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Hall & Oates Rocker: You Can't 'Comprehend' How I Lived

John Oates explains his old love life

(Newser) - Well, he might just be right. John Oates, of the mega pop duo Hall & Oates, says "there's no way you can comprehend" his love life back in the day. "I'm sure it was thousands," he tells the New York Post when asked how many... More »

Katy Perry Gets Hefty Bill for Stolen Song

She'll reportedly pay $550K of $2.78M penalty

(Newser) - The Grammy-nominated 2013 hit "Dark Horse" will cost Katy Perry and her team a whopping $2.78 million, per USA Today . A jury of nine who ruled that the song improperly copied from 2009 rap song "Joyful Noise" ordered Perry to pay $550,000 to Christian rapper Flame—... More »

He Never Wanted to Be a Music Icon. He Became One Anyway

Talk Talk's Mark Hollis dead at age 64: reports

(Newser) - The frontman and creative mind behind the UK's Talk Talk has reportedly died at the age of 64. Per the Guardian , Anthony Costello, believed to be a relative of Mark Hollis', tweeted Monday, "RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the... More »

Buckingham: 'Screaming' Phone Call Got Me Fired

Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist says it's finally over and done

(Newser) - Lindsey Buckingham's exit from Fleetwood Mac is official—legally speaking—and he sounds like a man who's getting close to acceptance: "I'm happy enough with it," the guitarist tells CBS News , saying the band has settled their lawsuit. "I'm not out there trying... 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 »

'Musical Midlife Crisis' Comes at Age 42

Plus: parents aren't hip, and our musical taste 'matures' when we're 35

(Newser) - Don't be surprised if, at age 42, you find yourself turning to Top 40 once again. A taste expert at Spotify, Ajay Kalia, turned to data from the service to determine that we're most into chart-toppers in our teenage years, the Guardian reports. But "around age 42,... More »

'Brilliant' Babymetal Upsets 'Troo' Metalheads

Many critics love Japanese metal-pop band

(Newser) - The Japanese band Babymetal mixes headbanging with J-pop melodies and choreography in a way that "upsets the status quo"—and that's a good thing, writes Adrien Begrand at NPR . While metal fans are divided over the trio of Japanese teen girls (Suzuka Nakamoto, Yui Mizuno, and Moa... More »

What Bieber, the Beatles Share in Common

Canadian singer and classic band like the same rhymes

(Newser) - Think the Beatles and Justin Bieber have nothing in common? Not so: They each used do/you more than any other rhyme, which isn't so odd considering that Madonna, Prince, Kanye West, Bob Dylan, and most other top-selling pop musicians between 1960 and 2013 favored it too, reports Slate . According... More »

Hitmaking Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 72

Streisand, Sinatra, Billy Joel among artists who worked with him

(Newser) - You may not know his name, but Phil Ramone—one of the most successful music producers of his era—died in a New York hospital this morning at age 72, Billboard reports. He had been admitted late last month with an aortic aneurysm. His incredible career included 14 Grammy awards,... More »

Bieber Faints Onstage in London

But he still finishes the show

(Newser) - More evidence of a meltdown ? Justin Bieber collapsed during a performance last night at a London arena. Backstage, he was given oxygen as he took a 20-minute break; then he hit the stage again to finish the show, against doctors' recommendations, Reuters reports. Bieber had been "very light... More »

Lady Gaga Postpones Shows Over 'Chronic Pain'

Calls it a show injury, plans to be back for gig Tuesday

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is postponing three performances because she's suffering from synovitis, or "severe inflammation of the joints," according to her Twitter account. She's delaying shows in Chicago, Detroit, and Hamilton, Ontario, the BBC reports. "To the fans in Chicago Detroit & Hamilton I hope you... More »

Soloists Die Young More Often Than Band Members

Plus: European rockers less likely to die prematurely

(Newser) - Hey, pop stars: Want to live a long and healthy life? You're better off joining a band, a study finds. Famous solo musicians suffer double the early-death risk that band members face, say researchers who reviewed the lives of 1,400 stars active between 1956 and 2006. As of... More »

Popular Protest Songs Might Be Gone Forever

Today's music is apolitical, and don't expect that to change: Stephen Walt

(Newser) - Heard any good American protest songs lately? Yeah, probably not, and Stephen M. Walt laments the demise of the artform in Foreign Policy . It's not like there's a shortage of things to write about, given the context of two wars, the lousy economy, and a seeming national contempt... More »

Stones, Bowie, Kate Bush Snubbed Olympic Show

Aging stars turned down offer to perform

(Newser) - The star-studded Olympic closing bash seemed to include all of Britain's pop royalty, but in fact major figures snubbed the event—including David Bowie, Kate Bush, and the Rolling Stones, the Guardian reports. Bowie, 65, was considered a long-shot because he hasn't toured since 2006. Rumor had it... More »

Is Kim Jong Un Dating a Pop Star?

Spotted with singer of 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady'

(Newser) - Celebrity gossip all the way from Pyongyang: A woman spotted with supreme leader Kim Jong Un recently isn't his sister, as earlier reports suggested. Instead, she has been identified as a pop star his late father once refused to let him see, the Daily Mail reports. Hyon Song Wol,... More »

Pop Music Getting Sadder, More Complex

New songs tend toward minor scales and mixed emotions

(Newser) - Pop music is getting sadder, slower, and more sophisticated, according to a new study published in a psychology journal. Researchers analyzed Top 40 hits in Billboard from the mid-60's through 2010 and discovered that popular tunes have increasingly been written in "minor modes"—which associate with darker... More »

Monkees' Davy Jones Dead at 66

Singer suffered fatal heart attack

(Newser) - Monkees frontman Davy Jones died of a heart attack this morning in Florida at the age of 66. Jones had the heart attack in his home, and was taken to Martin Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, a spokesman tells TMZ . He gave what turned out to be his... More »

5 Habits That Are Really Addictions

Pop tunes, salty snacks, and tanning? All addictive

(Newser) - Drugs, sex, alcohol—such addictions belong to other people, right? Not so, says Cracked , which lists five everyday addictions:
  • Pop music. Scientists have predicted pop hits by performing MRI scans on people listening to unreleased tunes. Future hits lit up pleasure centers in the brain; dopamine was released when melodies
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Hear New Gaga Tunes... Only on FarmVille

Singer's 'GagaVille' farm will release exclusive tracks

(Newser) - Gaga for Gaga? It’s time to start a virtual farm. Lady Gaga is releasing exclusive new tracks from her album via a special “GagaVille” estate in FarmVille, the AP reports. Players of the online game must accomplish certain tasks to hear one new song per day between May... More »

1960s Singer John Walker Dead at 67

Walker Brothers guitarist was hitmaker in Britain

(Newser) - John Walker, a founding member of 1960s pop trio the Walker Brothers, died Saturday in Los Angeles after battling liver cancer, the Guardian reports. He was 67. The American singer, songwriter, and guitarist helped the UK-based band score big hits, including “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The... More »

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