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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 »

Here Are Your Grammy Nominations

It's a woman-centric year, with the ladies heavily represented in the 4 big categories

(Newser) - The music of Black Panther, with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards. Also of note: Women are heavily represented in the major four categories. The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion... 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 »

UN Bestows Protected Status Onto Reggae Music

Musical genre added to UNESCO list of items promoted for their 'intangible cultural heritage'

(Newser) - The UN is going to bat for Bob Marley. And Peter Tosh, and Toots and the Maytals, and all reggae music, really, as the musical genre has just been added to a list of protection-worthy items based on "intangible cultural heritage," the BBC reports. That's because of... 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 »

Here Are 2018's 10 Best Albums

These are some of the year's most beloved releases

(Newser) - The sheer volume of music (no pun intended) available to listeners both casual and obsessive in the streaming age is vast to say the least. But in this era of self-curated and Spotify-created playlists, Paste wants folks to know the art of the album is still alive and well. To... 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 »

Metal Band Had Army of Fake Fans

'The entire history of Threatin is a lie,' opening band says of group on UK tour

(Newser) - The musician known as Jered Threatin definitely gets points for ambition and creativity. But that likely isn't endearing him, nor his heavy metal band Threatin, to venue managers in the UK, where the California group kicked off a tour promising loads of headbangers and delivering—well, in the case... More »

Bohemian Rhapsody Disappoints Despite Star's 'Pixie Dust'

Rami Malek is 'phenomenal,' the film not so much

(Newser) - The trailer may have rocked you , but critics aren't sure you'll be floored by Bohemian Rhapsody itself. The Queen biopic, led by Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury, is a letdown for some critics, while others wonder if director Bryan Singer's sudden exit before the film's completion... 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 »

Blues Legend Who Inspired Huge Acts Dead at 84

Otis Rush made it big with 1956 hit "I Can't Quit You Baby"

(Newser) - Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Saturday at the age of 84, his longtime manager says, per the AP . Rush succumbed to complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003, manager... More »

Science Decrees the Most Danceable Songs

Timbaland is on top in new analysis

(Newser) - It's got a good beat and you can dance to it. Researchers have taken that old line to a whole new level with a study published in the American Sociological Review , reports Quartz . You can dig into the particulars here , but the upshot is that researchers from the Columbia... More »

'Significant' Bowie Recording Found in Bread Basket

Demo tape of star singing at age 16 will go on the auction block

(Newser) - Misplaced oddity? David Bowie's very first demo track, made when he was just 16, is set to go on the auction block in September and could fetch as much as $13,000. The Guardian and Independent report that the 1963 recording of Bowie—then known by his given name,... More »

It's a Girl for Rap's Reigning Queen

Cardi B welcomes first child with husband Offset

(Newser) - An infant's cries follow wedding bells for Cardi B and fellow hip-hop artist Offset. The pair welcomed daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus Tuesday at a hospital in Atlanta, reports TMZ . It's the first child for 25-year-old Cardi B, who revealed her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live in April, and... More »

Why an Old Green Day Song Is Climbing UK Charts

Social media campaign aims to make 'American Idiot' No. 1 single for Trump's arrival

(Newser) - A 14-year-old song by Green Day is climbing various music charts in the UK—and the reason has everything to do with President Trump's arrival there later this week. The song is "American Idiot," and a social media campaign launched by Trump critics aims to make it... More »

Elvis Costello Reveals 'Aggressive' Cancer

He says surgery was successful, but he cancels 6 European dates on doctor's orders

(Newser) - After undergoing surgery in May to remove a "very aggressive" cancerous tumor, Elvis Costello is ending his European summer tour early. "The spirit has been more than willing but I have to now accept it is going to take longer than I would have wished for me to... More »

Suit: Sheeran's Grammy-Winning Song Isn't His

Company alleging copyright infringement wants $100M

(Newser) - Ed Sheeran has another copyright infringement lawsuit to add to the pile. In the latest case, the singer is accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye's " Let's Get It On ," which Gaye wrote with Edward Townsend in 1973 , per TMZ. Structured Asset Sales, which claims to have... More »

Joe Jackson Dead at 89

Joe Jackson launched the Jackson 5 to stardom, but not without controversy

(Newser) - Joe Jackson, the iron-fisted Jackson family patriarch and manager, died Wednesday at age 89 from cancer, reports Billboard and TMZ . The father of Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson launched the Jackson 5—which included Michael and brothers Jackie, Marlon, Jermaine, and Tito—in Gary, Ind., in the 1960s. The group... More »

The 'Carpool Karaoke' Song That Made James Corden Cry

Hearing the origins of 'Let It Be' from Paul McCartney proved emotional for the late-night host

(Newser) - A day in the life of James Corden often involves cajoling celebrities into his car as he cruises in Los Angeles, where they enjoy conversation and belt out songs together as part of the 'Carpool Karaoke' segment on Corden's Late Late Show. This week, however, the British comedian... More »

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