Have you been jumping about to Beyonce’s new Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) song? Stop right now. The single may herald another cataclysmic collapse of the world’s financial markets. Maybe.That’s what New York University professor Phil Maymin has been telling the Guardian, anyway. Apparently, when the top US singles have regular beats, the financial markets go pear-shaped. Or, to use the proper lingo, songs with low beat variance have an inverse correlation with market turbulence. And Single Ladies has a very regular beat, apparently.”The correlation is pretty strong,” says Maymin, citing A-Ha’s Take On Me as another track that heralded an economic crash. “The turbulence of the music predicts the steadiness of the market.”

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