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Could These Be the Best Soundtrack Albums Ever?

They are for Steve Hyden, Uproxx's cultural critic

(Newser) - If you've had your fill of this summer's tunes, and your other playlists are feeling kind of tired, revisiting movie soundtracks can be a fun way to keep the music going. Writing for Uproxx , cultural critic Steve Hyden has compiled his favorites in that genre. He lays out...

Conservatives Rally to Turn Unknown Artist Into a Star
Unknown Singer's Song
Becomes Conservative Anthem
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Unknown Singer's Song Becomes Conservative Anthem

Oliver Anthony's 'Rich Men North of Richmond' praised on the right in particular

(Newser) - Days after the release of his first professionally recorded song, a relatively unknown country artist and aspiring off-grid farmer from Farmville, Virginia, has suddenly found himself with an audience of millions. It's the kind of success artists like Oliver Anthony only dream of. In the days before the release...

A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50
A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50

A 'Magical Art Form' Turns 50

On Aug. 11, 1973, 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc put hip-hop music on the map

(Newser) - It was born in the break, all those decades ago—that moment when a song's vocals dropped, instruments quieted down, and the beat took the stage. It was then that hip-hop came into the world, taking the moment and reinventing it. The music was something new, coming out of...

Crooner Tony Bennett Is Dead at 96
Crooner Tony Bennett
Is Dead at 96

Crooner Tony Bennett Is Dead at 96

Some of his greatest success came after the age of 60

(Newser) - Tony Bennett, the eminent and timeless stylist whose devotion to classic American songs and knack for creating new standards such as "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" graced a decades-long career, died Friday at 96. He was just two weeks short of his birthday. Publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed...

Jason Aldean's Song Is Months-Old. The Controversy Is Fresh
Jason Aldean: Accusations
About My Song Are 'Dangerous'
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Jason Aldean: Accusations About My Song Are 'Dangerous'

CMT pulls music video amid backlash over song critics say encourages violence

(Newser) - Country Music Television pulled a music video from country music superstar Jason Aldean on Monday after critics said it contained racist dog whistles. The lyrics of "Try That in a Small Town," a song released in May, include veiled threats against people who try to seize guns or...

US Listeners Gravitating to Non-English Music

Streaming is up, with Spanish and K-pop leading the way

(Newser) - Is non-English language music the future of the music business? New stats suggest as much, per the AP . The global music industry has surpassed 1 trillion streams at the fastest pace ever in a calendar year, according to Luminate's 2023 Midyear Report . The number was reached in three months,...

Combining Math, Music Study Boost Student Test Scores

A half century of research went into drawing this conclusion

(Newser) - Jazz great Duke Ellington once said music "is as modern as tomorrow" and "endless as ... mathematics." Scientists who combed through 50 years of research might tell the Duke he was onto something. While past research had noted the connection between musical inclination and math ability, a new...

A Butthole Surfer, Symbol of Generation X, Is Gone

Teresa Taylor, also of 'Slacker' fame, accepted end-stage lung disease diagnosis with grace

(Newser) - Teresa Taylor, who drummed with the punk-rock band Butthole Surfers in the 1980s, has died at age 60. The band announced her death Monday, saying she "passed away peacefully this weekend after a long battle with lung disease." In her own post, Taylor's partner and caretaker, Cheryl...

Fed Chair: 'What Can I Say?' I'm a Deadhead

At House hearing, Jerome Powell raves about recent Dead & Company show

(Newser) - A blurry photo taken at a Dead & Company concert in Virginia earlier this month caused quite a stir on social media. Viewed 2.8 million times as of this writing, it shows a gray-haired man in a collared shirt and baseball cap among the crowd of fans watching the...

AI's Latest Trick: A Final Beatles Song

Paul McCartney says it will be released this year

(Newser) - For years, Paul McCartney has teased one final Beatles song. Now, with help from artificial intelligence, it's finally complete. "We just finished it up and it'll be released this year," McCartney told the BBC on Tuesday, adding the song began as a demo from John Lennon....

