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Fighting Crime, One Lyric At A Time; Diane Birch Plays Live; Disney's New Juggernaut 'Frozen"

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Josh Gad voices Olaf, the lovable snowman in Frozen (Disney/Disney)

In this episode: Hip-hop lyrics almost always describe life on the streets -- or what it feels like to get away from it. But some rappers in New York are describing life in a little too much detail, which is catching the attention of the NYPD. We hear about how detectives are decoding lyrics to solve crimes – or prevent them from occurring in the first place. 

Then: Diane Birch performs songs from her second album, Speak A Little Louder -- a record full of songs she could “dance around the house to and sing into a hairbrush” -- in the Soundcheck studio.

And: In case you hadn’t heard, Disney’s latest animated musical, Frozen, is killing it at the box office and on the pop charts. Its soundtrack has been at the top of the Billboard 200 for two weeks and is now set to be adapted for the stage.

Guests:

Diane Birch

NYPD Decoding Hip-Hop Videos On YouTube To Track Gang Crime

The New York Times crime reporter talks about how YouTube videos are helping investigators track and prosecute gang-related crime. 

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'Frozen' Thawing Disney's Musical Deep Freeze

Entertainment Weekly reporter Marc Snetiker explains why Frozen -- a hit at the box office and on the Billboard charts -- has been able to do what other recent Disney musicals haven't -- and what's ahead for the Frozen franchise.

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Hear: Diane Birch, Live On Soundcheck

Hear Diane Birch perform pared-down renditions of songs from her album, Speak A Little Louder, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Peter Moren's EP Broken Swenglish Vol. 1 is out now. Vol. 2 is due in March.

Peter Morén Explores A Stockholm Ski Slope In 'Say My Name'

Here's your chance to discover Sweden's version of our favorite Beatle. His name is Peter Morén, of Peter Bjorn & John fame, and his newly released single and music video is a singular blend of soul, New Wave and infectious pop hooks. Watch it here.

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Davis from Paterson NJ

Benoit- you're an idiot

Jan. 23 2014 12:04 AM
Benoit Balz from nyc

I can't imagine any white person finds this gang-bang thug thing remotely interesting. If these "rappers" want to continue their idiotic criminal ghetto ways, they better be prepared to deal with a just-as-thuggish police force.

"Crews"? What a waste of our time, and certainly not worthy of Soundcheck.

Jan. 21 2014 09:20 PM

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