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The Late Movies: What Song Are You Listening To? (London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, Philadelphia)

Two weeks ago, I pointed to a street video from New York, in which filmmaker Ty Cullen asked passersby who wore headphones "Hey, what song are you listening to?" Commenters asked for more versions of the video from different cities, and I'm glad to oblige -- other filmmakers around the world have followed suit and posted the results. Below are similar videos from London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, and Philadelphia. If you know of other videos, leave links in the comments!

London

Tracklist and more after the jump.

Tracklist:

1. ABBA - Money Money Money
2. Coldplay - Cemetaries of London
3. The Clash - Rock the Casbah
4. Common - Play Your Cards Right
5. Podcast Tour of London
6. The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
7. Corrine Baily Ray - Seasons Change
8. Vangelis - Conquest of Paradise
9. Nadia Ali - Fine Print
10. Plastician - Japan
11. Rihanna - Disturbia
12. Beirut - Elephant Gun
13. Burial - Endorphin
14. Nine Inch Nails - Deep
15. Gospel Choir - You are Worthy of My Praise
16. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
17. Danny Byrd - Ill Behaviour
18. Bruce Springsteen - Down to the River
19. Podcast Japanese 101
20. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
21. Jay Z - Jigga that N***a
22. Disney's The Jungle Book - I Wanna Be Like You
23. Jessie J - Price Tag
24. Bonobo - Kota
25. Lady Gaga - Highway Unicorn
26. Vybz Kartel - All Out
27. Travis - Love Will Come Through
28. Black Eyed Peas - That's the Joint
29. Drake - Sooner Than Later
30. Fleet Foxes - The Shrine / An Argument
31. Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From

Copenhagen

Tracklist:

1. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band - Express Yourself
2. Kanye West - All The Lights
3. Seeed - What You Deserve Is What You Get
4. Brandy - Another Day In Paradise
5. Alexandra Stan - Mr Saxo Beat
6. Nelly - Ride Wit Me
7. Adele - Rolling In The Deep
8. Pet Shop Boys - New York City Boy
9. Taio Cruz - Dynamite
10. Foo Fighters - These Days
11. The White Stripes - I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman
12. Nina Hagen - Unbeschriblich Weiblich
13. Anna David - Tæt På
14. The Beatles - Lady Madonna
15. Repo Men OST - 54-46 Was My Number (Toots & The Maytals)
16. Low - I See Everything
17. Yann Tiersen - Amelie Theme
18. Dire Straits - Single-Handed Sailor
19. U$O - Momentet
20. Gavin McGraw - She Holds The Keys
21. Elbow - One Day Like This
22. Ben Harper - In The Colors

Singapore

Tracklist:

Black & Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
Image Of The Invisible - Thrice
The Con - Tegan & Sara
Common Dreads - Enter Shikari
Hello - Porter Robinson
Run Pig Run - Queens Of The Stone Age
Mirrors - Natalia Kills
Love The Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna
Give Me Everything(Tonight) - Pitbull
I'm Not A Human Being - Lil' Wayne
Bahnhof Rumble - The Chemical Brothers
Swagga - Excision
Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J
??? - ????? - Jay Chou
Can't Nobody - 2NE1

Lisbon

Tracklist:

Lady Gaga - The edge of Glory
Jay Z - 99 Problems
Lil Wayne - Bring it Back
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Kesha - Blow
Aloe Blacc - I need a dollar
Bob Marley - One love
Saphira - Shout in the night
Zeca Afonso - cantar alentejano
Akon - Dont Matter
Lady Gaga - Born this way
Within Temptation - Ice queen
Mac Miller - Nikes on my Feet
Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night In-Studio
Best Coast - I want You
Seu jorge - Mina do condominio

Philadelphia

Tracklist:

