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Eurovision musicology blog 2024

Eurovision musicology blog 2024

Winners vs predictions [the next day] Phew! What an intense evening. One media outlet described it as "beset by chaos", and there was certainly a lot of drama – from the last minute disqualification of the Netherlands entry to the various geo-political gestures and...

CNN interview: AI, deepfakes and the music industry

I was interviewed on CNN this morning, talking about the new law just passed in Tennessee aimed at protecting music artists' voices from copying (including, implicitly but not explicitly, via AI deepfakes). Here's the document: ELVIS-Act-TEXT-HB2091 . The legislation...

Did The Rolling Stones plagiarize? [no]

Did The Rolling Stones plagiarize? [no]

Another week, another spurious music copyright infringement lawsuit. The Rolling Stones are being sued by an artist called Angelslang (aka Sergio Fernandez) for alleged similarities between the former's 2020 song Living In A Ghost Town, and plaintiff's earlier songs...

Eurovision live musicology blog 2022

Kalush Orchestra (Ukraine), who won the 2022 contest with their song 'Stefania'. 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...

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...

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