Does Listening to Justin Bieber Make You a Better Person?


(Getty Images)Beliebers may be more prone to screaming and crying in public than most other music fans, but a new study suggests they're less likely to become delinquents. So don't take their Twitter death threats too seriously. Also in today's music news and gossip, Yoko Ono is celebrating her 80th birthday with a very special Plastic Ono Band gig, Kanye West is headlining New York City's Governor's Ball Festival, the Postal Service is reuniting in the name of Coachella, and Katy Perry loves her some Aretha hat. Here's what's up.

Justin Bieber and One Direction: Juvie Repellent?
Fans of teen pop will likely be thrilled by the results of "Early Adolescent Music Preferences and Minor Delinquency," a recent Netherlands study of 12 to 16-year-olds that suggests kids who listen to "unconventional music" are more likely to become delinquents.

Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2012 - ShowAccording to the findings, children who preferred hip-hop, gothic, punk, metal, trance, or techno music had often already begun "acting out," and were more likely to engage in vandalism or shoplifting later in their teen years. Fans of "mainstream pop," however, largely remained out of trouble.

Sorry, Beliebers: This does not definitively mean that your affinity for a hairless Canadian with a taste for overalls and dropcrotch harem pants makes you a better person. It's highly unlikely that researchers paid any attention to, say, the online activity of "mainstream pop" fans. We'd be very surprised if punk kids threatened to kill people quite as often as lovestruck One Direction fans do.

You Go, Yoko
Yoko Ono will celebrate her 80th birthday this year with a performance at Berlin's legendary Volksbühne on February 17. YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND will be fronted by her talented musician son, Sean Lennon, who recently collaborated with her on her album Between My Head and the Sky. Earlier that week, Ono will unveil a retrospective, HALF-A-WIND SHOW, at Frankfurt's Schirn Kuntshalle. Hopefully it will include this, playing on a loop:

Kanye Takes New York
Kanye West is headlining New York City's third annual Governor's Ball Festival in June, sharing the bill with Kings of Leon (who've promised a new album this year), Nas, The xx, Cut Copy, Beach House, Kendrick Lamar, The Lumineers, Animal Collective, and so many other amazing bands we're pretty sure the tickets are going to sell out right quick. No, seriously. Our top picks this year: Twin Shadow, The Vaccines, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Wild Nothing, MS MR, St. Lucia, and Haim.

Also, Kanye should be on the verge of daddy-dom come June 7, when the festival kicks off at NYC's Randall Island Park.

Time to Go Postal
The Postal Service is reemerging for the 10th anniversary of its wildly successful debut Give Up, with plans for a performance at Coachella and the promise of a special 10th anniversary re-release of their only album. Unfortunately, neither Ben Gibbard nor Jimmy Tamborello will give the public what they really, really want... read more about it here.

Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second TermKaty Perry Pays Tribute To Aretha Aretha's Hat
Eternally saucy minx Katy Perry brought her own miniature version of Aretha Franklin's oversized gray wool hat to President Obama's Inauguration ceremony on Monday. Her boyfriend John Mayer tried it on for size, but it failed to make him look any cuter.
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Watch This Now
The Joy Formidable has just announced that one of our favorite bands, Guards, will support them on tour from 3/27 until 4/7, giving us another excuse to post this excellent video for their single "This Ladder Is Ours."

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