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CITY IMAGES
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More than a couple of decades ago. a collective of media thinkers developed #Imaginus to help out a divided world.

TAYLOR MADE

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Happy Taylor Swift Album Drop Weekend to all the Swifties who are still celebrating. While we’re making our way through.

The 31 new tracks that we woke up to this morning, the internet content machine is already churning: 

She has 232 songs on the Hot 100 in total, more than any other female artist and only second to Drake overall. Swift is also the only woman to replace herself on the Hot 100 — and she's done it three times. 

IT'S MOST UNUSUAL

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Here is a flashback that is quite unusual and an excellent example of music's ability to bridge cultural divides and bring folks together.

Upworthy.com offered this blast from the past showing this was a pivotal year in American culture. The hippies and the counterculture were ascendant, and everything that came before in entertainment was as square as can be.

SENDING THE CLOWNS
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Since the US House Republican-led show isn't going well, they sent in the clowns, in other words, let's try these jokes. 

The show's best-known and Sondheim's biggest hit song was almost an afterthought, written several days before the start of tryouts.

it means to act stupidly to make other people laugh: to clown around when all hope is gone. Some folks always want to know, when listening to a song, what the end is going to be, so "Send in the Clowns" didn't settle in until the end is near, "Don't bother, they're here",

THE BEST ROCK SONGS?
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A #SingersRoom published report says, rock songs are the heartbeat of a generation, pulsating with energy, rebellion, and raw emotion.

Rooted in the blues and born out of the cultural upheaval of the mid-20th century, rock music has evolved into a diverse and dynamic genre that continues to captivate audiences around the world.

SIMPLE SONGS

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Has anyone else noticed that Song lyrics have become simpler and more repetitive over the last five decades?

LET THEM BE

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Let it be, and so it goes can always sum up lots of significant answers for me and everyone who cares to feel, think, and just be.

If our friends are not inviting us to a party, let them. If the person that we are attracted to is not interested in a relationship with commitment, let them. If one of our family members does not want to include us in their WhatsApp chats or come to see us whenever we are in town, just let them be. So to review… Too much time and energy is wasted on wondering why other people do not match our expectations.

TRAGEDY

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With Andy Gibb dying early in 1988,  Maurice Gibb's death in 2003, followed by Robin Gibb's in 2012, the Bee Gees had a rough ride. 

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Their success in the pop charts seemed to be over. But now the remaining member of the group, Barry Gibb, is back on tour, joined not by his brothers but by his son, Stephen. Anthony Mason goes on the road with Gibb, and talks with him about his music, his family, and his pop legacy.

BEYONCE

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“Texas Hold 'Em”s 19.2 million official streams and 39,000 sales through February 15 didn't just take it to number one on Billboard's country music charts...
It made Beyoncé the first Black or known biracial woman to top those charts. “16 Carriages,” with 10.3 million streams and 14,000 sales as of February 20, came in at number 9 on the charts. Which, not that anyone is really counting at this point, also means another record for Beyoncé: being the first Black or known biracial woman with both a #1 and another song in the top 10 on the country music charts simultaneously.