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Duets

Famed duo "Jim and Greg" play their own all-time favorite musical Duets.

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What if you could predict a hit? It's a music industry dream (or nightmare depending on how you look at it.) New research from Emory University suggests that the answers might lie in our brains. Dr. Gregory Berns and his team have discovered that teens have tell-tale brain responses when listening to hit songs, and that could help predict a song's commercial success. He explains to Jim and Greg that the discovery was an accident. After conducting MRI studies on teens listening to MySpace music, he noted that one of the tracks, One Republic's "Apologize" became an American Idol hit years later. Strong activity in two brain regions could predict hits about 1/3 of the time. Weak activity was even better at predicting non-hits. And brain responses in those regions were better predictors of song success than whether the participants said they liked or disliked any given song. Jim and Greg aren't teens, but wonder if their work could be made easier with MRI technology.

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Great Rock Duets

Like peas and carrots, and Jim and Greg, some things are better in twos. That especially goes for voices. There's something special about a great Duet, so this week our own duo play their favorites.

Featured Songs

  1. The Make-Up, Gold Record Pt. I, Sound Verite, K, 1997
  2. OneRepublic, Apologize, Dreaming Out Loud, Interscope, 2007
  3. Trent Reznor feat. Karen O, Immigrant Song, N/A, Unreleased, 2011
  4. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Some Velvet Morning, Nancy & Lee, Boots, 1968
  5. Simon & Garfunkel, The Only Living Boy in New York, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sony Music Distribution, 1970
  6. Sonny & Cher, I Got You Babe, Look at Us, Sundazed, 1965
  7. Marvin Gaye, The Onion Song (w/Tammi Terrell), The Very Best of Marvin Gaye, Motown, 2004
  8. Method Man, I‘ll Be There for You/You’reAll I Need to Get By, I'll Be There For You, Def Jam, 1995
  9. Led Zeppelin, The Battle of Evermore, Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 1971
  10. Mickey & Sylvia, Love Is Strange, Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits, Original Sound Entertainment, 1979
  11. Pet Shop Boys, What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Actually, EMI Music Distribution, 1987
  12. PJ Harvey, This Mess We're In, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Island, 2000
  13. The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, If I Should Fall from Grace with God, Island, 1988
  14. The Jayhawks, Blue, Tomorrow the Green Grass, Universal Distribution, 1995
  15. Iggy Pop, Candy, Brick by Brick, Virgin, 1990
  16. Sam & Dave, Hold On, I'm Comin', Hold On, I'm Comin', Atlantic, 1966
  17. Wilson Pickett, 634-5799 (Soulsville, USA), The Exciting Wilson Pickett, Collectables, 1966
  18. tUnE-yArDs, Powa (Live on Sound Opinions), w h o k i l l, 4AD, 2011
  19. Common, I Used to Love H.E.R., Resurrection, Ruthless, 1994
  20. Miles Davis, Black Satin, On the Corner, Columbia/Legacy, 1972

Footnotes

sciencedirect.com Emory research