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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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Two K-Pop Stars Guilty of Rape; One Shared Video

Female victims were too drunk to resist assaults

(Newser) - Two K-pop stars will spend the next several years behind bars—punishment for raping women who were too drunk to resist. Jung Joon-young, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame on a TV talent show, and Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of the boy band FT Island, burst into tears Friday... More »

Producer in Taylor Swift Feud Shares His Side

Painted as 'the bad guy,' Scooter Braun says he just wants communication

(Newser) - The producer Taylor Swift accuses of withholding her early music is urging "communication" as he deals with death threats. "There have been numerous death threats directed at my family," Scooter Braun wrote on Instagram late Thursday, adding his wife had just received a call "threatening the... More »

Newcomers Dominate Diverse Grammy Noms

Lizzo leads with 8, followed by Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish with 6

(Newser) - The 2020 Grammy nominations are out, and there are plenty of surprises. Bruce Springsteen and Halsey were ignored altogether, per USA Today . Ten-time winner Taylor Swift nabbed three nods but was snubbed for record of the year and album of the year in what the Los Angeles Times describes as... More »

Stolen Strad Reborn After Nearly 40 Years

Violinist Nathan Meltzer revives prize instrument in Cambridge, Mass.

(Newser) - A Stradivarius violin stolen four decades ago from the virtuoso Roman Totenberg and returned to his family by a federal prosecutor came alive again—at the crime scene, the AP reports. Nineteen-year-old star violinist Nathan Meltzer revived the prize instrument of the late Polish-born musician on Friday at a public... More »

Taylor Swift: I Can't Use My Own Songs

Singer appeals to fans with Netflix doc, AMA performance in limbo

(Newser) - "This isn't the way I had planned on telling you this news," Taylor Swift wrote on social media Wednesday in announcing Netflix has been creating a documentary about her for the past few years. The abrupt announcement came in desperation, per Variety . "Don't know what... More »

Ringo Starr Gets the Band Back Together

For one song, the Beatles are together, kind of

(Newser) - A decades-old shoutout from John Lennon helped pave the way toward Ringo Starr's latest single—a Beatles reunion of sorts. Paul McCartney plays bass on " Grow Old With Me ," which is one of the last songs written by Lennon. What's more, producer Jack Douglas inserted a... More »

Next to an Ad for Bales of Hay, a Major Coldplay Reveal

Band goes old school to share names of 14 new songs

(Newser) - The track list for Coldplay's eighth album—the band's first in four years—is no longer secret, but the revelation was an unusual one: The band took out ads in the classifieds section in papers in the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia on Wednesday sharing the... More »

Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' Hit With Plagiarism Claim

Songwriting brothers say they're responsible for key line

(Newser) - There's a battle raging over Lizzo's anthem "Truth Hurts"—the second longest-running No. 1 hit tied to a female rapper, with six weeks atop the Billboard's Hot 100 chart, per Forbes . As the New York Times reports, two songwriting brothers lay claim to a signature... More »

This 3-Minute 1980s Song Baffles Internet Sleuths

Nobody can figure out the group

(Newser) - If you took 3 minutes to listen to this song and then were somehow able to identify the group behind it, you'd make a lot of people happy all over the world. Why? As Rolling Stone explains, the song just happens to be nicknamed the "Most Mysterious Song... More »

Uncashed Royalty Check to Kurt Cobain Is Smaller Than You Think

It was for $26, just before the Nirvana made it big

(Newser) - A record store owner in Seattle has stumbled on papers that belonged to the late Kurt Cobain before he became a household name. Matt Vaughan of Easy Street Records bought a collection of Nirvana's tour itineraries back in 1993 but it wasn't until last week that he found... More »

A Dip in Taylor Swift Sales Reflects Changing Times

'Lover' does extremely well, but doesn't crack 1M album sales; streaming is on the rise

(Newser) - Taylor Swift had "one of the best weeks of my life" following the Aug. 23 release of sixth studio album, Lover. Not only did the album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as with each of Swift's previous releases, but it saw the biggest sales week... More »

Taylor Swift: I'll Remake 6 Albums

Plan revealed after sale of original masters

(Newser) - New recordings are on the way from Taylor Swift, and we aren't referring to her album Lover, which drops Friday. The singer-songwriter tells CBS Sunday Morning she will "absolutely" rerecord her songbook after her originals masters were sold to a man she accused of bullying her . In acquiring... More »

50 Years On, 'Fab Four' Hit Abbey Road

Thousands mark 50th anniversary of album cover shot

(Newser) - Fifty years to the day after the Beatles walked across Abbey Road in London, thousands followed in their footsteps, including a newly engaged Paul McCartney lookalike. The Evening Standard reports "an estimated 2,000 fans" gathered Thursday to re-create one of the most iconic album covers of all time.... More »

Simpsons Composer Sues, Says He Was Fired Over Age

Alf Clausen, 78, is suing Fox

(Newser) - Alf Clausen was fired from his role as composer for The Simpsons in 2017 after 27 years on the job , and he says he was told the show was "taking the music in a different direction." But the real reason, the 78-year-old says in a lawsuit against Fox,... More »

Billie Eilish: 'I Felt Like I Deserved to Be in Pain'

Singer talks self-harm, anxiety to 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - Billie Eilish is not shy about her mental health struggles in a revealing and extensive interview with Rolling Stone . The 17-year-old August cover star saw a dream fulfilled as she rocketed to stardom with the spring release of her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?... 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 »

Ed Sheeran Releases Album —and News That He's Married

Singer confirms wedding to Cherry Seaborn

(Newser) - Ed Sheeran released a new album Friday, and during an interview to promote it, mentioned that, oh, yes, he's married now. The Sun reported in February that Sheeran had married Cherry Seaborn, in December, a year after they became engaged. But the singer hadn't confirmed that until a... More »

'Many Things' Led to Avicii's Suicide: Dad

Klas Bergling calls on politicians to stand up for mental health

(Newser) - "If you are very happy or extremely happy, it's not so far to be unhappy. ... Small things can make you sad or move your balance and I think this is what happened," Klas Bergling tells CNN a year after the death of his son, superstar DJ-producer Avicii.... More »

There Is a New Taylor Swift Controversy Brewing

Singer claims Scooter Braun, who just bought her music catalog, bullied her, along with Bieber, Kanye

(Newser) - What are Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and music mogul Scooter Braun all doing in a news story together? It involves the latter's acquisition of Big Machine Label Group, which owns all six studio albums put out by Swift before she signed with Universal in November,... More »

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