TIME Music

This Supercut Shows Why Songwriters Should Stop Using ‘Whoa Oh Oh’ All the Time

Mostly because EVERYBODY is overusing it in modern indie and pop songs

A few weeks ago, we shared a video that showed how formulaic modern country music can be. Now, we’d like to share a video showing that pop and indie music can be just as unimaginative.

It’s a supercut of around 60 songs that all use the words “whoa oh oh” in the chorus. You don’t realize just how common these lyrics (or really, these non-lyrics) are until you hear the songs one after the other. Theses indie and pop tunes are all from 2006 to present, according to the video’s creator, who first shared it on Reddit.

Here’s a Spotify playlist that includes all the songs:

Because as unimaginative as a lot of these songs are, they’re really just so catchy. Enjoy.

TIME Television

Elton John and True Blood Creator Alan Ball Are Doing a Pilot and It Sounds Amazing

Elton John Performs His First New Year's Eve Concert In New York City
Musician Elton John performs at the Barclays Center on December 31, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Desiree Navarro—WireImage

The drama will depict the lives of a class of musical prodigies in 18th century Vienna

True Blood creator Alan Ball is set to write and direct a new musical drama named Virtuoso set in 18th century Vienna, for HBO.

Elton John and husband David Furnish are on board to produce with Ball and Peter Macdissi, who will also star in the pilot.

HBO has given the go ahead for the hour-long pilot, which follows a class of young musical prodigies from across Europe at the Academy of Musical Excellence.

The cast includes Alex Lawther, (Imitation Game) Francois Civil, (Rosemary’s Baby) British actor Nico Marallegro and Australian actor Lindsay Farris.

Production of the pilot begins in the spring in Budapest.


TIME Music

American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Takes Legal Action Over Contract

The Fair At The PNE
Phillip Phillips performs on stage at PNE Amphitheatre during Day 1 of The Fair At The PNE on August 16, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Andrew Chin—Getty Images

He alleges he was made to perform for free and left out of important decisions

Phillip Phillips, the winner of American Idol season 11, has lodged a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner claiming that the show’s co-producers, 19 Entertainment, have “manipulated” him.

He alleges his management contract with 19 violated the state’s Talent Agencies Act, Deadline reports.

In the filing, Phillips says the company manipulated him into accepting jobs that were for the benefit of 19 and its affiliates. He said he had to perform “without compensation in a live show promoting the company JetBlue on Feb., 18, 2013.”

The Gone, Gone, Gone singer also alleges that 19 repeatedly withheld important career information from him, claiming that the title of his latest album was decided without his input and was announced to the press without him knowing about it.

19 Entertainment denies the allegations.


TIME Music

Tom DeLonge Isn’t Leaving Blink-182 After All

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Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 performs at the Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue in Reading, England, on Aug. 24, 2014 Chiaki Nozu—WireImage

Tom DeLonge is no longer part of Blink-182—or at least that’s what reports going around the Internet Monday afternoon claimed. But, according to him, that’s not true. “I never quit the band,” DeLonge said in a statement emailed to EW by his representative.

“Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the ‘news,’” he said. “The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.”

Reports that DeLonge left the band surfaced soon after the Musink Festival lineup was announced. Blink-182 is headlining the festival with some help from Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, a note that caused some to think Skiba’s presence meant DeLonge was done with the band.

DeLonge also addressed the rumors on his Instagram, where he wrote a variation on the previously mentioned statement with some added commentary: “Are we dysfunctional – yes. But, Christ…. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs.”

The rest of the trio haven’t said anything explicitly about the reports, but Mark Hoppus did tweet “blink-182 life. For life” Monday afternoon.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Videos

Watch Rowlf Sing Biz Markie’s ‘Just A Friend’ to Miss Piggy

Even Muppet dogs get put in the friend zone.

Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date, but she was smitten with your little green friend Kermit? Welcome to the friend zone, Rowlf.

Biz Markie’s 1989 riotous rap classic “Just A Friend” gets a Muppet-themed remix video by Mylo the Cat and it’s the perfect thing to watch on a Monday afternoon (or if you’re snowed in thanks to winter storm Juno).

In the video, Rowlf, the piano-playing Muppet dog, sings about his love for a certain blonde pig, who has a thing for a frog, but swears he’s just a friend.

By the end of the song, though, it’s clear that Rowlf tragically learned his lesson to never talk to a pig who says she just has “a friend.”

[via Laughing Squid]

TIME Music

Sam Smith to Pay Tom Petty Songwriting Royalties for ‘Stay With Me’

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Matt Sayles—Invision/AP

Smith's hit was influenced by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "I Won't Back Down"

Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” was one of the biggest hits of 2014. So big that Tom Petty heard the tune and noticed something: it was substantially similar to his 1989 classic “I Won’t Back Down”.

Petty’s lawyers approached Smith’s team; Smith then agreed to give Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne (best known for his work in ELO) a 12.5% songwriting credit for influencing his song. According to a source who spoke to The Sun, “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

Smith’s rep told Rolling Stone that “the likeness was a complete coincidence” and that though they were “not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of ‘Stay With Me’ listened to ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and acknowledged the similarity” and “all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement.”

According to The Sun, Smith and Petty actually settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged this weekend. The song’s credit on ASCAP has been amended to now include Petty and Lynne, along with Smith, William Phillips, and James Napier as the chief songwriters. Considering that “Stay with Me” has already sold six million copies, Petty and Lynne should expect a sizable sum from the deal— although, as Rolling Stone points out, it’s unclear whether Petty and Lynne were retroactively compensated or if they’ll only be entitled to future earnings for the songwriting credit.

