The cost of acquiring the rights to use The Beatles' music in "Yesterday" was around $10 million, nearly 40% of the movie's total cost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Andrew W.K. was named the Person of the Year in 2018 by the American Association Of Suicidology "due to his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who hear his music." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The guitar in Lil Nas X Old Town road was sampled from Nine Inch Nails. Nine Inch Nails ended up winning a country music award because of this. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Elephants like to paint and play music. Some paintings have been compared to abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and have sold for $25,000. Other elephants have been taught to play in an orchestra and reportedly have a strong sense of rhythm and enjoy improvisation. the-scientist.com/daily-n…
Most of Coheed and Cambria's music follows an overarching Sci Fi story called "The Amory Wars" and that each album was accompanied by a Graphic Novel release boom-studios.com/series/a…
A masked Manchester music producer known as "Outlaw" has been driving around at 5 mph blasting McFerrin's "Don't Worry" & handing out free items such as toilet paper, sanitiser, & weed. He's also known for handing out cash to needy at xmas & for giving bags of bud to passersby in Picadilly Gdns. vice.com/en_uk/article/93…
The drummer for R.E.M., Bill Berry, suffered an aneurysm on stage in 1995, then decided to quit the band along with the whole music industry and took up farming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
When Bill Withers debuted with β€œAin’t no Sunshine” in 1971, he refused to leave his job as an assembler in a factory, believing that the music business was a fickle industry rollingstone.com/music/mu…
They used to give Olympic Medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, and music, alongside athletic medals. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The cinematographer for the music video of REM’s β€œThe One I Love” was chef Alton Brown. Reportedly, between takes he would watch cooking shows and thought he could do better. biography.com/personality…
Today I learned that the Icelandic band Sigur Ros felt so strongly that music was more than words they made up their own language for one of their albums. music.avclub.com/icelandi…
In 1994, country music singer Alan Jackson was asked to use a pre-recorded version of his song 'Gone Country' when performing live at the award show. He protested by having his drummer perform with no drum sticks in his hand the whole performance tasteofcountry.com/alan-j…
If certain kind of music (such as Icelandic hymns) brings you goosebumps, you may have the ability to experience intense emotions which is because there are differences in your brain structure (Brain connectivity reflects human aesthetic responses to music) academic.oup.com/scan/art…
Country music used to be known as "hillbilly" music. Billboard released its first country chart in 1939, called "Hillbilly Hits." Though that name lost favor as a pejorative, it left its mark. After country artists started using rock techniques, they created Hillbilly rock, or Rockabilly. historydaily.org/hillbill…
Today I learned of Musopen, a non-profit org. that provides high-quality recordings of classical music in the public domain, so that anyone can use them. The project emerged as a response to the big corporations in the music industry that were burying old artists, like Beethoven and Chopin, behind copyright musopen.org/music/
Country music artist Glen Campbell's heartbreaking song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was written for his wife after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%2…
ZZ Top is the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in the entire history of popular music udiscovermusic.com/storie…
There is a monument in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia celebrating the Beatles. It was built because in Mongolian communist times, local people would sit around listening to forbidden western music and discussing the values of freedom and democracy. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
Since Michael Jackson didn't know how to read music or play an instrument he would compose songs inside of his head and then beatbox them to other musicians. youtu.be/LnQh9cdebm0
Alton Brown, a personality on Food Network, was the director of photography for REM'S "The One I Love" music video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When you get chills listening to music it stimulates reward pathways in the brain. Sad music often triggers chills more often than happy music, yet evokes positive emotions. Sad songs may activate a fear response in the brain, but when no real threat is present, the response turns positive. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The jolts of the wounded soldier in the music video for "One" spell "Kill me" in Morse code. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Today I learned about Jimmy Savile, who was said to have been the first disc jockey to use twin turntables to keep music in constant play in the late 1950's. He also happens to be one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
When The Beatles broke up after 7 years of ruling the charts and forever changing music, George Harrison was only 26 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
The founder and lead singer of new-wave band Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh, also composed the music for many TV shows including The Rugrats and Pee-wee's Playhouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Grammy-winning reggae artist Shaggy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1991 and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. He reached the rank of Lance Corporal, but was later demoted for returning to base late from a weekend trip to his music studio militarytimes.com/off-dut…
