Gillian Lynne did so badly in school teachers thought she had a learning disorder & her mom took her to a doctor. Lynne began dancing to his radio; the doctor said: She’s not disordered, she’s a dancer; put her in dance school. Lynne became a world-renowned dancer & music theater choreographer. npr.org/2014/10/04/353679…
Auto-Tune, introduced in 1997, which uses a proprietary device to measure and alter pitch in vocal and instrumental music recording and performances was named one of the 50 worst inventions by Time magazine. content.time.com/time/spe…
Keith Flint (of The Prodigy) became a popular pub owner in Essex following his music career. Flint eventually brought in a jar to collect one-pound fines from customers who referenced the song "Firestarter" as he tended to the pub's fireplace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Michael Burry's autism (Aspergers) enabled him to see patterns in the 2007 housing market data that helped him predict the coming crash. As the data worsened, Burry found that heavy metal music calmed his nerves, something research has more recently shown is ideal for his "Brain Type S." ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Tame Impala is a single person named Kevin Parker who writes, plays, and produces all the recorded music, but tours with a group of other musicians to form the full live band. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
Jack Black desperately wanted to use a Led Zeppelin song in School Of Rock but the band was notoriously reluctant to let their music be used in films. The director suggested having Black record a personal plea to the band members, in front of a crowd of 1,000 extras. It worked. youtu.be/SFDMyiUjoWU
Today I learned about the Most Unwanted Song, a musical piece that was created using a survey to identify what people hated most in music. The final result included out of tune accordions and bagpipes, a rapping cowboy opera singer, and a children's choir that urged listeners to shop at Walmart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is such a thing as beat deafness, where someone finds it hard or impossible to clap on correct time to a piece of music or dance to it timed well to the music. npr.org/2014/06/24/323710…
Cher is the only artist in history to have a Number One song on the Billboard Music Charts for six consecutive decades. billboard.com/articles/ne…
Over 8,000 pieces of music were secretly created in Nazi concentration camps; including symphonies, operas, and songs scribbled on everything from food wrappings to potato sacks. One prisoner composed an entire symphony on toilet paper using the charcoal given to him as dysentery medicine. cbsnews.com/news/holocaus…
American country music is one of the most popular music genres in Nigeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
, when filming the music video for 'Beat It', Michael Jackson worked with the LAPD to recruit members of the Bloods and Crips for the video to help foster peace between the two gangs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Numbered musical notation is popular in China, making conventions to encode and decode music more accessible than in the West, as more Chinese can sight read it than standard notation. Indexing with numbers makes it possible to search music by melody, but it has never become popular in the West en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
Dr. Demento, a radio host whose shows specialize in strange, unusual, comedy, and novelty music, has master's degrees in folklore and ethnomusicology en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
Vivendi (the media conglomerate that owns Universal Music Group, Dailymotion, Gameloft, etc.) was founded by decree of emperor Napoleon III in 1853 as a water supply company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viv…
After Pop Up Video poked fun at Billy Joel's "Keeping The Faith" music video, Joel was so angry he called up VH1 to complain and told them his daughter was being teased about it in school, with jokes relating to ex-wife Christie Brinkley. The network ended up yanking the entire episode. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Gotye didn't monetize his music on YouTube, missing out in millions of dollars in revenue from just his "Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)" video on YouTube. billboard.com/articles/ne…
The Wedding March by Mendelssohn only gained popularity when it was selected by Victoria, Princess Royal (whose mother, Queen Victoria, loved his music) for her wedding to Prince Frederick William of Prussia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wed…
The B-52's song "Rock Lobster" inspired John Lennon to start making music again in 1980, because it reminded him of his wife Yoko's work. rollingstone.com/feature/…
"Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite pieces of music. The Monday after his death, Jackie Kennedy arranged a performance of the piece by the National Symphony Orchestra. They played it to an empty hall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Since the late 1980s, the music industry is making their songs louder than average thanks to a trick called "dynamic range compression". bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Before proposing to Emma Wedgwood, Charles Darwin made a list of marriage pros and cons. Pros- better than a dog, charms of music & female chit-chat. Cons - Anxiety & responsibility, less money for books. darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/…
