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Robyn Hitchcock; Musical Top Dogs; YouTube Shakes Up Billboard's Hot 100

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Robyn Hitchcock (Courtesy of the artist)

In This Episode: English troubadour and former leader of The Soft Boys Robyn Hitchcock plays songs from his upcoming album, Love From London.

Plus: We talk with New York Times bestselling authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman about competition in the music world -- and the science behind why some musicians deal with it better than others.

And: We learn about YouTube’s new role in calculating Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart. 

Robyn Hitchcock Turns 60 And Sends 'Love From London'

The alt-rock godfather celebrates his 60th birthday -- and a brand new record. Watch a video for "I Love You."

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Being A 'Top Dog' On Stage

For their latest book, authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman took on the subject of competition -- and the science behind why some people win and others lose. We talk with the Top Dog authors about the history of competition in the arts, the science behind stage fright, and the notion that competition doesn't jibe with creativity. 

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Billboard Shakes Up The Charts With YouTube

Billboard magazine, which has charted popular music for decades, announced that it will now count YouTube views when tabulating the Hot 100 singles. The means that viral videos can now top the charts -- just in time for Baauer’s 'Harlem Shake' to debut at #1. Joining us to explain the change is Billboard's director of charts, Silvio Pietroluongo

 

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' fourth album Mosquito drops on April 16.

Hear Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Sacrilege' A Satisfying Anthem, Complete With Gospel Choir

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new song "Sacrilege" may begin as a lean rocker, but it quickly builds tension that finally peaks into a full-on anthem, complete with a soaring gospel choir.

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Tough Critics On Django Django

On the Tough Critic's playlist today: "Default," by the young English psych-pop band Django Django. The group's self-titled debut was nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012, and has been hailed by critics as "a new modern classic." But Elisabeth thinks the song is neither modern, nor classic, as she puts it: "in a couple of years, no one will know this exists."

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The Everymen

Gig Alert: The Everymen

Brooklyn-based rock band The Everymen plays Glasslands Monday night. Download the track "Boss Johnny"

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