1. Kanye West - All Falls Down
2 Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
3. Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow
4. Above and Beyond - On a Good Day
5. Kindred the Family Soul - Where Would I Be
6. Balkan Beat Box - Sunday Arak
7. Foals - Total Life Forever
8. Ariel Pink - Gettn High in the Mornin
9. Knaan - Bang Bang
10. Mumford and Sons - WinterWinds
11. Chris Brown - Oh My Love
12. Marc Anthony - El Cantante
13. Wale - Chillin
14. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
15. Yo Gotti - Look In The Mirror
16. MFSB - The Sound of Philadelphia
17. Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
18. DJ Fresh - Gold Dust
19. ColdPlay - In My Place
20. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Satan Said Dance
21. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
22. Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For
23. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
24. New Villager - Genghis On
25. Rihanna - Whats My Name
26. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
27. Kenny Chesney - Who You'd Be Today
28. Rick Ross - Aston Martin Music
29. Broken Social Scene - All Hooked Up
30. Jackie Ross - Jerk and Twine

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13 Fascinating Facts About Nina Simone
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Nina Simone, who would’ve celebrated her 85th birthday today, was known for using her musical platform to speak out. “I think women play a major part in opening the doors for better understanding around the world,” the “Strange Fruit” songstress once said. Though she chose to keep her personal life shrouded in secrecy, these facts grant VIP access into a life well-lived and the music that still lives on.

1. NINA SIMONE WAS HER STAGE NAME.

The singer was born as Eunice Waymon on February 21, 1933. But by age 21, the North Carolina native was going by a different name at her nightly Atlantic City gig: Nina Simone. She hoped that adopting a different name would keep her mother from finding out about her performances. “Nina” was her boyfriend’s nickname for her at the time. “Simone” was inspired by Simone Signoret, an actress that the singer admired.

2. SHE HAD HUMBLE BEGINNINGS.


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There's a reason that much of the singer's music had gospel-like sounds. Simone—the daughter of a Methodist minister and a handyman—was raised in the church and started playing the piano by ear at age 3. She got her start in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, where she played gospel hymns and classical music at Old St. Luke’s CME, the church where her mother ministered. After Simone died on April 21, 2003, she was memorialized at the same sanctuary.

3. SHE WAS BOOK SMART...

Simone, who graduated valedictorian of her high school class, studied at the prestigious Julliard School of Music for a brief period of time before applying to Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Unfortunately, Simone was denied admission. For years, she maintained that her race was the reason behind the rejection. But a Curtis faculty member, Vladimir Sokoloff, has gone on record to say that her skin color wasn’t a factor. “It had nothing to do with her…background,” he said in 1992. But Simone ended up getting the last laugh: Two days before her death, the school awarded her an honorary degree.

4. ... WITH DEGREES TO PROVE IT.

Simone—who preferred to be called “doctor Nina Simone”—was also awarded two other honorary degrees, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Malcolm X College.

5. HER CAREER WAS ROOTED IN ACTIVISM.

A photo of Nina Simone circa 1969

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At the age of 12, Simone refused to play at a church revival because her parents had to sit at the back of the hall. From then on, Simone used her art to take a stand. Many of her songs in the '60s, including “Mississippi Goddamn,” “Why (The King of Love Is Dead),” and “Young, Gifted and Black,” addressed the rampant racial injustices of that era.

Unfortunately, her activism wasn't always welcome. Her popularity diminished; venues didn’t invite her to perform, and radio stations didn’t play her songs. But she pressed on—even after the Civil Rights Movement. In 1997, Simone told Interview Magazine that she addressed her songs to the third world. In her own words: “I’m a real rebel with a cause.”

6. ONE OF HER MOST FAMOUS SONGS WAS BANNED.

Mississippi Goddam,” her 1964 anthem, only took her 20 minutes to an hour to write, according to legend—but it made an impact that still stands the test of time. When she wrote it, Simone had been fed up with the country’s racial unrest. Medger Evers, a Mississippi-born civil rights activist, was assassinated in his home state in 1963. That same year, the Ku Klux Klan bombed a Birmingham Baptist church and as a result, four young black girls were killed. Simone took to her notebook and piano to express her sentiments.

