs

Swedish pop supergroup makes surprise announcement 35 years after breakup

(Newser) - Mamma mia! The members of ABBA say they've recorded new material for the first time in 35 years. Per the AP , the Swedish pop supergroup says it has recorded two new songs, including one entitled "I Still Have Faith in You." The news was announced Friday in... More »

There's Still Time to Overthrow 2017's Most Popular Album

Drake comes in at No. 1 (so far) with 'More Life'

(Newser) - The year's not yet over, but inquiring minds are already wondering if Lorde has managed to trump Lana and whether it's Jay-Z's tunes or the surprise return of his hyphen that continues to capture people's attention (it appears to be the former). 24/7 Wall St. has... More »

New Prince EP May Drop Friday, If Suit Doesn't Stop It

Star's estate is suing to stop release of 6-track 'Deliverance' on death anniversary

(Newser) - The doves may soon dry their tears: a new Prince EP is set to be released Friday, the first anniversary of his death, Rolling Stone reports. The six-track Deliverance—which a press release notes can be preordered online at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon—is a posthumous compilation of songs... More »

University Uncovers Songs From Holocaust Survivors

Songs were sung in Krakow cellars to inspire people to resist the Germans

(Newser) - At the end of World War II, a Jewish trauma psychologist in Illinois went to Europe to record conversations with Holocaust survivors in the hopes of better understanding how they were coping, reports Newsweek . He often broke the ice by having people sing, but when he died in 1961 and... More »

Richard Carpenter Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Karen

He's suing for unpaid digital royalties

(Newser) - The lawsuits may have only just begun: Richard Carpenter filed a suit in California Wednesday on behalf of sister Karen Carpenter's estate, saying record companies are cheating both of them out of digital royalties. Richard, the surviving member of the sibling duo, accuses Universal Music Group and A&M... More »

Rolling Stone's 10 Best Albums of 2016

David Bowie and Leonard Cohen's final goodbyes make the list

(Newser) - This year has been a long one, a fact not lost even on the escapist music world. In the preface to its annual "best albums" list, Rolling Stone notes that "2016 was seemingly hardwired to self-destruct," complete with "explicitly political R&B molotovs" from Beyonce and... More »

Ed Sheeran Hit With $20M Copyright Suit

He's accused of copying 2012 song by 'X Factor' winner

(Newser) - A $20 million lawsuit accuses superstar singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran of "verbatim, note-for-note copying." The lawsuit from songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard alleges Sheeran's "Photograph" is too similar to their 2009 song "Amazing," released by X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2012. They're... More »

Critic Picks 100 Greatest Songs Ever

Hits from David Bowie, Beatles make top 10

(Newser) - The '70s, man. Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick is out with his picks for the 100 greatest songs of our time, though he admits it's a rather personal list that's heavy on that particular decade. The criteria: A great song evokes "ideas and emotions" and assumes... More »

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