10 Outrageous Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Famous Music Artists

10 Outrageous Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Famous Music Artists


Music is a dominant force worldwide that brings people together under many different circumstances. But the people behind the music will never get away from the spotlight — or the conspiracy theories that follow them.

10 P. Diddy


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The terrorist attacks in America on September 11, 2001, have been the center of bizarre rumors and conspiracy theories for many years. Some people have blamed Dick Cheney, saying that he purposely failed to order the military to intercept the hijacked planes. Others have argued that a lack of airplane debris at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and the Shanksville crash sites points to an “inside job” spearheaded by the US government.

Even though these theories have been thoroughly debunked many times, some people insist that something more than terrorism occurred that day. In possibly the strangest conspiracy theory so far, a woman named Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks filed documents for a restraining order against hip-hop superstar P. Diddy in 2011.

Her reasons for the restraining order included claims of date rape against Diddy as well as his alleged involvement in bringing down the World Trade Center on 9/11. Supposedly, he did this with the help of his ex-girlfriend Kim Porter and Rodney King.

Turks went on to say that Diddy, Porter, and King came to her house after they “knocked down the WTC.” Turks claimed that the trio then attacked her and her children, one of whom she alleges to be Diddy’s child.

She also requested that the rapper pay her $900 billion in child maintenance and another $100 billion for “loss of income” after he allegedly stole a valuable poker chip from her.

Needless to say, nothing much came of these crazy claims.

9 Michael Jackson


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Superstar Michael Jackson’s eccentricity made him a target of multiple conspiracy theories. When he died in 2009, his fans were devastated. Some people even came up with bizarre conspiracy theories to explain why he wasn’t actually dead. The most obvious theory was that “he faked his own death to either escape his bankruptcy or his fame.”

One of the crazier theories claimed that Jackson was murdered by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to distract the public from postelection woes in Iran. According to another theory, Jackson had already died in 2007 and an impersonator was filling in for him.

The conspiracy flames were fueled by Jackson’s death trending on Twitter on a much higher scale than anything happening in Iran. The conspiracy theorists believe that this killed any chance of an Iranian revolution.

There is also the theory that it wasn’t really Jackson who died but instead a body double who had a terminal illness. After his “death,” the real Jackson escaped to Mexico. Even though no one has seen Jackson in Mexico since his death, the conspiracy theorists are not deterred from their beliefs.

8 Avril Lavigne


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According to a random conspiracy theory, singer Avril Lavigne died in the early 2000s and was replaced by a body double named Melissa Vandella. The website that posted this theory also had a handy section named “12 Signs Avril is Dead,” which detailed all of the supporting “evidence.”

Some of that evidence included changes in her nose and birthmarks over the years. It was also alleged that she became shorter and that her personality changed almost overnight.

The website morbidly claimed that the pressure of fame, the success of her album Let Go, and the tragedy of her grandfather’s death became too much for the singer and she opted to commit suicide. According to the conspiracy theorists, Vandella replaced Avril and no one could tell the difference.

Avril, who has struggled with Lyme disease and her much-publicized split from Chad Kroeger, simply laughed off the rumors during an interview in 2014. However, the interview immediately spawned new rumors. Someone even posted a YouTube video claiming that Avril was lying throughout the interview.

7 Beyonce


Beyonce, who seems to rule the music industry, has been nicknamed Queen Bey. But Queen Bey also seems to be the queen of weird and wacky conspiracy theories.

She has been accused of being Satan’s pawn in the Illuminati game, she was apparently never pregnant, and she allegedly wore a prosthetic bump during her “pregnancy.”

Another bizarre rumor started making the rounds in February 2014 when a French newspaper published a story about an alleged affair between Beyonce and President Barack Obama.

Photographer Pascal Rostain claimed that recent photos and video footage of Obama and his wife, Michelle, showed that their relationship had cooled significantly. He believed that this was proof of an affair between Beyonce and Obama.

Rostain even used the examples of Marilyn Monroe and Monica Lewinsky to further “prove” his point. Later, he backtracked and denied that he had ever said anything about an affair.

When Joan Rivers died in September 2014, it didn’t take long for someone to link the comedienne’s death to Bey. Supposedly, Rivers’s death was an Illuminati sacrifice ordered by Beyonce.

