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Lennon Tape Not Heard for 50 Years Hits Auction Block

Includes never-released 'Radio Peace,' performed during John and Yoko's 1970 Denmark visit

(Newser) - Think you've heard every John Lennon bootleg, remaster, and import? There's a new tape in the mix, unheard for more than 50 years, though you'll have to convince the person who just bought it for $58,300 at auction to play it. The 33-minute recording made in...

Rolling Stone Revises List of Best Songs Ever

Aretha is at No. 1

(Newser) - A lot has changed since Rolling Stone published its "500 Greatest Songs" list in 2004, "when the iPod was relatively new and Billie Eilish was three years old," the magazine notes . So, with that in mind, "we've decided to give the list a total reboot,...

Is This Song a Troll or a Serious Form of 'Outsider' Music?
This Viral Song Is So Bad
It Might Be Genius
VIRAL VIDEO

This Viral Song Is So Bad It Might Be Genius

Please explain what Sarah Brand's 'Red Dress' is, exactly, because we can't

(Newser) - It's Friday, so what better time to talk about the video that's sent the internet (and our eardrums) into a tizzy. The viral clip in question is "Red Dress" by Sarah Brand, who describes herself on her site as a "director and writer" from LA, as...

GOP Governor Nixes 'Relic of the Confederacy'

Larry Hogan approves repeal of Maryland's Civil War-era state song, which refers to 'Northern scum'

(Newser) - Since 1939, "Maryland, My Maryland" has served as Maryland's state song, but its 82-year-old reign has just come to an end. On Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan OKed a repeal of the Civil War-era tune after a longtime bipartisan effort to nix it over its controversial lyrics—including referring...

#ShantyTok Is the Latest Online Craze

Sea shanties from times of yore have taken over TikTok

(Newser) - This year has already gotten off to a strange start , and now, what CNET calls another "unexpected development": #ShantyTok. Meaning, TikTok has been inundated by sea shanties, work songs crooned by sailors in centuries past on merchant vessels. The origin of the fad appears to be traceable to Nathan...

2 Legends Collaborate on Anti-Lockdown Single

Van Morrison, Eric Clapton say struggling artists need help

(Newser) - Van Morrison is keeping up his anti-lockdown sentiments, now with help. Eric Clapton performs a new single, "Stand and Deliver," written by Morrison, which will be released Dec. 4 in support of Morrison's "Save Live Music" campaign, per Variety . Morrison, of Northern Ireland, has already released...

This Is Now the Most-Watched Video on YouTube

With 7.04B views, 'Baby Shark' has officially beat out 'Despacito'

(Newser) - You had a good run, "Despacito." The 2017 music video by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee had been ruling the YouTube roost as the most-viewed video ever on the video-sharing platform, with 7,038,120,000 or so views as of Monday morning. Now, per the Guardian , that...

7 Years After His Death, Teen's Song Is Back at No. 1

Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' is tops on iTunes thanks to new movie

(Newser) - Seven years after he died of cancer at age 18, a Minnesota singer-songwriter has returned to the top of the iTunes chart with his inspirational tune, per the AP . The Star Tribune reports that "Clouds" by Zach Sobiech took over iTunes' No. 1 slot from Justin Bieber on Sunday,...

Oddly Soothing TikTok Video Resurrects Song From 1977

Skateboarding, juice, and Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' seems to be formula for viral success

(Newser) - In 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" was climbing the charts, eventually making its way to the No. 1 spot. Now the song is back in the spotlight, thanks to a somewhat bizarre viral video that's catapulted the song to its best streaming week yet. Per the Los Angeles ...

These Firefighters Are Spent, but They Muster a Song
Oregon Firefighters Sing
After a 14-Hour Shift
video

Oregon Firefighters Sing After a 14-Hour Shift

'Take me out to the fire...'

(Newser) - They look exhausted, and no wonder: The team of firefighters in Oregon had just spent 14 hours battling wildfires, reports ABC30 . But the team known as the Big Bark Chippers weren't too tired to deliver their own version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," as shown...

