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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 »

First a Stint as Jimi Hendrix's Son—Then an '$18K' Album

Billy Yeager's story is definitely an odd one

(Newser) - A blond Florida surfer who once pretended to be Jimmy Story , the son of Jimi Hendrix, apparently enjoyed the attention so much from that original hoax that he tried to pull off an even bigger one, as documented by NPR 's Andrew Flanagan. This one involved aspiring musician Billy... 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 »

University Uncovers Songs From Holocaust Survivors

Songs were sung in Krakow cellars to inspire people to resist the Germans

(Newser) - At the end of World War II, a Jewish trauma psychologist in Illinois went to Europe to record conversations with Holocaust survivors in the hopes of better understanding how they were coping, reports Newsweek . He often broke the ice by having people sing, but when he died in 1961 and... More »

He May Have Cracked Century-Old Music 'Enigma'

But not all scholars are convinced of Bob Padgett's theory

(Newser) - At the debut of his Variations on an Original Theme in 1899, English composer and cryptographer Edward Elgar hinted at a riddle of sorts hidden in the work. The idea is that the 14 variations in the piece are, in fact, variations of a particular piece of music. "So... More »

First Time's the Charm for 2016 Rock Hall

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam among inductees

(Newser) - The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also includes folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes, and Electric Light Orchestra. While Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam, and ELO were elected this year in their first... More »

Thom Yorke's Longtime Partner Dead at 48

Rachel Owen died of cancer on Sunday

(Newser) - Rachel Owen, the former longtime partner of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, died Sunday following a battle with cancer. She was 48. Owen and Yorke—parents to two children, aged 12 and 15—met as art students at Exeter University before starting a 23-year relationship that ended in August 2015, reports... More »

ELP Rocker Greg Lake Dead at 69

He lost 'a long and stubborn battle with cancer'

(Newser) - Greg Lake of 1970s rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died Wednesday after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer," his manager says. He was 69. A progressive rock pioneer, the British vocalist and guitarist first formed King Crimson with Robert Fripp and Mike Giles in the 1960s,... More »

Rolling Stone's 10 Best Albums of 2016

David Bowie and Leonard Cohen's final goodbyes make the list

(Newser) - This year has been a long one, a fact not lost even on the escapist music world. In the preface to its annual "best albums" list, Rolling Stone notes that "2016 was seemingly hardwired to self-destruct," complete with "explicitly political R&B molotovs" from Beyonce and... More »

Leonard Cohen's Cause of Death Revealed

Singer suffered a fall, then died in his sleep

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen's death at 82 was "sudden, unexpected" yet also "peaceful," according to his manager. In a statement to Cohencentric.com , Robert Kory says Cohen suffered a fall in the middle of the night and died in his sleep on Nov. 7— three days before the... More »

Leonard Cohen's Famed Song Was Initially a Dud

'Hallelujah' for cover versions

(Newser) - Don't be surprised if you hear Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah dominating airwaves today as a tribute to the man described by some as the best songwriter who ever lived . But there's quite the story behind the song covered by more than 300 artists, including Rufus Wainwright, Willie Nelson,... More »

Music Makes High-Intensity Exercise Easier to Take

Tunes also make people more likely to continue

(Newser) - High-intensity interval training is all the rage, with research suggesting that just a few minutes of all-out sweating could reap the same health benefits as a 45-minute moderate workout, and that's true even for the elderly . The draw is clear—interval training takes less time, after all—but so... More »

Pop Culture's Weirdest 'Cover-Ups'

Vulture compiles 70 biggest celebrity conspiracy theories—including that Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey

(Newser) - Take a timeout from Election 2016 conspiracy theories and do a deep dive instead into tinfoil-hat whispers on the pop culture front. Vulture has spent the past few months performing what it calls an "exhaustive cataloguing" of the biggest cover-ups in music, literature, film, TV, and "anything else... More »

'New' Music From Prince Is On the Way

Album out Nov. 22 will include unreleased song

(Newser) - The Purple One is gracing us with "new" music six months after his death. Prince 4Ever, a greatest hits collection of 40 songs due out Nov. 22, will include the first official release of 1982's "Moonbeam Levels," though the song has been available for awhile on... More »

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