“Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever,” says Mitch Winehouse, father of the late Amy Winehouse, in reference to a bronze sculpture of the songstress that will be unveiled in Camden Town, London on Sept. 14: the date that would have been Amy’s 31st birthday. (Billboard)
The pathbreaking Swedish experimental dance-pop duo The Knife will call it quits after their tour ends in November, they tell Dazed & Confused. “We don’t have any obligations to continue,” said the artists who came together in 1999 and were made famous by their hit “Heartbeats” in 2002.
Founding Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora hasn’t performed with the band in over a year and is on strained terms with frontman Jon Bon Jovi—but not so strained that Sambora didn’t accept Bon Jovi’s nomination to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. (Billboard)
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that representatives for Super Bowl halftime hopefuls such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay are being asked whether they’d consider sharing post-show revenue with the NFL—in short, the league wants artists to pay for the privilege of playing the Super Bowl. (Billboard)
The Foo Fighters have released a new trailer for their upcoming HBO series chronicling the making of their album Sonic Highways; the trailer features cameos by celebrities up to and including Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. As if that wasn’t enough excitement for frontman Dave Grohl, he and his wife also just welcomed a new baby daughter. (SPIN)
Lauryn Hill has released a version of “Black Rage,” a rewrite of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, wishing “peace for MO” in a reference to Ferguson, Missouri.
Hill’s recording was posted to SoundCloud, which has reached a new licensing agreement with major labels that will have the increasingly popular streaming music service begin posting ads—with users having the option to pay to skip the ads, as they can on Spotify. (New York Times)
Country music’s troubled summer of tragedies, abuses, and assaults at concerts continued at a Hank Williams, Jr. concert Sunday night in Michigan: a 55-year-old fan died after striking his head when he was playfully pushed by a teenage family friend. (Rolling Stone)
At a Wednesday night show in Redmond, Washington, tourmates Beck and Jenny Lewis asked Rod Stewart‘s timeless rhetorical question, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
Donovan Leitch is newly engaged to his girlfriend Libby Mintz. Who’s Donovan Leitch? Well, the world best knows him as the ex-boyfriend of Gwyneth Paltrow—but the music world knows him as the son of 60s pop icon Donovan (who’s also the father of Say Anything actress Ione Skye). (US Weekly)