Every year in the lead-up to the Brit awards, the charity War Child, backed by O2, stages small gigs by some of the bigger names among the nominees. It’s a great idea with one slight snag: the gigs are apt to be more memorable than the Brits. Rory Graham, aka Rag’n’Bone Man, is the sort of singer Brits voters love – highly successful, selling actual albums, and somewhat indebted to them, as they gave him the Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards last year.
The song that made a singer of Natalie Imbruglia, back when she was best known for being in Neighbours, was Torn. On Apple Music, two decades later, it’s still her biggest seller. It also occupies 11 other places in her top 30, thanks to appearances on umpteen compilations, from Sing Your Heart Out! to Now That’s What I Call Power Ballads. One of those makes more sense than the other.
Ezra Furman, from Chicago, has a unique place in the pop world. He’s the only cross-dressing, gender-fluid, bipolar observant Jew in the village. And you don’t have to belong to any of those groups to appreciate his music. Like David Bowie as he explored androgyny, Furman is an entertainer first, an evangelist second. When he broke through in 2015 with Perpetual Motion People, it wasn’t just because of the boom in identity politics: it was because his band, the Boy-Friends, made a lovable racket.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".