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Lady Gaga Will Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50

Fresh off Lady Gaga’s Golden Globe win for her portrayal as a wacky ingenue lookin’ for love in American Horror Story: Hotel, she will now embark on her biggest role yet: the lucky fool who gets to belt out the “Star Spangled Banner” to a stadium full of beer-addled football fans who are acting out their battle for…

During His Reign, Napoleon III Banned 'La Marseillaise,' Replaced It With 'Partant Pour La Syrie'

The Marseillaise, the late eighteenth-century revolutionaries’ march that became the French national anthem, has a big, affecting, gorgeous melody that sounds like a flag waved furiously over battle; like any effective symbol, it overrides the particulars. For example, listening to English and French soccer fans hum…

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