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1. One in five country music songs refer to alcohol, one in three to tears and one in seven to “mama”.

2. Not a single member of the Beatles could read or write music.

3. The most expensive instrument in the world is the “Lady Blunt” Stradivarius violin, which sold in 2011 for US$15.9 million.

4. A 2007 experiment found that music, classical in particular, can help make plants grow faster.

5. Barry Manilow didn’t write the song called “I Write the Songs”

6. In 2008, research uncovered that loud music makes customers in bars drink more alcohol in less time.

7. Leo Fender, the founder of the iconic electric guitar and bass brand and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, never learned to play either instrument.

8. In 2015, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released the first ever album recorded entirely in space, named Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can.

9. For every US$1,000 of music sold, the average musician only makes about US$23.40.

10. The first (and only) band to play on all seven continents is Metallica.

11. In “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Freddie Mercury plays on the very same piano used by Paul McCartney in “Hey Jude”.

12. Music, along with painting, poetry, literature and architecture, was Olympic event from 1912 until 1948.

13. Mozart sold more CDs than Beyoncé in 2016.

14. When you listen to music, the brain releases the same feel-good hormone (dopamine) it does during sex and eating

15. In 1952, American composer John Cage created a song titled “4’44”. It consisted of four minutes and 33 seconds of silence.

16. The longest song title ever is Hoagy Carmichael’s 1943 “I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin' Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues.”

17. There are more people in Monaco’s orchestra than in its army.

18. Bryan Adams photographed The Queen for a Canadian postal stamp commemorating Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee.

19. A 2001 study found that cows produce more milk when listening to relaxing music.

20. In the US in 2005, vinyl record sales only reached US$35 million. In 2015, sales had exploded to $416 million.

21. According to a French study, loud music stimulates drinking. While a man needs an average of 15 minutes for a beer while listening to soft music, he needs just 12 minutes with loud music. 

22. Some maniacal scientist lady surgically inserted a microphone into pregnant women's wombs to measure two things: If music played outside of the womb could be heard inside of it and if the fetus' heart rate was affected by it. The answer was... yes and yes! Whether or not that means the babies enjoy it or hate it is undeterminable.

23. Shakira is the first person to have more than 100 million likes on Facebook.

24. Eminem’s Rap God has the most words in a song, at 1,560 words.

25. Panic at the Disco started out as a BLINK 182 cover band

26. Snoop Dog is only 1 year older than Pharrell Williams and Eminem

27.Johnny Cash's estate was approached by an advertising company asking for permission to use "Ring of Fire" on an ad for haemorrhoid cream. The request was refused.

28. Enya has sold over 100 Million Albums but has never toured.

29. 19.3% of metal musicians die as a result of suicide.

30. Ringo Starr was the original narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine

31. Olly Murs appeared on Deal or No Deal before becoming a celebrity winning just £10

32. Cheryl had a small role in a British gas TV advert in 1990

33. At 11 Year Old Jessie J was in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in the West end of Whistle Down the Wing

34. Madonna started her Music Career as a drummer

35 A photo taken by Paparazzi of Britney Spears after the shaven head incident cost $500,000

36. The Hit Record "Umbrella" sung by Rihanna was meant to be sung by Britney Spears, Her Record label Rejected it

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