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Today’s Music News: Tanlines parody Netflix with new website

Tanlines redesigned their website as a Netflix parody. (Stereogum)

Mark Ronson went into the studio with Lana Del Rey “to see what sticks.” No word yet as to whether anything will emerge from the sessions, but Ronson couldn’t be hotter right now: “Uptown Funk,” his collaboration with Bruno Mars, has become a monster hit that’s spent more time atop the charts than any other song this decade. (Billboard)

B.B. King said he’s “feeling much better” and is about to leave the hospital where he’s spent the last couple of days recovering from diabetes-related dehydration. (Billboard)

Gwar is being sued for the ashes of their former frontman, the late Dave Brockie. Brockie’s father is suing Gwar for possession of his son’s remains as well as various musical equipment and $1 million in damages. The band say they have made the remains and the equipment available to Dave Brockie’s attorneys, and that they have acted in good faith to honor Brockie’s wishes—which apparently included having his remains stored indefinitely at the offices of Gwar’s management company so he could “keep an eye on Gwar.” (Rolling Stone)

Miguel is set to star in a forthcoming feature film produced by John Legend and directed by Nabil Elderkin, who has directed music videos including FKA Twigs‘s “Two Weeks.” Miguel’s character is “a former one hit wonder who regains his love for music when he is hired to coach an aspiring singer for her audition on a singing competition show.” (Consequence of Sound)

Frank Ocean‘s next album will be released in July, along with the first issue of Boys Don’t Cry, a new magazine published by Ocean. (Billboard)

Taylor Swift and Sam Smith lead nominations for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which will be presented on a live television ceremony on May 17. (Billboard) Meanwhile, Pink will receive the 2015 BMI President’s Award for her “extraordinary” songwriting. (Billboard)

The next release in Ryan Adams‘s 7″ series will come out on April 28 and will feature three new songs: “I Do Not Feel Like Being Good,” “Cop City,” and “Look in the Mirror.” (Consequence of Sound)

It’s official: Steven Tyler has signed with Big Machine, the label that’s home to Taylor Swift, to release his upcoming country music album. (Rolling Stone)

If you’re a fan of the Kidz Bop series of sanitized hits, here’s some good news: the series will start putting out four new albums each year instead of two. (Billboard)

Marilyn Manson was allegedly punched in the face during a late-night altercation at a Denny’s in Alberta, Canada. (TMZ)

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