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.
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.
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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