“Alabama's gotten me so upset/Tennessee made me lose my rest/And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam,” she sang.

Some say that the song was banned in Southern radio stations because “goddam” was in the title. But others argue that the subject matter is what caused the stations to return the records cracked in half.

7. SHE NEVER HAD A NUMBER ONE HIT.

Nina Simone released over 40 albums during her decades-spanning career including studio albums, live versions, and compilations, and scored 15 Grammy nominations. But her highest-charting (and her first) hit, “I Loves You, Porgy,” peaked at #2 on the U.S. R&B charts in 1959. Still, her music would go on to influence legendary singers like Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin.

8. SHE USED HER STYLE TO MAKE A STATEMENT.

Head wraps, bold jewelry, and floor-skimming sheaths were all part of Simone’s stylish rotation. In 1967, she wore the same black crochet fishnet jumpsuit with flesh-colored lining for the entire year. Not only did it give off the illusion of her being naked, but “I wanted people to remember me looking a certain way,” she said. “It made it easier for me.”

9. SHE HAD MANY HOMES.

New York City, Liberia, Barbados, England, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands were all places that Simone called home. She died at her home in Southern France, and her ashes were scattered in several African countries.

10. SHE HAD A FAMOUS INNER CIRCLE.

During the late '60s, Simone and her second husband Andrew Stroud lived next to Malcolm X and his family in Mount Vernon, New York. He wasn't her only famous pal. Simone was very close with playwright Lorraine Hansberry. After Hansberry’s death, Simone penned “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” in her honor, a tribute to Hansberry's play of the same title. Simone even struck up a brief friendship with David Bowie in the mid-1970s, who called her every night for a month to offer his advice and support.

11. YOU CAN STILL VISIT SIMONE IN HER HOMETOWN.

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In 2010, an 8-foot sculpture of Eunice Waymon was erected in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina. Her likeness stands tall in Nina Simone Plaza, where she’s seated and playing an eternal song on a keyboard that floats in midair. Her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, gave sculptor Zenos Frudakis some of Simone’s ashes to weld into the sculpture’s bronze heart. "It's not something very often done, but I thought it was part of the idea of bringing her home," Frudakis said.

12. YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD HER MUSIC IN RECENT HITS.

Rihanna sang a few verses of Simone’s “Do What You Gotta Do” on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo. He’s clearly a superfan: “Blood on the Leaves” and his duet with Jay Z, “New Day,” feature Simone samples as well, along with Lil’ Wayne’s “Dontgetit,” Common’s “Misunderstood” and a host of other tracks.

13. HER MUSIC IS STILL BEING PERFORMED.

Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone was released along with the Netflix documentary in 2015. On the album, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Usher, Alice Smith, and more paid tribute to the legend by performing covers of 16 of her most famous tracks.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Is Getting the Funko Treatment
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Though the New York Toy Fair—the largest trade show for playthings in the western hemisphere—won't officially kick off until Saturday, February 17, kids and kids-at-heart are already finding much to get excited about as the world's biggest toy companies ready to unleash their newest wares on the world. One item that has gotten us—and fans of fine parody songs everywhere—excited is "Weird Al" Yankovic's induction into the Funko Pop! family. The accordion-loving songwriter behind hits like "Eat It," "White & Nerdy," "Amish Paradise," and "Smells Like Nirvana" shared the news via Twitter, and included what we can only hope is a final rendering of his miniaturized, blockheaded vinyl likeness:

In late December, Funko announced that a Weird Al toy would be coming in 2018 as part of the beloved brand's Pop Rocks series. Though we know he'll be joined by Alice Cooper, Kurt Cobain, Elton John, and the members of Mötley Crüe, there's no word yet on exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on Pop! Al. But knowing that he's coming is enough … for now.

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