Bruno Mars Uptown Funk: Music’s Quentin Tarantino?

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Since Bruno Mars’ meteoric rise to fame in 2010, he’s completely changed his style. Now he does massive homages to other artists. Some may call it genius, some call it stealing. Find out what we have to say on this week’s Who Stole What.

We are starting a new addition to our blog where we track the ancestry of songs. Here’s the ancestry of three Bruno Mars’ tracks.

Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars
Jungle Love, Morris Day and the Time
Let’s Go Crazy, Prince

Treasure, Bruno Mars
Baby I’m Yours, Break Bot
Give It To Me Baby, Rick James

Locked Out of Heaven, Bruno Mars
Can’t Stand Loosing You, The Police
Police and Thieves, The Clash
Chase the Devil, Max Romeo

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Our Rock Cover Bruno Mars’ When I Was Your Man

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Rap Beefs: Eminem vs. Iggy Azalea

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We talk trash in this episode about the Rap Beef going on between Eminem and Iggy Azalea. We look at the history of the Rap Beef and some of its famous combatants – Tupac vs Biggie, Jay-Z vs Nas and (we argue) Kanye vs Taylor.

We also start our Podcast Beef with Serial (spoiler alert … Adnan did it!).

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ISIS to Elvis: Closer Than You Think

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ISIS and other Muslim extremists groups have hijacked the traditional Islamic vocal songs/chants called Anasheed. They are using the music to recruit and further their political ambitions. What might surprise you is ISIS and the American songbook have a shared musical connection. We investigate in this episode and blow your mind.

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Good Middle Eastern Music

As opposed to ISIS, here’s some really good Middle Eastern music.

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Hunger Games Steals From Battle Royale

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Did the Hunger Games steal from Battle Royale? We discuss the shocking similarities between these two movies. We also delve into the history (both literary and literal) of making people fight to the death for public entertainment.

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Special 50th Who Stole What Celebration – Robots, Big Butts and Britney

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Today, we release our 50th episode of Who Stole What? For this momentous occasion, we have selected our 5 favorite steals from the first 50 episodes. We talk robots, big butts and Brittany amongst other things. Enjoy and THANKS for listening!

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Who Stole What: BRITNEY SPEARS, BOLLYWOOD + VANILLA ICE

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Taylor Swift and Spotify – NEVER EVER Getting Back Together?

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Everyone’s been in a huff (looking at you @HuffPost) about Taylor Swift pulling her music from Spotify. Is this just a marketing ploy or a real artistic statement? We talk about it in this bonus episode of Who Stole What.

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Shields Brothers Cover Taylor Swift’s Never Ever …

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Joke Stealing – Robin Williams, Dane Cook, Carlos Mencia

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This week’s podcast is different from our regular Who Stole What? episodes. Taking a cue from a fan who sent us an email, we talk about joke stealing. If you follow comedians, you know how notorious some big stars are when it comes to borrowing. We look at the comedy of Robin Williams, Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia.

Hat tip to our listener, Jeramie, who sent us these examples. If you have a suggestion, email us at shieldsbrothers at gmail.com.

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Get Ready for Thanksgiving

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T-Pain Can Sing? King of Auto-Tune

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Last week T-Pain did a NPR Tiny Desk concert and everybody freaked out. In this bonus episode, we talk about the history of Auto-Tune from Cher to T-Pain and why it’s no surprise T-Pain is a good singer.

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Shields Brothers Singing Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love

We can’t afford Auto-Tune so here’s our naked voices singing How Deep Is Your Love.

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