Kanye West Apologizes To Beck and Bruno Mars

"I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck."

By Molly Beauchemin on February 26, 2015 at 7:12 p.m. EST

Kanye West Apologizes To Beck and Bruno Mars

In the last few weeks Kanye West has dominated the media stream with the launch of his Adidas clothing line, several epic award show performances, and a controversial gesture in which he stormed the stage at the Grammys after Beck won Album of The Year for Morning Phase. When asked about his actions, Kanye later commented: “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé”. Now, ‘Ye has issued a few apologies on his Twitter:


Watch Kanye’s recent performance of “All Day” at the Brit Awards..

Kendrick Lamar “The Blacker the Berry

By Jayson Greene

“You hate me don’t you? I know you hate me as much as you hate yourself.” Kendrick Lamar’s first major statement since he released “i” in September is as fierce and discordant as that song was naïve and sweet. But both are flip sides of the same coin—the issue of self-love. It is clearer than ever, as his follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city takes shape in public, that Kendrick considers self-love—it’s absence, its persistence even in the face of overwhelming societal discouragement—his great subject, the reason he’s rapping. “i” was the song that gazed at the clouds, that looked deep within for reasons to love oneself. “The Blacker the Berry” balefully surveys world around him.

It begins with a loop, dark and bleary, more Enter The Wu-Tang than Aquemini. His recitation of “blacker the berry, sweeter the juice” instantly brings to mind 2Pac’s “Keep Ya Head Up”, but just as in 2Pac’s song, the line has a wistful, even wishful ring. His voice is angry, ragged, his delivery pitched between near-scream and near-sob, but his words are clear and diamond-cut: “Gangbanging got me killing a nigga blacker than me, hypocrite.”

It’s a performance of abandonment, and part of how it flattens you is with control and discipline: His cadence runs roughshod over the beat, hitting it the way a sprinting foot hits pavement—at angles, irregularly, and with a painful muscle-twisting sense of urgency. His lines cut through everything, abandoning his occasional tendency to fill up lines with melodious filler syllables: “I mean, it’s evident that I’m irrelevant to society/ That’s what you’re telling me, penitentiary would only hire me.” It might be his most focused and upsetting performance, evoking not just the Pac of “Keep Ya Head Up” but the righteous firebreather of “Holler If Ya Hear Me”. We’re listening.


Music for Studying: 10 Tips to Pick the Best Study Music

How to Select Music for Studying : 10 Tips

It is said that to study it’s necessary to have a quiet environment without distractions. However, for some, studying in a quiet environment can backfire. This ‘quiet environment’ can make you end up fighting boredom and succumbing to the allure of sleeping at your desk! This is why the importance of choosing the right music for studying can’t be underestimated.

Although some studies say that listening to music while you study isn’t good, for many people it’s vital. It’s calms them down, which can lead to productive studying. Music can also help elevate your mood and motivate you to study longer.


The real challenge is to select the right music for studying. The wrong type of study music may end up distracting you from your study. So today we are going to offer some tips and ideas on how to pick the best study music for you!

10 Tips: How to Choose Your Music for Studying

Tip # 1

Classical music is peaceful and harmonious making it one of the best options to listen to when studying.

Tip # 2

It seems that there is evidence that Mozart improves mental performance. They call it the “Mozart Effect.”

Tip # 3

Listen to ambient instrumental music. This type of music is more modern than classical and has a similar effect. I always find that movie soundtracks are quite good.

Tip # 4

Listen to sounds of nature such as rain, waves, jungles or animals while studying. While this is not exactly music it is relaxing and you will feel like you’re in another world.

Tip # 5

You’re studying, not crashing a rave! Listen to your study music at a moderate volume. The lower the better. The louder it is, the more it will distract you. Your main purpose is to study so keep your music in the background. When you’re finished studying then you can crank it up to 11!

