Researchers Conduct “Hooked On Music” Study To Identify Recognizable Tunes

Sources: Mirror | Edited By All Things Michael


The Spice Girls‘ smash hit Wannabe has the most recognisable opening notes of any pop song, taking just 2.29 seconds for Brits to “name that tune”.

The study to find the catchiest song in the world was conducted by Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, and put the 1996 number one at the top of charts for its instantly known beat.

Wannabe, which was the Spice Girls’ debut single, pushed Lou Bega’s Mambo No 5 into second place.

The research was conducted using ‘Hooked On Music’, a clever game you can use to test your own musical memory.

Researchers found on average Lou Bega’s chart topping 1999 hit took listeners 2.48 seconds to recognise and Survivor’s anthem Eye of the Tiger came third with 2.62 seconds.

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How long it takes to name that tune:

  1. Spice Girls, Wannabe – 2.29 seconds
  2. Lou Bega, Mambo No. 5 – 2.48 seconds
  3. Survivor, Eye of the Tiger – 2.62 second
  4. Lady Gaga, Just Dance – 2.66 seconds
  5. Abba, SOS and Roy Orbison, Pretty Woman – 2.73 seconds
  6. Michael Jackson, Beat It – 2.8 seconds
  7. Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You and The Human League, Don’t You Want Me – 2.83 seconds
  8. Aerosmith, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – 2.84 seconds
  9. Lady Gaga, Poker Face – 2.88 seconds
  10. Hanson, Mmmmbop – 2.89 seconds

While it took an average 2.8 seconds for people to recognise Michael Jackson’s Beat It, they were able to reel off the words and sing-a-long after just 38 seconds, compared with more than three minutes before they were confident enough to start belting out Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.

Overall, Brits were able to name that tune after five seconds but Shakira’s track Hips Don’t Lie took 6.02 seconds to identify, making it the least recognisable intro recorded.

Renowned DJ and broadcaster Dave Haslam said: “It goes to show that it takes more than just an artist to create a record that stands the test of time and stays with people.


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Beyonce and Jay-Z Dresses Blue Ivy As Michael Jackson For Halloween

Sources: Daily Mail | Edited By _  All Things Michael


She has previously claimed Michael Jackson made her the artist that she is today, and Beyonce again paid tribute to the late star on Friday with help from her only child.

The hitmaker’s daughter Blue Ivy emerged in New York dressed as the King Of Pop to attend a Halloween bash with her parents in the city’s West Village.

The little one was carried to the car by her father Jay Z while dressed in the Billie Jean singer’s iconic red and gold jacket, while Beyonce, 33, channeled his sister Janet.

The two-year-old clutched a microphone, while dressed in a replica of the top that was first worn by Jackson to the American Music Awards in 1984.


With her short hair hidden under a black hat, Blue looked adorable in her dark aviator shades and famous sparkly glove.


Beyonce also embraced the holiday spirit and dressed up as Janet in a replica of the singer’s Rhythm Nation ensemble.

The hit – which was released in 1989 – saw the singer sport an embellished jacket and chunky cap, which Beyonce copied to perfection.

The stunner’s trim pins were hidden under a pair of skinny jeans, which were teamed with a pair of heeled boots.

However her rapper husband failed to dress up, and instead wore a blue checked shirt, jeans and chunky Timberland boots.


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Deconstruction: Michael Jackson’s Thriller (Two Instructor’s Break It Down)

Source: Point Blank | All Things Michael


The midnight hour is close at hand and we’re celebrating by ripping apart a Hallowe’en (or any other time of year) classic. Michael Jackson’s Thriller album is still the biggest selling album of all time and the title track was a landmark in production and was MTV’s first world premiere video. Written by Rod Temperton, producer Quincy Jones, along with engineer Bruce Swedien, crafted an inimitable sound, iconic for its bassline, synth strings and of course, spoken-word Edgar Allen Poe-style spiel from Vincent Price. While we might not have the Harrison 3232 console or the synth collection from Westlake Studios, LA c.1982, we will try our best to show you how the track came together using Ableton Live.

Our Electronic Music Composition instructor Ski Oakenfull will work the keys to re-create this MJ classic and if you want to learn directly from Ski, not just composition, keys, scales and structure, but mixing, mastering and much more, check out our Ableton Live Diploma here. It covers sound design, music business, mastering and in the EMC module, you’ll get exclusive deconstructions from Avicii, Julio Bashmore and more. Find out more about the course here and watch the FFL! below! Happy halloween!


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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Named Spotify’s Most Popular Halloween Song

Sources: NME | All Things Michael


Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller’ has been named as the most popular Halloween song by Spotify.

Analysis revealed by the streaming service shows that ‘Thriller’ is the most featured track in more than 600,000 Halloween-themed playlists.

Boddy Pickett’s 1962 hit ‘Monster Mash’ followed closely behind while Ray Parker Jr’s ‘Ghostbusters’ theme song came third.

‘This is Halloween’ from The Nightmare Before Christmas came fourth, and ‘Time Warp’ by Richard O’Brien from the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as ‘I Put A Spell On You’ by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins are also in the top 10.

The survey also found that engagement for Halloween was up 117 per cent, with the more Halloween-themed playlists being created this year than ever before. Brighton has been the busiest area, with Bristol in second place and Liverpool in third.

