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Today’s Music News: Sean Lennon is being sued for $10 million. By Marisa Tomei’s parents. Because of a tree.

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Sean Lennon is being sued for $10 million dollars by his next-door West Village neighbors, who just happen to be the parents of actress Marisa TomeiGary and Addie Tomei say that a “stink tree” owned by Lennon is damaging their foundation with its ever-growing roots, and that Lennon refuses to do anything about it. (Stereogum)

Fresh of his Kanye West and Rihanna collaborations, Paul McCartney is now making music with Lady Gaga—and at 72, the former Beatle is a spring chicken compared to Gaga’s recent duet partner Tony Bennett, 88. In posting about the collaboration, Gaga says she once hung up on McCartney when he called her and she thought it was a prank. (NME)

Queen guitarist Brian May is considering running for Parliament in his native Great Britain. “We need an assembly of altruistic, morally decent, non-career-minded individuals who will not be influenced by personal gain or the colour of their tie as they approach the ballot box.” May is known for his animal-rights work; he campaigned against the badger cull (which could be a pretty great name for a Minnesota punk band). (NME)

Drummer Phil Rudd—who’s facing charges of threatening murder and possessing illegal drugs in New Zealand—may or may not technically be a member of AC/DC, but he won’t be performing with the band at the Grammys. Reportedly, former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has been recruited to fill in. (NME)

The Sasquatch! Music Festival has announced its lineup—which will include Kendrick LamarModest Mousethe Decemberists, and more. The festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge in George, Washington. (Consequence of Sound)

Noel Gallagher says he has “a few songs lying around” that he’d be happy to share with his brother Liam in the event of a Liam Gallagher solo career. Noel says they’re definitely a lot better than the songs Liam was singing with his band Beady Eye. (NME)

A couple of releases to add to the ever-growing pile of deluxe reissues: Tori Amos‘s Under the Pink and Little Earthquakes, which will be re-released in special editions with extra rarities on April 14. (SPIN)

Nile Rodgers has been honored, for his support of the art and craft of recorded music, by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy. Rodgers accepted the honor, at a Tuesday night ceremony, with a 40-minute speech that touched on many aspects of his multi-decade career—including the time he was fired from his first job: arranging for Ashford & Simpson. (Billboard)

The nice think about running a website when you’re Solange is that when you decide to pay tribute to D’Angelo‘s Black Voodoo, you can call on some famous friends—including BeyoncéJanelle Monáe, and a Dirty Projector—to write testimonials.

Mike Mills of R.E.M. makes a sung cameo on “Stop the Presses,” a novelty rap song about the death of newspapers. The song appears on a new comedy compilation album released to benefit the charity OneKid OneWorld. (Rolling Stone)

  • OssuaryQ

    You mean “Drummer *Phil* Rudd”?

  • Mary Wilkie

    That’s PHIL Rudd and he’s being replaced by CHRIS Slade.
    What’s with the fascination with the name “Paul”??

    • Whoops! Thanks for catching those errors, which I’ve corrected. My apologies.

  • funoka

    I saw Lennon’s band open for Beck — they were not bad.

    Noel Gallagher is still a hoot.

  • Ramone

    “The nice think about running a website…”

    Hmmm. Haven’t had a “nice think” in a while! ;)