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James Blake Awarded 2013 Mercury Prize

Established in 1992 the Mercury Prize is an annual award for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. This year's winner is Overgrown by English singer-songwriter and electronic music producer, James Blake. This is Blake's second studio album, with his eponymous debut album having been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2011. Chosen by a panel of music industry experts, the short-list for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize included AM by Arctic Monkeys; The Next Day by David Bowie; Settle by Disclosure; Holy Fire by Foals; Immunity by John Hopkins; Once I Was An Eagle by Laura Mvula; Home by Rudimental; Silence Yourself by Savages; and {Awayland} by Villagers.

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Survey Reveals Music Preference Trends

In his poem The Mourning Bride written in 1697, William Congreve noted that "Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak", and it has long been accepted that music has the power to evoke strong emotions – both positive and negative - or have a soothing effect in times of stress. A recent study on musical preferences carried out by music researcher Dr Jane Davidson of the University of Western Australia and psychologist Dr Adrian North of Curtin University revealed some interesting insights on the reasons behind people's musical choices.

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MHOF Has New Home in Nashville

When the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2006, the founders wanted to honor, not only celebrity-status musicians, but also session musicians who form the backbone of the recording industry, but are often overlooked and unacknowledged. The Musicians Hall of Fame (MHOF) honors all musicians, irrespective of what instrument they play or what genre their music is classified under. Having grown and developed over the years, the MHOF recently moved into a new home which has been renamed as the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

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Visit New York's Music Museums

Music lovers in New York City can choose from a number of interesting museums dedicated to various aspects of music that they can visit, including the ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC), the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame and Museum, the Louis Armstrong House, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and the Rose Museum at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall. Further afield in New York State is the Bethel Wood Center for the Arts, located at the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival, as well as the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum located at Bolton Landing in Warren County.

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Music and Vicarious Emotions

A recent study by Japanese researchers, published by Frontiers in Psychology, reveals that listening to sad music can, and often does, invoke positive emotions. These findings would seem to go against the grain, particularly for anyone who has been dumped and spent hours listening to classic breakup songs. The study set out to discover why we listen to sad music if it makes us sad. What's the payoff?

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