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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 »

Ex-Wife Discovers 'Lost' Record by American Giant

1963 record by the John Coltrane Quartet is about to come out

(Newser) - One of America's most acclaimed musical artists has a new record coming out more than 50 years after he died, the New York Times reports. The newly revived label Impulse! says it will release Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album by the John Coltrane Quartet, a 1963 recording... More »

Everybody, Backstreet's Back—Again

Band releases first new single since 2013

(Newser) - Backstreet's back for the first time in five years. The Backstreet Boys, who just celebrated 25 years together, released their first new single since 2013 on Thursday, along with a music video featuring plenty of five-person dance formations. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," not to be... More »

Volatile Track Missing From Guns N' Roses Album Reissue

'One in a Million' from 1988 features N-word, anti-gay slur

(Newser) - A re-released version of a Guns N' Roses' album won't sound quite how fans remember it. "One in a Million," a song that made waves upon its release because it featured the N-word, an anti-gay slur, and anti-immigrant sentiments, has been omitted from a box set reissue... More »

Belgian Singer Promises 'Rebirth,' Dies Next Day

Maurane's death at her home not considered suspicious

(Newser) - "I really believed for almost a year that I would never sing again," Belgian singer Maurane, real name Claudine Luypaerts, said in a Sunday interview, describing a "rebirth," per the BBC . Over the weekend, the singer participated in a concert in Brussels, which was to mark... More »

ABBA Went Into the Studio, Came Out With 2 New Songs

Swedish pop supergroup makes surprise announcement 35 years after breakup

(Newser) - Mamma mia! The members of ABBA say they've recorded new material for the first time in 35 years. Per the AP , the Swedish pop supergroup says it has recorded two new songs, including one entitled "I Still Have Faith in You." The news was announced Friday in... More »

Here's Why Buckingham Is Out of Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks says ousted member wanted tour pushed back

(Newser) - Two weeks after his exit from Fleetwood Mac was revealed, Lindsey Buckingham remains mum about the cause. Not his former band members. Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone the split came after Buckingham proposed pushing back the band's upcoming North American tour, which kicks off Oct. 3. "We were... More »

Miley Cyrus Sued for $300M Over Song Lyric

Artist Flourgon says line in 'We Can't Stop' too similar to his 1988 hit

(Newser) - "We Can't Stop" is Miley Cyrus' third biggest hit, according to Billboard . And Marie Claire considers it one of her five best songs. A new lawsuit, however, claims it's not exactly hers. Jamaican artist Flourgon (real name Michael May) is suing Cyrus, Sony Music, and RCA... More »

Famous Singer Sentenced to Jail for Insulting River

2nd Egyptian singer sentenced to jail time over a music video

(Newser) - To ancient Egyptians, the Nile River was the lifeblood of civilization. It's apparently no less dear to modern Egyptians, as a well-known pop singer has learned the hard way. Sherine Abdel-Wahab—described by the BBC as one of Egypt's most famous singers and a judge on the Arabic... More »

Judge Sides With Swift Over 'Unoriginal' Lyrics

Two songwriters say she ripped off words for 'Shake It Off'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift counted another courtroom win Tuesday, though the reason revolved around lyrics deemed by a judge to be "unoriginal" and "uncreative." Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued Swift for copyright infringement last year, arguing that Swift's 2014 hit "Shake It Off" borrowed heavily... More »

Metal Band to Donate 'Zombie' Cover Profits to O'Riordan's Kids

'Hopefully it does some good'

(Newser) - It was a thrill when metal band Bad Wolves heard Dolores O'Riordan liked their cover of "Zombie"—which they recorded for their upcoming debut album—so much that she wanted to sing on it, Rolling Stone reports. Bad Wolves' Tommy Vext tells Sky News it was "... More »

Bono Says He Almost Died While Making U2 Album

He's also disappointed in the state of today's 'girly' rock 'n' roll music

(Newser) - What you may know: U2's new album, Songs of Experience, came out in early December. What you may not know: Bono apparently almost died while making it. That's per a new interview with Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner in which the U2 frontman doesn't reveal exactly what... More »

Lady Gaga Fulfills 'Lifelong Dream'

She's heading for a Las Vegas residency

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is following in the footsteps of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Cher. The singer is the latest to secure a Las Vegas residency, and will be belting out tunes at the 5,200-seat MGM Park Theater at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino beginning in late 2018. She'... More »

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