Enya is a recluse who lives in a mansion with her cats and makes music with an elderly couple, the lyrics to which she sometimes sings in Sindarin and Quenya - elven languages JRR Tolkien invented for Lord of the Rings. pagesix.com/2016/04/26/in…
The writer and composer of β€œHamilton”, Lin-Manuel Miranda, also wrote music for Disney’s β€œMoana” as well as contributing to the scores of β€œStar Wars: The Force Awakens” and β€œStar Wars: Rise of Skywalker” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
After the 2009 MTV Music Awards where Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, Comedy central aired his south park episode "Fishsticks" on repeat for two hours. billboard.com/articles/ne…
No one is sure who wrote the original music to the song "Respect," most famously sung by Aretha Franklin. The original performer, Otis Redding, gets the sole songwriting credit, but he took the music and some of the lyrics from an artist who had copied it from another unknown guitarist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
9/11 was a "Super Tuesday" of music releases - including hugely anticipated albums by Jay-Z, Bob Dylan, Nickelback, Ben Folds, Mariah Carey and many more, and TWO album covers that depicted WTC being on fire villagevoice.com/2014/09/…
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother suite in A Clockwork Orange. Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters refused when he found out Kubrick would edit the music to fit the film. Later, Waters asked Kubrick to use sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a record. Kubrick refused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Rock band Death Grips didn't play a show in 2013 due to a fan sending them a suicide note explaining how much their music meant to him/her. The band didn't show up at all and had a giant banner of the fans suicide note with their music playing in the background. pitchfork.com/news/51748-…
Today I learned about Japan’s 5pm bell, or national emergency broadcast system, that plays music each day at a specific time for over 90% of the country. The music is actually a daily test to ensure the system can inform residents of any major disasters (i.e. tsunami, industrial accident). japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
In Canada radio stations dedicated program blocks in off-peak hours to Canadian music. These program blocks became known as "beaver hours" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
John Williams, the legend film composer (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) had problems with the musical timings in E.T.’s BMX chase scene. Steven Spielberg told him to record the music just as he wanted, he then edited the chase sequence around Willams’s Oscar winning soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
A 1974 Portuguese military coup began with a "secret signal". The signal was a song being played during a televised music competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In spite of rumours of their enemity, Salieri and Mozart composed together a four-minute piece of music, that was considered lost until a copy was found in 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Today I learned about Yolanda Saldivar, a nurse who quit her job to become Tejana music star Selena's fan club president in San Antonio, then proceeded to embezzle thousands from her. She shot the singer dead in 1995 after being confronted for her actions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yol…
Despite being filmed in Austria, The Sound of Music was and is still unpopular in the German-speaking world. The third act (the events surrounding the occupation of Austria) was cut by the Munich manager of the studio, before being restored after director Robert Wise intervened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
'Geisha" means 'artist' in English. Geisha would often entertain by dancing, singing, & playing music. In Medieval Japan, geisha were classified & licensed. Prior to the 20th century, geisha started their training at age 6 however, in present-day Japan girls start as early as 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gei…
Warner Brothers called composer John Williams to compose music for a promotional reel for Harry Potter. He did it "sight unseen" (without looking at it). This music became Hedwig's theme and is the most recognized Harry Potter theme. youtu.be/91URVrdNlX8
In 72, after Led Zeppelin had released 4 platinum albums, a festival mgr. wrote manager Peter Grant requesting a booking of "Led Zeppelin and his backing group." Grant replied by taking out a full page ad in a music industry publication in the form of a letter captioned, "Mr. Zeppelin regrets." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned of r.a.p.p. (rockers against pay-to-play), a group in los angeles in the late eighties who organized protests against hollywood music venues that required performers to buy a large amount of pre-sale tickets before they would book the aforementioned act latimes.com/archives/la-x…
"the day the music died" in the song American Pie is the literal day when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
HBO was worried the audience would think "The Sopranos" was about opera music. They tried to change the title to "Made in New Jersey" before compromising on a smoking gun in the title logo. screenrant.com/sopranos-b…
