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Eurovision live musicology blog 2022

A better result than last year with the predictions - I got a home run on the top 3, and only missed one outsider – Serbia, for which I guess I misread the lyric theme. Looks like Europe got the same joy as I did out of the sillier ones (Moldova and Norway), so I...

Eurovision live blog 2022 – get ready!

As regular readers will know, I have been live-blogging the ESC since 2011, and in 2020 undertook a larger-scale song analysis for Netflix, where we looked at the meta-characteristics of 259 finalists 2010-2019. To get you in the zone (I'm typing this on Thursday...

Joe Bennett interview (BBC): Ed Sheeran court case

Joe Bennett interview (BBC): Ed Sheeran court case

Watch on YouTube Interview with Professor Joe Bennett (Forensic Musicologist / Berklee College Of Music) discussing the Ed Sheeran "Shape Of You" verdict in the UK high court. Interview date: April 10, 2022 BBC World Service: World Business Report Interviewer: David...

WWE – the walk-on themes

WWE – the walk-on themes

I was recently asked by WWE to analyse and transcribe five of their top 'walk-on' wrestler themes, and to comment on how WWE music is designed to reflect to the personas and character roles of each performer. Some consistent musical characteristics began to emerge,...

Did Dua Lipa copy from Artikal Sound System? [no]

Did Dua Lipa copy from Artikal Sound System? [no]

I was interviewed by Rolling Stone this week about the Dua Lipa complaint that was filed in LA on Wednesday. Yes I *know* these 6-beat fragments are incredibly similar, but similarity is not the same as copying. I maintain that this is probably a coincidence (whatever...

This Is Our Time – Expo 2020 anthem

This Is Our Time – Expo 2020 anthem

As you might imagine, most of the work of a forensic musicologist takes place behind necessarily closed doors due to commercial sensitivities. Once in a while a project I'm working on makes it to a courtroom, and if the media writes about it, my involvement is out...

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