Tip # 6

Create a playlist with all your favourite songs in advance to avoid having to search for new songs every 5 minutes. This will save you time, allow you to plan how long your study session will be and help your level of concentration while you study.

Tip # 7

Do not listen to music on the radio when studying. The dialogue of the presenters and ads will distract you. You should have complete control of your study music.

Tip # 8

Make playlists that last for 40 to 50 minutes. When the playlist ends, this will act as a reminder to take a short break from studying.

Tip # 9

Listen to music before you go to bed or before an exam. This will make you feel relaxed and put you in the right state of mind.

Tip # 10

While choosing the best music for studying is important, you should avoid spending hours selecting the songs. At the end of the day, what matters is not choosing the best music in the world but that your study is productive.
I hope these study tips are useful. You will know if you’ve made the right music choices if the music fades into the background and your study takes center stage. As soon as the music starts to cloud your study you need to change you study music choices… or just do a quick dance to get it out of your system!

Earbud Safety -How to Prevent Ear Damage

With so many portable audio devices available these days, an increasing number of us have begun using earphones on a daily basis. Earphones, or earbuds, offer many desirable benefits ranging from convenient portability, to greater external noise isolation. Everywhere, people can be seen walking around with those tell-tale cords dangling from their ears; this is a true testament to our love of music and audio.

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However, an indirect effect of this habit is the possibility of damaging your ears, lessening your ability to hear. Damaging your hearing in this way is referred to as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). Since we need our ears to continue enjoying audio, it is crucial to follow safety precautions when using earphones.

Two of the main factors which contribute to hearing damage/loss are sound levels and duration.

Loud sounds can damage your ears! Typically, any sound louder than 85 decibels (dB) is considered dangerous to your hearing. Sounds levels above 120dB may cause pain. When using earbuds, the audio is transmitted directly to your ear canal. This close proximity reduces the amount of sound that escapes, thus increasing the loudness. Unfortunately, many people make the common mistake of increasing their earphone volume in an attempt to get better sound, or to block out external noise. If your ears are routinely subjected to loud noise for extended periods of time, they begin to adapt. This adaptation may lead people to further increase the audio of what they are listening to and risk damage to their hearing.

The amount of time spent listening with earbuds or earphones also increases the risk of hearing damage and/or loss. Brief exposure to a 90dB sound may not damage your hearing, but if your ears are exposed for extended durations, there is a definite risk. In fact, if you were to listen to the 90dB sound for three hours, you could cause the same damage as a 150dB, 30 second sound blast. 150dB is the average sound level of a shotgun! So if a person is already using their earbuds at a level greater than 85dB and they are doing so for extended periods of time, there is a very high risk of permanent noise-induced hearing loss. Remember, the louder the sound, the shorter the duration of safe listening.

Decibel levels of common sounds

To understand how loud sounds damage your ability to hear, we must first understand how our ears function. Please see the diagram below.

Ear Diagram

Sound reaching the outer ear is funneled through the canal to ear drum. The sound causes the eardrum to vibrate, which in turn causes the malleus (mallet), incus (anvil), and stapes (stirrup) to also vibrate. The vibration of these three bones has an amplifying effect on the sound. The amplified sound is then transmitted to the fluid-filled cochlea. As the fluid in the cochlea vibrates, traveling waves are formed. Small sensory “hair” cells located on a membrane of the cochlea move with the motion of the traveling waves. This causes them to be pushed against an adjacent membrane. When these sensory “hairs” are agitated in this way, they are able to accept an inrush of chemicals which cause an electric signal to be generated. The auditory nerve transmits the electric signal to the brain.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss occurs when loud sounds cause molecules to form in the ear which damage the small sensory cells. When the destruction of the sensory cells reaches a certain point, the damage can be irreversible, and the hearing loss may be permanent! Loud sounds can also damage the auditory nerve. Young, developing children are at especially high risk, so special attention should be given to developing and encouraging precautionary behavior in kids.