For evidence, conspiracy theorists pointed out that Rivers died on the superstar’s birthday. Also, Rivers was born in 1933 and was 81 at the time of her death. Beyonce was born in 1981 and turned 33 on the day that Rivers died.

Others believe that Bey had Rivers “killed” because of a sarcastic tweet from Rivers about Jay Z and Bey’s sister, Solange.

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6 David Bowie


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A couple of days after the death of David Bowie, a tweet from Kanye West sparked one of the strangest music conspiracy theories everTwitter . The crux of the theory states that David Bowie predicted Kanye West’s birth and his rise as Bowie’s music successor before West was born.

The theory was taken from a blog written in 2007. The main evidence was a picture on the cover of Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which shows Bowie standing beneath an illuminated sign displaying “K.WEST.”

Then there’s “Five Years,” the first song on the album, which tells the story of Ziggy. He was told that the end of the world would occur in five years unless a character called Starman traveled to Earth and saved humanity from total destruction. West was born exactly five years and two days after the first release of that album.

5 Pharrell Williams


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Singer Pharrell Williams seems to have discovered the secret to eternal youth. At age 43, he looked young enough to pass for being in his twenties, which has set a particularly wacky conspiracy theory in motion. Williams felt the need to respond to it personally.

According to several Twitter users and fans, Pharrell is a vampire who drinks human blood. When comparing pictures of Pharrell from 2004 and 2014, he didn’t seem to age at all — which fuels this strange theory. Some people even said that his signature hat is just a distraction so that people won’t focus on the vampire part of his life.

Pharrell addressed the rumors in Time Out London in 2014. He confirmed that he is not a vampire and has never drunk anyone’s blood. Furthermore, he credits his youthful appearance to washing his face on a regular basis.

4 Miley Cyrus


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If all the conspiracy theories about pop star and actress Miley Cyrus are to be believed, she is a Devil-worshiping Illuminati pawn who is in cahoots with Beyonce. They are on a mission to convert innocent children into Satanists. Supposedly, Miley is so into her evil persona that she wanted to have Devil horns implanted in her head.

Another theory is similar to the one about Taylor Swift and the number 13. For Miley, it states that the number 23 is significant in her relationship to the Illuminati.

Miley was born on November 23. The second season of her show, Hannah Montana, premiered on April 23, 2007. Miley also guest starred on a song called “23” on May 23, 2013. All of this means something sinister, although exactly what is open to interpretation.

According to another conspiracy theory, the real Miley was killed off by Disney in 2010. Then the murder was covered up by using a body double. A much tamer theory says that Miley and Selena Gomez were both impregnated by Justin Bieber at one point.

3 Madonna


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Madonna and Lady Gaga are no strangers to conspiracy and controversy. Not surprisingly, they have often been compared because of their eccentricities and wild performances on stage. In the latest conspiracy theory, one gossip site has provided “solid evidence” that the two stars are much closer than anyone realized. Supposedly, Madonna is Lady Gaga’s mother.

The first piece of evidence centers around Madonna’s 1986 hit song “Papa Don’t Preach.” Madonna got pregnant the previous year and gave birth to Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986. Allegedly, that child grew up to become Lady Gaga.

Obviously, this means that Sean Penn is probably Gaga’s father. But marriage problems between him and Madonna caused her to keep the pregnancy a secret from the media.

Also, Cynthia Germanotta, the woman who is publicly believed to be Gaga’s mother, resembles Madonna. Therefore, Germanotta was the best person to adopt little Lady Gaga and raise the child away from the prying eyes of the media.

2 Selena Gomez


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Selena Gomez made a name for herself as a beautiful but mischievous wizard on the Disney TV show Wizards of Waverly Place. She also came up with one hit song after another. Nevertheless, some people have spread alarming rumors about her over the Internet.

One of the stranger theories claims that Selena was in a relationship with Justin Bieber simply to increase her popularity. Supposedly, she teamed up with the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Ozzy Osbourne to ensure that she got Bieber’s attention and could start a relationship with him.

Also, by focusing his attention on Gomez, Bieber couldn’t record as much music or go on as many tours. This ensured the ongoing popularity of Gomez and her henchmen.

It seems that Bieber features in all of the Selena Gomez conspiracy theories. Another one states that Esperanza Spalding became frightened of Bieber’s fans after beating him at the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist in 2011. So Spalding convinced Gomez to start dating Bieber. That way, his fans would forget about Spalding.

