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Judge Rules that Taylor Swift Lyrics are Too ‘Banal’ to be Copyrighted

Taylor Swift in the official video for ‘Shake it Off’ (left), U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald of California (right); Photo: YouTube (left)/Wikipedia/Public Domain U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald of California has dismissed a […]

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RIFF’D: Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man of the Woods’

Justin Timberlake‘s fifth studio album Man of the Woods is a celebration of matrimony and fatherhood. He’s swooning over his wife Jessica Biel, honoring her with tender odes and sweet nothings. It’s a honeymooners album […]

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RIFF’d: Hollie Cook’s ‘Vessel of Love’

Hollie Cook’s third studio album Vessel of Love is an example of how a person can be in love with love, meaning that any act of love no matter how big or small is taken […]

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RIFF’d: UNKLE’s ‘The Road Part 1’

UNKLE‘s fifth studio album The Road: Part 1 is an intriguing examination of self, a transformative album that chronicles songwriter James Lavelle’s fall and subsequent rise. The journey is introspective and deep, full of dark […]

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RIFF’d: Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’

Lorde‘s second studio album Melodrama captures the many ups and downs that come with a shattered relationship. Through various modes of pop she frames the stages of her recovery — from anger and denial to acceptance. […]

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RIFF’d: Gorillaz’ ‘Humanz’

The Gorillaz‘ long awaited album Humanz is a smorgasbord of sizzling emotions, provocative questions and hopeful ideals. On one hand you have songs that openly challenge political authorities and on the other you have abstract mysteries that […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Proh Mic

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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Op-Ed: The Intoxicating Irrelevance of PSY’s Return to Viral Form, ‘Daddy’

The man behind the “Gangnam Style” juggernaut is back. However, he’s been “back” before — there was 2013’s “Gentleman” and 2014’s Snoop Dogg-featuring “Hangover,” which have netted roughly 900 and 230-million and YouTube views. And that’s nothing compared […]

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RIFF’d: Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’

Personal growth can be difficult especially in a place as fickle as the music industry. Everyone wants the same old thing, and to venture beyond the norm is, in most instances, a death sentence. But […]

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RIFF’d: Giorgio Moroder’s ‘Déjà Vu’

Giorgio Moroder is the original Skrillex. Think about it: both of them had previous, notable-but-less-historic careers — Moroder’s in repurposing American bubblegum for Euro audiences, Skrillex in repurposing metal for screamo fans of the Hot […]

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