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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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Police Recover Nearly 100 Artifacts Stolen From John Lennon’s Estate
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A collection of artifacts stolen from John Lennon’s estate, including diaries, glasses, and handwritten music, has been recovered by German police, the Associated Press reports. After arresting the first suspect, law enforcement is now working to apprehend a second person of interest in the case.

The nearly 100 items went missing from the New York home of the late Beatles star’s widow Yoko Ono in 2006. Years later, German police were tipped off to their whereabouts when a bankruptcy administrator came across the haul in the storage facility of a Berlin auction house. The three leather-bound diaries that were recovered are dated 1975, 1979, and 1980. One entry refers to Lennon’s famous nude photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz, and another was written the morning of December 8, 1980, hours before he was shot and killed. In addition to the journals, police retrieved two pairs of his iconic glasses, a 1965 recording of a Beatles concert, a 1952 school book, contract documents for the copyright of the song “I’m the Greatest”, handwritten scores for "Woman" and "Just Like Starting Over”, and a cigarette case.

German authorities flew to New York to have Ono verify the items' authenticity. "She was very emotional and we noticed clearly how much these things mean to her,” prosecutor Susann Wettley told AP. When the objects will be returned to Ono is still unclear.

The first suspect, a 58-year-old German businessman from Turkey, was arrested Monday, November 21, following a raid of his house and vehicles. The second suspect is one of Ono's former chauffeurs who has a past conviction related to the theft. Police officers are hoping to extradite him from his current home in Turkey before moving forward with the case.

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Scientists Analyze the Moods of 90,000 Songs Based on Music and Lyrics
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Based on the first few seconds of a song, the part before the vocalist starts singing, you can judge whether the lyrics are more likely to detail a night of partying or a devastating breakup. The fact that musical structures can evoke certain emotions just as strongly as words can isn't a secret. But scientists now have a better idea of which language gets paired with which chords, according to their paper published in Royal Society Open Science.

For their study, researchers from Indiana University downloaded 90,000 songs from Ultimate Guitar, a site that allows users to upload the lyrics and chords from popular songs for musicians to reference. Next, they pulled data from labMT, which crowd-sources the emotional valence (positive and negative connotations) of words. They referred to the music recognition site Gracenote to determine where and when each song was produced.

Their new method for analyzing the relationship between music and lyrics confirmed long-held knowledge: that minor chords are associated with sad feelings and major chords with happy ones. Words with a negative valence, like "pain," "die," and "lost," are all more likely to fall on the minor side of the spectrum.

But outside of major chords, the researchers found that high-valence words tend to show up in a surprising place: seventh chords. These chords contain four notes at a time and can be played in both the major and minor keys. The lyrics associated with these chords are positive all around, but their mood varies slightly depending on the type of seventh. Dominant seventh chords, for example, are often paired with terms of endearment, like "baby", or "sweet." With minor seventh chords, the words "life" and "god" are overrepresented.

Using their data, the researchers also looked at how lyric and chord valence differs between genres, regions, and eras. Sixties rock ranks highest in terms of positivity while punk and metal occupy the bottom slots. As for geography, Scandinavia (think Norwegian death metal) produces the dreariest music while songs from Asia (like K-Pop) are the happiest. So if you're looking for a song to boost your mood, we suggest digging up some Asian rock music from the 1960s, and make sure it's heavy on the seventh chords.

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