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Writ Parade: Why American songwriters are suing each other

Writ Parade: Why American songwriters are suing each other

The case against Childish Gambino is the latest in a run of copyright claims  Article + interview with Joe Bennett. Words: Tom Wainwright. Originally published in The Economist, 15 May 2021. "You motherfuckers owe me!” raps Donald Glover, better known as Childish...

Eurovision 2021 live musicology blog

Eurovision 2021 live musicology blog

[update: the next day] So, the predictions were mostly reasonably close, although I missed Switzerland completely. Italy won (I predicted 4th), I got France right at 2nd place, and Iceland came 4th (predicted as 3rd). My predicted winner (Malta) actually came in at...

Eurovision 2021 – the Americans are coming!

Eurovision 2021 – the Americans are coming!

[looking for the live-blog and song commentary?] It's Eurovision-eve! Yes, the live musicology blog is back after it, and the contest itself, has been absent for a year. We didn't waste time though: Netflix asked us to analyse all 259 finalists 2010-2019 in...

Eurovision Song Contest research

Eurovision Song Contest research

Regular readers will know that I have been live-blogging the Eurovision Song Contest final since 2011. Every year I sit down in front of the TV, metronome and guitar in hand, and write live musical analysis of the songs in real time, then attempt to predict the winner...

Irving Berlin: Nine Rules for Writing Popular Songs

Irving Berlin: Nine Rules for Writing Popular Songs

Article and interview by Frank Ward O’Malley (1875-1932)Originally published in ‘The American Magazine’, Volume 90, October 1920Transcribed by Joe Bennett from the Google Books version, January 2020 Irving Berlin c.1920 JB comment: This semester, I’m very pleased to...

Anatomy of the Hit: Bruno Mars and Cardi B ‘Please Me’

Anatomy of the Hit: Bruno Mars and Cardi B ‘Please Me’

[JB note: This article was originally commissioned by TIDAL, and is part of a series - see links below. Parental advisory: adult themes in the lyrics.] Ariana Grande - 7 rings Mabel - Don't Call Me Up Billie Eilish - Bad Guy Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie - ME!...

Eurovision 2019 – live musical analysis

Eurovision 2019 – live musical analysis

[update - the day after] I correctly predicted the winner (Netherlands), but my second and third place predictions (Sweden and Australia) were a little further down the list: Sweden was 6th, Australia 9th. Not bad. Here's an interactive infographic of the final...

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