1 Katy Perry


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When child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in the basement of her home in 1996, there were many conspiracy theories, including one which placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of her parents. But no one could have predicted the extremely random theory that one Internet user devised in 2014.

Dave Johnson posted a YouTube video in which he claimed that JonBenet never died but instead grew up to become superstar Katy Perry. He also stated that the case was never solved because there was no murder. He believes that the little girl’s death was faked.

Then he points out that the parents of Katy and JonBenet look alike and that JonBenet was kept away from the outside world until she rose to fame as Katy Perry in 2008.

Estelle lives in Gauteng, South Africa. She loves conspiracy theories of all kinds — the wackier, the better.


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If we were to rearrange the scripts of a film, we would all probably put some crazy twists in it. So Twitter users have been sharing their own hilarious ideas for bizarre movie endings.







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Learn To Fly – 1000 Musicians

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1000 musicians got together to perform Learn to Fly from The Foo Fighters in hopes of bringing Dave Grohl to Italy.  Watch in amazement…

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10 Songs That Mean Something Shockingly Different From What You Think

10 Songs That Mean Something Shockingly Different From What You Think


When you listen to a song on the radio, it’s easy to think that you know just how the singer felt when he or she wrote the lyrics. But there’s a good chance that you’re wrong because most modern songs aren’t written by the people who sing them. So the experiences that shape these songs aren’t necessarily what you’d expect.

10 ‘Respect’
Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Respect” is a feminist classic. The image of a proud woman standing tall and saying that all she wants is “a little respect” is an icon for women’s rights. Used as the anthem for civil rights and feminist movements, the song has never lost its staying power.

But that’s the exact opposite of what songwriter Otis Redding intended with his lyrics. Redding didn’t write the song for Aretha Franklin. Instead, he wrote it for himself. When you hear the lyrics coming out of his mouth, the song takes on a whole new meaning, especially the line “I’m about to give you all my money.”

From Aretha Franklin, that sounds like a proud woman boasting that she can be the breadwinner even in an era of unequal pay. But from Otis Redding, it’s just a cranky man saying, “Men make the money, and women spend it!” In fact, that’s the whole point of the song for Redding.

It gets worse, though. In Redding’s time, the word “respect” used to be slang for “sexual favors.” With his song, Redding is asking his wife to do a little bit more than just say “please” and “thank you.”

That’s right. The biggest feminist anthem of all time is actually a man asking a woman to give him sex in exchange for money.

9 ‘Mahna Mahna’
The Muppets

If there’s any song that doesn’t have a malicious meaning hiding underneath, surely it’s “Mahna Mahna,” that innocent, happy song from the Muppets that doesn’t have any words. Right?


As it turns out, “Mahna Mahna” wasn’t written by Jim Henson and it wasn’t for the Muppets. Instead, the song was written by a man named Piero Umiliani for a film called Heaven and Hell, which is a documentary about the wild sex lives of Swedish women.

The original title of the song was “Viva la Sauna Svedese” (“Hooray for the Swedish Sauna”), and it was meant to accompany a group of Swedish nymphomaniacs jumping into the sauna. That really doesn’t sound like something that Kermit the Frog would do.

But it’s no accident that “Mahna Mahna” landed on the Muppets. The song was handpicked by Jim Henson, who seems to have known exactly where the song came from.

8 ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’
Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is a classic. The song is a perfect expression of the all-encompassing power of human love and the hurt and addiction that often come with it.

But writer Jim Steinman, who was the man behind Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell, didn’t care about any of that. In fact, Steinman didn’t write the song for Bonnie Tyler or Meatloaf. He wrote it for a scene in a musical about vampires.

The original “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was called “Vampires in Love.” The scene with the song was supposed to be a conversation between two vampires, which is why the song has so much call-and-response in it. The “Turn around, bright eyes” bit isn’t a metaphor. It’s literally someone telling someone else to turn around and look at him.

The references to “darkness” aren’t metaphors, either. They’re not talking about the darkness of the soul or a life without love. They’re talking about vampires having to stay in the dark to avoid being melted by the sun.

That changes a lot about the song, but it also makes more sense. According to Steinman, the whole vampire motif should be obvious “if anyone listens to the lyrics.”

