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10 of the Worst Key Changes in Music

The key change is like pretty much any other musical trope: if it’s used well, it can be an effective and inventive way to signal a shift in the mood or tone of a song; if it’s used badly, it can be a godawful cliché that makes your ears hurt and your heart fill with existential despair. We may get around to looking at the former in due course, but for now, it’s more fun to look at the latter — so here are ten of the poorest key changes in music, ranked from the worst to the absolute worst. … Read More

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The Intriguing Passports of 20 Famous Artists and Writers

Like business cards, passports can say a lot about a person — where they’ve been, where they’re going, and well, how photogenic they are under the worst conditions. This week, we caught a glimpse of René Magritte’s passport (and pipe!), and so we decided to check out the legal papers of a few more of our favorite artists, from Virginia Woolf to Walt… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s Google Zeitgeist time again! Here’s an exhaustive look at some of most popular searches and search trends throughout the year, a list topped by Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style, and Hurricane Sandy.

2. Mick Jagger stopped by Letterman last night to deliver the Top Ten things he’s learned after 50 years in rock and roll. Watch the hilarious clip here. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Daily News is reporting that Jason Sudeikis was upset that Lorne Michaels singled out Kristen Wiig for a big SNL send-off; meanwhile, it still hasn’t been confirmed that he’s leaving the show. [via Pop Culture Brain]

2. A new HBO series starring Catherine Keener that will be written and directed by… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Sir Paul McCartney made a surprise cameo on the East Coast telecast of 30 Rock‘s wildly uneven live episode last night, in which he smacked Jack Donaghy in the face. “To be slapped on live TV by Sir Paul… #filethatinmydiaryunderperfect,” Alec Baldwin tweeted later. Meanwhile, because life still isn’t fair, the lucky… Read More

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This Week in Trailers: ‘Ted,’ ‘Total Recall,’ ‘To Rome with Love,’ and More

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got eleven trailers for you this week, including new films from Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, and Seth McFarlane, plus Whitney Houston’s final role and Katy Perry in 3D. (Seriously.) Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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Coroner Releases Full Report on Whitney Houston

The LA County’s Coroner’s Office has released the final autopsy report regarding the death of legendary pop singer Whitney Houston. Last month, it was announced that Houston died due to an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use being contributing factors. The new report shares information about “a small spoon with a… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Hunger Games has already made more than $25 million from midnight screenings alone, and conservative estimates are that it will draw in something like $125 million over the course of its opening weekend. Do you have your tickets yet? [via Variety]

2. The LA County Coroner’s office has officially ruled that… Read More

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A Selection of Remarkable Isolated Vocal Tracks from Famous Songs

For pop music obsessives, the Internet is an infinite series of bottomless rabbit holes. One of our greatest recent distractions has been isolated vocal tracks: archived recordings of only the vocals from a song, or clips that have been digitally manipulated to remove the instrumental portions (sometimes it’s difficult to tell which of the two you’re hearing). While they’re prone to encouraging an undue amount of reverence — vocals-only tracks are often cited as definitive “proof” of a musician’s talent or lack thereof — they certainly add a new dimension to our appreciation of classic singles. At their best, they highlight the unadorned talent of a singer whose voice we’re used to hearing backed by a full band; at their weirdest, well… just click through to reacquaint yourself with David Lee Roth. … Read More

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A Brief History of Outrageous Posthumous Musical Cash-Ins

Ah, the music industry. It’s its own worst enemy, really, isn’t it? Not a week after cuddlesome RIAA overlord Cary Sherman further endeared himself to the general public with a gloriously paranoid SOPA-related ejection of the toys from his corporate pram, Sony’s UK arm reminded everyone of just what loveable folk major labels are by responding to Whitney Houston’s death by jacking up the price of her albums. Nice one, Sony UK. It took two days for the company to bow to general public contempt and reverse the price increase, issuing a statement to Billboard that blamed the issue on “an internal mistake.” Whatever happened, the whole sorry affair is far from the music industry’s most shameless posthumous cash-in. Browse a brief hall of infamy after the jump. … Read More

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