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Petition of The Day: People Are Not Happy at All That Phil Collins is Returning to Music
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People are telling singer Phil Collins "I Don't Care Anymore" about your music.

The former Genesis frontman and aging star announced last week that he was coming out of retirement, and would begin making music again very soon.

And the Internet wasn't very kind about that announcement.

A petition on Change.org simply titled "Phil Collins Must Be Stopped" has over 1,500 signatures.

Comments on the petition aren't too flattering.

Well, at least one demographic is excited Collins is making a comeback: Dads.

Revelation of the Day: Katy Perry Was Once The Backup Vocalist For P.O.D.
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Before Katy Perry danced with a Left Shark and kissed a girl (and liked it), she was a backup vocalist for Christian alternative rock band P.O.D.

This little-known fact was rediscovered today by Metal Sucks, and we can't stop laughing about it.

Perry was known as Katy Hudson when she provided vocals in 2006 for "Goodbye Now." She's featured in this music video starting at 3:36.

And she joined the band on The Tonight Show around the 3:24 mark.

Katy sure has come a long way.

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You think you've seen and heard it all, Harry Potter fan. Well, you are wrong.

You must check out this Indian version of some of the most notable songs from the Harry Potter movies. It's really something striking that makes the whole of John Williams' themes seem even more magical.

According to the video's description:

This Indian fusion covers five beautiful scores from the Harry Potter Movie Series-

A Window To The Past : Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Askaban,Harry Potter Main Theme, Hedwig's Theme : Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Face of Voldemort : Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Epilogue - Leaving Hogwarts : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Indian Jam Project is a collaborative platform where different musicians come together to play Indian Adaptations of Western TV Show Theme Songs/ Movie Scores. The adaptations are arranged and composed by Tushar Lall (Founder), and are performed together with some insanely talented set of musicians.



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When a proud mother uploaded a short video of her baby dancing to YouTube in 2007, she probably didn't expect it to become a lightning rod for copyright law.

Stephanie Lenz's children were just jamming out to Prince, a harmless representation of proud motherhood. Universal Music Group saw it as something different — using their music without paying for the rights.

According to Eff.org

The Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" was playing on a stereo in the background of the short clip. Universal Music Group sent YouTube a notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), claiming that the family video infringed the copyright in Prince's song. EFF sued Universal on Lenz's behalf, arguing that Universal abused the DMCA by improperly targeting a lawful fair use.

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that copyright holders like Universal must consider fair use before trying to remove content from the Internet. It also rejected Universal's claim that a victim of takedown abuse cannot vindicate her rights if she cannot show actual monetary loss.



Basically the Ninth Circuit court told copyright holders to slow their roll with all of the cease and desist notices that have plagued YouTube videos. The opinion states reminds these hyper lawyers that there is a legal doctrine called 'fair use' which allows the usage of copyrighted material without paying for the license for things like research, teaching, news reporting and sharing a video of your cute kids dancing to a song.

TL;DR A high court told copyright lawyers to calm down.

Jack white and patrick carney spar in public spat.
Via Uproxx
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Jack White has beef. At least according to Patrick Carney, drummer for The Black Keys.

In a string of since deleted tweets Carney claimed that White approached him in a bar in New York City and tried to start some sh*t.

He came to a bar in Nyc I go to a lot with a few friends and tried to fight me.

...I don't fight and don't get fighting but he was mad!!!



Three exclamation points means serious business.

There has long been rumors and disparaging things White has said about The Black Keys, suggesting that they stole the sound he pioneered with his band The White Stripes. Both bands are two pieces, both have some rockin', bluesy tunes. There's some similarities, but there's similarities with many, many bands.

It'd be slightly similar to boy bands brawling.

Things took an even spicier turn when White released a statement to Entertainment Weekly refuting the claim.

"Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or 'bullied' you. You were asked a question you couldn't answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story."



Carney responded with a message to Entertainment Weekly of his own:

"The bully a**holes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a collaborative and non competitive thing. So, to get macho bullsh*t from within the musical community makes me angry and sad."



Then, Carney tweeted this out a little later:



So, sleep easy, children. Those blues-ish musicians will never fight again.



To add a little more context to this terrible music spat, here's an adjustment the AV Club made to the above picture.



The cosmic ballet goes on.

Via Geor Geor
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Good guy Steven Tyler is at it again.

This time in Moscow, the Aerosmith frontman approached a street musician and started singing 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.' The song is obviously familiar to Tyler, since it was his first number one hit.

Back in 2014, the musician surprised some street musicians in Lithuania by joining them in an accordion rendition of his song 'Crazy.'

It seems like his antics in Moscow are paying off. Over 10,000 people were estimated to be at his show.

Macklemore releases his newest single, Growing Up with Ed Sheeran
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Mackelmore hasn't released a song in three years, instead choosing to take time off to probably go thrift shopping.

While he recently opened up about his experience relapsing on drugs, he saved his biggest news for Aug. 5, when he released his new single featuring none other than Ed Sheeran.



(Ed Sheeran just seems to be everywhere these days.)

Mackelmore explained the meaning behind the song and what brought him back to the studio in greater depth on his Instagram.

When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back. To look at who you are. This is why "Growing up" felt like the right song to re-emerge with. It's where I've been the last year, through all the ups and downs. We didn't want to do a big campaign or anything over the top with this. We just wanted to put out good music, directly to the people that have been here since the beginning. Thank you for your patience. Hope you enjoy.

