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British researchers discover ‘world’s most catchy songs’

Researchers at the University of London found the elements of a song that make them a singalong hit and have declared Queen’s We are the Champions as the world’s catchiest song. The key elements to a catchy song are: long and detailed musical phrases, multi-pitch changes in a song’s “hook”,…

Union president: We and ‘Occupy Wall Street’ are ‘singing the same song’

Transport Workers Union president John Samuelson appeared Friday on Current TV’s Countdown and explained to guest host David Shuster that his union is making common cause with the Occupy Wall Street protesters because they are “singing the same song and fighting the same battle that our union has fought for…

South Park creators dropped acid before Oscars

Back in 2000, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker bewildered people when they showed up at the Academy Awards, after their song “Blame Canada” was nominated for an Oscar, in dresses copied from ones previously worn to the event by Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. Stone and Parker…

Obama heckled at fundraiser by Bradley Manning supporters

WASHINGTON – Ten supporters of accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning paid at least $5,000 to attend a fundraiser with President Barack Obama Thursday and interrupted his speech with a song protesting soldier’s treatment. Obama was speaking at a San Francisco hotel to a room of about 200 donors — some…

Willie Nelson to dodge jail over pot bust — in exchange for playing a song

On the road again, headed back to the “Live Music Capital of the World” (better known as Austin, Texas) around November of last year, legendary musician Willie Nelson was stopped by police in Hudspeth County. Smelling marijuana in Willie’s trailer, cops conducted a search, found the stash, and took the…

“South Park” creators hit Broadway with Mormon musical

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s sprinkled with jokes about Mormons discriminating against black people and repressed gay longings, but the creators of a new musical about Mormons say it won’t attract the sort of religious controversy they are famous for. One of the most anticipated musicals this Broadway season, “The…

U2′s anti-apartheid song caused new stir in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – Irish pop singer Bono caused a stir in South Africa on Sunday after expressing support for the singing of an anti-apartheid struggle song that includes the lyrics “shoot the farmer”. The song has been at the centre of a politically charged controversy in South Africa, where the firebrand…

German kindergartens ordered to pay copyright for songs

The Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Production Rights (GEMA) contacted 36,000 daycare facilities across Germany warning them they needed to sign contracts with the agency before they can photocopy song texts. The rules came into effect just this year. “If a preschool wants to make its own copy of…

No Mamma Mia! Abba stops Danish far-right from using hit

Legendary Swedish pop group Abba has stopped the far-right Danish People’s Party (DPP) from using their “Mamma Mia” hit at meetings, the studio which holds the rights to the song said Friday. “It came to our knowledge that the Danish People’s Party had used in some way the song ‘Mamma…

Web embraces JetBlue flight attendant in NY ruckus

A folk hero in digital times, JetBlue flight attendant in NYC ruckus is celebrated on the Web A folk hero in digital times, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater has been thoroughly embraced by the Web. Not only have news stories about his meltdown on a plane from Pittsburgh to New…

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