Want your song to top the charts? Just add backup singers. A new study published in Musicae Scientiae, the Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, suggests that using backup vocals may give an edge to artists and producers trying to craft the next big hit.
Professors from the University of Southern California’s business and music schools – along with a marketing professor at Italy’s Bocconi University – analyzed the acoustic components of the most popular songs over the past 55 years, to determine which recipes worked best. They looked both at the 1,029 songs that reached No. 1, plus the songs that made Billboard’s Hot 100 chart but never climbed higher than No. 90, and they classified the instrument and vocal combinations audible in each.
Pharrell sat down at the RTL Late Night in The Netherlands to talk about his recent fame, where also Cris Cab performed his World Wide Hit ‘Liar Liar’ and a special performance by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performing Happy, check it out below.
It’s that time of the year — again. Forbes is back with their favorite list where they rank top earners from the Hip-Hop world according to their estimates. Dr. Dre is on top of the list yet again with $620 million, thanks to the massive Apple-Beats deal earlier this year. The $620 million sum is also more than the remaining 24 names on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list combined.
Jay-Z and Diddy are tied at #2 with #60 million each while Drake enters the top 5 with $33 million. The Hip-Hop Cash Kings list tracks pretax earnings for living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. To form the list, we considered income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures.
Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2013 to June 2014 and based on data from Pollstar, the RIAA and Nielsen SoundScan, and from interviews with numerous managers, lawyers, music executives and some of the artists themselves, peep the full list below.
01 – Dr. Dre – $620 million
02 – Jay Z – $60 million
02 – Diddy – $60 million
03 – Drake – $33 million
04 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
05 – Kanye West – $30 million
06 – Birdman – $24 million
07 – Lil’ Wayne – $23 million
08 – Pharrell Williams – $22 million
09 – Eminem – $18 million
10 – Nicki Minaj – $14 million
11 – Wiz Khalifa – $13 million
12 – Pitbull – $12 million
13 – Snoop Dogg – $10 million
14 – Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
15 – 50 Cent – $8 million
15- Ludacris – $8 million
15 – Tech N9ne – $8 million
15 – Swizz Beatz – $8 million
16 – Rick Ross – $7 million
16 – J. Cole – $7 million
16 – DJ Khaled – $7 million
16 – Lil Jon – $7 million
16 – Mac Miller – $7 million
If you’re gonna throw the book at Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for stealing music … you gotta take down none other than Ludwig Van Beethoven too — that’s Robin and Pharrell’s argument anyway. The “Blurred Lines” duo just filed new court docs in their fight to prove the song is not a rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s, “Got To Give It Up” — pointing out several differences between notes in the songs … and also backing up the bus over LvB.
In the docs, they admit ‘Blurred‘ starts with repeated notes, just like Marvin’s song does — but also like Beethoven does in his famous 5th Symphony. All together now … da-da-da-dum! Their point — musicians have been using repeating tones since the dawn of time … or at least since 200 years ago when Beethoven was doing his thing. They also say ‘Blurred‘ is more similar to the ‘60s song, “Working In a Coal Mine” … than it is to ‘Give It Up.'” Countdown to Allen Toussaint’s lawsuit.
Q) You will be releasing your new album soon. What is the feel and vibe for it and can you share the name of it?
A) My upcoming EP is definitely a more mature feel, a lot darker than most are used to hearing from me. I really like the title Forth and Back!
Q) How much hand did you have in the production of the EP?
A) I wrote and co-wrote the lyrics and melodies. I gave production direction, but I worked with some really talented producers and songwriters from across the county.
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