Music News: TV's most influential music show isn't a music show

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GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey. (Bob D'Amico/ABC)
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For the second year in a row, Grey's Anatomy was more influential in music discovery than any other show, driving the success of songs by artists like Bishop Briggs and Ruelle. The long-running show has always put music at the center of key scenes, and it's still the best place to get your song synced if you want it to be Shazamed and streamed.

The biggest single song to catch fire due to exposure on a TV show, though, was the Siege's "Arise" from Marvel's Cloak & Dagger. Other influential shows driving music discovery this year, including to Tunefind: Riverdale, Suits, and Peaky Blinders. (Billboard)

BTS survive car crash

Massively popular K-pop band BTS have escaped without injury after being involved in a seven-car collision in Taiwan. After a baseball stadium concert, the band members were on their way home when a sudden stop caused seven cars to run into each other. The fact that none of the band members were injured will be good news for the group's legions of fans, who are still celebrating the band's newfound status as first K-poppers ever to be nominated for a Grammy. (NME)

They're also Time magazine's person of the year...or they would be if readers got to pick. BTS won the reader poll for the honor, but the editors chose to honor journalists who have been attacked for their work. (Billboard)

Tegan and Sara announce book

Tegan and Sara have announced a book they're calling their "origin story." The twin sisters and bandmates will alternate writing chapters for the memoir, which comes out next fall and will be titled High School. In a statement, the Canadian indie-pop due explained what the book will delve into:

"How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers. Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls." (Rolling Stone)

Songwriter Floyd Parton, Dolly's brother, dies at 61

Songwriter Floyd Parton has died of undisclosed causes at age 61. He was one of country legend Dolly Parton's 11 siblings, and was best-known for two songs he wrote for her: "Nickles and Dimes," from 1978, and "Rockin' Years," a 1991 country chart-topper that Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton recorded as a duet. (Billboard)

High-fi streaming hitting Japan

Neil Young's high-quality streaming service Pono flopped, but he may just have been too far ahead of his time: high-quality music streaming looks set to be the next battle in the streaming wars. It's about to hit Japan, which both makes perfect sense and no sense at all.

Mora Qualitas is the name of a new high-quality streaming option that takes its name from the Latin word for "quality." For about $17.50 a month, Japanese users can stream music at CD quality and even better than CD quality, versus the compressed quality most streaming listeners are used to. It won't be for everyone, but executives at Sony and Rhapsody, who are behind the new service, say they expect to find an enthusiastic market among audiophiles. "The simplest way to describe it is it feels like you're right there in the studio with the musicians playing," says Rhapsody's head of technology.

Why Japan? Because high-quality music gear is already prevalent there: there's even a little symbol for headphones and speakers that can accommodate high-res audio, and music fans look for it. Japan might seem like an odd choice, because whereas streaming accounts for about three-quarters of recording industry revenue right now in the U.S., in Japan it's the other way around. Have Japanese audiophiles just been waiting for a streaming service that meets their quality demands? We're about to find out. (Rolling Stone)

Michelle Obama talks music with Questlove

As former first lady Michelle Obama continues to promote her memoir, she recorded an interview with Questlove for the Roots drummer's podcast. The full interview comes out on Wednesday, and today there's a teaser excerpt where Obama talks about the first record she ever received as a gift, Stevie Wonder's Talking Book. She goes on to talk about the first records she bought for herself: singles by the Jackson 5. (Billboard)


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton: "Rockin' Years"
Snow Patrol: "Chasing Cars"
Nilu: "Are You With Me"
The Seige: "Arise"
Michelle Obama on Questlove Supreme
Stevie Wonder: "Superstition"


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