7 The Cancan Song

The cancan has gone through a lot of changes. Today, it’s viewed as nothing more than a stereotypical French dance — a happy song that lets you kick out your feet and have fun. It’s the type of thing that you could teach your kids and feel content that they’d be doing something safe and wholesome.

But that isn’t how the French saw the cancan when it was popular. In the 1890s, the cancan was considered scandalous — a provocative display that offended nearly everybody. In fact, Moulin Rouge once advertised the cancan with a poster of a man watching the dance with his “erect” thumb sticking out near his pants.

But neither generation had it right. Originally, the cancan wasn’t about France or sex. It wasn’t even called the cancan. Instead, it was called “The Infernal Galop.” From the operetta Orpheus in the Underworld, the song was played to accompany a dance by the god Jupiter when he visits Hades. So the cancan was actually meant to teach us about mythology.

6 ‘Heart On Loan’
The Lostprophets

The song “Heart on Loan” by the Lostprophets tells the touching story of a relationship in trouble. “I won’t break and sever,” the song says. “You can’t go on with your heart on loan. Little darling, never gonna make it alone.”

The band has never directly commented on the meaning of the lyrics, but it seems like the cry of a man who can’t let go of his lover. Maybe he’s someone who’s a little manipulative and demands that things must be his way.

Actually, that was happening in singer Ian Watkins’s life when he wrote the song. It might cause some people to say that Watkins was the worst person who ever lived. But that seems excessive. After all, what did he do — rape a baby?

In fact, that’s exactly what Watkins did. He was arrested for attempting to rape an 11-month-old boy. He was also caught with 27 terabytes of child porn. According to Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle of South Wales Police, Watkins showed no remorse. He even sent a message to a girlfriend calling his pedophilia “mega lolz.”

Some facts of the case shed new light on the song “Heart on Loan.” For example, we found out what Watkins and his girlfriend were fighting about. Apparently, Watkins had told his girlfriend, “If you belong to me, so does your baby.”

This may mean that Watkins wouldn’t “break or sever” his pedophilic crimes. The lines about the girl who couldn’t make it on her own are probably about a sexual predator manipulating a woman into doing some truly horrible things.

Ian Watkins was convicted of 13 child sex offenses and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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5 ‘Never Learn Not To Love’
The Beach Boys

Back in the 1960s, the fun-loving, clean-cut Beach Boys released a touching love song called “Never Learn Not to Love.” Your mother may have listened to it and wistfully thought, “Maybe he’s talking about me.”

You may be glad to know that they weren’t talking about your mother. In fact, the Beach Boys didn’t write the song at all. Charles Manson did.

“Never Learn Not to Love” started off as a song called “Cease to Exist,” which Manson showed to Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson. Dennis persuaded the band to cover the song. The band tweaked the title and convinced everybody that it was a love song.

But it wasn’t.

According to a Harvard-educated professor who analyzed the song, it is about dying. Apparently, Manson’s cult was influenced by Protestantism. He believed that people needed to die and be reborn like Jesus.

Manson called his cult “a rebirth movement.” He convinced people that they were supposed to die and be reborn. Most people thought that this was a metaphor for spirituality. But apparently, Manson was being completely literal.

When the song tells you to “cease to exist” and to “give up your world,” it’s not a metaphor. The Beach Boys are telling you to kill yourself.

4 ‘Overprotected’
Britney Spears

“Overprotected” came out at the start of that weird phase when Britney Spears married Kevin Federline and had a baby. It was her way of saying that she wasn’t going to be a safe, manufactured pop star anymore. She was going to be herself.

It worked, too. According to articles written at the time, Britney Spears was “asserting her freedom” and the song made it clear that she wasn’t going to put up with her carefully manufactured image anymore.

That sounds wonderful until you find out that Max Martin wrote it. He’s the guy who wrote every one of Spears’s biggest hits, including “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and “Oops, I Did It Again.” Ironically, these songs played a major part in manufacturing her image.

Even worse, when Spears took a stand to change her fabricated image and be herself, it was actually a manufactured move designed by people who were carefully protecting her image to fit changing trends.

3 ‘The Message’
Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre’s “The Message” is a touching song released to commemorate the death of his brother. In fact, the first line of the song is, “This one is for my brother, Tyree — R.I.P.”

