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Lady Gaga beats Kylie to top earworm chart

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Lady Gaga’s song Bad Romance is the catchiest tune on the planet, according to a study by a university academic.

The definition of an earworm is a tune or song that keeps going around in a person’s head, long after the physical sound of it has finished.

Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head comes second, revealed Dr Kelly Jakubowski of Durham University who headed a team who asked 3,000 people what their most frequent earworm was.

The team studied the phenomenon to identify what makes one tune so much catchier than another.

The most memorable songs included a snappy tempo, a simple melodic and repetitive structure – in the style of nursery rhymes – which rise and fall in pitch and an unusual break structure in the song which surprises the unexpecting listener.

Dr Jakubowski explained: “The idea is to combine a really simple overall melody shape with a unique pattern of interval. The melody is quite simple to remember but it has something a bit more interesting added.”

The study, Dissecting an Earworm, is published in the academic journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

Researchers also found ways to get rid of that irritating tune that you just can’t get out of your head.

If you do not have the time to allow the melody to fade away on its own, researchers say try listening to another more mundane tune to force it out of your mind – the national anthem, for example, works quite well.

Lady Gaga appears to have the knack for producing an earworm with two other songs named in the study’s list of the 10 most frequently named earworms:

:: Bad Romance, Lady Gaga
:: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Kylie Minogue
:: Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
:: Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye
:: Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5
:: California Gurls, Katy Perry
:: Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
:: Alejandro, Lady Gaga
:: Poker Face, Lady Gaga
:: Rolling In The Deep, Adele

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Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke wins 2019 Literature award

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Image caption: Olga Tokarczuk won for 2018 and Peter Handke is 2019’s winner

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Two winners were named – one for 2019 and one for 2018 – because the prize was not awarded last year.

The Swedish Academy, which oversees the prestigious award, suspended it in 2018 after a sexual assault scandal.

Tokarczuk, who also won the Man Booker International Prize last year, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize, with this year’s Nobel going to Handke.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o had been considered a strong candidate for the prize, but he failed

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Kelvin Gates announces new song “I’m Him”

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In just a few hours, we’ll be hearing Kevin Gates’ latest musical offering in its entirety. For months, we’ve been hearing about his I’m Him project and we’re about to find out exactly why Gates is that dude.

After his release from prison early last year, the Baton Rouge veteran released his Chained To The City EP before coming through with Luca Brasi 3. It’s officially album time and his fans couldn’t be any more excited. Kicking off the campaign, the Bread Winner is starting us off with the introductory song on I’m Him, dropping a video for “RBS Intro.”

The video for “RBS Intro” was filmed during Gates’ trip to Amsterdam and the track itself is hard-hitting like most of his other hits. This will be the first cut from the new album.

Kevin Gates has described this journey as a reintroduction to himself, showing off all sides of his mind and truly remaining an open book. He said: “All of those negative connotations the world puts out…I’m him. All of those positive connotations the world puts out…I’m him as well. This is the new Kevin versus the old Kevin. It’s a celebration. It’s a rebirth. It’s redemption. I’m overcoming who I used to be in order to be greater.”

Stay tuned for the new album tonight!

Quotable Lyrics:

Hold it down when I’m on lock
Calling shots from the box
Diamond teeth full of rocks
I’m a real big speaker

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