Nickelback Just Figured Out a Way to Unite All the 'Haters'

Canadian band's take on Charlie Daniels' 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' isn't going over well

(Newser) - If you worried that Charlie Daniels would disappear from our thoughts soon after his death last month at the age of 83, Nickelback has swooped in to keep his memory alive. The Canadian rockers have done so by putting out a cover of Daniels' most famous song, "The Devil...

Boy Nabs Record Deal With Song Inspired by George Floyd

'This is what God's called me to do,' says Keedron Bryant, 12

(Newser) - Staring into a camera, Keedron Bryant opened his mouth and his heart. Out poured "I Just Wanna Live," a powerful song about life as a young black man in America that has been shared by figures including Janet Jackson and Barack Obama. It's about to be even...

Girl's Quarantine Song Asks a Pressing 'Existential Question'

'I wonder what's inside your butthole' is Jolee Dunn's earnest query

(Newser) - While stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, have you had ample opportunity to ponder the meaning of life? Or, perchance, what might be in your butthole? If you've come up short on the latter, Jolee Dunn has some possible answers for you. The 8-year-old from Los Angeles has...

McCartney's Scribbled 'Hey Jude' Lyrics Sell for $910K

Part of big Beatles auction commemorating 50th anniversary of their breakup

(Newser) - On April 10, 1970, the Beatles were said to have officially broken up , and to commemorate the weighty occasion, Julien's Auctions offered more than 250 items of Fab Four memorabilia on Friday. Reuters reports that included among the pieces sold off were the wooden stage from a Liverpool venue...

Fallon Picks Perfect Sting Song for a Quarantine Remake

Used in the making of this 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' video: sneakers, scissors, and Connect 4

(Newser) - Like many late-night hosts contending with the coronavirus, Jimmy Fallon has been fulfilling his Tonight Show duties from the comfort of his own home , daughters and dog by his side. And like many Americans getting cabin fever, the 45-year-old is desperately seeking a bit of cheer amid the more sobering...

Bob Dylan Releases Surprise New Song

The 'dizzying' 'Murder Most Foul' delves into JFK's assassination ... and more

(Newser) - If you're looking for new music to listen to this weekend, as well as a walk down memory lane, Bob Dylan just hooked you up with an "absolutely mind-blowing" 17-minute song about JFK's assassination and ... much more. "This is an unreleased song we recorded a while...

With 'Oprah's Bank Account,' a Record for Drake

Canadian rapper has his 208th song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

(Newser) - The cast of Glee had a good run, but Drake's now taking over. The AP reports that the Canadian rapper's latest single, "Oprah's Bank Account," performed with Lil Yachty and DaBaby, debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his 208th...

Exhibit on Ocean Pollution Leads to Big Shock for One Woman

German woman spots mixtape she lost 25 years ago—and it still works

(Newser) - If you're in your late 30s or older, you likely remember the unique joy that accompanied creating what we olds call a "mixtape." A German woman is now reliving that elation after she stumbled upon a mixtape she lost 25 years ago while on vacation in Spain....

Spotify's New Playlist Is for Your Dog
Spotify for Dogs
Is Now a Thing

Spotify for Dogs Is Now a Thing

Music streaming service now offers podcasts, custom playlists for dogs, cats, and other pets

(Newser) - The real question is: Will the fish be able to hear it? If you've ever worried that your dog or cat might get lonely while you're at work, Spotify has come up with an official solution, per Reuters : pet-geared playlists and podcasts. After the company's research revealed...

These Are the Most-Streamed Songs of the Decade

Ed Sheeran, Drake come out on top

(Newser) - As we approach the end of the 2010s, Spotify is out with the most-streamed songs and artists of the decade, per the BBC . The top five songs streamed around the world:
  1. Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"
  2. Drake, Kyla, Wizkid, "One Dance"
  3. Post Malone, "rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)"
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