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Elvis Held This Record for 60 Years. Bieber Just Broke It

The Biebs claims 7th No. 1 album as solo artist at age 25; Presley was 26 when he did the same

(Newser) - Nearly six decades ago, Elvis Presley won bragging rights to an impressive feat: In 1961, with his Blue Hawaii album, the 26-year-old King became the youngest individual to have seven No. 1 albums on the US charts. The late legend's record just got smashed, however, at the hands of... More »

Rapper, 20, Murdered Days After Album Drops

Pop Smoke shot and killed in apparent home invasion

(Newser) - Up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke was murdered early Wednesday in what TMZ describes as a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills. The rapper, born Bashar Jackson, was shot and killed around 4:30am when masked men broke into a home where a gathering had taken place, the outlet reports, citing law... More »

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.... More »

Loretta Lynn: They've Killed Country Music

But 'I'm here to start feeding it,' says 87-year-old

(Newser) - Country music is dead, according to a legend of the genre. "I think it's dead. I think it's a shame," Loretta Lynn tells fellow country singer Martina McBride on the latter's podcast Vocal Point , per People . "I'm getting mad about it. I am.... More »

'Game-Changer' Upends Old Story About Beethoven

The classical music giant could actually hear a little

(Newser) - Ludwig van Beethoven composed masterpieces while totally deaf, right? Well, hold that thought. New research into his so-called "conversation books" suggests Beethoven had a little hearing in his left ear until soon before he died in 1827, the Guardian reports. "This is going to send everybody scurrying to... More »

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... More »

Another 'Huge Honor' for Billie Eilish

18-year-old is youngest artist to record James Bond theme

(Newser) - Billie Eilish isn't done making history. The youngest person to be nominated in the four main Grammy categories in a single year, also the youngest to be named Billboard's Woman of the Year, is now the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme... More »

7-Foot-Tall 'Giant' Leads Orchestra, Busts a Move

NBA Player Tacko Fall led Boston Pops in "Sleigh Ride" at Symphony Hall

(Newser) - Boston Celtics player Tacko Fall made his debut as a guest conductor during the renowned Boston Pops orchestra's holiday concert, the AP reports. The 7-foot-6 center took the stage to lead the orchestra in a rendition of the song "Sleigh Ride" at Boston's Symphony Hall Monday night.... More »

New Proof of 'How Powerful the Arts Are'

Researchers say engaging in art, music, theater can lower risk of dying early

(Newser) - It doesn't seem like a stretch to say most people feel pretty good after a stimulating afternoon at the museum or rousing Broadway production. Now, research out of University College London suggests that exposing oneself to the arts—be it going to museums, art galleries, concerts, the opera, or... More »

'It Must Have Been Love' Singer Dead at 61

Marie Fredriksson had battled brain tumor since 2002

(Newser) - One half of the Swedish duo that brought us the hit songs " Listen To Your Heart ," " Joyride ," and " It Must Have Been Love " has died. Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson passed away Monday at age 61 after what management described as "a 17-year-long battle... More »

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 »

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