Deezer’s AI mood detection could lead to smarter song playlists

Astute listeners know that you can’t gauge a song’s mood solely through the instrumentation or the lyrics, but that’s often what AI has been asked to do — and that’s not much help if you’re trying to sift through millions of songs to find something melancholic or upbeat Thankfully, Deezer’s researchers have found a way […]

Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

Google’s Now Playing song recognition was clever when it premiered late in 2017, but it had its limits. When it premiered on the Pixel 2, for instance, its on-device database could only recognize a relatively small number of songs. Now, however, that same technology is available in the cloud through Sound Search — and it’s […]

Mac Miller Funeral: Talented young rapper dead at 26 and THIS song spoke of dying young

The young star, real name Malcolm James McCormick, dated Ariana Grande until May this year. The pair made a prominent UK appearance together when they were united on-stage at Grande’s One Love Manchester concert in June 2017. He topped the Us Billboard 200 album chart in 2011 with his debut album Blue Slid Park when he […]

Let’s Examine the Truly Strange ‘Venom’ Song Eminem Just Released

“Knock knock, let the devil in!” shouts Eminem on his new song “Venom”, and it just gets worse/more amazing from there. The song appears on Eminem’s new surprise album Kamikaze, and is also featured in the new Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy as a slime monster. For nearly five minutes, Eminem raps about Gandhi, Edgar Allen Poe, […]

Same Old Song: Study Claims Uber and Lyft Increasing Congestion Problem in Seattle

A new study from Schaller Consulting is claiming that ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft, contributed to 94 million additional miles being driven on Seattle-area roads in 2017. We’ve heard similar claims in the past. Data-backed allegations typically revolve around the notion that app-based services don’t encourage motorists to carpool so much as they pull pedestrians […]

Jonathan Nolan Wanted a Classic Rock Song in ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy Marketing But Christopher Nolan Refused

With three films in The Dark Knight trilogy, there have been plenty of trailers and TV spots around the world advertising Christopher Nolan‘s acclaimed take on Batman. However, one marketing tactic that was never used to promote any of the films in the comic book trilogy was the use of modern music to drive those […]

The Plain White T’s Song ‘Hey There Delilah’ is Being Turned Into a TV Series For Some Reason

Huh. Well this is one of the stranger TV pitches we’ve heard: The Plain White T‘s hit song “Hey There Delilah” is going to be a TV series. Yes, you read that right — a moderately catchy pop song that middle school you thought was just, like, super deep will be a TV show. Because we’ve apparently run […]

Singing the Song of the Surf

Welcome to The Professionals, an eight-part video series that connects you to the hearts, minds and anything-but-ordinary days of the people who run things, do things and make things GO. Paul Schmidt: Surfer, Surfboard Designer/Builder @ Paul Surf The sun, the constant roll of water, waves, civilization behind you and an endless horizon spreading out […]

EA issues apology after removing Kaepernick’s name from song in Madden 19 [Updated]

Enlarge (credit: EA Sports) Update, 8:20pm ET: EA issued an apology on Thursday after rapper Big Sean accused the game maker of censoring his song in new video game Madden NFL 19. The game maker took full responsibility for the song’s edit and issued a statement to Ars Technica on Thursday: We made an unfortunate mistake […]

Mamma Mia 2: What ABBA star REALLY thinks of Meryl Streep's emotional song My Love My Life

The 73-year-old worked with Benny Andersson on the music for the movie, which utilises the iconic quartet’s extensive discography. With many of ABBA’s most famous tunes used up in the 2008 first movie, this time around we have more lesser-known songs – among them My Love, My Life; which is sung by Lily James, Amanda […]