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Was the radio intro in “Protect Ya Neck” real or created for the song?

The probably most famous song of the Wu-Tang Clan "Protect Ya Neck" from the album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) starts with this radio talk: Caller: "So whassup man?" DJ: "Coolin' man" ...
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Sampled Rap Songs [closed]

It's entirely standard for rap songs to use samples, but what about the other way around --rap music sampled for use in non-rap songs? I can think of two examples: Macy Gray's Do Something which ...
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Why artists/bands do not always include lyrics' sheet in their albums? [closed]

Some albums do not include any lyrics' sheet, but often the lyrics are officially available (for free) on artists' website. Does that means that words are considered less important than music, and in ...
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Who is the artist of a song?

When a song has performer A, composer B, and lyricist C, who is the artist of this song? Is this decided by rules not based on the creative process, e.g., by producers? Or is the artist the party ...
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Why is Chuck Berry's music mostly the same rhythm with differnt lyrics?

I have started listening to many of Chuck Berry’s songs. I noticed there are three or four different identifiable rhythms he uses in his songs. Most of his songs start off with one of the rhythms and ...
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Bands that have split up, then using same band name? [closed]

are there any bands that has been split (because of artistic differences or whatever reason) and then after continued playing/releasing albums using the same/similar band name?
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Most longevity on the pop charts

I had heard once that the Isley Brothers were the group that had hit the US Top 100 pop music charts in the most different decades. Wikipedia confirms that they did chart each decade from the 50's ...
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Was “All for you” by Imagine Dragons ever released?

The movie Transformers: Age of Extinction (which, as a side note, is very bad) features two songs by Imagine Dragons: "Battle Cry" and "All for you". The first one was released on the OST and as a ...
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Why exactly did the jury find copyright infringement in the case of Blurred Lines?

I’ve listened to parts of Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up, and I don't get it. I hear similarities, but no song can be entirely new, here in this century. What were the specific ...
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When did the “standard drumkit” become popular in music

When did the standard drum kit become popular in music. My definition of standard drum kit being: snare drum bass drum hi-hat cymbal(s) tom-tom(s)
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Lyrics for the rap in “She Drives Me Wild” by Michael Jackson

This is regarding the song She Drives Me Wild from the album Dangerous by Michael Jackson. I have checked in many places on the Internet but the lyrics for the rap portion in this song are not ...
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Rock and metal albums recorded with symphony orchestras [closed]

I am looking for rock and metal bands who recorded albums with real orchestras. Examples: Scorpions And Berliner Philharmoniker - Moment Of Glory (2000) Within Temptation and Metropole Orchestra - ...
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What's up with Spinal Tap's drummer situation?

According to various sources I could find, Spinal Tap has had somewhere between 4-20+ drummers throughout their career. My question is sort of two part: How is there such a discrepancy in the numbers?...
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Identifying term for songs with slow stomp bass tempo

I have heard songs from many different genres from rock to rap to techno with this same kind of core slow stomping percussion beat. Example songs are: God's Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash When the ...
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What are the top three recording studios of all time in terms of having sold the most songs?

There are a lot of famous recording studios, but which of them can claim responsibility for producing output that has resulted in the most song sales? (That is, all sales including as single releases ...
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Why is rock music not on the charts anymore? [closed]

The days of bands Pink Floyd and Metallica topping the charts are long gone, and I'm really unsure as to why? When and why did rock music die off in popularity and electronic music take over?
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Did the “Call 911 now!” sample in Skrillex's “First of the Year (Equinox)” come from a YouTube video?

In Skrillex's song "First of the Year (Equinox)" (listen on Spotify), there is a sample of someone shouting, "Call 911 now!". I've heard that this sample was taken from a YouTube video of some ...
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Audio CD with PC-application/other content

I remember putting some audio CD in the computer a long time ago, and there was extra content in form of videos, as well as an interactive application (maybe flash based). I think Ed Hunter - Iron ...
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Records with longest Billboard chart success

According to Wikipedia, The Dark Side of the Moon “topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for one week and remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988” – that’s 15 years on the ...
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How does a record label work? [closed]

A lot of artists have their records associated with a record label. When I search for records under a specific label, the results usually resemble or relate to each other, so I use it as a way to ...
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Which song was dubbed into the most languages?

