Featured category: Music

The cure for earworms, DJ Kool Herc and the birth of hip hop, the cover of Take Five that’s not in 5/4 time, and the suspicious copyright status of Happy Birthday to You.

Earworm
Franz Stuck [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you get a song stuck in your head you can get it unstuck by chewing some gum.


In 1973 DJ Kool Herc created an endless break from James Brown, British rock music, and a bongo band… and so laid one of the foundations of hip hop music.


Take Five is the most famous piece of music in 5/4 time. Tito Puente’s cover manages to convert it into 4/4 time.


For several decades a music company collected royalties on “Happy Birthday to You,” until a lawsuit found that they never owned the rights to begin with.

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