Smith’s situation is not unusual. Songwriters are often “inspired” by other people’s music, frequently unconsciously — such as the famous example of the melody of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” which a court found was subconsciously copied from The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine”. Artists ranging from Rihanna to Green Day and The Doors have all been accused of borrowing from other artists. (See 11 Suspiciously Sound-Alike Songs, here.) Petty himself has been accused by fans of borrowing lyrics from The Replacements after the band opened for him on tour.

However, it’s rare for an artist to admit to borrowing an idea like Smith seems to have done. To wit, the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial that pits Pharrell and Robin Thicke against Marvin Gaye’s family is set to begin next month, while Led Zeppelin is battling it out in court over similarities between “Stairway to Heaven” and Spirit’s “Taurus.”

Despite settling with Petty, Smith’s legal troubles haven’t come to an end. The singer is still embroiled in a lawsuit with Disclosure, who have been accused of stealing lyrics to some of their hit songs, including “Latch”.

Neither Smith’s nor Petty’s responded to a request for comment at time of publication.

Listen to the tracks below and see if you can spot the similarities:

Sam Smith – “Stay with Me”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “I Won’t Back Down”:

TIME Innovation

Five Best Ideas of the Day: January 26

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

1. We spent more than $170 billion on the wars they fought for us. Can we spend $5 billion to give veterans a guaranteed income?

By Gar Alperovitz in Al Jazeera America

2. A ‘teaching hospital’ model could work for journalism education by making students work collectively to produce professional results.

By Adam Ragusea at Neiman Lab

3. Humans are born with an intimate understanding of pitch, rhythm, and tone. We’re all musical geniuses.

By Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis in Aeon

4. WarkaWater Towers — which produce up to 25 gallons of water out of fog and dew every day — could change lives in drought-stricken countries.

By Liz Stinson in Wired

5. Private sector investment savvy and funds can help us tackle poverty’s toughest challenges. It’s time for impact investing.

By Anne Mosle in The Hill

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. To submit a piece, email ideas@time.com.

TIME Music

Renowned Greek Singer Demis Roussos Dead at 68

File photo of Greek singer Demis Roussos performing in Moscow
Greek singer Demis Roussos performs in Moscow in September, 2006. Anton Denisov—Reuters

Roussos first came to prominence in the late 1960s with the band Aphrodite's Child before moving on to a solo career

(ATHENS, Greece) — Renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos, a household name in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed Monday.

The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalization, but did not give an exact cause of death.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in June 1946, Roussos first came to prominence in the late 1960s with the band Aphrodite’s Child before moving on to a solo career.

“He had a superb voice, he traveled in the world … he loved what he was doing,” singer Nana Mouskouri told French radio RTL in a tribute. “He was an artist, a friend. I hope he is in a better world.”

TIME Music

Listen to Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney Team Up on ‘FourFiveSeconds’

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Rihanna and Kanye West trade vocal duties, with Macca on acoustic guitar, on a surprisingly breezy new track

At the iHeartRadio Summit on Jan. 21, Kanye West played an audience of mostly industry people a new duet with Rihanna and Paul McCartney — the latter of whom we heard collaborate with him on New Year’s Eve on the introspective “Only One.” The new duet, titled “FourFiveSeconds,” has now premiered online for everyone who isn’t a radio programmer.

Earlier, a spokesperson for West called his teaming with McCartney “a prolific musical collaboration,” and it’s easy to hear his influence on the acoustic guitar and organ-driven track. Kanye continues this year’s streak of entirely-sung work and Rihanna sounds as relaxed, even folksy, as she’s sounded in years on her sunny, harmonized chorus.

According to Ty Dolla $ign, who spoke to Billboard and said he contributed to the duet, a video was also shot and coming soon. Ty Dolla $ign said the track was planned for West’s upcoming album, but Rihanna posted it herself, calling it the “FIRST GLIMPSE AT MY NEW MUSIC,” making it unclear whose song it is, exactly.

“FourFiveSeconds” is out on iTunes; listen below.

TIME Music

Bob Dylan Will Mail 50,000 Free Copies of New Album to AARP Members

Bob Dylan performs on stage during Hop Farm Festival on June 30, 2012 in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom.
Bob Dylan performs on stage during Hop Farm Festival on June 30, 2012 in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom. Gus Stewart—Redferns via Getty Images

Old Man Dylan does something for fans knocking at heaven's door

On Feb. 3 Bob Dylan will release Shadows in the Night, a collection of covers of pop standards from Frank Sinatra’s repertoire. If that sounds to you like something that only people over the age of 50 will be interested in, you and Dylan are on the same page: He’s broken his latest bout of media silence by giving his first interview in three years to AARP The Magazine, where he tells former Rolling Stone writer Robert Love, “a lot of those readers are going to like this record. If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine.”

And he’s following through with that sentiment—at least partway. He and Columbia Records will be mailing out physical copies of Shadows to 50,000 randomly selected AARP members—physical copies, sent through snail mail, with few to no issues that will require recipients to call up their children or grandchildren for tech support. There’s no word whether or not the packages will include lists of talking points about why music isn’t as good today as it used to be, back in the ’60s, when things really mattered.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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