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Today’s Music News: That guy from your favorite band is about to release his second solo album

If your favorite band is Radiohead, the Strokes, or the Smiths, a guy from your favorite band has his second solo album coming out. Radiohead drummer Phil Selway just released “It Will End in Tears,” the first single from his upcoming second solo album WeatherhouseJulian Casablancas of the Strokes has been playing new material from his upcoming sophomore album Tyranny (due Sept. 23, with the Voidz), and Johnny Marr of the Smiths is releasing his second solo album Playland on Oct. 6.

David Bowie has announced the Nov. 18 release of Nothing Has Changed, a new career-spanning three-CD anthology that will feature two newly recorded songs and one previously unreleased song as well as hits and rarities. (DavidBowie.com)

A new Paul McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney, will feature McCartney covers by artists including Bob Dylan (“Things We Said Today”), Brian Wilson (“Wanderlust”), and the Cure (“Hello Goodbye,” featuring McCartney’s son James). The album, recorded with McCartney’s own backing band, will be released on Nov. 18. (Consequence of Sound)

When his band Chic were booked to headline the Bestival festival on the Isle of Wight, Nile Rodgers challenged the event organizers to facilitate “the largest disco party of all time.” Studio 54 has now officially been put to shame: the festival’s 33-foot disco ball has set a new world record for Biggest Disco Ball. (Consequence of Sound)

Actor Tom Hiddleston made a surprise appearance at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan this weekend, singing two Hank Williams songs: “Move It On Over” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Hiddleston—best-known for his role as Loki in the recent Thor and Avengers movies—is playing Williams in a forthcoming biopic called I Saw the Light. (Billboard)

Another country legend, Glen Campbell, has recorded what he’s calling his final song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” The song will appear in a forthcoming documentary about the singer-songwriter, 78, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. (Rolling Stone)

Artists including Ryan Adams and Soundgarden are among those who will be the first to use Twitter as an e-commerce platform: a new “buy” button will allow artists to sell items directly to fans. (Billboard)

A disgruntled videographer who says he was stiffed by Hole after filming a concert four years ago has taken revenge by posting a video with Courtney Love‘s vocal and guitar tracks isolated. (Noisey)

As Miley Cyrus comes closer to simply being done with clothes—she went to an Alexander Wang party wearing nothing above the waist but pasties—she’s taken up sculpture as a way to more productively spend her time while stoned. (“I just sit around and smoke weed anyway, so I might as well sit around, smoke weed, and do something.”) Cyrus’s new sculpture collection, Dirty Hippie, will be presented at a fashion show on Wednesday. “They say money can’t buy happiness and it’s totally true,” Cyrus tells V magazine. “Money can buy you a bunch of s–t to glue to a bunch of other s–t that will make you happy.” (Billboard)

Ryan Adams’s self-titled album is out today. Adams released a couple of very odd promotional videos yesterday, and one of them features a cameo by Bob Mould. (Local Current)