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Top 10 Late Night Performances of 2014

Insomniacs marveled this year as the late night scene evolved before their eyes. Over at NBC, Jay Leno stepped down (once again), handing <i>The Tonight</i> …

Why Do Rappers Put on Fake Accents?

We asked the world's leading linguistics professor to analyse Iggy Azalea's voice.<p>Everyone has an accent. They shape who we are and where we come from. They allow strangers to judge us within a split-second of opening our mouth. And they make average-looking people slightly more attractive.<p>The way …

Linguistics

How to Take Control of the Stereo at a House Party Without Being a Dickhead

Everyone who wants to party needs to read this guide.<p>When you are hosting a house party it's important to be welcoming to guests. For example, try this as an introduction: “Hey, welcome to the party. Please make use of the plastic cups we purchased from Tesco earlier. Oh. You don’t want to drink? …

Loneliness

Noisey's Top 25 Songs of 2014: 25 to 11

Noisey's staff rounds up the 25 best songs of the year.<p>Below are the 25 best songs of 2014 as chosen by the Noisey staff: Kim Kelly, Kyle Kramer, Drew Millard, Kayla Monetta, Dan Ozzi, Fred Pessaro, Eric Sundermann, and Kim Taylor Bennett. For the top 25 albums, go here.<p><b>25. Cold World – "Hell's</b> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

NO COMMENT: Why Do So Many Musicians Act Like Terrible People Online?

What happens when the veil of internet anonymity is dropped and you know exactly who’s coming after you?<p><i>Photo by Martin Cogley</i><p>Pop Quiz:<p>If given the choice, who would you rather be known as: a person respected for maintaining a certain level of honesty and integrity, or a person who gets made fun of …

Feminism

One Direction heads to top of list in concert ticket sales in 2014

It's official: Boy bands — and the men who used to be in them — are big business again.<p>Concert tours by<p>One DirectionandJustin Timberlakemade more money than all other road shows in 2014, according to the industry publication Pollstar, which this week released its annual list of top earners.<p>One …

Bon Jovi

UK top 10 albums of 2014 are all by British artists for first time

Ed Sheeran tops chart with 1.7m sales of second album X, followed by Sam Smith, George Ezra and Paolo Nutini<p>British artists have filled the entire top 10 bestselling albums chart for 2014 in the UK for the first time.<p>Figures compiled by BPI, the trade body representing the British music industry, …

Ed Sheeran: from boy next door to biggest-selling artist of the year

The singer has become Britain’s biggest export since Downton Abbey with his nice-guy image and simple songwriting<p>Nice guys finish last, so the saying goes. There is one man, though, whose recent chart success seems to challenge that maxim. Official figures show that Ed Sheeran, who has persisted …

These Major VS Minor Key Versions of Popular Songs Are Amazing

They make R.E.M sound like The Smiths and Red Hot Chili Peppers sound like Weezer.<p>One of the best parts of music, other than y’know, listening to incredible compositions that have the ability to make you reconsider your current emotional palette, is listening to artists cover other artists songs …

Indie Music

These Are the Worst Ever Performances from Radio 1's Live Lounge

Depraved car crash entertainment in its most Ballardian form.<p>If Britain’s mainstream pop industry was as interesting and ruthless as Ancient Rome, then Radio 1’s live lounge would be the coliseum. It’s in this sanitised death pit that pop stars are challenged to play live and, most notably, test …

Arctic Monkeys

Music in 2014: Sales down, streams up -- and then there's Taylor Swift

Three bright spots in a record industry that continued to dim in 2014: digital streaming, old-fashioned vinyl and the human supernova known as Taylor Swift.<p>Overall album sales fell 11% last year to 257 million, according to data released this week by Nielsen Music, extending a downward trajectory …

Music Industry

U2's Bono says he may never play guitar again

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bono, the frontman of the Irish rock group U2 who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on Friday his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again.<p>In a blog on the group’s website, the 54-year-old rocker said he broke his hand, shoulder, elbow and …

U2

How to Learn an Instrument in Your Sleep

All you need is a wristband.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new skill but have the memory and self-motivation of a permanently stoned goldfish, then you’ll have dreamt of some magic brain injection where guitar chords or French could just be needled into your cortex.<p>Well, that's never going to …

The Brain

Why 2014 Was the Year of the Revamped Boy Band, Starring One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer

On One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, and why they're built to last.<p><i>Photo courtesy of One Direction's Facebook page</i><p>The term "boy band" conjures up a certain image: that of a talentless, gimmicky, record label (and teenager's) wet dream with great hair and not much else. With the exception of the …

Simon Cowell

How to Wear 5 of the Biggest Spring Style Trends Now

Now that the holidays are winding down, we’ve got our focus set on all things 2015, including all the new things the new year will bring: new projects, new goals and resolutions and new trends. Style-wise, most of what we’ll be wearing shouldn’t come as a major surprise, as we’ve had a peek of …

Clothing

7 Outfits That'll Inspire You To Take A Style Risk This Week

With just three days left in 2014, we can't help but dwell on those fashion risks we didn't take: the wide legs, the high waists, and the platform …

7 Comfy Outfits To Kick Off the New Year

#theLIST: Our 2015 Style Resolutions

BAZAAR editors share their sartorial vows for the new year. `<p>BAZAAR editors share their sartorial vows for the new year. `<p>1) Joyann King<p>2) Christine Whitney<p>3) Joanna Hillman<p>4) Kerry Pieri<p>5) Chrisssy Rutherford<p>6) Charlotte Cowles<p>7) Romy Oltuski<p>8) Alexandra Tunnell<p>9) Mallory Schlau<p>10) Julie Kosin<p>11) …

9 Key Pieces to Model-Off-Duty Style

From the perfectly tailored blazers to colorful kicks, shop 9 pieces to achieving cool model-off-duty style.<p>Even when running from show to show during fashion month, models still manage to look impossibly stylish at all times. Their secret? Well, aside from perfect genetics, these runway stars …

25 Game Changing Dresses of 2014

From Rihanna's naked dress to Sarah Jessica Parker's Oscar de la Renta-signed gown, we look back at the most memorable celebrity looks that dared to change the fashion game.<p>2014 was yet another year of memorable fashion choices. From Rihanna's naked dress at the CFDA Awards to Sarah Jessica …