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Apple Music Reportedly Just Beat Spotify in the U.S. With the Users That Matter Most Apple Music Reportedly Just Beat Spotify in the U.S. 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 U.S.—at least as far as paying users go.

MIT's New AI-Powered Software Can Extract Individual Instruments From Videos With a Single Click

An instructor of mine once compared mixing a song to baking a cake. The various tracks are the ingredients, and once everything is mixed and baked, as with a cake, those ingredients can’t be deconstructed. Or can they? AI researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created an app…

No, Best Buy Has Not Completely Stopped Selling CDs—Yet, Anyway No, Best Buy Has Not Completely Stopped Selling CDs—Yet, Anyway

Numerous news sites reported that as of this weekend, retailer Best Buy was calling it quits on CD sales, apparently all citing a report from Billboard in February giving a July 1st, 2018 kill date at the chain. That’s not the case, though it does appear to be true that Best Buy has made the fairly obvious business …

Meet the First New Doctor Who Composer Since 2005 Meet the First New Doctor Who Composer Since 2005

Ever since Doctor Who returned in 2005, its music has been composed by Murray Gold, who defined the sound of Who for hundreds of stories over a decade-plus’ worth of pieces. But times are changing in the TARDIS, and now a new face is behind the keys: up and coming composer Segun Akinola.

Westworld's Composer Breaks Down the Best Musical Moments from Season Two Westworld's Composer Breaks Down the Best Musical Moments from Season Two

Ramin Djawadi has an important job. As the composer for Westworld, he has to somehow keep topping himself by creating atmospheric, thematically resonant musical cues to ground and frame the android action in the show.

These Retro Theme Songs From Incredibles 2 Are Just What You Needed Today These Retro Theme Songs From Incredibles 2 Are Just What You Needed Today

There’s a moment in Incredibles 2 where Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone get a blast from the past. To prove he’s a fan, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) sings a few bars of each hero’s theme song. It’s a fun moment, but it passes, and things move on. However, if you stay for the credits of the film, you can hear…

The Theme Song for Kingdom Hearts III Needs an Official Remix The Theme Song for Kingdom Hearts III Needs an Official Remix

Where were you the first time you heard Utada Hikaru’s “Simple and Clean”? More importantly, which version of the song was it?

These Lightsaber Instruments Turn Your Jedi Battles Into Musical Performances

Having previously wowed and terrified the world with his singing Furby organ, YouTube’s Look Mum No Computer is back with another musical creation that will appeal to both Star Wars fans and fans of creepy scifi sound effects: lightsaber theremins.

This Classic Powerpuff Girls Villain Has Given Up His Life of Crime to Join the Gorillaz

Though the Powerpuff Girls are excellent at fighting crime, they’ve never been all that great with rehabilitating villains because, well, they’re children who can’t be expected to do the penal system’s job. That being said, at least one member of the Utonium girls’ rogues gallery seems to have gotten his shit together…

Is Free Spotify Really Worth It? Is Free Spotify Really Worth It?

Spotify just revamped its free tier, which means you get more than ever before without actually having to pay anything—(some) on-demand playlists on mobile, unlimited skips (on a few playlists), and personalized recommendations to more accurately reflect your tastes. So does it make Spotify Premium a waste of money?

Let Lin-Manuel Miranda Explain Why You Love Disney's Cartoon Theme Songs So Much Let Lin-Manuel Miranda Explain Why You Love Disney's Cartoon Theme Songs So Much

Even though I’ve never actually watched an episode of DuckTales, I catch myself humming the show’s undeniably catchy tune to myself at least a few times every month. After listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda explain why he loves the theme song, I think I finally understand why.

Deadpool 2 Just Released a Music Video From Canadian Queen Celine Dion

Holy shit, Deadpool. Every time I think I’m done, you pull me back in. With goddamn Celine Dion this time? The legendary artist has released her first English single in two years... and yes, it’s about Deadpool 2.

From Metropolis to Dirty Computer: A Guide to Janelle Monáe's Time-Traveling Musical Odyssey

When you play one of Janelle Monáe’s albums, you aren’t just taking a winding tour through the musical influences that have shaped the artist’s intoxicating, soul-piercing voice. You’re tapping into a part of an expansive Afrofuturist saga about identity, revolution, time travel, and (of course) androids.

Star Wars Sound Effects Make for the Perfect House Music Remix

The much-loved song the Cantina Band performs in A New Hope is undoubtedly a catchy earworm, but Eclectic Method’s latest toe-tapper turns all of the Star Wars movies into a thumping house remix we’d love to dance along with at the club—or, more likely, in our cars on the way to work.

Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There's 30 Years of Research to Back That Up Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There's 30 Years of Research to Back That Up

Music may soothe the savage beast. But a new study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery makes the case that it’s also plenty good at relieving surgery patients’ anxiety and pain, too.

Apple's Purchase of Shazam Gets Put on Hold While EU Investigates Anti-Trust Concerns Apple's Purchase of Shazam Gets Put on Hold While EU Investigates Anti-Trust Concerns

While the Department of Justice battles Time Warner and AT&T in court to block one mega merger, another business deal is getting held up by officials overseas. On Monday, the European Commission announced that it is has opened an anti-trust investigation into Apple’s buyout of Shazam, potentially postponing the…

What Is HD Vinyl and Is It Legit? What Is HD Vinyl and Is It Legit?

Last week a nerdier segment of the music world was abuzz with the news that an Austrian company Rebeat had taken a $4.8 million dollar investment to help bring its “HD vinyl” records to market by mid 2019. Huh? HD vinyl? How does one make the last analog music storage format (that people still care about)…

Riverdale's Musical Episode Was Absolutely Incredible and You Can Listen to the Full Soundtrack Here Riverdale's Musical Episode Was Absolutely Incredible and You Can Listen to the Full Soundtrack Here

Holy blood-soaked nightgown, Batman! Riverdale’s musical episode had no right to be that good... but it was! If you were counting down the minutes to when you could start learning the Carrie-inspired tunes yourself, you’re in luck—the entire soundtrack is available to listen to for free right now.

The Quest to Teach AI to Write Pop Songs The Quest to Teach AI to Write Pop Songs

David Cope didn’t set out to make anyone mad. In 1980, the composer envisioned a tool to help cure his creative block: a machine that could keep track of all the sounds and loose threads running through his mind, find similarities, and produce an entire piece of music inspired by it. So he built it.

This Rare Footage of the Beauty and the Beast Stars Singing 'Be Our Guest' Has Made Our Day

“Be... our... guest...” Now that you’ve got one of Disney’s all-time best movie songs stuck in your head, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this rare behind-the-scenes footage of Angela Lansbury and the late Jerry Orbach recording “Be Our Guest” for the original animated version of Beauty and the Beast.

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