Bowie lured unknown Stevie Ray Vaughn to play on his '83 album "Let's Dance" by dangling an opening act on tour. However, after recording, Vaughn was relegated to backup musician and wouldn't be allowed to talk about his music. So, he quit, released "Texas Flood", and became a superstar instead. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned that Tom Petty did not usually allow his music to be played on television, but he let The Simpsons use his song "The Waiting" in the episode "The Cartridge Family" because he was a fan of the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A song about a dead skunk reached 16th place in the music charts in 1973 and has been played every Friday since 1985 by a radio station in Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Pythagorous had a mathematical/philosophical cult. Who, among other things, believed the universe operated as some form of cosmic "music" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The PirahΓ£ language, spoken by the PirahΓ£ people of Brazil's Amazonas region, can be whistled, hummed, or encoded in music. Consonants and vowels can be omitted altogether, and the meaning conveyed solely through variations in pitch, stress, and rhythm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
The iconic "assembly line" music used in Looney Tunes and many other cartoons was originally released by the Raymond Scott Quintette in 1937. The drummer of the Quintette was Johnny Williams, father of composer John Williams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire), disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley (Urban Cowboy/Country Singer) are cousins and grew up playing music together. All were first married prior to turning 18 to girls younger than them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Mildred (Axis Sally) Gillars an aspiring actress who attended Germany to study music became a radio propagandist and before the invasion of Normandy in 1944, broadcast the horrors awaiting US soldiers. Spotted in Berlin she was brought back to the United States & indicted on 10 counts of treason en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axi…
If you don't enjoy music you may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population. mcgill.ca/neuro/channels/…
In 2015 Jack White purchased the 1st ever song recording of Elvis Presley (1953) and worked with music archivist Alan Stoker to digitally transfer it. youtu.be/wvtSMMaYUug
Not only was music video for "Drop" by The Pharcyde directed by Spike Jones, it was filmed in reverse. The group actually phonetically learned the song backwards to be able to film the music video. youtu.be/wqVsfGQ_1SU
Carl Stalling composed the music for many early Disney and classic Looney Tunes cartoon shorts, averaging one score a week during his 22 years at Warner Bros. The studio's 50-piece orchestra found Stalling's dynamic cartoon music far more challenging than the film scores they normally played. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The only ever double EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) is songwriter Robert Lopez. Lopez won for writing music for Frozen, Coco, The Book of Mormon, The Wonder Pets, and Avenue Q. He is half way to winning his third EGOT. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Nazis had a hand in the development of the nightclubs where disco music originated. capesymphony.org/blog-new…
Pitbull’s eeeeyyoooooooooooo is a registered trademark, and the first trademarked call sign by a music artist. billboard.com/amp/article…
Treasure Planet's production and sound design followed a "70/30 Law" which meant that the overall look of the film's artwork and the design of the sound effects and music should be 70% traditional and 30% sci-fi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
After saxophonist John Coltrane died, his wife, Alice Coltrane, took the Indian/Hindu influence the couple had somewhat explored farther, recording numerous albums with a heavy Indian music influence, visiting India, and establishing an ashram at her home near Los Angeles dazeddigital.com/music/ar…
There is a genre of music called "Celebratory Butt Songs" and Jimmy Castor's Bertha Butt Boogie is considered the "seminal narrative" of the genre. Video in comments en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned that the Ottoman Empire executed the last ruler of the First Saudi state while he was forced to listen to lute music which he forbade listening to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
Moog Music has introduced several April Fool's editions of their "Moogerfooger" effects pedal line. Among them is a 4'33" edition that silences inputs for that duration, as a reference to the John Cage composition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
The music video for Linkin Park's "Breaking The Habit" was animated by Mike Shinoda and directed by Joe Hahn (DJ for the band). But the anime stylization of it was supervised by Kazuto Nakazawa, who previously worked on Kill Bill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
The alto clarinet is considered an endangered species of the American band. Music publishers, composers do not include or write parts for alto clarinet and a musician from Alaska believes he is the only professional player in a long time to play it seriously as a chamber and solo instrument depts.washington.edu/uwwi…
The music genre β€œshoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Cat (the construction equipment company) released a music video in 2015 featuring a rap that hypes up their bulldozers. youtu.be/N2-8-aOM_k0
For The Mandalorian opening theme music composer Ludwig Goransson bought a set of (flute) Recorders because he wanted to step away from computers when he began the Mandalorian project youtube.com/watch?app=des…
Dave Grohl does not know how to read music, and plays only by ear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Howard Stern mocked Selena's murder and burial, poked fun at her mourners, criticized her music and said that Spanish people had the worse taste in music. Stern then played Selena's songs with gunshots in the background on his show. wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena
The prevailing theory behind why humans like music is that we learn patterns and regularities within music, and we unconsciously predict what will come next. When we are right, our brain gives us a dopamine rush. Thus the constant dance between expectation and outcome is pleasurable to us bbc.com/future/article/20…

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