How to Prevent Damage to your Ears


The best way to avoid Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is to keep your audio below 85dB and avoid prolonged use. Many people don’t exactly know how loud 85dB is. Vacuum cleaners, noisy restaurants, and New York City traffic have all been rated right around 85dB and are great examples. Your listening habits are yours to determine. Some people use the 60/60 rule: 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes per day. However, that may be a bit loud depending on the volume settings of your audio player. It is good to arrange safe habits around your listening schedule. For example, if you listen to audio while running for hours, keep your volume down around 30%. If you want to rock out to that really heavy song, feel free to turn it up to 50% volume, just make sure you’re not listening to the super-long, extended version! A good rule of thumb is, if you think your volume is perfect; turn it down just a bit.


A good set of high quality, well designed earphones can have a great impact on minimizing the risk of NIHL. Better quality drivers offering high-fidelity sound provide better audio, which requires less volume to get an improved listening experience. Some really nice earbuds are designed to fit into your ear instead of simply hanging on the outer ear. This puts the audio closer to your eardrum, decreasing the amount of necessary volume. Sound-isolation features are another component to look for in a good set of earphones. Poor quality earbuds often offer little or no sound isolation. This allows more external noise to interfere with the audio you’re trying to listen to, which causes many people to increase the volume beyond safe levels. There are also some really innovative people out there currently creating some incredible technology aimed at reducing and/or eliminating the harmful effects of earbud listening.

Earbuds are great options for portable audio enjoyment. By following a few precautionary guidelines, and using a high quality set of earbuds, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite audio for years to come.

Eating through your Ears: Listening to Music makes Food taste better!



Do you listen to music when you eat, or Does the sound of chewing and chomping irritate you?

Listening to music can be great for unwinding – especially after a long day. I wonder if department stores and hotel elevators would be much more stressful if it weren’t for the piped music! But what about listening to an instrumental piece for when you’re chowing down? If the sound of mastication turns you off, then perhaps music could be an ideal accompaniment. Personally, I enjoy a bit of Mozart at mealtime, but am I the only one? Could there be a good reason for this?

The effects of music on the enjoyment of food hasn’t been properly studied in a scientific way before. But recently published research in the Journal of Culinary Science & Technology has just changed that. Heston Blumenthal is famous for his scientific approach to pushing forward the boundaries of the dining experience. Is it possible that the man who makes Bacon and Egg ice cream could use music to make his food taste even better?

Music and Fine Dining

Eating out can be one of life’s great pleasures. When our bank balance permits it, we love to treat ourselves to a bit of ‘posh’ fine dining with all its niceties: Attentive waiters, white linen table cloths, silver cutlery and good wine. (And no washing up)! But music doesn’t normally seem fit into the mix – most restaurants I’ve been to just don’t play any background music.

Three hospitality gurus from the US were interested by whether music could change to eating experience and decided to find out more. Using a bit of Heston-style science they set up an experiment find out whether background sounds can fundamentally change the eating experience.

A Musical Eating Experiment

They started by inviting groups of hungry diners for a free restaurant meal. The only caveat for the free tucker was that all the volunteers had to complete a ‘dining satisfaction survey’ afterwards: A detailed questionnaire that would examine in detail their dining experience.

Cordeiro, Maçã e Mascarpone

But before the plates were put out, the researchers did made some devious little changes to the dining room. They installed a hidden network of speakers with sets of sound monitors so that throughout the meal they could precisely monitor and control background noise and music levels.

Four sittings of men and women were served the same slap-up meal in identical restaurant settings. But for each group of punters, the music volume and ‘background chatter’ levels were subtly tweaked. And although these changes to the ‘soundscape‘ were small, they resulted in some dramatic changes to the pleasure of eating

We Eat through Our Ears!

Their results showed that food tasted nicest when served with quiet classical music and a hint of background ‘chatter’. This was found to only work at certain volumes (precisely: 62-67 decibels) and outside of that range – the diners enjoyed the taste of the food less!

