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Today’s Music News: Everybody do the Nae Nae

The world’s most infamous twerker, Miley Cyrus, is done with that allegedly appropriated dance move. Her new jam? The Atlanta-born “Nae Nae,” which involves putting a hand in the air, dropping the rest of your body low, and more or less freestyling from there. (Billboard) Here’s the move as performed by its inventors, We Are Toonz.

2015 nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame include Tom PettyElvis Costello, Cyndi LauperKenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and Steve Winwood among numerous others. The selected honorees will be officially inducted next June. (Billboard)

This is only tangentially music news—insofar as NBC’s Peter Pan Live! is a televised production of the 1954 Peter Pan musical—but Christopher Walken was the subject of yesterday’s Coffee Break, so how can we not mention this first promotional image of Walken in character as Captain Hook? The special will air on Dec. 4. (Billboard)

Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis have revealed that ten years ago, they made a “rag-tag” album called Blood on the 4-Tracks. Will it ever see the light of day? “I’d be into it as long as it’s some kind of edible 7″ or something,” says Oberst. (Pitchfork)

Bono has now outright apologized for dropping U2‘s new album into the iTunes libraries of 500 million users, but that’s not good enough for Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. The gesture “sends a huge mixed message to bands” who are still struggling to get by and can’t afford to give music away, said Carney in an interview with the Seattle Times. “I think that they were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that,” but the move “devalued their music completely.” (Billboard)

The days of Billy Crystal‘s hit single “You Look Marvelous” aren’t that far behind us, it seems: novelty numbers can still make the Top 40, as demonstrated by the arrival of Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am at #26 with “Ew!” To celebrate, Fallon released a supercut of his fans singing the song. (Billboard)

We’ve been promised that Minnesota native Jessica Lange will sing Lana Del Rey in the upcoming season of American Horror Story; in the meantime, here’s Fiona Apple‘s “Criminal” covered by a two-headed Sarah Paulson, who all of us got to know a little better on the Lizzo episode of Letterman. (Rolling Stone)