While performing in Australia in 1957, Little Richard saw a fireball flying across the sky and took it to be a sign from God to repent from secular music and his wild lifestyle at the time; he wouldn’t return to secular music until 1962. The fireball that he saw was the launch of Sputnik 1.
The prevailing theory behind why humans like music is that we learn patterns and regularities within music, and we unconsciously predict what will come next. When we are right, our brain gives us a dopamine rush. Thus the constant dance between expectation and outcome is pleasurable to us.
Playing dubstep music can be used to ward off Yellow Fever Mosquitoes. A March 2019 study showed when a track by DJ Skrillex was played, female mosquitoes attacked hosts less frequently and delayed blood feeding.
In 2015, French radio revolted against the law which compelled them to air 40% French language music. Due to lack of popular new French music, Just 10 songs accounted for 74% of all French music aired on NRJ radio.
Paul McCartney recorded the song Wonderful Christmastime entirely on his own during the sessions for his second solo album. In 2010 it was estimated that the song earns $400,000 a year, putting the overall earnings at $15 million.
Merle Haggard was a 20 year old prisoner at San Quentin when he saw Johnny Cash play his first concert for inmates in 1958. Haggard said it helped turn his life around and inspired him to be a country artist. Cash always told Haggard, “You’re everything that people think I am.”
When Chicago radio station “The Loop” was replaced by a Christian music station. They signed off with Highway to Hell.
“Wonderwall“ is a movie from 1968 about a lonely professor and his increasing obsession with his female neighbour, a fashion model whose life he spies on via a hole in the wall. George Harrison from the Beatles wrote the film music which in turn inspired the hit song “Wonderwall“ from Oasis.
Phil Collins, composer of the soundtrack to Disney’s 1999 animated film “Tarzan”, performed all the songs not only in English, but French, German, Italian and Spanish as well.
In 1992, popular British electronic band The KLF fired machine gun blanks at their audience at the BRIT Awards, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, retired from the music industry, deleted their back catalogue and burned a million pounds just to say they made music for the art not the money.