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Today’s Music News: Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and more to celebrate 40 years of Saturday Night Live

Paul McCartney performs at Target Field. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a three-hour show on Feb. 15. In addition to numerous past cast members and hosts, the show will feature musical guests including Paul McCartneyKanye WestJustin TimberlakeTaylor Swift, and Paul Simon. (Billboard)

Speaking of Sir Paul and Kanye, they have a new music video—with Rihanna. (Local Current)

For just $20,000, you can own a vintage photograph of David Bowie and Iggy Pop being arrested for being in the presence of a pot smoker in a Rochester, N.Y. hotel room in 1976. (Dangerous Minds)

Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched program ever broadcast on American television, making Katy Perry‘s halftime show the most-watched halftime show ever broadcast on American television. Perry celebrated by getting an XLIX tattoo on her finger (and probably canoodling with John Mayer), while Missy Elliott could see a 1,000% sales boost from from her guest appearance.

Who will play at the Grammys this Sunday? Definitely in: MadonnaLady Gaga, CommonJohn LegendAriana Grande. Definitely out: Taylor Swift (though she’ll appear as a presenter). Maybe in: Beyoncé. (Billboard)

In the wake of a fatal hit-and-run, Suge Knight has been charged with murder and attempted murder. (Billboard)

The family of Whitney Houston has confirmed that the medical status of Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is grave: Brown is “fighting for her life” in an Atlanta hospital. Brown, the 21-year-old daughter of Houston and Bobby Brown, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after being found unconscious in her nearby home. No details have yet been revealed regarding the cause of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s illness. (Gawker)

This summer, Chic will release their first studio album in 23 years. (Local Current)

A Taste of Minnesota will return this Fourth of July weekend to Waconia, where the festival was relocated last year due to flooding on Harriet Island. “Big-name” musical acts for the festival will be announced this spring, organizers said. (Local Current)

Giorgio Moroder shared “Right Here, Right Now,” a collaboration with Kylie Minogue from Moroder’s forthcoming album. (Pitchfork)