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Spotify, Fix Your Crooked Logo—It’s Driving Me Nuts

The Spotify logo is tilted. It took me entirely too long to know this for sure. Read More >>

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Watch Michael Jackson’s Classic ’80s Sci-Fi World in This Rough Cut of Captain EO

When I was a kid, my favourite movie in the world was 1985's Captain EO. Yes, the 17-minute Michael Jackson sci-fi fantasy played at the Disney theme parks, but it also made an appearance on TV. My parents recorded it on VHS for me, and I honestly wore out the tape rewatching it so many times. And if you loved the movie as much as me, you should get excited. We now have some never-before-seen insights into the making of this Francis Ford Coppola-directed classic. Someone has uploaded a rough cut of the film to YouTube. Read More >>

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Rod Stewart Finally Embarrassed by Leopard Skin Chair at Age 73

Rod Stewart's having a clear out of all the trappings of fame he's acquired over the past innumerable, interminable decades, with a local auction house about to shift a load of his unwanted classic and more gaudy modern furniture items, as he's moving house. Read More >>

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The Only Known Sound in Space Is This ‘Singing’ Black Hole

Everyone knows there is no sound in space. After all, a sound wave requires a medium, like air or water, to travel through, and space is mostly a vacuum. But in studying a nearby galaxy cluster, astronomers detected a true occurrence of sound in space – and in this case, the incredibly deep sound was coming from a black hole. Read More >>

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What Caused Carnegie Hall to Lose Its Famous Acoustics in 1986?

In May 1986, the venerated Carnegie Hall concert venue in New York City shut down for 30 weeks of major repairs. The beautiful music hall had hosted legends including Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, and The Beatles, but after nearly 100 years, the building was in serious need of renovations. Read More >>

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Music Piracy is Down in the UK, According to YouGov

The past few years has seen an explosion in different ways to access media content easily and legally. While piracy hasn't disappeared completely, multiple studies have shown levels of piracy have fallen over the past few years suggesting some people have been adopting legal sources instead of doing everything illegally. Now the latest YouGov study has found fewer British people are pirating their music compared to five years ago. Read More >>

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Data Analysts Say Paul McCartney is Exaggerating His Role in One Beatles Song

Researchers using data and computers think they know better then the actual memory of a man who's still alive, and are telling Paul McCartney that he "misremembers" a key part of Beatles history. Read More >>

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7 Problems with YouTube Music that Need Fixing Fast

It might come as no surprise to you that Google has launched something that isn’t really finished: YouTube Music is available now in the UK and several other countries, but it barely qualifies as a music streaming service today. After using the platform for several days, here are the biggest problems we want fixing. Read More >>

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Amazon Music Now Includes ‘Alexa Cast’

If you have an Amazon Echo and use Amazon Music, you'll know full well that you can play all your music using your smart speaker. But you still have to use voice commands to sort through everything, which can be a pain. That's presumably why Amazon has just launched Alexa Cast to let you do the controlling from your phone. Read More >>

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Rage Against the Machine Wishes it to be Known That They do Not Endorse Nigel Farage

90s rock-fury band Rage Against the Machine is once again back in the headlines, this time because of Brexit vox-pop king Nigel Farage and his niche podcast for similar middle-aged white outcasts. Read More >>

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Apple Music Has Reportedly Beaten Spotify in the US With the Users That Matter Most

As Tidal continues to struggle, Apple Music has found major success, and if a report leaked to Digital Music News is true, Apple Music may have just become the most popular on-demand streaming music service in the US—at least as far as paying users go. Read More >>

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In a World First, a Danish Court Just Ruled a YouTube Ripping Site is Illegal

Sites that offer users the chance to rip the audio from online videos, whether it's YouTube or someone less popular, are nothing new. They've been enabling a new form of piracy for years, and as a result the entertainment industry has been trying to have them shut down. While the EFF may have told the US government that ripping sites were not illegal, the Danish court system clearly didn't get the memo. Read More >>

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President Trump Sends North Korean Dictator a CD of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ Because Our World is Just One Big Joke

President Trump gave a speech at the United Nations in September of 2017 where he famously called Kim Jong Un, “rocket man.” Now, in one of the most bizarre stories we’ve heard this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a CD of Elton John’s song “Rocket Man” to the North Korean dictator today. Our world is truly beyond parody. Read More >>

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Rescued Computer Hardware Performs a Near-Perfect Rendition of the ’80s Airwolf Theme

Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron, a desktop orchestra that uses old computer components as musicians, performs one of the greatest ‘80s TV show earworms ever aired with a thrilling rendition of the Airwolf theme. I’m also going to award bonus points for using the clicking sound of a wall of disk drives to recreate the sounds of a spinning helicopter rotor. Read More >>

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Lewis Hamilton is an R&B Superstar Now

Lewis Hamilton, the driver and advanced facial hair sculptor, has a new career -- singer. He's recorded his debut public work with long-time pop celebrity Christina Aguilera, so that's why I was watching the Dirrty video when the wife came in with a cup of tea just then. Read More >>