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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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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Michael Jackson’s Thriller Is The Most Popular Halloween Song In New Zealand

Sources: Scooop | All Things Michael

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Today Spotify reveals the most popular scary songs set to be streamed at parties in New Zealand this Halloween.

Spotify analysed over 60,000 Halloween themed playlists with Thriller coming out as the most featured song, with Monster Mash following closely behind.

Halloween continues to grow in popularity and Spotify predicts that this Halloween is set to be one of the biggest ever with themed playlists growing by 117% globally year on year.

Top Halloween tracks in New Zealand:

• Thriller – Michael Jackson
• Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
• Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
• Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
• (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
• Time Warp – Richard O’Brien
• A Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
• I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
• I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
• Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne

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Susan Woodward Analyzes Factors Contributing To The Media’s Hostility Against Michael Jackson In New Book

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael


Author Susan Woodward analyzes underlying factors that have contributed to the media hostility toward Michael Jackson, both before and after his death, in her new book, “Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics” (published by Lulu).

Woodward examines the origins and psychological underpinnings of the media’s hostility by closely analyzing some of the most harshly critical writings about Jackson and taking a paradoxical look at his greatness and cultural impact. She reveals a perception that Jackson was extraordinarily powerful, in ways that went beyond celebrity and wealth, which she says contributed to the media’s criticisms.


Through research and careful analysis, Woodward explores the ways in which Jackson’s power was seen, the largely unconscious response to his power, the functions of the media criticisms and the origins of the perceptions of Jackson’s power.

An excerpt from “Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics”:

“The more interesting story of Jackson is how he could conceive of the goal of appearing to be ‘magic,’ manage to give the impression of near-divinity, and the wonderful and terrible consequences of doing so. Michael Jackson was not a supernatural being or a monster; he was a fascinating, complicated person who generated an intense, complex public response. One day we may be able to move past the polarized, unrealistic views of Jackson and come to understand more about the human being.”


“Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics”
By Susan Woodward
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 96 pages | ISBN 9780578138022
E-Book | 96 pages | ISBN 9780578138176
Available in Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author
Susan Woodward is a psychoanalytically trained clinical social worker who lives in New York City.


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Prinnie Stevens Discusses Thriller Live And The Songs Of Michael Jackson (Audio Interview)

Sources: ABC Radio | All Things Michael


The songs of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five are coming alive.

Prinnie Stevens is the star of Thriller Live, a stage show celebrating the best known songs of Michael Jackson. She spoke to Rebecca Levingston about the show and Jackson’s significant influence.

Prinnie also performed her version of The Way You Make Me Feel.


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Ideas For Planning A Michael Jackson Theme Wedding!

Sources: The Wedding Specialists | Edited By All Things Michael


Here is that theme weddings do not stop just at the marine, glamorous or fairytale notes, transposing a relatively general note. The event can be personalized and you can imagine it as a unique show. As a tribute to Michael Jackson, you can refer to a wedding proposing specific elements of the artist: costume, music and, of course, dance. We are bringing forth some unique wedding ideas in Florida which you can adapt to your wedding theme.

For the groom, things are much simpler: a black suit with tapered trousers and shiny shoes with white inserts, a white shirt and a hat can form a good outfit to play Michael Jackson’s style. For daring ones, a glove and leather jacket heavily accessorized will fill the entire outfit. For the bride it is more difficult to play this theme. But you can change the bolero with a leather jacket, you can wear a glove and on the dance floor you can have a black hat.

You can decorate the room with the artist’s vinyl discs instead of the already classic balloons. The cake is easier to transpose into the theme, whether by the attachment placed on the top, either by design or decorating it with a specific print. As favors, you can offer those attending the event one of Michael Jackson’s discs or the DVD movie “This Is It”. These will transform your wedding into a real show. If that is how you envisage your wedding, then you should not have second doubts because it will have a resounding success.

Ideas for the important moments of wedding
Everyone expects the moment when the bride is stolen. As to score the moment, you can use the song “Dirty Diana” or “Bad”. When cutting the cake, you can choose a song which will send a message that you will stay together, regardless of the differences between you, and “Black or White” is perfect. Ladies attending the wedding will expect the tossing of the bouquet, so create a fun atmosphere with “Blood on the Dance Floor” and “Smooth Criminal” as background songs.

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