But that was a total surprise to rapper Royce da 5’9″, who was hired by Dre to write the lyrics to the song. Dre hadn’t asked for a song about his brother or even told Royce that his brother had died.

Royce wrote the song about the murder of one of his friends. According to his version of the story, Royce didn’t know that Dre had added a shout-out until Royce received the masters of the album. To his surprise, he heard his eulogy to his friend open with Dre calling out somebody completely different.

2 ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’
Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?” gets played at churches and shopping malls every year. It’s a sweet, beautiful Christmas carol that sounds like a traditional number written hundreds of years ago. But it was actually written in 1962, and it’s about more than the birth of Christ. It’s about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Although Crosby made the song a hit, it was written by a man named Noel Regney. Although he had survived a world war, he was terrified by the buildup of nuclear weapons around the world. He feared imminent nuclear destruction.

According to his story, he was also inspired by two babies smiling at each other. That’s why the song starts with the line “Said the night wind to the little lamb.” He imagined the song as a message to these children.

The message was one of peace — partly in a spiritual way but also in a more literal way. Although it was a Christmas song, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was also meant to be a protest against the Cold War.

This changes the perceived meaning of the lyrics quite a bit. “A star dancing in the night with a tail as big as a kite” doesn’t do a great job of describing the star over Bethlehem. But it might be a perfect description of a nuclear bomb in flight.

1 ‘Le Freak’

“Le Freak” is an old disco song that opens with the command, “Freak out!” It’s not the type of song that invites deep interpretation. It’s fairly clear that “le freak” is “chic” and that it’s a “new dance craze.”

But there’s actually a bit more to the song.

The meaning is clearer with the original lyrics, which were “F — k off, Studio 54.” The song was written to commemorate a rough night. The band had been invited to Studio 54 by Grace Jones, but they were kicked out when they came to the door.

They went home and wrote an extremely vulgar song as a petty act of revenge, only to realize that they had just accidentally written their biggest hit. So the line “f — k off” was changed to more the radio-friendly “freak out.”

But the verses remained the same. Those lines about “Just come on down” aren’t sincere invitations to start dancing. They’re the group grumbling about Grace Jones and Studio 54.


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10 Surprising Ways Music Can Be Bad For You

10 Surprising Ways Music Can Be Bad For You


It’s hard to assert the case that music is detrimental to youth anymore. From Elvis to gangsta rap and beyond, parents have sought to pin a litany of problems on our favorite pop stars (drug use, Satanism, and wanton violence, to name a few) even though no reputable scientific research has shown these fears to be merited.

Of course, you’ve read the title of the article, and you probably know full well that a case being difficult to make has never once stopped anyone from doing it anyway. Helpfully, plenty of scientific research has shown that:

10 Pop Stars Endorse Terrible, Unhealthy Products

It’s safe to say that Kanye West and Katy Perry aren’t actually trying to entice you into a lifestyle of hedonism and debauchery. They just know what sells records, and they’re fond of selling a lot of them. Records never hurt anybody, but junk food has, and most pop stars are equally fond of selling a lot of that, too.

A shockingly extensive study conducted by the New York School of Medicine, which examined all product endorsements by major pop stars between 2000 and 2014, had literally nothing good to say in its findings: Food and beverage companies spend around $2 billion per year on ads which specifically target youth. Individual celebrity endorsement deals average upwards of $1 million, suggesting that a great deal of importance is placed upon them by the advertisers. Also, the vast majority of products endorsed were high-calorie, sweetened soft drinks or “nutrient-poor” food products.

This being the case, one would expect an overall rise in child and teen obesity over this time period — which is exactly what another independent study found. Covering 1999–2012, the study of children and teens by Wake Forest and University of North Carolina researchers concluded that “all classes of obesity have increased over the last 14 years [ . . . ] Unfortunately, there is an upward trend of more severe forms of obesity and further investigations into the causes of and solutions to this problem are needed.”

9 Hearing Damage In Teens Is Growing

While teenagers have always preferred their music loud, it appears that the recent advent of ubiquitous portable music devices is making it easier than ever for them to cause permanent damage to their hearing. According to a recent study by McMaster’s Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour in Canada, a growing percentage of teens are engaging in “risky listening habits” — in large part due to the growing trend of shutting out the outside world via blasting earbuds.

