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Today’s Music News: Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett, and more inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ringo Starr as seen in a video announcement of his latest album

On Saturday night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed its newest inductees—including Ringo Starr and Lou Reed as individual artists, and the bands Green Day and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Also inducted were the Paul Butterfield Blues BandStevie Ray Vaughan and Double Troublethe “5” Royales, and Bill Withers. (Rolling Stone)

The annual Record Store Day was a smashing success, with events at stores around the world. Dave Grohl, the day’s official ambassador, led his band Foo Fighters at an in-store performance in a strip-mall store near Grohl’s native Warren, Ohio. (Rolling Stone)

New sales figures prove that the vinyl resurgence is far from a one-day-a-year phenomenon: vinyl sales in the first quarter of 2015 were 53% higher than in the same period last year, with most of the growth driven by an increase in sales of artists’ back catalogs. (Billboard)

Twin Shadow‘s tour bus was involved in a multi-vehicle highway crash in Colorado on Friday morning. 12 people received injuries ranging from minor to serious; according to Twin Shadow keyboardist Wynne Bennett, “We are banged up but alive and in good spirits.” The state patrol says that the foggy weather may have been a factor in the crash. (Billboard) Below is a tweet from a news reporter.

Consumers now have multiple streaming music services to choose from, but Tidal is offering one exclusive that other services can’t match: some subscribers have received personal thank-you calls from owner Jay-Z and investor Jack White. (Rolling Stone)

A lawsuit against Jay-Z has been dismissed: a U.S. District Court judge said that plaintiff Chauncey Mahan was well-past the three-year statute of limitations when he decided to sue the rapper for what Mahan claimed was a right to co-ownership of songs he engineered for Jay-Z between 1998 and 2002. (Pitchfork)

On Sunday night, Prince played a special “Record Store Weekend Jam” at Paisley Park in honor of Twin Cities record store employees. (Local Current)

Last Wednesday, the Replacements played the Hollywood Palladium for the first time in 24 years. In a rave review, Billboard’s Chris Willman wrote that the show “did nothing but embellish the Replacements’ rep as one of rock’s all-time great groups.”

Johnny Kemp has died, of undisclosed causes, at age 55. The Bahamas native was best-known for his New Jack Swing party-starter “Just Got Paid,” a top ten hit in 1988. (Rolling Stone)

Killer Mike of Run the Jewels is slated to deliver a lecture at MIT this Friday. The talk, “Race Relations in the U.S.,” is part of a series of speeches by hip-hop artists who have included Lil B and Young Guru. (Pitchfork)

Michael Buble has apologized for posting a photo to Instagram. The photo, taken by Buble’s wife, had the singer posing with a seemingly unaware woman wearing very short shorts. “It hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being,” said Buble by way of apology. (Billboard)

The beef between former Crystal Castles bandmates Ethan Kath and Alice Glass has escalated. Glass left the group last year, and Kath has continued releasing music as Crystal Castles, defending his decision to do so by noting that Glass’s contributions to the group weren’t as significant as many believed. Glass has now taken to Twitter to defend herself and fire back at Kath. (Pitchfork)