The top 10 most streamed Halloween songs are:

Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’
Bobby “Boris” Pickett – ‘Monster Mash’
Ray Parker, Jr. – ‘Ghostbusters’
Disney Characters – ‘This Is Halloween’
Richard O’Brien – ‘Time Warp’
Blue Oyster Cult – ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’
Rockwell – ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’
Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Bark At The Moon’
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – ‘I Put A Spell On You’
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – ‘A Nightmare On My Street’

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REVIEW: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Concert At Grimsby Auditorium

Sources: Grimsby Telegrah | All Things Michael


There are scores of Michael Jackson tribute acts around the world these days.

Since the King of Pop’s untimely death, performers have sought to recreate the magic and charisma which literally oozed from his every pore.

I enjoy a good tribute act and, having seen a few in my time, I can safely say that Ben: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Concert is among the top.

From the moment the silhouetted Ben appeared on stage to his final wave bow, he embodied everything the late, great MJ was loved for.

Even the way he walked was spot on… he must have studied his idol for hour upon hour to perfect mannerisms and gestures.

That’s without mentioning the fantastic dancing and vocals. If you closed your eyes, it was as good as listening to the real thing. Open your eyes and take in the dancing, it was even better.

I must admit though, my reviewing companion and I had a little giggle with the repeated shouts of “I love you Grimsby!” in an ape of Jackson’s high-pitched voice. For us, it became something of a catchphrase for the evening.

And we were amazed that it took until the encore for the bulk of the audience to actually get up from their seats and dance.

I was on my feet from virtually the start, finding it simply impossible to sit through the whirlwind tour of Michael’s best songs.

Speaking of which, it really did put into perspective just how much of an impact Jackson had on the music industry.

Every song – from the Jackson Five’s ABC and more to Earth Song, the superb Billie Jean and the classic Smooth Criminal – showcased his brilliance.

The irony is that while Michael was with us, I liked his music but didn’t love it. Now I do – and I understand why such hysteria surrounded him.

Sadly, the closest I’ll get to his magic is through tribute acts, and thank goodness Ben is around to make sure the King of Pop’s rein continues.

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Sources: | The Actions Pack| Edited By – All Things Michael


MJ may be gone, but his legend is eternal.

This was our very first music video Sing-Along ever, and it’s still one of the best. Because, as we know, Michael didn’t make music videos, he made short films. Say, say, say what you want, but we’ll be getting our Thriller on, asking Annie if she’s okay, and rocking with you all night.

If you’ve never been to one of The Action Pack’s Sing-Alongs before, this is the show to get started with. We’ll have a moonwalking contest before the show, select members of every audience will get flashlights to shine around the room every time Michael lights up a piece of sidewalk during “Billie Jean,” and when they dance under the water from the fire hydrant during T”he Way You Make Me Feel,” we’ll make you feel the spray

But be warned, Sing-Alongs aren’t just sitting in the theater and cozily watching your favorite artists’ videos. In the past, the audience has been known to stand up and leave their seat behind entirely, and always seem to wannabe starting something. And we never stop ‘em (even when they grab their crotch and yell out “A hee hee!”).

We’re also updating this show for 2014, because Love Never Felt So Good is totaly one of our new jams, and there’s no way we can’t get a little bit of that in the show, too!

Age Policy: 18 and up. No children under 6 allowed. Children 6 and up allowed only with parents.

Where: 7:00 pm – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Richardson)100 South Central Expressway, #14Richardson, TX 5080 (972) 534-2120


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Kaitlin Niswanger To Perform Private Thriller Dances To Cheer ILL Children On Halloween

Sources: Pamplin Media | All Things Michael


Every kid deserves to have a fun Halloween, even if they are not feeling well enough to go out trick-or-treating.

That is why Kaitlin Dale Niswanger is planning to participate in Thrill the World, an annual worldwide dance to the music of Michael Jackson’s super-popular “Thriller.”

Instead of having the Halloween Blues, kids can have Niswanger come to their house to dance to what she calls “the greatest Halloween song of all.”

Parents in Lake Oswego and West Linn wanting to have this unique performance at their home can contact Niswanger at and put “Thriller Dance” in the topic line.

Niswanger is doing this because she knows just how it feels to be a shut-in on Halloween.

“I remember coming down with the flu on Halloween when I was about 9 years old and too sick to go trick-or-treating,” said Niswanger, who is a graduate of West Linn High School. “So, I mopingly sat at the front door giving out candy, checking out all of the costumes the neighborhood kids came up with.

“I would have been in awe to have a bunch of dancing zombies at my door to cheer me up! I hope it’s a night these kids never forget!”

Motivated by this memory, Niswanger joined the Thrill the World PDX event last week. Not only will she be entertaining kids on Halloween but she, and all of the other Thriller dancers, will be raising money for charity. And also attempt to break the world record for the greatest number of people dancing simultaneously. Other Halloween-spirited dancers are invited to join Niswanger on her quest.

Niswanger has a very theatrical bent. She has just moved back to the Portland Metro area after living in New York City to pursue of her love of dancing and acting. She is checking out acting opportunities in the Northwest, and she is already going to parties as Elsa the Ice Queen, where she sings “Let It Go” and prances around like a princess.

But on Halloween night Niswanger will be a dancing zombie and cheering up kids.


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