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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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Who is the third featured singer on "Side Effects" by Parliament?

For years I've been unable to figure out who the third featured singer on "Side Effects", off Parliament's Chocolate City album is. He doesn't sound like any singer within the P-Funk crew ...
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First 45 not to feature a "second song"?

Napoleon XIV (AKA Jerry Samuels) released "They're Coming to Take Me Away" in 1966. He had no second song, so they simply played the song backwards on the B-side. A lot of singles simply feature an ...
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In which of his works did Mussorgsky include features of human speech?

The wiki page on Speech-to-song illusion says: Many composers, including Gesualdo, Monteverdi, and Mussorgsky, have argued that expressivity in music can be derived from inflections in speech, and ...
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What classical scores did Charlie Parker study?

In the Miles Davis' autobiography, Davis talks about how Charlie Parker gave away his classical scores before he died a few days later. Does anyone know the specific names of these scores?
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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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Why is this cover of "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" missing the word "Hi-Fi"?

I bought a used copy of R.E.M.'s New Adventures in Hi-Fi online. Everything's fine, except on the album cover I noticed the word "Hi-Fi" is missing — it just says New Adventures in (see below). ...
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Johnny Cash's Father

In the 2008 film directed by James Mangold Walk the Line it depicts Johnny Cash's father Ray as a jerk, and it also makes him look abusive to Johnny Cash and his family. I have found nothing in my ...
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Why are the tracks to Van Halen's "Diver Down" shown out of order?

I recently purchased a used copy of Diver Down (1982) by Van Halen on Vinyl. Catalog number BSK 3677. I noticed that the tracks are shown out of order on the back cover. Was this a misprint or is ...
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What legal rights do Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have over how Nirvana's music is used?

Do Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have any legal rights in regard to the licensing of Nirvana's music? I understand they have been in legal battles with Courtney Love over Nirvana's back catalogue ...
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What are some strategies for researching an under-documented recording?

If some music is accessible online in a page giving only the title of the track and the name of the main performer, how can you try to find the date, location, and other performers? More generally, ...
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Any way to decipher Four Tet's "About" page on Spotify?

The electronic music artist Kieran Hebdan, better known by his stage name Four Tet, has an interesting About page on Spotify. It looks to me to be just gibberish, but perhaps there is some way to ...
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Arrested Development: Static on 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of

I have several copies of this album (CD, cassette, etc) and there is static on many of the tracks. Back in '94 I remember hearing the explanation was: (some guy left the master LP in the sun, or ...
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What was the first song to contain a sample from another song on the same album?

Listening to Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) and noticed that "Night of the Living Baseheads" contains a few samples from "Bring the Noise" from ...
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Did Nat King Cole express contempt for fans of his pop recordings?

It seems to me that I've seen Nat King Cole quoted to this effect: I know that my Jazz records are good and my Pop records are junk. But how can I turn down the money I can make with the Pop records ...

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