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The Pointy End

What is it about musical hooks that makes them so catchy?

From hummable riffs to striking lyrics, the catchiest hooks tell us something about the limits of human attention and memory.


The Lion Sleeps Tonight: one song’s journey from 1930s South Africa to Disney money-spinner

Mbube – the vocal harmony song that ended up on The Lion King soundtrack – made its writer $2. But beyond the exploitation and legal battles lies a more inspiring story.

The Guardian

Eurovision 2023: pourquoi il est peu probable qu’une chanson du concours soit écoutable

Une chanson canon  au concours, mission impossible ? Pour les théoriciens de la pop, les impératifs du concours sont tels que l’Eurovision est devenu un genre musical à part.


¿Efecto beneficioso de la música sobre la memoria?

Ante la falta de tratamientos efectivos para contrarrestar el deterioro cognitivo, la música de fondo se ha propuesto tradicionalmente como una alternativa terapéutica candidata a mejorar las tareas de memoria.


How the weather changes the music we want to hear

Oxford research shows the fascinating connection between UK weather conditions and music success in the markets.


There's a 'volume war' happening in music

Lead vocalists have gotten quieter over the decades, compared with the rest of the band, according to a new study. A leading industry figure says it's part of the "volume wars."


Quelles sont les meilleures villes quand on est amateur de musique ?

Où partir en vacances quand on est fan de musique ? Où vivre pour avoir le plus d’occasion de régaler ses oreille quand on est mélomane ?


Colombia 1993: Una historia de música y terror

Una mirada a un pasado que continúa marcando el presente del futuro de la música (y la vida) en Colombia, un pasado que se cuenta en discos.

Rolling Stones

How the Streaming Era Turned Music Into Sludge

The launch of the iTunes Store 20 years ago laid the groundwork for platforms to transform songs into generic background noise.


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