The researchers behind the study, Coastal Carolina University's Terry Pettijohn and Southern Mississippi's Donald Sacco, take as their dataset the Billboard country songs of the year from 1946 to 2008. They used text analysis software, and manual chord analysis and tempo measurement, to identify lyrical themes and musical properties of the songs. They then compared their findings to an index measuring the overall well-being of society, using indicators like unemployment, inflation, personal income growth, the suicide and homicide rates, the divorce rate, and...
Is this the happiest photo ever taken? Sometimes it's worth taking a few moments to reflect on something happy and enjoying life. I don't know about where you're at today -- but the sun is shining here in Portland and I've got a bunch of good music on my playlist.
It appears as though Walmart is running a contest where the store with the most Facebook likes will get a live performance from Miami-based rapper Pitbull. Someone has started a campaign to get the Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska, the most likes so Pitbull has to go play there. You can like the Kodiak Walmart page here.
Like, really...you can't make up today's news. A mother starting singing Adele's "Rolling In the Deep" while her daughter was in a coma (she had been unresponsive for a week) and the comatose little girl smiled in response. Two days later, she was able to get out of bed.
If you couldn't tell from the last few news posts that I'm clearly in a weird mood as the day winds down, here's one for you (and no, I'm not posting about zombies): our galaxy is fucked ... in 6 billion years.
Do you prefer listening to music with headphones or speakers? I've found that I have a much more personal connection with the music when I'm using headphones, but sometimes the expansive sound of the entire room being filled is worth it.
Say that you were going to start a record label ... today. You've got 5 spots to fill, and they've got to be filled up with bands that you could reasonably get on your label. That means, they're either unsigned or on a relatively small record label that you could probably buy out to get them to come on over (it's a hypothetical, have fun with it). You're not getting Bruce Springsteen, you're not gonna convince Thrice to come back, and you're not getting Brand New on your label. Gotta think harder than that. So, who do you put on your roster? Who are the 5 bands you sign?
We have an amusing, yet, accurate picture on our Facebook page right now. So why not bring it on our actual site, right? Head to the replies and join the fun by making your own AP.net version of... donuts!
It's sort of a slow news day today. I've passed the time so far by posting some extremely random things on our twitter and facebook feeds. Yes, that is a Skrillex chest tattoo. But it's not really the same if I can't post something random in our news feed as well. So, if you're looking for some good old ski-time music for the upcoming holidays, check the replies for the best video since Rick Astley.
Songkick compiled a list of the "Hardest Working Bands of 2010." It used number of tour dates and miles traveled to determine which bands were the hardest working. Do you think that this list accurately reflects which bands are actually working the hardest? Which bands do you think deserve this distinction?
Remember to turn your clock backs one hour tonight, because it is the happiest time of the year: Daylight Savings! To celebrate this extra restful of days, I have prepared a little celebration in the replies.