Meg White Hears the Critics. No, She Won't Talk About It

'Elle' profiles the former White Stripes drummer, who is happy to eschew public life

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the name Meg White was trending on Twitter because a political reporter dissed her drumming for the defunct but iconic rock band the White Stripes. As Melissa Giannini writes in Elle , the backlash arrived quickly on behalf of the "extremely introverted" White, who disappeared from public...

Jury Sides With Ed Sheeran in Song-Stealing Trial

Singer was accused of pilfering from a Marvin Gaye classic

(Newser) - Ed Sheeran is not a musical plagiarist, a New York jury decided Thursday. Jurors sided with Sheeran, who maintained he didn't rip off the Marvin Gaye classic "Let's Get It On" when he created his own song "Thinking Out Loud," reports NBC News . Jurors reached...

Here Are Your Inductees for Rock Hall of Fame

Missy Elliott, first female hip-hop artist to be inducted, joined by Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow

(Newser) - Missy Elliott will be the first female hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in her first year of eligibility to boot. The Cleveland-based institution announced its 2023 inductees on Wednesday, singling out Elliott—who became eligible for induction 25 years after her first commercial...

Ed Sheeran Prepares to Defend Song in Court

Singer is accused of ripping off the Marvin Gaye classic 'Let's Get It On'

(Newser) - Jury selection and opening statements are set to begin Monday in a trial that mashes up Ed Sheeran's “Thinking Out Loud” with Marvin Gaye's “Let's Get It On.” The heirs of Ed Townsend, Gaye's co-writer of the 1973 soul classic, sued Sheeran, alleging...

Hit by Drake, the Weeknd Went Viral. It Wasn't Theirs

We have a new can of worms, courtesy of AI

(Newser) - A song that went viral on streaming platforms over the weekend appeared to feature Drake and The Weeknd trading verses about fellow singer Selena Gomez. But as Mashable reports, "Heart On My Sleeve" was both "very good and very fake." The AI-generated tune had actually come from...

Super Mario Bros. Theme Is Officially a 'Defining' US Sound

It enters the National Recording Registry, along with 24 other 'sound artifacts'

(Newser) - Mario, Madonna, and Mariah have entered the national audio canon. Madonna’s star-making 1984 album Like a Virgin, Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday perennial "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and the original 1985 theme from Super Mario Bros. are now in the US National Recording Registry...

He Spent His Life Chasing a Music Legend
He Spent His Life
Chasing a Music Legend

He Spent His Life Chasing a Music Legend

'Texas Monthly' looks at the troubled life of folklorist 'Mack' McCormick

(Newser) - Two decades ago, Michael Hall wrote a flattering profile of music folklorist Robert "Mack" McCormick for Texas Monthly. Hall's new profile in Texas Monthly of McCormick, who died in 2015, is less flattering and far more complicated. The focus is on McCormick's decades-long quest to write the...

Remember '90s Band Live? Things Took a Nasty Turn

'Rolling Stone' explores the group's breakup

(Newser) - Fans of the '90s band Live can catch them performing these days, but typically at smaller venues in smaller markets, writes Andy Greene at Rolling Stone . Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk still fronts the group, though guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, and drummer Chad Gracey were fired by Kowalczyk...

Daisy Jones Inspires List of Best Songs by Fake Bands

'Rolling Stone' ranks hits from fictional onscreen groups

(Newser) - The first episodes of the TV series Daisy Jones & the Six weren't released on Amazon until Friday, as was the tied-in album, but the fictional musical group already has taken its place among the best bands that never were. Rolling Stone has produced a list of the top...

Obama's Annual Holiday Gift to Us Is Here

Former president shares his list of favorite books, movies, and music in 2022

(Newser) - If your favorite part of the year is at the end, when ex-presidents release their "best of" lists, Barack Obama has hooked you up yet again. The 61-year-old former commander in chief has released his annual roundup of favorite books, movies, and songs, and the eclectic mix has something...

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