Fully one quarter of the 170 kids surveyed for the study were experiencing the symptoms of early-onset tinnitus, a chronic and unceasing ringing in the ears, that ordinarily doesn’t appear in adults until after the age of 50. Although tinnitus can be temporary (like after a particularly loud concert) the type that is accompanied by sensitivity to loud noise, as reported by the kids in the study, is a sign of auditory nerve damage and therefore likely permanent hearing damage down the road.

Larry Roberts, author of the study, advocates a campaign similar to that of early anti-smoking efforts to get the message out about this issue — said message being “turn the music down,” as the only cure for tinnitus is prevention.

8 Sad Music Can Increase Anxiety And Neuroses

Finnish researchers are very, very interested in the effect of music on the brain, having conducted multiple studies over the last couple of decades showing with relative certainty that emotions can be regulated effectively with the use of music in therapy. A 2015 study wanted to better understand if listening to music on your own can be a form of “self-regulation,” and in a complete bummer of a finding, it concluded that listening to sad music all the time can indeed have a negative effect on mental health. They reached this conclusion by exposing subjects to music of different kinds while undergoing MRI testing, examining which areas of the brain were activated by which cues, and following up with psychological testing.

A different study by many of the same researchers focused specifically on lyrics, comparing the reactions of subjects to happy vs. sad music, with and without lyrics. Their finding, put simply: Happy music makes you happy, and sad music makes you sad, but happy music with happy lyrics makes you even happier, and sad music with sad lyrics makes you even sadder, perhaps even contributing to emotional problems. At this time, there apparently has been no comment from Adele as to whether she will stop making music for the public good.

7 Music Disrupts Studying And Work Performance

In a simultaneously amusing and terrifying-sounding study out of the University of Wales, researchers examined the ability of subjects to recall information while being exposed to various sounds. Five different conditions were employed — silence, music favored by the subject, music the subject did not like, a voice repeating random numbers, and a voice repeating the number three. Why three and not a different number or a random word like “spoon?” We’re glad you asked, because we thought the same thing, but the study didn’t clarify. Sorry.

At any rate, subjects were found to have performed the most poorly when listening to music — any music, whether they liked it or not. They performed best in silence . . . and while listening to the repeated number three. The authors speculated that the changing patterns of notes and phrases may negatively affect the ability to recall things in sequence, but curiously, they did not speculate on what the deal could have been with the whole “repeated number three” thing.

Readers of a certain age may recall something called the “Mozart Effect,” a term coined by similar research in the 1990s, which suggested that some types of music can increase concentration. However, subsequent studies haven’t borne out this conclusion, and this recent one seems to have put the final nail in its coffin.

6 Listening While Driving Is Dangerous

While anecdotal evidence to support this conclusion can be readily provided by anyone who has ever narrowly avoided a collision while air-drumming to a certain Phil Collins song, there is some pretty convincing science to back it up. In 2004, a Canadian team looked at reaction time in test subjects while in noisy environments, slowly increasing the level of the noise. They found that at 95 decibels — well below the 110 decibel average maximum of a car stereo — reaction time decreased by 20 percent, an incredibly significant percentage when operating a 2-ton vehicle at high speeds.

Not to be outdone, in 2013, Ben-Gurion University scientists put a similar test on the road, with an even more specific focus: Newly minted teen drivers were run through a course in a student vehicle (the kind with a passenger-side brake) while listening to their favorite music at comfortable levels. It may not surprise you to learn that a whopping 98 percent of these teens made an average of three mistakes, with fully 20 percent of them needing a steering or braking assist in order to avoid a collision. This bears out the findings of previous studies involving longer trips and different types of music, though these studies did suggest that soft, light rock might help a little.


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5 Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

To say that pop music all sounds the same would be to repeat a refrain that has changed very little from generation to generation for decades. Unfortunately, however, this generation’s pop appears to be mightily living up to the stereotype. A Spanish study gathered data on a gigantic database of pop songs between 1955 and 2010 and concluded n that the amount of diversity and variation in chords, melodies, and instrumentation has steadily diminished over this period — or, as lead researcher Joan Serra succinctly put it, “We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse.”

