How to spot a psychopath: Music taste can offer clues

October 21st, 2017

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Was your ex who was completely obsessed with Eminem actually a psychopath? Probably not. But a recent study from New York University comparing people’s musical preferences with their scores on a personality test show that the two traits may be more closely linked than you’re comfortable believing.

Psychopaths listen to a lot of the same music as the rest of us. According to this new study, Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” top the list for psychopaths’ favorite songs. On the other hand, those with the least psychopathic tendencies tended to like The Knack’s “My Sharona” and Sia’s “Titanium,” The Guardian reported. However, psychologist Pascal Wallisch, who led the research, tells Newsweek that it’s not so much the genre of music that matters to psychopaths but rather the specific song.

“There is no strong association between any particular genre,” says Wallisch. “It’s about the songs. It may be the simulation in the song. We don’t know.”

Wallisch and his team had 200 volunteers listen to 260 songs and then pick their favorites. The volunteers were mostly young people and fairly educated, but they represented many ethnic and economic groups. The team then compared these results with the volunteers’ results on the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale, a widely accepted test of psychopathy. The results showed a common trend, suggesting that an individual’s personality could influence his or her musical preference.

But before you write off a potential date just because the person didn’t switch the radio station when a ’90s hip-hop song came on, consider some caveats to the research. Wallisch stresses to Newsweek that the study is preliminary and unpublished. He plans to present it this fall at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting. In addition, the findings are based on the answers of only 200 individuals who may not correctly represent the average public. Wallisch explains that this study is only the first of many, and he plans to use this method on even more volunteers.

The ultimate aim of the research is to develop a way to accurately and easily identify psychopaths. According to Wallisch, such a method could be a matter of public safety because it could help prevent dangerous individuals from employment in jobs where they can cause harm, such as in the police force or other positions of power.

But Wallisch also acknowledges that such screening, done without the knowledge of an applicant, is controversial. “It’s complicated, and I’m very concerned about the ethical side of this.”

The study adds to a growing body of research suggesting psychopaths do share a number of traits that you would not immediately associate with this personality. For example, a study released earlier this year published in Personality and Individual Differences found that individuals with the “dark triad” of personality traits (narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism) are more likely to study business and economics in college. Those with the least of these personality traits are more likely to study psychology.

Wallisch plans to build on this study and says he has identified other songs even more closely linked to psychopathic personalities. He’s not ready to share these with the public yet for fear of compromising further research. For now, it may be best to take these results with a bit of skepticism and not let them disrupt your playlist choice too much.

See more: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/psychopath-night

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MTV Video Music Awards Spur 64% Sales Gain for Kendrick Lamar, Fifth Harmony, Logic & More

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The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards generated a sizable sales gain in digital song downloads for tracks performed on the Aug. 27 show, according to Nielsen Music.

Collectively, those songs earned a 64 percent sales gain on Aug. 27, as compared to Aug. 26, rising from 46,000 to 75,000 downloads sold.

Some of the biggest gainers included Kendrick Lamar’s show-opening medley of “DNA” and “Humble,” which saw sales increases of 47 percent and 41 percent, respectively. “Humble” also took home multiple awards on the show, including video of the year.

Other notable gains: Pink’s hits medley collected a 70 percent overnight sales increase, Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful” rose 181 percent, and Fifth Harmony’s “Down” jumped 205 percent. Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” sizzled with a 41 percent uptick, while Logic’s performance of “1-800-273-8255” with Cara and Khalid jumped a whopping 185 percent in sales.

(Български) Кендрик Ламар – големият победител на 34-тите годишни награди на MTV

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Diddy Is This Year’s Richest Artist in Hip-Hop

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Diddy — a.k.a. P. Diddy, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. Sean Combs — is the richest artist in hip-hop this year according to a just-released Forbes report that puts the rapper’s net worth at $820 million.

Diddy has six albums under his belt, the most recent being 2015’s MMM, but his income doesn’t just come from his music: He’s also appeared in a number of films including 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted and 2010’s Get Him to the Greek, has a deal with vodka company Ciroc, and a stake in the Revolt TV network.

Following Diddy is Jay Z in the No. 2 spot with a net worth of $810 million. Along with his music-related income, Jay Z also has a number of business ventures including streaming service Tidal, champagne brand Armand de Brignac, and entertainment company Roc Nation.

Dr. Dre and Birdman come in at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Drake is at No. 5. See the full list, complete with net worths, over at Forbes

Eminem Is Producing a Comedy Movie about Rap Battles

eminem-cool-phoaperlepiBodied’ marks Mathers’ return to the silver screen.

Eminem is returning to the movie business with a producer credit on the new comedy movie Bodied which follows the story of a university student that writes a controversial thesis on the rap battle scene.

The movie is currently in post-production but we know that Em has been producing the movie alongside music director Joseph Kahn.

Bodied was an official selection this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released this September. The movie examines race relations and the moral panic surrounding hip hop’s place in society, specifically battle rapping, according to HipHopDX.

Joseph Khan makes his feature film debut with Bodied having spent most of his career directing music videos for Dr. Dre, U2, Lady Gaga and Missy Elliot.

Eminem is returning to the movie business with a producer credit on the new comedy movie Bodied which follows the story of a university student that writes a controversial thesis on the rap battle scene.

The movie is currently in post-production but we know that Em has been producing the movie alongside music director Joseph Kahn.

Bodied was an official selection this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released this September. The movie examines race relations and the moral panic surrounding hip hop’s place in society, specifically battle rapping, according to HipHopDX.

Joseph Khan makes his feature film debut with Bodied having spent most of his career directing music videos for Dr. Dre, U2, Lady Gaga and Missy Elliot.

Recently, Eminem and Dr Dre recalled the first time they ever met – as well as telling the story behind the subsequent recording of Eminem’s solo single ‘My Name Is’ – for the new HBO documentary series The Defiant Ones.

Speaking in the new documentary, Eminem recalled being starstruck by Dre on their first meeting. “I’m looking at Dre like: ‘Dude I see you on TV all the time – you one of my biggest influences ever in life.”

Dre then remembered how the pair put together ‘My Name Is’, with archive footage of the two in Dre’s home studio also shown. The producer also revealed that the single started to come together during their first few minutes in the studio.

DJ Khaled Scores First No. 1 On R&B Charts With “Wild Thoughts”

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DJ Khaled didn’t necessarily need ANOTHER ONE, but he got one.

As per Billboard, the hit-making producer has scored his first No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart with “Wild Thoughts,” his collab with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. It’s also Tiller’s first R&B chart-topper but it’s RiRi’s fifth (!), setting a new record for her.

“Thoughts” has also hit new peaks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, sitting in the second position, while it goes to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 3). Khaled’s other hit song, “I’m the One,” which features Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, stays at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fourth week. With other tracks from Grateful gaining steam, it’s unlikely Khaled will see a dip in this trend anytime soon.

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