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"Hallelujah" is a song written by which Canadian recording artist?

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Answer: Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen was a not only a Canadian singer, but also a songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter.

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In early 2019, Ariana Grande held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Who is the only other artist(s) to have achieved this feat prior to her?

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Answer: The Beatles
The Beatles actually possessed all top-5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week dated 4 April 1964.

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Xzibit's had what show on MTV?

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Answer: "Pimp My Ride"

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Which of the following pieces of work is considered to be the first opera ever written?

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Answer: "Dafne"
The origin of opera can be traced by to Jacopo Peri's 16th century work "Dafne". Unfortunately for the world of classical music, most of that piece has been lost.

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Which Italian Baroque composer claimed to have gotten inspiration for a sonata from the devil himself?

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Answer: Giuseppe Tartini
According to Giuseppe Tartini, he got the inspiration for the "Devil's Trill Sonata" (1770) when Lucifer himself, playing a violin, visited him during a dream.

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"Standing Stone" (1997) is an album featuring original classical music by which modern artist?

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Answer: Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has released quite a few classical music albums, with 1997's "Standing Stone" being his second of such works after his 1991 effort "Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio".

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As of 2020, the current era of classical music that we live in is known as what?

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Answer: Postmodern Era
Classical music from 1930 onward is generally classified as falling within the Postmodern era.

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Who was the first female singer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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Answer: Aretha Franklin
In 1987, the late Aretha Franklin (1942 - 2018) became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Michael Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" featured a duet with which other legendary artist?

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Answer: Paul McCartney
The only duet featured on the entirety of "Thriller" is Jackson's classic duet with Paul McCartney on the song "The Girl Is Mine".



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