I have seen that Let It Go from Frozen was dubbed into 42 different languages. Is there any song that holds the record for being dubbed into the most number of languages? Please only include ...
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What's the difference between scoring and arranging?

Sometimes, I read "this song was arranged by someone", and "this song was scored by somebody else". What's the difference between scoring some music and arranging it?
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How does Billboard assign songs to its various charts?

Billboard has many different charts, including charts for overall popularity and broken down by various genres, like the Hot 100, the Billboard 200, Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Hot Country Songs, ...
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What is a “warm” sound?

What does it mean for a sound to be warm? What does a sound need to have to be "warmer" than other? We often hear this associated with analog systems. "analog warmth", "the warmth of vinyl". What is ...
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How can I alleviate headphone discomfort?

I have always hated wearing headphones. They make me uncomfortable and sweaty and usually give me a headache. Earbuds are a lot better, although I still don’t like to wear them. However, there are ...
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Should I store my vinyl records side by side or in piles?

What is the safest way to store my vinyl records: Side by side or in piles? I don’t care about ease of access or collection organization, only about preservation.
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Why did Paz leave A Perfect Circle

Paz Lenchantin was the original bassist for A Perfect Circle on the Mer De Noms album. However, she was replaced by Jeordie White for Thirteenth Step. What led to this change in lineup? Did Paz leave ...
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Code on Japanese CDs

All my music CDs from Japan have a code printed on the back (and sometimes also on the disk or the booklet). It seems to start with capitalized letters and to end with numerals. For example, my ...
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Were “Mrs.” and “Mustard/Parking ticket song” from Buffy ever released?

The Buffy episode Once More, with Feeling is performed as as musical, where the actors sing several songs. All of these songs were released on a soundtrack of the same name. In a later episode (...
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Highest Billboard 200 rank for a Creative Commons licensed album?

Which album, released (also) under a Creative Commons license, had the highest Billboard 200 chart success? (The album must have been licensed under a CC license before it entered the charts, so it ...
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How is a winner decided from the nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song?

Over the weekend I watched the Oscars and I was wondering what process is followed to determine the winner from the nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I can see from Wikipedia ...
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'Short edit' songs on best of compilations

I recently bought The Best of the Jam and was slightly dissapointed that 'Down in the tube station at midnight' fades out before the end proper. Also, every (non original album) version of 'Barbara ...
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Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - John Peel version [closed]

Originally, Vivian Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band performed the 'narration' on part one of Tubular Bells. I recall a remix version, created I think for the BBC on one of the Tubular Bells ...
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How can I determine the lowest quality encoding a music file went through?

Is there any automated way to determine the lowest quality encoding a music file went through? I sometimes get tracks from random websites and I suspect some audio files have some re-encoding history. ...
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Who decides whether a record should be labelled “Parental Advisory”?

Who decides whether a record should be labelled "Parental Advisory"? Are there any agreed-upon standards? If not, what individuals in the production chain are the people who actually decide whether a ...
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How are backward messages created on tracks?

It is famously known that on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" are hidden satanic messages if you play the track backwards. Is this true? I've heard some backwards recordings on Youtube, but I don'...
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Who started the encore tradition at concerts?

Was it one band, or is this more tied to a particular genre or era of time?
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Does the type of music you listen to factor into determining which speakers to buy?

When I browsing Amazon for speakers I see in the description specifications like maximum input power, Frequency response curve, Audio Sensitivity etc. Does the type of music you listen to factor into ...
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Do you need original artist's consent to cover their songs live?

This is a general question. I will use an example only to make it clearer. Let's consider this Anathema's concert - they played covers of Oh! Darling and Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2. Did they ...
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Why do songs sometimes get left off a movie's soundtrack?

Sometimes I'll hear a song while watching a movie, and then later when I look at the movie's soundtrack, I find out the song isn't on the soundtrack. Why are songs in a movie sometimes left off the ...
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Is there any *objective* genre-like categorization of musical works?

I’m looking for objective criteria for classifying musical works. Formal metadata (like artist, title, length, publication date, language etc.) doesn’t help in saying something about the actual kind ...
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What is the name for a track hidden before the CD content?

If I rewind the track 1 of the debut album by The Music, I can get to track 0. To play this hidden track I need to rewind until I reach its beginning; I found no other way to access it. Is there a ...

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