The most remarkable finding was the dramatic effect that silence hadit actually took away the enjoyment of eating! In a music-less environment, the sound monitors recorded only the quiet clink of cutlery – but this was experienced by all the volunteers as very noisy! It seems that in the absence of at least some ambient sound, the restaurant setting became a very uncomfortable place to be.

even vampires love the ipod“If music the be the love of food…”

The next time you (or Heston) want to impress someone with your cooking prowess, just make sure you put the CD player on (but not too loud).

But all this does leave me wondering one thing: If classical music makes food taste nicer, perhaps different types of music could change the experience of food in a different way? I would expect that pop music could make things taste sweeter, and rock music could make for more ‘meaty’ tastes. I wonder what country music might do…

Thanks for reading – comments and feedback are warmly welcomed!

Science Shows Your Taste in Music Says More About You Than You Think

By Tom Barnes

Most people use music primarily as a way to regulate their emotions. Most people also define themselves, in part, on what they like to listen to. It’s intuitive, then, that musical choices and the emotions they inspire have direct connections to personality. But scientists have found that musical taste reveals way more about a person than you would have thought.

You can’t tell much from the genres a person likes — each person’s taste for genre is often determined by factors such as where they grew up, their socioeconomic class and the persona they want to portray to the world. But it turns out we all gravitate towards the same emotions even across genres. That’s why most personality researchers tend to ignore genre considerations when studying personality, and instead group music into categories based on its most salient sonic and emotional characteristics. “[M]usical genres are there to describe music, not people,” as personality psychologist Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explained in Psychology Today.

This sort of insight has led to groundbreaking work on personality and music. Peter Rentfrow and Samuel Gosling from the University of Texas at Austin created four distinct musical categories into which we can fit all the infinitely spiraling varieties of musical genres (Baroque, industrial, grime, powerviolence, Europop, etc.). They found that people who shared these categorical likes and dislikes had surprisingly similar personality traits. In short, they discovered the ultimate guide for what your taste in music means about your personality:

  1. Jazz, classical, blues and folk fans.

Fans of reflective and complex music exhibit high levels of openness to experience, high verbal ability and emotional stability. They also believe themselves to be highly intelligent and tolerant, and they champion liberal social ideals. Jazz fans, then, may not be as out of touch as pretty much everyone thinks.

2. Country, soundtracks, pop and religious fans.

Political conservatives tend to flock to upbeat and conventional music. These people also tend to be extroverted, agreeable and conscientious. They perceive themselves as physically attractive, like the pop stars they idolize. These people also tend to have lower levels of emotional stability and less developed verbal abilities. Kind of like some of the pop stars they idolize.

3. Rock, alternative and heavy metal fans.

Listeners who enjoy intense and rebellious music score high on the Social Dominance Orientation scale, meaning they are driven, tough and generally have a desire to dominate those they perceive as lesser. These listeners are extroverted, athletic and believe themselves to be extremely intelligent. Whether they are or not is besides the point.

4. Hip-hop, soul, funk, electronica and dance fans.

Lovers of energetic and rhythmic music score low on the Social Dominance Orientation scale, though they’ve got all the elite trappings. They tend to be extroverted, politically liberal, athletic and attractive, and tend to forgive rather than exploit the faults of others. There are exceptions. Hip-hop mogul Rick Ross is the least athletic man in all of music, and as he told us repeatedly on his last album, he does not forgive.

Listening to happy music really CAN make you happier, find researchers

  • Listening to upbeat songs makes you feel happier, but only if you’re actively trying to improve your mood
  • Seeking out happiness can improve health, income and relationship satisfaction

Feeling sad or angry? A study from the University of Missouri has confirmed that listening to an upbeat song can lift your mood.

But this only works if you’re consciously aware you’re trying to make yourself happier by listening to the songs.

Researchers conclude that actively seeking out happiness through music, and other techniques, can then improve your health and relationship satisfaction.

