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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 »

The New James Bond Flick Gets a Theme Song

Sam Smith's 'Writing on the Wall' follows Adele's big hit

(Newser) - Apparently Sam Smith was just pulling our collective leg. The British singer who has repeatedly denied singing the theme song for the new James Bond flick, says the song will in fact be out on Sept. 25, reports NME . "This has been top secret mission of my own,"... More »

Obama Has Two Summer Song Playlists

He provides 2 for Spotify

(Newser) - We know what President Obama is reading this summer , but what is he listening to? It depends what time of day it is. The White House joined Spotify, and it says Obama came up with two separate summer playlists, one for the day and one for the night. Billboard is... More »

So Long, 20th Century: Columbia House Files Chapter 11

Ex-mail-order giant just couldn't compete with digital music, streaming

(Newser) - Nearly everyone with a penny and a PO box who came of age in the final part of the 20th century built up their CD—or gasp, cassette tape—collections with the help of mail-order giant Columbia House. But what the Verge calls the "Spotify of the '80s"... More »

How Scientists Know What Music You Like

Cognitive style is a major predictor of musical taste

(Newser) - Are you an empathizer, preferring to focus on the emotions of those around you, or a systemizer, interested in the patterns and rules of the world? How you answer that question predicts what style of music you like, report University of Cambridge psychologists in the journal PLoS ONE . In fact,... More »

The Secret to a Hit Summer Song

Forget tempo, it's all about repetition

(Newser) - It's got a good beat and you can dance to it, but how is its "processing fluency?" The term, the Washington Post explains, is at the heart of social scientists' latest quest to explain why some songs catch on as the "song of the summer"—or... More »

Neil Young Pulling Music Off Streaming Services

But not because of royalties

(Newser) - Neil Young says he's yanking his entire music catalog off streaming services—because of sound quality, not royalties, reports Rolling Stone . "Streaming has ended for me," he wrote on Facebook . "I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history... More »

Study: '80s Metalheads Turned Out Pretty Great

They're satisfied with life, have fewer regrets

(Newser) - Heavy metal was the No. 1-selling music genre in 1989, and parents feared the worst: that Satan worship, drug use, loads of sex, and suicide went along with it, write researchers in the journal Self and Identity . Records were burned, "Parental Advisory" warning labels were born, and some '... More »

5 Best of Albums of 2015, So Far

Paste runs them down

(Newser) - The folks at Paste are taking stock at the halfway point of the year to list the best of albums of 2015 to date. Their top 5:
  1. Father John Misty, I Love You Honeybear: Its "most striking moments meditate on the sublime and deeply complicated art of sharing life
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Apple Unveiling New Streaming Service Today

$10-per-month service hopes to attract 100M subscribers

(Newser) - Apple is about to make sound waves: The company that brought you iTunes is expected to announce a paid streaming service at its annual developers conference in San Francisco today, reports the AP . The Wall Street Journal , which broke the news, reports the subscription will cost $10 per month. Though... More »

Got 18 Days to Spare? Thom Yorke Has a New Song

Radiohead singer's new piece is 432 hours

(Newser) - Radiohead's Thom Yorke has supplied a piece of music to accompany an art exhibit in Australia, and if you started listening to it today, you'd be done on June 17. Yes, his "Subterranea" is 432 hours, or 18 days, long. And as the Independent reports, "no... More »

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