Music

The 10 worst Christmas songs of all time

We all have our favourite Christmas songs, from Mariah Carey to the one where the lady is on a drip.

But Christmas also inflicts on the listening public an annual barrage of aural abominations that could make Frosty the Snowman take a sauna. They're appalling, but Christmas wouldn't be the same without them.

Here are the definitive Ten Worst Christmas Songs of All Time.

Aussie Jingle Bells

Bjork rails against sexism in music on new Facebook post

She has penned something of an end of the year thought for the day in a new Facebook post which continues her crusade against stamping out sexism in music (we'll have more of that later courtesy of St Vincent).

Bjork said she was prompted to write the post following some DJ sets in Texas.  She claims "some media could not get their head around that i was not "performing" and "hiding" behind desks and my male counterparts not."

Fifth Harmony announces Camila Cabello's departure with an ice-cold statement

Not with their music – actually, the band had a massive hit this summer with the VMA-winning Work From Home, the flirtatious dance-pop track featuring Ty Dolla $ign. But there were signs of trouble in the group, particularly with Camila Cabello. The 19-year-old singer walked offstage in the middle of a concert a few months ago, and later explained it was because of "anxiety."

Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Aly Brooke of Fifth Harmony perform during Power 96.1's 2015 Jingle Ball at Phillips Arena on December 17, 2015.

Women's concentration 'less disrupted by music'

Rock music was found to be particularly distracting for men.

The study, from Imperial College and the Royal College of Music, played music into headphones while people tried to play the Operation board game.

The research teams have been examining how music can alter performance.

Families might have arguments about whether teenagers should be listening to music when studying.

But there are also professional settings where music is sometimes played in the background - including operating theatres.

 

Board players

Oliver Heldens: Game soundtracks are 'huge' for musicians

The music video for the DJ's latest song, Good Life, is a collaboration with Ubisoft to mark the release of their action-adventure game Watch Dogs 2.

"Gaming is huge, its definitely a good way to reach new fans," he told Newsbeat.

"I make music for myself but having it on a really big game can get to people who would never hear my music."

The partnership came about when Ubisoft approached Oliver's record label looking for a track to feature in the game.

Napster:Spotify's free streaming model isn't sustainable

A spokesperson for the firm told TechRadar that there is no future in freemium streaming because the business model is not sustainable.

"In terms of Spotify, there is no evidence that their 'freemium' business model is sustainable, as their numbers for the last two years show," said Napster in a statement.

Napster, which has around three million premium customers, also took a thinly-veiled pop at Apple Music and its Zane Lowe-curated Beats 1 Radio service.