Basically, the tools in the musical toolbox have decreased to the point where everyone is using the same ones, and modern popular country can be seen as a particularly egregious example. The above video mashes up six recent popular country songs, but you wouldn’t know it if you weren’t paying attention; they could all practically be the same song.

Running concurrent with this homogenization has been the so-called “Loudness Wars.” That is, the loudness of the overall mix of pop music has also increased steadily over the years, with the idea that songs will sound the same no matter what type of speakers they’re played on. The overall trend is toward sameness and repetition, because . . .

4 Modern Pop Is Engineered To Hook You

It is a not-so-well kept secret that the vast majority of pop tunes over the last couple of decades have been written by a very, very small number of people. The more savvy among you easily associate the names Max Martin and Dr. Luke with an absurd number of hit songs from a ton of different artists, but you may not know that Max Martin (real name Karl Martin Sandberg) helped create the Backstreet Boys or that he and three or four of his associates (also middle-aged Scandinavian people) have practically written every hit song since then.

This goes a long way toward explaining the repetitive, formulaic form that pop has morphed into. But it’s not just the repetitiveness of the songs themselves; it’s also the repetitive nature of music programming that creates a problem. Repetition breeds familiarity, and according to a 2011 Portuguese study involving music exposure while undergoing MRI, taking advantage of this recognition is a kind of cheat to reaching the pleasure centers of the brain. (As are recreational drugs, but we digress.) The idea is that it’s largely the formula itself that keeps listeners returning, which is especially troublesome given that . . .

3 Pop Music Might Erode Your Creative Intelligence

You may be aware of recent analysis showing that the average reading level of pop music lyrics has steadily declined in recent years to just below a third-grade level. Analyst Virgil Griffith helpfully chipped in with a chart showing the average SAT scores of popular music fans relative to who their favorite artists were. The combined results suggest what you must expect by now: Fans of pop music tend to be less creative (and, oddly, less at ease with themselves) than fans of genres with more musical variety.

Now, we’re not saying that listening to pop music makes you an idiot or even that all pop is bad. But we’re also not saying that music that demands a little more from its listeners doesn’t deserve a little more airtime or that Max Martin and friends haven’t made enough money writing the same songs over and over again. And we are definitely not saying that this effect combined with severely dwindling resources for music education in schools won’t help to produce a generation of musically illiterate nonartists who will go on to make even less challenging music. But once again, we digress.

2 Music Can Negatively Affect Your Relationships

Sexual imagery in popular music and videos has long been ubiquitous, but the fact that teenagers like to listen to music and also like to have sex certainly doesn’t suggest anything Earth-shaking. A 2006 study of almost 1,500 teens found, however, that teens who heavily listen to music featuring such subject matter are more likely to start having sex earlier than those who do not, by a margin of almost two to one. The study’s authors found that the pervasive message in such music — that of studly, carefree men and subservient, sex object women — is reinforced even if it isn’t closely paid attention to, opining, “We think that [it] really lowers kids’ inhibitions and makes them less thoughtful,” in terms of their decisions.

A later study of such imagery in videos, this one focusing on teen women and younger girls, confirmed the likelihood that frequent exposure may not only influence how girls see themselves (with greater effect the younger the girl is), but also could actually effect their ability to have healthy relationships. Study coauthor Stacey Hust of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication said, “Essentially when women perceive this heterosexual scripting that’s in the media . . . [this] can affect, influence or inform how they think men and women should behave toward one another.”

So, we’ve determined that a steady regimen of pop music can help on your road to becoming a fat, sad, hearing-impaired, perpetually distracted dullard who doesn’t know how to talk to people. But it’s okay; don’t go back to your old heartfelt ballads just yet, because . . .

1 Songs About Growing Old Might Make You Die Sooner

In what must have been the single most depressing study of its kind to conduct, researchers from the Anglia Rustin University in Cambridge, England, analyzed 76 songs that invoke the topic of aging. It was found, of course, that the average sentiments expressed toward the subject are overwhelmingly negative, generally associating growing old with such heartwarming concepts as frailty, dependence, loneliness, and death. This prompted lead study author Jacinta Kelly to observe, “What we’re trying to get across is that this kind of bitterness or hostility is promoted or conveyed and it’s not a trivial thing to explore. You can absorb negativity and it can have consequences for your health.”

