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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 »

Paul Says Beatles Forgot 'Dozens' of Songs They Wrote

Lack of recording devices meant they sometimes forgot tunes by morning

(Newser) - Maybe the reason the Beatles advised their fans "You know my name, look up the number" is because they couldn't remember the number. Or "dozens" of Beatles songs that apparently never saw the light of day, according to an interview Paul McCartney recently gave to the London ... More »

The Secret to a Hit Summer Song

Forget tempo, it's all about repetition

(Newser) - It's got a good beat and you can dance to it, but how is its "processing fluency?" The term, the Washington Post explains, is at the heart of social scientists' latest quest to explain why some songs catch on as the "song of the summer"—or... More »

Spotify Reveals the Songs We Have Sex To

Service sifts through 2.5M 'sex' playlists

(Newser) - Spotify knows some pretty personal stuff about users—like what songs they like to be playing in the background while they get it on. That's thanks to the 2.5 million "sex" playlists Spotify users have put together, the Guardian reports. Inspired by Valentine's Day, the music... More »

Why Can't Anybody Write a New Classic Christmas Song?

'WaPo' writer laments it's been at least 20 years since an enduring standard

(Newser) - Everyone got on Mariah Carey earlier this month for her faltering isolated vocals in "All I Want for Christmas Is You" at NYC's tree-lighting ceremony, but the truth is this: Mimi's the last one to have come out with a Christmas classic, and that was two decades... More »

'Ancient Music of Babylon' Recorded for 1st Time

Stef Conner writes music, sings to ancient poems

(Newser) - A singer with folk roots and a guy who "plays a mean lyre" have recorded haunting songs that sound something like ancient Babylonian music, Raw Story reports. No one knows what Babylonians listened to—the tunes are long-lost—but singer/composer Stef Conner says she relied on the natural stresses... More »

How Pandora Picks Your 'Favorite' Songs

About 25 analysts rank and quantify the music

(Newser) - Pandora relies on complex computer software to grade it songs ... right? Not so, reports Rob Pegoraro at BoingBoing : About 25 music analysts at the company's Music Genome Project personally rank and quantify each song with up to 450 "genome units." For example, vocals are graded from 1... More »

Predicted: Top Summer Hits of 2013

Shazam predicts summer mega-hits using 4M searches

(Newser) - Since Shazam correctly predicted Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" would be 2012's summer mega-hit, you'll probably want to download the tunes the music ID app says will take over airwaves this year. Compiled using 4 million Shazam searches, the list from USA Today looks... More »

Atheists May Sue School Over Songs Mentioning God

They're songs, not prayers, says Clifton Park district

(Newser) - Stop singing about God or go to court, or so says an atheist organization threatening to sue a school district in Clifton Park, New York. The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the Shenendehowa district to stop teaching two songs to elementary school kids that include lyrics referencing an almighty creator.... More »

Law Prof: Jay-Z's Lyrical Legal Advice Is Wrong

Don't let '99 Problems' be your guide

(Newser) - Jay-Z's smash hit "99 Problems" may be fun to listen to, but don't get your legal advice from it. The rapper's perspective on the law is way off in parts, says a professor who authored a law review article analyzing the lyrics line by line. "... More »

Pop Music Getting Sadder, More Complex

New songs tend toward minor scales and mixed emotions

(Newser) - Pop music is getting sadder, slower, and more sophisticated, according to a new study published in a psychology journal. Researchers analyzed Top 40 hits in Billboard from the mid-60's through 2010 and discovered that popular tunes have increasingly been written in "minor modes"—which associate with darker... More »

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