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Teachers encouraged to use Taylor Swift lyrics to make Latin accessible

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Latin teachers are being encouraged to use Taylor Swift’s lyrics, Disney songs, Minecraft and fan fiction to help make the ancient language of Virgil and Cicero more accessible to their 21st-century students. In recen...

Taylor Swift to face plagiarism trial over Shake It Off lyrics

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Taylor Swift will face a jury trial over accusations that she plagiarised lyrics for her 2014 hit Shake It Off from another song. A US judge refused Swift’s request for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that a j...

The Lyrics by Paul McCartney review – the stories behind the songs

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If he hadn’t become a musician, Paul McCartney says, he would probably have been an English teacher. He has fond memories of his English teacher, Alan Durband, who studied with FR Leavis and taught the young Paul the ...

Handwritten lyrics from Paul McCartney’s archive go on display

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Treasured material from Paul McCartney’s personal archive, including the original handwritten lyrics to songs such as Hey Jude and Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, is going on public display for the first time at the...

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney review – a man of his words

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At the beginning of this two-volume book, Paul McCartney says that while he has no intention of writing his autobiography and has never kept a diary, it has been his habit throughout his adult life to turn his life ex...

Arlo Parks’ warm voice and diaristic lyrics rightly earn her the Mercury prize

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Last year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mercury prize unexpectedly enjoyed a moment in the mainstream spotlight: in lieu of an actual ceremony, it was hoisted from the netherworld of BBC Four and newspaper ...

Paul McCartney to reveal unseen Beatles lyrics in new book

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Paul McCartney will include the previously unseen lyrics to an unrecorded Beatles song in his forthcoming book The Lyrics. On Monday, the former Beatle revealed the 154 songs to feature in the book, which will be base...

YouTube rejects internal request to censor rapper YG over robbery lyrics

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YouTube has rejected a proposal from within the company to remove a video by successful Los Angeles rapper YG, which features lyrics about targeting Asian neighbourhoods for robbery. Employees had requested the 2014 t...

Russia’s Eurovision entry to be investigated for ‘illegal’ lyrics

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Russian investigators said they will examine the lyrics of the country’s entry to this year’s Eurovision song contest after it angered conservative groups who accused its Tajikistan-born singer of inciting hatred towa...

After Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ adaptation, what other lyrics could encourage Covid vaccination?

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Country music star Dolly Parton has sung an adapted version of Jolene while she received her Covid vaccination in Nashville, Tennessee. To the tune of Jolene, she sang: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging...

Rammstein’s lurid lyrics turned me into a keen European

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It was Till Lindemann’s voice that first drew me to Rammstein, the German industrial metal band that dominated my teen years. I first heard it on a Kerrang! compilation CD in 2002, where the band’s single Sonne appear...