Listening to sad music could actually make you feel happier, according to researchers from Tokyo University. This is because music considered to be sombre can also provoke romantic feelings which cheers people up


If the upbeat music is on in the background, or you’re not consciously aware that you’re listening to it to boost your mood, the songs have no affect on how you feel.

Lead author Yuna Ferguson wanted to study how people can improve their moods by listening to upbeat music.

She said: ‘Our work provides support for what many people already do – listen to music to improve their moods.’

However, her study found that when people think to themselves that listening to upbeat music will make them happy before listening to the songs, the songs boost their mood.

But if people just listen to upbeat songs, without consciously aware that they are listening to them in a bid to get happier, the songs themselves have no affect.

The Power of Music To Reduce Stress

By Jane Collingwood


The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool.

Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.

As music can absorb our attention, it acts as a distraction at the same time it helps to explore emotions. This means it can be a great aid to meditation, helping to prevent the mind wandering.

Musical preference varies widely between individuals, so only you can decide what you like and what is suitable for each mood. But even if you don’t usually listen to classical music it may be worth giving it a try when selecting the most calming music.

When people are very stressed, there is a tendency to avoid actively listening to music. Perhaps it feels like a waste of time, not helping to achieve anything. But as we know, productivity increases when stress is reduced, so this is another area where you can gain vast rewards. It just takes a small effort to begin with.

To incorporate music into a busy life, try playing CDs in the car, or put the radio on when in the bath or shower. Take portable music with you when walking the dog, or put the stereo on instead of the TV.

Singing (or shouting) along can also be a great release of tension, and karaoke is very enjoyable for some extroverts! Calming music before bedtime promotes peace and relaxation and helps to induce sleep.

Research on Music

Music has been used for hundreds of years to treat illnesses and restore harmony between mind and body. But recently, scientific studies have attempted to measure the potential benefits of music. They have found:

  • Music’s form and structure can bring order and security to disabled and distressed children. It encourages coordination and communication, so improves their quality of life.
  • Listening to music on headphones reduces stress and anxiety in hospital patients before and after surgery.
  • Music can help reduce both the sensation and distress of both chronic pain and postoperative pain.
  • Listening to music can relieve depression and increase self-esteem ratings in elderly people.
  • Making music can reduce burnout and improve mood among nursing students.
  • Music therapy significantly reduces emotional distress and boosts quality of life among adult cancer patients.


Certain music is appropriate for meditation as it can help the mind slow down and initiate the relaxation response. However, not all peaceful or “New Age” music works for everyone. Music with no structure can be irritating or even unsettling. Gentle music with a familiar melody more often is comforting. But search around to find what produces a sense of calm, familiarity, and centeredness for you as an individual.

The sounds of nature often are incorporated into CDs made specifically for relaxation. For example, the sound of water can be soothing for some people. It can help conjure up calming images such as lying beside a mountain stream on a warm spring day. Birdsong may also be of use as an aid to help your mind slow down and release stressful thoughts.

yoga-meditation-music-1-2-s-307x512Music Therapy

Because music has the potential to influence us both psychologicallyand physiologically, it is an important area of therapy for stress management. Music therapy can make use of biofeedback, guided imagery, and other established techniques to play an important role in the treatment of people with stress-related disorders. But due to the dramatic effects music can have, a trained and knowledgeable music therapist always is required.

When used in combination with biofeedback techniques, music can reduce tension and facilitate the relaxation response. It may be more compatible with relaxation than verbal stimuli, which may be distracting — music is processed mainly in nonverbal areas of the brain.

Music may help people to identify and express the feelings associated with their stress. In a music therapy session, the client can express these emotions, providing an important cathartic release.

Producing music in an improvisational way, and discussing pieces of music and lyrics in a group, can also help us become more aware of our emotional reactions and share them constructively with the group.


