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Campus Flap Emerges Over Lou Reed's Iconic Song

Student group says 'Walk on the Wild Side' is offensive to trans people

(Newser) - Lou Reed's seminal 1972 hit "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is stirring up a little controversy on the campus of a Canadian college. As the Media Research Center reports, the student association at Guelph University apologized online because it included the song in a public playlist.... More »

Thank Trump for First Joan Baez Song in 25 Years

She was spurred by the 2016 presidential race to write 'Nasty Man'

(Newser) - Donald Trump: businessman, president … Joan Baez muse? "Here's a little song / About a man gone wrong" begins Baez's "Nasty Man," the first song she's written in 25 years, and it's a protest anthem apparently inspired by Trump himself. Among other topics,... More »

Did Lady Gaga Pull a Fast One at the Super Bowl?

Opening with 'This Land Is Your Land' may have been political 'dog whistle'

(Newser) - Despite anticipation that Lady Gaga would make some kind of political statement during the Super Bowl halftime show, the pop star appeared to play nice , a performance of the LGBT-friendly "Born This Way" aside. Even prominent conservatives hailed her "apolitical" show, the Washington Post notes, with tweeted praise... More »

Woman Calls Cops on Guy Whistling 'Closing Time'

Oregon police don't know if it was the song or the whistling in general that offended

(Newser) - Every week, Capt. Mark Herb of Oregon's Forest Grove Police Department pulls together what Time calls the department's "always entertaining" police log , and the last item in the most recent installation didn't disappoint. For the week of Nov. 20 through Nov. 26 listed in the Oregonian ... More »

Teen Athlete Rescues the National Anthem

Texas volleyball player Marina Garcia belts out song after CD malfunction

(Newser) - Marina Garcia was all ready to play for her Texas high school's volleyball team Friday night, but she had one task to take care of before the first spike: rescuing the national anthem. Fox 29 reports that the senior stepped up to the mic when something went awry with... More »

Robots Try to Write a Beatles Song, Kind of Pull It Off

Come together, artificial intelligence and humans

(Newser) - There'll never be a bona fide Beatles reunion, but scientists at Sony's CSL research lab have come up with an alternative: a song written by artificial intelligence that sounds like something that could've been penned by the Fab Four, TNW reports. Quartz calls "Daddy's Car,... More »

Listen to World's Oldest Known Melody

The music dates back an astonishing 3.5K years

(Newser) - In 1950, a collection of 29 tablets was discovered in the ruins of Ugarit, an ancient city in the northern region of present-day Syria, but only one had survived the intervening centuries well enough to be deciphered. Known as H6, the 3,500-year-old clay tablet revealed a simple hymn specifying... More »

Here's the Real Reason Taylor, Calvin Split

It was all about a song, per TMZ

(Newser) - There was supposedly "no drama" when Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris broke up, but sources tell TMZ the real story is much more interesting. It seems Taylor actually wrote "This Is What You Came For" for Calvin, recorded a demo for him to check out, then recorded a... More »

Cameron Hums Mystery Tune After Resigning

Hot mic picks up 'lament'

(Newser) - They're calling it "Cameron's Lament"—though some say it was actually a happy tune from a relieved man. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday that he will resign on Wednesday afternoon, and a hot mic caught him singing a few notes to himself as... More »

Kanye Caves, Puts Pablo Track on Apple, Spotify

He swore last month he'd 'never never never' do that

(Newser) - Whether Kanye West has actually finished The Life of Pablo is unclear. But as of Tuesday, one song from the so-called "anti-album" is finally up on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play, Esquire reports. The song is "Famous," featuring Rihanna and the "I made that bitch... More »

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 »

Courtroom Crooner Channels Adele at Sentencing

Michigan man is apparently very sorry

(Newser) - A convicted felon may be rolling in the deep (trouble), but that didn't stop him from breaking out into song during his recent sentencing hearing, the Ann Arbor News reports. Singer Adele was the apparent inspiration behind the courtroom crooning of 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor, who appeared March 10... More »

Simon Finally Reveals Subject of 2nd Verse of 'You're So Vain'

Wait, the song is about more than one guy?!

(Newser) - Carly Simon has finally revealed the subject of "You're So Vain" ... sort of. "I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren [Beatty]," Simon, now 70, tells People in an interview to promote the memoir she's releasing later this month. When asked whether Beatty knows... More »

Prince Records Protest Song 'Baltimore'

'Purple Rain' star to give a concert tonight in Baltimore

(Newser) - Freddie Gray's death not only led to charges against six police officers , it inspired a new song. Prince will sing his protest song "Baltimore" tonight at his Rally 4 Peace concert, in the city that's been rocked by rioting since Gray died under police care. The tune... More »

Beyonce Drops 'Die With You' on Wedding Anniversary

And links it to hubby's new music platform, Tidal

(Newser) - Beyonce released a new tune today on her and hubby Jay Z's seventh wedding anniversary—titled, appropriately, "Die With You," Us Weekly reports. She posted a video excerpt of her singing the piano-driven ballad on Facebook and linked it to Jay Z's new music platform, Tidal... More »

Suit: Let Us Sing 'Happy Birthday' for Free

Filmmaker wants to see song put in public domain

(Newser) - A New York filmmaker is on a mission: To make what's regarded as the world's most often performed song one that can be belted out free of charge. Filmmaker Jennifer Nelson and her company, Good Morning to You Productions, have filed a class-action lawsuit against the publishing branch... More »

Leno, Fallon Duet on Tonight's Future

Hosts show their friendship, West Side Story -style

(Newser) - Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon have had it up to here with hearsay about the Tonight Show's future, and they're doing something about it: singing. The two hosts launched into a version of "Tonight, Tonight" from West Side Story last night, reflecting on what's next for... More »

UN Accidentally Applauds Genocidal Serbian Song

...then swiftly apologizes

(Newser) - The UN issued an apology yesterday, after Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials gave a standing ovation to the Serbian song "March on the Drina" at a concert this week—apparently unaware that it was the unofficial anthem of the Serbian troops who massacred Bosnian civilians in the 1990s.... More »

Inside the Weird Journey of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Cohen's own version isn't the definitive one

(Newser) - Unlike most songs that reside in the sort of unofficial Cover Song Hall of Fame, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was released to not much fanfare at all in the Born in the USA glory days of 1984. In fact, it was on the only Cohen album his record company... More »

Artist's Income Per Spotify Play: Fraction of a Cent

iTunes Match pays $0.003 per play

(Newser) - Some may call Spotify the savior of the music industry—but for lesser-known artists, it doesn't appear to be a cash cow. The Next Web reviews analyses of what bands are making from Spotify and Apple's iTunes Match, and the numbers aren't impressive. On Spotify, a band... More »

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