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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...

Olivia Rodrigo: song similarities

Olivia Rodrigo: song similarities

[JB note: I'm pleased to welcome my friend and colleague Will Bennett as a guest blogger. Will (no relation) is a PhD musicology researcher at Harvard, and also a valued member of the JBMS consultancy team. I asked him a couple of weeks ago what he thought of the...

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...

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