Thinking More Clearly

Finally, listening to music can help the brain by improving learning and memory skills, always useful when we’re under stress. This has come to be known as “The Mozart Effect.” Experiments carried out by scientists at the University of California at Irvine found that students’ test scores improved after listening to a recording of Mozart, compared with either a relaxation tape or silence. This may be because the processing of music shares some of the same pathways in the brain as memory.

How does music benefit the brain?


Sometimes, watching a musician perform live can make us mere listeners feel like they have superpowers. Now, new research suggests brief musical training increases blood flow in the left hemisphere of the brain, but there are other benefits for listeners, too.

Researchers from the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool in the UK conducted two different studies to investigate how musical training affects the flow of blood to the brain.

They say their findings, which they presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Birmingham, UK, suggest the areas in charge of music and language share common pathways in the brain.

In early 2014, Medical News Today reported on a study that revealed brain scans of jazz musicians showed similarities between language and music. Researchers from that study said the brain likely uses its syntactic regions to process all communication – whether spoken or through music.

In the first of two studies, student Amy Spray and her mentor, Dr. G. Meyer, looked for brain activity patterns in 14 musicians and nine non-musicians while they engaged in music and word generation assignments.

The team found that brain patterns for the musicians were similar in both tasks, whereas, for the non-musicians, this was not the case.

The team found that brain patterns for the musicians were similar in both tasks, whereas, for the non-musicians, this was not the case.

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Musical training causes a change in the cognitive mechanisms used for music perception, and these are usually used in processing language, researchers say.

In the second study, the investigators measured brain activity patterns in a different group of non-musicians who took part in word generation and music perception tasks. After initial measurements were taken, the team then took measurements once the participants had received 30 minutes of musical training.

The musical training, say the researchers, consisted of learning to tap three polyrhythms – two or more rhythms not constructed from the same meter that are played at the same time – with their fingers.

In the measurements taken before the training, the team observed that there were no significant brain activity patterns of correlation. However, after the musical training, they did find “significant similarities.”

“It was fascinating to see that the similarities in blood flow signatures could be brought about after just half an hour of simple musical training,” says Spray.

”This suggests that the correlated brain patterns were the result of using areas thought to be involved in language processing. Therefore we can assume that musical training results in a rapid change in the cognitive mechanisms utilized for music perception and these shared mechanisms are usually employed for language.”

10 Upbeat Songs to Finish Your Workouts Strong

By Chris Lawhorn

serious-female-runner-musicThe last few minutes of a workout are often the hardest part—which is to be expected, since you already have expended most of the energy with which you started. But it can also be the best time to go hard, since your chance to rest is just around the corner.

To give you a boost of energy when fatigue starts to set in, we’ve assembled a list of songs that are both uptempo and upbeat. Each track clocks in at 140 beats per minute (BPM) or above, setting a fast pace that will inspire you do the same. While the tempo and themes of confidence are similar throughout, there’s still plenty of variety here.

In the list below, you’ll find an electronic/rap collaboration between Flux Pavilion and Childish Gambino alongside the infectious hit that Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. performed at Super Bowl XLVI. There are also few throwback tracks ranging from Fischerspooner’s breakthrough dance track to Supergrass’ rollicking smash from the Clueless soundtrack.

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On the whole, this is less of a traditional playlist than a collection of power tracks for big finishes. So, sample a few, pick out your favorites, and fire them up when you reach the homestretch.

Lady GaGa – Applause – 140 BPM
Flux Pavilion & Childish Gambino – Do or Die – 145 BPM
Blondie – Call Me – 142 BPM
Fischerspooner – Emerge – 147 BPM
Tegan and Sara & The Lonely Island – Everything Is AWESOME!!! – 148 BPM
Supergrass – Alright – 145 BPM
Madonna, Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. – Give Me All Your Luvin’ – 147 BPM
Blink-182 – All the Small Things – 145 BPM
Cascada – Everytime We Touch – 142 BPM
The Cars – Shake It Up – 147 BPM