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Was Freddie Mercury's voice range over 4 octaves?
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Apparently it's not: the late singer's inimitable voice was the subject of a study by a team of Austrian, Czech and Swedish authors who set out to analyze Mercury's voice from archived ...

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Hidden tracks on other media than CD?
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Jack White has a habbit of including hidden tracks and other features. Here's for instance his latest album Lazaretto: The 11-track album on White's label Third Man Records, includes different ...

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What were the specifics of Prince's "$100 million contract" with Warner Bros. Records in 1992?
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On 31 August 1992, Prince signed a new recording contract with Warner Bros. Records worth a potential $100 million. Which was more than several pop mega-deals struck earlier: Madonna's contract with ...

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Longest-running artist in music history?
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Consider Charles Aznavour. Born on 22 May 1924, with a career starting arguably in 1946 (although he was performing as a child). From Wikipedia: Charles's parents introduced him to performing at an ...

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What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl?
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Some explanations as provided by these forum posts: Virgin vinyl is non recycled higher quality vinyl. [...] Pure vinyl which isn't recycled or adulterated with filler. Quieter as a ...

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What was the first vinyl record ever pressed?
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According to The Record Collectors Guild: In 1930, RCA Victor launched the first commercially-available vinyl long-playing record, marketed as "Program Transcription" discs. These revolutionary ...

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"Ex's and Oh's" by Elle King- What is "Oh's"?
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There are multiple possible interpretations according to contributors on Genius: The metaphorical x’s (hugs) and o’s (kisses) of the relationships haunt her, symbolizing her running away from ...

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Who the heck is Adele Cara?
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Most likely this is an even lazier attempt at confusing listeners than soundalikes: These remakes aren’t motivated by artistry, but by money. Soundalikes are a completely mercenary venture. The ...

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Is the song "Paradise City" written about a specific city?
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Wikipedia is rather vague: Guns N' Roses' lead guitarist, Slash, states that the song was written in the back of a rental van as they were on their way back from playing a gig in San Francisco ...

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Who is the Elise that Beethoven composed about?
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Wikipedia offers some possibilities: Max Unger suggested that Ludwig Nohl may have transcribed the title incorrectly and the original work may have been named "Für Therese", a reference to ...

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Who was there before The Doors?
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Densmore told Billboard: What were the influences that shaped the Doors' sound and what does each member of the band bring to the table? John Densmore: Ray grew up in Chicago so he had the ...

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What's with dinosaurs in Vietnam?
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Dave Wyndorf, songwriter, lead vocalist, and a guitarist for Monster Magnet, explains in an interview with Adam De Ville for Collide: Adam De Ville: “Dinosaurs in Vietnam!” Dave Wyndorf: Yeah!...

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Who designed and approved the easily broken jewel case hinge?
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As explained on Philips.com: Because of its sensitive surface, it was necessary to package the CD in such a way that it would be fully protected against damage. The package also had to provide ...

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Does Blur's song MyTerracotta Heart signal another Blur breakdown?
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The song is about the past, explained Coxon to NME: In his track by track guide to 'The Magic Whip' for NME, Coxon explained that the track 'My Terracotta Heart' was about his relationship with ...

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What does "Fortune fame mirror vain" mean in Metallica's The Memory Remains?
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Sachi speculates: The first two lines probably go together in a sentence as “Fortune, fame mirror vain” and can translate to “both fortune and fame mirror what is vain.” So this basically says ...

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Why are bonus tracks so common in Japanese versions?
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According to a user on MetaFilter: According to a friend who runs a small record label that occasionally does business in Japan: it's because it is invariably cheaper for Japanese buyers to ...

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Did Prince fulfill his album obligations WRT his “$100 million contract” with Warner Bros. Records in 1992?
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Between 31 August 1992 -- the day he signed the deal -- and 26 April 1996 -- the day Prince and Warner Bros. Records signed the termination agreement -- a number of records were released. Afterwards, ...

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Why is the Blue Neighbourhood trilogy called so?
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Troye explains: “I mean, it was a lyric from Wild. Leave this Blue Neighbourhood.” “Basically, I come from Perth, which is a moderately sized city of 2 million people. From within that, I ...

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Why is there a Star Trek reference in the Zelda symphony?
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It's probably a joke by arranger Chad Seiter, who also worked on the music for the 2009 Star Trek movie. Jason Michael Paul and Nintendo proudly present "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the ...

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Who performs the vocals in Jedi Mind Tricks' "Before The Great Collapse"?
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According to Wikipedia: "Before the Great Collapse" was the first JMT single to be solely performed by group vocalist Vinnie Paz, who uses the track as a suicide letter, written to his mother.

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Was "Kiss" the result of Bob Cavallo telling Prince that "Under the Cherry Moon" needed a hit song?
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No. Cavallo "misremembers". In fact, the recording history of "Kiss" is well-documented and has been told numerous times. One of these stories can be read on the MusicThing blog, and of particular ...

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Did Prince and Sheila E. really record her debut album, The Glamorous Life, in a week?
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While it is technically true that Prince and Sheila E. spent about a week on the album together, the reality is that almost all tracks were recorded weeks before Prince even considered the idea of ...

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What are the nights in the Eric Clapton's 24 nights album?
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From Wikipedia: The album is a "best of" from the 42 concerts Eric Clapton did at the Royal Albert Hall in those two years. Clapton set a record by playing a run of 24 nights at the London ...

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Was Prince involved in Kim Basinger's unreleased album from the early 1990s?
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No he wasn't involved. Yes, Prince and Kim Basinger dated in the late 1980s, but this ended somewhere in 1990. Basinger started recording her album after they had broken up: Given the wisdom of ...

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What was "the new sound of English summer" as featured in "Little Fluffy Clouds"?
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According to the chapter "Ambient house: '​Little fluffy clouds' and the sampler as time machine" by Justin Morey in the book Music Beyond Airports - appraising ambient music (a collection ...

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Why is Metallica's "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" issued on two CDDAs?
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According to Hetfield: On "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" being a double disc: Hetfield: "There's twelve songs, and they're not all three and a half minutes like "Hardwired' was. But there is ...

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Was the release of Prince's Black Album in November 1994 done against his wishes?
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An official release of The Black Album had in fact often been discussed between Warner Bros. and Prince. In 1991 the record company had wanted to release some type of hits collection to avoid over-...

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Explanation of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World" video
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Noah Ray, the kid featured in the video, explains: "The only thing in the beginning that I was really made aware of was that [director] Jim [Herbert] had seen some kind of TV special on dream ...

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Nine inch Nail's Satellite is inspired by which Prince's song?
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NIN songs are well-documented on the NinWiki, and Satellite's entry has no mention of it being inspired by a specific Prince song. You've probably misremembered a review, e.g. this one from The ...

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Did Prince ever license his music to advertisers?
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While it was rare, Prince did on occasion license his music for usage in advertisements. This is a likely incomplete list: Prince sold a clip of "Little Red Corvette" from his Sign O' The ...

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