And if you're wondering…

Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th. There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her.



You can listen to the full single, entitled Growing Up (Sloane's Song), right here:

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At first this just stinks, and then it’s music to your ears.

A comedy duo from Australia called the Shonky Brothers have turned some flatulence into a “7-tone fart symphony.”

One of the brothers named Loz, recently farted, and the two realized there was something very special about it.

When the audio is slowed down, as demonstrated in the video above, it becomes recognizable as a major seventh arpeggio in the key of B flat.

It’s “the greatest fart I ever did,” Loz writes in the video.

You can listen to the final product below, which he calls his “Magnum Anus,” and even make it your ringtone!

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A security guard in Georgia recently let down his guard for a few minutes, and he’s now become somewhat of a viral sensation.

A visitor to the National Library of Parliament recorded Omar Tsereteli as he was playing the piano, and it turns out he’s really amazing.

Time for a career change?

According to the caption, he didn’t know he was being filmed, and the YouTube clip now has over 1 million views.

The seats in the room may be empty, but the world is listening Omar!

He’s performing Ludovico Einaudi’s “Giorni Dispari,” according to the UK’s Metro.

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Popular Belgian musician Stromae (aka Paul Van Haver) has a released a new video for his song “Carmen” which turns Twitter into a terrifying monster.

“Those fake smiles cut like a #. Watch yourself out there,” he says in the song. “Network friends and followers? No, no you’re just popular.”

It’s a reworking of “Habanera” from the opera Carmen, in which love is compared to a bird. He took that idea and made a version about Twitter.

The song is a commentary on how social media dominates our lives, and ironically he is promoting the new video on an Instagram account which he started a few weeks ago. It was directed by Sylvain Chomet, who worked on both “Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist.”

“I’m not so radical about Twitter, but I think it’s sometimes dangerous if you think that Twitter is real life,” he told Time Out in an interview last year.

Stromae has a huge following in Europe and he is also popular with some world leaders, as both Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama apparently own copies of one of his albums.

Here’s another of his hits called “Formidable,” which you may be familiar with. In the video, he walks around the streets of Brussels pretending to be drunk.

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Australian musician Axel Winter was getting ready to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras last weekend, when he noticed a man with a Bible spewing anti-gay rhetoric on the street.

“He was saying hateful things towards gay people themselves. He said at one point ‘today is the day that god hates you most,'” he told Gay Star News.

So he decided to fight back, by drowning out the man’s words with music.

Axel and some other musicians near the Pitt Street Mall set up their things and started playing Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” as the crowd cheered them on.

At one point he even took some liberties with the lyrics singing “some boys take a beautiful boy and they hide her away from the rest of the world.”

The plan worked, and eventually the preacher left.

Winter says he was raised a Christian, but he thinks everyone should be treated with respect.

“Thank you Sydney for taking a stand for equality,” he wrote on Facebook. “Whether you’re homosexual or transgender or even just confused, you’re still my friend.”

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Waiting a long time for a plane to take off can suck, but it’s a lot more bearable if you have a flight attendant that can move like this woman.

According to the uploader, she is a breakdancer-turned-flight attendant, and she recently gave these passengers a bit of a show while waiting for everyone to board.

Watch her dance to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and win over everyone on the plane.

Via Kari Mann
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Being stuck on a plane is not fun, but having a barbershop quartet on board can definitely help.

A US Airways flight from Indianapolis to New Orleans was delayed due to maintenance issues last month and everyone got grumpy, as one does in that situation.

But a flight attendant named Kari Mann discovered that four of the passengers were part of a singing group called Port City Sound.

She asked them to sing for everyone and posted a video of the moment on YouTube.

“The mood changed and our passengers were awesome for the whole five hours they were on the plane,” she said. “One of my favorite moments!”

The video of their rendition of “Under the Boardwalk” has since racked up over 3 million views.

“We never thought that four guys singing on an airplane would generate so much interest,” said Port city Sound member Jim Simpson.

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In 2014 Taylor Swift told us about her “Starbuck Lovers,” and now Kidz Bop is “bringing anal back.”

The latest misheard lyrics come from a cover of children singing Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”

The original line from the song says “I’m bringing it all back,” but some people are hearing something else entirely.



The best part of this is that Kidz Bop tries so hard to turn these pop songs into G-rated tunes for children, often with some pretty ridiculous results.

In 2009, parents mistakenly thought they heard the F-word in a Kidz Bop cover of Gavin DegRaw’s “I Don’t Wanna Be.”

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Here's the "Pitch Perfect" way to shoot off your finger.

Jim Huish from the Tennessee-based band Amber's Drive recently performed Anna Kendrick's hit single "Cups."

But instead of using actual cups, he opted for an AR15, an AK47 (AK74), a CZ75 and a Walther P22.

There are still some Solo cups involved, but they just get riddled with bullets.

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A guy named Darryl from Ohio discovered that his girlfriend was cheating on him in a rather strange way.

He found a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios in the sink, but they couldn't have been hers because she doesn't eat gluten. GASP! He also says he broke into her Facebook account afterwards confirming his suspicions.

So he decided to break up with her in an equally strange manner, requesting a video from musician Mac Lethal.

The final product: A cover of "Blank Space" by the Queen of Breakups, Taylor Swift.