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A City Preps to Get Its Chris Cornell Statue

Homage to 'Seattle's son' will be placed in his hometown, Cornell's wife says

(Newser) - Chris Cornell's widow has commissioned a statue of the late singer to be raised in his hometown of Seattle as a way of keeping his legacy alive. Vicky Cornell tells the Seattle Times that sculptor Wayne Toth "has already given me a design and the children and I... More »

Hip-Hop Legend Charged With Murder

Kidd Creole accused of stabbing homeless man in Manhattan

(Newser) - One of the founding members of the 1980s hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was arrested in New York City in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man, police say. Nathaniel Glover, 57, also known as Kidd Creole, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges, reports... More »

This Is Now Music's Most-Streamed Song

'Despacito'

(Newser) - "Despacito" has become the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.6 billion plays across streaming platforms. Universal Music Latin Entertainment announced Tuesday the song by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and the accompanying remix featuring pop star Justin Bieber had surpassed the... More »

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Pits Band Against Ex-Member

Lawsuit seeks to block ex-drummer's account of plane crash

(Newser) - Current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with representatives of members now deceased, are suing to block a new documentary, claiming it tells only a "compressed" and "sensationalized" story about the group. Judith Van Zant—the widow of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant, one of six people killed... More »

YouTube Has a New Most-Viewed Video of All Time

Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again,' featuring Charlie Puth

(Newser) - Move over, "Gangnam Style." YouTube has a new top-viewed video of all time. Wiz Khalifa's video for "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth became the site's most-watched video Monday and has more than 2.897 billion views as of Tuesday, the AP reports. That's... More »

Extracurricular Club for Disabled Now a World-Renowned Orchestra

Czech Republic's Tap Tap group, which started 18 years ago, plays all over the world

(Newser) - It's an unusual orchestra, one that has played in London, Madrid, Moscow, and Jerusalem. Today, Tap Tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned Prague school for the disabled an extracurricular activity, has become a major musical operation that has drawn millions of fans, first at... More »

Sony Helped Kill Vinyl. Now It's Doing an About-Face

Vinyl production to begin again in 2018

(Newser) - In a sign that the vinyl revival isn't a flash in the pan, Sony Music has announced it will return to making vinyl records for the first time since 1989. Crediting a huge demand, a spokesperson says vinyl production will kick off at a factory near Tokyo by next... More »

The 10 Best Heavy Metal Albums Ever

'Rolling Stone' list includes 2 from Black Sabbath

(Newser) - Maybe 1986 should be remembered as a standout year in the world of heavy metal. Why? Well, three of the top 10 albums on Rolling Stone 's list of the 100 greatest metal albums of all time were released that year. The best of the best metal albums from... More »

Man Behind 'Most Paralyzing Rap Lyric Ever' Dead at 42

Prodigy of Mobb Deep was hospitalized for complications from sickle cell anemia

(Newser) - Prodigy, one half of iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday in Las Vegas. He was 42. Born Albert Johnson, the rapper was hospitalized after a weekend performance "for complications caused by sickle cell anemia," a disease he'd battled since birth, his publicist says in a statement.... More »

Gene Simmons Claims This Widely Used Hand Sign Is His

He's filed a trademark request

(Newser) - The "rock on" hand gesture is sported by everyone from teen girls to Spider-Man—but Gene Simmons claims it's all his. The KISS frontman filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office on Friday in an effort to trademark the sign, per the Hollywood Reporter . While... More »

After Dad's Death, Teen Gets Amazing Birthday Surprise

A guitar his dad purchased months earlier

(Newser) - When Johnny Crow first discovered music, he viewed it as a kind of therapy. "It was amazing how it made me feel," the 16-year-old says. "It made that sadness go away." So when Johnny's 49-year-old father died of a heart attack in April despite Johnny'... More »

America's No. 1 Song Isn't in English for 1st Time in 30 Years

And it's only happened 3 times in the past 35 years

(Newser) - Something pretty dang rare is happening on the American music charts. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (and featuring Justin Bieber) has been the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row. The song, which is in Spanish, is only the third non-English-language... More »

Beyonce Has a Surprise for 4 'Bold' College Students

Singer offering scholarships for 4 different colleges to celebrate 'Lemonade' anniversary

(Newser) - Beyonce has apparently taken her message of feminist empowerment to heart, and she's putting her money where her melodious mouth is, per Pitchfork . To mark the first anniversary of her Lemonade album, the singer is offering four "Formation Scholars" scholarships for young black women for the 2017-2018 school... More »

Performing CPR? Turn on These 10 Songs

Ah, ah, ah, ah, saving a life, saving a life

(Newser) - In a life-or-death situation, you might have a hard time recalling the recommended 100 sternum compressions per minute for CPR. Far easier to remember is a song like the BeeGees' " Staying Alive ." It's one of several catchy tunes—each with about 100 beats per minute—to make... More »

Rock Legend Chuck Berry Dead at Age 90

'Johnny B. Goode' creator is gone

(Newser) - A sad day for fans of rock and roll: Chuck Berry has died at age 90, reports ABC News . Details are sketchy, but police in St. Charles County, Missouri, responded to a medical emergency at Berry's home Saturday afternoon, but he was unresponsive and could not be revived. Berry... More »

Music Really Is a Drug

Rock 'n' roll hits your brain the same way as sex and drugs

(Newser) - Scientists are developing a deeper understanding of what's going on in our brains when sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll make us feel high, reports Popular Science . Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, who wrote the 2006 bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music, has published a study looking into exactly... More »

Here's Who Took Home Grammy Gold

Plus the most talked-about moments and performances

(Newser) - First to take the stage Sunday night at LA's Staples Center for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards before the show heads to New York for 2018 : a sparkly, well-received Adele singing her nominated "Hello." Her performance was followed by dapper late-night host and Carpool Karaoke crooner James... More »

Not Too Much Politics at Grammys—Until Busta Rhymes

Rapper called Trump 'President Agent Orange' during Tribe Called Quest set

(Newser) - Jennifer Lopez mentioned artists standing up during tough times, and Katy Perry offered some subtle subtext during her own performance, but there wasn't too much in-your-face politics exhibited at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night—until Busta Rhymes took the stage. A Tribe Called Quest gave one... More »

George Michael Tribute Gets Adele Cursing

But she recovered for powerful performance; Prince also honored

(Newser) - David Bowie wasn't the only major performer we lost last year, and the Grammys made sure to pay tribute to two others. First host James Corden spoke on the late George Michael, noting how the performer's music "had an honesty and openness that excluded no one"... More »

This Song Has One Goal: Make Babies Happy

'The Happy Song' is upbeat with plosive sounds babies prefer

(Newser) - Have a fussy baby? Researchers believe they have the solution: a simple lullaby specifically designed to make babies happy. Though it's a simple tune, the process behind "The Happy Song" was actually quite complicated, per Time . The song is the result of plenty of research into infant musical... More »

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