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That Techno Beat May Be Hiding a Secret Message

Cybersecurity researcher pulls it off via Ibiza dance music

(Newser) - There is a long and melodious history of hiding secret messages in song—so-called musical steganography—that dates back at least 500 years. But now a cybersecurity expert from Poland has revealed a new way to send messages that are otherwise undetectable through song: tiny adjustments in tempo. To test... More »

Kesha Shifts Focus, Drops Rape Case

She'll now focus on New York lawsuit, new album

(Newser) - Kesha has dismissed a California lawsuit alleging hit-making producer Dr. Luke sexually and emotionally abused her, but a similar case will remain in play in New York. Monday's dismissal of a Los Angeles case comes amid an effort by the singer to get new singles and an album released... More »

Musicians Whose Fans Travel the Farthest

Phish leads the way

(Newser) - Online ticket vendor Vivid Seats crunched numbers from the past four years to figure out which music fans travel the farthest to see their favorite acts. Below are the top 10, with the median distance traveled:
  1. Phish, 152 miles
  2. Garth Brooks, 84 miles
  3. One Direction, 65 miles
  4. Adele, 63 miles
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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 »

10 Best US Cities for Music Fans

Madison, Wisconsin, scores surprisingly high

(Newser) - There's a reason Nashville is known as Music City. ValuePenguin ranks Nashville as the best US city for music fans based on 15 factors, broken down into three groups: The Band (number of musicians, recording studios, and record labels, per 1,000 people), The Crowd (number of radio stations,... More »

Dementia Hasn't Dulled Gifts of 101-Year-Old Pianist

She's a 'wonderful example of an indomitable human spirit'

(Newser) - The incredible abilities of a 101-year-old pianist with vascular dementia highlight just how much we still have to learn about our own brains. The woman rarely knows where she is and can't recognize anybody she has met in the last 20 years or more, but she can play more... 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 »

ABBA Performs for First Time in 30 Years

Band sang part of a song together Sunday in Stockholm

(Newser) - Lucky guests to a private party in Stockholm on Sunday witnessed what a guitarist calls "a piece of music history." Swedish band ABBA performed together for the first time in decades, marking 50 years to the day that band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson first met,... More »

Tragically Hip Frontman Has Brain Cancer

Gord Downie is going on tour anyway

(Newser) - Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip is going on tour this summer for what could be the last time. In a statement Tuesday, the band says lead singer and songwriter Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. Even so, the 52-year-old father of four—whose wife was... More »

Alanis Morissette: My Ex-Manager Stole $5M

He claims it went into marijuana grow-ops: suit

(Newser) - Alanis Morissette has had to swallow a jagged little pill: The Canadian singer says she was robbed of almost $5 million. The alleged culprit? Her former business manager to the stars. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Morissette says she fired Jonathan Schwartz of GSO Business Management—whose clients have reportedly... More »

Judge: It's Possible Part of 'Stairway to Heaven' Is Stolen

A May trial will decide whether Led Zeppelin copied notes from Spirit

(Newser) - A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled. US District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that lawyers for the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy... 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 »

The Story Behind Wednesday's Odd Google Doodle

Clara Rockmore is the coolest electronic musician you've never heard of

(Newser) - Not only is Wednesday's Google Doodle a lot of fun, it commemorates an important figure in music history you've probably never heard of. Musical wunderkind Clara Rockmore was accepted into the St. Petersburg Imperial Conservatory in Russia at the age of 4—its youngest violinist ever, the Telegraph... More »

NASA Releases 'Weird Music' From Dark Side of the Moon

Audio from Apollo 10 reveals astronauts' conversation about mystery sounds

(Newser) - Sorry, Pink Floyd, you no longer hold the sole claim to sounds from the dark side. In an upcoming episode of the Science Channel's NASA's Unexplained Files , audio from Apollo 10—which flew to the far side of the moon in 1969, two months before Apollo 11's... More »

Gaga Channels Bowie in Cosmic Tribute

She even came with a new Bowie tattoo

(Newser) - Lady Gaga showed up on the Grammys red carpet all Ziggy Stardusted-up in her Marc Jacobs getup and platform heels , ostensibly to get her pumped for her much-talked-about tribute to David Bowie (she even got a giant tattoo of Bowie on her torso over the weekend, per the New York ... More »

Here Are the Big Grammy Winners

And all the buzzworthy performances

(Newser) - Taylor Swift kicked off the 58th Grammy Awards at LA's Staples Center with a performance of "Out of the Woods," followed by a rousing greeting from host LL Cool J, taking the award show's reins for the fifth time. Ice Cube and his son presented the... More »

The 6 Biggest Cursers in Music

Holy [expletive], that's a lot of [expletive] curse words.

(Newser) - It might be time to retire the phrase "curse like a sailor" in favor of "curse like a rapper." Musixmatch analyzed nearly 10 million words from 361 artists across eight genres to find out who is the swearing-est musician in the world. Musixmatch determined lyrics average about... More »

She Vanished in 1974; Now Her Music Is Catching On

The fascinating life of Connie Converse

(Newser) - Connie Converse would be in her 90s if she's still alive, perhaps more surprised than anyone that the music she made back in the 1950s has finally found an audience. As Priceonomics explains in a fascinating profile, Converse tried to make a go of it as a musician in... More »

You Can Now Stream the Beatles. That Sucks for Some

All 13 albums available on 9 services, including Spotify

(Newser) - Christmas has come a day early for Beatles fans: All of the band's 13 studio albums went live on nine music streaming services—including Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music—at midnight on Thursday, reports Rolling Stone . Terms of the deal haven't been released, but a music industry... More »

'Our Hippest President' Picks His Favorite Song of 2015

It's a good week to be Kendrick Lamar

(Newser) - Proving that he knows what the kids are listening to these days, President Barack Obama tells People magazine his favorite song of the year is Kendrick Lamar's How Much a Dollar Cost. "If there was any doubt Obama was our hippest president, let it be immediately dispelled,"... More »

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