The Steel Drum was created in Trinidad and Tobago after the British banned African percussion music and traditional stick-fighting after the Canboulay Riots in 1890. Steel Drums later emerged made from frying pans, dustbin lids, and, of course, oil drums due to the country's oil resources. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Daryl Hall and John Oates (Hall and Oates) first met in a service elevator, escaping gunfire between two rival gangs, at venue in which they were both competing in a music competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu is completely self-taught, and thought making video game music would be a fun side job. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull was so annoyed at critics calling "Aqualung" a concept album when he didn't consider it one that he decided to make "the mother of all concept albums" - "Thick as a Brick", a 43:46-long single piece of music designed to spoof progressive rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
LL Cool J's wife wouldn't talk to him for 2 weeks after she saw the "Doin' It" music video, which features a woman licking his face. youtu.be/3Pcrasl6trU
Rick Allen, the drummer from Def Leppard, lost an arm in a car accident in 1984. He thought he would never play again until a friend noticed him tapping his foot while listening to music and offered to develop a specially designed electronic foot pedal. He returned to the band in 1986. montereycountyweekly.com/…
Today I learned that cats don’t perceive music the way we do. Kitties have different acoustic, vocal, and heartbeat ranges than us. And there's music made specifically for them such as Cozmo’s Air composed by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin. catological.com/cats-like…
The "Jonny Quest" (1964) theme was written by the composer Hoyt Curtin to be impossible for the Trombonists to play correctly, after getting ribbing from his Trombone section about writing music that was too easy to play. youtu.be/j2mXxBMvfh0?t=19…
Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" was the first YouTube music video to reach 100 million views, doing so back in 2008 oscarkarlsten.com/blog/av…
Tom Hulce practiced piano four hours a day for his role in Amadeus, but the music ended up being dubbed in anyway. hollywoodreporter.com/lis…
Today I learned of Botswana’s vibrant metalhead scene, where heavy metal is combined with traditional African musical styles to create a unique type of music. huckmag.com/art-and-cultu…
Today I learned of the four original members of The Killers, only three still write and compose new music, and only two still actively tour. (However, all four remain official members of the band.) rollingstone.com/music/mu…
There is a field of study called zoomusicaology, that studies how animals produce and respond to music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo…
The band Franz Ferdinand's name was inspired by a racehorse called Archduke Ferdinand. The horse won the Northumberland Plate in 2001 and the band liked the alliteration. Additionally the band wanted a name that would imply their music would transform the world; like Ferdinand's death did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Due to laws enacted following the decades-long Japanese occupation of Korea, It is illegal to broadcast Japanese music and television dramas over terrestrial signals in South Korea to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Today I learned of "bone music": sold on the Soviet black market, etched onto discarded X-Rays npr.org/2016/01/09/462289…
Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" is commonly requested at music gigs in Finland as a joke, similar to how Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The Voyager I and II space probes, which are currently racing through interstellar space, each include a golden record with 115 analog-encoded photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of sounds on Earth and 90 minutes of music (including Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Good') smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Telemachus Orfanos was a Navy Veteran who was at and survived the Las Vegas country music festival shooting that killed 58. One month later he was shot and killed in the Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar and Grill shooting that killed 13. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Today I learned of Mason McDeid who cried constantly from severe cerebral palsy issues; his father failed to comfort him with classical & new age music. Then he tried Metallica & the child stopped crying, fell asleep. Now in his 20s, unable to speak, Mason has had 100+ surgeries & attended 450+ metal concerts. stage-www.startribune.com…
Pop music has been getting increasingly repetitive, no matter the genre, and that this trend correlates most strongly with the billboard top 10. pudding.cool/2017/05/song…
Chris Cornell performed One U2 Music with Metallica Lyrics At the Santander Arts Center in Reading, PA youtu.be/rtvArrqqMJY
A lot of popular music from the 60s to the 90s are well known by Generations X, Y and Millennials but are not recognized by most Gen Z which shows a generation gap when it comes to music. epic.cpacamp.com/music-ch…
By 2010, MTV was not focusing on music anymore. As part of their re-branding, they dropped the long-running tagline β€œMusic Television” from their logo, officially ending their music video era. rollingstone.com/culture/…
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Michael Jackson's Black or White music video premiered with an audience of 500 million people worldwide, the most ever for a music video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about Silver Apples, the pop duo from the β€˜60s that used WWII oscillators to make the first synth-pop music, sharply gaining massive popularity before disappearing due to a lawsuit regarding a controversial album cover and being largely forgotten until recently. youtu.be/5DQiexiUjAs
Christopher Walken trained as a dancer and tap-dancer before starting his acting career. That's why he could dance so well in the 'Weapon Of Choice' music video. The music video won 6 awards at the MTV VMAs in 2001. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
