Bruce Springsteen is joining the ranks of the Talking Heads (“Up All Night”); Woody Guthrie (“New Baby Train”); Peter, Paul and Mary (“Puff the Magic Dragon”); Bob Dylan (“Blowin’ in the Wind”); Bob Marley (“One Love”); and Simon and Garfunkel (“At the Zoo”): the Boss is having a song of his turned into a picture book for children. The Springsteen song getting the picture-book treatment is “Outlaw Pete” from his 2009 album Working On a Dream. The forthcoming book, illustrated by Frank Caruso and due out on Nov. 4, marks the story coming full circle: Springsteen’s song was itself inspired by a 1950 children’s book called Brave Cowboy Bill. (Billboard)
The University of Minnesota’s Oct. 17 homecoming concert will be headlined by Iggy Azalea, the Australian rapper who’s very suddenly this year become not only one of the biggest stars in music today but a success of historic proportions: her first two songs to break Billboard’s Hot 100 debuted at numbers one and two, an achievement matched only by the Beatles. (Minnesota Daily)
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver will be among the participants in the annual charity basketball game hosted by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, taking place this year on Sept. 20 at McGill University in Montreal. (Consequence of Sound)
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins joined Bob Mould as the Hüsker Dü founder played “The War” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“Don’t Shoot,” a track by The Game dedicated to Michael Brown, features guests including Rick Ross, Diddy, DJ Khaled, and many more.
As the Breeders prepare to head out on tour, Kelley Deal assures Rolling Stone that fans don’t near too fear any big surprises: “Everyone is the f—ing same. It’s bizarre. And a little bit embarrassing.”
David Lynch has revealed that he was going to direct the video for Kanye West‘s “Blood on the Leaves,” but…he just couldn’t come up with any good ideas. “I feel I let him down a little bit,” says Lynch. (The Daily Beast)
James Murphy is making music for the U.S. Open, from the U.S. Open: Murphy is electronically incorporating data from each match into a unique track.
When Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” hit #1, cowriter Max Martin—who’s worked extensively with Katy Perry, Britney Spears, P!nk, and other artists—broke out of a tie with Mariah Carey to become the songwriter with the third most chart-topping hits. It will take him a while to catch up to the leaders, though: Martin now has 18 #1s, while John Lennon has 26 and Paul McCartney has 32. Martin is also in a four-way tie for producer with most #1 hits, with Dr. Luke and Minnesota’s Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. (Billboard)
This past week, 3,970,000 albums were sold in the United States. That sounds like a lot, but it’s actually the smallest number in any single week since SoundScan began tracking album sales in 1991. As consumers transition from buying music to streaming it, album sales have gone into freefall. (Billboard)
In the department of too little, too late, Mark David Chapman has apologized for killing John Lennon: “I am sorry for being such an idiot.” (Billboard)