The Heartbreaking Story Behind Beauty and the Beast's Opening Song

Alan Menken, the songwriter behind Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast — to name just a few — has given Entertainment Weekly the story behind a number of his most famous songs. Some are pretty basic, some are funny, and some tell of frustrating directors. But the one that is a laser-guided missile right… » 1/23/15 2:00am Friday 2:00am

Musician's Recreation of Ancient Sumerian Songs Will Haunt You

These songs are examples of how art and science can come together to create something incredible. Musician Stef Conner learned to read several ancient Babylonian and Sumerian tablets written in cuneiform script, using historians' research to figure out likely pronunciation. Just listen to the results. » 12/30/14 2:54pm 12/30/14 2:54pm

The Most Commonly Used Words In Billboard Pop Song Titles, By Decade

Over at Prooffreader, data nerd extraordinaire David Taylor has charted the most-used words from pop song titles by decade, from 1890 (which, who even knew Billboard rankings have existed since the 19th Century?) to present. The most common words from the 2010s? "Hell," "Yeah," "We," "Fuck," and "Die." Sounds about… » 12/17/14 3:20pm 12/17/14 3:20pm

Christopher Lee Keeps His Christmas Metal Streak Intact With A New Song

He rocked you in 2012 with "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night." In 2013, he slayed you with "Jingle Hell." Now, Christopher Lee is back to melt the long, white beard off your face with "Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing," a "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" do-over that contains the lyric "Glory to the metal king!" » 12/09/14 5:30pm 12/09/14 5:30pm