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And the unsexiest genre of music is…

Musicals come last in sexy music poll

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Want to get lucky this Valentine’s Day? Then you had better leave show tunes off your shuffle queue.

According to a new poll, songs from musicals are the least likely to get played in the British bedroom.

Musicals came dead last in a list of the 19 genres of music that couples listen to as the lights go down.

Even chamber music, thrash metal and hymns ranked higher in a survey of more than 2,000 people conducted by Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

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Musicals like Chicago and Cabaret are not sexy – apparently

So what musical genre was judged to have the most sex appeal? Well, it’s no surprise to find it’s good ol’ R&B.

Sixteen percent of respondents chose it as their favourite bedroom music – proving once and for all that there is indeed nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.

Twelve percent chose chart music, while just over one in 10 chose classic pop from the 1980s and ’90s. Heaven, it seems, really is a place on earth.

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Even metal bands like Metallica rank higher

The survey found that 43% of people play music while making love – though the percentage skews much higher with younger people.

Sixty percent of 18-24 year olds said they liked listening to music while getting intimate, as opposed to 38% of over-55s.

It also makes a difference whether you’ve tied the knot – or not.

Sixty-two percent of unmarried couples like to have something playing in the background, compared with 28% of married ones.

The most popular music for the bedroom
1. R&B 16%
2. Chart Music (Top 40) 12%
3. Classic Pop (’80s/’90s) 11%
4. Dance/electro 9%
5. Indie 8%
6. Rock (not inc progressive rock) 8%
7. Jazz 5%
8. Classical (not inc chamber/piano music) 5%
9. Blues 4%
10. Opera 4%
11. Progressive Rock 4%
12. Metal (e.g. thrash) 4%
13. Religious/Spiritual (e.g. hymns) 3%
14. Meditation 3%
15. Country 3%
16. Chamber/Piano music 2%
17. Folk 2%
18. World 2%
19. Musicals 1%


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Has Tom Hiddleston damaged his brand?

Has Tom Hiddleston damaged his brand?

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Hiddleston was nominated for the Bafta Rising Star award in 2011

The last few months haven’t been too easy for Tom Hiddleston.

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In September, he and former girlfriend Taylor Swift broke up after three months together amid accusations their relationship was a publicity stunt.

Then, in January, he apologised for an “inelegantly expressed” winner’s speech at the Golden Globes in which he referred to aid workers in South Sudan “binge-watching” The Night Manager.

This time last year, the actor was riding the crest of a wave.

After starring in hugely successful BBC drama The Night Manager as well as the big-screen adaption of JG Ballard’s High-Rise, he was a hot favourite to be the next James Bond.

But have his off-screen actions since done damage to his brand?

“Some of the recent headlines have been unhelpful,” admits Mark Borkowski, a strategic PR consultant.

“There are events that happen and they’re not thought-through properly, and the nature of being caught up with Taylor Swift’s gang and not thinking it through strategically has undone him.

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Swift and Hiddleston dated for three months last year

“Sometimes people don’t recognise the power of their brand, and often you can’t conduct yourself in the way you think you can.”

But Steven Gaydos, vice-president and executive editor of Variety, thinks Hiddleston is still a hot property, despite his recent PR mishaps.

“I don’t think anything he’s done to date has put any serious dent into his career,” he told the BBC.

“He’s a fantastic actor doing fantastic work. He has a fan-base and he’s delivering the goods.

“These are just missteps – somebody doing something that causes chatter. In this case Tom Hiddleston made a speech and people thought it was silly, or he dated a woman and people thought it was a little bogus.

“He’s not going to be hauled in front of the courts for any of this.”

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Hiddleston starred in BBC One’s adaption of The Night Manager

Nonetheless, it’s fair to say “Hiddle-Swift” brought Tom a great deal of negative attention.

Some fans thought the couple were being suspiciously open about their relationship, leading to accusations that all was not what it seemed.

Hiddleston has now defended his relationship with Swift in an interview with GQ, saying: “Of course it was real.”

He also said the ‘I ♥ T.S. [Taylor Swift]’ tank top he was photographed wearing was “a joke”, explaining he was lent it by a friend to protect a graze from the sun.

The actor said the pictures of him wearing the shirt were taken “without consent or permission”, and that fans and the media had “no context”.

“I was just surprised that it got so much attention,” he said. “The tank top became an emblem of this thing.”

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The series was directed by Susanne Bier (right) and adapted from a John le Carre novel

So is this latest interview simply damage limitation? “Absolutely,” says Mark Borkowski.

“I don’t think Tom Hiddleston knew at the time just how big a brand he was. Now he does know that and has to think carefully.

“This GQ interview is an example of putting the record straight and trying to get a narrative together to try and recover from some poorly judged moments.”

Borkowski adds: “There’s a beautiful naivety about Tom Hiddleston that is projected through this interview where he’s trying to talk directly to his fans. This is material you put there for them.”

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Hiddleston’s acceptance speech at last month’s Golden Globes was criticised

Hiddleston himself admits in the interview: “A relationship in the limelight takes work. And it’s not just the limelight. It’s everything else.

“And I’m still trying to work out a way of having a personal life and protecting it, but also without hiding.”

Gaydos has a lot of sympathy for the 36-year-old on the Taylor Swift front.

“Imagine you just met someone and you’re having a relationship and the whole world is watching. It’s like snakes all around you,” he says.

“I’d hate to to live in a fish bowl and have every move analysed, with people saying you’re a fraud, your relationship is a fraud, everything you’re doing is insincere and fake.”

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Hiddleston said his relationship with Taylor Swift wasn’t a publicity stunt

Hiddleston has two films coming out later this year – Thor: Ragnarok and Kong: Skull Island. Gaydos says the film studios won’t be particularly worried about Hiddleston’s off-screen actions.

“They’re worrying about the tracking. If the trailer goes out for Kong and the response isn’t strong or the awareness of the movie isn’t high, that’s what they’re really concerned about,” he says.

“Tom has not ventured anywhere near the space where we’ve seen stars screw up their careers and really damage their star wattage.”

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Hiddleston will be seen in the new Kong and Thor films later this year

Borkowski adds: “Anything is recoverable in this day and age.

“Last week we were hearing about the death of the David Beckham brand, but we’d forgotten about it by Thursday.

“Things move so quickly now, so it is always about recovery.”


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March cover star Emily Ratajkowski brought the party, matching with editor-in-chief Brown in the custom Off-White tee designed by Virgil Abloh for InStyle magazine that she rocked on the cover. The model put her own spin on the shirt, cutting off the sleeves and rolling it up to show off her incredible abs.

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Ratajkowski wasn’t the only big name in attendance: Stars like Connie Britton, Lena Dunham, Hari Nef, Karolina Kurkova, Debbie Harry, Carolina Herrera, and more partied the night away at the Carlyle, sipping on cocktails and goofing around with the GIF machine.

Keep scrolling to check out the stylish looks from Tuesday night’s bash.