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Today’s Music News: Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Rihanna collaborate on new single

When “Only One,” the Kanye West song featuring Paul McCartney on keyboards, was released, West’s reps promised that more collaborations between the two were forthcoming. Sure enough, Saturday saw the release of a new single from Rihanna featuring both West and McCartney. The song, “FourFiveSeconds,” is an acoustic ballad with Rihanna taking lead while West chimes in on verses and McCartney again handling keyboards. Despite the song’s spare sound, numerous other musicians are credited with work on the single—including Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors. Reportedly, the song will appear on forthcoming albums by both Rihanna and West. (Stereogum)

West first previewed the song during a Thursday speech at the iHeartMusic Media Summit in Burbank, California. During that speech, West revealed that he asked McCartney—in, um, explicit terms—what sex was like back in the 60s. (Rolling Stone)

Have you noticed the similarities between Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty‘s “I Won’t Back Down”? So did Petty, and it’s just been revealed that back in October, Smith agreed to share songwriting credit and royalties with Petty and “I Won’t Back Down” co-writer Jeff Lynne. According to a source close to the case, the borrowing wasn’t deliberate, but when the similarities between the songs were noted, Smith and his team decided to resolve the matter amicably and share credit. (Consequence of Sound)

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker played the Dropkick Murphys‘ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” during a recent appearance at the Iowa Freedom Summit. The Bay State band made clear via Twitter that they don’t support Walker—to say the least—and that they don’t want him using their music. (Billboard)

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, premiered on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. Bandmate Krist Novoselic said the film is “terrific,” but Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl was surprisingly absent from the documentary. Director Brett Morgen said that Grohl sat for an interview for the film, but the interview took place too late to be included in the theatrical cut; Grohl’s interview might be added to future cuts. (Pitchfork)

Grateful Dead fans are requesting permission to camp out at Soldiers Field in Chicago for the band’s three summer concerts, supposedly the final shows that will feature all four surviving members. Officials in Chicago say they’re considering the request, but that safety and other factors will need to be considered before they can make a decision. (Billboard)

Johnny Ramone‘s red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar, signed by the late Ramonemember, has sold at auction for almost $72,000. (Billboard)

At a press conference on Friday, Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer got down…on Debra Baum, a manager who formerly worked with Rebecca Black and Paula Abdul, among other artists. Baum could face up to $20,000 in fines and two years in jail for allegedly charging $100,000 in fees to an unnamed teen singer (not Black) for services that were never rendered. (Music Times)

After almost six years of marriage, Ryan Adams and “Candy” hitmaker Mandy Moore are divorcing. A statement calls the split “a respectful, amicable parting of ways.” (Rolling Stone)

Depending on whether you’re an indie rock fan or a celebrity news junkie, the headline of this story is either TAYLOR SWIFT AND HAIM ARE TOTALLY HANGING OUT…or FINALLY: PROOF THAT TAYLOR SWIFT HAS A BELLY BUTTON.