On April 18, 1930 the BBC made an announcement at the beginning of its daily radio program that there was no news. For the rest of the 15-minute time slot, the station played only piano music and it became known in history as The Day Without News’ atlasobscura.com/articles…
The 1969 movie "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" was nominated for a total of 9 Oscars including directing, screenplay, editing, music and 3 out of 4 acting awards. Yet, it somehow wasn't nominated for Best Picture. It still holds the record for most nominations without one for Best Picture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Nichols Electronics, the largest company that manufactures music boxes for ice cream trucks. The song you probably associate most with these trucks is called "Picnic (Hello)" and was a demo medley made by an Asian manufacturer and made available on Nichols' Omni 2 Music Box model nicholselectronicsco.com/…
The crabs shown in the Noisestorm - Crab Rave music video actually do β€œdance” in real life as to release their eggs into the sea. youtube.com/watch/XFfUr9e…
In 2005 Stevie Wonder released β€œSo What The Fuss” collaborating with Prince and En Vogue. This was the first descriptive music video for the visually impaired. Narrated by Busta Rhymes. mtv.com/news/1501542/bust…
"Ice Ice Baby" was actually the B-side of a single version of a cover of "Play That Funky Music", but rose to popularity after a DJ played it instead of the A-side, ultimately becoming the first hip-hop song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The most streamed Beatles song on music platforms is one performed by George Harrison (β€œHere Comes The Sun”)- not John Lennon or Paul McCartney - and that Harrison’s β€œAll Things Must Pass” is also the best-selling solo Beatles album en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Weird Al Yankovic created the music video for β€œSmells Like Nirvana”, he used many of the same props and actors from Nirvana’s β€œSmells Like Teen Spirit” music video. It was also shot in the same location. He was helped by the producers of the original Nirvana video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
The infamous Heaven's Gate cult supported themselves by doubling as a moderately successful web design firm. Their clients included the San Diego Polo club and a Christian music store. vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
The bassist of Rage Against the Machine once climbed the set of the MTV Video Music Awards to protest not winning Best Rock Video loudwire.com/rage-against…
DreamWorks had a music label from 1996-2006 and signed such artists as Papa Roach, Chris Rock, Rufus Wainwright, Elliott Smith, George Michael, and Nelly Furtado. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dre…
In 2016 after a video essay by Every Frame a Painting criticised the music in the Marvel franchise as being 'unmemorable'. Marvel acknowledge the video and sought to improve their scores, with Mark Mothersbaugh paving the way in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) the following year. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Today I learned that the release of Little Big Planet was delayed by a week because of the inclusion of music with arabic lyrics from the Quran en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
The music artist Prince had enough unreleased music written in his vault that he could make an album every year for the next century. consequenceofsound.net/20…
The 1980 American musical fantasy film Xanadu was the inspiration for the original Golden Raspberry Awards (but it lost to Can't Stop The Music). genekellyfans.com/article…
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson once got an F on an assignment in his high school music classβ€”which eventually turned into β€œSurfin’”, their first single. The F was changed to an A in 2018. consequenceofsound.net/20…
In the UK it's musician union rules that for every actor or model playing an instrument in a music video, the production still has to pay an actual musician. In the iconic "Addicted to Love" video not only they paid the 5 'fembot' models but also 5 musicians behind camera miming the models. uk.news.yahoo.com/video/r…
Billie Eilish was born into the entertainment industry. She grew up in Los Angeles with both her parents being successful actors and her older brother already being in the music industry. She joined the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at 8, and her brother wrote her debut song for her at 13. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
ComΒ­posΒ­ing and arΒ­ranΒ­ging muΒ­sic is partly geΒ­netΒ­ically deΒ­termΒ­ined. Up to 30 percent of a musician's ability to compose and arrange music can be explained by genes in the cerebellar LTD pathway. helsinki.fi/en/news/educa…
2000 hit song Around the World (La La La La La) of the German ATC band is actually originally a Russian song of Ruki Vverh! (Hands up!) pop group. The song wasn't even popular in Russia, BMG music co. acquired rights for it and Ruki Vverh! got proper royalties from the deal. rbth.com/arts/331410-one-…
The music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was re-edited by Kurt Cobain; among other things, he almost completely removed shots of a dorky teacher and an angry principal from the director's cut. (The teacher appears briefly at the end.) youtube.com/watch?v=x87S6…
The Soviets told the inventor of the Theremin that "electricity is not good for music; electricity is to be used for electrocution" and then fired him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Today I learned about Calixa LavallΓ©e a Canadian who fought for the Union in the American Civil War. He later went on to compose the music for β€œO Canada” the Canadian national anthem. 33-55,000 Canadians fought for the Union in the Civil War. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Whenever Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured iced water over his head sutori.com/item/beethoven…

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