This observation has been confirmed by similar studies showing that stereotypes about aging in culture can have the effect of fostering a negative attitude toward the process in the elderly, which can cause illness to be prolonged and overall health to be worse — even contributing toward a decline in social activity and reluctance to seek medical assistance.

In other words, no matter where your specific tastes lie, modern music is a terrible, brain-numbing waste of time that is literally trying to kill you, and you should stop listening to it immediately. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go lock ourselves in our room, where we will absolutely not be blasting Taylor Swift at top volume in our headphones while preparing our next list.

Mike FloorwalkerMike Floorwalker’s actual name is Jason, and he lives in the Parker, Colorado area with his wife Stacey. He enjoys loud rock music, cooking and making lists.Read More: Cracked Twitter


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Coke Studio launches initiative to help the Deaf experience music

LAHORE (Web Desk) – Coke Studio teamed up with the Deaf Reach Program to find an innovative way to get the Deaf Community to experience the magic of music.

With Coke Studio for the Deaf, the makers of the show are trying to take their music to a section of Pakistan’s nine million people who suffer from some form of hearing loss.

They can experience the rhythm of music through touch and sight, and we believe music is a feeling everyone should experience.

With its ninth season underway, the current producers, Pakistani band Strings, partnered with the Deaf Reach program to allow the hearing-impaired experience music through lights and vibrations.




Labor Day in America

Labor Day in the United States

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.Twitter It was originally organized to celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being to the United States economy.

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Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events.

The American football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the season during Labor Day weekend.

Public Life

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized, but they are usually low key events. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.

Labor Day Legislation

The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers.Twitter Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. 

The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year, four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment.

By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families.

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In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September, and not on May 1, which is common in the rest of the world, was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. 

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday.

Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.


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How to spot a good drummer

Play for the Song

The Good, The Bad and The Over Zealous

I recently ran across a video entitled “How can you tell a good drummer and a bad drummer apart?” and it got me thinking.  This could easily be titled “How can you tell a good MUSICIAN and a bad MUSICIAN apart?”.  I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with drummers.  I’ve worked with some great drummers, and some not-so-great, but that’s another article.  My problem with a lot of musicians (and usually a lot of drummers in particular) is that they either don’t understand or choose to ignore everything that makes the song….THE SONG.

Allow me to explain

Songs are built a certain way.  They have a structure, a foundation if you will.  There’s a reason for this.  Think of it like building a house.  You need a good foundation to start, so you follow the blueprints.  You build out the framework then you move on to the roof, the walls and everything else that makes the structure.  Next, you add the decorations such as paint, fixtures, furniture….everything that makes that house a home.

You build a song in the same manner.  You start with a foundation, meaning you pick the song structure.  If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, I invite you to do a quick Youtube search on songwriting and structure.  That will explain everything.  Once you have your structure, you’re going to add all the elements that make the song move or to GO somewhere.

You’ll give the song emotion and texture, depth and meaning (unless of course it’s bubble gum pop or EDM, in which case, just make it danceable).  Each instrument should contribute its own part to that song, even if it’s a background part that is not “clearly” heard but is there moreso to add texture. songwriting for beginners

You’ll give the song emotion and texture, depth and meaning (unless of course it’s bubble gum pop or EDM, in which case, just make it danceable).  Each instrument should contribute its own part to that song, even if it’s a background part that is not “clearly” heard but is there moreso to add texture.

Now, on to my point

This is where a lot of drummers lose it.  By not understanding (or just ignoring) how and why the song is built the way it is, they’ll tend to slip into “good drummer” mode and want to overplay which takes away from the song.

Just because you CAN play double bass at a million miles a second doesn’t mean you SHOULD and it definately doesn’t mean it belongs in every song.Twitter

Sometimes silence is the best sound you can make.  Listen to the song and understand what the song needs from you.  That’s how you make a good song great and that’s how you become a “good” drummer.

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Don’t get mad

Now I know in writing a post like this, I’m going to get some drummers all pissed off wondering why I’m hating on them.  They’ll think I\’m talking down to them, trying to be all superior.  That’s not the case at all.  I take this stance with all musicians but in my experience, it happens more times than not with drummers.  

It’s not just me.  Take it from a pro drummer.   Here’s Brandon Khoo with a quick video explaining the difference between good and bad drumming.Twitter

Check it out, it’s worth the watch.


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